Do the Aprihop, hop, HOP, HOP, HOP! If there's not a dance dedicated to this beer, there should be. Stayed tuned for that one.
Dogfish Head Aprihop may be my favorite beer in their lineup. Dubbed the "fruit beer for hopheads", this spring seasonal is brewed with Pilsner and Crystal malts, continuously hopped (of course) with Amarillo, and gets a dose of apricot juice. How refreshing!
Look at that color. Absolutely gorgeous! The nose is packed with tropical fruit notes and a streak of pine. You're hit on the front of the palate by an arsenal of juicy fruit and caramelized malts leading into a pronounced bitter finish. The apricot acts more as a backbone to the malts in this beer, elevating and complementing the hop and malt profile.
I love this beer because it is the right amount of refreshing and crisply bitter. It screams "springtime porch beer"! So, if you're wondering, I had to enjoy a pint on my porch before dinner. :)
This was a random pairing because I already decided I was going to partake in the Aprihop but did not know what to make for dinner. Then, the buffalo chicken came to mind. I was like, "Well, hope this pairing works!" It has certainly been one of my favorite pairings to date. Don't wait too long if you want to try this because Dogfish Head Aprihop is seasonal. :)
Before I go....a little rule of thumb: IPAs are wonderful companions to spicy food.
The hops give that spiciness a high-five but then fan those flames out!
Don't believe me? Try it yourself.
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