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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,347 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,347
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 104
Gots: 322 | 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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Photo of Yimosan
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

12oz Bottle served in a Chardonnay wine glass.

A- Pours clear amber in color, with a finger thick white creamy head. The head faded fairly quick, but a foamy ring remained around the edge for the duration.

S- The fruit is the star, of course apricot. I also get the hops and a bit of caramel malt that hints sweetness, though not in your face.

T- Tangy fruit immediately hits your palate, then after a few seconds a bit of sweet apricot and peach came around. As the beer warmed up it felt more and more like a white wine, almost like a Spanish Albariño!

M- Creamy, medium to light body at first, then a crisp finish with a taste bud grabbing tangy feel.

D- Very easy to drink, if you like this style. I can drink one maybe two, but this is not my cup of tea.

Aprihop is a nice offering by Dogfish Head but I prefer a 90 minute, or Squall IPA since I'm not into this style. Glad I tried it though.

Salud!

Yimosan, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of JRed
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

Dark red topped with off white head. Aroma of fresh hops, greens, grapes, light fruit. Tastes of hops, apricot, fruit, peaches. A medium-heavy bodied brew that is has some refreshingly light flavors. A good take on the IPA style and a great balance of hops and fruit notes.

JRed, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

A- Smallish head for an IPA. Also fairly dark for an IPA. The head has really no retention.

S- Mostly IPA on the nose. There is some sweet fruitiness from the apricots. This is a pretty floral smelling beer.

T- Bitter herbal hops at first. The finish is sweet, fruity and some what malty. The apricots come out towards the end. The sweetness lingers.

M- Sticky and slick and oily feeling. The carbonation is somewhat low, especially for an IPA.

D- Not the best DFH but a solid, refreshing beer for sure. This has me ready for summer beers.

MbpBugeye, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%

Serious improvement over the past recipe ... and I really liked the old version.

Dark orange pour. Nice 1 finger head. Laces well.

Extremely fruity nose. Grapefruit and apricot mix. Very rich and a very nice combination.

Slightly sweet to tart hit. Cascade builds to a fruity middle, turning slightly sour from the apricots and strongly hoppy towards the end. Finish is nicely tart. Esters are quite strong. Nice bite to this IPA.

Feel is just thick enough to balance the hops.

beer2day, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

A - Clear Copper color with dirty white 2 finger head. looks intriguing.

S - Smells of fresh hops, and apricot.

T - Fresh hops hit you up front. lingering aftertaste of apricot is very pleasant. tree sap and orange peel can be found. at 7%, the alcohol is virtually non-existent.

M - medium bodied. carbonation is spot on for an AIPA.

D - Overall, this is one of the best AIPA's that i've had to date. i really like the apricot thing. it's a great spring/early summer beer. very balanced, and quite drinkable. complex enough to milk it, but balanced enough to have a couple rounds.

PreacherBrewer, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

From notes. Had on tap at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA on 3/12/10.

a - Pours a dark amber with about an inch of white head. Nice lacing, little carbonation evident.

s - Very interesting smell. Lots of apricots and hops.

t - Tastes very strongly of apricots. Lots of hops as well, Slight bitterness to it.

m - Medium body with little carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

d - Overall this was an interesting IPA. I was eager to try it after hearing good things, even though apricots aren't one of my favorite fruits. I thought they captured the apricot smell and taste very well, but halfway through a pint I felt I had had enough. If you like apricots I would definitely check this out, but if you aren't crazy about them, I might give this a pass.

mdfb79, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of JAramini
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 2/22/10, enjoyed 2.5 weeks later

I've had this beer before but never found it particularly noteworthy or interesting, but early buzz on the 2010 release indicated that it was much improved from the previous batch. Sure enough, this is delicious.

The color is a very deep amber verging on red. Spotty lacing down the glass.

Smell is really nice. Citric hops and apricots with the apricots being perhaps a little more forward.

For the taste though, the hops dominate with apricots swirling around amidst the strong hop character. Previously I found little hoppiness with dominant apricot character. Here I find the freshness probably adding to make this a true contender of an IPA with just enough apricots to make it more complex and darn tasty.

Mouthfeel also strikes me as improved from previous batches I've tried. Previously I found it too thin, but this tastes just right for an IPA as far as thickness/slickness.

This beer is insanely drinkable. I rarely spend a night drinking the same thing throughout, but this one just might make the cut. 12 ounces isn't going to be enough. The 4-pack in my fridge should probably fear for its life.

JAramini, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of GarrisWH
4.1/5  rDev +7%

poured from a 12 oz bottled on 2/19/10

A - Pours a very nice looking clear amber with one finger of creamy, light tan head. Good retention

S - Floral, citric hops jump out first with sweetness hinting at caramel and apricots coming through in the background. Malts impart a bit of biscuit as well.

T - Nice hop flavors with herbal, citric and floral characteristics lend a moderate bitterness. The malt brings caramel and a slightly biscuity flavor. The apricot flavor is very noticeable, while not overpowering, and balances really nicely with the citric tones of the hops as well as adding a slight tartness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks very smoothly.

D - I think the apricots sweet/tart qualities blend very nicely with the hop flavors in this brew. Maintains a solid balance and is very drinkable for the 7% abv. A good beer for the transition to spring and warmer weather.

GarrisWH, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of goldbot
4.1/5  rDev +7%

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/22/10. Reviewed on 2/27/10. Beer doesn't get much fresher than this.

Pours clear amber with thin, off-white to khaki head. Lots of visible carbonation and spotty lacing.

Citrus/grapefruit hop aroma. Very fruity and the apricot is certainly present. Some herbal and planty aroma as well. A bit of bready malt, but the fruit and hop are the main event here.

Clean citrus and herbal hop flavors. More malts evident than the aroma. The apricot comes through toward the end, and especially as the beer warms. A clean, fruity aftertaste. Moderate bitterness throughout.

Light body and an airy, crisp feel. Very clean flavors makes for a very drinkable beer. Great balance of flavor; it's not overly fruity, hoppy, or bitter.

goldbot, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of rpstevens
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The pour yields a dark amber body with glowing orange edges. There is a one finger white head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving some slightly bubbly lacing behind.

The smell is sweet caramel and sugary malts. There is a slight citrus hop, but very subdued. There are some crisp apricots coming through, but the smell is mostly sweet malts.

The taste is a bit more hoppy and fruity than the smell. There is a nice light citrus hop in the front of this one, lemon zest, hints of pineapple and slightly sweet mango. The fruity apricots make an appearance in the middle of the flavor, followed by the very sweet caramel malts.

The mouthfeel is light to medium, the flavors are crisp and the beer is well carbonated. The beer is not hoppy or bitter enough to be an IPA, too much malt and fruit flavor.

rpstevens, Feb 18, 2010
Photo of unclejimbay
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%

2/4/2010 review, bottle>pint glass

Overall I really enjoyed this brew. It surpassed my expectations by being an almost magical balanced fruit addition to an IPA. I enjoy IPAs and some fruit beers, and this seemed to highlight the pros of each in my opinion. If you enjoy IPAs, and have ever enjoyed a fruit beer... wel then try it for sure.
If you dislike fruit beers or a hop or IPA elitist, well then this one is not for you.

Appearance is a caramel orange/tangerine color, respectable 1 finger head, excellent clarity. Mild lcaing.
Smell is less hop forward for an IPA, but aromas of malt fruit and hops are all evident. Balanced aroma as all three smells are present.
Tastes as it smells and in the following order of dominance; 1)Malt 2)Fruit 3)Hops
There is evident apricot and citrus fruit tastes in this beer, but it is very nicely supported by a solid malt bill and generous hop profile. It works very nicely for a unique IPA and hop experience.
Mouthfeel is medium body with medium+ carbonation.
Drinkability is a 5.0 as I believe this may be one of the most drinkable and my new favorite DFH offerings. Its a unique IPA/hop/fruit experience and hits all three cravings at once. Nice work, I personally would call this brew the most unique and enjoyable brews by DFH to date IMO.

It may not be the best example of an IPA from the hop perspective, but I would vote it as unique enough to merit notice by any beer lover.
I personally would pay this one the complement of "unique and drinkable" more than the typical "extreme" experiment from Rhode Island.

unclejimbay, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of jrallen34
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

I drank this from a 12 oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a clear dark amber with a light white head. There is about one finger of lace that is gone quickly, ok lacing.

The aroma is way to light, you can barely smell anything. What you do get is all hops with a very very faint apricot at the end.

The taste is the complete opposite of the aroma, all you taste is sweet apricots and at the end you get a tiny bit of hops. The aftertaste is a metallic sweetness.

The feel is ok not entirelely drinkable.

Overall, this is a very confusing bland IPA that I would not suggest.

jrallen34, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Johnnn
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Dogfish Head has some of my favorite brews so I am somewhat biased towards any of their offerings. I had to give this one a try, since it was out there with the apricots -hops mix. To me it had an unusual taste and I could not pick up on an apricot smell or flavor. The hops apricot mix seemed to work against each other. It has this odd aftertaste that reminds me a bit of drinking a Bud Lime, or the taste of sweet tarts candy. Anyway Kudos to Dogfish for giving it a whirl. I wouldn't turn one down, but believe if I'm buying I'll stick to some of their other offerings.

Johnnn, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of cleeze
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%

Pours a beautiful reddish orange hue with a small tan head.

Aroma is a sweet,hoppy, floral smell that is very pleasant.

Taste is much sweeter than expected, the apricots are insanely present and even overpower the hops in some regard because to me the sweetness is more noticed than the hop profile. I could deffinatly pick up on the cascade hops. (yummy)

very high drinkability! kind of reminded me of Magic Hat's #9

cleeze, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of mrmanning
3.18/5  rDev -17%

Amber body, white head. Hops and apricots all in one place! A good balance on the aroma of both. Taste is apricots and hops with a nice bitter-sweet finish. Sweetness in the finish seems a little unbalanced compared to the rest of the beer. Overall good.

mrmanning, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%

Pours a nice orangish copper color with some hints of red in it. There is very little for a head maybe one finger which settles quickly and gives way to minimal lacing. The aroma has a caramel malt backbone to it, which is covered by the apricot smell and maybe some other light fruits. The taste is of a caramel backbone with a nice ripe apricot taste over the top and a slightly bitter earth hop bite. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation and is crisp. The drinkability is very high on this, it is a very drinkable beer, crisp smooth and refreshing.

goblue3509, Nov 20, 2009
Photo of McGuire75
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Poured into a Dogfish Head ApriHop Brandy snifter style glass.

A- Poured a dark topaz with red hues. Very little head with limited lacing and retention.

S- Dried apricots, caramel malt, with a distinct copper aroma.

T- Very smooth and creamy with distinct over ripe apricot flavors. Lightly carbonated which combines to accentuate the light hop finish.

M- Lightly carbonated with a creamy coating aspect. The hop flavors were the most noticeable in the finish leaving a slightly bitter finish to an oddly creamy syrupy sweet fruit beer that drinks similar to a fruit puree.

D- A very drinkable beer allowing for a unique fruit/hop experience. This would be great as a meat dinner paring.

McGuire75, Nov 15, 2009
Photo of chickencoop
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

When I picked this up I wasn't expecting a Pyramid Apricot, but I was expecting something sweet, this was something unexpected. This is a good IPA but with a sour tinge. Color was a deep amber, I didn't get much of a smell. The taste and mouthfeel is where this beer set's itself apart. It has an overpowering sour flavor with a malty finish. The mouthfeel is a tart finish. This is a solid beer, but I couldn't have a 4-pack back to back. A very complex beer showing DogFish's skill at coming up with something out of the ordinary.

chickencoop, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of dpnelson1978
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%

12 oz. bottle into a plastic hotel cup. Seriously.

$2.49 / ea.

S: Malty, with just a hint of apricot that along with the mild -OH tends to mask the hop character.

A: Clear amber body with a nice big tight head that laces and covers in in a plastic cup.

T: Not crazy about the apricot interaction with the hops. Comes off as pretty sour (some people might consider that a plus). It is interesting however, and would make an excellent pairing with chicken. Malt flavor is subdued and the -OH is well masked.

M: Medium body with medium to high carbonation. The sour taste keeps it from being smooth.

D: I'm OK with one, or maybe two, but the taste is a bit too much of a novelty to be sessionable. Value would go up on a hot summer day.

O: Good beer. This is my first Dogfish Head brew and I am impressed. I picked this up because it sounded "out-there" but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it drank.

dpnelson1978, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of Rhynes2
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%

When I first cracked this fine brew open I noticed it poured a slightly darker color than an average IPA. Not much of a head and no lacing down the sides at all. As far as taste goes, it's a little no heavy on the apricots. I realize it is an apricot beer but the taste was syrupy. Really sweet and it kinda keeps the hops hidden. I appreciate Dogfish Heads ventures into the new and unexplored but this one just wasn't for me. Very glad i got to try it though.

Rhynes2, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of gilman
2.38/5  rDev -37.9%

Poured out nice into a tall glass with good color. Little foam head that didn't stay long.
Smell was good but didn't taste at all like it smelled.
I bought this on recommendations but I'm sorry to say.
Didn't like this beer couldn't even finish it.
I will pass on it if I see it agin.

gilman, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of youngblood
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%

Pours a very shimmery gold. Almost sparkles. The head looks very carbonated and slightly sticky.

Smells great! Very citrusy with a focus on apricot (duh). There's almost no malt detectable. Smells very clean.

Sadly it doesn't taste as great as it smelled. The hops detected in the nose really disappear on the tongue. Still no detectable malt. It's really an indistinguishable flavor with a slight apricot aftertaste. Slightly disappointing.

The whole thing is rather slick on the tongue, felt like there was lots of carbonation on the back of my tongue.

youngblood, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of Lothore
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

A- Pours a sunset orangey red hue with a nice, 2 finger frothy head which leaves a ton of lacing on the way down.

S- Nose is fairly metallic, hints of apricot, light hops on the back end.

T- Taste is very creamy, light apricot with a wave of hops on the back end and the same mettalic taste that was in the nose.

M- Fairly thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation/

D- Fairly drinkable the only thing that bugs me is the metallic (for lack of a better word) taste.

Lothore, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%

pours a clear golden orange color with golden burnt orange hus when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly sweet syrupy apricot aroma with subtle light fruit notes, caramel malt backbone and earthy hops.

Crisp sweet light fruit with a caramel malt backbone and a nice bitter earthy hop balance. Pretty sweet with lots of apricot, apple and pear. Very crisp but slightly watered down with a dry piny earthy hop finish.

corby112, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of pedrito
3.83/5  rDev 0%

A: A pretty beer. Nice burnt orange / golden color. Holds whisps of the head for a while.

S: Fruity, raisins, citrus and, wait for it, apricot.

T: Citrus, tart, apricot is subtle, not as sweet as expected. Apricot comes out in aftertaste, melded with grapefruit.

M: Crisp and titillating, dancing on the tongue.

D: Refreshing.

pedrito, Oct 12, 2009
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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