cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 23, 2004
10/22/04. Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee, WI 5/14/04. Pours a lightly hazy orange-amber with a large creamy, fluffy head that lingers in a nice sheet. Lacing is solidly sticky but not very uniform. Nicely subtle nose with just a touch of the apricot sweetness and a delicate hoppiness. Some citrus, a touch of paper-- this beer is probably past its prime, but the malts are coming out more as a result of its age. Flavor is nicely balanced and very light. Some lemony citrus like its brother the 60-minute, and I’m not wild about that flavor in my IPAs. Still, there’s other fruitiness and a nice malt depth that the 60 is otherwise missing. A touch of grapefruit as well, but only lightly bitter. Actually not a drawback to me, though, because there's enough other flavors in there of interest. Flintstone vitamins. Nice mouthfeel with a very fluffy effervescence but a bit too much of that citrus acidity. Very drinkable and a very nice, long and elegant finish. Lightly sticky on the lips. 7% is masked very nicely. Solid but unspectacular. I just can’t get behind that lemony sour edge. Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2004
Overall, enjoyed this beer. But I am not sure that this is the style where I want to taste fruit. More hop presence would be nice -- although I understand that too much hops would overpower the fruit. Not sure what to think. This is truly a rating of elements and not the whole. singlelensrefl (24) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 20, 2004
Bottled. Burnt pumpkin or orange color. Thin head. The smells and flavors are just strong enough to be present yet are not overpowering at all, in fact are pretty mild. NIce hoppiness. Citrus, pine, earthy, and some pineapple and apricot on the nose. Very nice texture on the palate. Tastes of hops, slight sourness, slight apricot, woody/herbal
. Very nice. rickgordon (3878) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 10, 2004
Bottled, Stockholm Beer Festival.
Orange colour. Apricot is prominent everywhere here. Sticky mouthfeel with a nice, ticklish mouthfeel. Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2005 Bright Orange.
Wet wood, pine sap, resins, grapefruit, pineapple and apricots in the nose.
The palate is full of buttery and caramel malt notes. The apricots provide tropical fruit, apricot and a nice fruit essense all around. The hops are herbal, sharp and pungent and give notes of pine, flowers and lemon. It’s balanced very well.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Color’s a clear, amber tint, and the head is a blessed thing, rich, thick, lush, creamy...aroma, deep, heady, hoppy, there’s the pine-sap and the pineapple, the soft apricots.Taste: ah, happily boards the palate, spilling some hops, but with nearly no bitterness to speak of, very bright and fruity, with a great dose of malt to stand behind and hold it all up, toasty and crisp. There’s a warmth here, too, and a caramely essence in the taste. Gonna be honest with you all, I like this one, it’s a bit mild from the makers of over-the-top IPAs, but the apricot flavor matches really well with this English-style IPA that stands as the base, and makes for one tasty, easily drunk brew. Alcohol creeps in a bit, and only adds to the pleasure. Very nice!
rlgk (18844) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
Orange/amber color. Has a floral and hoppy aroma with clear notes of apricot. The apricot is of course there in the flavor as well, but it never gets too dominanting. This is still a beere, and a good one. Fruity and with a good balance. beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2004
Well the name says it all. If you like apricots - and aren’t predisposed against fruit beers - then go get some of this. Plenty of hops to along with plenty of aproicot in both the aroma and flavoour of this coppery-orange offering. Nice bitter finish wraps up an initially slightly sweet/malty aftertaste. Nice. arhythmt (69) - Alabama, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Interesting beer...the apricot comes through in the nose but not in the mouth, so to speak. Tastes like a relatively standard IPA but with less bitterness and a smoother finish, with a bit of the apricot sweetness as well. A strange beer overall though because it seems to be filling a specific niche: people who don’t traditionally like IPAs but who want to learn to enjoy them. A good gateway IPA. ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2004
Hazy amber color, large head, which is retained well. Aroma is hoppy and fruity, with a hint of licorice. Creamy, moderately heavy feel. Flavor is much like an IPA, with a tartness from the apricots. Apricots blend (surprisingly) well, giving this IPA a smoothness not typical to the style. Outstanding. One note: In my opinion, this is more of an IPA than a fruit beer.