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.
rayaron (119) - ISRAEL - AUG 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer & Beyond, Tel Aviv. Clear amber with no head. Aroma of date honey, malty, notes of apricots. Sweet malty flavor, notes of apricots, caramel, medium hoppy bitterness, light sourness, woody. Medium carbonation. Medium body. Sweet aftertaste.
ComradeK (1010) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - AUG 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber, with a smallish off-white head, which lasts reasonably well, and leaves a little lacing. Dried apricot, toffee malt and resin hops make up the aroma. A mixture of dried apricot and strong citrus hops introduces it, with a sweeter apricot flavour joining caramel malt in the mid-palate. Sweet citrus hops finish it off. Not bad, but I have to say Iím still not 100% convinced on apricots as a beer ingredient.
maneliquor (3070) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 3, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Love the rabbit on the label. Pours clear amber with a small white head. Nose is full of sticky sweet apricot, quite resinous, with caramel, brown sugar and stewed raisin in there. Some pine and apricot clearly take the focus with moderate toffee and sticky sweet and stewed fruits playing a part. Drinks easy enough but nothing special
yiannnos (857) - , CYPRUS - AUG 2, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amber colour. Medium bodied, apricots, citrus fruits, sweet, not very good.
Rrauth (1190) - North Carolina, USA - AUG 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
logging this in from untappd to synchronize all my beers into rate beer for better statistics.
Syzzer (590) - Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle with my great friend josh 7-26-14. Much like a good IPA with hint of apricot. Cloudy orange color with white sticky head. 8.8 bd 8.3 joshk.
solidfunk (3896) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JUL 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good integration of apricot and IPA elements here. Pours orange with OK head and lacing. Light bitter finish with some malt. Some citrus. Tap at Rehoboth Beach brewpub.
chinchill (1801) - South Carolina, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz, sediment-free bottle.
Clear reddish-amber with a good beige head and very good lacing
Feel: medium body; Crisp, medium+ carbonation.
Smell: soft fruits not specifically apricot with a clear spicy hop presence.
Taste: lightly spicy, APA hop level; solid malt backbone; fruity with subtle apricot
O: interesting and worthwhile IPA variant.
gam (3219) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber pour light beige head strong medium carbonation aromas pine apricot citrus note of tropical the flavours medium bitter nice apricot crisp citrus lemon grapefruit caramel malt pine nice rich IPA the finish good sweetness lasting bitter apricot taste very well balanced IPA
Sevenlee (1300) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JUL 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep golden orange with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, fruit like apricot of course, caramel, citrus and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a hoppy finish. Nice stuff.