Kinz (3188) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pretty coppery amber, good head. Leafy aroma of pine sap, tar, earth. Flavor has a mild bit of apricot at the front, quickly working its way into an earthy, organic hop mass with a decent malt backbone. The apricot almost takes the stand of the grapefruit flavors of the Cascade. Interesting, very subtle with the fruit. Doubt if I would have picked it out as a fruit beer if I hadn't known, I would just have been left wondering how the heck they got that flavor out of hops. A really nice IPA.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I know I rated this during the first RBSG in Toronto - Volgon or Don Bible brought some up.......? Well, this is some good IPA here, and a great fruit beer. A good IPA first, with crisp piney hopping and some delectably fresh malt, sweet and firm. Then the relative subtle apricot sweetness (not as much tanginess as I would have thought) - I like!!!
3fourths (7797) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden light orange. Smell is a corn and dusty orange. Pretty sour apricot and orange flavor, though it's like a rotten fruit mixture. Sour up front, not very fruity... more like an IPA than a fruit beer.
deprogram (114) - Renton, Washington, USA - MAR 21, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle This one gets high marks just for originality - but it also gets high marks for the perfect burnished gold color, the biting fragrance, and, well, everything. Has a quite properly balanced bittersweetness, without the fruit burying the flavor with sugar.
tfcjenn (30) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 21, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
yum! this light bronze brew has a lovely white head. a nice dry beer, good amount of hops, not overwhelming.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - MAR 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dry, hoppy aroma. Flavor is basically a very dry and hoppy magic hat #9. The mix of the moderate apricot flavor with the heavy handed hop profile make for a crisp dryness. Nice beer.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAR 20, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2004 Really pretty nice-not something I'd buy much of, but interesting at least and not some insipid brewpub fruit beer (as if it would be) I kinda wish the fruit aroma was a little more prominent and maybe a little hoppier, but still good
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 19, 2004 2004 Bottle. Clear amber body with a stiff off-white head. Generous carbonation keeps the head around for the duration of the beer. The aroma reminds me of the dusty, fuzzy skin of a peach, although the majority of it is sweet apricot and caramel. Sprucy notes as well. The flavor has a muddled start with burnt caramel and overripe apricot . Finishes with gentle apricot sweentness and some sprucy hop bitterness. Overall it's a decent fruit beer but the apricot seems heavy and forced. I don't think the IPA bitterness goes well with the fruit sweetness.
argo0 (11181) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 17, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(12oz. bottle) Clear copper body with small beige head. Aroma is moderate sweet, floral, some apricot, light caramel. Taste is mild sweet, floral/herbal hoppy, the apricots present but very mild. Medium-full body with good chewiness. The fact that there are apricots in this one is a gimmick where no gimmick is needed -- a very good IPA on its own merits.