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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,610 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,610
Reviews: 1,693
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 133
Gots: 487 | FT: 5
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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: 4,610 | Reviews: 1,693
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of gatornation
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a copper color with a beige ring and some good sticky lacing it looked really fresh and was bottled about 3 weeks ago..the smell was musty earthy and malty..the taste however was much better i get a nice hop blast with a with a smooth malt presence there is some bread grain taste and just the right amount of apricot/fruit in the background..DFH does a nice job of balancing fruit hops malt in this one ..a little pricey but i enjoy this one from time 2 time in the spring..recommended

Photo of rye726
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium brown with an average looking tan head.

Nose has apricot, grainy malts and stale hops.

No fresh hops here! Grassy malts and an artificial apricot flavor.

Not impresses. Light body is a bit syrupy. Thin finish, over carbonated.

Nothing special.

Photo of m1ked
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 12 oz single from the WF Bowery beer room.

A- Pours a clear bronzey orange with a good 1 1/2 inch white craggy head that leaves plenty of sticky lacing. A couple of streamers noted. The more the head recedes, the more the lacing is noticeable.

S- Very noticeable, but not overwhelming citrusy hop notes, with a touch of piney resin. I get some tangy stone & tropical fruit at the end. It reminds me of Sculpin's nose. Overall the citrus stone fruit is most noticeable to me.

T- I get the piney hop notes instantly , that fade into grapefruit zestiness, then some stone fruit and pinapple notes, all being subtly supported by some light caramel grain notes. Finishes sweet and bitter, with bitter hanging on longer than sweet.

M- Light- edium body here, low but crisp carbonation. I get a little slick resin on my tongue after the swallow.

D- Good to have some signs of spring, one of them being this beer. I am one of the few dudes that will openly admit I enjoy fruit beers (non sours that is). I think this is an especially good beer to bust out for "non-beer drinkers" or "I don't like bitter beer" peeps. For me, I enjoy the hoppiness and the subtle, but unmistakeable fruitiness. PS I have never been a wine cooler guy, in case anyone was wondering.

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

A- Dark reddish-brown with light carbonation. Small, single finger sized head that quickly dissipated to almost nothing. Nice spiderweb type lacing.

S- Sweet with tropical fruit notes. After a few sniffs I can make out the apricot and some hops.

T- Kicks off with a big dose of hops and finishes with a fruity sweetness. Smooth and balanced. Mild compared to most IPAs I have tried. Maybe a bit of apricot in the aftertaste, but otherwise it's not really present.

M- Fairly light with a bit of carbonation on the tongue. Not overwhelming. I could feel a very slight bit of heat from the alcohol.

D- Smooth, with no trace of the alcohol. I am not sure how to classify this. It isn't really something I would drink when in the mood for an IPA. The other apricot beer I have tried is Pyramid's Apricotweizen which I think I prefer over the Dogfish only because the apricot pairs so well with the wheat in the Pyramid brew. This was a good beer, though. I will enjoy the rest of the 4 pack, but probably won't go back for another.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 2010 batch bottled March 5th.

Pours dark amber/copper with a two finger foamy off white head that retains nicely and leaves some lacing.

Aroma is pungent apricot, and that's mostly it. Hints of pine, floral, and citrus hops, light malt presence, a little bread can be found underneath all that apricot.

Flavor again is strong in apricot, but the supporting cast has a bigger role here. More citrus and pine hops and caramel malt help to balance out the apricot flavor. Lingering bitterness and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slick, oily, can get a bit sticky, medium carbonation.

For a fruit beer this is pretty good, although it is a style I haven't really explored much. As an IPA, on the other hand, it is going to rate lower.

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

The color is a nice dark coppery hue, very easy to see through. The head was thin and white, and left pretty quickly. Overall, it isn't a terribly impressive looking beer.

The scent is mainly bitter. I don't normally like IPa, but I decided to give this a try, since JD and his roommate both said it's more fruity than bitter... and I do pick up a fresh fruity scent, with apricot and... blueberry, oddly enough. Plus a more... juniper scent, actually, very hidden.

Oy, the hops hit me first. So, whatever. It is an IPA, and it's stil a lot milder than most. The aftertaste is pleasantly apricotty, tasting more like a dried apricot than a fresh one. I really get the syrupy sweetness that an apricot has, even without an overly sweet flavor. The hops are really the most forward flavor here, and there is some sweetness and stone fruits, but overall, I'm not really thrilled with it. I was expecting more apricot, or at least some more complexity.

Mouthfeel is really full, little bubbles on your tongue and an almost instant beer foam feeling. It's a little more carbonated than I prefer, but good.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Beer Friday!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a surprisingly darker amber color and about two fingers of cream colored head that quickly dissipates leaving a little lacing.

Smell - A great aroma - lots of citrus, light hops, pine, and of course peach and apricot.

Taste - Wow, very hoppy! I did not like DFH 90min because I felt it was too malty yet here they give me a pleasant surprise with this pretty damn hoppy/citrusy beer (just how I like them). The first bite is hops...lots and lots of hop flavor. This quite nicely fades into the semi-tart/sweet apricot citrus flavors. This is followed by a pretty healthy malt backbone, however, the finishing taste is somewhat a bitter piney taste which I personally prefer over a sweet finish. This is a great IPA from DFH. I honestly had written them off with IPA's after 90min. A pleasant surprise no doubt.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, relatively creamy, decent carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Not a bad IPA for both the price and flavor. Granted it is no PtE nor other D/IPA's I really enjoy such as Nelson, but a great change up nonetheless. I'm glad I picked this up today and will for sure pick up a four pack of this every year from now on.

Photo of aubuc1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 2/26/10 poured in to a tulip pint glass.

Pours a clear rich golden orange with a thick, lacy off white head.

smell is billowing out. Smell of citrus hops and a faint smooth sweet apricot.

Taste is initially hoppy, then the apricot mellows it out and finishes a nice creamy sweet.

Mouthfeel is solid and drinkability is very good.

Better than I was thinking with this. The apricot really balances out the sharp hops.

Photo of vette2006c5r
2.46/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Dogfish Aprihop poured a amber color, witht he perfect head, an absoulte picture perfect looking beer, it had a strong hoppy and apricot smell to it, however the taste was horrible, the apricot was just wayyy too overpowerfully, and it just did not mix in well with the hops, and it is a hoppy beer, I found it really hard to drink one, a rare disapointment from Dogfish Head.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well it's been several years since I've tried this last. Figured it was time to sit and ponder what I really thought of the brew. My taste has changed developed quite a bit since then, so I am intrigued to see what happens here.

Thick 3 fingers of head form and remain. Lots of retention of a sudsy off white head.
Beer is a bright clear orange/amber color. Lacing clings here and there.

Aroma was bright, fresh and really interesting. Some similar aromas to 60 Minute, but a definite fruit/apricot note. Honey, a touch of alcohol.

Well the first sip tells me that I enjoy this more than the last time I tried it. Seems smoother than I remember. The apricot is just a hint. Enough to know it's there, but this is not fruit beer by any stretch. Obviously, apricots are not sweet, so this doesn't really effect the sweetness of the beer. Very balanced like DFH 60 Min. A healthy malt background with similar nutty character then a burst of fruits not limited to the apricots. Then a moment of bread before the hops take over. I wish I knew better how to describe the distinctive DFH malt flavor. Nutty, toasty almost smokey?

Lays oily on the tongue and is medium bodied. Lingering hop bitterness gives this a big presence in your mouth.

Really glad I picked this up for a try again. Very nice and one I'll visit again. Strange, but I really like it.

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

12oz long neck picked up at a local bottle shop. Bottled on date of 2/12/10. Served in a DFH Shaped Pint Glass.

A: Pours a very attractive Burgundy in the glass. A small, 1/2 finger of fluffy white head is gone as quick as it forms. Lacing is decent, leaving some straggling suds behind.

S: Not surprisingly there's a good amount of apricot on the nose. Citrusy hops and some sweet malts round things out.

T: There's a good amount of malts present along with plenty of resiny hops. Not quite as tropical as one would expect from the nose. The apricots help provide a nice balance, and blend in very nicely with the malts and hops. There's a slight bit of bitterness, but the sweetness from the apricots helps to nullify most of it.

M: Medium bodied. Carbonation is ample, and overall feels pretty light and smooth on the tongue.

D: This is a very drinkable IPA at 7%. The alcohol is hidden perfectly, and the nice balance would let you put back quite a few of these easily.

I've had this before in the past, and I've always thought it's a solid brew from DFH. If you like an IPA with a good balance of hops and malts, this is a fine example. The apricots add just enough without making this beer too sweet or cloying.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper penny color with a generous head and generous lacing.

Smell of strong citrus , pine some grapefruit and a hint of what might be some type of fruit but for the most part unnoticeable.

Taste of mainly grapefruit caliber hop presence, some pine and citrus and a light apricot flavor if you let it warm in your mouth.

Overall not a mind blowing brew, but not bad either. Worth a try. Light mouthfeel, light carbonation. From what I hear this year was done better than last.

I would prefer a #9 over this which is only fair in comparison sake due to the presence of apricot.

Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Glass (snifter).

A- Nice dark amber color- very clear, with a one-finger head that lingered a little while. Nice lacing as I continue to sip this ale.

S- amazing hops- piney, citrus- wait....is that a hint of Apricot?

T- If you were given this beer and not told the name, you'd be hard pressed to tell there is fruit in here. It tastes like a solid, robust IPA with very hoppy character.

M- smooth- nice carbonation, feels full and tart.

D- I like this beer and definately want to grab another as the glass winds down. I suspect that many would not buy this beer because there is fruit in the name, but don't pass it by- the hops balance out any sweetness from the fruit and marry very well to create a unique IPA.

Photo of JoePat
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a light amber color with a huge off white head that lingers for a moderate amount of time.
It smells of fruity/citrusy and piney hops. Not sure if the apricots have anything to do with the smell but it could definately possible.
With the taste there is definately some apricot but not over powering. It seems like the hops and apricots marry perfectly and you almost cannot seperate them.
Great light syrupy feel with crisp hop/fruit/citrus flavor make it extremely easy to drink.

Photo of babaracas
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear dark orange with two finger light khaki head. Smell: tropical fruit, mildly citric and earthy, caramel, and, yes, apricot. Taste: earthy, herbal with just a little citric bite, and the apricot kicks in towards the end of the sip. DFH's trademarked almost-creamy feel with semi-sticky dry finish. I'd much rather have this than any other apricot flavored beers, and it's a good fruit IPA, but not a great IPA overall.

Bottled 2/19/10.

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle served in a SA perfect pint glass. Poured a brilliant clear amber with a finger of off white head. Citrusy hop aroma along with the apricot. Lighter sided of medium bodied. More citrus and apricot in the flavor. Not as bitter as the aroma would suggest. Hops are a little "green" for my taste. Kind of piney. Fairly dry finish.

Photo of chaz01
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2/22/2010) served in a large DH snifter

A: Dark Amber Mahogany color with a small head that quickly recedes. Little or no lacing.

S: Predominantly apricots and citrus

T: Apricot aroma is cut by the bitter hops taste. Piney, earthy bread flavors that lingers on in the finish.

M: medium bodied - becomes almost syrupy as it warms and carbonation fades

D: Very drinkable -- not your typical fruit beer

Photo of JBogan
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking amber with what starts out as a thick off white and creamy head but soon turns into a thin film. There's a moderate amount of lacing left behind.

The aroma is very pleasing. The main smell is of citrus and piney hops, along with some peach and apricot.

The taste doesn't quite measure up to the promise of the aroma. The same traits are there, but for some reason it wasn't as pleasing as the smell. Nice but not outstanding.

The mouthfeel was thick, creamy and smooth.

This is another enjoyable and unusual offering from the good folks at Dogfish Head.

Photo of mcann2pu
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date is 03/05/10.

Appearance: amber with about a finger's worth of head on the top, no real lacing

Smell: Great smell, a sweet fruity apricot smell mingled with a citrus hops aroma.

Taste: much like smell, the 2010 has much more hops than last years and it really helps the taste.

Mouthfeel: good.

Drinkability: very drinkable, good refreshing beer, diffidently worth trying. I will be getting more of this one.

Photo of silentjay
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber with a very small, white head that leaves some decent lacing. very steady stream of bubbles flow from the bottom of the glass to the top.

very, very citric in the nose with a grapefruit-type acidity that tingles the nose hairs. smells very hoppy but the fruit sweetness comes through too. Very attractive smell. they could make this into a perfume.

tastes like grapefruit juice. very acidic, with just enough fruit sweetness to balance that out. a bit of malt comes through to add to that sweetness, but this is still a bitter beer. The acidity is the most pronounced flavor, and its actually quite pleasant. a bit of malt lingers on the tongue after the acidity and bitterness disappears.

medium mouthfeel with enough carbonation to be present, but not too much.

Drinkability is excellent. the apricot flavor works well with these hops to create some complex flavors that I don't remember in last year's batch.

The fruit doesn't take over, but it only adds to the hops to make a well-crafted, highly drinkable, yet bitter beer. Not your "introductory" fruity beer, but much, much better. Much better than I remember from last year (don't know if its the recipe or my palate, but I would assume the latter.)

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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