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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,474 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,474
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 112
Gots: 362 | 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002)
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Photo of samie85
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Originally reviewed 4/17.

A-Pours a dark coppery red with a with a two finger white head.

S-I'm getting mainly apricots with some floral hop notes with some pine.

T-Pine, grapefruit and apricots with a hint of alcohol. Pretty tasty.

M-Light end of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D-Light and easy drinking yet very flavorful and enjoyable especially since I'm not the biggest apricot fan.

Photo of TCgoalie
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A fluffy half finger head appears atop a reddish copper hue. The color combination reminds me of a sunset. Very pleasant.

There are a lot of piney notes in the nose with a bit of spice. The apricot shines through after agitating the glass.

It is hard to pick out where the hops begin and where the fruit ends. Or where the fruit begins and the hops end. There is a nice balance of fruitiness within the hops that coexist well with flavors of pineapple, orange, and of course apricot. The malt takes a back seat to round out the flavor. This is much nicer than last year's ('09) batch.

A medium bodied IPA with less than average amount of carbonation.

I am having an enjoyable time drinking this and feel I could continue through several and still be entertained.

Photo of 33nickadams
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- OK look, very transparent amber red color, about a finger of head that laces nicely as it is consumed
S- Really loving the smell
T- Really good tasting! I like how the hops goes right along with the apricot.
M- Goes down well, but leaves the mouth a little dry
D- I could drink a couple of these, but the sweetness might get to me.

Overall, a pretty good beer. I like pairing the apricots with the hops. I think that IPAs could be paired more with other tastes like this.

Photo of squidbrand
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle (02/22/10) into inappropriately small Ikea tumbler.

A: Deep, reddish amber with a moderately tight one-finger head. Doesn't retain forever, but a healthy surface film remains. Thick lacing. Nice.

S: Surprisingly pleasant blend of apricot and citrus hops. The citrus notes aren't well-defined in and of themselves, but they add complexity to the apricot. It's apricot scent for the sophisticated gentleman. This is a big step up from Magic Hat No. 9, and the beer's strongest point.

T: Surprisingly dry, with sharp hop bitterness and, of course, dried apricot notes. Teases a good finish, but it gets swallowed up by alcohol taste, especially as the beer warms in the glass. Interesting, but a missed opportunity.

M: No big surprises for an American IPA. Healthy fizz. Too much alcohol warming.

D: Bitter balance and overly apparent alcohol make me not especially excited to grab another one of these.

An interesting but flawed beer that is worth trying for the aroma. I'd like to try it with an English cheese if I get the chance, but I probably won't be seeking this one out.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: nice 1.5 finger head rises up in my tulip glass which is fluffy and fades semi slowly. Its a crystal clear amber toasty orange almost reddish brown colored.

N: Some bright hops, a little pine, fresh musty hop, citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, all on the lighter side, then a little malt and touch of apricot fruit.

T: More spicy hops, some bitterness with little citrus and fresh musty hops. Quite a bit of apricot taste too. Fruit forward but not overpowering. Still somewhat refreshing. Pretty much how you would expect DFH to do a fruit beer. Juicy tasting with a slight malt.

M: Medium to lighter body with tons of carbonation.

F: A bitterness washes over that's not as pleasant as the first bitterness. Not really sure what it is, perhaps the drying fruit flavor. The fruit is there as well but not as much. Its pretty dry too that goes along with thi bitterness. The hops are a spicy and dry astringent taste, perhaps thats the unpleasant part.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours an amber color with an orange hue. Very clear with effervescent bubbles rushing to the top. A one finger off white head the quickly reside to a layer of foam on top. Nice lacing left behind.

Smells of cereal malts (captain crunch), some sweet apricots, and some light citrus/grapefruit hops. Reminds me of 90 minute IPA with some apricots.

Tastes of a light caramel sweetness, cereal malts, hint of apricots and a light citrus hops.

Light bodied, well carbonated, slightly prickly bubbles, and a bit dry.

Easy drinking.

Photo of stakem
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes taken 3/24/10

Served in a pint on tap at Al's. Pours a dark amber color that is quite clear. Minimal powers of retension displayed by the minuscule amount of white head that had appeared. Nose is a pleasant aroma of citrus hops and fruity citrus zest. Taste is citrus and fruity upfront from a blend of hops and the addition of apricots. It has a slightly spicey and warming alcohol bite. Only a minor amount of bitterness is present despite the initial hop
character that the nose led on. Light feel and low amount of carbonation. Very drinkable but the alcohol was a bit more pronounced than expected. The apricot addition is an interesting swing to the style. Regardless it blends well with a mix of alcohol and hop character which leaves an interesting mix of flavors left clinging on the tongue.

Photo of OttoBomb
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into Dogfish Head signature glass (March 23, 2010). Bottled on date of "2/22/2010" is printed on the neck of the bottle.

A brewery famous for it's East Coast style fruity, malty IPA's decides to make an IPA with apricots. Seems like a good fit to me...

Eyes: Pours a deep amber, apricot color, with no haze. A one finger fluffy ecru head appears and dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is quite thick.

Nose: Citrus hops dominate with a significant apricot aroma. Quite a nice marriage of the aromas.

Tongue: The characteristic Dogfish IPA citrus and malty bitterness are here, with a supporting apricot flavor profile. This is an IPA in every way, with the dried fruit flavor mingling nicely with the apricot. The 7% ABV is surprisingly noticeable.

Mouth: Low carbonation, but appropriate.

Libation: I don't have a real opinion of apricots one way or another, so as a beer addition I'm kind of neutral. I liked the nose better than the flavor, but to me this is only a slightly above average beer. My only complaints is that bit too much of the apricot bitterness finds it's way into the aftertaste and that the alcohol is evident despite the relatively low ABV. A good beer, especially if you like apricots, but not a go-to IPA.

Photo of pvsob
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Deep copper color with a half inch, creamy head. Moderate carbonation holds the head in place for the entire pint. Crystal clear clarity and great lacing.

S- Citrus hops, light apricot, and malt. As the beer nears room temperature or above, some alcohol aroma comes through.

T- Malt/apricots help create an initial sweetness that is followed by a nice hop bitterness. Ends with a nice combo of bitter and sweet from the hops and fruit. A well balanced, fruit IPA.

M- Medium feel with a nice level of carbonation. Smooth, but not sticky.

D/O- Another tasty IPA from the guys at DFH. The apricot doesn't overpower any of the other aspects of this IPA. I could easily enjoy 2-3 of these beers before the alcohol became a problem. I will definitely purchase and drink this brew again. Cheers.

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

12oz bottle into SN hop pint glass.

A: Pours a ruby amber with a finger of of- white head that quickly reduced into a thin film leaving some sticky lacing.
S: A mix of sweet apricot juice and old dried apricots with grassy hop undertones.
T: Way more hops than the smell. Palet is initially hit with grassy bitter hops that then give way to a sweet fruity apricot finish. Not as sweet as the nose would suggest, but apricot juice is defiantly present. Has a bit of a papaya-passion fruit twang to it as well.
M: Carbonation is pleasant and body is medium. There is no syrupy slickness to this beer as there are with some beers that are flavored with fruit. Feel is smooth and creamy and goes well with the fruity taste.
D: This is a surprisingly good IPA. The underlying hops are not lost by the addition of the apricot, nor are the sweet fruit flavors overpowered by the bitter hops. A highly drinkable beer and another fine example of DFH's creative abilities.

Photo of Thur123
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a solid copper color with a frothy head of nearly two fingers that fades slowly and steadily. The smell is a slightly tart apricot sweetness with some hop fruitiness, but it takes a back seat to the apricot, as expected.

Glug glug glug

Yep, apricots. In the flavor profile the apricot flavor seems to rest in the malt, allowing a really nice flowery and fruity hop edge to come through and share the palate. Overall a nice aspect on a great style IMO. The apricots a little overdone but as far as a lot of fruit beers go, this is good.

Photo of ghostee
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a red amber color with minimal head and good lacing.

Smells like apricots and hops. Not entirely unexpected.

Tastes like... apricots again, would've thunk it. Plus some grassy hops. Alcohol is hidden. Overall a smooth taste with fruity overtones and some hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel is lighter bodied with higher carbonation. Leaves a slight bite to the tongue.

Drinkability on these is medium. I COULD have a few of these, but prefer to stop at one and switch to something else. I wouldn't want to session these, not because they'd be hard to, but because the fruityness might get boring after a while.

Overall, this is a tasty beer. Good, not great. I wouldn't buy these for myself, but I'll drink one when the GF picks them up.

Photo of rmolledo
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a Golden Honey Hue and runs thick with big bubbles and no head.

S: Malt, Citrus, Hops, and fruit

T: Phenomenal. The Apricots hit you right away and mellows out any bitterness . a hint of a pine like taste possible from the hops used. Isn't as hoppy as one would expect of an IPA from these guys, But well balanced. Floral taste as it warms up. You'd Swear there was mostly Apricot juice in this beer.

MF: nothing spectacular. Minimal Carbonation that fizzes on the tongue a little.

D: One of my favorites from DFH. Easy to drink for a 7%. More of an Apricot flavored Imperial Pale Ale IMO, When I think IPA I think Lots of Hops. Really pleasant though especially this time of year (late april).

Photo of KAVSE
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Thin head quickly disappears leaving faint lacing on the sides of the glass.

A: Pours a coppery brown with a slightly lighter gold towards the bottom.

S: The aroma smells of delicate fruits, floral hops, resin and malts. I was expecting to be knocked over with apricot smell and the usual DFH alcohol notes but was pleasantly surprised how subtle and balanced the smells are.

T: Tastes like a balanced IPA with fresh apricots. The apricot flavor is not overwhelming or "cheap" tasting; the fruit, malt, and hops seem in a perfect balance.

M: Not a lot of carbonation which I feel is a signature of DFH beers. It's creamy feature compliments the delicate apricot notes perfectly.

D: Insanely drinkable. Definitely a beer you could drink a few of and not feel like you'd had a meal, but substantial enough @ 7.0 ABV to give you pause. Beware: friends wanting a sip might steal it from you!

Photo of BigDoug
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mad Mex. Big Azz beer special. 22oz draft!

I absolutely love this beer! I had it for the first time last month out of a bottle and loved it. It's even better on tap!

Pours a very beautiful dark amber with nice clarity. Has a very rich creamy slightly off white head that stays for a bit. Leaves ok lacing.

The smell is perfect! Aprihop is the best name for this beer cuz it smells like a hop with apricot accents. Sweetness from the arpicot and an awesome aroma from the hops. Also picking up a little malt aroma in the back. It's one of the best parts of this beer.

The taste is out of this world good! I can't believe this beer is only rated a B+ overall. I had this with my Mexican food and it paired sooo good with it. The apricot and hoppy flavors went awesome with the tortilla chips and salsa. Went great with my spicey chicken burrito too! Has a big apricot flavor but not overpowering cuz the hops really make an appearance in the flavor. The flavor really gets better as it warms a bit. Great bitterness. Mild bitterness but just great with the apricot notes. I don't like fruit beers much but this is the best fruit beer hands down. Definately would call the a fruit IPA.

Mouthfeel was perfect for this one. Nice creamy medium body. As it warms, it just gets better. Carbonation was very good.

Drinkability was great considering the pretty big 7% abv. I would have gotten another 22oz draft if I wasn't so stuffed from my huge burrito! Another fantastic make from Dogfish Head!

Photo of cpetrone84
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-clear red copper colored beer with a white head and no lace or retention.

S-this is quite appricot forward, all hops and tropical fruit notes but mostly appricot. Slightly resignous in the back.

T-tons of appricot throughout, pretty straight forward and one dimension. Some notes of pine in the back with a light hop bitterness

M-smooth and creamy, very soft on the palate. Medium bodied and a little syrupy. Good carbonation with a crisp finish.

D-not creative and unique, they aren't pushing the envelope like they normally do; this is appricot in taste and a nice hoppy IPA. Smooth and easy drinking with enough bitterness to keep it an IPA and not a fruit beer

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a Brooklyn tulip glass.

Appearance: Deep amber color; poured a decent sized head that subsided very quickly. Some carbonation bubbles come up.
Aroma: Obviously, the apricot stands out immediately, but this smell isn't as straightforward as I thought it would be; a very strong scent of red liquorice comes out. After a couple whiffs, I think the red liquorice is actually stronger than the apricot. The hoppiness is there in the smell but more or less hidden by the fruity notes and a bit of pine.
Taste: Again, the apricot is more subdued than you'd expect. A great balance between hops and fruit, much more so than in the smell. The red liquorice is there, but the bitterness from the hops makes it taste more like strawberries. As the beer warms up a bit more, the apricots get stronger and stronger.
Mouthfeel: A very thin, smooth IPA. Not a big aftertaste, which makes this a bit weaker than most Dogfish offerings. But, the crispness of this makes me think I could have several and still have it taste fresh.
Overall: Very drinkable, and for a beer that's 7.0ABV, you'd never know that it packs a bit of a punch.

Photo of ugaterrapin
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a pint glass. I was not expecting much because I am not much of a fruit beer person. DFH converted me or at least made a damn good beer. The aroma has a strong apricot smell. I immediately was not happy. I tasted the beer next and it made up for everything. There was an incredible fresh hop taste. The apricot flavor was a accent to the overall great hop flavor. This beer is incredibly balanced. It is hard to place it into a category, but I must say it is a great IPA.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a clear auburn with a solid white head that is well-retained.

Delicate hops and apricot give a sweet and slightly floral scent. Not much in the way of malt as apricot dominates the aroma.

Flavor is a progression of hops, apricot, and what I presume are caramel and crystal malts. Malts provide a good body, yet are nicely subdued allowing the primary flavors to stand out. Apricot and hop bitterness work well together. Finish is slightly dry and on the shorter side.

Mouthfeel is fairly light with somewhat frothy carbonation. I would prefer more crispness for this particular beer.

Good spring/summer beer when you're looking for a change of pace. Not sure about some of the criticism of the apricot flavor (supposedly artificial), as it's pretty spot-on. I would rate this as slightly better than the Pyramid apricot brew.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear, ruby caramel color. A thick, creamy white head forms upon pouring and remains throughout. Pleasantly effervescent. Great sticky lace.

Smell: Some sweet roasted malt, apricots, other citrus flavors contribute to the hoppy nose.

Taste: Very smooth transitions in the flavor. It starts a bit sweet, with an obvious apricot presence. Hops stick with the apricot theme, with a little citrus kick in there as well. Finishes surprisingly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, with medium carbonation. Drinks lighter than it is. Oily on the finish.

Drinkability: Pleasant taste, but not spectacular. An interesting experiment, and something I would have as a change of pace. The biggest problem is that DFH has better choices in the same category.

Photo of irishking1977
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber/copper hue with a moderate head. An abundance of lacing is left, as the head dissipates. Not bad.

S: Aromas of hops, fruit, (apricot, duh) and a mild metallic-like scent in the nose. Hmmm.

T: Hoppy and mildly bitter, mingling with a somewhat potent apricot taste/aftertaste. Less is more sometimes; this reminds me of a hoppier version of Magic Hat's # 9, which I liked at one point, but realized that it's just way too fruity and sweet. This one teeters on the border of being a bit too sweet due to the apricot flavor. Not terrible, but a more subdued apricot flavor would have made this one a much better brew.

M: Decent carbonation, and quite oily. Mildly creamy. Bitterness doesn't linger on the palate as long as most IPA's tend to do, which is a little unusual. Still, pretty well balanced.

D: Would this get a repeat attempt from me? Perhaps. But again, it reminds me a bit too much like a #9 IPA; slightly cloying. Not as much so as #9, but it's close.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
1.6/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Apricots? Sure! IPA? Sure! Together? Hell no.

I really wanted to like this. Apricots are one of my favorite fruits, and IPAs make me happy. Why cant this bee good? It lacks any of the nuanced silkyness that an apricot has, and simply assaults your mouth with a silly sweetness, a dimensionless bitter, and a dirty after taste.

Dogfish head, this is very borderline.

Photo of BuckyFresh
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12oz bottle into a large wine glass. The appearance of this beer is almost like a sunset in my glass. It goes from a golden yellow at the bottom of the glass to a ruby color near the top, with little to no haze throughout. A wonderfully frothy two-finger tan head holds on for quite some time. Quite a bit of sticky lacing as well. There is also a single pillar of decent carbonation in the center of the glass.

Smell: At first smell, I detected quite a bit of hop aroma, with just a little fruitiness discernible. As I dialed my senses in however, I really started to pick up the apricot aroma I was hoping for. It fits in really well with the citrus and pine notes normally found in an IPA, and in my opinion, adds a depth and balance that can sometime be lacking in beers of this variety.

Taste: It kind of surprised me how up front the apricot is in the flavor of this one. It's also incredibly creamy in texture, and achieves a great balance between bitter citrus zest and malty/apricot sweetness. Normally I would expect the hops to round out the flavor experience in an IPA, but here it seems that the apricot is most pronounced at the beginning and end of tasting. The hops are there, and there with authority, but they're not the only players on this stage!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a lovely creamy texture. The hops are crisp and pleasant, but the flavor is complex, refreshing, and easy to drink. The beer finishes quite clean, with pleasant notes of apricot to coax you into further consumption.

Drinkability: Not bad for 7% ABV. On a hot summer day, I could help myself to a few of these.

Honestly, my expectations were kind of low with this one, as I'm usually not impressed with experimental-type beers. I have to say, however, that this was one of the best beers I've had recently.

Photo of avalon07
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a clear texture. There was a thin head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: Underplayed aroma of apricots, malt, hops, and some citrus.

T: Tasted of sweet malt, apricots, mild hops, and perhaps a little lemon. Not the most dynamic or zesty of flavors, but still decent.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a slightly slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but not the greatest thing DFH has ever produced.

Photo of AleWatcher
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I thought DFH could do no wrong... until I picked this one up last year. I heard lots of people say it wasn't up to par, so here I am giving the 2010 batch a shot.

Poured a deep and clear ruby/amber color with a slightly tan head that has great retention and incredibly thick lace. This beer is surprisingly dark, but really does look good in my dainty Bell's tulip.
Sweet malts and apricots jump to the front of the nose-- already a marked improvement from last years batch! Some graininess in the malt, not sure I can explain it though.

A dry rye flavor hits me first with the hops and apricot blending into one taste and lasting through the finish to leave a sweet apricot/hop bite on the back of my tongue. There is almost a coffee vibe in terms of the bitterness, it even seems to present a hint of coffee flavor. This is not as good as I was hoping for (expectations are pretty high with DFH), but much better than last year. After a few more sips I'll add the finish is a little more dry than I'd originally thought... I'm guessing a lot of the sugars from the apricots got fermented.

This is a little too thick and a little undercarbonated for me. I'm glad I got to try this, but I probably won't buy it again. I'll save my $ for other DFH brews!

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 4,474 ratings.