Review: Aprihop, Dogfish Head


Aprihop

Stats:
  • Style:  IPA brewed with apricots
  • Bitterness:  50 IBU
  • ABV:  7.0%
  • Malts:  Pilsner, Crystal
  • Hops:  Not provided 
  • Dry Hops:  Amarillo
  • Sampled:  12 oz. bottle
  • 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 


Random thoughts:   I tasted Dogfish Head's Punkin' Ale last fall.  I liked it, but wanted a stronger pumpkin flavor.  I hope this delivers the apricots. Aprihop is a seasonal available through May.   This is part of my IPAs Gone Wild! series.   

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. 


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2 comments:

Jack said...

Maybe it's because it's getting on in the Aprihop season and the flavor/aroma wanes with time, or maybe it various from bottle to bottle or batch to batch, but the few bottles I had this year were quite strong in the apricot department. The flavor and aroma was much higher than, say, #9. I found it to be pleasantly apricotty without tasting too forced.

Sanjay said...

If so, I wish I got one of the fruitier bottles. I didn't know #9 had apricots.

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