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Dogfish Head Aprihop

“Our fruit beer for hopheads.”  If there ever were a word to describe me as a beer drinker, hophead might even be an understatement.  Despite my budget-oriented tastes, I am guilty of seeking out the big, the aggressive, the high-ABV, the makes-you-feel-like-you’re-growing-a-hop-garden-in-your-mouth IPAs. Dogfish Head makes some of my favorite go-to IPAs that, in my opinion, define what an IPA should be. It is possible, however, for even a hophead such as myself to occasionally desire a little something else from a beer as well.  Brewers can try all sorts of tricks to make an IPA more interesting, but a common trend as of late has been the addition of fruit.  Sometimes, lots of fruit.

A spring seasonal release from the folks at Dogfish Head, Aprihop is an aggressively-hopped IPA much in the style of their renowned Arbitrary-Number-of-Minutes series, but with the special addition of apricots. This is definitely a beer that conjures up thoughts of warm days. I have fond memories of purchasing a sixth-keg of this with friends back in school, and spending the entirety of an afternoon and evening on a friend’s porch, simply enjoying the sweet nectar which flowed forth from the tap. Recently, I was able to get my hands on most of a case, and give it a better assessment than I did when drinking it outdoors for hours.  So, how is it?

Dogfish Head Aprihop
Beautiful dark, clear, copper color, with a fluffy white head that comes easily, and sticks around for a while. The beer laces very nicely on the way down. It looks great.
Smells strongly of citrusy hops, with the fruit nose definitely there as well, but not overpowering. This isn't your normal IPA, this is something really different.
An excellent balance of sweetness and bitterness. Initial sweet flavor eventually fades to subdued tart and bitterness, and of course, apricot. The beer definitely plays on the tongue a moment as a pretty conventional IPA before the apricot shows up to the party, announcing its presence loudly. Hello, apricots. Glad you could join us.
Medium in body, and just the right amount of carbonation to complement this beer. This beer feels like spring.
Not terribly cheap, but certainly affordable. It can be found for $2.33-$2.50 per 12-oz bottle most places in Virginia. Definitely worth grabbing if you see it.
If there's one thing that Dogfish Head does well, it's IPAs. Even their less conventional, seasonal offerings build upon this standard of success. I highly recommend this beer, it's definitely worth picking some up if you come across it.

Beer Stats
Style: American IPA
Serving: Bottle
Size: 12oz
ABV: 7.00%
BA Score: 86
RB Score: 93

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Written by Garrett Miller

Garrett brings a somewhat different perspective on beer to the table. While always thrilled to try any new, exotic brew that finds itself his way, Garrett finds that he's often quite satisfied with reliable, common craft choices. As such, Garrett is a fan of trying and reviewing these (admittedly less expensive) beers, and using them to introduce the exciting, flavorful world of craft beer to those not-yet-acquainted. Garrett’s favorite styles are IPAs and bourbon stouts, but won’t turn his nose up at anything. Find Garrett Miller on Google Plus

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