ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,866 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,866
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 141
Gots: 629 | FT: 6
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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Ratings: 4,866 | Reviews: 1,749
Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft: Malty, little bitterness, no apricot flavor, thick mouthfeel, delicious. 4.25
Bottled: apricot-forward flavor that dissipates quickly. 3.25

Photo of Ngrant79
2.34/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I don't really taste the apricot but it's decent. Average

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange, almost reddish in hue, with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of apricots which was nice although I couldn't get much of the hop scents. The taste was surprisingly well balanced considering the smell. A lot of nice sweetness upfront before a mellow yet clean finish. Very nice.

Photo of dd43
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I expected a much bigger hit of apricot given the description and the fact that the beer is named for it. Not bad to try at a bar but I don't see a reason to get a six pack of this beer. It's a well made but largely unremarkable IPA.

Photo of KevChiTown
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A pretty simple, classic IPA, surprised that the apricots weren't as pronounced as I hoped. Still nice, spring beer.

Photo of Moose90
2.97/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2015 12oz bottle served in tulip

A – Deep dark orange in color. Copper hues and a bright white, thin head, lacing left behind is consisted and solid.

S – Malty, sweet, bitter, little bit of orange and apricot tones.

T – Bitter, malty sweetness, caramel notes, orange rind, slight apricot.

M – Light/Medium bodied brew, carbonation on the high side, quick finish.

O – A malty and sweet IPA, balanced with some notes of apricot and orange, could use more bitterness.

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

The hoppy aromas are grassy and floral with some light citrus. The apricot does peek through and is a nice addition. The taste follows the smell for the most part; biscuity, lightly sweet caramel malts, a grassy hop tingle, and lightly tart apricot. Nice beer.

Photo of JackieTH
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is an apropos apricot honey colored beer capped by a billowing foamy head that leaves huge lacing. Smells milder than expected, some sweetness and malt with citrusy and floral elements. Seems lacking in the nose. Tastes of fruits, citrus, mild sweetness, mildly tart apricots are present as stated, biscuit and caramel and a little more sweetness. Nice level of bitterness, mildly moderate overall. Medium to light body is a little loose but there is decent carbonation and the overall impression is mildly bitter and dry rather than sweet with the ever so slight tartness of apricots coming thru nicely.

Photo of drgdennis
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A little too sweet for me

Photo of stickydankhop
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

2015 bottle. I Almost poured down drain. Too bitter for me. I did not smell or taste apricot at all.

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

This is a really interesting beer. Even at a few months old it's pretty tasty. Would love to try this fresh. Good job DFH.

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.37/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did a side-by-side comparison with my other favorite apricot-enhanced brews: 3 Floyds' Lord Rear Admiral ( a deep amber ESB, with pronounced apricot hoppiness). Aprihop won the challenge as my personal 'underdog', since 2 of my favorite beers are from 3 Floyds (Gumballhead and Alpha King). Well done, DFH! Looking for my next 4 pack!

Photo of JAFoley
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear amber body with foamy tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - apricots and pine hops

T - again, apricots and pine hops with earthy malts. Not much else to report

M - medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - meh. This was good but not great. Not very exciting or anything I'll revisit

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark orange with a brownish hue. It has a thin, eggshell white head. The smell is simple but nice. Grass, papaya, apricot, peach stone, a thin malt sweetness in the background. The flavor is quite refreshing. It opens with bitterness and then gives way to the sweetness of the hops and apricot. The apricot blends very well with the hops. I enjoy this more than I thought I would.

Photo of baconfromwalmart
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Smooth and delicious, perfect balance of bitter and sweet.

Photo of MattR2014
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of 12oz bottle. Could be Hoppier but it's good. I taste the apricot for sure. It's worth a try n would get again but not on my tops list. Prefer over DFH 61

Photo of zander4dawin
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A juicy peach, apricot flavor with a subtle hop backdrop and crisp finish.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is lots of apricot and a little pine.
The taste starts sweet, a mild bitter middle, then a sweet finish.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's tasty. The apricot plays well here.

Photo of mchegash
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 4/5
Dark orange with hints of brown, about 1 finger of slightly tan foam. A lot of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 3.5/5
Some floral, earthy hops. Very sweet malts.

Taste - 3.5/5
Very sweet, with subtle fruity-alcohol flavors (I assume this sweetness is the apricot juice). The same nice hop flavors from the smell, along with a slightly toasty maltiness. The taste has slight but very detectable metallic flavors as well (I'm starting to discover that I can discern metallic flavors much more than others...my tongue must be extra-sensitive...so if you've never had a metallic beer, don't worry, you probably won't notice). Overall the taste is okay. I was hoping for some actual apricot flavor (à la the peach taste in DFH's Festina Peche) , but feel like instead I am just getting a vague sweetness. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would get again.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium bodied, medium amount of light-intensity carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay beer. I was hoping for more apricot. I'm only a little disappointed, as it was still a decent beer, but as I said above, I won't be getting again.

Photo of tonysange
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Amazing aroma and the flavor is not too fruity. Great balance malt with subtle hints of apricot.

Photo of Jrp54
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

didn't even finish it but I can see where people like it. Good for the style but not my thing

Photo of npachl
4.77/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Apricots and hops shouldn't jive, but they do.

Photo of Rango_the_Beer_Guy
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma (7/12)
Citrusy hop aroma, but a bit more subdued than expected.
Floral hop aroma with a barely-there apricot note. No real malt
notes. Bottle may be oxidated and caused faded aroma.
No noticeable alcohol aroma.

Appearance (2/3)
Light amber/light copper color with slight orange tint. Small white head dissipates rather quickly. Brilliant clarity.

Flavor (14/20)
Flavor is dried apricot and floral hops up front. Medium strength perceieved bitterness, not too intense, which switches to malt notes in the finish. Still balanced toward the bitter, with some noticeable esters. Bitterness lasts to finish and apricot notes are hard to pick up.

Mouthfeel (3/5)
Medium body with slight carbonic bite; some mild astringency. May have been slightly overhopped (causing astringency) which wouldn’t be a huge surprise from Dogfish. Moderate dryness and slight astringency last into the aftertaste.

Overall Impression (6/10)
Overall, a mild beer in terms of hop aroma intensity, with decent flavor characteristics but I feel like the apricots are holding the beer back rather than enhancing it. They seem to subdue the aroma and slightly degrade the flavor as opposed to enhancing both aspects of the IPA, as I expected. This batch may have been overhopped, or astringency may be within an acceptable range, but some was noted. Not a bad beer for non-hop heads like me since it tones down the IPA characteristics, but I wouldn’t recommend it to diehard IPA fans unless they are looking for a seasonal twist. Decent beer overall.

Total (32/50) – Very Good – Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws

Photo of ErikaBockDopples
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very hoppy beer, not as fruity as I would like it to be. Pretty golden color and nice head, a nicely crafted IPA even though I don't love IPAs

Photo of pkalix
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

smells like adjunct. cheap aroma (sorry), taste is okay, decent IPA, but a little novelty. okay brew, great "reaching out", but just not great.... i'm okay with it.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,866 ratings.