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.
ESPh (92) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice copper color with a limited white head. Aroma of pine, apricots. The taste surprised me. I thought it would be sweet, fruity, and it is not. This is a good IPA with a pleasant, light, apricot flavor. The IPA stands up well, with bitterness of the hops offsetting the fruit.
GriffDaddy (85) - - MAR 28, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium copper pour with a sizeable off white head. Floral, piney familiar IPA aroma with a very nice sweet apricot note. First one was a bit underwhelming - mostly IPA with a pleasing apricot angle. Nothing much. A few days later I let another one sit for 20 mins and the flavors really opened up. Sweet, heavy floral-apricot with a beautifully bitter balance. Not too complicated, pronounced natural apricot flavor that really delivered. Very much enjoyed this beer.
Listigovers (413) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Mixed aroma of fresh floral hops and some juicy sweetness. Pours copper with disappearing head. Taste is hoppy with some fruit aftertaste. Dry. Medium bodied. Not my favorite. Was expecting a bit more juiciness, donít drink it too cold or youíll miss it.
arn8897 (96) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - MAR 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper color with a white head. Aromas of citrus and hop. Taste of citrus apricots and hops. Not to bitter finish.
Maxbier (531) - Maryland, USA - MAR 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark clear copper color with off white head. Very nice looking beer in the glass. Aroma of apricots and a hint of pine. Taste is like a good IPA (something like 60min) pairs with extra apricot flavor. Melds better than a shandy. Nice drink, a hint too sweet but forgivable.
Luvystypotables (904) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma of citrus and a himt of malt and fruit. Pours a clear caramel color no head very little carbonation. Taste of fruit and hops dry light bodied with a slightly chalky finish.
JockPhillips (19) - - MAR 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. 2015. It has a good way about it. The floral fruit note there and a spark note gives a nice kick then. Sweet but good sweet mostly; good maybe bittersweet even. Like the little bite there and the tight crisp notes that flourish.
sailracer (422) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 20, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample. Medium gold in color. Slightly watery. Not much flavor either from apricots or hops. Not an objectionable beer, but not much memorable about it.
coachd (237) - Missouri, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is just what I expected; possibly a little sweeter. Apricot, DFH signature hop scent and some brown sugar. Beautiful amber color with a tiny amount of white foam. Hoppy, tasty IPA but other than a slight showing in the aftertaste, I cannot detect any apricot. False advertising - there is no way this should be classified as a fruit beer. Overall pretty good, but DFH has set the bar so high for me. More apricot please.
ChrisFields (87) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - MAR 17, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with a nice two finger head. Aroma is malt heavy with light notes of tropical fruit on top. Taste is citrus. Apricot is present but subtle. Medium bitterness. Overall good but doesnít really grab me.