IMtheOptimator (1164) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the RPI Pub Clubhouse. Pale red in color with almost no head. The aroma is very slight and difficult to distinguish. The taste however is quite refreshing. Notes of a pale ale come through, with a hoppy character. Also prevalent is a smooth yet hard-to-identify fruit flavor. A decent drink.
richlikebeer (838) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Interesting almost orange color with a lite white head. Definite fruit flavor and odor, but hard to pick exactly what it is. Nice taste with a very smooth body, and virtually no aftertaste. If you are into fruit beers, this should be on your list.
PatMac (17) - Wakefield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Definite aroma of fruit but also dry like a pale ale. I think it tastes better on tap in Vermont obviously. I bought a 9 pack and felt a little cheated when it cost as much as a 12. This is a good tasting beer that is well received at cookouts etc. Don’t hand one to a Bud drinker, you’ll find it abandoned somewhere.
agulsrud (11) - USA - OCT 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very fruity beer. Good mix of flavors, hard to pick out an individual flavor. Might be overstated. Great initial taste though. After taste is a little tainted.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very simple, yet balanced enough that I enjoyed drinking this. It pours a slightly cloudy ambery orange color with a thin white head which dissipated almost immediately yet left a slight lacing on my glass. Aroma of apricots, mandarins, grapefruit peel, malts, sugar candy and nectarines...very sweet to say the least. Perhaps a slight honey quality as well. The flavor is light and ends incredibly dry. Big malty flavor with a mandarin/nectar and slight honey finish. Sugar coated tongue finish, very sweet and appealing. Good mouthfeel, actively carbonated with a sweet honey aftertaste that was nicely long lasting. A very surprising beer that I’d enjoy having a sixer of on hand!
dwyerpg (5430) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2004
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells just like apricots, with a little peach aroma as well. Has an apricot flavor as well, but it is not overwhelming and therefore tolerable. A smooth finish that is not overwhelming as well. I thought i’d be against fruit beers, but this one i’d definitely get again. A rather dry finish is the only downside.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On Tap.Light amber with a medium size white head. Sweet aroma of malt, apricot and toffee. Much drier than expected. Mostly malt with just a touch of fruitiness and a kind of butterscotch
aftertaste that I didn’t like.
aweb (11) - USA - SEP 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Drinking one of these is a good idea. The apricot is not overbearing and makes for a yummy, crisp beer. After about three of these, however, the apricot flavor gets old.
davidCC (130) - New York, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2008 This beer is a treat with a wonderful hint of fruit flavor, a wonderful dark orange color and never a let down from the magic hat guys. Always an interesting brew.
DKlovesbeer (172) - Sarasota, Florida, USA - SEP 22, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bubbly golden body with a foamy, off white head that dissipates slowly and leaves foamy lace behind. Aroma is similar to a cherry flavored wine cooler. Fruity, slightly medicinal smell with hints of malt and hops. Flavor is different, tangy, hoppy, lagerlike, but with notes of fruit, strong ale yeast character in the finish. Hoppy peach finish with some nice alcohol in the palate. This is a neat beer that is fun to swirl around your mouth and try to identify all of the flavors it presents. Overall, for originality and character I give this beer a perfect 10.