BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 13, 2004
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
mctous (131) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 13, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
jburbey (14) - Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, USA - APR 12, 2004
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Wrath (362) - Valparaiso, Indiana, USA - APR 12, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orange color with a hoppy fruity smell. Taste is a hoppy spicy taste that is nicely balanced.Finishes sweet and hoppy.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Terminus (3371) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle-This has been one of my more anticipated brews that came out this year. then, Erway shows up at Whalemans house and brings a bottle! Pours a nice golden orange hue. nice white head with tight carbonation. nice aroma of citrus hop notes, but the apricots are in there and go along very nicely with the citrus hops. Good balance and mouthfeal is very good. Thanks to Erway for bringing this one for the gathering at Whaleman's place!
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 2, 2004 Bright golden-orange body and soapy white head. Interesting combination of citrus hops and apricot fruit. Melds nicely. Apricot flavor is certainly noticeable but subtle. Woody hop flavor too. This was a fresh and tasty surprise that erway brought to our NM beer gathering.