DrnkMcDermott (2880) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo. Hmmm, yes. Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy! Apricot taste is evident, but not overpowering as in other fruit beers. Here, the fruit just supports the citrusy IPA hop chracter.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2004 This is the first IPA-style Iíve had that combines cooling refreshment with a nice hop/alcohol burn. The apricots are so evident in the aroma that you wouldnít have to see the label to know they are there. There is a crisp freshness in the taste, but yet a fullness that is substantial. The apricot dies in the finish. More than just a novelty - this is a good beer!
pineypower (2685) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - JUN 22, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Humm.......nice apricot aroma when opening the bottle. Pours a orange tinted amber color with a decent white head. Itís taste is much better than some other fruit beers Iíve had, the apricot is not overwhelming, but subtle and adds a very nice flavor to the beer. Nice beer for a hot summerís day
jonwell (104) - Huntington Beach, California, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An interesting beer here. Itís not terribly IPAíish, nor is it terribly apricot-y, but it IS good. Pours a cloudy amber with a thick off white head. Careful with this one! Aroma is pretty weak, a bit of hops and not much else. The flavor follows suit at first, and this beer is kind of a let down to start. As it warms up though, a very distinct apricot flavor opens up under the hops. Quite tasty! Hops are still evident, but I feel like Iím just getting them out of the way to taste the apricot. Once you warm up to it, so to speak, itís quite a pleasant beer.
mike mcneil (660) - St Augustine, Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber-orange hue with a decently durable ivory white head. Drank out of a snifter to hopefully concentrate the luscious apricot and hop aromas, but was a bit disappointed by the wimpiness of the former. Just didnít get much of an apricot nose here, but some nice citrusy hops. The flavor did show some sweet, fruity apricot at mid-palate, especially as the glass warmed. Silky smooth mouthfeel with just the right carbonation level. Finish is all IPA with a crisp blast of lip-smacking hops. Overall a solid IPA, just doesnít show much apricot as far as I could detect.
aracauna (3196) - Georgia, USA - JUN 17, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I have been craving a hoppy beer and this being the only one I have in my current stash, I was looking forward to trying it. Itís a solid IPA, but the apricot is very reserved. Iíve had similar peach/apricot aromas from other IPAs (I think itís a combination of yeasty fruitiness and certain types of hops) and Iím not sure that I wasnít looking for it that Iíd notice apricots in this. Itís more apparent in the aroma with a bit of dried apricot lurking under the slightly peppery hops. The flavor is mostly hops, but not overpowering, with a nice strong bitterness in the finish. The color is a dark amber on the red side of the category and the head is small and eggshell white.
Mads Langtved (2244) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - JUN 16, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Somewhat a good beer. I love the combination between the genuine hoppy bitterness and the sweet fruity apricot flavor. Another great beer from the mighty brewery.
HighlanderOne (1051) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JUN 14, 2004
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting. Smells like rotten apricots, but actually not that bad. I didnít detect any apricot in the flavor, but there was definitely something diffferent, a sort of wood essence. Aside from that, itís a well made IPA (Iíd expect nothing else from these guys).
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - JUN 10, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Golden color. Smells amazingly like a sweet IPA. Sweet, fruity tasting start, goes down smooth, finishes with a little kick of hops.
arjoseph (640) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 13, 2009 From tap in pint. Small whitish head, totally diminishing. Brownish/orangish amber color. Pretty much, I found it as advertised: soft apricot and understated fruit flavors at the begining transitioning into that unmistakable IPA dry hops bitterness that lingers through the finish, which was average length. I thought the sweetness and the fruit balanced really well with the hops.
Re-rate. Recently had another bottle of this. I donít know if the difference has to do with bottle vs. tap, change in recipe, or change in my tastes, but I thought the apricot was way over-the-top and artificial. My friend who enjoys beer but isnít a beer geek gagged and I had to finish it. Itís not horrible, but I had to adjust the rating down. Solidly mediocre.