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Formerly brewed at Dogfish Head Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Milton, Delaware USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 1965   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A strong IPA brewed with real apricots and finished with whole leaf Willamette and Cascade hops.

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1.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 4/20
branlovesbeer (13) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2012
The Pour: Not alot of head. Dissipated almost immediately. It just, sort of, beaded up in the middle. The Look: 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. Aroma: It wasnt really what I was expecting. I dont 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. Taste: 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 doesnt do anything for this beer. Its almost as if it was an unwanted accident. And DFH said, lets just go ahead and bottle this beer anyway. Verdict: Its very astringent, its not very hoppy. I can drink it without cringing (I guess). This is just... Its not that good. Definitely not as good as what they are charging for it. I would give this a C. Im never gonna buy this again. Im never gonna look for this. Im gonna get through this glass but... Its nothing special. Im definitely not going to waste my money buying another one of these. I dont really care for the astringent aftertaste that the apricots provide. The plus is that its NOT a fruit beer, as the name would suggest. But on the down side, Its certainly NOT an IPA either. Ive 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 dont think so. Maybe in the brewery, but it doesnt 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 dont 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 its not worth more than that. And I am stretching here to find some positive aspects. Most people like this beer. I dont know why. But you make your own decision. Maybe this beers for you and maybe it isnt.


2.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
PhillyCraft (6451) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 21, 2016
Vtg Blackberry backlog, Many bottles over the years, This review was from Spring 2010. Pours amber golden with one finger head. Smell and flavor are old hops, caramel, pine, and candy apricot. Too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
delnoche (506) - Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA - MAY 27, 2016
12fl oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass. Very effervescent, dark amber with a couple fingers of lingering off-white head. Aroma and flavor are both heavy on hops and apricot. Lasting bitter finish. Delicious.

My 500th rate! :D

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 8, 2016
Pours a light amber color. Aromas of hop, apricot with hints of grass and malts. Flavor has a nice piney juniper bite to it, with a mellow apricot flavor with a nice dry finish.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerdedDave (1455) - Beckley, USA - MAR 31, 2016
just a slight hint of apricot, the apricot really gets overwhelmed by the hops (a good thing) much tastier that I expected; not your average fruit beer

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Bygers (1169) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 3, 2016
Bottle 0,33l. Pours an amber colour with a white head. Aroma is fruity malt, apricot, and pine. Taste is sweet caramel malt with some fruit notes and slight apricot flavors. Finishes with earthy, pine hops. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sirmixsomewhat (220) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2015
I was stoked for this beer. What a cool concept, apricots and Dogfish Head, right? Eh. I didnt enjoy it like I thought I would. It wasnt a bad beer, but it didnt keep me drinking. It was a little bitter and not really smooth, and tasted more reminiscent of grapefruit than any other fruit flavor I can associate with a beer. Just okay.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ahuth (419) - Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2015
Bottled. Has a darker brown. Has a hoppy taste. Has a light body with a medium taste of apricots. Pretty good IPA!!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DandyWolfFloyd (1200) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2015
Aroma - caramel malt, heavy hop, sweet drupe fruits Appearance - dark orange body with an average white head. Taste - sweet caramel and drupe fruit, I assume must be apricot and complimentary fruits. Palate - body is medium, verge of oil, average carbonation, and a hopped finish. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
polo_marco (327) - milton, Vermont, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Sent is faint at first followed up by a nice Africa tropical citrus fruits smell was a slight yeasty finish. Color is perfect and nice deep orange E amber color. Taste is divine with a nice sweet water hoppy flavor with citrus followed by the nice apricot finish. Flavor flushes over your tongue perfectly. Overall this is one of my favorite fruit IPAs wish I would have rated it earlier.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GnarlyGnome (852) - Fairfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2015
Draft - This is all IPA...but then right when you think youre done youre hit with the sweet fruity apricot flavor. Its a balance between the two that you wont find anywhere else. Not for everyone, but interesting enough to get me.


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