branlovesbeer (11) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2012
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 4/20
Not alot of head. Dissipated almost immediately. It just, sort of, beaded up in the middle.
Light ruby color. The head is white. Go figure, red beer and white head.
There was minimal carbonation. Just a small stream coming from the bottom. Although, as the beer warms up, the carbonation does become more pronounced.
It wasnít really what I was expecting. I donít smell any apricot. The aroma was very similar to the 60 minute IPA. Light malt, light hop, just light everything.
The crystal malts were probably the most prominent aroma.
I was pleasantly surprised because there was no apricot/peachy flavors to speak of. Only an astringent peachy aftertaste. The Hops and Malt are definitely the prominent taste in this beer.
The apricot definitely doesnít do anything for this beer. Itís almost as if it was an unwanted accident. And DFH said, letís just go ahead and bottle this beer anyway.
Itís very astringent, itís not very hoppy. I can drink it without cringing (I guess). This is just... Itís not that good. Definitely not as good as what they are charging for it. I would give this a íCí.
Iím never gonna buy this again. Iím never gonna look for this. Iím gonna get through this glass but... Itís nothing special. Iím definitely not going to waste my money buying another one of these.
I donít really care for the astringent aftertaste that the apricots provide. The plus is that itís NOT a fruit beer, as the name would suggest. But on the down side, Itís certainly NOT an IPA either. Iíve had weak American Ales with more hop presence than this. The hops are VERY subdued. The DFH websites describes it as being... "continuously hopped with irresponsible amounts of amarillo hops."
Irresponsible? I donít think so. Maybe in the brewery, but it doesnít come through in the smell or taste.
Worth the Money:
So based on all of that, is it worth the money?
$2.99 per single bottle == .25 cents per oz
$10.99 per 4 pack. == .23 cents per oz
$9.99 per 1/2gal growler. == .16 cents per oz.
I donít believe in 4 packs. Especially not for a beer with such low quality (compared to the style it is classified under). If this were about $9 for a 6 pack, I can see myself paying that for this particular beer. But itís not worth more than that. And I am stretching here to find some positive aspects.
Most people like this beer. I donít know why. But you make your own decision. Maybe this beerís for you and maybe it isnít.
Chadski4 (157) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The apricot flavors arenít too overpowering which is very nice. A balanced finish.
michcam8 (349) - Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear copper/orange color with a big fluffy white head. Lots of legs left on the glass. Faint hop aroma, citrus, and sweet caramel malt. Taste is grass earthy hops, mild apricot flavor, sweet, light toasted malts. Not a bad beer - average.
portableparty (2010) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours copper with a tight egg shell head that leaves a wispy film and collar. Aroma has caramel malt that is mineral/iron and not much else. Taste is bitter earthy herbal hops caramel malt and no real apricot flavor, if there is the hops and malt are masking it well. Palate is medium with heavy malt.
arkurzynski (1691) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - APR 25, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper. Nose of fruity caramel malt and citrus hops. Flavor is mango and caramel malt with generic hop bitterness and light vinyl in the finish.
Jethro6191 (484) - Indiana, USA - APR 18, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light Amber with a thin white head. Fruity aroma with a hint of alcohol. Citrus hop, apricot, peaches, and the tartness of an under ripe plum. Medium body with a smooth mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation. Very good, I liked the citrus and stone fruit combination.
screigh (494) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear copper color. Thin white head with no lacing. Apricot and pine aroma. A tart and malty start with a lively carbonation finish. Not much on hop flavor. Light bitterness lingers.
sturmthis (824) - Ohio, USA - APR 16, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: APR 22, 2015 On tap. Beer #800. Copper color with one finger head. Citrus and slight apricot aroma. Taste is similar with slight pine. Sweet, pretty good.
bavarian81 (75) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 15, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer smelled of bready malt, fruit, and floral hops. A nice smoothe, medium body with satisfying carbonation. It has a very nicely balanced flavor of fruity tartness and hop bitterness.
MrFecesious (1196) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 12, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at hopping pig. Clear copper. Aroma of apricot, citrus, pine, caramel. Taste is sweet and bitter. Palate is tangy, crisp, good amount of dryness.
Fatehunter (1537) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - APR 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is lots of apricot and a little pine.
The taste starts sweet, a mild bitter middle, then a sweet finish.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
Itís tasty. The apricot plays well here.