Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Poured a clear light amber, with a very slight aroma. Taste was also very light with apricots in the middle masked by the hops and in the aftertaste. Then smooth mellow hoppiness at the end with minimal apricots underneath, with a sweet aftertaste. JohnC (3008) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - MAY 1, 2004
no apricots detected here. hazy honey/amber color, lots of hops up front with a dry finish. thx to herbjones for sharing IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Pours a deep bronze with a full cream colored head. Nice aroma, full leafy hops, underlying malt, and the apricots are underneath as well. Flavor is lightly malty followed by lots of hops with the apricots rounding it out. Medium to full body. Would have been a damn fine IPA on its own, but the apricots are a nice compliment to it. JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Hoppy aroma, with significant malt character, roasted malts, a touch of coffee, and a hint of apricot (very faint). Amber color, clear, with white fluffy head. Flavor is hoppy, with significant bitterness, a bit of malt character, maybe some apricot in the finish. The apricot is very faint, you really have to look for it (this is a good thing, in my opinion, but may dissapoint those expecting lots of apricot). urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - MAY 1, 2004
Big woodsy hop nose, just like their 60 Minute IPA. In this regard, I actually wouldn’t be able to distinguish between the two. What is quite distinguished is its beautiful head and flawless body. The moouthfeel is superb: too creamy would have been disastrous with this one. I’m on the side of those who find this more an IPA than a fruit beer. The fruit is delicate and I think its main contribution is to add something like a sourness or acidity which works nicely to give nuance to the light but well-managed bitterness. Good stuff, especially if you like the 60 Minute.
Suttree (6541) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 30, 2004
UPDATED: MAY 5, 2004 Reddish brown/copper, very small head. Smoky, hoppy, and ever so delicate fruit aroma. Full, rich IPA feel to it. Hoppy and full bodied, with just a hint of apricot flavor. This is a fruit beer with style and finesse. The fruit flavors compliment the beer, not overpower it. muzzlehatch (4975) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2004
12 oz bottle, from Oliver’s Beverage in Albany NY. Dark amber, clear, minimal head retention. Interesting nose of fresh apricots and smelly, pungent hops doesn’t quite gel, but is certainly memorable. Lovely full mouthfeel, and a nice light warming alcohol bite, along with a hint of smokiness, help to counteract the rather syrupy fruitiness. Very interesting on the whole, the best recent DFH I’ve had. cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - APR 29, 2004
THis is a nice hoppy fruit beer. The taste is a bit sweet then somewhat bitter from the hops. For fruit beers this is excellent, but for IPAs this is mediocre. desurfer (1302) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 29, 2004
A peachy, hoppy aroma wafts overtop a golden orange body with a small head. The aroma is very sweet and fruity. There’s a lot going on in the flavor. The initial burst of apricot gives way to some resiny hops and a solid malt backbone. The finish is quite dry, sweet, and tarty. The alcohol is also moderately noticeable. This is very enjoyable. It’s classified as a fruit beer, but it’s much closer to an IPA with the apricot as an enhancement rather than the main attraction. Frank (4261) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 28, 2004
UPDATED: AUG 9, 2004 Having tried the Olde School Barleywine, I expected the flavor from the added fruit to be more pronounced. However, this comes across more as a straightforward IPA with some mild apricot notes rather than a fruit beer. I think the hops might need to be toned down a bit for thie apricots (one of my favorite fruits) to really shine. The earthy overtones from the hops can overide the apricot a bit. Small complaint though--damn fine beer.