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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

3,718 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 3718
Reviews: 1629
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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brandonlovesbeer

South Carolina

2.1/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The Pour:
Not alot of head. Dissipated almost immediately. It just, sort of, beaded up in the middle.

The Look:
Light ruby color. The head is white. Go figure, red beer and white head.
There was minimal carbonation. Just a small stream coming from the bottom. Although, as the beer warms up, the carbonation does become more pronounced.

Aroma:
It wasn't really what I was expecting. I don't smell any apricot. The aroma was very similar to the 60 minute IPA. Light malt, light hop, just light everything.
The crystal malts were probably the most prominent aroma.

Taste:
I was pleasantly surprised because there was no apricot/peachy flavors to speak of. Only an astringent peachy aftertaste. The Hops and Malt are definitely the prominent taste in this beer.
The apricot definitely doesn't do anything for this beer. It's almost as if it was an unwanted accident. And DFH said, let's just go ahead and bottle this beer anyway.

Verdict:
It's very astringent, it's not very hoppy. I can drink it without cringing (I guess). This is just... It's not that good. Definitely not as good as what they are charging for it. I would give this a 'C'.

I'm never gonna buy this again. I'm never gonna look for this. I'm gonna get through this glass but... It's nothing special. I'm definitely not going to waste my money buying another one of these.

I don't really care for the astringent aftertaste that the apricots provide. The plus is that it's NOT a fruit beer, as the name would suggest. But on the down side, It's certainly NOT an IPA either. I've had weak American Ales with more hop presence than this. The hops are VERY subdued. The DFH websites describes it as being... "continuously hopped with irresponsible amounts of amarillo hops."

Irresponsible? I don't think so. Maybe in the brewery, but it doesn't come through in the smell or taste.

Worth the Money:
So based on all of that, is it worth the money?
$2.99 per single bottle == .25 cents per oz
$10.99 per 4 pack. == .23 cents per oz
$9.99 per 1/2gal growler. == .16 cents per oz.

I don't believe in 4 packs. Especially not for a beer with such low quality (compared to the style it is classified under). If this were about $9 for a 6 pack, I can see myself paying that for this particular beer. But it's not worth more than that. And I am stretching here to find some positive aspects.

Most people like this beer. I don't know why. But you make your own decision. Maybe this beer's for you and maybe it isn't.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 20:56:03 | More by brandonlovesbeer
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4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, copper color. Head is a finger of faintly-gold, off-white foam that lingers well, leaving a good amount of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Pretty typical IPA, with pine resin and grapefruit notes. If there's apricot in there, I don't smell it.

T: Not much malt sweetness, it goes quickly to tart, then bitter. Subsequent sips bring out the nuanced flavors of grapefruit and (subdued at first, but then stronger) apricot. The finish is bitter but citrusy grapefruit rind.

M: Crisp, well-carbonated, and refreshing. No hint of booze. Just a suggestion of dryness in the finish.

O: I decided to try this rabbit-themed, spring seasonal on Easter Sunday -- What better way to celebrate the Lord's resurrection? An interesting, and very tasty, twist on the traditional American IPA. The bottom line is that it was really easy to drink, and gone before I'd really explored all its depth. I'm afraid I'll need to drink a few more to fully appreciate this one!

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3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Rich amber well-carbonated body with a tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Fruity apricot & floral nose.
T: Apricot, malt backbone & crisp hoppy bitter finish.
M: Crisp, smooth and dry hoppiness with apricot superimposed makes for a good Easter Sunday brew.
O: A very enjoyable spring seasonal beer.

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tmm313

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4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Semi hazy. Bronzy amber color. Awesome lacing with noticeable alcohol legs.

S- One of my favorite smells on Earth is a juicy citrus forward IPA. This is one of them. Apricot right off the bat. Pretty big pineapple, orange, earthy hop, grapefruit, a touch of pine and some toffee.

T- Dried apricot like you find in trail mix up front. Pine, cracker, orange, a touch of grapefruit and citrus rind follows. Notes of spice and earthy hops mixed in as well. It also has a tart quality that reminds me of lime.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Drying with an oily, resinous feel and slightly bitter aftertaste.

O- I enjoyed this beer. The smell is what I'll remember most, but all the parts were pretty good. The apricot definitely added a nice twist.

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MattyG85

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look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Appearance: Pours a very deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One finger of off white head which slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A very juicy and fairly sweet hop forward aroma with big hints of apricot and other fruit. Upfront citrus hops with hints of apricot juice, orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, kiwi, melon, and pineapple. Piney hop hints as well as some grass. Sweet malt background with hints of caramel, grains, yeast, and cracker. Big with the apricot but fairly balanced. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and sweet hop forward taste with notes of apricot, citrus, and caramel. Upfront presence of citrus hops with notes of apricot juice, mango, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, melon, kiwi, and pineapple. Earthy hop presence with notes of pine and grass. Solid balance of sweet malt with notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. Hoppy but balanced and smooth. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, slightly oily, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a IPA. Good juicy apricot taste with a solid caramel malt balance.

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A. copper in color, less than a finger of head

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T. caramel malt taste

M. Medium body

O. I was looking for the apricot but never really found it

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12oz bottle. Bottle date 2012B. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 4/17/2014.

App- Clear dark copper-orange body. One finger white head, nice thickness and good retention. Not much lacing when all is said and done. Fairly dark bodied for an IPA, although it seems to be fairly similar to 60 Minute in appearance.

Smell- Clean toffee malt backbone, nectarines, fresh apricots, floral hops. This really does smell good.

Flavour- Not quite as good as it smells, but this is still very good. On the sweeter side with toffee, caramel sweetness supplemented by citrus, apricot juices and a floral, almost noble hopped, bitterness that's quite tasty. A bit on the sweeter side which is understandable given that there is presumably apricot juice here.

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 3,718 ratings.