ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by thebrood1987:
4.85/5 rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
What a refreshing beer. I definitely know why this is their Spring seasonal because it is excellent to drink in this weather. You can smell sweet fruits with that apparent apricot and some pine and some fruitiness from the cascade hop. I can always tell if they use a cascade hop if I just think back on how Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale smells. The taste is very nicely balanced with a sweet caramel bread like malt with the sweetness from the apricot hop flavor and malt in the middle and the apricot in the back melding together with the hop bitter finish. The sweet and bitter tastes in this beer are perfectly combined.
I could tell they wanted to make this different than their 60 minute IPA so they used a completely different malt bill which is a rich sweet caramel and bread. I like that you can taste like you ate a fruit even minutes after your last sip. That is a sign of an amazing beer in my mind. They really used the right hops for this beer to meld with the apricots to make it seem like its not a fruit beer at all.... which is probably why they call it a fruit beer for hopheads. Not to mention the apricots taste REAL, they definitely don't use a cheap overly flavored extract.... which accounts for a better fruit balance with the hops.
Dogfish really nails the tastes of their beers and when they say thats how it will taste thats how it will definitely taste in a balanced manner. There are so many other flavors than just the apricot in this that it just makes it an awesome complex beer that anybody can enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
03-13-2011 23:06:27 | More by thebrood1987
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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 4,217 ratings.