If you’ve followed The Brew Club for any amount of time, you might know that I’m not a huge fan of American IPAs. Why do I say that? Well, way back when, one of the first beers we exchanged for The Brew Club was the Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA.
I found the beer to be way over my head, and unfortunately I’ve avoided buying IPAs since then! I know, that’s not a good thing but that’s what happened! I’ve been easing back into the fold as I’ve found that I do enjoy American Pale Ales which to me are like ‘IPA Juniors’ or something.
So I’m checking out the beer isle and I see this Aprihop beer from Dogfish Head. Its a spring release so it isn’t out all year and the sound of having apricots in the mix was appealing to me at the time. (Apricots are great!) I debated with myself (aloud, mind you) and remembered that I really enjoyed the DFH Punkin’ last fall and that convinced me to give this IPA a try!
I mentioned this was a spring seasonal beer, right? Well doing a little research I’ve learned that the recipe had been tweaked a bit because over the years the beer began to become more and more sweet and fruity, and less and less hoppy. The 2010 release is supposedly more like it was originally intended so if you’ve had it last year it’s probably going to be quite different for you.
Not ever having Aprihop before, I’ve got nothing to go on! This beer pours a very nice and perfectly clear amber color. Really a nice looking beer. There’s some carbonation going on and the beer seems lite and lively in the glass under the foamy off white head.
Not having many IPAs under my belt, I can best describe the aroma as ‘hoppy’ but more specifically it seems to be a citrusy type of hop aroma. Mixed in there is indeed the fresh smell of apricots – its there but I had to work a bit to pick up on it. So, its NOT a fruit beer, which is fine with me actually! (My wife said it had a ‘marmalade’ undertone.)
I had this beer sitting in my basement so I had it kind of chilled but not fridge cold. I think this was a good idea because while this is definately an IPA, it didn’t seem to overpower my tastebuds with hop insanity like the 60-Minute IPA I mentioned above did so long ago.
Its got a citrusy hop flavor thing, but its also got enough malt and then seemingly just the right amount of apricot to really balance everything out. I can drink this beer! Wooo!
I won’t go to much into mouthfeel and body, its a winner to me at this point based on flavor alone and its renewed my hope that I can enjoy more IPAs in the future. At one time Dogfish Head scared me off, and now Aprihop has welcomed me back!
Rating this beer is going to be hard. I really liked it and I would buy it again. I think it should be a Summer beer too – this would be great on one of those hot days. Still, I don’t have much to compare it to but standing alone I think I would give this beer a three and a half stars which is pretty good.