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RATINGS: 1953   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A strong IPA brewed with real apricots and finished with whole leaf Willamette and Cascade hops.


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 3, 2004
This is hands down the best fruit beer Iíve tasted. The apricot flavor blends very nicely with the hops giving this a crisp finish. This would be a great hot weather session beer.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
walleye (1080) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - AUG 1, 2004
poured a copper color with nice foamy head. aroma hops . citrus like not so sweet oranges hints of apricots. flavor weak grapefruit, green apples and after letting it warm up in my mouth the apricot came out a nice bitterness bite to it. not to bad

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4677) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Generally a nice fruity PA aroma, however the DFH cat urine whiffs kick in as it warms. Standard DFH label and bronze beer appearance. Moderately sweet, fruity, hops arenít overpowering. Warming ABV. Metallic twinges every now and again, I guess from the apricots. One of the better balances in a DFH brew. Long, long mild tart and bitter finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Not overly hoppy; loads of apricots. Very nice, though not a thirsty-man lawnmower brew due to its IPA nature

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Metalhead (638) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUL 31, 2004
Decent head. Copper color,mild hop aroma,semi sweet and hints of fruit. Flavor was an avg IPA. The apricot was very minimal which for me was a letdown. Good but not great.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2004
Ahh, the last one in the case. This ale ainít too shabby. Hazy deep copper color with a nice foamy off white head that leaves sticky lacing in my glass. Fruity, citrus aromas, sharp citrus flavors, medium body with a good creamy mouthfeel I get the sweet, mild apricot flavor in the finish. A very well done IPA

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUL 25, 2004
The beer after its emancipation from the 12-ounce brown bottle pours somewhat muzzy deep amber to copper color; the head is mountainous and frothy in texture, the color a nice light tan. Nose is sweet with the malt and Apricots, also a tad of hops, crisp, fresh with the start sweet and nicely malted, top is middling in its feel to the palate, Finish has an authoritarian acidity, the hops personable in their spiciness, sweetly and dry aftertaste, a bit light weight, but drinkable none-the-less.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2233) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2004
Orange amber. Citrus hops aroma, with a hint of apricot if I closed my eyes and concentrated hard (or is it just imagination?). The apricot is not really noticable in the flavor. I was afraid it might be sweet and syrupy, but it isnít. Good, but not outstanding.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jaymobrown (1746) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2004
This was a fairly nice beer. Nothing at all noticable about it though. Quite clear, mild hop nose, with perhaps some citrus qualities. No fruit detected anywhere in the taste -- perhaps because I was unaware that this was a fruit beer, but it still made no impression. A bit bland all the way around, and kind of soapy.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 19, 2004
Citrusy (grapefruit) hop nose balances nicely with the sweet apricots with neither dominant. Hazy orange-amber with thin but lasting dense white head. Strong, sweet malt base supports citrusy hops and fruit flavours with surprising bitterness towards the finish. Medium body and smooth creamy mouthfeel. All in all a very unexpected brew and very enjoyable. On tap at Vermont Brewers Festival.


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