ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by danbronson:
3.84/5 rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Beautiful amber colour, a finger of light beige head. Little retention as things progress, but nice lacing. Love the colour, the head is lacking. I think it's a gorgeous beer, but this isn't a big concern of mine.
Right away I'm hit with sweet and earthy fruit smells (gee, apricot maybe?). Then brown sugar. Just slightly behind that is a nicely blended malt and hop aroma. It all smells very fresh and deep, though it's not extremely strong. The aroma is the high-point of the beer in my opinion.
Follows the nose at first, but evolves over time. More brown sugar, similar to a 90 Minute IPA but not nearly as strong. The fruit doesn't seem quite as fresh here but nevertheless, it tastes good. Alcohol is present and quite nice in my opinion. Towards the end things get a little sour (in a fruit-peel kind of way). For an IPA (especially one from DFH), the hops are a bit smothered. Seems conflicted.
Bubbles are course and a little annoying, but ultimately carbonation is pretty low. Behind that things are oily and sticky - great in a porter but not so much in this if you ask me. I feel like this is the low point of the beer.
A solid little beer. Nothing about this seems cheap, and certainly not uninspired. But ultimately, I can't help but feel it could have been better (I'm thinking higher, finer carbonation would make things both feel and taste more fresh). Still, I'd keep drinking them if I could get them here! An off-centered beer if ever there was one.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2013 00:36:04 | More by danbronson
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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
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