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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,225 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,225
Reviews: 1,654
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 99
Gots: 274 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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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gregmoscetti

California

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

I could put these back all day. And did.

My friends and I had a BBQ recently and I put a four pack of these in my fridge. I opened one up and was immediately hit with the apricot smell. I was not sure what i was in for, but upon taking the first sip, I decided that this beer was great.

Apricot is a funny beer additive in the sense that there isn't much middle ground. Pyramid's apricot is weak, Magic Hat #9 is poorly balanced, but the Aprihop strikes it perfect. The taste is subdued by the alcohol content and the booze is masked by the apricot. You never realize you are drinking something pretty strong.

Until you're 3 in the hole of course.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 15:47:32 | More by gregmoscetti
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nrbw23

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a dark ruby color with a nice off white head. Head has nice retention and leaves little lacing.

S- Smells of grain along with sweet malts and some apricots are there, but there's a definite lack of hops in the aroma for a beer called an IPA.

T- There really isn't much hop bitterness at all. Mild flavors of apricot and bready malts hang around towards the finish. The apricot flavor comes back again at the last second.

M- Medium in body and nice carbonation.

D- I think I could easily drink a few of these. The first thing I thought of after my first sip was Magic Hat #9 only bigger.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2009 03:31:57 | More by nrbw23
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ironlung

California

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

Dark ruby red. Pencil thin head. No lace. Smells like beer. No apricots shine thru. Taste is really smooth. Too smooth. Neither hops or apricots are detectable. This is just a really drinkable ale that dosen't shine in any way except that the 7% seems more akin to a 3%.

Overall: A good beer for the girlfriend. I liked it but 10 bucks a four-pack is a rip-off.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2009 02:00:56 | More by ironlung
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rugerj

Virginia

3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a light caramel color with some orange highlights. Nice 1 finger head that dissipates quickly, minimal lacing in glass. Sweet apricot and hops dominate the smell. Taste is of citrus hops up front that follow with a bite of apricots, some sweet malt is present with help with the balance of the beer. Mouth feel is good, not too much carbonation.

Fruit beers are generally not my thing and this beer is no exception. However, this is still a well made beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2009 13:45:25 | More by rugerj
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lstokes

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA mashed up with a fruit (apricot) beer? It's a really inspired blend, something that immediately became a classic of both styles for me, and which I'm rating highly in large part just because it is so unique--I can't think of anything else quite like it.

The nose is full of apricots and spicy citrus hops, and the taste is even more of both, in a very very good way--moving from a little toasted malt through the apricot juice and finishing with the spicy hops. It's got a nice carbonation and tastes clean and crisp, and I thought it was highly drinkable--would absolutely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2009 04:23:51 | More by lstokes
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biggred1

Indiana

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

Reddish orange with a mousse like head of cream colored foam that leaves fine lace on the glass. Smells of apricot and steely hops and faintly of roasted malt. Much bigger flavors than the nose suggests, Bitter fruity hops with malt struggling to get through to balance. Definately apricot heavy. Medium slippery mouthfeel with crisp carbonation that adds to the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 23:07:51 | More by biggred1
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DoctorDog

Ohio

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. "BOTTLED ON 03/04/09"

A- Clear and copper. Pours with 3 fingers of light tan head, which fades slowly to a solid cap; excellent retention. Ample lacing.

S- Spicy apricot and citrus hoppiness. After the initial burst, the spicy essence becomes more prominent.

T- Wow, the apricot is really shining through big here. Sweet-and-sour fruitiness. Bitterness is moderately low.

M- Well carbonated and crisp.

D- Decent. Easy enough drink, and alcohol is blended well. Probably too fruity for me to want more than one at a time.

Future outlook: Interesting drink. I like apricots, and this captured their essence in beer form fairly well. I would think that if you don't care for apricots, don't bother. Not any sort of a craver or go-to seasonal, but I can see getting another single of this at some point, or looking to find some food pairings.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 02:54:09 | More by DoctorDog
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Mauerhan

California

3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

stop number two on my night. pours a muddled orange into my snifter with a one finger flash of white head off a very aggressive center pour. the head fades quickly and leaves a few random spots of lacing.

smell is not my favorite. pretty dominate apricot aroma. kinda smells like grandma. some hops but they are pretty well masked by the apricots.

taste is pretty much like the smell. it leaves me with a slight malt sweetness that i think is a partly because of the apricots.

not really huge on this. a very noble attempt with this but i dont think that my palate is ready for this. but definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 06:23:31 | More by Mauerhan
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Bought From: The Coffee Grounds (Eau Claire, WI)

Appearance: Amber. No lacing along the glass.

Smell: Light hop aroma.

Taste: One of the sweeter IPA's that I've had, which can be attributed to the apricots. Well carbonated, and perhaps a little too sweet. Everytime I take a sip I keep wondering where this dark malt flavor is coming from. The color of the beer isn't darker than your average IPA, but I keep tasting a dark malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. As said before, well carbonated so it goes down easy.

Drinkability: It's a beer worth trying, but I don't think I'd pick it up again unless I went to one of their ale houses on the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 00:54:16 | More by Ek0nomik
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bluetravlr

Colorado

3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber coloring. Very little head. Absolutely no lacing.

S: Hoppy, slightly spicy citrus smell. Subtle apricot as well. Not very overwhelming.

T: There is definitely the flavor of apricots. This is sweet at first until matched by a dry, hoppy bitterness. Leaves a subtle, dry aftertaste with bitter, woody notes.

M: Very light for an IPA. Overly carbonated.

D: For housing a 7%ABV this beer is extremely drinkable. The apricot might get old after a few, but otherwise this could definitely qualify as a session beer.

I have to say, compared to other Dogfishhead beers I was very underwhelmed. I was expecting more from this beer, especially in terms of body. Worth trying, but I won't be buying another for some time.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 23:55:08 | More by bluetravlr
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magictrokini

California

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First time with the fruit/IPA. Pours clear orange with a big foamy white head. Moderate lacing. Fresh apricots mixed with slightly piney hops and light caramel in the nose. Light, medium-carbonated mouthfeel. Fresh citrus and mild pine hops up front complimented nicely with the apricots which burst through in the middle. The malt is much lighter than expected, and lets the apricot taste come through without making it too sweet or sticky. Earthy, fruity finish that's not too long. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 23:23:26 | More by magictrokini
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wchesak

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head shaped glass

A - nice copper hue, almost an apple cider just lighter, had some decent head build that was mounded in certain places, left a decent amount of lace

S - the apricot and citrus hops smell blend well together, i think the apricot hits first and meddles with the citrusy smell from the hops

T - tart apricot tastes leads off and is followed by the bitter/citrus of the hops, slight malt background

M - good carbonation, finish is very clean after the bombardment of flavor, lingering apricot taste felt on the sides of the tongue

D - alcohol is masked completely, as a beer with fruit additions it certainly stands out in having a good 2 or 3 abv more than the average fruit beer, however it is also multidimensional in its taste and therefore could be enjoyed one after another

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 23:21:41 | More by wchesak
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BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dogfish hop's Aprihop, in bottle. A clear dark amber brew with a wispy head that managed to leave respectable lacing. Lots of fruit in the nose, apricots that is, along with some hops and caramel. Medium on the palate and bursting with apricot flavor. Toasted malt is discernible upfront. It is followed by a big juicy apricot flavor in the center. The hops see this thing out with a little spice. Not a bad brew....if you like apricots.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 23:06:15 | More by BeardedBoffin
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Apricot colored? Light-copper color and very clear. The head is surprisingly impressive for a fruit beer. OK lacing and decent retention.

S- Caramel, apricots, bread, and a fruity blend of hops.

T- Very complex for a beer with fruit in it, but this is Dogfish Head. Starts off fruity/caramel sweet and cereal-like with tastes of fresh, warm apricot bread. Progresses into a floral, bitter, somewhat dry, almost tart feeling. Could be perfect with more of that second stage of bitter tartness.

M- Dry, slightly juicy and lightly carbonated

D- Very drinkable by itself or with a wide selection of food, like most pale ale

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2009 02:33:15 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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surfer4life

California

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark copper with a small head. The head hung around half the drink and had minimal lacing.

S - Apricots, Honey, nutmeg and...Hops! Believe it or not, the Apricots is the weakest smell here. Very bready malt too.

T - A little bit of sour fruit on the front, minimum hop bitterness though. Big apricot taste on the finish. Not what you would expect from an IPA.

M - Medium bodied with a good carbonation level.

D - So so, I guess if I had other bad things to choose from I'd go for this, but would rather have a 90minute.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 23:12:53 | More by surfer4life
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trbergman

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Warm copper hue with a short, creamy head that disappears quickly.

S - Bread, caramel, a subtle apricot aroma, and citrusy hops.

T - Malts produce a toffee and caramel backdrop for a sweet and tangy apricot flavors. Fruit and grain mesh pretty well with the citrusy hop flavors. Bitterness is moderate, but checks the sweetness of the apricots.

M - Medium body, smooth and creamy.

D - A tart and refreshing take on the American IPA. I wouldn't consider it a go-to beer, but it's very nice for a warm spring day.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 01:23:09 | More by trbergman
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Florida9

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

drank @ Hopleaf

served in a "modified pint glass"

A: Light brown with a yellowish tint. Two fingers of very creamy head.

S: Apricots are the first thing you smell. Not overwhelming, but certainly make their presence known. Then lemons, alcohol, and sour wild yeasts.

T: Tart lemons with faint apricots. Virtually no malts, sweetness, or hop character. Reminds me of a sugarless radler, if there were such a thing to exist.

D: I don't get this beer. I just don't see it being considered a APA as it is noticeably devoid of hops, but, there is little in the way of malts either. Really just a lot of lemon essence and sour twanginess. If I wasn't in a bar and hadn't just paid $6 for it, I most likely would have been pouring this one down the drain. I wonder if this batch was bad, or the keg near empty or something, anything to explain this beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2009 00:59:33 | More by Florida9
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willjschmidt

California

3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a medium-amber color with a white head.

S: Mostly fresh fruit in the nose, a bit of sweet malt as well.

T: Decent balance between the malt and the fruit, but in the end the apricots win. Slightly sweet cake male base, similar to that of 90 minute IPA. The apricots add an interesting flavor to the beer. It's a little bit sweet and quite tart as well. Citrusy and woody hops in the finish.

M: Active carbonation, medium bodied.

D: A tasty and easy to drink brew. I would probably classify this one in the fruit beer category rather than IPA but we all know that DFH beers are impossible to place in a category.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 21:27:23 | More by willjschmidt
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HopHead84

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is an apricotish orangish gold color, if you can picture that. The head is about one finger high and white with decent retention and a little lacing.

The aroma is of citrus hops with some subtle apricot. The malt is sweet and caramely. I don't
get a lot of hops or apricot here. No alcohol is detectable. The apricots are a bit more noticeable in the flavor, but they're rather dull. The caramel malt imparts some sweetness that add to that of the fruit, and the level of bitteress is low-medium.

Light bodied with good carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

This beer isn't all that hoppy or apricoty.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 16:45:03 | More by HopHead84
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timmah427

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a dark amber with a tiny head that disappears completely after a second. Looks like a fizzy, lighter colored soda.

S - The first smell that hits you is apricot, accompanied by plum and other dark fruit and a hint of bready malt.

T - Sweet fruit. The sour apricot taste dominates this beer and really covers up any hop flavor. The only part of the taste that I enjoyed is that you start to get a hint of breadiness from the malt after a few minutes of drinking it.

M/D - Too fizzy and thin. The sweetness helped to make it seem a little thicker, but the overall sweet/sour apricot taste just made it hard to stomach. Not a terrible beer, but I definitely won't be spending any more money on this.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 04:01:48 | More by timmah427
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williamherbert

New York

2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright, clear orange. Slowly upfloating bubbles. Big ole puffy head with staying power. Awesome.

Overwhelming apricot aroma. Sweet and flowery. Hops are an accent -- may have softened. Some bready yeast and ale malt.

The taste is mostly sweet, pungent apricot (naturally). Hops bring up the rear in a flowery way, but fade quickly leaving apricot & peach aftertaste. Way too cloying and sweet, like Smirnoff Ice.

Creamy and bold feel. A little gruff and ashy. Substantial. It's #9 with an extra hop character. A noble failure.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 16:17:56 | More by williamherbert
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BuffaloTapHugger

New York

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

Bottled on 2/12/09
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours out a dark orange with some red hue. Fast dissipating white head that was about a half an inch high and no lacing to be found.

S: Sweet malt, the obvious hint of the apricot, strawberry and lemons.

T: Taste sweet, like a cheap white wine. Lemon juice, cane sugar and malts. Little hop noticed.

M: Syrupy in flavor, just not in texture. Light bodied, low carbonation, ABV undetected, all make for a great gulper. The star of this beer is the high gulpness factor.

D: Its drinkable. The beer is exactly as advertised, though it still bewilders me that they call this an IPA. I cant seem to pick up the hops, though I know full well they're there. This beer reminds me a lot of that one song written by John Lennon. Good spring time brew, so kudos to DF for there impeccable timing.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 04:17:56 | More by BuffaloTapHugger
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abfraser

California

3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark amber looking beer. Doesn't pour with much of a head. Lacing is minimal.

S: A little bit lacking. It's just too mild. Some nice floral hops and a faint apricot aroma. But it's hard to tell this is an IPA, and hard to tell it's been made with apricots. If I got the glass blind I'd have difficulty in correctly identifying it.

T/M: There are the apricots. Still don't taste much of an IPA base. Pretty malty stuff. Overall, the taste is better than the smell, but this is just slightly above average. Mouthfeel is nice. This is definitely a well balanced beer.

D: Pretty easy drinking. Like the hint of apricot. Would go well on a hot summer day.

Appreciate the experiment, but this one just isn't for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 23:28:06 | More by abfraser
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OStrungT

California

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

This beer pours an orangish brown color, with a light tan head. the head fades slowly, leaving a thick sheet of lace.

This beer boasts a crisp, floral hop aroma. Some fruity aroma mixes in. I can detect a very slight apricot aroma if I look hard enough.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It has a mild apricot flavor that I find unique, and not undesirable. The floral hops are present in the flavor as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a fruity aftertaste. It has good carbonation for the style.

This beer would make a good session beer. The alcohol is a little high, but other than that, and a slight possibility that the apricot flavor would become annoying after a few, this beer is one I could drink all night long.

Overall: Unique beer from a unique brewer. It is good, and if I see it again, I will get it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2009 17:45:54 | More by OStrungT
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BringusKilkenney

Virginia

2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is nice with a dark amber to light yellow color looks great but as far as i'm concerned that is pretty much where it stops.

The smell is fruity and heavy on hops but also a kinda skunked might just be my batch but just dont really like the smell at all.

The taste reminds me of a fruity champagne little hop taste and not really much going on but fruit really expected better.

The mouthfeel lacks any carbonation and sits heavy on the tounge.

Dont really want to drink anymore of these may have one more just to confirm or disprove the first one but that is about it. If you are looking for a nice ipa with a something a little different to it look elsewhere this is not it a nice try but just not that good.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2009 01:06:18 | More by BringusKilkenney
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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