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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery


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very good

3,694 Ratings

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Ratings: 3694
Reviews: 1623
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
Delaware, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002)
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Photo of Ed2


3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass... Smallish head about a finger maybe a little less. Amber translucent body... Smell is Hops galore and Apricot follows strongly. Taste is also hoppy and fruity... A nice light summer beer. A little sticky after feel... But still good. And I like the art work on the bottle this year...

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 00:00:04 | More by Ed2
Photo of shadetree67


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Reddish copper in color. 1 finger head. LIttle to no lacing.

S. Not much of any smell. Caramel malts, some apricot / citrus but I really have to hunt for it. Very slight piney hops as well.

T. Some melon, Slight caramel malt, and a hint of apricot. There is more going on in the taste than in the nose for sure. That said, it is pretty subtle.

M. Light to medium bodied. Higher than average carbonation for an IPA.

O. I was really hoping for more apricot in the taste, additionally the body felt a bit thin. Alcohol is well hidden and the 7% can creep up on you

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 23:55:13 | More by shadetree67
Photo of yuenglingfan101


4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a bad beer. Copperish color with a half finger head. Really not much of a smell. The taste more of the IPA than the apricots but thats ok. Great relaxing beer for a great relaxing day or a great relaxing beer after a major stressful day. Poured this beer into my trusty pint glass as usual

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 16:13:59 | More by yuenglingfan101
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Awesome aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops, apricot, and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, apricot, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance of citrus hops, apricot, and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited IPA. All around great balance and complexity of hop, apricot, and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 19:10:16 | More by superspak
Photo of MTBrewr


4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First let me start off by saying this is the beer I lost my Dogfish Head virginity to. I've been looking up to Sam Calagione for a few months now, but hadn't had the fortune of trying any of his beers until just recently. This one did not dissapoint, nor did the 90 minute, or the IBA.

A: Very dark orange color with touches of brown, seems slightly darker than the majority of IPAs. This beer is extremely clear, with no kind of sediment whatsoever. Pours very inviting with a nice, white head that leaves a good lacing on the glass.

S: For an IPA, I thought this did not have a ton of aroma to it. When first poured the apricot flavors go straight to the nose, but after sitting in the glass for a while their aroma seems to mellow out a bit. Maybe this is because apricots don't have the really strong aroma characteristics of something like an orange or grapefruit, and that is what's throwing me off. Either way I couldn't find a ton of aroma, but there are definitely no off putting scents to this beer.

T: Taste is extremely smooth. As it's swallowed the apricot flavoring is definitely apparent, and mixed with some grapefruit, and significant bitterness. The apricot flavoring definitely seems to dominate the hops, but I found that to be extremely enjoyable in a seasonal beer. This is probably the smoothest IPA I have ever tried (and I drink a lot of IPAs). The hop flavors do not dominate, but they are still apparent enough for one to know they are drinking an IPA.

M: Beer is kind of light on the mouthfeel, but the significant head retention seems to make up for that as the beer is swallowed. In fact, it seems as the beer goes down the throat it gets noticeably thicker (in addition to the apricot flavoring coming out), and I find this very enjoyable.

And not that it matters but...the artwork for this beer is KILLER. By far the best beer artwork I have seen, and I have seen some good ones. It's never right to judge a beer by "it's cover", but it's always really nice when a solid beer has an AWESOME cover. Sam Calagione, I love what you're doing, I just wish I didn't have to trek across the Mississippi to buy in ;)

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 22:44:51 | More by MTBrewr
Photo of Ri0


3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dirty orange with a 2 finger off white head. Good retention and lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malts and some bitter fruity hops. I'm sure some of the scent is due to the apricot juice.

T - Sweet caramel with a good amount of bitter pine and citrus hops. The finish has a hint of apricot, but you may not even know if this beer were called something different.

M - Light body with full carbonation. A bit sticky, but it feels smooth.

O - A nice spring time IPA with a nice twist by using apricot juice.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2014 01:50:11 | More by Ri0
Photo of Omnium


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear golden orange with one finger of fizzy off white head, little patchy lacing.
S - Grassy earthy hops with a caramel malt, citrus zest, apricot jam.
T - Caramel and bread malt, tart apple, apricot, grapefruit peel, a little grass tone hidden.
M - Clean and refreshing for what it is, medium feel.
O - Decent fruit beer, its not super hoppy, but gets the job done. The best thing about this beer is the new label art.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 03:28:52 | More by Omnium
Photo of RoninVP


4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recently tasted this against "Loose Cannon", "Raging Bitch", & "HopSlam". Each have their place and Dogfish stood out as a great spring IPA. Great beer for kicking it on the balcony or in the backyard. I'm not typically an abstract IPA flavor person, but this sampling definitely opened my eyes.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 17:43:17 | More by RoninVP
Photo of secondtooth


4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich amber with prodigious head of white foam. Big, spoke-like lacing.

Aroma is delectable with traces of apricot and melon sweetness punctuating the floral hop resin perfumes. Beautiful, and a perfect harbinger for spring!

Taste is rich with plenty of fruity apricot and tropical notes that only serve to enhance the hoppy IPA foundation. The citrus and floral hops are prominent, but wed themselves smoothly to the fruit. It's a smooth and absolutely delicious experience, and a unique one. I am a fan and will pick this beer up again, yes.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 14:56:46 | More by secondtooth
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an off white head. Leaves some lace. Color is a copper orange gold.

Flavor profile: grapefruit citrus, earthy and floral hops. Caramel and bready malts. The apricots show, but they aren't dominating. Definitely is a more balanced ipa with a decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: bitter. Medium bodied. Ends kind of sticky, but relatively clean for an ipa.

Overall, this was a decent ipa and nice on a hot day, but nothing I'd go out of my way for. The apricot just wasn't as exciting as I was hoping for.

Serving type: on-tap

03-26-2014 17:00:04 | More by mothman
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3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 16oz pint glass at Lures

A-Crystal clear amber color with a gigantic fluffy white head. Good lacing.

S-Nose is citrus hops and light fruit.

T-The flavor is hop forward with a light but balanced caramel malt backbone. The apricot flavor is very delicate and mostly in the aftertaste.

M-Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation with a dry finish with a hint of lingering bitterness.

O-Pretty good spring beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2014 16:33:43 | More by reebtaerG
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New York

3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours almost copper it's so dark. A tan head of creamy foam sits on top and won't fall. It just won't. The nose is tart with apricot and floral with hops. The malt whispers a bit of sugar in your ear and a soft bit of bread. Taste is juicy and sweet. It's a very sweet malt that gives a wonderful medium full mouthfeel. The beer is sticky and leaves behind a bit of that apricot to linger in the aftertaste. I want to say that I also taste some orange and some orange peel. The bitter is well done in this. It's just enough to leave you with a nice IPA feeling from this decadently fruity beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 11:29:13 | More by utopiajane
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Pinocchio's Pizza in Media, PA.

A: Pours a pristine apricot hue (go figure) with a two-finger bleach white head that eventually fades to a small, creamy cap that seems to be struggling to stick around. A little bit of lacing left down the glass, but not much.

S: Lots of citrusy hops. Grapefruit upfront with a bit of some grassiness underneath followed by a nice wave of fresh apricot. A great balance of standard IPA aroma and apricots.

T: Substantially closer to an IPA than a fruit beer. Flavors are reminiscent to that of DFH 60-Minute with a nice infusion of fresh apricot that makes things interesting, but keeps it reserved enough to maintain the IPA title.

M: A bit on the full-side that leaves the palate significantly coated. Carbonation isn't as sharp as you'd expect. Booze is definitely a bit noticeable which warns you to refrain from pounding these down.

O: An interesting, enjoyable offering from Dogfish Head, for sure, but this lacks the qualities for a revisit. The mouthfeel was a little weak compared to some of their year-round brews and the flavors are nice, but just not exactly my cup o'tea. Might grab another pint of this next season, but I think I've had my fill of apricots for now.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2014 02:18:45 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of RoamingGnome


4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Aprihop

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonick pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking amber brew, with a finger of cream colored head. Nice retention and lacing.

S) Sweet caramel malt, piney hops, and apricots. I really liked what was going on with the aroma.

T) A nice balance and blend of flavors. Mild sweetness, hop bitterness, which is primarily a grapefruit flavor. The apricot is notable throughout.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking... Very refreshing... Slightly dry finish, with citrus aftertaste.

O) I really enjoyed this beer. It's an excellent Spring seasonal. Definitely worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 19:00:25 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of Cozuma


4.86/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: clear deep amber with a nice red hue, head light cream color that fades to thin layer of persistent bubbles

S: inviting apricot with floral tropical hop smell pineapple and mango have a light presence.

T: a rush of hoppy fruity wondefulness I hate living where I am now with no access tothis brew.

O: Awesome I love this beer so much I tried to replicate it as an extract. The IPA portion was tasty but it was ruined when I added the apricot. I need a new approach but back to the beer. I look forward to the release of this beer every year I was fortunate enough to have experienced this run with randall off the tap and it was phenomenal. Not too fruity an IPA lover wouldn't like it but not too hoppy a fruit beer lover wouldn't want it again. Quite a treat from dogfish.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 02:58:05 | More by Cozuma
Photo of russwaddell


4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

This is a ridiculously complex beer with layers and layers of flavor. Dogfish Head always advertises touts their unbalanced beers, which to me usually just feel inaccessible and hard to enjoy. Maybe it's a maturing palette, maybe I'm just in the mood for it, but this Aprihop really hits the spot.

Perfect clarity. Perfect layer of bubbles on the bottom of the glass that stick around. Not a thick head but a persistent ring and surface bubbles. Reddish gold color.

Smells crisp and clean, no malty, metallic notes at all. A little bit of fruit and hops that blend perfectly.

The apricot flavor really isn't there too much until the long finish. Hard to tell if it's bitter from fruit pits and skins or from hops. It is certainly bitter though, especially in the finish. Bright and somewhat fruity flavor. It's clearly an IPA but not overpowering like some offerings from Dogfish Head.

Excellent mouthfeel. Fresh and clean, but still with plenty of body. Leaves you with a long lingering hoppy and fruity finish but no stickyness or excessive thickness. I would seriously consider drinking this beer regardless of taste based just on mouthfeel!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2014 01:17:50 | More by russwaddell
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle in a Bruery tulip.
7% ABV, Bottled on 2014E

A - Conservative carbonation floats through the deep and clear amber beer, feeding the off-white head ever-so-slightly. The ring of foam left over only leaves specks of lace behind.

S - Explosive but volatile hoppiness showers the nostrils with a quick mist of tropical fruit that fades away into earthy pine resin and dried apricots with a suggestion of white grape juice and honey-drizzled biscuits.

T - Sharp hoppiness grabs the tongue with force, digging in with fleeting tropical fruit nuances that give way to stronger earthy, pine-like flavors. Apricot becomes shuffled into the general fruity flavor the hops impart, however; it's not a stand-along attribute of the flavor, as a bready, toast malt finishes out.

M - Alcohol and hop dryness greet the tongue and linger there through Aprihop's bitter completion but, this fruit-ed IPA has a smooth body and fantastic balance.

O - Wholeheartedly an IPA, Aprihop's apricot additions play well with the hop's tropical fruit nuances but the beer finishes out pretty earthy and malty with great overall balance!

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 22:11:23 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of schoolboy


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a little different take on an AIPA. AIPA's distract from loads of malt with even bigger loads of hops and sometimes huge finishing hops. This one is a bit more reserved than most (some AIPA are the equivalent of muscle cars - blunt instruments) and it adds a twist with a bit of fruity distraction.

It looks great in the glass, a little deep in color, but with a neat little head and lace. The aroma is reserved, slightly fruity and very pleasant. If you spilled it, just leaving it on the table might make the room smell great!

The flavor is great. It has a richer than usual malt character, a smaller hop profile and that fruit thang. It is extremely well balanced. The aftertaste is also very nice. It is an AIPA you drink with your pinky in the air.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 19:15:53 | More by schoolboy
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District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: would be clear if not for the amber-tinged orange color. Head is sustaining with a little lacing
S: the predominant smell is a slightly funky fruit flavor that reminds me of dried apricots from trail mixes. The bitterness in nose is slightly astringent, and reminds me of what I get in English-style ales.
T: the fruit smell pervades the whole taste. The bitterness mostly attempts to balance this taste with a mild woody taste, maybe a bit of herb, but the attempts only put a minor dent in the stronger fruit of the beer. That said, if I isolated the apricot from the rest of the taste, the beer itself is solid.
M: the fruit tartness and underlying bitterness work out in the end, there is a rough transition from front to back. The carbonation does help draw my attention from this interplay a bit
O: if it weren't for the slightly overpowering opening of the apricot additions, I might go overall better than I did.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 03:37:26 | More by cjgiant
Photo of GOBLIN


3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dogfish Head Aprihop

Like a rabbid animal . . . with no bite

Poured into pint glass

A: Pours an orange caramel color with little lacing

S: Not much really. Caramel, malts, and I kimd of detect the apricots

T: Good, I like this beer. Not as hoppy as I remember and the apricots are a little hard to taste

M: Nice feel, not thin and good carbonation

O: A good brew, nothing too exciting but won't turn it down. I might have to update this review after I have a chance to try on tap . . . Word is it really shines on draft.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:36:39 | More by GOBLIN
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4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep copperish amber, half finger of off white head that did not stick around

Smell is well I do get a lot of citrus, orange, grapefruit, apricot, pine needle, herbal hop, lemon, sweet malt backing... While I can detect all of that it is very subtle, certainly does not have the biggest nose around.

Taste is well basically the nose, herbal hop, pine, citrus, apricot, kiwi, pineapple, blood orange, sweet underlying malt. Not really that bitter at all to my palate.

Mouthfeel is medium light with heavy cutting carbonation, slight drying but not as much as your standard ipa offering.

I really like this one, best I have had in my very limited DFH experience. I really think this nails the spring season well. I do not understand why it is in 4 packs and not 6 packs but oh well that will just limit my purchasing of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 20:18:43 | More by nickapalooza86
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3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Deep golden amber, copper hue good head off the pour and decent lacing
Not overly strong, you can tell the hops are definitely there, malt for sure along with some fruit and citrus notes
It is sweet, bitter and malty! A well balanced and wonderfully concocted beer. Full of fruit and citrus flavor underneath the hops and the bitterness slightly lingers on the finish.
I definitely recommend it; I strongly look forward to March when they release it every year. It’s a really flavorful and refreshing combination and is no wonder why it’s a favorite.


Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:31:59 | More by BeerandWhiskeyHQ
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3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on: 2013C 17:38

Pours translucent orange/gold with 1/2 inch of white head that quickly fades to a thin film on top.

Smell is somewhat grassy with faint apricot and a hint of pine.

Taste is slightly sweet with just a hint of apricot and some faint citrus. There is a mild earthy hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and medium bodied with high carbonation.

A fair enough effort. I would expect more apricot taste and aroma, given the name and description on the label. Comes across as an above average standard IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 04:41:00 | More by Furlinator
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with coded bottled on date 2013H 15:23 printed on the bottleneck. Haven't had this brew since around this time last year, so I'm glad to have it again. Expectations are decently high, since I remember enjoying it.

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours just over two fingers of fluffy khaki head on top of a rich coppery amber colored body. A bit darker than a lot of other IPA's.

S - Smell isn't exactly very powerful for me. Some baked bready malts, hint of earthy spice, faint brown sugar, and some bitter pine & grapefruit hop presence. Apricot does pull through in the scent when you really look for it, but it's mild.

T - Taste kicks it up a notch or two, can definitely taste the sweet juicy fleshy apricots here. Some pine and grapefruit bitterness there also, but it plays in nice harmony with the apricots. Some clean bready caramel malts keeping things in balance, also.

M - Feel is smooth, creamy, and lightly bitter and resinous on the palate. A mostly clean finish. Medium bodied with excellent carbonation.

Overall, another finely done IPA from the people at Dogfish Head. This is definitely a beer I will continue to enjoy yearly, although for the price point, I feel that this 4 pack is missing two beers, if you know what I'm sayin. Recommended.

Dogfish Head Aprihop ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 22:12:07 | More by mfnmbvp
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New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is really a fantastic beer. I'm a big fan of fruit beers done right. Not overly sweet or fruity, but more with a hint of fruit.

I'm a bit surprised that some of the reviews on here say that the beer is overly sweet. I certainly don't think so (and I like a lot of sweet beers). There's just a perfect hint of the apricot flavor to go along with what is a really solid and hoppy beer.

I've had this both bottled and on tap (at their Alexandria brew pub). The bottle holds up relatively well in comparison, but getting this on tap is the way to go if you have that option.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2013 03:15:20 | More by jonrx
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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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