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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,501 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,501
Reviews: 1,666
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 122
Gots: 399 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of GregSVT
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a nice amber with a big off-white head that slowly fades to a small layering and leaves behind tons of sticky lacing.

S: The nose is sweet tropical fruit and bready aromas and a bit of a hop bitterness in the background.

T: The taste is fruity apricot and sweet malt with a slight hop bitterness on the finish. Not exactly a huge hop monster but pretty good flavors throughout.

M: The feel is creamy and medium bodied. Very refreshing.

D: This is good and I plan to drink the whole 4 pack but it's not a top tier IPA by any means. This could use a bit more hops to balance out some of the sweetness.

Another good beer from DFH.

Photo of number1bum
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color, clear and of medium hue, with some bubbles rising to meet one finger of beige head. Keeps a thin but pretty full lace, and leaves some modest webbing on the sides.

Smell at first seems like a normal IPA, with an earthy, woody sort of hop quality to it, and then the apricots reveal themselves. It's a nice, fresh apricot aroma, slightly sweet and quite floral. It works nicely. There's also a toasty, biscuity, lightly sweet caramel malt component.

Taste consists of sweet caramel malt, with some toasted bread as well, sweet, ripe, flavorful apricots, and similar hop character as the nose. The apricots have more intense flavor than expected, like you'd get if you were eating apricot preserves rather than a fresh apricot. The hops are earthy, but there's some citrus too to go with the apricot. There's a decent amount of bitterness in the finish as well.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty crisp and nicely dry in the finish, a real plus given the sweetness of the apricots and caramel. Not as creamy as a typical IPA, but it's pretty smooth.

This is not an IPA I'd reach for with regularity but it's perfect as a spring seasonal. The apricots give it a refreshing quality but it still has some heft to it. I never picked this up before but I'm wishing I had. I'll definitely grab another 4 pack next spring.

Photo of Phelps
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely translucent faint copper with a bubbly white head that fades to a thin ring and sheen. Tons of champagne bubbles march to the surface.

I can smell sweet apricots and hops from about two feet away. A closer inspection reveals some interesting stuff: sweet crystal malts impart notes of rye bread and even a hint of chocolate, while the floral hops and apricots I noticed before entwine in concord. Bright, candied, clean. This is what summer smells like.

Wow, that tang was unexpected, brought about by the apricots imparting a sharp tart character. Lightly toasted malts give it a sweet and grainy backbone, while the Amarillo hops add some citrus and flowers to the mix. As it warms, the tartness falls off a bit and the toasty malts build pleasantly.

High carb, medium-light feel.

As an IPA, the subdued hop flavors leave a little to be desired. As a summer beer however, Aprihop performs admirably, delivering refreshing tartness to balance a balmy day.

Photo of Brez07
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a DFH pint glass. Bottled on 3/5/10

A: Nice translucent amber pour that leaves a 1 finger cream head. The head doesn't stick around for too long though. Some lacing on the glass

S: A mix of hops, wheat and some citrusy fruit, which I can only assume is apricot

T: Very similar to the nose, but the fruit comes out more here. Not overwhelming though. Citrus hops add a nice bitter touch

M: Great carbonation that attacks the palate. Bitterness left on the tip of the tongue. Crisp, clean and smooth

D: Very drinkable at 7%, could easily down a few of these with ease. A solid all around IPA with a unique fruit flavoring. Recommended for a great summer time brew

Photo of rootbeerman
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from 32oz growler into pint glass

A: poured deep copper, amber. with a finger or so of off white head.
S: hops are piny slightly citrus and floral. also is sweet malt aroma
T: a slight fruitiness, im assuming is the apricots its been awhile since ive had one. the pine and citrus hops are smooth and remind me of 60 min ipa with a bit of fruit.
M: smooth, almost creamy. carbonation is good, it was the firsyt pour of the growler,
D: very easy due to it similarity to 60 min and the added slight apricot.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear copper/amber color. Poured a 1 finger tan head that dissipated slowly to an even skim. Broken lacing slid down the glass a little.

S: Earthy and floral hops. Light-colored fruits; grapefruit and apricots. Little malt character.

T: Malt comes though in flavor; crackers and wet grain. Apricots and grapefruit in the middle. Sharp bitter for good balance.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and just a little resiny. Nice balance and bitter finish.

D: Fruit and floral character an interesting blend. Not sure I'd be a fan, but well worth trying. Personally, too much fruity flavor in beer fills me up.

Photo of WakeandBake
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden/amber color pour with a lasting foamy offwhite head , medium carbonation , lots of spotty lacing . Aroma of citrus hops, apricots , light nutty toasty caramel malt with just a hint of alcohol . Flavor is of piny and citrus hops wraping around a small amount of apricot , a nice toasty nutral malt flavor coming through at the end , finishes dry and hoppy . Full body with a crisp dry mouthfeel. Very drinkable and sessionable . The apricots mix very well with the whole IPA thing , very nice.

Photo of jpro
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from the 12oz bottle a crystal clear, tawny copper with a two finger bone white head. Retention dies down to a ring, leaving blobs of lace on the glass. Aroma is dominated by citrus notes and apricot; there's a touch of pine accompanied by caramel malt sweetness, too. Taste is tropical fruit hop-like and apricot - it's a nice blend of flavors. There's also a smidge of pine resin accompanied by a strong malt backbone. Mouthfeel seems a little oily, yet at the same time, a little thin. Drinkability is up there - this is refreshing stuff... hopefully it'll still be around in the summer.

Photo of EStreet20
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, 20 ounce nonic. Bottles on date of 2/22/10

A - Nice deep reddish copper. Nice sized (a little over a finger) off white head that stays around throughout the drink and laces the glass nicely.

S - Some earhty American hops. The apricots come through with a fruity kick on the nise.

T - Nice malt balance to a well bittered IPA with apricot fruit flavor shining through.

M - Nice and smooth. Medium body.

D - Fruit flavor is noticeable but does play well with the "real" IPA making it nice to enjoy one or two.

Notes: I like this. There are only a few fruit beers I go for but this one's pretty good. I saw Sam Caligione's (sp??) video where he said for a while DFH let the apricots come through too much in this one and they've recently reigned it in to get back to a real deal American IPA with apricots used for a unique touch. Seems like they're heading back that way, and I actually think the apricots could be scaled back even more and would still show their character and make this a remarkable IPA. As is it is definitely good and derfinitely unique.

Photo of SiepJones
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter

A: a very deep copper, with shades of amber. Fluffy inch of white head sits on top and really sticks to the sides of the glass on its way down.
S: Fruit and pine scents melds together to create and "Aprihop" nose.
T: A sweet fruit hop flavor up front, its not overpowering its just different from many of the citrusy hops flavors an IPA can have. The sweet fruit flavor is more of a berry flavor followed with some strong piney hops, there is also a slight malt presence.
M: A full, chewy mouth feel. There is lots of carbonation present and a bit of a dry finish.
D: Nice change of pace IPA, somewhat drinkable at 7% ABV, but has good fruit flavors making it a nice spring/summer seasonal brew.

Photo of oregonskibum
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Bright, clear copper color with a dense one+ inch, slightly off-white tan head that disappated slowly with some splotchy lacing.

S: Lots of hops upfront on the nose. Floral with some piney notes. But definitely a decent malt backbone. Some sweetness is evident.

T: The taste is a little fruit, but it's hard to say Apricot specifically. The hop flavors continue to dominate from the nose with a nice blend of floral and pine notes. A little on the sweet side with a decent malt backbone. Some caramal flavors mix in as well. Taste finishes with a little bitterness and perhaps some apricot (or maybe that's my imagination)

M: Medium body with decent carbonation. Maybe a touch on the sticky side, but not a detractor.

D: Nice IPA with some boosted floral and fruity notes. This was tasted fresh, which I think helps as the hops really come through nicely. Not sure this would rate nearly as well a couple months from now.

Photo of stewart124
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark copper in color with a fluffy tan head.

Lots of fruity aroma in the nose with a slight bubble gum note.

Big mouthfeel with just a hint of apricot in the very last taste and in the back of the mouth. Subtle and deliciously refreshing. Everything about this says IPA and yet the esters and fruit character come through just enough.

The carbonation is spot on and bolds well for this American IPA. Pine and a tart grapefruit sit on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Another tasty off-centered ale from Dogfish Head. Exactly what I'd expect.

Photo of prg1976
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours darkish amber with a decent off-white head. Some retention, slight amount of lacing.

Smells fruity with citrusy hops. Slight caramel malty aroma in the background.

Tastes better than I expected. Very hoppy with the slight flavor of apricots. Very nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel is good, drinkablility is outstanding. I could easily drink this all night.

Overall, a great springtime hoppy/fruity beer. Will be drinking this again for sure.

Photo of Cmuska902
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Classic IPA amber, with plenty of carbonation and a 1/4 inch head after a calm pour.

S: Definitely smells of sticky sweet classic IPA, floral notes, and fruity. Some piney hops, but not overbearing. The smell couldn't be much more titillating.

T: The flavor is reminiscent of the 60 minute IPA, with a fruitier, floral, and more complex taste. It is sweet upfront, a crisp taste of hops and carbonation lead way into a floral undertone that I found very prominent. Almost has a lilac flavor.

M: This beer is sticky and sweet, with a rather viscous mouth feel. My girlfriend described it as "thick" (I know, I know, that's what she said...). But nevertheless, this beer has a good mouthfeel, and that hoppy resin coats the tongue and teeth. Delicious, and begs for another sip.

D: Extremely drinkable. The bitter aftertaste really balances the sweet floral notes, and really dries the palate enough to warrant another sip...and another, and so on.

Photo of Natural510
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark ruby-bronze with massive amount of head which dissipates into a sturdy layer which rides the top of the drink.
Smells very floral & citric, with the apricot as a nice added touch.
Citric-pine hops to the forefront in quality IPA fashion. Light and smooth while alternately full in body. Apricot and grapefruit flavors complement each other well. Apricot element does not overwhelm the flavor. Satisfyingly bitter in the finish.
This is one tasty beer...basically 60 Minute with an added touch. I was apprehensive given my last apricot beer was the terribly mediocre offering by Pyramid in the early 1990s, but Aprihop shatters all preconceptions and makes for one dangerously drinkable IPA.

Photo of zoso1967
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a lovely deep amber with a reddish hue and nice slightly off-white head that sticks around and sticks to the sides of the glass. The aroma is perfume-esque with plenty of apricot, pine and floral notes. The taste is surprising and quite nice. It seems to have more citrus and pine hops than apricot, but the apricot is definitely still present. The combination of hops and fruit gives it a really nice floral flavor. Bitterness is impressive, but not overbearing. A lot more malt presence can be picked up in the taste, and it is a very toasty malt character at that. Medium bodied with a nice dry finish and good carbonation. Very drinkable, and with the recipe update for this season Aprihop is back to being a superb spring seasonal.

Photo of LyonsHead
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very dark orange, bordering on amber with a creamy off white head that stuck around

S: heavy dose of hops with a lot of dry fruitiness and a floral note. The apricot seems to have dropped off but they are still slightly present. There are some distinct caramel notes in the background

T: fruity from the onset. there is a distinct apricot flavor that is support very well by the fruity/floral hop character. This beer struck me as more of an india AMBER ale than a pale. But the heavier malt supports the hops for a great balance. There is a big caramel flavor at work here

M: Medium body with a wonderfully dry finish that creates a good profile for the hops and fruit

D: Pretty good beer. Don't normally love fruit beers but this one was thought through and well done. it was a highlight of fruit on an already good beer.

Photo of WOTO97
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: nice cream head tops an amber beer with nominal lacing

S: tons of apricot with nice grapefruit and faint malt sweetness

T: huge apricot and citrus throughout that mellows to a faint malt sweetness

M: stickiness and thickness that get gets more intense on the finish

D: first sip is incredible with nice intense fresh fruit flavors but the sweetness gets a little much

Photo of pastradul
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Holy apricots Batman!

pours a deep amber with a little bit of head that dissolves guickly, leaving a bit of lacing. Nice medium body with a perfect amount of carb.

as an interesting smokyness to it, like smoked/dryed fruit. A slight start with IPA qualities then a strong fruity taste.

A pretty unique and tasty brew! I would love to have this on cask or wine barrel aged!

Photo of pavyaz19
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised by how good this beer was. I'm not really into fruit beers whatsoever, but the Apricot taste is just mellow enough creating dangerous drinkability.

I would highly suggest this beer even if you don't like fruity ones. It seems like everything that comes out of Dogfish Head is top notch.

Photo of larryi86
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle dated 2/26/10 poured into a snifter

A- A lighter amber/orange color with a one finger white head.

S- Hoppy and earthy with hints of apricot

T- Starts out with a nice, somewhat hoppy taste that is very close to DFH 60 Minute IPA, and finishes with a smooth semi-sweet apricot taste.

M- Smooth, not too heavy and just goes down.

D- This is a great beer for the warmer spring and summer monthes. It is very refreshing and goes down easy. I wish that DFH would put it out both spring and summer this way I would not have to stock up so much in the spring.

Photo of Pahn
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Bottled on March 5, 2010; 2 months old.

Appearance: Free pour yields a one inch, off-white frothy head that dissipates rather slowly and leaves a small amount of lacing. Pours translucent amber and leaves occasional spots of lacing.

Smell: From the bottle, I get a very pleasant citrus/tropical fruit hop aroma. The same smell is present in the glass, with some apricot and earthiness coming out with warmth. This beer smells excellent, but the smell is unfortunately weak.

Taste: First sip: mild, decent tropical fruit hops, little bitterness, some apricot, then a very bland malt finish. From the second sip on, the flavor is dominated by apricot. The flavor is good... the malt backbone is occasionally there, the mouthfeel is nice, and the flavor is never too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, decent carbonation, creamy. The strangely absent-in-most-of-the-flavor bitterness builds up and makes itself known in the finish/aftertaste, and feels a little chalky, but it's not bad.

Drinkability: I suspect that this is beer is well-above average when fresh, but even 2 months old it's a very pleasant tasting IPA that hits the spot on a hot day. 7% ABV isn't aggressive at all.

I feel a little bad reviewing this beer 2 months old, but what can you do? It's not out of code or anything, it's just a little too old for an IPA. Anyway, I can't rave about this beer, but it's good. If you like apricot (i do), this is sort of a good-but-unremarkable vehicle for a really nice apricot taste. It has some aspects that suggest a great IPA, but it doesn't really get there for me. If I try this again fresh and it blows my mind, I'll rereview. As is, I'd still recommend it to friends looking for a solid and refreshing beer within the next month or two.

Photo of llllDrGONZOllll
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to a Sam Adams hyped up glass

The stem of the glass is a purdy gold, while the bulb when held to the light shines a brilliant amber. Tiny bubbles of a less than white head fades quickly into a resilient cap. The aromas from Aprihop are dominant IPA. That being said the faint existence of a light fruity apricot slide through almost undetected. The prior knowledge of their presence may be the only reason I can pick them out. Citric grapefruit, orange and a smidgen of lemon take the main stage. Very dry in the nose with very little grain in the aroma, uncharacteristic of a Dogfish IPA. The first taste hits the tongue with a balanced hop bitterness and sweetness from malt and fruit. The dry and hoppy ale leave very little aftertaste. The bitterness is easily over come my the carbonation and apricot. I believe I can pick out some bread, caramel and yeasty blends that quickly fade. The ale was built for warm weather drinking and I find it to be refreshing for the hot spring days. Aprihop has inspired me to hop a Hefe blended with apricot. I will be writing the recipe for it with another Aprihop in hand.

Photo of Bfarr
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aprihop is a clear, slightly orange amber with a generous tan head with good lacing. It's somewhat darker than I would expect for an apricot IPA. However, the barley aroma mixed with fruit and alcohol explain the color. Apricot taste balances nicely with bright hops and sweet barley and alcohol. There is a bit of a twangy barley mouthfeel but it has good carbonation and bitterness lingers nicely.

This seems to be a marriage between the taste of the 60 min with the 90 min and apricots thrown in to boot. Everything balances out nicely, the apricots are not overwhelming, and even the barley gives it a nice added dimension.

Photo of RTrain12
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this one up at my local Binny's on sale for "April craft beer month". This was bottled on 2-22-2010 and Drank on 5-1-2010. 12oz. Bottle poured into my pint glass.

A: Pours a dark golden brown with a tanish head measuring 3/4". Some carbonation in the glass with some lacing.

S: Picking up some apricots, hops, and some citrus.

T: Little bitter at first with some apricots. Finishes piney with some grapefruits in there. Dont taste much alchol at all.

M: I'd call this a light to medium bodied beer with very little carbonation.

D: This is a good beer! I think its alittle to pricey for a four pack. I think that for most of DFH brews. But they are worth it. I would only drink 2 of these in one sitting, and leave the other 2 for another time. I would consider this as a 4-pack per year beer.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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