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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

4,285 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,285
Reviews: 1,657
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 99
Gots: 301 | FT: 2
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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Reviews by zhooker:
Photo of zhooker

New York

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

From the tap at Whole Foods, to a 32oz growler, to a standard pint glass. Dark but very clear amber in color. Big billowy head that left some moderate lacing.

The smell is all hops. India Pale Ale indeed. Tis' all.

The taste is more complex though. The Dogfish site calls this beer "our fruit beer for hopheads!" and I can't disagree. The hoppiness you expect from the aroma is toned down by the fruit factor. A sweetness hits you up front, a mild maltiness lingers somewhere in the middle, and the hops come in late -- and strong. The hops on the backend (unfortunately?) erase the fruitiness at the beginning. And to be honest, it's really just a generic sweetness I am tasting here -- never would I have been able to peg it as apricot. I most likely would have simply thought it was a particular malt variety lending the sweet tones.

The mouthfeel is par-for-the-course IPA, with the hops tingling your tongue and leaving you a bit numbed by the end of the glass. Carbonation has kept well from tap to growler to glass.

I generally disdain fruit beers, but I like this one. A lot. That being said, I really am having trouble calling it a fruit beer. There is something sweet in there toning down the hops, but it's not distinctively fruity, much less definitively apricot. Overall recommended though.

05-24-2010 17:30:36 | More by zhooker
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a deep orange with a nice big fluffy head that leaves a nice amount of lace behind,aromas of sweet apricot and zesty,piney hop very nice mingling of aromas.Apricot notes hit the taste buds up front but a dry,piney hop presence makes it self known pretty quickly but once again stays well balanced with apricot flavor.I really like the concept and flavors of this beer and its dangerously drinkable at 7% I will get again for sure sometime.

03-27-2005 23:15:10 | More by oberon
Photo of Popsinc

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -1%

Courtesy of Malto....thanks again!

Appearance: very nice amber pour with a generous frothy head

Smell: nice blend of hoppiness with some malty sweetness. not too much apricot in the nose but fruity nonetheless.

Taste/Mouthfeel: again, malty up front followed by good hoppiness mid sip. the apricot fruitiness peeks out late in the sip and meshes together with the hop bitterness. a medium bodied beer with some richness to it. bitter on the finish but pleasant. apricot notes linger long afterwards although subtle.

Drinkability: the apricot here seems toned down making this, for the most part, an IPA. not sure if the combo is doing it for me. i'd rather have an IPA or an Apricot Wheat. having said that, it's an above average brew of solid quality.

07-22-2004 00:06:43 | More by Popsinc
Photo of RoyalT


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Appearance – This nice-looking darkish-orange beer sported a good, retentive, orangish-white head.

Smell – The light, ripe apricots were intermixed with some sharp piney notes and a good, balancing malt base.

Taste – The toasted malts and complex hops (mostly pine and citrus) were evenly mixed and went well with the light apricot flavor. There’s also a small nutty character that adds to the natural apricot character.

Mouthfeel – This beefy Fruit Beer is a bit bigger than medium-bodied. It is very hoppy with a strong malt base infused with luscious apricots.

Drinkability – This is a great beer from a great brewery. The beer came across very strong and fibrous.

09-01-2004 15:55:36 | More by RoyalT
Photo of DaPeculierDane


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Lovely clear orange body with a thick, lasting, creamy, and luscious talcum head. Strong almost juniper like pine sap aroma. Apricot is light and subtle in the nose. Taste is quite neat. This beer manages to be extremely hoppy without being bitter in any way. The apricot is hardly noticeable for me. I almost don’t consider this a fruit beer. Finish is acidic and spicy but hardly bitter. Could be a touch more dry. Overall I find this very reminiscent of a good English India Pale Ale.

03-30-2006 16:50:15 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of DanGeo


3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

04-26-2014 11:11:54 | More by DanGeo
Photo of tectactoe


3.09/5  rDev -19.5%

Pours a deep and rustic copper color with some glaring ruby hints when held up to the light. Exceptional clarity, especially considering the relatively dark hue of the beer. A somewhat soapy looking, beige-tinted head is quick to settle to a skin no more than an eighth-inch high, not much lacing left behind on the glass. I really do love the color and clarity of this beer.

Too bad the aroma isn't as wonderful as the color. Sure, there's some apricot here. A little bit. Kind of a "sweet" apricot flavor. I'd like to open up and enjoy this fruity goodness a bit more, but unfortunately I keep getting distracted by the heavy weediness of the hop bill. Extremely grassy, weedy, and dirt-laden hop notes jump in and take away from the beauty of the apricots. The caramel malt is barely detectable in the finish - again, thanks to the overbearing and mildly unpleasant hop abrasion.

Fortunately the taste is a bit better and doesn't contain quite so much of that weed-like character (and I mean "weed" as in "garden weeds" not "dank nugs"). Apricot hits up front with a very small rush of tartness that quickly forms into a softer sweetness. Something goes a little awry during the transition, however, as the aftertaste contains a slightly medicinal and chalky vibe with the leftover apricot flavor - think similar to a chewed up Flintstones vitamin.

The hops are a little more leafy and vibrant as the beer warms up - anything to take away from the hops' first impression is a plus (well, except for maybe the chewed up vitamin flavors). Not too bitter considering it's an IPA, and the 7% ABV goes completely unnoticed, which is also a plus. Sweet malts account for much of the finish, as well as some of the fading, medicinal apricot. Thin-medium bodied with a hefty dose of carbonation giving a slick and somewhat crisp mouth feel.

I was expecting a little more from this, although in the past, I've been kind of let down by DFH's fruit-infused beers. Apricots must hard to pull off in beers of the "non-sour" variety, as many of them contain that same medicinal, chalky flavor in the finish. Surprisingly enough, that wasn't my biggest complain here. What was up with that dirty aroma? All in all, something I put down quite easily, but probably wouldn't have again.

04-16-2013 16:38:00 | More by tectactoe
Photo of SuqMadique


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-13-2012 18:54:15 | More by SuqMadique
Photo of TCHopCraver


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

A: Poured into a medium sized wine glass, this beer is a hearty copper color that carries a 1/2 inch khaki head. The head retention is quite good and the lacing starts frothy and thick on the sides of the glasses and becomes spindly as the foam creeps back into the glass.

S: Very intriguing. The aroma of uber-fresh apricots collides with a fairly tame hop profile to create a sweet, fruity, and slightly piney scent. I can also detect a pretty sweet and full malt bill that complements the namesakes of the beer. This is one of the freshest smelling brews to which I have put my nose.

T: There is a lot more earthy hop flavor than I expected after smelling so much sweetness in the nose. This is a pleasant surprise, I would say. The balance between the apricot and hop tastes is just about right. I was worried that this beer would be too fruity, but after an initial blast of sweet apricot, the hops become the dominant force in my mouth. This is appropriate and makes me happy.

M: Aprihop leaves a pretty thin feel on my palate, but I do like how the sweetness of the apricots and the bitterness of the hops collide and play on my tongue.

D: My brain is telling me that this would be a phenomenal summer IPA. The choice of fruit works quite well with the hop dosage of an IPA, and I will be having this again on a hot summer day. This is a crisp and refreshing American IPA.

06-12-2010 04:35:00 | More by TCHopCraver
Photo of jono0101


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-14-2014 17:38:06 | More by jono0101
Photo of Mac19872


4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

03-14-2012 01:38:10 | More by Mac19872
Photo of npala86


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-13-2014 18:04:06 | More by npala86
Photo of withliterature


3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

04-13-2013 14:48:56 | More by withliterature
Photo of Tiernan


4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-26-2013 04:08:48 | More by Tiernan
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

Dogfish Head Aprihop. Ipa brewed with real apricots... 7% alcohol.

A- Pours a flawless crystal clear amber fluid with very light head that falls to a small rim around the glass. Light lacing falls back into the brew very slick.

S- Light scents of abricots and dull hoppy notes as well. Almost a fruity sweet essense. Simple nothing special.

T-M- Taste is much different than any other IPA I've ever tasted... First is a sweet apricot flavor also a tangy sweetness like sour patch kids.(candy) In the backbone is a slight hop bitterness that adds a tart but not a bad flavor. Rolls over the tongue like juice leaving mild carbonation to allow a good overall experience as flavors dance over the taste buds. (Note) As beer warms up malts are noticed.

D- A fruity spritzer of a beer. Not bad but not something I could drink a whole lot of. More of a fruit beer not ipa, but by all means worth a try.

10-08-2009 22:12:43 | More by wesbrownyeah
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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-08-2012 00:21:05 | More by Shakerman
Photo of SkiBum22

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-05-2014 17:29:37 | More by SkiBum22
Photo of SIRIUS2

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev -12%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A: Poured crystal clear, looking a lot like apple juice. There was a thin white soap-bubble head at the pour that very quickly diminished to a very thin layer of white bubbles at the edge of the glass. No lacing.

S: Fruity apricot aromas mixed with light malts makes for an intriguing first whiff. With some agitation and a deep inhale, you can also make out some sort of faint light hops.

T: Interesting. Apricot fruit flavors are prominent but with a complicated mix of malt overtones. There really isn't much of a sweetness to this despite the fruit, but rather a relatively dry experience. The finish is mostly clean with a dry linger of apricot.

M&D: Very light, almost water in texture but this isn't necessarily bad as it goes pretty well with the fruit. The carbonation is very light but seemed persistent throughout the experience. The first few pulls seem relatively smooth but it seems to gather on the tongue over the course of the drink. It's interesting, even tastes refreshing at first, but I really did get sort of tired of it quickly. Definitely worth a try as it isn't bad. But one was enough for me.

04-06-2008 00:34:16 | More by SIRIUS2
Photo of joemetric


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

07-15-2014 23:44:24 | More by joemetric
Photo of sdsimkins


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-25-2013 17:14:33 | More by sdsimkins
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

I've been waiting to try this one and finally found a single....here goes. Pours a nice deep amber orange with a huge fluffy white head...and I mean huge. Duvel style...and I didn't even pour agressively..some crazy lacing to boot. Flowery, fresh cut grass hops swirl into my nose along with citrus and hints of apricots. Nice.

First sip is a nice warm hop kick...floral and citrusy with a nice sweet caramel malt and just enough fruity apricot flavor to tie it all together. Good biterness here...mmm...fruity hop burps. A nice twist on an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good, a tad bit thin but that just makes it go down that much easier. Drinkability is very good here to....forget the 4 pack..put this in sixers! A tasty treat anytime...but I think this would be even better on a nice summer day.

11-17-2004 02:49:52 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of rwinzing

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +6.3%

This is one of my favorite seasonal offers form DFH. I poured the bottle into my DFH snifter. It is a very nice dark amber color with an off white head. Not a huge head and it disappears quickly.

Smell is more of a floral hops not smelling much of the fruit. Very nice smell

Taste is wonderful mix between a good IPA with a little fruit and sweet finish

Mouthfeel is nice a little thin but nice

overall- I enjoy this brew it reminds me that spring is on it's way. I purchase a fair amount of it every year and am never dissapointed

03-22-2011 22:17:16 | More by rwinzing
Photo of sabitu


3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-15-2014 01:19:12 | More by sabitu
Photo of bulldogg915


2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

03-06-2014 21:31:12 | More by bulldogg915
Photo of irrevjim


4.88/5  rDev +27.1%

I really loved this take on an IPA. It's about perfect balance. It's hoppier than an average IPA, not as hoppy as 90 minute IPA, but the (sweetness?) of the apricots balances the harshness of the hops and makes for a crisp but very smooth glass of beer and the fullest flavor and highest ABV of anything I can honestly say was "gone in 60 seconds". It went down like a light pisner or lager on a 90 degree day but felt like a full bodied beer in my mouth. I really can't imagine changing a thing.

04-09-2005 22:23:21 | More by irrevjim
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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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