Braudog (5357) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - AUG 31, 2002
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2009 Re-rate after many, many samplings of ApriHop. This has easily become one of my favorite fridge beers. this is an excellent mid-strength drinker, with "just enough" alcohol warmth, nicely balanced against this nice complementary apricot flavor. Iím usually reluctant to answer the question, "whatís your favorite beer," I now sometimes answer with this beer. My original comment: <<Iím not usually a fan of fruity beers, but this is a stand-out. The apricot flavor is a good complement. Floral. Low in carbonation. Unique.>>
JFGrind (1777) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 19, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I look forward to drinking this seasonal beer every year. The apricot flavor works great in this beer combined with the willamette and cascade hops.
obxdude10 (1945) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2002
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2004 Re-rate: Apricot in the aroma, a light amber color, not as strong apricot flavors as the 2003 batch, more hoppiness,the apricots weren't as overpowering and didn't hang around as long in the aftertaste, a lot better than the 2003 batch, this year's I think was more like what DFH was hoping for, an IPA with a hint of apricot nose & flavor
mribm (446) - Hurley, New York, USA - AUG 4, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice Apricot aroma with very little head (this may be due to the fact it was the end of the keg) :( I never was a big Apricot fan and never dreamed it would taste good in a beer, however Dogfish Head Brewery has made it work in this delicious beverage! A beautiful sweet Apricot taste is followed by a blast of hops at the end. The sweet tasting beginning and the bitter hop finish, really complement each other. I would love to see this in bottles (hint, hint).
RAUCHFEST (122) - PROSPECT PARK, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 27, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice after a meal beer drinkable and refreshing though a little full bodied a nice draft beer
morebier4me (140) - New York, USA - JUL 23, 2002
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty good tastes like a fruity pale.
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2004 It smells a lot like apricots and other light fruit for some reason. Large rocky, frothy head on a clear orange body. Full bodied and bitter all the way. I liked it more as I worked through the growler. Totally unique, it can't be compared to any other beer, well besides Magic Hat #9.
npdempse (933) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2002
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells OK, with a decent scent of apricots and some malt. Tastes not so good. Basically like biting into an overripe apricot and then chewing on some hops.
hopscotch (8370) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 25, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2003 On tap at the brewery.
Crystal clear, deep amber ale with an off-white, creamy, lasting head.
The aroma is of very light apricot and heavy malt and hops.
The flavor is malty, bitter and just the slightest bit apricoty.
Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Nice, bitter finish.
Not your father's fruit beer. Imperial fruit beer perhaps?
lmdolgoff (5) - Winchester, California, USA - JUN 4, 2002 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great aroma, very good warm weather beer