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.
GnarlyGnome (835) - 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 (660) - Baden WŁrttemberg, Germany, 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!
RobertDale (4550) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - SEP 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours golden orange with a nice off-white head. Aroma of citrus, pine, and malt. Taste is citrus, caramel malt, pine, and a bit of apricot. Decent.
Carlisle (276) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 1, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Bronze color with off-white head and some lacing. Malt aroma. Tastes more like an amber ale. Apricot not all that noticeable; hole flavor underwhelming. Overall, disappointing, especially for Dogfish Head.
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klk343 (157) - - JUL 23, 2015
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown. Not a whole lot of flavor. For really notice the apricots. Definitely drinkable but nothing special.
RobBestwick (703) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 20, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught. Sweet hoppy/apricot aroma. Deep bronze in colour with a solid white head. Mild and sweet hoppy flavour with apricot notes. Medium bodied. Some malts in the finish.
hman43 (738) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden in color. Aromas of apricot, citrus and caramel. Flavors of citrus with apricot and hints of caramel . Moderately bittersweet on the palate.
ryecatcher (1107) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Deep orangey-gold pour, medium off-white head. Nose is caramelly malt, some grain, and dried apricot with a hint of wet cardboard. Mouth is more of the same. I dig me some DFH brew, but this particular one is average at best. Just an FYI... this is not a Fruit Beer. Besides being misclassified (this is an IPA) ífruit beerí is the stupidest (and laziest) fucking category on RateBeer.
DocJitsu (1374) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours an amber-golden with a creamy light tan head. Tangy nose. Full, soft mouthfeel with some scrubbing carbonation. I pick up the apricot flavor. Some citrus gets involved as well. A little confusing on the palate, but not bad.
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 30, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a orange color with white head. Apricot, slight soapy, grainy aromas. Apricot, old apples, herbal hop flavors.