ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,714
Hads: 4,898
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 144
Gots: 650 | FT: 6
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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 lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice color-almost orange.Slight head-good carbonation level.Somewhat spicy aroma.Malt and hops.Very slight aroma of fruit.Nice big malty flavor.The apricots are there but do not overwhelm.Good balance between the fruit,hops and malt.Nice smooth and full mouthfeel.A very drinkable beer-the fruit is really in the backround which is a nice change.Refreshing on a hot day-alcohol might catch up on you. (400 characters)

Photo of Ahhdball
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice amber with deep red tones. Volumptuos beige head that leaves excellent lacing.

Citrus, toffee, and roasted nuts come across my nose and finish with the apricots. Not a huge scent but done just right.

Smooth caramel malt with a healthy dosage of the hops finishing gently with the passage of mild apricots. Very nice!

Sticky and chewy which left a thin veil anticipating more. (389 characters)

Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App: Very dark amber with a great, thick head. Slightly cloudy.

Smell: Very complex mixture of hops, apricots and malt. Hint of alcohol.

Taste: wow. Malt hits the front of the tongue and lingers well into the after taste. The hops register on the back, while the apricots float freely throughout. Aftertaste has a bite of apricot. Very different and very good. The hops and apricot aspects are balanced nicely. And, while these are the two main forces in this beer, the malt factor was not ignored.

Mouthfeel: Thick and creamy.

Drinkability: I bought a 4 pack of this ($9!). Tastewise, I could easily drink the whole thing in one sitting. (654 characters)

Photo of Benjamin
4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The Aprihop beer pours orange with a faint red hue much like the color of its namesake the apricot. This beer is slightly cloudy when first poured but clears as it warms. The nose is of alcohol, subtle fruit, and hops that meld in their aroma's. The mouthfeel is very soft, flowing to the coarse hop taste that is probably of the citrusy Northwest varities then followed an apricot fruit taste. Aprihop finishes like an IPA with a crisp dryness from the hops. I would definitely say this is more like an IPA than a fruit beer, but of course it is a hybrid. Very unique and worth a try if you like other Dogfishhead products or are looking for a twist on a traditional IPA. (672 characters)

Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed deep amber hue. Thin, but well retained foam collar yields dense sheets of lace. Combination of ripe, pungent apricot and medium lovibond caramel lends an upfront nectar like sweetness in aroma. Vague tangerine like hop bouquet. In flavor, pervasive are rather juicy apricot flesh tones, although hop bitterness assuages fruit sweetness. Hop flavor is expectedly orange like and rather complementary, but discernibly secondary to apricot. As the beer warms, lightly sugared biscuit notes arise and add depth to both fruit overtones and residual sweetness. Full bodied and agreeably viscous in mouthfeel, not unlike peach syrup. Finishes with a thick caramel and dextrin malt wash yielding to a continuation of whole apricot, skin included. A unique, well executed brew. Well balanced in terms of fruit flavor, hop bitterness and malt backbone. Rather heavy on the palate eventually, but is a welcome change of pace from fruit brews with vapid character. A touch more assertive hop flavor would've completed this one. (1,030 characters)

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

I really like this brewery and this is another exaple of why...pushing the envelope at all times...nice tasty English Style IPA...the Apricot is very subtle on both the nose and the taste...the slight Apricot flavor actually seems to blend nicely with the hops they selected...Not a super hopped up beer but a nice hop flavor and tight dry finish...worth trying and solid all the way around...firm body...big creamy head...nice beer (432 characters)

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

I like this beer a lot.

A beautiful crisp bite dominates the flavor early, but then softens to reveal a smooth, slightly sweet apricot heart that is refreshing and very enjoyable.

Another must-have in an ever-growing list of wonderful summer brews, ApriHop would be outstanding at any time of the year. I'm a big fan. (323 characters)

Photo of Suds
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I'm not generally keen on fruit beers (save your occasional lambic). This beer is an exception. It's forceful, full of flavor, genuine, and not at all artificial tasting. Perhaps most of all, it's interesting AND drinkable. It pours a clear, deep coper ocolor with an impressive head. The smell is like a dominated by floral, piney hops. There is, mingled with the hops, the aroma of apricot. The taste is an excellent balance of maltiness, hops, and a touch of apricot. The fruit doesn't seem at all misplaced or off-center. Instead, it fits right into the sweet fortaste, and provides an evenness to a wonderful hop finish. This beer won over a critic. If all fruit beers tasted like this, I'd be a huge fan. (716 characters)

Photo of aracauna
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

have been craving a hoppy beer and this being the only one I have in my current stash, I was looking forward to trying it. It’s a solid IPA, but the apricot is very reserved. I’ve had similar peach/apricot aromas from other IPAs (I think it’s a combination of yeasty fruitiness and certain types of hops) and I’m not sure that I wasn’t looking for it that I’d notice apricots in this. It’s more apparent in the aroma with a bit of dried apricot lurking under the slightly peppery hops. The flavor is mostly hops, but not overpowering, with a nice strong bitterness in the finish. The color is a dark amber on the red side of the category and the head is small and eggshell white. (686 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I did not review this beer on my first bottle, since I was disappointed and wanted to have a second sample to be more objective in my expectations. Not that the first bottle was bad, but when the label made a big deal about being brewed with apricots, I was ready for an apricot-infused flavor, like Pyramid's apricot ale. On the first bottle, I really did not get any apricot notes, other than a general, fruity hops profile. Unusually malty and dense for the style, and the big abv is surpising. On the second sample, I was able to pick out some apricot flavor from the rather loaded hops profile. Overall, this did not strike me as a fruit flavored beer - it is more like an old ale or strong ale that happens to have some fruit flavors. It was not bad at all, just not what I had in mind. (792 characters)

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

Poured a nice amber with a creamy head, nice to look at. A very nice aroma of malt and bitter hops, with some faint fruitiness that could be resolved as apricot after a little while. It was quite bitter, but very smooth, and the fruitiness helped. Overall quite drinkable, but a little too strong on the hop aroma for my tastes. (328 characters)

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

Pours a clear dark orange with a small beige head. Excellent lace on the glass.

A slightly fruity aroma mixes with the grassy hops to create an intriguing and inviting bouquet. This is a very interesting nose that encourages you to anticipate the first sip.

A traditional IPA malt flavor is joined by an assertive hop presence that is finished with a touch of apricot goodness. This combination of flavors is suprisingly balanced and delightful.

This is a mid bodied beer that has a sharp dry finish. The fruit is subdued and mellow and adds to the quality of this IPA.

I absolutely enjoyed this beer and thought it was an interesting twist on the IPA. My hats off to Dogfish Head for such a great beer. (716 characters)

Photo of cbl2
2.71/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


Brilliantly clear brown with half inch tan head.


Hops and apricot battle it out for dominance of the aroma with no one winning, and the result being something akin to medicine.


Like a bad Magic Hat #9. Way too hoppy for my taste with an abundance of apricot flavor lurking. This is rather unpleasant, and not something I would revisit (only fruit beer out of DFH that has been any good has been Punkin Ale…Au Courant was a let down as well). (493 characters)

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

Bright Orange.

Wet wood, pine sap, resins, grapefruit, pineapple and apricots in the nose.

The palate is full of buttery and caramel malt notes. The apricots provide tropical fruit, apricot and a nice fruit essense all around. The hops are herbal, sharp and pungent and give notes of pine, flowers and lemon. It's balanced very well but the bitterness just isn't there. Nonetheless, it's still pretty tasty. (414 characters)

Photo of meathookjones
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Dr. Dremo's on dogfish head appreciation night. This one pours a nice golden orange color with a slightly off white head. The head disappeared rather quickly leaving a great looking lacing about the glass. Smells are dominated by hops, mainly citrus and there is a slight sweet malt smell about the beer. Not an overpowering aroma but a pleasing smelling beer. Expecting a big apricot taste with hops to come from this brew, and that was half met. There was definatly a great hoppy flavor present but the apricot was a bit more subdued than expected but still added nicely to the overall flavor . With the malt present the balance definatly was there,more so than DFH's other IPAs. A full bodied brew that goes down easy, too bad its a little pricey. A nice fruity IPA that definatly deserve a try if you come across it. (839 characters)

Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly aprehensive...ain't exactly cheap, but I gotta have it. If there could only be one, this would be fine. The subtle Apricot tones in this brew do an awesome job of balancing out the hoppiness of this beer. Anyone who has been scared off IPA's from a hoppy experince, fear not as this is nicely balance & not offensive. Hop Heads fear not as well as this is still an Imperial IPA! This was quite a drink as it is empty now...going to get another, love this beer.


Photo of BCMan
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is excellant! I was a bit affraid that the apricot might be too much but I think it was the perfect amount. The aroma is simoply a preview of the powerful hop flavor that I would expect from Sam Calagione these days. The flavor is crisp and almost chewy with hops. The apricot come as an after taste that you need to wait on just a little. The color scheme for the label is on target as well. A nice seasonal from Dogfish. Might I add that the flavor of this beer made my wife cringe which usually makes for a good beer. (530 characters)

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

Slightly murky golden orange color, with a good head and some intermittent lace, receding to a light foamy top relatively quickly. The smell is (surprise) apricots, but its more than just apricots. There is a bready smell too, with some small hint of hops somewhere hidden within. The taste is basically the Dogfish 60 with apricots, which (surprise again) is what you might expect before drinking this. The apricot taste seemed a bit too strong on the first sip, but it really seems to fit pretty well once you give it a few sips. A good beer, both as an experimental recipie, and in the general sense. (603 characters)

Photo of PopeJonPaul
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fell into the glass with a mighty reddish-amber color and a quickly thinning head that spreads itself over the glass, more lace than a Victorian whorehouse.

Mellow fruity aroma of apricots and lemons, mild mix of hops and - surprise - apricots, with a fleeting undercurrent of caramel maltiness and a tiny hint of oranges. Pretty good, but not anything really special.

Tantalizing crisp IPA mouthfeel though, I'm not usually one for ApricotPeach beers but this one was muted enough that I have to admit that despite the above-average taste it was still surprisingly drinkable. (582 characters)

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

Good looking amber brew with off white head that falls to 1/3 inch cap that lasts as long as the beer with great lacing all the way down the glass, looks wonderful. Smells mostly of citrus hops, some carmelized malt and a light fruit smell but overall aroma is subdued. Taste like a good IPA, starts with slight sweetness to start followed by grapefruit flavored hops with bitterness but not overly so good tasting. Didn't notice much in way of apricots in this brew at all wouldn't really classify as fruit beer more like a good IPA. Mouthfeel is medium well balanced and extremely drinkable brew. Will be buying more of these. (628 characters)

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

Dogfish head is my wife's favorite brewery. We were anxious to try this one!

Poured a beautiful amber color, with a nice tan head. This beer smelled sweet and hoppy- much like many of the other Dogfish beers. When I tasted this beer, I was anticipating a load of apricots to meet my tastebuds. Not the case. Sure, I could taste the fruit, but it wasn't overly fruity, just very well balanced with a nice, subtle, sweet flavor. The malts and the hops were well balanced. Not overly hoppy (thank God), yet not dull either- just a nice; even brew.

They could have left the "aprihop" off of the label, and I would have been fooled into thinking this was just another great Dogfish head IPA. Good stuff!

Side Note: The lacing of this beer is encredible. As I write this review, I've been done for 20 minutes, and my glass is still covered from top to bottom with a beautiful, sticky white lacing. (902 characters)

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

A slightly golden amber pour with a decent head that breaks down into a nice layer of clingy lace. Very slight haze and some active carbonation. Smell is characterized by a nice balance between hops and sweetness. If I didn't know there was apricot, I wouldn't have detected it by smell--pineapple perhaps, but not apricot. The taste, however, is distinctly hoppy--very appropriate for the style. Nevertheless, sweet malts and warmth are present as well, balancing the taste much like the smell. Not as astringent as many IPAs but also not unduly clingy--a pleasant softness in the mouthfeel before the warmth shows up. While I would be hard pressed to identify the apricot in a blind taste test, this is a good beer by any measure and an uncommonly good fruit beer. (766 characters)

Photo of JackTheRipper
4.42/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear amber in color with a thin sticky head.

S: Absolute beauty. The citrusy hop aromas match up nearly perfectly with an apricot smell that is powerful and fresh without being cloyingly sweet.

T: Hoppy flavors are bold and floral without being overly bitter. Fruity apricot flavor is just subdued enough to taste real, not like some artificially supersweet additive, and makes a superb match to the hop flavors.

M: Full bodied with a nice sharp feel on the tongue. Sweet but not a syrupy sweet that overwhelms the tastebuds. Carbonation is very nice, and the alcohol gives a very mellowing warm.

D&N: Is this a far-out fruit beer or an awesomely done freaky IPA? I don't know but this brewery did it just right. I don't know how Dogfish Head makes their hops taste the way they do, but I'm now a big fan of theirs. If you haven't tried this one yet, what are you waiting for? (892 characters)

Photo of LuckySevens82
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle.
Pours a nice pale orange color with a fine slightly off-white head. Lacing is very nice on this brew.
Aromas are hops, apricot (which is a fine addition in my opinion), and a malty sweetness.
Flavor is outstanding. While this is not really the best example of an IPA, I would have to say that, as far as experimentation goes, this is such a great combination of flavors, I don't really care, I just call it "good." Very dry overall, while there is a lot of sweetness to this brew, it is very well balanced with the hop bitterness that is also very prevalent.
I found this one at my local bottle store and was a little skeptical at first. Nevertheless, I bit the bullet, and tried it. I was not disappointed in any way. This is a fine brew and will stock it as part of my regular selection in my fridge (for as long as I can find it anyways). (859 characters)

Photo of irishmoss
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pours out with a clear amber body with a big fluffy one and a half finger head that dissipates to very nice all-covering blanket of foam. Nice sporadic spots and steaks of lace down the edges of the glass. The aroma is sweet with a somewhat earthy undertone, perhaps clay. Also a little grassy and faint hint of cloche. The taste has a slight bitterness from the Warrior hops and a great hops presence that makes this ale. The sweetness from the apricot there, but in the background, which in my opinion is a good thing. It also has a peculiar woodiness to it, almost like it was aged in wood, but it's not. This ends very dry on the tongue, bitter, and a little oily. Great IPA, very fresh and very crisp... (713 characters)

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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