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.
Ttheilen (426) - USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I do not wax on poetically about beer but I do know the quality of a beer once tasted. This review is not about my tastes but reinforces the numbers, which are arbitrary.
oldrtybastrd (4887) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a light amber color. Aromas of hop, apricot with hints of grass and malts. Flavor has a nice piney juniper bite to it, with a mellow apricot flavor with a nice dry finish.
BeerdedDave (1184) - - MAR 31, 2016
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
just a slight hint of apricot, the apricot really gets overwhelmed by the hops (a good thing) much tastier that I expected; not your average fruit beer
Bygers (1134) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0,33l. Pours an amber colour with a white head. Aroma is fruity malt, apricot, and pine. Taste is sweet caramel malt with some fruit notes and slight apricot flavors. Finishes with earthy, pine hops.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Sirmixsomewhat (173) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was stoked for this beer. What a cool concept, apricots and Dogfish Head, right? Eh. I didnít enjoy it like I thought I would. It wasnít a bad beer, but it didnít keep me drinking. It was a little bitter and not really smooth, and tasted more reminiscent of grapefruit than any other fruit flavor I can associate with a beer. Just okay.
Ahuth (227) - - DEC 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Has a darker brown. Has a hoppy taste. Has a light body with a medium taste of apricots. Pretty good IPA!!
DandyWolfFloyd (991) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma - caramel malt, heavy hop, sweet drupe fruits
Appearance - dark orange body with an average white head.
Taste - sweet caramel and drupe fruit, I assume must be apricot and complimentary fruits.
Palate - body is medium, verge of oil, average carbonation, and a hopped finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
polo_marco (220) - milton, Vermont, USA - DEC 2, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sent is faint at first followed up by a nice Africa tropical citrus fruits smell was a slight yeasty finish. Color is perfect and nice deep orange E amber color. Taste is divine with a nice sweet water hoppy flavor with citrus followed by the nice apricot finish. Flavor flushes over your tongue perfectly. Overall this is one of my favorite fruit IPAs wish I would have rated it earlier.
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft - This is all IPA...but then right when you think youíre done youíre hit with the sweet fruity apricot flavor. Itís a balance between the two that you wonít find anywhere else. Not for everyone, but interesting enough to get me.
DrNosha (1384) - Baden WŁrttemberg, GERMANY - OCT 12, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vom Fass im Brew Pub in Rehoboth Beach. Orangene Farbe mit cremigem Schaum. Herbfruchtige Nase mit kršftigem Hopfen. Der Geschmack ist Łberraschend herb. Die Aprikose kommt ganz zum schluss. Toll wie alle Biere von Dogfish Head!