VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - JUL 18, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at VT Brewers Fest - Nicely copperorange in color with a slight white head. Apricot is not nearly as apparent as for MH #9, which I like a lot. Flavor is mildly hoppy and fruity (apricot, of course) with well balanced malt in the background. Slightly yeasty/sour and medium bitter. Finish is hoppy and bitter, but does not last too long. OK, but seems to be missing something.
bubslang (438) - Kentwood, Michigan, USA - JUL 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper colored with a small off white head. Nice citrus hop aroma with hints of apricots. nice citrus hop flavor, with subtle flavor of apricots. The fruit is not overbearing in this brew and actually complements the hoppiness nicely. well done.
Shag (2698) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is beer #600! Orangish red appearance. The flavor is hoppy comprable to the 60 minute. The taste is bitter but mainly sour with only a hint of apricots. I taste pears in there for some reason. A good one to share with fellow Ratebeerians at the GA gathering.
ross (2128) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled 2004. pours out a dark red orange color with a thick white head that goes away quickly. smells like apricots and hops. magic hat #9 was pretty good if i remember, so we will see how this stacks up. strong hoppy taste and fruity apricot tasting. im not so sure all the hops mesh well with an apricot. its a pretty good offering from DFH, but not my favorite one of theirs.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUL 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks great, tastes great, Apricot flavoring blended into a great beer. I’m very pleasantly surprised with Dogfish’s offering. My criterion for a fruit beer is that it is what the bottle says it is. Bonus points for living up to the billing. Very tasty, well balanced beer.
CamdenD (1118) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUL 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was impressed. Much better than the #9 from Magic Hat -- this beer is basically an IPA with all the hoppage and some apricots thrown in too. You barely taste them -- which is good. Nicely done... for a fruit beer.
pauliefrog99 (302) - FLINT, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an orange reddish color with small white bubbly head. Nice pine grapefruit hop taste with a little bit of apricot flavor. The alcohol was well hidden. The finish was a little too sweet and sugary. Still pretty good though.
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
a great ipa from dogfish. loved the hints of apricot, know its been done before, but brilliant when done by dogfish. sweet, but not too sweet. grapefruity, but not too much so. 7 percent was well hidden, great job here with a nice summer/spring brew.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tried this after sampling Au Courant and it isn’t all that dissimilar. Again, this beer is too sweet and sugary, which leaves a muddled and confused palate. I picked up some grapefruit and pine as well as the fruit (which has a bit of an acidic bite), but these flavors were buried in the sugar matrix. Passable, perhaps better for the sweet-tooth.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 5, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
a good ipa. the apricot goes well with the hops. if you are a fan of dogfishhead you will be pleased with this beer.