ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,864 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,864
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 141
Gots: 627 | FT: 5
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Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 chunkylover53
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now, this is a nice, tasty brew. One of the first fruit beers I ever tried was also an Apricot - MacAuslan Apricot, to be exact - so it's inevitable that I compare the two. While the MacAuslan has a certian charm, it's very sweet and almost candy-like. Such is not the case with the Dogfish Head.

It pours a dark orangey-brown with very little head and smells, not surprisingly, like fruit. Not specifically like apricot, however.

The taste, on the other hand, is very apricot (hence the name) with a definite hoppiness, thus a nice bitter flavour.

A very good brew that I'd definitely like to have more of.

Photo of Globetrotter
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Plain brown 12oz bottle with a yellow label featuring no useful information other than the title itself "An India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots." OK. I picked this up at One Stop Liquors in Johnson City, Tennessee, and had it shipped to Moscow via air freight. Sat in my closet for a day and a half, then in the fridge for about 24 hours before I opened it on 11/27/04.

Foam came out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. (I shipped lots of beers this way, and have opened at least a dozen. This is the only one that had this reaction.) A careful pour nevertheless yielded one finger of liquid under foam covering the rest of the glass. It took a full 13 minutes for me to get the entire 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Way too much head. Once we got the contents in, we had hazy slightly orange copper liquid under a voluminous beige head with the body of whipped cream. The head fades slowly, leaving excellent lace - so after the initial disaster, the appearance is really quite good. The nose is a pleasant combination of flowery hops and sweet apricot. As it warmed, the apricot came to dominate the hops. The mouth is fairly well carbonated, but pretty heavy, somewhat like fruit juice. The taste? Well, better than I expected, as I feared the apricot would dominate. Instead, there is sweet apricot flavor, but it is clearly imposed on a fairly hoppy IPA background. The hops are smooth and flowery at first, but move towards an espresso bitter impression in the finish and aftertaste. The apricot fades much more quickly, allowing a beer lover to actually enjoy this odd brew combination. After a very bad start, the overall impression is really not bad at all.

Photo of Fish113d
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, Dogfish has done it again. This time in an IPA that speaks volumes about their operation down there in Delaware.

When I first poured it at room temp into my goblet, it was a dark orangish/amber in color (like apricots no doubt but a little darker in hue). It left a nice foamy 2" of head that filled my goblet and took forever to dissipate! A good amount light pierces through my goblet letting the beautiful hues of the brew show its glory.

Upon smelling, I noticed that it smelled very clean and a bit earthy (hoppy), but mostly was overtaken by the apricots used to brew it. I also found some slight citrusy malts in there as well.

Taking the first sip, I noticed the apricots right away cuz they jumped out and punched me in the palette. However, i also tasted some slight apple in there as well, w/ some slight earthy hoppy flavors. Also, some dark roast malts came through as well that really hit at the swallow. I noticed that the longer I kept it in my mouth the more apricots came through and sweetened the beer a bit but was still bitter a bit as well.

It was really clean in feel, light in body w/ some nice carbonation and little alcohol burn. This was a nicely crafted brew that left me craving more form Dogfish!

Photo of rajendra82
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This 12 oz. brown bottle arrived as a part of a trade from clvand0. The beer when pored into a standard pint glass had a peachy amber color with slight haziness. It was however way over carbonated and generated a massive four inch tall head after a partial pour. The head also had lots of staying power, which made getting the entire bottle into the glass a frustrating experience. I guess this was the case of too much of a good thing.

The aroma of this beer was strangely mild, showcasing neither the hops nor apricots. Instead it seemed to focus mainly on the caramel malts with tiny hint of fruitiness.

The taste was very refreshing and was focused solely on the sweet-sour apricot taste followed by caramel malts. The hops part of the name was way in the background as a vague lingering bitterness.

Creamy and dry mouthfeel with a sticky sweet aftertaste. Very drinkable for such an experimental beer.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of clvand0
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish is one of my favorite breweries, so this was a definate must try. Pours a light amber color with a large white head that stays around for a while and leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass. Nose is hoppy - pine and grassy, but also sweet and has a nice fruit presence. So, smells like an IPA with fruits in it - imagine that. The flavor is sweet and hoppy, but has a definate apricot taste. The fruit comes through extremely well in this brew. Very nice flavor and drinkability. The body is a little thin, but it's an IPA, so I didn't expect it to be very thick. Wonderful beer and another great one from Dogfish.

Photo of beerceller99
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle pours a clear copper color with a thin head. Floral hop and caramel smell with a whiff of alcohol. Rich, creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Taste is a mix of burnt sweet caramels and grapefruit tart hops. Has a spicy yeasty alcohol finish.
More IPA than fruit beer here.
Reminds me of a smaller, more drinkable version of Immort ale. Pretty good.

Photo of Hibernator
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. The states that this is "An India Pale Ale brewed this real apricots". Packaged in 2004 is clearly notched on the side of the label.

Hazy orange in color with a major fluffy head that takes a couple of minutes to settle down. Sticky lacings are big time on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of fresh apricots, plums, grass and hops.

Moderate carbonation with a taste that combines piney hops and a sweet apricot flavor that lingers on the tongue. Citrusy and creamy in its own way.

I could drink several of these without any problem. Tasty and very enjoyable.

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good, and different enough to stand aside from the pack. Unique, apricot taste. Looks like a typical IPA, but the smell and taste are definitely not the norm for the style. Body is right on, and the 7% is very well hidden. Nothing about this brew makes it a classic, but (especially in micro-starved southwest Florida), it's definitely worth buying. 100% so far with Dogfish head.

Photo of dauss
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

An India Pale Ale brewerd with real apricots.
Pours a very clear and vibrant orangy copper. Good sized tan head with good head retention. Nose has a lot of hops. Sprucy, piney, and grassy hop aroma, with a very faint hint of apricot. The hops really overpower the apricot aroma. Moderate carbonation. First taste is hops and bitterness, but as soon as it touches your tongue, you can tell there is apricots in this brew. The taste of apricots is present, but matches well in the background. As the sip progresses the hop bitterness is very present. It is kind of an odd sensation, you really aren't tasting the apricots on the tongue, but rather in all other areas of the mouth. Very full bodied. The 7% ABV in this beer becomes known when this beer warms up. Probably could have used more apricots flavor. All in all it is a good and interesting beer.

Photo of FormatKid
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I spotted four packs of this brew at Cedar Bluff liquors in Knoxville I did not hesitate to grab one up. I’ve been eager to try this because it really sounds like a winning combination to me.

I poured it out of a 12oz bottle and into a standard tumbler pint glass. The body of the beer is a deep beaten copper color. The eager carbonation creates a huge, sticky, frothy head from a gentle pour. The head is off-white (almost peach) in color and rises above the rim of the glass and creates a dome like that of a scoop of ice cream. Quite a sight. I will also add that the head retention is great and lacing practically coats the glass on the way down.

The smell holds no suprises. Sweet, (almost stickily so) with malts, juicy apricot background, and citrusy hops that almost seem to have an apricot aroma to them which brings things together, tiny spicy alcohol presence as well.

The flavor really is divine and the aroma does it no justice. The first thing I detect is the sweet, sugariness of the malts. The fruitiness of the apricots then steps on the scene and meshing with the malt creates a candy like character. The hops make their appearance finally, unfurling with a flat, yet dense bitterness. There are some floral or grassy notes here as well as an appearance of citrus rind. The alcohol flavor gets the last word in (albeit a small one) and a slight metallic twang which is a bit disappointing but not too distracting overall. Mouthfeel is a little sticky (not in a bad way) but is softened up nicely by the carbonation.

An amazing beer! I cannot think of a single beer that would go better with my hawaiin pizza right now, give it a try.

Photo of donnebaby
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dang good beer, feels alot like a Belgian dark ale, especially in the nose and and mouthfeel. Sweet and syrup, cinnamon and cloves. Taste is lined with light hops that give the thickness and bitter black cherry sweetness a nice bitter edge. Thick evenness, with only a little massaging of soft carbonation, which seems to grow in intensity as it develops. Taste, too rolls through thickly, big til the end. Big drymouth of raisins and bitter hops.

Photo of soper2000
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up for under a dollar per bottle. Not a bad deal at all if you ask me. Poured a bright orange shade that should be renamed to IPA orange. The 2 finger white head lasted a decent amount of time. Nose had a little bit of piney hop notes and a bread like malt aroma. I picked up no apricots at all. Taste was initially hoppy before fading into a strong malty taste, much like an English IPA. I'm still really struggling to pick up any apricot flavors. Some subtle fruitiness comes out as the beer warms, but it's definetely not an overwhelming flavor. Nothing too spectacular about this offering, but not bad either.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.77/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - slightly hazy but luminescent orange. A frothy off-white head holds at a creamy covering, some light lacing left behind.

Aroma - I couldn't smell much of anything. Letting it warm a bit, with a pre-emptive swirl, I can just barely detect the faintest malt and non-descript fruitiness. There is eventually a citric hop influence to the nose. For the most part, though, this is non-aromatic.

Taste - a solid malt start, rather average, turns a little sweet, and then very thick with alcohol flavor. Some hops finally show up in this IPA, but they stay somewhat bottled up. Some bitterness is present, but without any fruit or citrus component. No apricots anywhere that I could taste. Not all that distinctive, IMO. If tasted blind, this would get a lot of mis-classifications for a Belgian, I think.

Mouthfeel - hefty carbonation, smooth feeling beer. Boozy, vapory residue in the mouth, Fairly pleasant.

Drinkability - tastes fine, but given the abv and cost, and my overall disappointment/missed expectation, ApriHop doesn't measure up.

Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.36/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours an amberish orange color with a large bubbly white head that just sticks around for what seems an eternity and leaves a nice lace. Aromas for this brew are pretty funky from what I pick up, showing off some earthy tones, mixed with a floral hop, a bit of apricot, and a bit of caramel.. There's also some other funky aroma, but I just can't put my finger on it. Flavors to this brew start off initially malty with a bit of caramel and biscuit like flavors which quickly progress to a citrusy hop flavor and a mix of apricots. This brew is fairly creamy in body, and has a toffee flavor throughout mixed with a oaky like flavor. The finish to this brew is only slightly bitter, with a juicy piney flavor from the hops that lets you know its trying to be an IPA of sorts. The body to this brew is somewhere located on the middle to light side, but has a nice feel to it on the pallate. Overall this brew is decent and nice to try for something different, but I won't go hunting for this one.

Photo of diamonddave
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'm a little skeptical from the get-go on this one... Apricots? Apricots make me think of trail mix, not beer. The name makes it sound like a girly drink; at $37.99 a case, though, I sure as hell hope my girl doesn't develop a taste for it.

Deep amber color with a nice foamy head that leaves decent rings. Smells exactly like it should- hops and fruit. This smells really good. Not sickeningly sweet-smelling, like I would expect.

I taste more malt and fruit than hops. If I tasted this blind, I don't think I'd identify it as an IPA. (I'm not even sure it technically is an IPA; however, I guess I'm too lazy and/or tired to research this.) It has some hoppy bite, but the apricot flavor takes over fast. Which is not to say it's overly sweet; actually, I'd say that it's a very well balanced beer. However, well... it's obviously a beer brewed with apricots. Excellent for what it is- a novelty beer- but I wouldn't drink more than one or two in a session.

Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of sinistersteve
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this beer and thought an apricot IPA would be a very interesting tasting beer. However, there doesn't seem to be too much to write home with this one. No real big sense of apricots off the nose or taste from the mouth. Apperance is a bit more reddish compared to most IPA's, which is what the bottle describes the beer as even though BA has this listed as a fruit beer. Perhaps I'll stick with the X-minute IPA's instead of the fruity IPA's from DFH.

Photo of Lupe
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a large, frothy white head that sticks around and leaves nice lace. The aroma of apricot hits you front he moment the bottle is opened, and slowly subsides until it is in the backround. Toasted malt and floral hops are also in the nose. Apricot does not assert itself in the flavor, it is there in the backround providing a sweetness, bit does not get in the way of this IPA. Nice toasted malt sweetness and floral-citrus hop flavors. Well rounded IPA that does not get dry like others do. There is a juiciness to it, possibly from the apricot. Smooth and juicy, medium-full in body, great drinkablilty. Very nice.

Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-fingered off-white head that fades slowly leaving a ton of lace. Cloudy amber color. Hoppy nose with hints of apricot. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts and finishes with a different hoppy/apricot flavor. The hops are much less than Dogfish's 60 minute IPA. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

Photo of ramrod666
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearence of aprihop is a nice amber with a off-white head that falls slowly to a thin sheet. smell is terrific. citrusy hops with a definitive sweet apricot right in back. taste is better than expected. apricots are only a subltle influence on this ipa. there is only a wisp of sweetness and apricot flavor. the rest is a mild ipa with bold hop flavor with a dry, slightly bitter finish. mouthfeel is light and slightly oily. smooth. overall an easy drinker with a name that will make any boone's farm swiggin' beotch wanna try it. if they do, they will find a baddass ipa that'll make their toes curl.

Photo of Hefe
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 8/6/04. Poured into a pint glass from a standard 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber/ burnished copper colour, with a sticky, rocky head that never truly fades.

Smell: Fruit and malt and hops oh my! The aromas cascade like a tidal wave. Apricot, plum, caramel malt, and floral hops.

Taste: Rich with an initial sweet maltiness that slips into a nice plum/apricot frutiness. The finish is strong with hops, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy with a medium bodied roundness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, paired very, very well with that barbacoa burrito from chipotle.

Photo of Mitchster
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear copper-caramel, forming a rocky and sticky very light beige head with excellent retention and a solid sheet of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Very nice looking beer. Aroma is nice enough...kinda light with a touch of floral hoppiness and fruit, like Centennial. Distant dry malts. Can't pick up on any apricot, really. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a surprisingly dense and chewy body given that most fruit beers are rather light. Very nice mouthfeel...thick and viscous. Taste begins with a smattering of herbal hops, followed by a touch of fusels, some aldehydes, chewy pale, crystal, and amber malts...medium intensity herbal bitterness towards the finish. If I really concentrate, I may taste some peaches, but I would never be able to tell you this beer was made with apricots in a blind tasting. Fusels hit me towards the end. Semi-dry with lingering herbal hops. Mild off-flavors.

This is a decent beer. I really like the look and mouthfeel, though the fusels hamper it's enjoyment. Tastes like an IPA with a wisp of pear or peach nectar. One of DFH's more enjoyable brews, though it doesn't really excite me.

Photo of carln26
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an almost perfect head. A nice mixture of champagne and some larger bubbles. The lace stayed on the glass as I admired the color. The color is a deep copper, almost brown. The nose is hops up front, the citrus does come forward some (I think assisted by the apricots). Definitely more malty/sweetness than most IPAs I try. A nice balance throughout the tasting experience. It has a medium body, very nice balance. I think I’ll have another! This has a lot less hops than most IPAs, but it’s a very drinkable beer. I admire their work in attempting something a little different. I agree with other reviews. This is an IPA first. The apricots add to the experience, they don't dominate.

Photo of granger10
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a burnt orange color with a small light head. The head fades quickly. The nose is of citrusy fruits and some hop bitterness but not much. The taste has a hoppy foundation to it. A honeyish lightness mixes in with the hops. Apricots finishes it off. Very nice.

This is an IPA first, fruit beer second. Which is how fruit beers should be imo. The hops are subdued by the apricots and it makes for an interesting but satisfying combo. The finish, like the body, is very clean, almost too clean for my liking. A very nice beer all in all.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,864 ratings.