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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

4,606 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,606
Reviews: 1,692
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 132
Gots: 479 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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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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Ratings: 4,606 | Reviews: 1,692
Photo of phiberoptik
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/copper color with a nice medium foamy head. 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

I get citrus and sweet notes in the nose. Its a no brainer that its an IPA but I can tell its brewed with something although I wouldnt have guessed apricots by scent.

I get a lot of the citrus and some pine hopiness in the taste with apricot in the finish. I definitely can tell there are apricots brewed in this. It helps that I have recently had some dried apricots to snack on, so the flavor is recent.

Its slightly resiny across the tongue with a good overall mouthfeel.

I could drink this beer quite often. There is nothing overbearing about this beer to give me a reason not to. Its a nice one, but a 6pk of 60 minute is the same price as this 4pk, and I like it as much if not more.

Photo of mbusster88
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle dated 2011.

A: Clear amber body with off white thick head. 2 finger head is dense and creates good lacing on the glass. Nothing by way of carbonation in the glass.

S: Some fruit character is noticeable, also get some hop profile on the nose.

T/M: Mouthfeel is not all that great. Very thin body and a light hop bite make this one fade away. Not much to make this noteworthy and unfortunately the taste is not much to get excited for.

D: This one is easy to drink, but has a weak taste and palate.

Photo of sitarist
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful, clear, amber color with orange highlights. A steady stream of tiny bubbles rise up to a fat finger of off white head. The head falls to a top coating that leaves spots, and patches of lacing.

I smell toast and marmalade. Its aroma is sweet, and tickles my nose. Beside the apricots there are hints of pine, rock candy, and fresh cut grass.

Its flavor is a little bit uneventful. I taste mainly orange rock candy.

Medium body with just enough carbonation to tell me its not flat. Slightly sticky, slightly dry.

A easy drinking beer that wont challenge your senses, nor is it boring. I would enjoy it more on a hot summer night.

Photo of emmasdad
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a couple of bottles of this one the other day on a whim. Poured into a stemmed glass. Nice medium copper with a finger of white foam. Nice hoppy aromas lead to a medium bodied beer. Good hoppy flavors, orange, citrus and caramel. Not a whole lot of apricot on either the nose or palate, but still an enjoyable IPA.

Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Falls Church, VA.

A: Crystal clear, apricot orange color, with a 1/2 finger or so foamy white had that also had a bit of an orange hue to it.

S: IPA-like, but instead of containing cascady grapefruit in the mix, apricot was citrus substitute. It also had a nice potent yeastiness to this that was to die for.

T: Very nice. The apricot was a great idea and was used in a very innovative way. Still, despite the fruit content here, I could still recognize this as an IPA, as opposed to a malt fruit beverage.

M: Bitter, but not in a bad way. Sweet, but not too... just right!

D: I've always found it odd which beers DFH decides to put in 4-packs as opposed to 6ers. I think this is one that should be given the 6 pack treatment. Highly drinkable!

Photo of hopheadjuice
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, bottled in 2011 4c.

Pours a darker copper color with a tight 2 finger head that leaves nice lace.

Citrus everywhere with a huge blast of pine. Apricots clearly present adding amazing complexity with the hops.

Amazing hop depth being citric and spicy. Apricots are very present adding to the citric quality of the hops. Malt base is n ice and sweet trying its hardest to balance the big bold hops.

Medium mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. slightly dry finish.

I usually dont like fruit added to beer but the apricot in this adds so much unique complexity to the hops and it works out so well. Amazing drinkability.

Photo of rlee1390
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear golden orange, not much head but leaves behind some lacing

S-Bitter, earth tones and a lot of apricots

T-Starts overly sweet with Apricots ends with a slight bitterness. At first does not seems to be balanced but seems more balanced as time went on. Very sweet.

M-Dry and medium body

D-An Interesting take on the fruit beer meets IPA, however at the end of the day too fruity sweet for an IPA. A valiant effort but maybe fruit beer and IPA should avoid having offspring.

Photo of BillHaverchuck
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a wonderful amber. Almost a reddish tone with a minimal foam head. Smells very fruity. Hints of apricot (obviously) as well as some pineapple crossed with flowery / piney hops. Great mouthfeel. Very smooth yet still brings a slight fruity tang to it. A nice bite of grassy hops really finishes off nicely. Tasty beer here, will drink again.

Photo of CuttDeez
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good brew!
A - Good amber color and this beer with an offwhite head
S - interesting the hop is covered a little by the apricots in this one but the good apricot sweetness does not come throught as much as I thought.

T & M & D - Good hop. This could almost stand alone as a decent IPA and the sweet notes of the fruit brink an interesting dynamic. All the comparisons to Magic Hat #9 are accurate from what I can taste.

Interesting beer I do not mind having another.


Photo of BeerBeatnik
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper color. Okay head with a little lacing down the glass. Pine and apricot hops. Probably simcoe and either palisade. The apricot flavor adds a nice floral scent. Good hop taste with apricots -- kind of like a Magic Hat #9. Good carbonation and a nice body on this. I would not have guessed a 7% abv. So the alcohol was hidden. I am probably going to pick this up again. Nice summer type fruit alternative IPA.

Photo of stercomm
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack while getting some brewing supplies.

A- a very coppery color, minimal head very little to no lacing, beer leaves a light foam coating on theglass after every sip.

S - getting hops, pine and apricot. The apricot adds a nice floral scent.

T - good mouthful of hops with some fresh pine needle and of course apricots, which lend a slight sweetness as a counterbalance to the dryness of the hops.

M - Very slight carbonation, hint of sweetness, light bodied.

D - I like this, is a more erudite Magic Hat #9. Can definitely have a couple of these at one sitting.

Photo of jsprain1
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a dark copper with a thin white head. Retention is decent. Lacing is poor.
S- Smell is just slightly fruity (from the apricots) and plenty hoppy. Smell seems more to me like 60 minute than 90 minute. There is just a bit of mustyness to it.
T- Taste opens with some apricot skin. A good bit of hoppy character to it. Finish is a well balanced fruit and pine character.
M- Smooth, even carbonation. Maybe a touch on the light side.
D- A well balanced beer that hides its alcohol well. I dug it and could happily drink another.

Photo of musicforairports
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Ruck in Troy.

Pours amber, clear and darker than I'd expect an IPA to be. Comes from the bar with a one-finger head that leaves a bunch of lacing until about halfway through.

Smells like apricots--a real fruit aroma, not sweet and syrupy--and hops.

Tastes like the above, with some noticeable malt flavors in the background. Begins with a dose of apricot, caramel backdrop and a nice pine/citrus hop bite that sits noticeable atop the other flavors well. It finishes dryer and much fruitier. I don't mind the apricot flavor here at all, and I'm not one who typically like fruit in beer. I didn't really expect to like this, and I don't always think Dogfish Head's experiments work. But this one does.

A bit sticky and creamy on the palate but a smooth drinker.

Really a good seasonable here, and without a doubt the best of the few apricot-flavored beers I've had.

Photo of victory4me
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard shaker.

Pours a dark clear amber with a big fluffy head that leaves gobs of lacing on the glass. Expected something more pale, but a good looking beer. Aroma is powerfully hoppy. Actually much more bitter in the scent than I imagined and only a hint of fruit toward the end of my draw. Piney notes in the aroma as well.

Taste is really a pleasant surprise and a change of pace. Loads of piney, bitter hops with a slightly fruity finish. Awesomely dry, the apricots have replaced the malts and balance the hops perfectly. A profoundly good flavor with a typical mouthfeel that borders on cloying. Can easily drink one or two in a sitting with great enjoyment. Any more may be a lot to ask. Leaves a sweet feeling behind that reminds me of an overload of cake icing, even though the taste doesn't linger.

A really tasty beer that I highly recommend to drink fresh. Delicious.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 fl oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled in: 2011.

Appearance: Thick, bready head that shows no sign of going anywhere. Dark golden color.

Smell: Smells hoppy and resiny, like 60 Minute. I feel like I would not be able to tell these two beers apart in a blind smell test.

Taste: Where did the hops go? Based on the nose, I was expecting something more in the fresh, hoppy 60 minute department. Instead, I taste a malty, slightly boozy beer, with absolutely no fruit taste. Speaking of which, where are the apricots?? At most, I taste a little caramel.

Mouthfeel: Has a spicy bite with a little warmth from the booze.

Drinkability: It's not smooth enough to put away a lot of these or make this any kind of a sessionable beer. Maybe this needs a little age to mellow out.

Photo of Jonp82
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a perfect springtime IPA.

The appearance is Beautiful, brought a tear to my eye. The pour was smooth with a golden amber color with a tint of brown in the light. The head creamy white.

Smells like the first day of spring with a hoppy shower.

YES YES YES (drooling just thinking about it)

No No don't stop rocking


Drank it all and I loved it

Photo of depechemode1983
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

A - Reddish copper in color. Head is tan and foamy with lots of small bubble mixed in with big ones. It has just a bit of lacing.

S - Smell is of piny and citrus hops with hits of grains, hay, and a bitter apricot smell that you really have to dig for.

T - Bitter and citrus with apricots being more pronounced. It finish sorta lemony with some sourness. Very refreshing.

M - Medium bodied mouth feel with cleansing carbonation.

D/N - Very drinkable. Not as complex as I thought it would be but I do think the apricots gave this beer a cleaner mouth feel. The lemony after taste work well with the level of carbonation.

Photo of Gobzilla
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured an amber brown in color with yellow highlights and had a thin bubbly head leaving a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: it definitely had a nice variety of hops in the aroma with a bit of piney, grassy, citrusy, and apricot notes but did have some decent malty sweetness and faint booze as well.

T: the piney earthiness was more apparent on the palate alongside a good hop profile with citrusy, grassy, and apricot accents and a little sweetness.

M: the brew was medium to full in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a piney, hoppy, mild fruity, citrusy, sweet, and slight crispy bitter finish.

D: very drinkable beer and tasty too. Very glad I got the chance to try this one out fresh. Good lookin out my brotha joe.

Photo of johnbarrett
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This will complete my tastings of the Dogfish seasonals.

A - The head was one finger and bone white. It poured a delightful clear light rusty color. it just looks like its going to smell and taste like that beautiful heavy pine. The lacing hung around for a bit and and then dissipated 2/3 down.

S - There's that pine resin. It smells nice and hoppy. Stronger than 60 minute but not as hoppy as 90. I did not get any apricots in my sniff.

T - The apricots are not as heavy as I had hoped but they are definitely there and this beer tastes really damn good. The bitterness is intense followed by a more mellow taste and then it comes back. The hops and the malt are balanced well. The most defining characteristics of this one are how clean and crisp it is.

M - A good balance of carbonation and smoothness. It leaves my lips sticky, and I love that in an IPA

D - This brew drinks moderately easy. At 7% there is not trace of alcohol nor should there be for a good IPA.

Photo of nickshep7
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty beer - deep amber base with a puffy white head. Good retention, less lacing. Smell is candied apricots, hops, and some nice biscuity malts. Good flavor, thinner than 90 min but not quite as light as 60 min. I remember the taste and mouthfeel having more apricot last year. Also picking up a lingering metallic taste this year. Overall a decent brew, but I prefer 2010 vintage.

Photo of Rizalini
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden amber color, with a nice foamy off-white, 2 finger head that stays for a while. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrusy hopy aroma, with a slight fruity aroma, but not much. The hops are more evident than anything, but that's what I expect from an IPA.

T - Apricot hits the taste buds immediately, followed by a nice floral hopy taste. The apricot comes back in the finish.

M - Light-medium mouth feel. Nice carbonation. Just what an IPA should be.

D - This is a really good IPA on it's own. The apricot just adds another dimension of complexity to the taste. I can't wait to try one of these on a warm summer day.

Photo of gopens44
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle dated 20112C (Feb ? 2011 I figure) purchased at Nick's of Clinton for $8.99 for a four pack

A - Pretty nice deep amber/mahogany color and crystal clear with very little head to speak of. A touch of residual foam around the edges is all that remains from a lackluster thin layer of foam that initially formed

S - First thing that hits the nose is the obvious juicy nature of a ripe, flavorful apricot. Nearly sweeping the apricot aside is a storm cloud of bitter hops, as if thundering up to remind you that this is an IPA, after all. The hop presence (once picked apart from the apricot) takes on a fruity, grapefruit character of its own.

T - When the beer first enters your mouth, there is a subtle instance of apricot that is overwhelmed by a combination of tart and bitter. The tart lingers a tiny while, but the bitter lays on the tongue like a blanket. Not an overly describable bitterness (as in it does not favor pine, grapefruit, earthiness, etc.. It's just "there"

M - Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess and deceptive carbonation. Aftertaste is festering.

D - Not my cup of tea. It's not objectionable, but it's kinda all over the place. Good if you like a mini adventure in your beer, but I tend to gravitate elsewhere. With that said, I can appreciate what they were shooting for. Just kind of misses the mark for me.

Photo of heebes
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Dated 2011.

A revist for me upon being so impressed when having a bottle last year before the baseball game in the summer.
Pours a deep copper amber with off white foamy head. Nose is citrus and grapefruit hops, apricots, floral. Taste is sweet fruits, bitter at first and slightly sour. Very fresh tasting with a nice hop profile. Light bodied mouthfeel. Overall this is a wicked spring seasonal beer that Dogfish Head does so well, one of the reasons they're one of my top breweries. Perhaps a little thin bodied, I got a couple 4 packs to enjoy this spring and note any apricot and hop flavour changes. Wonderful.

Photo of Jinholic
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Time for another Dogfish Head review.

Appearance-Nice copper/red color only about a 2 finger head that dies down fast with some carbonation if you hold the glass up.

Smell-fruit notes with lots of hops. Almost the same as the 60 minute.

Taste-Nice blend here sweet hops with some pine and apricots at the end.

Mouthfeel - Smooth smooth smooth all the way down and the finish is clean.

Drinkability - I could drink this one all afternoon and all night such a nice beer and another big hit from Dogfish Head.

Fun for a spring seasonal bit too heavy in the body but still so good wish it was out for more than 3 months in the year.

Photo of omgshesaboy
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First ever review!

2011 bottle poured into DFH Signature glass.

This poured a really nice dark yet clear amber color, with a nice full 2 1/2 finger light cream colored head that sat for a minute. Once settled, it created a nice film over the top of the beer, and clung to sides of my glass.

I am getting a lot of pine in the smell, maybe a little pineapple as well. There is not too much apricot apparent at this point, being that it is a pretty fresh bottle.

Putting this liquid in my mouth was like a taste explosion, first I get that hoppy crispness you'd expect from an average IPA, it is a nice med-full bodied beer with a perfect amount of carbonation. Then as it makes its way down, I get that huge apricot flavor I was waiting for.

I keep finding myself just wanting more and more, I could easily drink all four of these in a couple hours. Just not tonight, gotta work in the morning. Sure glad I picked up 2 4-packs!

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