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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,721 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,721
Hads: 4,927
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 7.07%
Wants: 144
Gots: 666 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 1,721 | Hads: 4,927
Photo of Gear54
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local bar

Pour is Amber orange with 1/2 finger of thin head and little lace on the glass.

Smell is malts and apricots with undertones of hops and citrus

Taste follows pretty well. Malty with nice hops and citrus. Not nearly as much apricot as I would have expected. I also feel like there are some Carmel notes as well.

Feel is good. It's very heavy and coats well. Taste lasts several min after each sip.

Overall a nice fruit beer and I love the bitter hop additions to the brew. Solid experiment from DFH (527 characters)

Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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 (151 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (233 characters)

Photo of Moose90
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of DIM
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
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! (339 characters)

Photo of JAFoley
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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 (305 characters)

Photo of BenwayPHD
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of MattR2014
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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 (165 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (242 characters)

Photo of mchegash
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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. (1,154 characters)

Photo of Rango_the_Beer_Guy
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
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 (1,620 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (164 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours brilliant deep amber under a 1” snow white foam collar that grips the side of the glass providing sheets of white lace.
S: Apricot nose with some light biscuit
T: The beer starts with a burst of malts and then as the carbonation breaks across your palate the apricot rides in complementing both the light malt flavors and the tropical citrus flavors from the hops.
M: Very creamy, medium body, medium full carbonation. The carbonation is smooth and not harsh.
O: The beer is very well balanced and provides an interesting interplay between the yeast driven flavors, the hop flavors, the malts and the added apricots. (631 characters)

Photo of milwaukee512
4.91/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I usually don't like any extra ingredients in an IPA, but this is an exception. Shares a similar flavor profile with DFH 60 and 90 Minute IPA, but with enough sweetness to round the edges off and make it extremely drinkable. I wouldn't have probably called apricot if I hadn't known, but it's a good fit; there's a definite fruity hop flavor but its not overpowering. There are many IPAs where the hops alone are more citrus tasting than this, but this is a perfect balance. Looks and smells great as well. Another amazing beer from one of the truly best, most original breweries in a crowded field. (604 characters)

Photo of DaverCS
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful orange-violet color with 1 finger of white fluffy head. Slightly watery with no alcohol presence.

Aroma yields a bready malt and a lot of citrusy hops. I get a lot more hop characteristic than normal with their other IPA’s. I get no apricot in the aroma.

Taste is actually quite good. It tastes like a more citrusy, less malty version of their 60 minute. The beer has the right amount of carbonation. It is nice and citrusy without being overly bitter. In fact, the bitterness is very mild. Very citrusy when fresh and in comparison to their other beers. There is enough malt to balance the beer, yet the brewery showed restraint with this one by making it not cloyingly sweet as some of their beers are. I don’t really get too much apricot in the taste (maybe as it warms but it’s a stretch), but the citrus characteristic makes up for it.

I wasn’t expecting anything special (especially hearing about this beers track record), but it really surprised me. It is incredibly well-balanced. Not overly bitter or sweet, with a nice citrus presence. As normally with a DFH beer, the pairings are endless. I could see it pairing well with roasted pork, bacon brussel sprouts, and an apricot and pineapple chutney. It gets a 86/100 from me. (1,267 characters)

Photo of lipster
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz pint glass, nice rich amber color with a soapy white head. Smells of malt, alcohol, and hint of apricot. The taste is a pleasant balance of malt, hop, and slightly tart fruit with some apparent booziness and a dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pleasant and light. (296 characters)

Photo of tedvr
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber, orange with a medium white head. Mild fruit smells. Mild fruit taste, the apricot taste is not evident. Mild carbonation, but kind of flat. Overall kind of underwhelming. (187 characters)

Photo of Ryancthomas7
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Definitely not what I was expecting. Tastes like a watered down IPA with a slightly sweet finish. I do not taste any apricot. Poured this bad boy straight down the drain. Ain't nobody got time for that!!! (204 characters)

Photo of JPowell712
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This was an okay beer in my mind. As an IPA it was an okay beer, but I was expecting and wanting something more refreshing and citrusy. I thought it actually lacked apricot flavor. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't looking for a juicy type beer, but just didn't taste the apricot as much as I wanted to. It was a nice beer, but I thought it was very average. (358 characters)

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A - 4.75 - Pours an amazing clear orange color. Barely forms a third finger of light tan colored head. Low head potential and retention, spotty lacing.
S - 3.5 - Nothing special, some hops and maybe a ridiculously light touch of apricot.
T - 3 - Tastes like an average, run of the mill IPA. Little bit of hop sweetness. There's apricot in this?
F - 3 - Too thing, would have liked just a bit more thickness to this.
O - 3 - Underwhelming as hell. As a specialty beer, this is boring. As your everyday, readily available, average IPA, it's OK at best. (588 characters)

Photo of upton7418
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head IPA glass

L- Dark gold to almost agave syrup colored. it has a thin light tan to white head that leave a nice lacing all the way to the end

S- light hoppy smell is about all I can get in the way of smells

T- very sweet beginning with hint of malt and apricots. After the initial sweetness there is a light hoppy taste that follow but nothing overwhelming.

M- medium carbonation that goes down well. overall mouthfeel is on the border of being thin to medium. if 1 was watery and 5 was a full medium I'd give it about a 3 on that scale in terms of body.

O- Overall this is a good beer. I was impressed in the color and taste and was very happy with these. I was a little disappointed by the smell but the overall feel and taste of this beer more than makes up for it. I would definitely buy this again. This is a unique beer that I had high expectations for especially since I like apricots and like most of Dogfish Head's offerings. I would not necessarily consider this an IPA so much as a pale ale with the lacking hops I've come to expect with an IPA. (I could be biased expecting something closer to a double IPA but who know.) I know this is listed as a seasonal offering but when/if you find this I would recommend giving it a shot. I would love to try this fresh out of a keg!!! (1,340 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a nice thick white head. The head has moderate retention and leaves some nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is pretty minimal, with just light mild hints of malt. The taste is not much more distinct, with only a faint hint of fruit. The apricot is hard to be found. The body has a nice easy drinking weight to it, smooth throughout. I've had this before on draft and it was much more noticeably apricot and IPA. (442 characters)

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,721 ratings.