duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2004
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Theres no doubt that Dogfish Head are one of my favourite breweries, but iím not so sure if i liked this effort. Fresh and refreshing apricot flavour, light body, both of which is what iím sure they were aiming for. Perhaps its because iím not a big apricot fan in general, it just didnít do anything for me. But i do see how people could like it though, it was OK.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice orange, about the color of dried apricots. Decent head that is about the color of the label. I really like how this one smells! Very fruity and hoppy with that distinctive heavy malt of IPAs. Tastes like a well-constructed IPA with a lot of fruity character. Loads of citrus flavors, as well as a teeny bit of apricot, backed up by a huge malt backbone. All in all, a mighty tasty brew.
zach8270 (3628) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [draft - 10th Annual PA Microbrewers Fest, Pennsylvania Brewing Co. - Pittsburgh, PA] Poured a nice reddish hue with a slightly thin white head. Faint and subtle aroma. I can sort of smell the apricots but mainly I got a hop flavor. The taste is that of an IPA with a very slight hint of fruit [those apricots] underneath. Not as overpowering as I thought it would be. Rather enjoyable brew that was nice and smooth to drink.
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fruity and hoppy aroma with a nice red/orange color. Only a slight tinge of apricot but decent hops. Smooth, crisp, and refreshing.
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mmmmm. A bit expensive, but probably worth it. Everythingís subtle in this brew, especially the apricot. Nice complex hop notes.
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I was doing my own little fruit ale taste off this evening and this was the crowned champion. Dark broze with a nice tan head, great lacing, clean hoppy nose with only a hint of fruitiness. Thick malty body, with awesome apricot hints mixed into the hoppy finish, very un-forced (unlike their au curant version).
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle on a whim. These brewers are all over the place, and this one pour a big thick creamy head. Kind of a like a well-done american ipa: fresh, hoppy, malty, and apricots? Unless they add to head retention, iím not getting them.
5000 (6299) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a lovely orange, large frothy off-white head, with clouds of sediment suspended throughout.   Strong aroma of grains, slightly hoppy, but not much in the way of apricots, or fruit for that matter.   Up front I get more of the graininess, but very little in the way of hops.   Starting in the middle and into the finish I get a slightly spicey/peppery taste.   Clean finish, no bitter/hoppy aftertaste that I thought this beer would have with its Cascade Hops.   This beer shoulda been labeled "Aprimalt" as it doesnít seem to have that IPA flair.   For a fruit beer, it certainly isnít very fruity.   Very bizarre... probably wouldnít bother having this again.   Thanks goes out to MarkR for the trade!
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 real good stuff. incredibly well balanced beer. sweet candy aroma... hops and apricot. tastes like hops... and a tinge of apricot. itís not overwhelmingly fruity, but the apricot adds another dimension to the beer. satisfying.
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
amber, off white head. aroma is big and perfumy and delivers what the name implies - apricots and hops. the flavour holds less apricot but it tastes like a nicely fruity pale ale. nice.