ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by GreenWBush:
3.3/5 rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
In my mind, Dogfish Head beers are much like Bell's. They are all part of a family of beers that have batting averages like big sluggers in baseball. While they hit astronomically well some of the time, on a day to day basis you find yourself watching a slump. I am also under the impression that DFH brews simply do not travel well, a major quality control issue shared by my local favorite, Bell's. ApriHop is like one of those unknown Baseball players you used to see on baseball cards and not give a shit about, but they helped the team nonetheless.
ApriHop's appearance is very much like a juiced apricot: enchantingly ruby. There was high carbonation as reflected in my glass' huge head of 1" as well as a sticky lace.
For a beer in the dynasty of 60, 90, and 120 minute IPAs, the nose on ApriHop is quite damned bland. It is a amazingly meager merger of estery hop character and major apricotiness. Its truly hard to determine where one ends and the other begins.
The taste also suffers from a blandness. The fruitiness seems more like old fruit juice or dehyrated juice than a complement and syngeristic add to the hops. The beer's nose and taste are vacuumed into a weird pear-world.
While this beer is not one I am a huge fan of, its a sturdy clutch-hitter for the home team. Like those fruit-wheat beers you loathe but secretly have a heart for, ApriHop isn't designed for beer geeks per se, but the pure ability for this beer to enchance laypersons' appreciation for beer deserves a place in any batting order.
Serving type: bottle
05-09-2004 02:19:05 | More by GreenWBush
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3.74/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
A - Copper color with slight haze, small white head, extensive lacing.
S - Fairly muted, flat hop notes, malts in the form of pilsner coming through loud and clear.
T - Hop is mostly in the form of grass notes. A mild fruity note coupled with a cracker and grain malt hit. Turns bitter on the close, illustrating the serious hopping.
M - Given how bitter the turn is on the close, it is surprising how crisp the feel is. There is a gradual build, though, and it does burden the beer a bit you move into the second 6 oz.
O - This hybrid beer promises fruit, but though I think it is a decent IPA - nothing special, mind, but fairly clean and thoroughly hopped - the fruit is mostly lost. The only hint to its presence is a certain sweetness in the middle. Supporting role, indeed.
Serving type: bottle
07-30-2014 02:17:35 | More by Tsar_Riga
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,216 ratings.