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RATINGS: 1925   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtw (1137) - farmington, Michigan, USA - JUN 8, 2004
complex aroma of hops and sweet fruit--obviously apricot. looks like a regular IPA, small lasting head on a golden body. complex enough in the flavor, but it seems like the apricot is there just to mask some of the hops. strangely sweet and bitter at the same time, and not a great combination. definitely an interesting brew and easily worth trying, but not much more than refreshing.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
duff (5484) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JUN 6, 2004
Bottle. Theres no doubt that Dogfish Head are one of my favourite breweries, but iím not so sure if i liked this effort. Fresh and refreshing apricot flavour, light body, both of which is what iím sure they were aiming for. Perhaps its because iím not a big apricot fan in general, it just didnít do anything for me. But i do see how people could like it though, it was OK.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2004
Pours a nice orange, about the color of dried apricots. Decent head that is about the color of the label. I really like how this one smells! Very fruity and hoppy with that distinctive heavy malt of IPAs. Tastes like a well-constructed IPA with a lot of fruity character. Loads of citrus flavors, as well as a teeny bit of apricot, backed up by a huge malt backbone. All in all, a mighty tasty brew.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JUN 5, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2008 [draft - 10th Annual PA Microbrewers Fest, Pennsylvania Brewing Co. - Pittsburgh, PA] Poured a nice reddish hue with a slightly thin white head. Faint and subtle aroma. I can sort of smell the apricots but mainly I got a hop flavor. The taste is that of an IPA with a very slight hint of fruit [those apricots] underneath. Not as overpowering as I thought it would be. Rather enjoyable brew that was nice and smooth to drink.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
firemedic713 (169) - Palm Bay, Florida, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Fruity and hoppy aroma with a nice red/orange color. Only a slight tinge of apricot but decent hops. Smooth, crisp, and refreshing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
booyaatribe (453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 1, 2004
Mmmmm. A bit expensive, but probably worth it. Everythingís subtle in this brew, especially the apricot. Nice complex hop notes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeM500 (1906) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - JUN 1, 2004
I was doing my own little fruit ale taste off this evening and this was the crowned champion. Dark broze with a nice tan head, great lacing, clean hoppy nose with only a hint of fruitiness. Thick malty body, with awesome apricot hints mixed into the hoppy finish, very un-forced (unlike their au curant version).

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 30, 2004
12 oz bottle on a whim. These brewers are all over the place, and this one pour a big thick creamy head. Kind of a like a well-done american ipa: fresh, hoppy, malty, and apricots? Unless they add to head retention, iím not getting them.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 30, 2004
Bottle pours a lovely orange, large frothy off-white head, with clouds of sediment suspended throughout.   Strong aroma of grains, slightly hoppy, but not much in the way of apricots, or fruit for that matter.   Up front I get more of the graininess, but very little in the way of hops.   Starting in the middle and into the finish I get a slightly spicey/peppery taste.   Clean finish, no bitter/hoppy aftertaste that I thought this beer would have with its Cascade Hops.   This beer shoulda been labeled "Aprimalt" as it doesnít seem to have that IPA flair.   For a fruit beer, it certainly isnít very fruity.   Very bizarre... probably wouldnít bother having this again.   Thanks goes out to MarkR for the trade!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ztrvz (218) - st paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 29, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2004 real good stuff. incredibly well balanced beer. sweet candy aroma... hops and apricot. tastes like hops... and a tinge of apricot. itís not overwhelmingly fruity, but the apricot adds another dimension to the beer. satisfying.


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