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.
Hophaze (126) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. What else can I say to describe this...IPA with a hint of apricot. Not a wine drinker but this is the wine I would drink!
merc7186 (1462) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: Amber/Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Bready, Mild Apricots, Mildly Piney
T: Piney, Bready, Mild Apricots
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Bitter
Overall, a very sessionable IPA, dont get as much of the hop flavor like I used to but still decent.
Gramoit (331) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A solid IPA with a hint of apricot. Pretty sessionable however lacks some flavour.
jdb288 (124) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nope, not for me. Maybe the combination of hops but the apricot didnít shine here and was not balanced well. First and last.
ClassyBeagle (291) - USA - OCT 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
FROM NOTES: July 1, í12
Poured from a bottle into a DFH glass. Initially scared to death, as I despise the taste of apricots, but the beer was a gift.....
A: Has a very floral nose. Light hops and light malts.
A: Pours a light ruby to amber color with a one-finger white head.
T: Faint apricot flavor, which for my taste buds, is EXCELLENT. Iím truly shocked at how much I like this beer!
P: Adequate carbonation.
O: This is a mild IPA. so itís sessionable. It also makes a nice summer beer because it isnít as heavy as other IPAs. Apricot flavor comes out more as the beer warms, which is excellent (must to my chagrin).
tectactoe (649) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle: rustic copper with light ruby hints & exceptional clarity. Soapy, beige-tinted head is quick to settles to a skin and doesnít leave behind much lacing. Aroma has a little sweet apricot & a huge, garden-weed, borderline vegetal aroma that Iím not loving. Extremely grassy, weedy, & dirt-laden. Light caramel malt. Blah. Taste doesnít contain as much of the weedy aspect, but itís still there. Light apricot, almost tart before it turns into a big sweetness, grassy, weeds... Finish is kind of chalky & medicinal with a grittiness to it that doesnít work. This isnít the beer for me, clearly. Not a big fan, mediocre at best.
DuffMan (5772) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, shared with Grippitis. Light orange pour, clingy white crown. Sweet malty body with a bright fruity hop presence. The apricots are certainly here and contribute a lovely tartness to the sharp bitter hops. Slightly sticky in its sweetness, but still in lovely balance with great refreshing flavour. Terrific.
jonnyguns (631) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from acland cellars. Pours a thick orange with a solid white head. Nose has bitter grapefruit & apricots with caramel biscuit malt. Taste is bitter apricots and grapefruit. Biscuit malt backing with caramel sweetness. Happy with this one
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Alextricity (362) - Chesterfield Twp., Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle conveniently has a few letters scratched off, so all I can see is the year. 2013. Makes me think this is a somewhat old bottle. On the plus side, itís only late May, so it canít be too old.
Appearance: Darker than I thought it might be -- a darker amber color with about two fingers worth of a creamy off-white head... slowly dies down to a frothy ring. Lacingís pretty good here.
Smell: Piney, grassy hops work very well with the apricots ... there may also be a little bit of citrus there, too.
Taste/feel: A respectable beer all around. The crystal malts on Aprihop are the perfect malt for the job, because they get that "sharp" sweetness and pretty subtle flavor overall that works well with the apricots. The taste of this beer is pretty much what I expected, even if I do find it to be a touch TOO sweet, though the mouthfeel is excellent. The apricots arenít overwhelming, and the grassy/earthy/piney hops work with it very nicely. This is a very good seasonal.
SarahJones (1) - Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2013 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of my favorite beers, a great mid-afternoon drink. Goes great with hearty salads or chips and salsa. The only thing stopping me from giving the palate a 5 is that itís a little sticky feeling in the mouth.