Beer of the Week: Dogfish Head Aprihop
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Can you feel it? Spring is here and summer is approaching, and with it comes barbecue, sweltering humidity, and a host of seasonal beers to stick in your old Miller Light coozies as you flip burgers and swat flies.
Among them: Dogfish Head Aprihop, a bitter IPA sweetened up with fresh apricots. While Aprihop is technically a spring seasonal, a case or two should last you well through those warm summer months.
It starts with the base. Where many big IPAs use caramel and pale
malts, Aprihop has a light, shimmery body thanks pilsner and crystal
varieties. That ruddy base is sent skyward with Amarillo hops, buds
known for their citrusy flavor and bold bitterness. Where most fruity
beers (think Seadog
and the like) are fruit forward, Aprihop has a very subtle amount of
citrusy fruit flavor. As a result, I find it much more drinkable (and,
eh, masculine) than say a raspberry wheat or something. Just be
careful -- you drink too many of these seven percent alcohol bad boys,
and that nice summer day will turn into a dog day.
Find Aprihop in nifty little green four packs at Total Wine & More.
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