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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,403 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,403
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 109
Gots: 340 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a thick off-white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of sweet caramel malts, some fruit tones, and a decent dose of citrus hops.

Tastes of a big wave of sweetness upfront followed by the hops. Plenty of sweet malty tones that are backed up with some syrupy sweet apricot notes. Hops are citrus and grass, and offer a bit more of the fruit notes and help to round everything out.

Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of HayesdaHophead
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A Reddish amber, nice head that dissipates a little fast for an IPA.

S Nice citrusy hop notes with a detectable apricot flavor. Not overpowering apricot like some fruity beers.

T Good balance of carmel malt notes and hoppy base for a decent IPA. Not a hop bomb, but decent.

M Pretty high level of carbonation. Good body for the style.

D Nice IPA if you want to toss a few back.

It is worth the time to try.

HayesdaHophead, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is by far my favorite Dogfish Head beer (of course, I am admittedly not a big DFH fan in general, but this really is good).

I really didn't want to like this beer, but it is delicious. Pours a handsome copper with a decent fluffy head. The aroma is rich and fruity, musky and hoppy. The flavor is fruity but not sweet - musky, apricoty, with strong piny hops. There is a satisfying deep bitterness with a ripe fruit finish and a slight burn down the throat, like a good liqueur or brandy. The mouthfeel is smooth.

Seanibus, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of caresville
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

to preface this beer, i am eating sun dried apricots with this...

a- brown. looks like something that is very brown. appears almost amber held up to a light. great white head, great lacing.

s- my favorite part of the beer. i love hopped up ipa's that smell really really fruity and this one doesnt dissapoint. its hard for me to just come out and state the obvious that it states like apricots, but im holding an apricot and theres not a distinct smell there. mostly smells of oranges, clementines, tangerines, some grapefruit and limes. hops are secondary to fruits on the nose.

t&m- taste doesnt dissapoint but doesnt knock my socks off... with that said. it is hoppy but not over the top, average mixture of hops of citrus fruits, not too much of both but not enough. this beer cant decide if it wants to be hoppier or fruitier and its stuck in the middle.

d- very good hoppy and fruity ipa from dfh but the $12 4 pack price doesnt warrant an everyday beer for me.

caresville, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of boogyman
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a strong copper color with a good amount of bubbles that form a finger of head that looks to be fairly sticky.

S- Comes out strong with hops and definitely some fruit. You can definitely smell the apricot. I don't know how DFH does it, but they always amaze me on how they manage to deliver the advertised flavors. Also smell some other fruit like plums maybe. Overall smells very fresh.

T/M- Taste is stronger on the hops the I was expecting which is great. Instead of being dominating on the citric flavors, this has a slightly more mellow taste. Again, the apricot truly shines. Very pleasant beer to drink. Goes down really smooth, no bite at all from the bitterness. No alcohol taste.

D- Definitely a beer I could drink many of, very refreshing and very drinkable.

boogyman, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

DFH Aprihop poured into a DFH shaped pint.
appearance: red amber with an ecru head.
smell: hops with a fruity (wild guess - apricots. I'm not very familiar so...). According to DFH...Amarillo Hops with apricots in a 'supporting role'.
taste: Very nice balance. Fruity with a hint of bitterness balanced with sweetness.
mouthfeel: Very full (unexpectedly).
drinkability: Quite quaffable. I tend to forget 7% is a pretty darn big brew. This goes down fast and easy.
Perfect for April. Another wonderful DFH.

cindyjeffsmith, Apr 06, 2010
Photo of berpwillie
4.97/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wooowww. this beer is F@#$ing fantastic. pours a clear amber-copper color, the aroma of apricots and hops is fantasticly overwhelming. Not sure i'm going to find a beer i'll enjoy much more than this one. perfect for a sunny spring/summer day, but i could enjoy this beer year round no question about it. if you have never had the pleasure of enjoying this beer. i suggest you do so asap.

berpwillie, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of ebin6
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Nice fluffy head which stuck around. Pale red in color, almost orange

S - Light hop smell, apricots definitely detected. Overall, an interesting nose for an IPA, though not extremely potent.

T - Hot taste slides into apricots and almost melts back to the hop taste on the back end

M - Some lingering meld of both tastes, but nothing spectacular

D - I could drink this all day!

Overall - I must admit I had a little trepidation going into this one. I couldn't envision the apricots joining together well with my idea of an IPA, but DFH pulled it off nicely. A very good, near perfect, spring beer; great for those first BBQs of the year.

ebin6, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber with a nice rounded head that billows out of the glass without overflowing. Smells of hops, and the hint of apricot blends well with the hop smell.
Tastes like yummy hops and the apricot actually works very well with it! The apricot is there for sure but hard to notice, which is nice.

Yum thanks for the IPA!

Spineypanda, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of urwithdave
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into my ccb snifter.

A- pours golden orange in color. Little bit of a head that disappears very fast. No lacing.

S- piney hops and citrus. Not a whole lot going on otherwise.

T- mostly a shaky hop profile. Some sweetness from the malts and apricot but the flavors are very weak. Not real impressed.

M- somewhat thin and almost watery.

D- a very light beer that I could drink a lot of, however, I don't believe I would choose to.

urwithdave, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of muttyd
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Copper with a fizzy head that quickly disappears. Slight ring , but literally no head at all.

S - No head makes it more difficult to pick up on the aromas, but nonetheless, I get the typical IPA aromas. Pine hops, sweet bready malts, citrus, and yes....apricots.

T - Sweet fruity malts up front. Apricots more present in the flavor. The freshness on this one (bottled less than a month ago) really help bring out the hop flavor. Sweet caramel malts mix well with the strong hop bite.

M - Bubbly, with a clean finish.

D - At 7% abv, this one goes down nice and easy. Very drinkable spring/time and warmer weather beer!

muttyd, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. poured a dark amber color with a half inch white fluffy head. It had some very nice head retention as I drank it.

The aroma has the fruity apricot mixed with some floral citrus and pine from the hops. There is a little sweet malt coming through as well. The apricots give it a very nice appealing smell and they meld together very well with the hops.

The taste has a nice amount of hoppiness to it with citrus and pine being the most present flavors. It has a little peppery bite to it in the finish. The malt is also gives it a nice solid base for the beer, but the hops and apricots are the main attraction.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's a very nice hoppy easy drinking beer with a twist. It was the perfect beer to sit outside with and enjoy the warm spring weather.

billab914, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ok, my first time having this was on tap and it was the worst thing... i hated it. that was a couple of years ago. well now, I tried it again in the bottle, extremely fresh, (which I think is key with this one) and it was awesome! Blew my mind awesome!
Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head that has good retention and lacing.
The smell is so bright yet delicate with citrusy hops and fresh apricots. Very simple and plain but very good.
The flavor is much the same with a very noticable but clean bitterness. It doesn;t taste like it's 7 percent abv... very nice.
very clean mouthfeel with a full crisp carbonation and a lasting soft bitter finish.
Like I mentioned, it doesn't seem like this is 7% abv, itseems like I could have a few and be fine, but it's decieving indeed. Very drinkable.
Very nice when extremely fresh. Try it now!

hoplover82, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Xul
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a darker golden/medium amber color, topped by a one finger slightly-off-white head. Retention is good, with light lacing being left in its wake.

S: Apricot aroma is prevalent, intermingling with hops that are mostly citrusy, but with some floral and piney notes. A hint of grain lurks in the back.

T: Mostly hops up front with some earthy and floral notes. The apricot makes itself known midway through with a lot of sweetness, then balances with citrus hops in the finish. Finish and aftertaste are a blend of the sweet apricots and bitter citrusy hope, very good mixture.

M: Medium bodied with moderate/slightly lower than moderate carbonation. Feels smooth but avoids a viscous, cloying feeling.

D: Alcohol is well hidden and flavor is balanced, would be easy to go through a few pints of this in a sitting.

Xul, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now this is a nice take on a fruit beer. Start out with a really nice IPA then add real fruit and everything balances out real well. Pours a nice light copper with a good white head. Aroma of hops and a hint of the apricots. Taste follows with a nice piney citrus hops, then at the end there is a nice hint of the sweet apricots. Its not a sicky sweet, just a kick of sweet to level out the bite of the hops. There is no indication of the 7%ABV so watch out as this is a super easy IPA to drink. A GREAT warm weather offering

Liverpool08, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaker glass. The ApriHop pours a clear light amber with a thin bubbly off white cap. Retention is somewhat brief, settling to and maintaining a light ring and showing little lace.

Nose is fruity of sweet apricot but rather devoid of any hops initially, though more prevalent with some warming. Becomes interesting yet remaining underwhelming with said warming.

Flavor is fruity with a light carbonation and an easy feel. Very smooth with no coarseness in texture. Interestingly the bottle offers much more apricot than the draft version, which has a much denser sweet fruit flavor of grape and blackberry with a concentrated Welch's grape juice finish. Grape is present in the bottle but subdued in a relative sense.

Feel is pleasant and smooth, slightly sweet yet not too viscous. Fruity and light, the hops never find balance however. More of a Fruit Beer with a solid base than an IPA, and even more so on tap. Easy drinking nonetheless due to the aforementioned, yet not something to seek out.

HalfFull, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of badboyrsl84
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got to love Beverages for Less for selling me a single one of these

It pours a caramel color that is almost see through. there was little to no head to this bad boy

It smells of of citrus and floral in the bottle but when it was poured into my pint glass I was able to detect a good amount of the apricot

The taste of it is like a light IPA with a strong finish of apricot. I'm not too sure about this one. It has lots of carbonation but its crisp and it finishes smooth. this is definitely not my favorite from dogfish head

I can definitely see this being a session beer. At 7% it might catch up to you a lot faster than most other session beer.

badboyrsl84, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of hopsbreath
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks good, boring smell, tastes like an IPA, feels like a watery IPA, and easy to drink. Pretty boring overall.

I try to review a product within the style. Aprihop is listed as an IPA. That being said, they also claim this has apricots in it. The head on this was apricot colored and that was the only indication of apricots I got. I will not seek out again and would advise against this one. There are better IPA's out there.

hopsbreath, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L-pours a beautiful amber-orange with a 3-finger off white head. The color of this beer is really unique and very inviting.

S-The nose full of citrus, ester, and a light tartness.

T-Fruity sweetness upfront, possibly strawberry. A nice semi-dry finish.

F-It wasn't watery, feels nice on the palate.

D-Balanced and a nice change of pace. This is a good beer and if you haven't had it I would recommend it.

tippebrewcrew2, Mar 31, 2010
Photo of scottyb88
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a hazy orange color. in between clear and cloudy. great fluffy head and nice lacing

S-apricots of course along with some nice citrus to balance out the sweet apricot

T-apricots, grapefruit, a little pine flavors and a nice malt balance

M-pretty good, i always put the same thing for this category, a little bit of carbonation

D-very refreshing spring time beer that would probably be nice and sweet during the months of august and september, but for the march and april months it has a slight fruit sweetness with a bitter bite to balance it out

scottyb88, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Stone

A: The pour is a clear amber color with a fluffy (slightly) off-white head.

S: The nose is not as sweet as I was expecting. There is a nice amount of citrus, but the apricots are there and do give the beer a sweet nose.

T: The apricots are more pronounced in the flavor, especially as the beer warms. They are sweet and jam-like and only partially counteracted by some resinous pine.

M: The body is medium with a crisp carbonation and given the sweetness, it's a bit dry.

D: This beer wasn't quite as bad as I was expecting. While it was too sweet, it still had a fair amount of balance.

womencantsail, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of semibaked
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a super clear amber color with active carbonation and a thin layer of white foam.

S - Very bright hop aroma dominates the smell, but I don't get any apricot at all.

T - Good hoppy flavors, citrus, light sweetness, and maybe a little of the apricots, but I wish there was more apricot flavor.

M - Crisp mouthfeel, active carbonation, a little thin but that is fine with me.

D - Very clean flavors and goes down pretty easy. Recommended but hopefully they will up the Apricot flavors in the future.

semibaked, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of jwhawkins81
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Citrusy hops and apricot fruitiness, which was a pretty good combination.

Appearance - Poured a golden amber red with a thin white head and plenty of carbonation.

Taste - This definitely is an IPA with its hop bitterness being present but the sweet fruity apricot notes really helps to balance this beer. I was also surprised how smooth the overall flavor profile was.

jwhawkins81, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a peach orange/red color with a thick foam head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- I'm picking up lots of floral hop aromas and light fruit with a touch of grain.

T- Big splash of hops initially with plenty of citrus flavor. The apricot flavor is quite pronounced but not over done. There is a distinct candied fruit sweetness in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Fairly dry finish but the alcohol is hidden well.

D- Overall a very interesting take on an IPA (although I would expect no less from DFH). I would definitely try this again.

projectflam86, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of jera1350
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful deep copper color with a fluffy off white color head that leaves some nice sticky lace.

Lots of grassy citrus hops and sweet apricots to fill the nose.

Well balanced flavor with sweet malt, dried apricot and citric hops. Really a pretty nice blend. The apricots work quite well.

Very creamy and soft carbonation makes the feel quite velvety.

Decent drinkability. Unique and solid all around. I'll have another one or two of these.

jera1350, Mar 28, 2010
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,403 ratings.