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RATINGS: 1935   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.


2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 (Bottled 2004) Dogfish Head #9. Great head and lace. The nose is mostly hoppy with a tad of apricot. The palate is smooth hoppy and slightly fruity. The fruit intrusion is rarther mild. My guess is that many people may not taste the apricot. Pretty good fruit beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerslayer (753) - New Jersey, USA - APR 13, 2004
This is pretty good for a fruit beer. Hoppy, citric, and malty flavors. Finishes clean, smooth, and crisp.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 13, 2004
Not as fruity as other fruit beers, which can be a good thing. This beer was tasty, but didn't knock me off my feet like I had expected. I'll still drink the others in my 4-pack!

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2004
Nice deep hop nose, lightly carbonated. Sweet, slightly fruity palate doesn't quite blend with the hops, which are nicely extracted. Perhaps a drier malt profile would bring out the apricot flavor. Sorry Dogfish, but I rate this a near miss.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2004
Sparkling dark amber, thin white head. Sweet notes of citric fruit and malt, crossed with a slight apricot undertone. Seems more like a balanced IPA then a typical fruit beer. Flavors of spicy grapefruit just seem to to blend well with the apricot. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry finish. Would be happy to drink this one here and there throughout the summer months.

3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jburbey (14) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2004
I was really looking forward to this beer. After drinking it I don't think I would really call this a fruit beer. It is definitely more of an IPA with just a hint of apricot. It tastes mostly of hops with a tiny bit of fruity sweetness. Overall it looked great in the glass and the finish was interesting, but otherwise I was disappointed. If I rated this as an IPA it would probably be higher.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2004
Pours a light copper with a thin white head that doesn't last. Tree bark, light fruits, bread crust, and hops on the tongue. Mild apricot on the tongue, but mainly mild hops and citrus. Overall a very good mild IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
kujo9 (1094) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2004
Orange amber w/a lasting light beige head. Woody and herbal hop aroma w/a little bready malt. Light caramel and faintly fruity apricot aroma as it warms. Balanced just to pleasant bitter; light grainy malt to balance the light herbal hop flavor in the finish and aftertaste. Finish is semi dry; light fruitiness, but apricot is still not strong. Fuller medium body, lower carbonation with a light astringency; well hidden alcohol. I was fearing the worst before I smelled and tasted this beer, but thankfully the apricot character of this beers adds to it, and does not dominate any aspect. It's actually a very good IPA and seems very difficult to pick any apricot character out of it.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2004
Orange color with a hoppy fruity smell. Taste is a hoppy spicy taste that is nicely balanced.Finishes sweet and hoppy.

3.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2004
Pours a nice orange with a good frothy head. Unfortunately it's force carbonated. Apricots and cascades in the nose. No overpowering flavors. Bitterness is a bit lower than most IPAs but the apricots are a great addition. Very well balanced with a crisp clean finish. By far my favorite fruit beer.


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