ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by brandonlovesbeer:
2.1/5 rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Not alot of head. Dissipated almost immediately. It just, sort of, beaded up in the middle.
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.
It wasn't really what I was expecting. I don't 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.
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 doesn't do anything for this beer. It's almost as if it was an unwanted accident. And DFH said, let's just go ahead and bottle this beer anyway.
It's very astringent, it's not very hoppy. I can drink it without cringing (I guess). This is just... It's not that good. Definitely not as good as what they are charging for it. I would give this a 'C'.
I'm never gonna buy this again. I'm never gonna look for this. I'm gonna get through this glass but... It's nothing special. I'm definitely not going to waste my money buying another one of these.
I don't really care for the astringent aftertaste that the apricots provide. The plus is that it's NOT a fruit beer, as the name would suggest. But on the down side, It's certainly NOT an IPA either. I've 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 don't think so. Maybe in the brewery, but it doesn't 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 don't 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 it's not worth more than that. And I am stretching here to find some positive aspects.
Most people like this beer. I don't know why. But you make your own decision. Maybe this beer's for you and maybe it isn't.
Serving type: bottle
05-22-2012 20:56:03 | More by brandonlovesbeer
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4.34/5 rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Pours a deep copperish amber, half finger of off white head that did not stick around
Smell is well I do get a lot of citrus, orange, grapefruit, apricot, pine needle, herbal hop, lemon, sweet malt backing... While I can detect all of that it is very subtle, certainly does not have the biggest nose around.
Taste is well basically the nose, herbal hop, pine, citrus, apricot, kiwi, pineapple, blood orange, sweet underlying malt. Not really that bitter at all to my palate.
Mouthfeel is medium light with heavy cutting carbonation, slight drying but not as much as your standard ipa offering.
I really like this one, best I have had in my very limited DFH experience. I really think this nails the spring season well. I do not understand why it is in 4 packs and not 6 packs but oh well that will just limit my purchasing of this beer.
Serving type: bottle
03-07-2014 20:18:43 | More by nickapalooza86
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 3,451 ratings.