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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,224 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,224
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

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Photo of BretSikkink


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

Bottom of the keg, maybe not its best face.

Looks like a decent IPA, fluffy and tight white head over an orange, clear brew. Aroma is full of apricot; very fruity and sweet, with a mild funkiness associated with fermented fruit.

The flavor is generally pleasant; it's not my favorite but it strikes a nice balance between being sweet and fruity and more serious with the citric hopping. I thought it got a little cloying as it warmed, and the mouthfeel could be a bit chewier, but a pretty impressive fruit beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2008 03:37:45 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of ATPete

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/18/08

The 2008 Aprihop pours a transparent orange color with a quickly dissipating white head. Soda-like bubbles gather on the bottom of my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. The nose is that of tart apricot, subtle but balanced malts and hops, and some belgian-like funky banana type notes. Taste is excellent, the tartness of the apricots and the bitterness of the hops collide on a subtle but sturdy malt base creating an interesting 'splashing' effect throughout the sip. The finish drops off rather quick but the tarty tingle remains on the tip of my tongue as well as the sides. Great tannins! The carbonation is a bit much but it really works with the overall tastes and makes this beer incredibly refreshing and dangerously drinkable...7% really? i would have guessed 6, nice balance!

I think this beer STILL needs a few more weeks to fully reach its 'ripeness' in the bottle, for everyone who disliked the 2008 Aprihop i ask that you revisit this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 20:38:23 | More by ATPete
Photo of TurdFurgison


3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle because I wasn't sure of this beer, and it turned out to be a wise decision. This beer was an interesting experiment (fruit into an IPA) but not something I enjoyed too much. At first glance it looks like a normal IPA, clear and light golden orange colored, but the aroma packs some apricot-peachy foulness on top of the hops. The taste was not very complementary to the hops in my opinion. That said, DFH has great brewing skills and creativity. I appreciate the thought behind the beer, it's just not a creation I enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 12:16:33 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of Pencible


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

This was a good, solid IPA. Drunk straight from the bottle, I don't have specific notes on the appearance, but it smelled great. The taste had decent bitterness that was well blended with malt flavoring. It had a slight hint of apricot in the flavor that made it unique, but that was barely distinguishable. Overall, it was a moderately enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 22:48:28 | More by Pencible
Photo of Traquairlover


3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottled poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 2/21/2008.

A = Orange amber color, small white head which dissipated quickly leaving medium lacing on glass. Lots of carbonation made up of small bubbles.

S = Lemon zest, yellow grapefruit, pine, spices, ripe tropical fruits.

T = Pine, lemon (this is quite tart), apricots and cinnamon, lots of bitterness throughout. Long tart finish.

M = Medium bodied, smooth, somewhat acidic on tongue, fair mouthcoating.

D = This is a pretty interesting IPA. I would recommend trying it but as a normal IPA to drink from DFH, I would probably suggest 60-minute over this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 20:28:08 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of mattster


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

Ah, spring is here, a time when a man's thoughts turn to...
...Spring release brews.

I opened the 12 fluid ounce bottle (Bottled 02/27/2008) and poured into a Nonic glass.

Pours very little head, but a thin layer of lace across top of glass.

Smell is is fruity - Apricots, of course. Also slight - very light hops. Taste is more tart than sweet fruit, not much hop taste.

Finish is nice, with tart mellow tones.

I am somewhat disappointed by this brew. It just taste like the fruit, not much else. I may re-review in a few weeks, but this isn't what I expected from DFH. I was really expecting more, but it isn't a bad brew, just not what I was expecting from this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 09:10:49 | More by mattster
Photo of NCSUdo


4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, bottle 2/27/08

A: Clear golden under a medium sized white head. Some good lace and OK retention.

S: Big hops and splash of apricot. More of an earthy hop as opposed to citrus, but the apricot does well to present the fruity character.

T: Pretty sweet with a good bitterness to finish. Hints of apricot populate the mouth but it isn't overwhelming at all.

M/D: Light to medium bodied, carbonation is high but appropriate. Drinkability is pretty good on this one. No sign of the 7% and very easy to go down. Pretty solid beer. Apricot character is subtle at times which really allows this one to cling to it's IPA roots.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 00:36:21 | More by NCSUdo
Photo of ruckzuck


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

On tap at BSP

A - nice white head with a pretty clear amber body

S - aprihop (really!?), sweet malt, and some hoppiness

T - a sweet fruity taste with a bit of tart that finishes with a nice bitterness from the hops. The aftertaste is enjoyable as well

M - medium bodied with a bit of carbonation

D - pretty solid drinkability despite the tartness. I could probably do 2 of these in a row, but I think more than that would certainly be overkill. Still, enjoyable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2008 15:58:47 | More by ruckzuck
Photo of gwong

New York

3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 bottle.

A: Pours dark amber with a thick white head. Tons of bubbles racing to the top of the glass. Good amount of lacing remains.

S: Strong scent of tart apricots and hops.

T: I expected some more apricot in the flavor based on the scent. The apricot is mild and there's a dry, bread-like finish.

M: Medium body with plenty of carbonation. A somewhat dry finish on the tongue.

D: It's not too sweet and it's got a good hop character - pretty drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 03:41:37 | More by gwong
Photo of ROMER79


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

This beer is a great spring/summer beer. Although I feel as if I could drink this beer all the time.

The pour was a nice orange/copper body with a one finger tan head. Right off the bat the smell of apricots and hops wack you in the face. The taste was good. A nice balance or the fruity flavor and hops with a little wheat mixed in. IT was very refreshing and crisp. Sweet on the palate and very easy to drink. Easily a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2008 18:04:59 | More by ROMER79
Photo of letsgopens


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap at MadMex in Cranberry, this fruity IPA appears a rusty orange with a semi-creamy, frothy off-white head (as far as I could tell in this dimly lit setting). The foam held its form decently well and left some sizable walls of lace.

The aroma is bright and hoppy with a lot of fresh fruit floating around. Primarily apricot with a citrus backdrop. Sweet caramel malt is present as well and mingles nicely with the sizable hop character. Certainly a nice blend of aromas.

A great deal of sweet, sugary, almost candied apricot flavor is quickly balanced with a dose of spicy, citrus hops. A very nice contrast of a rather unique flavor combined with a welcomed/familiar one. A nice caramel malt backbone binds the entire experience together even further. Very pleasant.

Crisp and upbeat with a slight velvety consistency and a smooth finish. Refreshing and fruity. A tasty warm-weather brew. My only issue would be that its possibly a bit too sweet initially for me, besides that its very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-24-2008 17:46:23 | More by letsgopens
Photo of emerge077


3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle neck reads: bottled on 2/21/08

Pours into a pint glass a copper tone with a good level of clarity. Carbonation sticks to the walls like soda, and appears well carbonated. A compact head of foam results, and leaves a thin sheet across the top. A thick ring of lacing is left on the glass.

Musty wheat aroma, sort of metallic. Zero fruit presence, even when swirling. Just a funky, grainy smell, not much better than malt liquor. For being a month old bottle, it's pretty weak.

Flavor is also weak, considering it's billed as an IPA, and has no hop flavor. There is a slight tang of citrus in the back after swallowing, that barely suggests fruit, but not really apricots. I've eaten fresh and dried apricots, and there's not much reseblance in flavor. Mainly a dull barley/cereal grain aftertaste with faint florals.

Drinks and feels ok, but nothing sets it apart from the ordinary. Will pass in the future.

$2.75 single from Lush on Halsted in Chicago.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2008 00:48:09 | More by emerge077
Photo of slvrmon82


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very excited to review this beer. It is one of my absolute favorites. Picked it up at dogfish the other day.

Wow. The appearance is nice, Gold copper. Nice and clear. Not a lot of head but very carbonated.

Smell is very fruity with apricots up front and maybe peach at the end.

The taste is right there. You can taste the real apricots versus the imitation extract that most brewers use.

Mouthfeel is nice and light. Surprisingly light.

Drinkability is extremely high. A great seasonal and a great beer all around. Perfect for the ladies as well.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 03:38:00 | More by slvrmon82
Photo of kurtissellen


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow this poured a crystal clear light amber color. I could look down through the glass and easily see details of the table it was sitting on. Some suds at first but quickly dissipated and didn't see any lacing on side of glass. I know it's brewed with apricots but smelled like welch's white grape juice to me. I did detect a mild fruity flavor to it but I wish the apricot flavor was more pronounced. The hops weren't too overpowering and it when down easy. Not quite what I expected and not a bad beer but wouldn't go out of my way to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 01:07:44 | More by kurtissellen
Photo of erosier


4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden amber color with a short and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass a little on the way down. The aroma is of spicey citrisy hops and apricot flavoring. The taste is really good as the apricot flavor and the hoppy flavor actually mix very well together for a very interestingly fruity beer. The mouthfeel is also very good with a crisp and clean feel that is really enjoyable and makes the beer very drinkable. Well worth a try even if fruity beers and hoppy beers aren't your thing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2008 17:08:00 | More by erosier
Photo of bosco7


3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden orange color with perfect clarity and a substantial head.

Big hops and fruit in the nose. Some honey, musty aromas

Starts with some nice malty flavors. Really bright and fruity in the middle. The apricots really shine not like some fruit beers that can be flabby. Hops are definitely in the mix, adding some citrus, resinous, and flowery flavors. Acid in the finish. Medium bitterness.

This is a well executed fruit beer. Bright and thirst quenching. However, I am not sure if I could drink more than one these just because the fruit gets a little tiresome. Otherwise a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2008 03:14:43 | More by bosco7
Photo of CrellMoset


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

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

Appearance: A pale, transparent copper amber color, with a one-finger, quickly receding head, mild carbonation, and minimal lacing. Thin, but not nearly as ethereal-looking as the Festina PĂȘche I had right before this.

Smell: Hmm, interesting. Fruit sugars and apricot esters betray the presence of the fruit right up front, but a separate fruit note - imparted by the hops - and other bitter, spicy notes buried underneath. It's an interesting combination that works well.

Taste: Everything you smelled you taste - apricot esters and fruity sugars, the tart bitterness of the hops, a slight hint of alcohol, and a nice, sour kick in the finish that isn't distracting. It's one of those combinations that you wouldn't imagine would work, but it somehow does.

Mouthfeel: Nice, creamy IPA feel, mild carbonated with a medium body keeps it crisp though.

Drinkability: Great. If you like hops, the fruity sweetness isn't offputting at all, and if you're more of a "sweet beer" kind of person, there are plenty of tart, citrusy notes present in the hop flavor to keep you off balance. And if you like both, hell, so much the better.

Very, very interesting stuff. I envision this beer as a gateway drug of sorts to the world of IPAs. It's strange, unique, and was pleasantly engaging. That being said, it's strange and unique in that way that doesn't make it an instant go-to beer, and more a conversation starter or - as I mentioned earlier - a gateway drug for hesitant beergoers.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 21:32:57 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of abedenbaugh

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A:The beer has an amber color to it with a nice thick white head that stays. The carbonation is very fine and there is a significant amount of effervesce.
S:This beer smells really great. The hop aroma is dominating. It smells of citrus. The apricot smell in it seems a little on the tart side, but gives a fresh feeling to the beer.
T:For an IPA there is only a touch of bitterness in it. Yet it might be covered up some by the apricot because once you start tasting any bitterness the apricot comes in right after it and cancels it out. The malt profile is a little bit of caramel and toastiness.
MF:The mouth feel is around medium. With as much effervesces as the beer has, it doesn't seem to be high in carbonation.
D:While I'm not sure if calling this beer an IPA is the most correct label, I do think that it is incredibly good. The apricot tastes great in it and the bitterness compliments it very well. I would love to buy it again and could drink them very easily.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 00:17:24 | More by abedenbaugh
Photo of sleazo

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5


A_appears as a nice amber looking clear ale with a nice white one finger cap. Nice lacing

S_tart apricots and mild citric hops

T_somewhat puckeringly sour from the apricots. Nice balance of dry biscuit like malt and a floral hop background.

M_completely medium in both carbonation and feel

D_This basically is what Magic Hat #9 should taste like. A pretty good apricot ale, one I was expecting to have more hops yet good nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2008 06:56:12 | More by sleazo
Photo of ewright

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a Duvel tulip, one finger of creamy head appeared... then disappeared fairly quickly. The beer itself is an orangish copper color.

S: Big burst of apricot up front, some hop spiciness is lurking underneath.

T: The fruit sweetness and hop bitterness provide a nice balance. There is some sharp sourness in the aftertaste, that isn't completely unpleasant, but a bit strong.

M: Moderate carbonation keeps the mouthfeel fairly balanced... not cloying, but not too light either.

D: For me, it's more of a novelty than something I'd reach for on a daily basis.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 22:24:32 | More by ewright
Photo of Cyberkedi


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

Pours a clear dark brownish amber with not much head. Aroma has a sharp bite and a definite fruit smell, rather like a cider. Flavor is malty and fruity, and has a noticeable apricot component, as well as some hoppy bitterness. Finish is lively and has a good edgy feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 02:52:09 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
"A Serious India Pale Ale Brewed With Real Apricots" on the front logo sticker...
A heft pour resulted in a lucid, clean, clear, light amber color, with a modest foamy and frothy head that soon dissipated, leaving a fair amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Judging by the aroma, the apricot factor is certainly noticeable, more so than any hops which are claimed to dominate this one...
With respect to taste, the apricot essence is literally bursting through on this one... This has to be one of the most interesting and distinct beers that I have ever had the pleasure to sample... Both in the nose and mouth, the apricot essence really shines through...
Good, crisp, clean, clear mouthfeel without the slightest hint of the 7% ABV which pervades this one...
Excellent drinkability as well, goes down smooth and clean, and would be great for a hot Summer day...
Definitely worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 01:24:11 | More by dsa7783
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

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

Clear orange-amber under a thin, creamy off-white head. Apricots are present in the aroma (surprise) along with leafy, pine-resiny hops and a fruitiness like that found in some of the more tropical-fruity-like DIPAs...interesting. More apricot in the flavor, juicier this time, with herbal, woody hops. Fresh fruity sweetness. Medium bodied with a rush of fine carbonation.

Interesting...not worth the high price tag though. Not bad, it just doesn't completely come together.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 22:11:44 | More by wedge
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange color with a finger and one half head.

Smells like apricots and some malt.

Taste is mostly of sweet apricots with malt. Only a slight hop presence here. Noticeable alcohol taste. I would have liked a little more hoppiness I think.

A good mouthfeel, medium bodied, but still a little heavier than I expected.

Drinkability is somewhat low due to high sweetness and alcohol.

It's better than #9 by a nose.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 22:01:14 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to trying this one, so why not on a new beer sunday.

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Hazy orange with a bursting head of foam on top, soapy and huge bubbles.

S: Apricot aroma with a whole lot of malts. Fruit and sugars hide the hops that are apparently there if you were to consider it an IPA.

T: There is some hop presence here but more or less dominated by the malts and apricots. Matched the aroma and maltiness was more than I thought I would get out of this beer. Has the upfront taste of #9 with more of an alcohol tinge.

M: Low carbonation. Not much of that hop texture from most DFH hoppier beers. Crisp.

D: Very drinkable, I like this one and look forward to many over the spring. Its like a jacked up #9, which I do like. Un-DFHlike but a really good drinker. Does leave me hoping for a bit more hops, not really an IPA but again, delicious.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2008 23:31:40 | More by marcpal
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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