Price: $15.54 (six-pack equivalent) at grocery store
Description: "Aprihop is our fruit beer for hopheads! It is an American IPA brewed with Pilsner and Crystal malts massively hopped in in the continuous fashion. The flavor is complemented by the addition of Apricots. After fermentation the beer is dry hopped with irresponsible amounts of Amarillo hops. The beer is hoppy in the aroma with the apricots playing a supporting complimentary 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."— Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
The tasting: Deep orange-amber in color, very hazy, with a white head that dissipated slowly. It's a beautiful color. Aroma of citrus, caramel, and faint apricot. Aprihop's flavor starts with a solid dose of caramel malt that reminds me of a Scottish Ale. After that, I noticed sweet malt followed by citrus and piney hops. It's medium bodied, nicely carbonated (medium), and the hops give it a slightly sticky mouth feel. It finishes with sweet malt and citrus hop bitterness. Overall, it's very well-balanced.
Rating: 3 star. Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me. Aprihop is a very nice IPA. I really liked its solid caramel malt flavor, which is unusual in an IPA. However, if I didn't read the description, I would not have noticed the apricots in aroma or flavor. So I have the same issue with Aprihop that I had with Punkin' Ale—I prefer a stronger presence of the specialty ingredient. That said, it's a keeper.
Have you tried Aprihop or any other Dogfish Head beers?