The Apricot is subtle in this beer. While it's definitely there and big part of it, it's still a Pale Ale or IPA through and through. The hop character is equally important and forward. I never really considered using fruit in a beer outside of a Wheat, but that (1) Aprihop last night has changed my perspective completely. I'm currently sitting on 5 lbs of Citra Pellet hops, enough to make about 60 gallons of our Citra IPA this year. I plan on adding Apricot puree to the next batch, I think the dominating citrus flavor would pair nicely with the fruit. I will post results once complete.
Tomorrow we'll be brewing up the 11 gallons of Clementine American Wheat as the 2nd beer for Erin and Doug's wedding. The base beer is a subtly hopped American Wheat, using Cascade hops and Paradise seeds, to which we'll be adding several ounces of freshly zested Clementines. This should be an easy drinker for the guests who might shy away from the assertively hopped Belgian Pale Ale (with Belma and Cascade hops) that will also be on tap. We're just 4 weeks away and really looking forward to the wedding!