TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - JUN 29, 2005
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Had this on draft at a Houlihans. Served very cold with no head. Golden orange in color. Little to no carbonation. A slight sweat aroma. Heavy apricot flavor with a slight hop and malt feel. Very refreshing but served too cold, I think I may have missed a bit of the true flavor and aroma. I could see how this beer could do very well in the mainstream though. Nothing too offensive and it goes down very easy. I have had many #9’s in bottles in the past and this draft did not hold up to the ones I had in bottles (but that was prior to me starting to really rate beers). I think I need to have another bottles that is not as cold as this draft was to really give it an honest review. Dogfish Heads ApriHop blows this away though.
KarmanGhia (276) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This pours a caramel with a white head and the nose is very fuity and perhaps yeasty. The first thing that strikes you about this beer is that it is uniquely fruity upfront with apricots and perhaps a cherry hint. there’s only a mild bitterness, and the finish is a very nice but slightly musky yeastiness. Overall this could pass as a very good pale ale - i.e. the fruit is not overbearing and it tastes like a real beer.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled on tap at RFD Washington. It pours to a fully lasting medium thickness white head with excellent lacing. The body is a golden color. The aroma is very hoppy and perfumey. Very good aroma. Very strong aroma. The flavor is herbal, floral, and perfumey hops. Rich caramel malts. I’ve tasted nothing like this before. VERY delicious. The palate has a medium mouthfeel that’s very rich and creamy. Sweet and delicious, glad I tried it.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The fruit makes the beer. The apricot is deep, aromatic, and full, and without it the beer would be a watery mess. The light sweetness actually complements seafood, but on the whole it was too one-dimensional to be a big scorer.
can8ianben (1489) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not sure what to make of this... it is very interesting because of the addition of the apricot flavour (seriously, who else is brewing apricot?) but I feel like it is a fruit flavour that improves a mostly watery mediocre beer. I’m not sure if they wanted much depth under this brew, but there is little malt flavour and next to no hop touch there at all.
bsawatzky (153) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. interesting fruit beer. pours a golden, amber, orangish color with almost no head. clear and watery looking with little carbonation. smelled of apricots. tasted sweet with slight citrusy hoppiness and definite apricot flavor coming through. interesting and refreshing. i wanted more hoppiness out of this one though. something a slightly more bitter.
puzzl (3259) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 7, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nothing special here. Aroma was grassy, maybe scallions, clovers... you know,all that grass crap. Taste was not much different: grass with a touch of bitterness. Not seeing this apricot that people mentioned. The taste faded quickly as the skim-milk like thinness had the beer go down rather quickly as well. Certainly not an offensive beer, and I could definitely drink it leisurly, but you can also do much better.
Firemoose15 (567) - Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Out of a bottle,thanks rich again almost done with the starters. A nice waffting smell of apricots eminates throught the clean golden mixture with a nice white head. The taste is interesting, a swirling mix of sweetness, apricot,pear and a slight presence of hops. Reminded me of a good woman. I liked it overall. Tasty
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2005
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2005 Good beer. Sampled this at Coventry. Very refreshing, could drink 10 of these on a hot day. Has a nice hoppy undertone with apricot citrus accents. Not very sweet, which is why I liked it. Nice crisp hoppy aftertaste. Good sipping or pounding.
I changed my mind. This is pretty bad.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Not a bad beer at all, a little weak for my liking, but very drinkable, good aroma and different taste, probably my favorite from the magic hat brewery