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 wasn’t really what I was expecting. I don’t 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 doesn’t do anything for this beer. It’s almost as if it was an unwanted accident. And DFH said, let’s just go ahead and bottle this beer anyway.
It’s very astringent, it’s not very hoppy. I can drink it without cringing (I guess). This is just... It’s not that good. Definitely not as good as what they are charging for it. I would give this a ’C’.
I’m never gonna buy this again. I’m never gonna look for this. I’m gonna get through this glass but... It’s nothing special. I’m definitely not going to waste my money buying another one of these.
I don’t really care for the astringent aftertaste that the apricots provide. The plus is that it’s NOT a fruit beer, as the name would suggest. But on the down side, It’s certainly NOT an IPA either. I’ve 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 don’t think so. Maybe in the brewery, but it doesn’t 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 don’t 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 it’s not worth more than that. And I am stretching here to find some positive aspects.
Most people like this beer. I don’t know why. But you make your own decision. Maybe this beer’s for you and maybe it isn’t.
mbgrayson (606) - Anaconda, Montana, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice clear amber, with a long lasting tan head. Aroma is a bit weak, notes of apricot and a bit of hops. Taste is smooth and drinkable, with the sweetness from the Apricots balancing well with the hops. All in all, a very interesting and unique brew. Thumbs. up.
yourilevesque (225) - Quebec, CANADA - MAY 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bière cuivrée et translucide. La DogfishHead Aphihop dévoile un nez de houblons frais et résineux. Contrairement à l’attente que je m’en suis faite, nous sommes loin de l’explosion de fruits à laquelle je m’attendais. De l’abricot certes, mais encore celui-ci est très subtil. C’est tout de même une bonne chose car les bières aux fruits qui sont trop parfumées dégagent souvent des arômes dangereusement artificielles et c’est loin d’être le cas ici. En bouche il y a beaucoup de sucre; pour ce type de bière du moins. Encore une fois l’abricot est très délicat. Le liquide est lourd et légèrement trop sirupeux pour moi qui m’attendais à une bière légère de soleil. Les houblons sont présents mais forment un bel équilibre avec le malt qui ajoute une très belle rondeur et une profondeur agricole bien plaisante. Bonne bière mais il ne faut pas s’attendre à une fruit beer.
mstrcrwly (600) - New York, USA - MAY 21, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
drank straight out of the bottle..aroma of apricots,peaches,hops..tastes like a cross between fruit beer and an IPA..wouldn’t think this is 7%..not bad
Seannpc (77) - - MAY 10, 2015
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Floral aroma. Burnt orange color and medium cloudiness. Smooth start with hints of citrus. Smooth finish
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beertholomeus (1111) - California, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich amber orange color with a white head. Hop, caramel, pine, fruit, resin and biscuit aroma. Hop, resin, caramel, toffee, pine, apricot and biscuit flavors. Medium body and carbonation. Caramel and hop finish with a hint of apricot.
bpreo (1981) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 10, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not the best apricot flavor, though I can say it’s natural. Doesn’t taste much like a Pale Ale.
TH28 (213) - - MAY 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Appearance: Deep orange golden with a slight haze, and moderate off white foam cap.
Aroma: Fruity citrus and apricot is prominent, but also a dank, resinous hop character as well.
Taste: Rich caramel maltiness and tart apricot flavor, leading into a strong bitterness that isn’t sharp because of the malt base. Well balanced. Again, a resinous, almost woody hop character helps offset the sweet citrus flavors.
Mouthfeel: Medium with a moderate carbonation. No noticeable alcohol heat.
Finish: Lingering resinous bitterness, with a hint of apricot. Apricot is most prominent on the finish.
Overall: Really well balanced IPA, with a strong enough malt base to balance the intense bitterness. Resinous hop flavors do well to balance the fruity flavors.
shoulderbroken (2639) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAY 9, 2015
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at Horse Brass. Very refreshing, citrusy aroma, bit of apricot there too. Taste is good, quite different, not so bitter. Good.
hopbag (136) - - MAY 7, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The apricot comes through and goes well with the hops they chose, which seem floral. Not very sweet. Clean yeast. Not bad.
Zymurgeist2 (1234) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 5, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Harry’s Hofbrau. Aroma of earthen work and caramel malts. Not much of the apricot or Cascade detected here. Pours a clear orange-amber with full white head. Taste is malty and muddled, with nothing really standing on display. Moderate bittering.