Aprihop might be Dogfish Head's spring seasonal, but I think this apricot-infused IPA is perfect for right now — just as the the temperature creeps up and the first apricots of summer are appearing at farmers markets. So snatch up a few bottles of Aprihop while they're still around and salute both the season that's ending and the one that's beginning.
Beer Details: Aprihop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, Milton, Delaware (Apricot-infused IPA, 7% ABV)
Appearance: This beer tops the glass with a super-creamy head of meringue-like foam that you practically want to eat with a spoon. The IPA itself is crystal clear and glows a burnished orange against the light.
Aroma: Soft but heady aromas of fresh apricots and peaches with a lemony edge.
Taste: This is what I'd call a quaffing beer. It's not meant for demure sipping; it's meant to be tipped down the throat and quaffed until your thirst is satisfied. Tangy fruit flavors hit mid-palate, not unlike biting into a sun-warmed apricot. Otherwise, the beer is surprisingly dry. The pilsner malts lend a cracker-like crispness beneath the juicy fruit flavors. Both the fruits and malts fade into a hoppy finish with a touch of astringency.
This isn't a super forward beer, either in terms of IPA bitterness of fruit beer fruitiness. It's a nice balance of both, resulting in something that's refreshing and easy to drink. The effervescence adds a lovely tingle on the tongue, bringing it all together.
Food Pairings: I love this beer with a big dinner salad, one with lots of fresh vegetables, toasted nuts, bits of rich cheese, and a few slices of grilled chicken breast over top.
Have you tried this beer? What do you think of it?
(Image: Emma Christensen)