Dogfish Head ApriHop IPA
I remember a few years back when Dogfish Head was regarded as the best of the best of American craft beer. Since then.. a bunch of breweries have taken over the position of being the best, according to RateBeer and Beer Advocate. Today I'm checking out their ApriHop American IPA - brewed with Pilsner and Crystal malts, massively hopped (Amarillo) and complimented by the addition of apricot juice.
Appearance: ApriHop pours a cloudy caramel amber ale, moderate amount of beige head and a light amount of foam lacing the side of the glass.
Aroma: Mostly bitter with a light touch of apricot sweetness to it. The bitterness gives off a heavy pine aroma, notes of grass and a hint of caramel malt. I was hoping for more fruity apricot popping out but it's alright.
Taste: The pine and grassy hops pop out first and foremost with a light amount of tropical apricot sweetness at the very end which ends up lingering for a few seconds and then disappearing completely. The hops have held up really well here but compared to your typical popular IPAs now days, this one is nowhere near as tropical as say.. Lawson's Sip of Sunshine.
Overall Thoughts: Fairly easy to drink, not as bitter as I'd expect (even when I first tried it), the apricot could be more dominant but it's only a secondary character in this beer.