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RATINGS: 1860   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2004
On tap at the Manayunk brewfest 4/24/04. Pours dark gold/amberish with a huge hop nose. The apricot is there, but it is in the background. At its heart, this is a good IPA style ale, but not as hoppy as the 60 or 90 minute IPAs. Finishes pretty smooth, with more hops, but not a lot of apricot.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (798) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2004
More hoppy than apri-ey. I would have preferred it the other way around, but it's none the less, a pretty good beer. Lightly fruity with a pretty big hop kick.

3.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
scoobyluv (504) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2004
light amber color with minimal head. not as hoppy or as apricot-y as i expected. dirty dish rag smell but it does have a smooth hop finish. decent ipa. definitely not a fruit beer. yay!!!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 23, 2004
Aroma is dry, slightly fruity, and bitter. Decent white head. Taste is bitter, lightly hoppy up front, lends its way to some sweetness. Only getting a slight tinge of apricot. Light bodied. Needs more apricot I guess. Session beer.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
biznizness (1070) - Mooresville, North Carolina, USA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2005 Clear amber-orangish appearance with a good size white head that hangs around. Very nice hoppy aroma, only slightly fruity. Very smooth, crisp, and refreshing. Hoppy flavor but only a subtle apricot taste. A great IPA like you would expect from DFH, but you may be disappointed if you are looking for a fruity beer.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2006 #556 on my beerwall. Poured a very apricot-like color. The smell of apricots was great out of the bottle and the taste carried it well. Nice hop aroma and good alcohol % for such a smooth beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2004 Mild hops and apricot aroma. Very pretty copper/red color with a fizzy white head. Pretty much tastes like a good ipa. I barely taste the apricot at all. Mostly in the aftertaste. Very good hop flavor. I wish I had a 60 minute to compare this with. Really good IPA, t not fruit beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2004
Hmm...clearish orangey apricot color, how fitting, just under a finger high head of dirty cream colored foam, some thinnly etched strings of lace stick. Smell has a nice herbal/grassy hop with a solid toasted malt backing, some detectable notes of fresh apricots and slight pine lay underneath, very fresh smelling with a raw grassy hop edge. Taste has a toasty frontage blending quickly with herbal grassy fresh hops that has a mild bite ending with a mix of pine wood, citrus fruits and just a peppering of the apricot can be detected nearer the finish where it tappers off with a toasty malt flake and bake twinge and a grab of hop bittering thats favorabley mild. Feel is about medium, nice and crisp with a light drying quality with just the right amount of bite and balance making for a good drinking IPA fruity treat. Its not as Aprihopped as I hoped it would be but its quite good non-the-less. Borderline sessionable with the 6.6% - drinkable all the same. I could easily put a few of these away and be a happy camper.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2004
corny hop aroma, auburn with a thin white head, corny hoppiness and a slight apricot finish

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
Pretty darn good brew. Full, fruity aroma and flavor (you can really detect the apricots) and a nice piney finish.


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