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.
Paincane (89) - Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber well-carbonated body w/ a tan head. Fruity apricot & floral nose. Apricot, malt backbone & crisp hoppy bitter finish.
retinadoc (120) - - APR 20, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft. Forward, hoppy aroma, with above average carbonation. Punchy hop and malt flavors; very tasty mouth feel. Smooth and minimally bitter finish belies its IPA style and relatively high ABV. Surprisingly drinkable and not astringent like other IPAs. Would definitely drink again.
bubblehouse (230) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - APR 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not bad. A mild aroma but it looks good poured out of the bottle. Not to hoppy and the apricot flavor comes through nicely.
matty (156) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with an off-white that eventually settles down to a film. Aroma is sweet - malt, fruit with some hops. Taste has a nice balance of malt and hops. There is a slight sourness in the finish from the fruit. Good beer but personally, I canít drink more than one or two at time.
cbfobes (2155) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, hard to believe I havenít rated this one yet, pours a clear dark amber red with a white head, aroma has a nice amount of fruit and apricot but has a touch of hops too, the flavor has a light amount of fruit on the front end with a finish of sweet malt, not great by any means but still drinkable.
jcartamdg (1670) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amber gold with a thin white head. Aroma of bitter citrusy hops, tropical fruit, sweet caramel malt. Taste is bitter grapefruit, slightly sweet and fruity, maybe a touch of apricot. Not much apricot but a tasty ipa.
TimsRatings (366) - - APR 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Ridgewood (Raleigh).
Pours amber with light head. Very mild sweet apricot aroma. Not sure if the combo hop/apricot flavor hits the spot, though.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
bierkitty (153) - Elysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber-copper with small head. Aroma of spicy, fruity citrus hops. There is a little fruit flavor in the malt base, but mostly the apricots add a fruity dimension to the hops. Tasty with a nice dry minimally bitter finish. Not as much aroma as I like, but still a delicious beer.
chucklemation (318) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a transparent copper with a foamy white head. Has a floral aroma. Flavor is floral hops and semisweet apricot, almost sour. This is a very pleasant fruit ipa.
CpyNPrnT (221) - Indiana, USA - APR 13, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pleasant aroma of apricot and citrus. Taste is strong picot, citrus, grapefruit, bittersweet, some alcohol but blended nicely. A good beer to sip on in the spring or summer!