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RATINGS: 1870   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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A strong IPA brewed with real apricots and finished with whole leaf Willamette and Cascade hops.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Big woodsy hop nose, just like their 60 Minute IPA. In this regard, I actually wouldn’t be able to distinguish between the two. What is quite distinguished is its beautiful head and flawless body. The moouthfeel is superb: too creamy would have been disastrous with this one. I’m on the side of those who find this more an IPA than a fruit beer. The fruit is delicate and I think its main contribution is to add something like a sourness or acidity which works nicely to give nuance to the light but well-managed bitterness. Good stuff, especially if you like the 60 Minute.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Suttree (5130) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Reddish brown/copper, very small head. Smoky, hoppy, and ever so delicate fruit aroma. Full, rich IPA feel to it. Hoppy and full bodied, with just a hint of apricot flavor. This is a fruit beer with style and finesse. The fruit flavors compliment the beer, not overpower it.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 30, 2004
12 oz bottle, from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany NY. Dark amber, clear, minimal head retention. Interesting nose of fresh apricots and smelly, pungent hops doesn’t quite gel, but is certainly memorable. Lovely full mouthfeel, and a nice light warming alcohol bite, along with a hint of smokiness, help to counteract the rather syrupy fruitiness. Very interesting on the whole, the best recent DFH I’ve had.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
THis is a nice hoppy fruit beer. The taste is a bit sweet then somewhat bitter from the hops. For fruit beers this is excellent, but for IPAs this is mediocre.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
desurfer (1212) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2004
A peachy, hoppy aroma wafts overtop a golden orange body with a small head. The aroma is very sweet and fruity. There’s a lot going on in the flavor. The initial burst of apricot gives way to some resiny hops and a solid malt backbone. The finish is quite dry, sweet, and tarty. The alcohol is also moderately noticeable. This is very enjoyable. It’s classified as a fruit beer, but it’s much closer to an IPA with the apricot as an enhancement rather than the main attraction.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frank (2827) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 Having tried the Olde School Barleywine, I expected the flavor from the added fruit to be more pronounced. However, this comes across more as a straightforward IPA with some mild apricot notes rather than a fruit beer. I think the hops might need to be toned down a bit for thie apricots (one of my favorite fruits) to really shine. The earthy overtones from the hops can overide the apricot a bit. Small complaint though--damn fine beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pivo (2561) - GERMANY - APR 27, 2004
Nice orange-copper color, foamy head, sweetish aroma with some hops. Thick sweet malt base with, of course, apricot flavors. Good transition into a hopped bitter end with a candy-like (Pez?) finish. The blend of the sweet apricot and the hops is superb, with more hop bitter than fruit tastes. This is no experiment gone wrong - it's a well-crafted beer. Very cool.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
Deep amber color with smallish head. Mellow apricot hop aroma. Dry, sour apricot tang that's also a bit hoppy. Not exactly a great combination. I like the fact that these guys consistantly experiment and push the envelope. One is good, six maybe not so much.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
1more4dessert (330) - Upstate, New York, USA - APR 26, 2004
golden color, no appreciable head, the apricot is there but very subtle and not sweet. I too would pick this over the 60 minute.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - APR 25, 2004
The beer pours light amber with a gold tint, but little head. The aroma is light, and you can smell the hops well. The flavor is fantastic, with a terrific hop range and just enough apricot to make the beer refreshing, but not enough to make you sick of the fruit flavor by the end of the glass. I would drink this beer everyday. I liked it better than the 60 Minute IPA.


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