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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,320 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,320
Reviews: 1,658
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 101
Gots: 313 | FT: 3
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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

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Photo of curasowa

New York

2.85/5  rDev -25.8%

Beer #2 in my week of DFH. Poured a clear, golden yellow with 1 finger of creamy head. This beer has a very unique smell that I'm having trouble placing, but the apricot isn't overpowering, which is a plus. The uniqueness continues upon tasting. There is a hit of bitterness quickly followed by sweetness, no doubt from the apricot and then the two tastes mix in your mouth. The body is a bit thin and watery the sweetness wins out in the finish. This is an interesting take on an IPA with a unique play on flavor, but I don't really care for it. Doubt I would have it again.

09-10-2009 01:23:58 | More by curasowa
Photo of COBeerBuff


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a finger of tightly packed bubbles.

Smell: Hops and apricots. Some notes of pine and citrus also are relevant, but the peach/apricot smell definitely sits front and center.

Taste: Tart. Wowsers! The apricot and hop flavors meld into a malt bomb, and it's fairly well done. There is not much bitterness, which is surprising based on the hop nose and the proclamation that this is a serious IPA.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp and light. The tartness of the apricot flavors gives the beer a little residual sweetness, but by and large, this is a fairly refreshing summer brew.

Drinkability: At 7% ABV, this beer definitely hides the alcohol well. This will definitely be a beer to consider for future summers (provided DFH increases their distribution circles). The stickiness could be off-putting, but it is balanced very well by the sweetness and the slight bitterness of the hops, and it rounds this beer out nicely.

09-07-2009 18:30:51 | More by COBeerBuff
Photo of tosshin


4.95/5  rDev +28.9%

a: light amber, clear, small white head
s: apricots, lemon, pine needles
t: tastes like DFH 60 min with a nice blend of citrus and apricots. the sweetness of the fruit smooths out the hops
m: really smooth. the hop bite is smoothed out by the sugars in the fruit.
d: this is like the 60 min but better. I want this all year round. can't wait for next spring!

09-06-2009 00:06:01 | More by tosshin
Photo of kegger22


3.43/5  rDev -10.7%

Poured a dark amber with a modest head that quickly evaporated to nothing. The aroma was a little sweetish. The taste was sour fruits, could not find any sweetness promised by the aroma. The feed was medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation. Drinkability depends a lot on your own opinion of a sour beer. Mine is just "OK".

09-05-2009 00:31:19 | More by kegger22
Photo of capra12

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Reviewed on 8/21/09 solo special thanks to Kevin,

Appearance: Orange in color with 1 1/2 fingers of head

Smell: Sour fruit and hops.

Taste: Opens with slightly unripened apricots which is apparent throughout. Hops come in more towards the end and carryover into the aftertaste where there is also a tanginess.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability: I would have this again and surprisingly enough the alcohol isn't that apparent.

09-01-2009 03:06:38 | More by capra12
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

I likes me some apricots, ditto for American IPAs...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange hue, with two fingers of creamy white head, and very sparse lace. Its smells of apricot juice, citrus, and caramel malt. The taste is mild apricot essence, grainy caramel malt, and citrus hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body smooth, with a little fruity mealiness, and it finishes dry, some apricot fruitiness lingering. The extra booze is in no way apparent.

A very balanced and well made fruit-infused beer. I'd have another if I could.

08-30-2009 03:20:31 | More by biboergosum
Photo of hustlesworth


2.78/5  rDev -27.6%

A- clear reddish copper with golden highlights, nice firm fizzy beige head, and a good splattering of lace.

S- well, apricots and hops. with also some toasty and caramel aromas in the background with some brown sugar sweetness. i'm not really a fruit beer guy, but i love the addition of apricots to beer so i'm pretty sure this will be a winner. not mega-hoppy, but there are some pine and citrus notes and an indirect earthiness and band aids. apricots compete with and mostly drown out the hop aromas after a short time.

T- interesting stuff. this seems to be a rather run of the mill IPA with an overlay of apricot tartness. a rather lactic acid tartness. reminds me of a 2 beers i had from north carolina, except those didn't have apricots in them.. moving on, the ipa isn't all that bitter or hoppy, just a nice balance of woodsy hop bitterness and toasty caramel and bread. the apricots are unripe and relentless, but they do however add another layer to what i would consider a boring brew. finishes toasty and apricoty with a very mild grassy tea like bitterness and the taste of a light green pepper such as gypsy.

MF- dry and crisp, with ample carbonation giving it the juiciness of pineapple juice mixed with 7up.

D- sadly, i expected more from this one. 'a fruit beer for hop heads' does not really apply. it's just a mild pale ale with apricots in it. it's decent, but all in all, i won't be chasing after another one.

08-24-2009 00:52:02 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of srandycarter


3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

A - Standard honey, not much head or lace.

S - Fruit, I guess apricot, very light. Hops underneath? I am not sure.

T - Hops and tart Apricot. Interesting.

M - Medium body, medium everything. I just can't really latch onto this beer.

D - Interesting, but not a session for me.

08-21-2009 04:43:34 | More by srandycarter
Photo of washburnkid

New York

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%

Reviewed from notes. Keeping in mind freshness.

A: a little over one finger off-white head over a beauty of a brew. Amber, faint ruby and copper along the edges and the bottom. Frothy retention and some lacing.
S: bready malts, but I know this IPA is 5 months old now. Apricots, other stone fruit and berries on the nose. Very nice esters here.
T: sweet, ripe apricots delight my palate at first. Then it turns into a tangy, unripe and bitter nectarine with a citrus bite coming in briefly. Some yeast here too.
M: medium body with high carbonation.
D: I didn't finish this beer. In the moment, I wasn't in a fruity
Mood, I guess. The sweet apricot and citrus backbone of this IPA are interesting together. I'd like to try this one when it's really fresh.

08-18-2009 17:17:55 | More by washburnkid
Photo of DwnTwnBwn


3.88/5  rDev +1%

A - Deep copper and cloudy color. Came with a 2 finger head that fell and laced the glass well.

S - A good Hoppy piney aroma nose with a slight hint of sweet malt and apricots.

T - A lighter taste of light caramel malts and a decent amount of grassey hop notes. The Finish is good with a touch of apricots ending on a dry palette.

M - Medium bodied. Plenty of Carbonation.

O - This a very approachable experimental beer. The apricot flavor could have been a bit stronger but all around it's a good beer.

08-16-2009 03:35:53 | More by DwnTwnBwn
Photo of kzoobrew


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Pours orange to amber in color, thick and creamy white head. Retention in nothing more than decent with some clingy lacing left behind.

Aroma is a balanced well between piney hops, caramel malt and light fruity smells.

Taste starts out rather sweet with the apricots up front. This is soon balanced out by a solid yet not dominating hoppy bitterness. Balance seems to be the word of the day as the amlt back blends perfectly well with the fuit and hop flavors

Mouth feel is smooth with lively carbonation and a medium body.

Very enjoyable and easy to drink. Balanced through out with no one characteristic becoming too dominate. Very good beer.

08-13-2009 21:43:50 | More by kzoobrew
Photo of bigdan908

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

I poured this bottle into a pint glass at home.

A - The beer poured a very deep brownish orange. There was some head but it quickly dissipated. Thin lacing was present throughout the brew.

S - I definitely noticed the sweet apricot smell mixed with along with hops. I could also pick up a biscuity malt smell.

T - The initial taste is that of apricots. On the mid palette I noticed a very sweet citrus taste. The beer finishes with bitterness.

M - Very solid mouthfeel though it does seem a little syrupy.

D - Very easy to drink. I could not even tell this was an IPA due to the apricot sweetness.

Overall, I feel this is a very good brew. I am thoroughly impressed. This is one of the better brews I've drank recently.

08-11-2009 21:50:35 | More by bigdan908
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -16.7%

12 oz bottle poured into a hotel water glass (you make do with what you have!). Bottled on 2/12/09 - beer is about 6 months old.

A - Pours a brilliant orange with one finger of head - very cool color.

S - You can definitely smell the apricots on the nose, the underlying malt smell is also present.

T - Apricot, fruity, bit of a harsh bitterness (but not a hop bitterness). Maybe it is more a sourness that I'm tasting than a bitterness.

M - chewy, with a good amout of residual sweetness and high carbonation.

D - I don't know what to make of this beer. Bottle says it is an IPA, but it is more fruity than hoppy. I wouldn't go out of my way to try this again.

Interesting concept, but ultimately I'd rather have most of the other DFH beers instead.

08-06-2009 01:31:57 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of TheEremite


3.93/5  rDev +2.3%

Pours a brilliant, orange copper with a small white head that lasts to the last of the glass. It smells awesome. The apricots mix nicely with the hops. I was skeptical at first, but it was well thought out and balances nicely. Taste is as you'd expect from the aroma. It's on the sweet side for sure, but tastes great. The point where this beer falls apart is in the drinkability. Maybe if it were a little drier, then I'd see myself having a few glasses, but as it is I couldn't even finish one bottle. It's a splitter, but well worth a taste.

08-04-2009 22:10:51 | More by TheEremite
Photo of Buschyfor3


3.4/5  rDev -11.5%

16oz draft special at Flanagan's Ale House in Louisville, KY.

A: Deep amber-orange body with a slightly sticky, off-white head; head depth of about a finger that reduces to a few centimeters of bubbly lacing.

S: Tart apricot juice; leafy, citrusy hops. Really, the nose is tangy and slightly bitter. Not getting much of the malts over the tart apricot and hops. If you enjoy apricot, you'll get your fill here.

T: Again, tart apricot juice followed by some astringent hops - leafy, earthy/resin-like pine notes, some citrus rind bitterness too. The apricot and hops are followed by a small bready push from the malts, but the tangy apricot flavor comes right back to wallop the palate. Finish is drying, and some more malt characters come forth - some husk wheat notes, slightly buttery.

M: Slightly slick mouthfeel is the result of solid carbonation.

D: This IPA took me longer than normal to drink - the apricot flavor is strong and not for everyone's tastes.

Just like the Festina Peche, Aprihop is an interesting twist on a style, but not for everyone. Nice to try, but not one I would drink on a regular basis.

07-30-2009 04:07:46 | More by Buschyfor3
Photo of jjansen


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

all in all, a decent brew. I was pleased to see this on a drink list at a local hotel bar we frequent but was very apprehensive about drinking an apricot infused beer.

Perhaps I set the bar low or was just blown away but I really enjoyed this beer. I still prefer the 90-minute but I would buy this again.

07-29-2009 04:01:27 | More by jjansen
Photo of mltobin


3.88/5  rDev +1%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

The appearance is a light amber color with a one finger head. It looks good enough to drink. The smell has notes of apricot, hops, some sugar. After taking a sip, I would say that the taste of fruit is not overwhelming by any means, the hops are there, some maltiness, a nice taste, really. Mouthfeel is of apricots, hops, some sweetness, but a refreshing feeling overall left on your palate. Drinkability is above average, this is a great "fruit beer". DFH has a lot of very good and interesting beers and this is one of them, check this one out if you have not already done so.

07-23-2009 23:53:58 | More by mltobin
Photo of argock


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Bottled on date of 2/12/2009 on neck. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.75.

A: Very attractive orange-amber with absolute clarity coupled with 1-2 finger, pasty off-white head with decent retention and scattered small bits of lace.

S: Unfortunately, the first thing that leapt to mind with this aroma is fruity fungus smell. That hurts obviously. The herbal hops try to come through but the apricots are marginally successful at keeping them down. The malting is exceptional and probably will save this beer - it is substantial and sweet.

T: The malting is the only part of this beer that I can recommend, but it is so nicely done that it hides flaws in this beer very well. This is a highly drinkable beer in its current form, but I would love to see them ramp up the herbal, floral hopping to overtake the apricot fruit component which is so strong that it seems artificial. The hops are frankly hard to discern in this beer.

M: The mouthfeel is solid and very enjoyable with medium-full body and even carbonation with a long, fruity aftertaste.

D: Easy to drink but not a great value. It tastes a bit too much like Magic Hat #9 to recommend it -- Aprihop is much more substantially malted for certain, but the overall effect is not much different.

07-21-2009 02:51:12 | More by argock
Photo of wingman14


4.15/5  rDev +8.1%

Pours a very light straw yellow with a thick creamy white frothy head. The smell is yeasty up front with some apricot and hop smell, neither over powering, and suprisingly not as heavy as I thought. Taste is very similar to the smell, starts very yeasty and doughy, with the not very sweet apricot flavor following with a hop finish followed with a hop aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, refreshing and perfect for the summer. This one is very drinkable, but disappointing in the hop department, not IPA material. Yet the fruit isn't too sweet or overpowering, the hops do not dominate, a nicely balanced beer. Worth checking out.

07-12-2009 02:06:06 | More by wingman14
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

A: Clear golden carmel tone with thin head

S: Thin appricot tones amongst hay

T: Light appricot tart with a grainy hay taste. Little bitter, hoppy tone on the back end.

M: Light to medium body with slightly oily feel

D: Not enough apricot for an apricot beer, not enough hops for an IPA

07-08-2009 20:39:41 | More by rfgetz
Photo of cdpike


3.88/5  rDev +1%

Pours a beautiful golden amber with very nice but modest foam. Nose is big on apricot, a bit of citrus, and some caramelly malts. Medium bodied, the beer is very well carbonated, even a bit more than I would have expected. Taste is pretty bittersweet with apricot up front, almost a bit tart. The fruit comes through very strongly but the character of the beer hasn't been lost. It is a bit tough to tell that this is an IPA at heart, but the bitterness is there in the finish. With that said, I think I would lean toward categorizing this more as a hefty fruit beer than an American IPA. This beer is very easy to drink especially for a fairly high alcohol content, although I think I'll definitely need to be in the mood for it. A great achievement in brewing, but not for all occasions in my mind.

07-08-2009 03:26:41 | More by cdpike
Photo of CHickman

New York

4.35/5  rDev +13.3%

Had Aprihop at the Dogfish Head brewpub on tap, and then bought a 4 pack home for this review.

Pours amber in color with a nice ½ inch tan head and mild smells of apricot and hops, Very smooth IPA taste with a nice blend of apricot, malt and spice mixed in; medium to high carbonation with a nice dry, sweet finish; very enjoyable and different, an excellent summer beer!

On the 4 pack carrier it's stated perfectly: "A fruit beer for hop heads..."

07-06-2009 00:46:47 | More by CHickman
Photo of illidurit


3.23/5  rDev -15.9%

Pours dark amber with a smallish off-white head. Little lacing, decent retention. Aroma is very fruity, lots of citrus and tropical fruits with the obvious apricot note. Flavor is pale and caramel malt with cloying apricot jam and a dry, grassy finish. Slight caraway accent? Nice standard IPA palate with a light bitterness. Too sweet for me.

07-05-2009 10:12:17 | More by illidurit
Photo of oriolesfan4


2.63/5  rDev -31.5%

I love IPA's and even like fruit beers more than the average bear.. but I just couldn't dig this one at all. One of the first DFH beers I had trouble finishing, as I really like a lot of their other stuff. Just way too bitter and sweet for me.. its like as you drink it a sour apple lollipop is jammed into your throat and it just makes you pucker up. Very light bodied too so it kind of just slides right over the tongue without much time to appreciate any other flavor.. all your left with is sourness. Thought I'd enjoy this a lot.. I was wrong, but hey we can't be pleased all the time, DFH lost me on this one!

07-02-2009 23:01:44 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of bbeane


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... pours reddish in color with a light head that leaves some lacing. Retains a small head for the duration of the beer

S- Not real smelly. Slight hop smell but mostly disguised by a slight sour aroma. Don't taste the 7% abv

T- I think the apricot in the brew hides the typical hoppiness of the IPA. A little sour but tasty

M- Pretty light bodied, with medium carbonation

D- Not a mind blowing IPA but interesting and tasty enough that I would drink a few more


07-02-2009 02:42:00 | More by bbeane
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