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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,474 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,474
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 112
Gots: 363 | FT: 3
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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1.6/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Apricots? Sure! IPA? Sure! Together? Hell no.

I really wanted to like this. Apricots are one of my favorite fruits, and IPAs make me happy. Why cant this bee good? It lacks any of the nuanced silkyness that an apricot has, and simply assaults your mouth with a silly sweetness, a dimensionless bitter, and a dirty after taste.

Dogfish head, this is very borderline.

Photo of jsh420
1.75/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bottled 2/3/08

poured a clear golden copper with a 1 finger white head which left minimal lacing

smell is tart(apricots) and bready malts no hops i can detect and i swear i can smell bottled water if thats possible

taste is tart apricots and a little malt - this is an IPA???? need to change this one of course i was expecting 60min with apricots. this beer is too tart. this beer would be much improved with some more malts and hops. this is water with unripe apricots. Complete Rubbish

mouthfeel was medium and overcarbonated imo. it was like drinking apricot soda.

not drinkable imo - but i bought a four pack and the 1st to the last now it has not changed - glad i tried it but never again

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1.75/5  rDev -54.3%

Photo of JmBrkr
1.88/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

This beer completely lacks any body at all and comes across as a malt beverage with apricot flavor. (The apricot flavor isn't even that good, to tart and "lonely". The fruit characteristic doesn't come across as integrated into the beer but rather added.#9 had a great marriage of beer and fruit before they changed the recipe.

Photo of AwYeh
1.9/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle poured into a snifter, bottled 2011 2C.

A: Hazy reddish-amber-light brown color with one finger of frothy white head which dissipates somewhat quickly, though leaving decent lacing behind.

S: Musty caramel malts and a light, indiscriminate hop bitterness; not picking up any of the purported apricot flavor at all.

T: No apricots once again? Somewhat surprised by this; a bland, slightly metallic, slightly hop bitter flavor is all I'm picking up.

M: Light-bodied with moderate carbonation, with little discernible characteristics. Feels a lot like soda water.

D: Won't be picking this one back up; offers little in comparison to the wealth of other IPAs out there.

Photo of goochpunch
1.93/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

*Updated review on 4-6-08*

Pours out an orange copper with a whipped egg white head and great, busy lacing. Has a nice touch of apricot underneath an overwhelming aroma of a perm. This is like walking by a hair salon. Taste is just like a vague sweet simple syrup with some vague hops and decent apricot flavor underneath. Can't help but taste some perm as the aroma is permeating the taste. Mouthfeel is soft in carbonation but really sticky. This is pretty bad. I don't know if my tastes have changed a lot in the past years or if this year's batch ('08) is just shit. I would assume that my tastes have changed as this beer pretty much falls in line with DFH beers being overly sweet and uninteresting (to me).

9-24-05
Appearance (4.0): Deep copper body; OK sized head; good bit of lacing all the way down

Smell (3.0): I honestly didn't get much from the smell. Weak hop aroma and not much more.

Taste (4.5): Whoa! Even without the apricot background this would be a fantastic IPA, but the apricot goes extremely well w/ the malts and hops. Big hop character like a boot to the gooch. Where's that ABV at?

Mouthfeel (4.5): Near perfect. Not too bubbly, flat, or slick for my tastes.

Drinkability (4.5): I could drink this all night and then have one for breakfast.

Fantastic beer and one I'll surely recommend to others. I was reluctant going in as I'm not one to actively seek out IPAs and I've been disappointed in the past by another apricot beer (by Pyramid). I sure was scared for nothing because this is, even w/out the novelty of the apricot, a beastly IPA. 7% ABV not such a bad bonus. If the price tag wasn't so high, I'd buy it more often. This went very well with a big bowl of red beans, rice and sausage.

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1.98/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottled 02/03/09.

Orange body, big initial head, moderate longevity. Clear, some consistent light bubbling.

Pale malt? That is the main small of a quote "serious India Pale Ale"? Smells like noble hops a little, kinda musty but no apricots to be found.

Taste is sour apricot, dramatically underhopped for the style. The apricot taste is nuanced and genuine, tough to pull off and impressive. Covers up the hops. A little yeasty. Seemed sweet initially when it was actually just acid continuing to dominate a beer that struck a balance between sweet and dry. Faintly bitter hops peek through on the finish.

Vigorous carbonation, perhaps designed to mesh with or mask a light body. Finish is prolonged but overly acidic.

While I reviewed against a cross of American IPA X Fruit Beer, an apricot beer can't help but invite comparisons with Magic Hat #9... my $.02 is that #9 blows the doors off of Aprihop. The genuine apricot taste here is nailed, no doubt, but is that a good thing? Do I want to keep drinking it? It's sour, a little sweet, not really so good, definitely not so good at $9.99 a four pack. At least there is no hint of the 7% ABV.

Do better.

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 4,474 ratings.