ApriHop | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aprihop is an American IPA brewed with Pilsner and Crystal malts. It's massively hopped -- in the continuous fashion, of course! -- and the flavor is complemented by the addition of apricots.

After fermentation, the beer is dry hopped with irresponsible amounts of Amarillo hops. The beer has a hoppy aroma, with the apricots playing a supporting role.

The flavor is rich with late hop flavors, and its bitterness is tempered by just the right amount of malt sweetness and fruity undertones from the apricots.

50 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mellow Mushroom in Lexington, KY as their rotating tap. Served in a pint glass, consumed on 16 May 2011. Review taken from notes and recent memory.

One word sums up this beer: Madness. On to the review.

Appearance: Very deep and hazy red/copper body, hard to see any carbonation coming up from the bottom of the glass. Topped by a frothy one-finger head of beige foam which sticks around for a while and leaves dangling lacing in its wake. Nice looking beer; its deeper color for an IPA makes me wonder what the nose and taste hold. (It kind of does resemble apricots, now that I think of it.)

Smell: Whoa. Ever had Magic Hat No. 9? It's like that, but better. As strange as it sounds, the nose is powerful, but also very dry. The apricot notes probably add to this dryness, and this enticing fruit aroma is backed steadily by citrusy hops (think grapefruit/oranges) and a substantial presence of sweet, sugary malts. The beer overall smells very earthy, and the apricot notes aren't so overpowering that it seems artificial (as the case with Magic Hat). Balanced insanity. I like it.

Taste: This definitely tastes like an IPA, and it's perfectly balanced with the apricot flavors. Front and center are some citrusy hops which bristle the tongue, followed by fresh apricots and just a hint of pine. The malt emerges in the finish in a very sugary and sweet - almost candy-like - type of way which blends with some of the bitterness from the hops. I wasn't quite sure what to expect with this beer, but I was pleased at the balance and natural flavors from the fruit used.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation was kind of sharp at first, but as the beer warmed, it became more tame in its carbonation without being bland or watery. The brew is about medium body and goes down smoothly with the lingering flavors from fruit, and creates a pretty drying sensation in the finish, though the alcohol is well-hidden. Well-done.

Overall: I would expect nothing less than weirdness from this brewery, but this is a great beer. It would be too easy to dismiss it as merely a "fruit beer," but this definitely shows itself as an IPA with a big twist to it. Glad that I got to have this brew; its weirdness will hold a place in my heart.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a cream white head which disappeared quickly. Smell is what you would expect for this beer, apricots with hops. Hops are more in the aroma than the flavor which is more malt accented than I would have expected. As the beer warms a bit the fruit and hops get more involved. Not a beer I would buy all the time, but a nice change of pace especially for spring and summer. another interesting beer from one of my favorite brewers.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Samp01. Pours reddish amber with a short- lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of citrus hops followed by caramel malt and some fruit. Body is medium and crisp. A lot of citrusy hops, caramel and ripe fruit combine on the palate. The finish is long, dry, and grapefruity. Delicious IPA, it was perfect with Moroccan stew.

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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