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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

1,724 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,724
Hads: 4,947
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 20.94%
Wants: 147
Gots: 691 | 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 Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

IPA or fruit beer? Enjoyed at Beer Bistro. Hoppy aroma. Cloudy grapefruit with a small yet significant thick layer, maybe 1/4 inch of off-white head. Pleasant lace left afterwards in my glass. The mouthfeel is a tad above average, and a drying finish. I am getting some fruity essence in the beer, but closer to an IPA in taste, significantly hoppy. Drinkability is average.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber/copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Lacing is pretty good.

S - Smells like nice citrus hops and a slight apricot fruitiness.

T - Has a nice crisp citrus hop taste up front and a subdued but noticable apricot aftertaste.

M - Beer is slightly coating in the mouth but it is fresh and crisp.

D - Very tasty take on an IPA. Good beer for the Spring/Summer months.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger head with good retention on a clear nice amber body. Little lacing. Aroma is fairly hoppy with mostly orange peel. Apricot is tough to draw out. Flavor is fairly complex with a nice malt profile and mix of hops including musty, grapefruit and floral notes. Again the apricot is tough to draw out. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a good beer but the apricot was well hidden from my senses.

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Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear copper-amber in color with a thin white head that has good retention properties and leaves nice lacing. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a light aroma of citrusy and piney hops as well as apricots in the nose.
T: The initial taste has a good balance between flavors of apricots and mild bitterness from the hops; the flavors in the finish are mostly of the citrusy and piney hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The alcohol is well hidden, making the beer very easy to drink.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

not as hoppy as its billed, but a nice fruit beer that's not an immediate write off for me. the pour is a nice brassy color with an orange tint, and a finger or two of fading white head. the nose is hoppy, but its more oily and sweet than bitter, more like a 90 minute than a 60, if you follow. the fruit doesn't manifest itself too boldly in the nose, maybe a little jammy sweetness, but in the taste they really come out. its almost like they take the place of the sweetness that usually comes from the malt, its juicy and a little tart too. then the hops kick in, robust and fresh, and give this beer a particular crispness hard to find in fruit beers. overall this leans more toward an ipa than a fruit beer, which makes it a winner for me, but its not as well refined as some of the other dogfish brews. could also stand a little more carbonation to brighten up the feel, it comes across a little heavy to me. still, an interesting and delicious beer that's just right in early spring. drink this cold though, it gets weird as it warms.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle this brew isn't as good as it is from the tap. Got a sample of this at the brewery last summer and it was far better than what the bottle had offered. This is most definitely an IPA from the great hoppy aroma it gives off. The flavors it gives off are quite good too, Big time hops mixed with a wonderful hint of Apricot. It's a really nice combo here. The bitterness of the hops go really well with the slight tartness of the Apricots. Also the Sweetness in the beer compliments the sweetness of the fruit. I feel that this beer is really nice when on tap. The really good flavors it has kind of disappear once it's bottled. Not sure why, but if you see it on tap, try it!

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head that drapes squiggly lace

Smell: Floral aroma with fresh apricots

Taste: Starts out biscuity and then you get a nice hop kick mixed with fresh apricots; after the swallow, the apricot fruit lifts to another level and is joined with a sweet citrusy flavor into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; slight warming after the swallow from the alcohol

Drinkability: Pleasantly drinkable, particularly in the warmer weather

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fabulous beer, fruit beer or not. Dogfish just does it right. This beer promises greatness leaping from the bottle, sparkling and a copper orange. Good head retention and lacing. It smell boldly of an IPA and that subtle apricot fruit smell. I get more pears and peaches out of this than expected. It' s as spicy and hoppy in flavor and bitter as you'd expect from an IPA with a thin delicate sweetness from the fruits. A slight metalic mouthfeel keeps this beer from perfection. A terrific blend of agressivness in the hops and a delicacy from the fruits. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

G: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium amber color with lots of carbonation. Strangely, the cabonation seems settled at the bottom of the glass and is not rising as much as is typical. The head poured quite large, almost two fingers, and is a silky ivory with lots of bubbles.

S: Grasses and grains. A little bit of the apricot, followed by some of the hops.

T: Initial sweetness quickly becomes tart on the tongue and cheeks. Mild hops--more than #9, but not as much as the typical IPA.

M: Decent amount of carbonation. Any alcohol presence is masked by the apricot sourness.

D: Drinkable for a glass only. I don't believe that I could have more than one of these in a sitting, even in the summer. The fruit flavor is a little overpowering, in my opinion.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (Obtained from my Knoxville SS December 2004): Poured an amber color ale with a huge thick bubbly head with better then average retention. Aroma is quite hoppy with some subtle traces of sweetness. Taste is very similar to an IPA but with added sweetness which really balanced the whole thing out. I wonder if my bottle was aged a bit since the apricot taste was quite subtle as opposed to some description of past rating. Anyway, I still very much enjoyed this beer and very much appreciate all the beers that I’m discovering from this fine brewery.

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Photo of largadeer
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beautiful clear copper with two fingers of fluffy white foam. Carbonation is very active making for some excellent head retention.

Smell: Strangely, not a lot of hop aroma; instead, it's all apricot, juicy and slightly tart, with a hint of citrus beneath it.

Taste/mouthfeel: This is my first fruit-infused IPA, and I wasn't entirely sure if it would work or not. I'm happy to say that it does, and it's even quite good. Thankfully this beer is still pretty dry, even with the addition of fruit. The apricots lend a lot of flavor, but don't overwhelm the base beer, which is actually quite mild despite the label proclaiming something about a "serious IPA" (though I should know by now that DFH doesn't truly make aggressively hoppy beers). Grassy, citric hop flavors blend nicely with the apricot, which is pleasantly fruity without being particularly sweet, and even provides a hint of tartness, while the finish is clean, dry and crisp.

Drinkability: I drank this one in no time at all and I'd gladly have another.

Notes: Thanks dyan, this one is the first of many.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I likes me some apricots, ditto for American IPAs...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange hue, with two fingers of creamy white head, and very sparse lace. Its smells of apricot juice, citrus, and caramel malt. The taste is mild apricot essence, grainy caramel malt, and citrus hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body smooth, with a little fruity mealiness, and it finishes dry, some apricot fruitiness lingering. The extra booze is in no way apparent.

A very balanced and well made fruit-infused beer. I'd have another if I could.

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Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle neck reads: bottled on 2/21/08

Pours into a pint glass a copper tone with a good level of clarity. Carbonation sticks to the walls like soda, and appears well carbonated. A compact head of foam results, and leaves a thin sheet across the top. A thick ring of lacing is left on the glass.

Musty wheat aroma, sort of metallic. Zero fruit presence, even when swirling. Just a funky, grainy smell, not much better than malt liquor. For being a month old bottle, it's pretty weak.

Flavor is also weak, considering it's billed as an IPA, and has no hop flavor. There is a slight tang of citrus in the back after swallowing, that barely suggests fruit, but not really apricots. I've eaten fresh and dried apricots, and there's not much resemblance in flavor. Mainly a dull barley/cereal grain aftertaste with faint florals.

Drinks and feels ok, but nothing sets it apart from the ordinary. Will pass in the future.

$2.75 single from Lush on Halsted in Chicago.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lucent orange-amber that, yes, resembles apricots. As far as I'm concerned, it looks identical to many other IPAs. The ecru-colored head is large and dense with miniscule bubbles along the side where foam meets glass. Whispy chunks of lace remain in the aftermath. It smells of citrusy hops with an obvious, but not overpowering, aroma of fresh apricots. The nose strikes a great balance. I hope that the apricot flavor is similarly in the background on the palate.

It seems that DFH has achieved the proper proportion of apricot flavor to hop flavor; at least the proportion that I prefer. Aprihop is first and foremost an IPA, and that's as it should be. I realize that brewing with fruit or fruit juice automatically earns a beer a 'fruit/vegetable beer' classification, but I think that's inaccurate in this case.

The sweet, cake-like malt bottom and the solid, citrus hoppy, nicely bitter middle is faintly kissed by subtle top notes of apricot that do not get in the way at all. The body is smooth and full, almost viscous, although it dissipates a little on the finish. The 7% ABV is noticeable and keeps this from being a 'summer slammer'.

As one who doesn't particularly like apricots, I wasn't sure how well I would like Aprihop. DFH has come up with a good beer though by keeping the hops up front and the apricot in a supporting role. I'll stick to my unadulterated IPAs, but this was good for something different. Nice effort.

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Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very intresting beer we have here. I had a bunch of these about a few months back and just found reviewing notes last week, and then found a bottle in the back of my fridge this week, so bonus. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

The pour was nice, classic light IPA with a medium amber color and a nice light carbonation profile bubbling up from the bottom. Light head of maybe an inch creeping up the sides and settling down lightly.

The aroma was classic light, fruity IPA. Intresting mix here of light floral hops, hints of orange, lemon, and touches of apricots. The flavor carried over very well. Nice balance here between the light fruit notes and classic hop character. Smooth mellow flavor with a light to medium body that was very sessionable.

Overall a very solid little beer that definitely does not come close to the seven percent that was advertised. Still, an awesome beer I would love to get ahold of again this spring.

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Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of off white head that dissipates leaving a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: I'm picking up a sweetness from the apricots and malt along with some herbal and citrus hops. Sweetness dominates.

Taste: As in the smell, I'm picking up quite a bit of apricot. There is also sweetness from the malt. The hop bitterness mostly shows up in the finish. I would describe the bitterness as citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the mild side. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This beer is good but not great. I would like a bit more hoppy bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

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Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - One finger of white head, settles down quickly and leaves thin rings of lace. The body is a perfectly clear, ruby-brown color.

S - Blended aroma of hops and moderately dark malt. Caramel, brown sugar, and some grapefruit/ pine notes.

T - Pungent and tart. Distinct apricot flavor up front with light caramel and brown sugar notes. Moderate toasty malt in the middle. The finish is dominated by the fruit with moderate spicy hop flavor and bitterness that allows it to balance nicely.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet but tart finish.

D - Quite refreshing and drinkable. Despite the strong fruit character and the significant sweetness, the hops keep the beer balanced and drinkable. As one would expect the apricot flavors blend nicely with the hops and the fruit lingers on the palate in a very pleasing manner. Not a daily drinker, but well balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Stone

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a fluffy (slightly) off-white head.

S: The nose is not as sweet as I was expecting. There is a nice amount of citrus, but the apricots are there and do give the beer a sweet nose.

T: The apricots are more pronounced in the flavor, especially as the beer warms. They are sweet and jam-like and only partially counteracted by some resinous pine.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and given the sweetness, it's a bit dry.

D: This beer wasn't quite as bad as I was expecting. While it was too sweet, it still had a fair amount of balance.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.84/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a bright orangey-copper color with a profusive, fizzy white head.

Smell: Floral, sprucey aroma with a light, thin apricot fruitiness to it.

Taste: Light toasted caramel sweetness. Mild sour apricot juiciness devlops in the middle. Dull grassy hop flavor. Slightly metallic. Finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a very tingly, spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Creative idea, but this one didn't really grab me. I simply found it to be a bit wanting in both categories: IPA bitterness and apricots.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: nice 1.5 finger head rises up in my tulip glass which is fluffy and fades semi slowly. Its a crystal clear amber toasty orange almost reddish brown colored.

N: Some bright hops, a little pine, fresh musty hop, citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, all on the lighter side, then a little malt and touch of apricot fruit.

T: More spicy hops, some bitterness with little citrus and fresh musty hops. Quite a bit of apricot taste too. Fruit forward but not overpowering. Still somewhat refreshing. Pretty much how you would expect DFH to do a fruit beer. Juicy tasting with a slight malt.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: A bitterness washes over that's not as pleasant as the first bitterness. Not really sure what it is, perhaps the drying fruit flavor. The fruit is there as well but not as much. Its pretty dry too that goes along with thi bitterness. The hops are a spicy and dry astringent taste, perhaps thats the unpleasant part.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Falls Church Dogfish Head Alehouse.

Pours a clear copper with a thin white head that retains around the edges and laces the glass well. The aroma is the fresh smell of apricots, oranges, some tart citrus character, hops, and some backing sweet malt.

The taste is snappy hops up front that are balanced my the prominent apricot notes and sweet malts that have a little spice character to them as well. Finishes with a dry, bitter feel. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

A very well done fruity IPA with the apricots complimenting the hops, this is one tasty, easy drinking, and refreshing beer. I look forward to it's release each Spring.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass, having been run through Randall the Enamel Animal (packed with apricots and cascade hops).

Pours a clear dark amber with a finger of foamy ecru head that leaves almost no lacing behind at all. The nose is loaded with hoppy citrus, apricots, and...well, that's pretty much it. The taste generally follows, with those hops coming through strongly, the apricots a bit more subtlely, and the addition of some greenery and peaches. The body is firmly moderate, with appropriately moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish, leading to a pretty high drinkability when all is said 'n' done.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Who would've ever thought apricots and an IPA could work together? But they do! The Aprihop pours a clear orange-copper body beneath a frothy head of off-white foam that holds quite well and leaves thin craggy rings about the glass. The nose is lightly malty with a delicate touch of pine and some unclear fruitiness (guess that's from the apricots, huh?). It's slightly elevated carbonation bristles the tongue at first, but it becomes much more airy as it warms and its dextrinous medium body becomes clear. The flavor is a bit sweeter than the maltiness found in the nose might suggest, and it actually does have an apricot flavor to it! It's not as bitter as might be expected, but it's absolutely balanced; and the hop flavors blend in quite well with their leafy, woody, citrusy (? - and that might just be from the apricots as well), and mildly pine-like flavors. It finishes dry with a kick of bitterness and some residual dried-apricot flavor that sticks in the mouth. It's surprisingly good; well-balanced; not overly fruity; very enjoyable; and drinkable to boot (except that it's 7%abv.)!

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful dark amber in the tulip glass, decent head and pleasant carbonation in the mouth. Malty without being rich. Touch of sweetness goes well with the fruit. Rather acidic and hops are forward, so it's still an edgy beer. Each sip renews the malt and the unobtrusive fruit, but the hops get more bitter.

I have liked this beer for a long time but haven't tasted recently. Seems sharper and harsher than I remember. Still it's an interesting standby and a style more good brewers should try (New Belgium take note).

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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