ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,714
Hads: 4,897
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 144
Gots: 650 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
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Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

Aprihop is an American IPA brewed with Pilsner and Crystal malts. It's massively hopped -- in the continuous fashion, of course! -- and the flavor is complemented by the addition of apricots.

After fermentation, the beer is dry hopped with irresponsible amounts of Amarillo hops. The beer has a hoppy aroma, with the apricots playing a supporting role.

The flavor is rich with late hop flavors, and its bitterness is tempered by just the right amount of malt sweetness and fruity undertones from the apricots.

50 IBU
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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turns out Aprihop is one of Dogfish's best. Here's why:

A - Pours a clear amber, copper color with an inch off-white head that sticks around as a small cap. Lacing is pretty awesome.

S - Smells abundant, like apricot jam and dark sweet toasted bread. Then a nice citrus hops and apricot finish.

T - Firm yet flowery, much better than #9 Magic Hat to which it's compared. Follows smell, flavor is abundant and well balanced. Starts as a crisp citrus hop taste up front and a rich, jammed and long apricot finish.

M - Beer has great wesight and is fresh and crisp.

O - Must try. Well executed. (598 characters)

Photo of Beertsipper
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head when poured into my DFH pint glass. Smells of malt, faint apricot, some sweet apple, caramel. Taste is malty, fruity with apricot, but not too strong, caramel, some hops. Mouthfeel is light and there is no detection of alcohol. Finish is somewhat clean and crisp. Not as flavorful, bold, and as complex from when I last had it about 3 years ago. (356 characters)

Photo of TH28
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Appearance: Deep orange golden with a slight haze, and moderate off white foam cap. Aroma: Fruity citrus and apricot is prominent, but also a dank, resinous hop character as well. Taste: Rich caramel maltiness and tart apricot flavor, leading into a strong bitterness that isn’t sharp because of the malt base. Well balanced. Again, a resinous, almost woody hop character helps offset the sweet citrus flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium with a moderate carbonation. No noticeable alcohol heat. Finish: Lingering resinous bitterness, with a hint of apricot. Apricot is most prominent on the finish. Overall: Really well balanced IPA, with a strong enough malt base to balance the intense bitterness. Resinous hop flavors do well to balance the fruity flavors. (765 characters)

Photo of Myotus
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speigelau IPA glass. Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth within a minute. Has a nice, honey orange color. A plethora of bubbles. Lacing is moderate. Has strong floral hop aromas that elegantly combine with strong apricot aromas. Mild citrusy hop aromas and a hint of lemon peel and earthy yeast can also be detected. Initial taste is of strong apricot flavors that combine with mild earthy yeast and caramel malt flavors. Mild floral and citrus hop flavors along with a touch of lemon peel enter after initial flavors. All flavors persist in strength until they all gradually fade. Light-bodies, mildy carbonated, creamy, with an incredibly crisp finish. Well done, Dogfish Head. Well done. (776 characters)

Photo of ThaneMcC
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with off white head and copious effervescence which rapidly subsided. Smelled of sweet malts, piney, citrus and a vague light fruit smell. Tastes malt forward, honey, vanilla, mid not of piney, lemon zest with a rather clean (if slightly bitter) finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with sufficience carbonation to keep from being weight down by the malts.

I found it to be a rather pleasant IPA - the apricot was subdued but complemented the hops/malt. Not a fruity beer like a lambic - which I was relieved.
I would purchase again - another tasty creation from DFH. (579 characters)

Photo of iCica
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells and tastes pleasantly like apricots. The hops used were perfect, not overpowering the fruity notes. Carbonation on this bottle was also just right. Perfect for a sunny afternoon. (185 characters)

Photo of allthesauces
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer has it all! Since I bought it I haven't stopped thinking about it. I think about it daily. Going to pick some up right now! Not to overboard with any thing. Perfect! (175 characters)

Photo of daisyfching
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smooth and well balanced beer that is brewed only in the Spring from Apricot juice. It is a bit lighter than most IPAs and not too hoppy. Would definitely recommend. (165 characters)

Photo of Dikfour
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Finger of light tan head with slightly orange spotting, Bright orange with redish edging. Gorgeous.

Smell: Very much Apricot on the nose with some Citra hops I think. Also some tropical fruits; passionfruit, mango, maybe a little grapefruit.

Taste: Ripe apricot up front followed by a slightly bitter, dry finish. This thing is a bit of a fruit bomb, which is very much in my wheel house. Even a little tart at times.

Feel: Between the carbonation and alcohol, this leaves a wonderfully refreshing, almost minty-like feeling on the gums and tongue. Fairly full bodied.

Overall: One of my new favorites. Near perfect. Been through three four packs before I even rated it. (680 characters)

Photo of burnerfinger
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

bought this on a whim at the local market street:

A - about the color of honey - single finger of head settles to a thick film with rocky lacing.

S: honestly a bit lite on the nose, considering it's from DogFish head. but the hoppiness is nonetheless pronouced.

T: a bit strange, I FEEL the hops rather than taste them as much, with the malty back bone coming up front. not loving the peachy aftertaste
M: full body - extra carbonation
D not bad - but for sure next time I'll choose another. (500 characters)

Photo of StoutHobbit
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle notes of apricot on the nose, but it hits you in the aftertaste in a pleasant way dancing with the hoppy notes. Pours a deep golden honey color with a thin head. Good Beer. (179 characters)

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Bronze, with some clarity. 2 fingers of head and retention the whole way down. Tons of lacing.

S - Fresh citrus hops and fruit, obviously from the apricots

T - Well balanced IPA. Not bitter, not citrusy. Apricot juice definitely adds character. Smooth, tasty, and well balanced. ABV totally hidden and easy to drink.

F - Medium body and carbonation. Average mouthfeel

O - A different tasty vegetable IPA. Different, and good. (439 characters)

Photo of Reema
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer doesn't get enough love. It doesn't smell like apricot too much but it's definitely there in the taste. Easily drinkable. This a nice departure from the usual IPA that surprisingly works very well. (207 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brilliant copper color. Looks well-carbonated. Hoppy aroma, smells like an ipa. I dont exactly notice any apricot or fruity scents in its nose.

I do however notice apricot flavor in its taste, although subtly so. Very nice tasting ipa. Strong yet pleasant, a touch of bitterness but finishes clean. This feels like a dense, sturdy beer. Its easily medium-bodied, probably more. Compared to most IPA's, I'd even call this heavy-bodied. Perfectly carbonated to match.

High quality stuff. (504 characters)

Photo of spagel1919
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. If you want to try a hoppy beer but afraid of the aftertaste, this is for you. Very smooth from start to finish ending on the apricot taste. Pours an attractive rusty color with a hoppy yet fruity smell. A great you'll need to stock up on... (267 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with a slightly off white head. I didn't really get anything smell wise that really stood out too much. And the taste was fairly bland as far as IPAs go and the apricot was very subtle at best. kind of disappointing honestly (245 characters)

Photo of Beerlover
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This taste very bland, no hops, no malts, no apricot, just blah. Also overly carbonated for my taste. Im surprised by the high ratings especially by the brothers...? Maybe i got a bad bottle (190 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Nice deep copper with about 1/2" off-white head that doesn't stick around too long. Not much retention, minimal lacing.

S: Orange, grapefruit, definitely apricot. Detectable hop-bitter aroma along with a sweeter, more caramelly note.

T: Balanced & a bit zesty. Some nice oily hop, lemon rind, straight grapefruit with a touch of apricot. Caramel carries over to the palate as well along with almost a date-like quality. I think the slightly sweet-leaning profile really fits this brew well.

M: I like where the carb is here, if I have one scruple it would be that this brew seems a touch heavy for what it does on the palate.

O: Not an everyday IPA for me, but this makes for a nice treat. (736 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber with a light orange tint and slight haziness. There's a fingernail of off white head around the rim and covering about half of the top of the glass. Intense citrus hop aroma greets me. The flavor is initially a bit of citrus hop flavor with a nice balance of light malt, but then the citrus hop flavor builds. Before it becomes too intense it mellows out. There's perhaps just a hint of the apricot flavor covering the bitterness. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy. (481 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent smell. Taste is kind of all over the place but still good overall. I think I like this more than the 60 Minute and possibly the 90 minute just due to the added fruit flavor. (183 characters)

Photo of Gear54
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local bar

Pour is Amber orange with 1/2 finger of thin head and little lace on the glass.

Smell is malts and apricots with undertones of hops and citrus

Taste follows pretty well. Malty with nice hops and citrus. Not nearly as much apricot as I would have expected. I also feel like there are some Carmel notes as well.

Feel is good. It's very heavy and coats well. Taste lasts several min after each sip.

Overall a nice fruit beer and I love the bitter hop additions to the brew. Solid experiment from DFH (527 characters)

Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft: Malty, little bitterness, no apricot flavor, thick mouthfeel, delicious. 4.25
Bottled: apricot-forward flavor that dissipates quickly. 3.25 (151 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange, almost reddish in hue, with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of apricots which was nice although I couldn't get much of the hop scents. The taste was surprisingly well balanced considering the smell. A lot of nice sweetness upfront before a mellow yet clean finish. Very nice. (327 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I expected a much bigger hit of apricot given the description and the fact that the beer is named for it. Not bad to try at a bar but I don't see a reason to get a six pack of this beer. It's a well made but largely unremarkable IPA. (233 characters)

Photo of Moose90
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2015 12oz bottle served in tulip

A – Deep dark orange in color. Copper hues and a bright white, thin head, lacing left behind is consisted and solid.

S – Malty, sweet, bitter, little bit of orange and apricot tones.

T – Bitter, malty sweetness, caramel notes, orange rind, slight apricot.

M – Light/Medium bodied brew, carbonation on the high side, quick finish.

O – A malty and sweet IPA, balanced with some notes of apricot and orange, could use more bitterness. (480 characters)

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,714 ratings.