Aprihop- IPA Brewed with Apricots
Dogfish Head Brewery, Rehoboth Beach, DE
7% ABV, 50 IBUs
Now, this beer is brewed in March, and should really only be on shelves through May. I was lucky enough to get a few from my mother in law who visited the brewery in April and brought back a few. These were outstanding. The ones I found on a local store shelve in August? Not so much.
Lesson- Seasonal beer should only be on shelves in season. Good bottle stores usually don't have out of season beers on the shelf. Clearly, I was not shopping at a good store. But that is a post or another day, trust me.
Aprihop pours a dark, almost reddish amber with a low, tight white head.
Smell is hoppy and fruity sweet. Apricots are clearly noticeable, but not overwhelming.
Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Very smooooooth.
Taste is very much IPA like up front- bright hoppy goodness, floral almost, with a sweet apricot tartness along side. The flavors are clean and crisp and work extremely well together. The is also a strong malt backbone on this IPA, although its not quite as strong as the 60 or 90 minute IPA's Dogfish does so well. Finish is mildly bitter.
I love this beer. A clean, fresh hoppy IPA with Apricots incorporated perfectly. Lots of flavor and very refreshing. Highly recommend when in season. Out of season, it may not be quite up the normal standards.