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Offline vanwolfhausen

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Apricot in an ale?
« on: April 12, 2010, 04:56:30 PM »
Ok I know this isn't for everyone but, I had a Dogfishhead Apri hop beer and I actually liked it.  Could I have a keg of it and not get sick of it?  WHo knows?  But, my wife loved it so at least if I get sick of it she won't.  I was thinking of what hops to use in it and figured I would go with citrusy hops like Amarillo and Cascade.  What do you guys think? 

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Re: Apricot in an ale?
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2010, 06:48:55 PM »
It seems like a good approach, but the question is will those hops enhance the apricot or get in its way?  I'm gonna have to do some visualization with my taste imagination....
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Re: Apricot in an ale?
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2010, 07:28:16 PM »
Amarillo seems like a good choice based on the write-up on the brewery's site:

http://www.dogfish.com/brews-spirits/the-brews/seasonal-brews/aprihop.htm

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Re: Apricot in an ale?
« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2010, 12:13:52 AM »
I brewed a APA this past fall with homegrown Cascade and Centennial hops (Cascade as the late addition and dry hop) and while I didn't add any fruit it had a major apricot aroma which was surprising but really nice.  I used US05 yeast, which is usually pretty clean so I don't think it was the yeast.  Anyway, from the way that beer tasted I would think at least the casacde or similar citrusy hops would work well.

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Re: Apricot in an ale?
« Reply #4 on: April 13, 2010, 07:44:06 AM »
I brewed a beer I called Hopricot that was inspired by the Aprihop by Dogfish.  It was a pretty standard APA but lighter on hops than normal.  I have the recipe at home which I can check later, but I think it had a couple of Amarillo additions.  Then in secondary I put it on several pounds of pureed apricots, and dry-hopped it with half an ounce of Amarillo and half an ounce of Palisade.  You could probably do all Palisade as has a definite apricot aroma, so it does compliment the apricot.  I also added just a dribble of Apricot flavoring at kegging, just to get a little more apricot flavor in there.  It came in at about 6% ABV and my friends went nuts on it last summer.  A fruit beer that is still kinda hoppy.

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Re: Apricot in an ale?
« Reply #5 on: April 13, 2010, 09:22:39 AM »
I was thinking of taking it light with the hops and just using Amarillo and maybe some cascade.  I plan on only using 2oz extract in keg.  If it turns out crappy oh well. ;D