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RATINGS: 1864   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
egajdzis (5274) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2004 6.6% originally... Beer poured a dark golden color with a small tight head. Aroma of mild hops and apricot. Taste was surpurbly balanced between hops and apricot. Very refreshing while down the Delaware shore. Rerate from this years bottled version @ 7% "More hops and less apricot" Hops certainly take a front seat here, balanced by a sweet apricots and then a bitter finish. This was bottled one week ago, and very nice! Got bumped up 2 point by me, and this might venture into the IPA style now.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Oh this was a tasty treat. Initially I balked at a beer with apricots, but the server at Microfestivus gave me a free sample. Dang, the apricots are apparent but very well integrated into this one, I had to get more. The alcohol is well hidden, the flavors are smooth, there is hops to balance the sweetness. A beer that is different but definately drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2003
(On tap Great Lost Bear-Portland, ME). Much fuller body than expected in a fruit beer. Nice balance of sweetness and body. Great, luxurious golden-brown color. Hops and apricot in this one really complement well. I'm not such a fruit beer guy so I only had a shorty, but I could tell there is something here worth exploring.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldGrowth (2617) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2003 Draught:Sunset grill in Boston. Fruity nose(duh) apricot & oranges. Reddish orange color. Bitter fruity grapefruit with a nice fruity bitter finish. Nice summer IPA

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2003
On Tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House, NYC: This fruity IPA pours a slightly hazy, deep copper color with a small, off-white head that is mostly diminishing. The aroma is hoppy and fruity with lots of apricot and cascade hop notes. It has a medium body with moderate carbonation and a nice, smooth mouthfeel. The flavor is nicely balanced between the hops and the apricots, with the hops taking the leading edge. The finish is long, fruity, and has a bit of hop twang towards the end. I really enjoyed this one.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dberger624 (1028) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2003
Cask at the Grey Lodge in Philly. Not a bad beer. I'm not a fan of apricots. This and a aroma apricot and hops. Good mix of the the two.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nuffield (3665) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 9, 2003
Thanks to the brewer for bringing some of this along to a beer festival. Interesting effect of the apricot (which are rehydrated from dried Turkish apricots, from what the brewer told me)--it is a very mild flavor touch, coming out much more in a back-of-the-jaw kind of tang. Otherwise this is an IPA, as indicated. (bottle at Pennsylvania Microbrewers Fest 2003)

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2002
Fresh apricots and some citrus in the nose, but the rest seems like they forgot something, a bit of malt there, two or three hops here, not much more than a subtle apricot flavour. A must say a disappointment to a person looking for a huge hoppy beer with some fruit.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - NOV 9, 2002
OK, but why would you screw up an IPA by putting fruit in it? A different brew, not one of my favorites.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
legion242 (2162) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
Semi-hazy copper color; Head was sustained and thin; Pineapple nose. Amazingly fruity- the bar I had this in listed this beer as "AprilHop" instead of "ApriHop" and I didn’t get the apricot connection at first- but it is definitely the predominate flavor: very little of the hops.


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