ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,858 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,858
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 141
Gots: 623 | FT: 5
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 putnam
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding, stiffly beaten egg yolk texture to the top of this bronze-colored liquid.
The aromas are of clean, fragrant, fluffy, bright green buds and peachy, nutty, honey flavored malts.
On the palate it sings with ultra clean, formidably dense fruits and yellow blooms in a thick, creamy-textured platform. The finish resolves with a very tight grip clearly endowed by liberal infusions of dry hop.
This is a hophead's delight with an interesting, rich, honeyed foundation.

Photo of Popsinc
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Malto....thanks again!

Appearance: very nice amber pour with a generous frothy head

Smell: nice blend of hoppiness with some malty sweetness. not too much apricot in the nose but fruity nonetheless.

Taste/Mouthfeel: again, malty up front followed by good hoppiness mid sip. the apricot fruitiness peeks out late in the sip and meshes together with the hop bitterness. a medium bodied beer with some richness to it. bitter on the finish but pleasant. apricot notes linger long afterwards although subtle.

Drinkability: the apricot here seems toned down making this, for the most part, an IPA. not sure if the combo is doing it for me. i'd rather have an IPA or an Apricot Wheat. having said that, it's an above average brew of solid quality.

Photo of danadeny
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was expecting a little more excitement out of this beer. The head was a frothy off white color, of average size. The lacing on the glass was good too. The body looked hazy brown, lightly cloudy. The overall apricot flavor was small but noticeable, the hops and alcohol flavors overpower it I think. These is some saltiness in the beginning too. The smell was potent hop flowers and a little grapefruit. The mouthfeel was good, medium body, kind of sticky, and a bitter finish. Overall not a bad beer. I think the apricot theme works better in the magic hat #9 because the apricot flavor is less hidden due to weaker hops.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of drewbage
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Sampled from a nice 12oz brown botlle presented as a portion of the HHHIF. Thank the maker.

Beer pours into the nice tall pilaarbitter glass with a large rocky head that dropped off quickly.Beer is a hazy dark orange with a brown dark to the depths of the brew.

Aroma is grassy orange with dry citrus notes, but not much depth or complexity

Flavor is a bit of honey sweet biscuity malt with a good slap of hops. (Not A lot surprisingly since I've been sampling a lot of 90min recently.)

Not a ton of apritcot flavor and that's really what I think this beer should express more of.

But it's not a horrible beer.. should be drier.

Photo of bultrey
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy dark orange, avg. head with nice lacing

Smell: Fresh apricot is quite evident in the nose, followed by a bit of biscuity malt and some, but not much, hops characteristic

Taste: Almost opposite the smell... good strong india pale ale taste, with a bit more malt than hops characteristic... or it might be the apricot providing that extra kick of sweetness. The actual apricot flavor is very subtle, in my opinion. The hops are subtle, but there, with citrus being the most accessible flavor. This beer opens up 10-fold as the temperature drops from refrigerator to slightly above room temperature. I would highly recommend serving this cool, not cold.

Mouthfeel: Thick, much thicker than would be expected for an IPA. Almost creamy. Good, solid carbonation. but not a whole lot of effervescence.

Drinkability: I'll reiterate my response to a message board post a while back... this is truly drinkable for a beer with a higher-than-average ABV. I think it's around 7 or 8 percent, and it's barely detectable. Incredibly smooth. Refreshing enough on a summer day, but since it's better near room temperature, I would more likely opt for it on a cool spring or autumn night. Absolutely delicious and highly underrated, I think.

Photo of NEhophead
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Off-white head that slowly fades to the sides creating a bubbly froth that settles at the rim. Great lacing that forms a maze-like pattern. An orange, amber glow to the ale.

A fruit aroma: peach, apricot, and apple that isn't too strong. There's also some sweet hop aromas that again aren't overpowering.

Very carbonated hop, apricot flavor. The apricot flavor isn't as strong as I thought it would be and the hops of a traditional IPA really don't come to fruition. A touch of burnt bitterness is in the finish that round out the apricot taste. A mildly sweet and sour flavor that is also quite pleasant.

Crisp and refreshing. All-in-all pretty smooth for a fruit (?) beer. Very nice carbonation that helps with the mouthfeel.

Very drinkable at 7% abv and the fruit aspect isn't obtrusive enough to give you a headache the next morning.

A very unique and interesting beer to try, but I do have a bit of a problem with it: an IPA? I just don't taste the amount of hops that a standard IPA has. Nevertheless, a very flavorful and unique tasting beer.

Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Ahhdball
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of thinkbreakfast
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Photo of Benjamin
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of marc77
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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

Photo of RockyTopHeel
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of Suds
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of aracauna
3.57/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Brent
3.31/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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.

Photo of filabrazilia
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of cbl2
2.71/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance:

Brilliantly clear brown with half inch tan head.

Smell:

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

Taste/Mouthfeel:

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).

Photo of Crosling
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of meathookjones
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

'08 UPDATE: DIDNT SEEM TO BE WHAT IT USED TO- LACKING FLAVOR IN GENERAL, MORE SOUR APRICOT TASTE& VERY LITTLE HOP NOTES COME THROUGH. WAS A LITTLE DISSAPPOINTED IN THIS ONE THIS YEAR.

Photo of BCMan
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of FranklinPCombs
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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