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RATINGS: 1862   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A strong IPA brewed with real apricots and finished with whole leaf Willamette and Cascade hops.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 17, 2004
Amber, white head, hoppy aroma, flavor of hops, some malt, didnt notice much if any apricot, finish is bitter. Decent yet not outstanding

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sfontain (793) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2004 Lovely reddish amber color with a small, lasting, white head. Aroma is sweet, malty, and hoppy, with apricot, of course. Once this warms up you can really taste the apricot and the earthiness of the fruit. For example, Magic Hat #9 has a bit of fakeness to its flavor, but this stuff tastes like the actual fruit. Feels conspicuously thick. Overall, for a fruit beer, this is pretty good; personally, I have yet to find a fruit beer that I like, and I haven’t been knocked down by many DFH brews thus far, so I don’t consider this an outstanding beer, nor do I think it deserves to be placed currently in the 86th percentile. Nonetheless, if you like fruit beers, this is a good one.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 16, 2004
Pours a deep amber brown with a frothy tan head. Aroma is floral and sweet, hoppy with a bit of light fruitiness. Flavor is initialy citrusy and floral hops but balanced well with some sweeter flavors. A bit of apricot flavor but not overdone. Mouthfeel is full and silky. Very enjoyable.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ante (3374) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAY 16, 2004
Wonderful vlear amber appearnce. Small white head. Quite hoppy aroma with notes of yellow fruit. Hoppy and a bit fruity flavour. Empty mouthfeel. Couldn’t find the apricots...

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (7637) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 16, 2004
Lots of alcohol and apricot in the aroma. Nice hoppy balance with the the sweet fruitiness. Surprisingly tasty.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
canary dog (655) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAY 15, 2004
This beer is a revelation! Thick and silky mouthfeel. A strong, citrusy hop presence begins. Just when you think the finish is going to be challenging, it ends as smoothly as such an initially prominent brew possibly can. Apricot presence is full and lush, but integrated into the beer. It is never a conspicuous component. Very well blended. The final finish is nothing less than an epic struggle between fruit and hops. It is almost bitter, and almost sweet. A terrific brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Clear copper with a puffy thick white head with green tint. Bold hoppy aroma with a touch of caramel malt. Body starts lightly sweet and hoppy with a more dry bitter finish. Apricots exist only momentarily imparting sweet sugars that mix with the caramel malt. More of an ipa than a fruit beer, and not as good as the 60 or 90 minute versions.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Bottle. Appearance was a medium sized ivory head that was creamy and smooth with fine-medium sized bubbles. Softly carbonated, transparent and an orange hue. The aroma was malty, moderately hoppy, sweet and apricots. The taste was bitter, sour, hoppy, and it had a lingering aftertaste. The palate was tingly and dry.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 14, 2004
Bright, hazy orange-amber. Dense, fluffy light beige head. Good carbonation. Dewy citrus & apricot aroma. Medium body, not very resiny. Light apricot & moderately bitter hops combine against a decently malty background. Finish is dry & peppery.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thedm (4924) - Fort Wayne, USA - MAY 13, 2004
This bottled brew poured a large head of fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a fair lacing. The body is a softly carbonated transparent copper brown color. The aroma is a fruit mix of hops and apricot. The palate was smooth initially then grew into a mild hop bite with a malty base. The flavor contained notes of apricots malts and hops. A more hoppy aroma develops as it warms as does the hops in the flavor.


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