ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery
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4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
First let me start off by saying this is the beer I lost my Dogfish Head virginity to. I've been looking up to Sam Calagione for a few months now, but hadn't had the fortune of trying any of his beers until just recently. This one did not dissapoint, nor did the 90 minute, or the IBA.
A: Very dark orange color with touches of brown, seems slightly darker than the majority of IPAs. This beer is extremely clear, with no kind of sediment whatsoever. Pours very inviting with a nice, white head that leaves a good lacing on the glass.
S: For an IPA, I thought this did not have a ton of aroma to it. When first poured the apricot flavors go straight to the nose, but after sitting in the glass for a while their aroma seems to mellow out a bit. Maybe this is because apricots don't have the really strong aroma characteristics of something like an orange or grapefruit, and that is what's throwing me off. Either way I couldn't find a ton of aroma, but there are definitely no off putting scents to this beer.
T: Taste is extremely smooth. As it's swallowed the apricot flavoring is definitely apparent, and mixed with some grapefruit, and significant bitterness. The apricot flavoring definitely seems to dominate the hops, but I found that to be extremely enjoyable in a seasonal beer. This is probably the smoothest IPA I have ever tried (and I drink a lot of IPAs). The hop flavors do not dominate, but they are still apparent enough for one to know they are drinking an IPA.
M: Beer is kind of light on the mouthfeel, but the significant head retention seems to make up for that as the beer is swallowed. In fact, it seems as the beer goes down the throat it gets noticeably thicker (in addition to the apricot flavoring coming out), and I find this very enjoyable.
And not that it matters but...the artwork for this beer is KILLER. By far the best beer artwork I have seen, and I have seen some good ones. It's never right to judge a beer by "it's cover", but it's always really nice when a solid beer has an AWESOME cover. Sam Calagione, I love what you're doing, I just wish I didn't have to trek across the Mississippi to buy in ;)
Serving type: bottle
04-04-2014 22:44:51 | More by MTBrewr
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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 4,223 ratings.