ToadMan (559) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the CT River Festival. Somewhat dark orange color, small head. Aroma was fairly weak malty apricot. Taste had a nice balance of hops and malt and a nice lite amount of apricot. Not overly fruity or sweet like a lot of fruit beers.
boto (1844) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 7, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught: The beer pour a bit of an orange-ish color. There was a light tan head. A bit of apricot to the nose, with a hint of hops in the background. The beer was medium-bodied, with a light taste of apricots. There was a good balance of malts and hops backing it up. This was quite excellent.
mkobes (2140) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - SEP 4, 2003
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very nice beer. I had it for the first time a few weeks ago on tap at a great bar in Bogota. Its a strong ipa, with the flavor of apricots. Its sweet and has a clear amber color.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 1, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Apricot aroma with sweet citrus hop notes. Murky orange with a small off-white head. Apricot flavors dominate. Hops arew quite noticable but the fruit is the main show. Medium bodied and chewy hop bitterness and apricot flavor sticks to the palate.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 28, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great beer. Fresh apricot nose. Clear amber, sticky white head. Pleasant sweetness, medium body, awesome fruit. Herbal bitter finish. Very different, a great alternative for those Dumb Hat #9 drinkers. A beer like no other. And theres still tons of hops in the lingering finish. Very nicely done.
egajdzis (5302) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 26, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
EKGoldings (526) - Radford, Virginia, USA - AUG 17, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
BATLMULLET (127) - Highland, Indiana, USA - JUN 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
(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.
OldGrowth (2645) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 23, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.