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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,400 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,400
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 109
Gots: 341 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002)
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ilikebeer03, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

comfortablynirm, Apr 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

captainbearcat, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Pours a deep and rustic copper color with some glaring ruby hints when held up to the light. Exceptional clarity, especially considering the relatively dark hue of the beer. A somewhat soapy looking, beige-tinted head is quick to settle to a skin no more than an eighth-inch high, not much lacing left behind on the glass. I really do love the color and clarity of this beer.

Too bad the aroma isn't as wonderful as the color. Sure, there's some apricot here. A little bit. Kind of a "sweet" apricot flavor. I'd like to open up and enjoy this fruity goodness a bit more, but unfortunately I keep getting distracted by the heavy weediness of the hop bill. Extremely grassy, weedy, and dirt-laden hop notes jump in and take away from the beauty of the apricots. The caramel malt is barely detectable in the finish - again, thanks to the overbearing and mildly unpleasant hop abrasion.

Fortunately the taste is a bit better and doesn't contain quite so much of that weed-like character (and I mean "weed" as in "garden weeds" not "dank nugs"). Apricot hits up front with a very small rush of tartness that quickly forms into a softer sweetness. Something goes a little awry during the transition, however, as the aftertaste contains a slightly medicinal and chalky vibe with the leftover apricot flavor - think similar to a chewed up Flintstones vitamin.

The hops are a little more leafy and vibrant as the beer warms up - anything to take away from the hops' first impression is a plus (well, except for maybe the chewed up vitamin flavors). Not too bitter considering it's an IPA, and the 7% ABV goes completely unnoticed, which is also a plus. Sweet malts account for much of the finish, as well as some of the fading, medicinal apricot. Thin-medium bodied with a hefty dose of carbonation giving a slick and somewhat crisp mouth feel.

I was expecting a little more from this, although in the past, I've been kind of let down by DFH's fruit-infused beers. Apricots must hard to pull off in beers of the "non-sour" variety, as many of them contain that same medicinal, chalky flavor in the finish. Surprisingly enough, that wasn't my biggest complain here. What was up with that dirty aroma? All in all, something I put down quite easily, but probably wouldn't have again.

tectactoe, Apr 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

scootsmal, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

JacobGumina, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of jpavlicek1
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Totally enjoyable IPA with very subtle hints of apricot that open up a kind of full mid level softness without breaking over the sweet line. Medium but present hops and bitters are balanced from start to finish.
Want to try more to explore the ranges of flavor .

jpavlicek1, Apr 16, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +24%

prlykens, Apr 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

iggzy, Apr 16, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

ScaryEd, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

SuyoonShin, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Marty91, Apr 15, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

bigsquirrel, Apr 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

nosavingsaccount, Apr 15, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Resuin, Apr 15, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

zenarkist, Apr 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

anvilx, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

pschie1, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of hermit990
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottle date code translates to 03/13/2014. Review date: 4/28/2014.

Appearance: Pours a very clear, dark orange with 1.5 fingers of tight, white head. Moderate carbonation bubbling up through the glass. Good lacing sticking to the glass Slight alcohol leg presence.

Smell: Big fruity aroma at first. Lots of citrus, oranges. Light amount of stone fruit. Bit of an underlying, juicy sweetness. Bit of a floral quality. Finishes with some breadiness, some pilsner malt character.

Taste: An initial bite of bitterness on the tongue which quickly fades into citrus flavor. Underneath emerges a tart sweetness reminding of fruit juice. Notes of peach and apricot. Malts come through underneath, finishing with the bready character that ended the nose. Aftertaste is of lingering breadiness and stone fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body to this one suits it well. Very easy to drink and refreshing. Little to no alcohol presence.

Overall: This is a good Spring offering from Dogfish Head. Very refreshing and easy to drink when the weather starts to warm up a bit. Adds some good fruit character without tasting artificial. Doesn't do anything amazing, but it's a sold beer. Should be easy to find if Dogfish Head is available in your area. Runs at about $9.99 per 4-pack (in this area), so the price will not set you back too much. Definitely worth a try.

hermit990, Apr 14, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

NinetyNineBottles, Apr 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

aLenwell, Apr 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

tyelton2, Apr 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

grimey68, Apr 14, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

CreightonSM, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DudMan, Apr 13, 2013
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,400 ratings.