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Dogfish Head Brewery

The Dogfish Head Brewery in Delaware has quickly become my favorite brewery around. I can’t recall precisely when this love affair began, but I can tell you for sure that it was cemented last night when I enjoyed yet another Aprihop Ale.

Growing up in the Northeast, the first craft beer I ever encountered was Magic Hat.  Magic Hat was, and still is, a great brewery.  I have a lot of respect for what they do up there in chilly VT.  And I have great (vague) memories of drinking #9 when I was just barely old enough to be drinking.

But Dogfish Head Aprihop is a whole new seasonally inspired ale.  It brings in nice apricot flavors without smacking you in the face with fruit.   The approach of adding apricot to a strongly hopped IPA is something wonderful.  The beer has great hop characteristics and a brilliant full body. It is, first and foremost, a great ale.  One that stands on its own and can be counted, along with many other Dogfish beers, as a great example on how to brew a full flavored and interesting beer.

But it’s the seasonality that Dogfish injects into their beers that really makes these worth talking about.  I remember having a similar revelation last fall when I taste tested five  different Pumpkin beers.  Most of the beers smacked of artificial pumpkin pie spice.  Or they were light and watery with a canned pumpkin taste.  But the Dogfish version stood above and beyond.  It was a beer.  A real beer.  And it felt as if the brewers had taken a subtle hand with real spices.  Not fake pumpkin pie spice, but the spices that make the fall season the fall season.  Nutmeg and cinnamon and clove all played a role.

So to sum up, well done, Dogfish.  Well done.

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2 comments on “Dogfish Head Brewery

  1. Pingback: Making Rhubarb Syrup and Cocktails « The Noble Experiment

  2. Punks Backyard Grill
    April 28, 2010

    We love Dogfish Head beers! And we have the 60 minute and the Aprihop at Punks!

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