ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by eberkman:
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
I typically detest fruit beers. I'm certainly not a fan of Magic Hat #9. So at a barbeque today, I look into the cooler and it's stocked with BMC until I notice at the bottom a bottle with a fish and a familiar font. Dogfish Head? Really? I'm happy until I pull it out and see "Aprihop." Great. A freakin' fruit beer. I figure what the hell, right? And I pour it into a plastic cup and guess what? It didn't suck. In fact, it was pretty damn good. In fact it's the best fruit beer I've had and one of the few I've ever liked.
Anyway, it poured a nice deep amber with a modest off-white head. Aromas of floral and citrus hops with a nice whiff of apricot.
And the taste -- well, it all melded together. Usually the fruit in a fruit beer seems like an unnecessary distraction, there for the sake of making it a fruit beer. Here the flavors all melded well together, complementing each other. The apricot brought out the hops and the hops brought out the apricot without either overwhelming the other. It's billed as an IPA with apricots, and while it did have a nice hop presence, it did not have the bracing bitterness of an American IPA. And it actually finished on a slightly dry, sour note, which kept me wanting to go back for more.
Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and light-to-medium bodied. And it was more drinkable than I would have expected. Tastewise, it was a great quencher. And it was certainly interesting enough to have a second. But deceptively powerful at 7% ABV, which can hit you hard on a hot day.
Recommended. I'll have this again.
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2008 00:00:51 | More by eberkman
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3.74/5 rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
12 oz, sediment-free bottle.
Clear reddish-amber with a good beige head and very good lacing
Feel: medium body; smooth; Medium+ carbonation.
Smell: soft fruits not specifically apricot with a clear spicy hop presence.
Taste: lightly spicy, APA hop level; solid malt backbone; fruity with subtle apricot
O: interesting and worthwhile IPA variant.
Serving type: bottle
07-24-2014 01:37:39 | More by chinchill
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,203 ratings.