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Dogfish Head ApriHop

 
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Formerly brewed at Dogfish Head Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Milton, Delaware USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker

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RATINGS: 1964   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A strong IPA brewed with real apricots and finished with whole leaf Willamette and Cascade hops.


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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
axilla (962) - New Providence, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2004 Mild hops and apricot aroma. Very pretty copper/red color with a fizzy white head. Pretty much tastes like a good ipa. I barely taste the apricot at all. Mostly in the aftertaste. Very good hop flavor. I wish I had a 60 minute to compare this with. Really good IPA, t not fruit beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 21, 2004
Hmm...clearish orangey apricot color, how fitting, just under a finger high head of dirty cream colored foam, some thinnly etched strings of lace stick. Smell has a nice herbal/grassy hop with a solid toasted malt backing, some detectable notes of fresh apricots and slight pine lay underneath, very fresh smelling with a raw grassy hop edge. Taste has a toasty frontage blending quickly with herbal grassy fresh hops that has a mild bite ending with a mix of pine wood, citrus fruits and just a peppering of the apricot can be detected nearer the finish where it tappers off with a toasty malt flake and bake twinge and a grab of hop bittering thats favorabley mild. Feel is about medium, nice and crisp with a light drying quality with just the right amount of bite and balance making for a good drinking IPA fruity treat. Its not as Aprihopped as I hoped it would be but its quite good non-the-less. Borderline sessionable with the 6.6% - drinkable all the same. I could easily put a few of these away and be a happy camper.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - APR 20, 2004
corny hop aroma, auburn with a thin white head, corny hoppiness and a slight apricot finish

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2004
Pretty darn good brew. Full, fruity aroma and flavor (you can really detect the apricots) and a nice piney finish.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 18, 2004
Average sized off-white frothy head. Nice orange body. Fruity aroma (probably apricot), very light citrus hops, and some cookie maltiness. Tastes sweet, mild ruby red grapefruit, fruit/apricot, and light bread. Overall, very good. I'm glad that it is not too sweet.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - APR 18, 2004
12oz Bottle This one seems just like the 60M to me with a subtle sweetness from the apricot flavor. It poured a clear copper color with the standard DFH white foamy head that retained well. Great hop aroma which is a fruity one. Slight grassy note and finishing with a fair bitterness. Good body and very drinkable. Thanks Slob.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 17, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2005 Seems like a love it or hate it beer. I am in the middle. Poured a dark copper with a strong fruit and marmalade aroma. Hops are slightly more subdued and this is sweeter than the 60 Min. This is a nice change of pace, but I will stick with the regular IPA’s.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 17, 2004
Not much like an IPA, nor is it much like a fruit beer, but that isn't bad, just contrary to expectation - gold, light copper in color - impressive lacework - apricot in the nose, some yeast and slight sweetness - flavor can best be described as a lightly sweetened ESB, though that doesn't make it sound that attractive, does it? - medium body with a solid malt backbone throughout - hops are mild for a proclaimed "IPA," but meld perfectly with the very subdued apricot flavor (an inexperienced palate may not pick it up at all) - great balance and drinkability - smooth, somewhat creamy and mildly sweet finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bonvivant (169) - Smithfield, Virginia, USA - APR 14, 2004
I really pick up the apricot in the nose and not so much in the taste. I would say more orange zest in the flavor. Not what I would call a fruit beer, which is good-very subtle. Not as intensly hoppy as the 90 minute. All in all very well balanced and drinkable.

2.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 14, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 10, 2004 (Bottled 2004) Dogfish Head #9. Great head and lace. The nose is mostly hoppy with a tad of apricot. The palate is smooth hoppy and slightly fruity. The fruit intrusion is rarther mild. My guess is that many people may not taste the apricot. Pretty good fruit beer.


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