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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,303 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,303
Reviews: 1,658
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 101
Gots: 307 | 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

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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
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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
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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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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

12 oz bottle Pours a hazy golden color with a big creamy off white head that lasts very well. Aroma has good points of malt and the appricot isn't too strong. Also get alittle cookies and pine. Has a creamy texture and a full body. Light on carbonation. Has a sweet alcohol finish. This one is a touch on the heavy side. A little differnt but a good fun beer. I probally wouldn't drink it every day but its a nice change of pace.

07-01-2009 01:43:32 | More by Birdiebeagle


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Vibrant orange with a 2 finger offwhite bubbly head.

Mild, sweet, spicy, and fruity. With a name like Aprihop I expected more from the apricots and hops. It was a little subdued.

Tangy citrus and apricot bite over a light sweet cracker malt. Slightly fruity and bitter finish.

Light bodied, dry, med carbonation.

One of the better fruit beers i've had. The light malts and hops went well with the apricots. I feel like it could've been pushed further. But it was very drinkable and refreshing.

06-30-2009 20:41:39 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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3.28/5  rDev -14.6%

A- A real nice apple-cider golden brown color. Head is small and fades rapidly, leaving little lacing. Color is there, but that's about it.

S- Smells pretty good. Fruity hops with a touch of apricots. Caramel malts linger in the background. Not too strong on the aroma, but smells well balanced and enjoyable.

T- Blast of flavor--fruity and piney hops with some carmel backbone. This fades rapidly into a dry apricot aftertaste. Something about it just isn't that enjoyable. Tart. Alcohol is apparent here too. Not enough balance here, and the apricots are more of just something I'll burp up later.

M- Medium bodied with a fair amount of prickling carbonation. Finishes dry.

D- Nothing special as the dry finish and strange taste kind of takes it away from me.

06-29-2009 04:38:55 | More by LordAdmNelson
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3.13/5  rDev -18.5%

We had this at the Hopleaf in Chicago. I am not sure what to make of this beer. I was anxious to try it out but cannot really say what it is or isn't. It wasn't bad, just not in the taste range I like. It was not overly sweet - more like a tart apple perhaps. Good body and you could taste the hops but the fruitiness reigned. May have to try it again.

06-27-2009 19:43:44 | More by Wheelinb
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Rhode Island

2.1/5  rDev -45.3%

This beer is pretty blah, weird at best. Don't know what to really make of it. No characteristics and tastes like a good beer gone bad. I love Dogfish beers, but this one didn't do it for me or my friends. We really just expected more from this beer.

06-27-2009 02:30:26 | More by chocbrandy
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2.9/5  rDev -24.5%

Didn't get it. Too complex for me? Probably b/c this just didn't add up. Appearance - nice amber, copper color. Head dies a bit quickly but still strings of carbonation piercing through. Like the looks going in. Smell - smells great...wow! Caramel, brown sugar, granny smith apples, raisins, maybe a bit of lemon...all over the place...interesting. Taste - wow was right...buzz kill. Fast taste then vanishes. Bitter crab apple aftertaste. None of the richness that thought would get from the nose is there. Sorry, but dissappointing.

06-23-2009 05:29:08 | More by lynchmob9
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3.73/5  rDev -2.9%

12oz brown glass pry-top. Neck date-stamped "Bottled on 02-03-09."

Quick review: Aromas of sour apricots, sour peach and pilsner-like funky hops. Palate is crisp with tart acidity and flavors of sour white peach, sour apricot and some hop oil. There's some of that sweet-tart sugar content there, and a little biscuit-esque malt character trying to sneak in underneath the quick drying out of the hop leaves. Solid. Better interpretation of apricot beer than that "other" one (i.e. real fruit).

06-23-2009 05:14:56 | More by SFLpunk
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3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a very nice copper color with a healthy dose of visible carbonation. A 1/2 inch creamy off-white head forms and minimally reduces to a full coverage lacing.

The aroma is quite good with a nice combination of citrussy hops and apricots. A nice malty sweetness is also present.

The taste is some caramel malt sweetness up front with a part of bread. This is short-lived and there is then a strong tart portion that is a bit overwhelming and seems to overpower much of the hops.

The mouthfeel seems almost weak on carbonation to match up with the flavor. It is medium-full bodied. It is reasonably smooth and a mild tart lingers on the tongue.

Overall, this beer is fairly drinkable but the taste is a significant hindrance. The tartness just overwhelmed the flavor and made it difficult. My wife did not like a brief tasting, at all and did not want to taste anymore.

06-18-2009 00:39:06 | More by SykDoc
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

A: Rich cloudy amber brew, with big pillowy head that laces the glass. Nice looking beer.

S: Fresh apricots, citrus, and piney hops. Malt in the background as well.

T: Malty upfront, sweetbread and carmel, finishes with the tartness of the apricots, and citrus flavors.

M: Full bodied and smooth, moderate carbonation

D: Highly drinkable beer, one of the more approachable offerings from Dogfish Head. I'm usually not a big fan of fruit beers, but this one is packed with flavor. I look forward to this one every year.

06-17-2009 21:53:00 | More by JMD
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3.6/5  rDev -6.3%

Beautiful, deep dark copper pour. Modest creamy head, pour may have been a bit too cold. Aroma is good but faint: bit of fruit--apricot I presume-- and a touch of pine and malt.

Wasn't really sure what to think of this one at first. Fruity, but not that sweet. Very tart, almost sour. Hops are tangy, mainly noticeable in the bitter aftertaste. The malt backbone is there, which contributes to the smooth, silky mouthfeel, but I feel this beer is somewhat unbalanced. Normal IPA flavors aren't coming through for me, and the Aprihop is supposed to be a "serious India Pale Ale." Overall very tart, but refreshing and drinkable at 7 percent. Carbonation was nearly ideal, alcohol kick was welcome.

Well-crafted, yet enigmatic.

06-16-2009 04:38:35 | More by dasenebler
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4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Pauley's Original Crepe Bar in Athens, GA

Poured from bottle to clean pint glass.

Very thick, yellowish and finely bubbled head that stayed a while. Light caramel color. Solid lacing on the glass.

Very heavy body and the fruit is apparent in both flavor and smell.

I actually liked this, despite the fact it was a fruity beer. There's enough IPA-ness to make it drinkable for my tastes. Dogfish Head always does a nice job and this beer is no exception.

06-16-2009 01:09:11 | More by inathought
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3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

Aprihop is by far the best venture by sam and the guys at dogfish head when it comes to realm of fruit beers and malt beverages, but unlike their Festina Pesche which is really tasty but not really good "beer" and their Fort which is just overloaded with raspberries and alcohol this is exactly what the bottle says "a serious IPA brewed with apricots"

It pours a really nice golden hue that's laced with orange and i'd say it's one of the nicest looking brews i've seen from dogfish head, instantly appealing and it just looks refreshing...

And i mean, it is, it has a little bit of a tart smell, not much detectable in the hops department but definately some fruit, although not immediately apricot

Taste is just great, starts off with a pretty classic dogfish head IPA, good ammount of hops and really drinkable but once it's down you can taste all the lingering fruit and let me say, the burp on this thing is where the apricot comes in, because while its drinking it tends to exude much more oranges and peach than its namesake but that post-bottle belch just forces the "shit that was a lot of apricot" it's probably not gonna be your "go to beer" but one or two (or three) when it's hot out, great choice. There's a little bit of tartness that builds up as the glass empties so i'd say its both a great characteristic and a flaw beause it can be "too" much, but all in all, a great selection from an off-centered ale

06-12-2009 06:07:12 | More by dogfishhead1117
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3.98/5  rDev +3.6%

ApriHop is so damn odd. The flavor of apricots is foreign to things one would expect in a beer, but Dogfish Head went with it, and so here you have it. Apricot IPA.

And it's not like it's bad! It's just so strange it's hard to review. Every sip is a surprise, since you automatically want to believe there can't possibly be more apricots in there.

It's a dinner beer, in my opinion. I had it with some pretty plain chicken and potatoes and it really helped compliment the meal.

In all, it's something you must try if you get the chance... just to see for yourself. Look for it at ACBF, apparently.

06-11-2009 18:13:46 | More by afacini
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3.1/5  rDev -19.3%

An IPA brewed with apricots...I was expecting the fruit to hit me right away, but I taste neither the fruitiness or any semblance of an IPA.

Pours a somewhat hazy copper colour, with a thin white head.

First thing you notice is a sourness, followed by warming alcohol, turning into a dry bitterness on your tongue.

06-10-2009 06:50:41 | More by baiser
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4.2/5  rDev +9.4%

A- Brilliantly clear deep amber orange with a large beige head. Head dissipated to nothing.

A- Citrusy hops and light apricots

T- Slightly sour. Sweet malt with light caramel notes and an apricot flavor. Initially when I took a sip it tasted very much like having fruit in my mouth. Not so hoppy that I'd consider this an IPA though. The apricot flavor was more and more noticeable as the beer warmed. Finishes on the sweet side.

M- Medium body with moderate to light carbonation.

D- Surprisngly I liked it. I felt it was a bit under hopped to be considered an IPA, but I wonder if adding more hops would have overpowered the apricot flavor. I did the the light hoppiness and apricots went together quite nicely. Check this beer out it sure is interesting.

06-06-2009 03:03:58 | More by gpogo
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours an extremely clear golden tinted color with medium bodied fairly white head.
Smells very strongly of flowery hops with a fantastic real apricot scent backing it up.
Taste is a nice blend of sweet hops and a strong fruit rind.
Finish is pretty clean with a very sweet almost sour after-taste, but just barely.
Drinks very smooth, a nice IPA/fruit combo.

06-05-2009 16:34:50 | More by ThaBobfather
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South Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -30.2%

I guess I'm not really sure where the guys at Dogfish Head were going with this one. I have heard that it has become less and less hoppy every year....at this point I don't believe ApriHop is an appropriate name, the hops are no longer, there is some decent fresh sour apricot...but no hops to speak of. The appearance and the mouthfeel may be this beer's saving graces, but this is no IPA...I'm not impressed at all, but I appreciate the creativity.

06-01-2009 19:14:30 | More by grayburn
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