smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 5, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - malty, fruity nose. Some aproicot, but not a lot. Pretty color of the body. A medium gold to orange. White head, quickly diminishing. Odd flavor. Just a touch of apricot, but had it not been in the name of the beer Iím not sure I would have detected it. Some malt. A few hops. This one did not knock me out and at $8.99 for 4, I wonít be having any more.
elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - MAY 3, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to herbjones for sharing. Dark hazy orange, looks very nice in the glass, light aroma is mostly hops. Some sweet malt in the flavor, a dose of hops and a dry finish; certainly indentifiable as IPA, but I was looking forward to apricots and they did not seem to show up!
steview (1019) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 4, 2005 trappist / i have just finished drinking pyramidís apricot ale and now itís on with the aprihop! the aroma is very similiar, obviously, but this is much cleaner and has less "mustiness" than pyramidís. the appearance of this beer is also nicer. rather than gold and hazy, itís only slightly hazy and with a rich dark brick red, and reddish orange highlight. again, the head is small and white, but DHís seems to be neater, tighter. mmm, the palate is smooth. the flavor is sweet, reminiscent of 120min (donít ask why), and itís so... tasty. :o) this is a great fruit beer! it ends with me actually wanting another fruit beer, great! it just seems to be balanced so well, and yes... itís smooth. UPDATE 9/4/04: from the bottle, insane party ambience: a very full india pale ale with a sweet apricot aftertaste. nearly stale undertones. overall itís sweet, and a crowd pleaser. downrated. UPDATE 3/4/05: tulip / sugary sweet fruity and hoppy pale ale! downrated overall by 1 point.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber appearance with a small puffy head and very sparse lacing. The aroma is great and hoppy too, with a second deeper scent of the toasted malts, a beer that truly gives everything away in the aroma. Pale ale flavor with apricots as an afterthought, pretty much there as a bit of fruity sweetness. Sincerely lacking in complexity, much like a piece of toast with apricot jam, it is what it is, no surprises.
VAYankee (330) - Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish amber hue with an offwhire head. Strong pine hop aroma complemented by a light fruitiness. Flavor is a little different - starts out light, lightly hoppy and lightly sweet apricot. Finishes dry, bitter and lightly fruity.
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - MAY 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, snifter. Apricots definitely stand out in the aroma, but seem to clash with hops IMO. Breadish malt profile. Deep orange-red body with a small, creamy, off-white head. Moderately sweet flavor becomes a lightly sweet, lightly bitter finish. Malt profile seems to be lacking. Just bready, thatís all I get. Medium body, creamy texture, lively carbonation. The bottom line is: well, I guess apricots arenít really my thing + the malt profileís a little weak = only decent in my book.
YogiBeera (2475) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aīhhh Dogfish Head - this brewery getís a special corner of my heart as this is another damn fine brew by them: Nice amber color, little tiny head. Roasted malt and alcohol nose. Nice apricot, hop and grain taste which lasts for ever. Very refreshing and memorable.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The color of clover honey with a thin fast receding head. Very subdued hop profile imo. Apricots were not evident.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 1, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I love this beer! A great summertime beer indeed. Itís terribly refreshing and a perfect balance of heavy and light, sweet and bitter. The aroma is sweet apricot and candy. Flavor is authentic IPA beer + apricots. Not watered down at all, and it doesnít taste artificial. Good job yet again Dogfish Head!
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear light amber, with a very slight aroma. Taste was also very light with apricots in the middle masked by the hops and in the aftertaste. Then smooth mellow hoppiness at the end with minimal apricots underneath, with a sweet aftertaste.