ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery
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Reviews by zhooker:
4.1/5 rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From the tap at Whole Foods, to a 32oz growler, to a standard pint glass. Dark but very clear amber in color. Big billowy head that left some moderate lacing.
The smell is all hops. India Pale Ale indeed. Tis' all.
The taste is more complex though. The Dogfish site calls this beer "our fruit beer for hopheads!" and I can't disagree. The hoppiness you expect from the aroma is toned down by the fruit factor. A sweetness hits you up front, a mild maltiness lingers somewhere in the middle, and the hops come in late -- and strong. The hops on the backend (unfortunately?) erase the fruitiness at the beginning. And to be honest, it's really just a generic sweetness I am tasting here -- never would I have been able to peg it as apricot. I most likely would have simply thought it was a particular malt variety lending the sweet tones.
The mouthfeel is par-for-the-course IPA, with the hops tingling your tongue and leaving you a bit numbed by the end of the glass. Carbonation has kept well from tap to growler to glass.
I generally disdain fruit beers, but I like this one. A lot. That being said, I really am having trouble calling it a fruit beer. There is something sweet in there toning down the hops, but it's not distinctively fruity, much less definitively apricot. Overall recommended though.
Serving type: growler
05-24-2010 17:30:36 | More by zhooker
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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 4,213 ratings.