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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

4,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,490
Reviews: 1,663
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 117
Gots: 380 | 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:
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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4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours out with a one finger head and comes in a dark copper amber color. The head dissipates pretty quickly.

The aroma is interesting. It has that IPA hoppiness, but also with a sweet sweet fruity apricot background. It’s quite sticky like honey. There’s a slight bit of bitter grapefruit, pineapple that also comes through.

The flavor is quite interesting and different. There’s definitely a dried apricot taste along with a grassy hop character. The middle is a sweet crystal malt and breadiness, almost like a lighter 90 Minute. There’s then a semi-bitter dry finish follows.

This in the end, this is still an IPA. It isn’t a fruit beer like Magic Hat #9, so not recommended for those who don’t like bitterness or IPAs. The fruit comes throgh mostly on the aroma and then slightly on the flavor.

It’s a lovely IPA. And I do recommend it for someone trying to get into IPAs. The fruit hint and sweetness really carries this beer well, so to hide the bitterness of IPAs as well.

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3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a clear, bright amber with an off-white finger width head. Sub-par retention, leaving a broken layer of microbubbles on the surface. Spotty lacing with fair stick.

Smell - Strong stone fruit aroma; obviously apricot as expected. Slight spice and floral notes. Bready undertones.

Taste - Stone fruit flavor upfront and throughout. Prominent, but well-balanced apricot character along with mildly floral hoppiness. A touch sour. Lightly toasted bread malt character brings some balance to this brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium in body with low to moderate carbonation. Smooth, with fair silk on the tongue before a semi-dry finish.

Overall - Good, fairly enjoyable IPA. It's not gonna wow you on complexity, but its got nice approachability and, despite the huge apricot influence, doesn't get cloyingly sweet. Nice job, Dogfish.

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3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a dogfish nonic glass.

Nice amber to copper appearance with a tannish head that leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma faint citrus notes but more earthy to herbal hop smell. Toasted to roasted malts. Hint of spice?

Taste is not as hoppy as I would have expected. Hint of fruit, citrus, almost a yeast ester undertone. Apricot or peach like hint afterward. Herbal taste to the hops. Not incredibly bitter though. Lighter than expected.

Mouthfeel - Nice slightly prickly carbonation but refreshing. Does have a nice lasting aftertaste. Smooth.

Overall a good beer. Definitely a nice spring beer. Seems to be a little less IPA and a little more belgian but definitely worth a try on a warm spring day.

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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Oh Dogfish Head...maybe you are cursed with fans setting the bar to high. So many special beers, some of which I've loved and others not, but all were drank with an appreciation of what you were trying to accomplish. Aprihop? Its a good beer, dont' get me wrong. If someone handed it to me in a blind taste test, I'd say it was a damn fine beer. Beautiful color actually, which certainly must come from the apricots. As an IPA or as a fruit beer, however, it fell a bit short on both accounts for me. Based on how you typically do business, I'd guess you used a ton of real apricot for this brew. Unfortunately, it doesn't really come through. As an IPA, the great qualities of our other IPAs don't come through either. It's kinda both, but neither. As a whole, it is a good but undescript mash where the fruit and hops cancel each other out rather than building to something special, although there is a very nice mouthfeel.

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,490 ratings.