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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,354 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,354
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 105
Gots: 325 | 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 Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up tonight, hearing some rather negative reviews in house... comparisons to rather unusual flavours (including spit, though I'm not too sure what that might taste like!)
Usually, I would have nothing but respect for Dogfish Head, but this made it sound very poor... I had to try for myself.

A: A lovely, crisp and clean amber. Head is about a finger tall, receding fairly quickly

S: Scents of apricot are somewhat subdued, paired nicely with a very soft hop presence. There seems to be a little bit of an unusual malt balance here that I don't quite understand.

T: It is, indeed, a little unusual. The hop profile blends with the apricot fruitiness in a bit of a head-on collision. Herbal and leafy flavours with the undeniable taste of apricot adding a tangy touch.

M + D: Medium-heavier body. A sting of carbonation gives it an appreciated bite. Not a bad beer. Not my favourite beer, by all means, but another intriguing beer from DFH. This one seems to do a little better as it warms more, so I wouldn't suggest getting it TOO frigid.

Proteus93, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Naugled
2.4/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle served in chalice, bottled on 2/3/09 so very fresh.

A: poured with a very very thin to almost no head. color was a nice copper.

S: cider like and very vegatal earthy smell, not appealing, no malt or hops or apricot in the nose

T: tart and thin flavor with just a very slight hint of fruit in the background, couldn't really pull out the apricot specifically. has a very quick finish with little aftertaste. Musty earthiness is present in the flavor as well, like rotting fruit.

M: thin bodied with little mouthfeel, high CO2 content

D: Drinkable if you can get it past your nose

Not impressed at all, especially from such an esteemed brewer.

Naugled, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of possumfollower2
2.58/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Nothing pervasive in the nose. Color is darker than last year's. Ruby color? The retention is average. The mouthfeel is hefty which is a switch for this beer from years past. I get a distinct nuttiness and meatiness. It's nothing like an IPA. The hops are very muted and barely noticeable. The apricot is very present though and spins off serious sourness which isn't unpleasant but...I'm not impressed. Dogfish Head typically doesn't disappoint but the Aprihop this year leaves some things to be desired for. I'd probably have one of these at a senior cititzens' ballet recital.

possumfollower2, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

4oz sample on tap at a DFH tasting.

L - murky (the bottled version is clear?) orange color with a good sized white head.

S - sour smelling, citrus & apricot.

T - taste is sweeter than the aroma would lead one to believe, apricot flavor busts out midway finishing dry and bitter.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation feel.

D - it went down very easy but it was a small sample. I think I could handle a pint or two.

JoeyBeerBelly, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of armock
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a light copper color with an off white head

S - Is of apricots and a touch of hops in the nose

T - Apricots dominate the taste with a citrus hop flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - Overall this was an ok beer not the best beer from DFH would have been better if I was outside on a warm day rather than a bar drinking it worth trying if you like fruit beers

armock, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with carbonation and two fingers of off white head that will dissipate after drinking. Leaves no lacing.

Smells of apricot and sweet malts up front. Undertones of sweet malts and alcohol.

Tastes like alcohol and sweet malts up front with hops and alcohol in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonated.

I wasn't overly impressed with this beer. I usually don't like fruit flavored beers, but I thought because it was an IPA it would be pretty good, and I was wrong. This is all based on my particular taste, and is by no means saying that other people won't enjoy this brew. I just personally didn't enjoy it. It's too much apricot and is unbalanced from my perspective. Tastes too much like a Magic Hat.

KBoudreau66, Feb 26, 2009
Photo of Beejay
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear amber, lsmall amount of white foam on top. Looks very pleasant.

S: Hops hops hops... something sweet in the background Not necessarily apricot smelling though..

T: Before I get this rolling, I should be fair and state that I am not a fan of Mr.IPA, but the apricot intrigued me. That being said: Not as dry and hoppy as most IPA's, a slightly sweet tinge to it, but no obvious apricot in there. Good balance, and fairly good. The flavors meld together well, not too sweet, not hugely hoppy.

M: A little oily.

D: Overall a surprising beer. Good, but not something I would drink a lot of...

Beejay, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of sirpsycho
2.85/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pour was a medium amber color, head was small and off-white, didn't stick around long. Aroma was appealing, ripe aprocots, slight citrus. Flavor did not deliver what the aroma promised. Could barely taste the apricots, slight hoppiness was there. They need to pump up the apricot flavor profile on this one, could be a winner if they did.

sirpsycho, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of phantomwyse
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark caramel body complete with power walking carbonation with a lathery one and a half finger head of off white, leaving behind it some decent lacing.

S: Some light spicing, maple syrup, dried apricot aroma.

T: Creamy and sweet apricot moving to muted malts of biscuit and warm cookies, brown sugar, ends slightly hoppy and with a soapy sweetness.

M: Medium bodies, smooth-silky-creamy, almost unnaturally slick.

D: Mmmm, a great winter thaw beer.

phantomwyse, Feb 14, 2009
Photo of kbnooshay
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a slightly hazy orange gold with a short lived white head. Aroma is sweet and fruity. The apricot flavor isn't overpowering so you can smell the hops in there. Wow! This is like number 9 but without the light wheat flavor and more hops. Flavor is slightly bready and light on the malt. Feel is kinda tingly from the carbonation but is light. I could drink these all night. Forget number #9, this could be a real gateway beer for good beer newbies.

kbnooshay, Feb 06, 2009
Photo of spokeydonkey
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, with a bottled-on date of 03/05/08 into a pint mug.

A- A copper-colored ale with a thick creamy white head on top that's supported by a nice stream of tiny bubbles.

S - The light and fruity smell of apricots dominates the nose of this beer. Backed up by some biscuity and caramel notes. I can't detect much hops on the nose.

T - You definitely get the apricots front and center in this beer. It starts fruity and sweet, but finishes bitter and somewhat crisp. The apricots lend it a slightly sour note in the back of the mouth, which is nice since I'm a fan of sour ales in general. Lingering flavor of biscuit and caramel. The fruity sweetness is just a bit too much at the start, however.

M - A medium-heavy body on this beer. It feels fairly rich and sweet, especially for an IPA.

D - At first I didn't think this beer was too drinkable, since the apricots and the sweetness of the beer were a bit too overwhelming for an IPA. However, the dry finish and the balancing of the sweet with the tartness of the fruits and bitterness of the hops has be going back for more.

spokeydonkey, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy amber gold with a big and frothy white head.

Aroma is sweet with apricot and a light grassy hoppiness and biscuit.

The taste is more tart than expected. Definitely apricot-based. Not much in the hops department. Being 9 months old probably has much to do with the minimal hoppiness. Finishes with sour notes.

Medium bodied, oily, and moderately carbonated.

A bit more sour than I would like but still a decent beer. Heck, some folks even like sour beers. ;)

Monkeyknife, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of antilogic
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a lone single while visiting the east coast. I really liked the name, but am so-so on the beer. I wonder if I had it too far past it's bottling, and the hops mellowed out too much..

Orange/brown in color, light head. Aroma of fruits with some light floral hops smell. Mediumly carbonated, sweet, medium bodied, and really just sweet...I don't get much more than the fruit/apricot and slight hoppyness. Really not standout in flavor. I'll stick to DFH's other offerings...

antilogic, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 5/23/08. Had on tap at the WIllimantic Brewpub. Pours a clear light brown with a small white head. Aroma is not very strong, slightly fruity. Flavor is dominated by sweet apricot (though not in a bad way), light citrusy fruits, with a tart finish. Not much of a hop presence, despite it being classified as an IPA (fruit beer is probably more accurate). Sweet, light, and refreshing! Very good.
6/4/7/4/15 (3.6/5)

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very intresting beer we have here. I had a bunch of these about a few months back and just found reviewing notes last week, and then found a bottle in the back of my fridge this week, so bonus. Served cold and poured into a pint glass.

The pour was nice, classic light IPA with a medium amber color and a nice light carbonation profile bubbling up from the bottom. Light head of maybe an inch creeping up the sides and settling down lightly.

The aroma was classic light, fruity IPA. Intresting mix here of light floral hops, hints of orange, lemon, and touches of apricots. The flavor carried over very well. Nice balance here between the light fruit notes and classic hop character. Smooth mellow flavor with a light to medium body that was very sessionable.

Overall a very solid little beer that definitely does not come close to the seven percent that was advertised. Still, an awesome beer I would love to get ahold of again this spring.

mikesgroove, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a thin film white head. Aroma is lightly sweet fruit with just a hint of grain and some dough. Flavor is initially acidic then light malt and hops and then more acid only with a fruit undertone this time. Light to medium body, somewhat thin texture. Finishes bitter and fruity.

kmeves, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 1/11/2006 (12oz bottle from Spec's DT Houston):

Pours a very cloudy red/medium brown color, medium sized head, white, diminishing. Aroma of hops, apricots. Light aroma. Light taste, light apricots, not strong hops, sweet aftertaste. Not too dry. Not very hoppy for an IPA, not too sweet.

jujubeast6000, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a dark peach-amber with a 2 finger rocky dull white head capping things off.

S: mandatory fruity apricots accompanied by a rather pleasant and soft floral hopping.

T: The initial flavor started off sweet upfront with hints caramel and apricot notes. There is a light floral hoppiness lingering in the background that compliments the overall flavor while letting the apricots take center stage. There is a nice balance between the fruitiness and hopping and was not overly fruity like many others per style. The beer starts off sweet then finishes with a slight sour/tart fruitiness.

M: medium, aggressively carbonated with a semi-dry tart fade.

D: Good drinkability for what it is. A nice floral hopping and toned down apricot flavor makes this easy to enjoy like a fruity pale ale. One you could possible have a few of in one sitting on a hot summer day.

beerthulhu, Nov 25, 2008
Photo of BirdFlu
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

aprihop is pretty interesting because it really walks a fineline between an IPA and a fruit beer. Niether the sweet/tart apricot nor the hops really steal the show away from the other and so it's a nice harmony. In many ways it is similar to a 60 min with a bit of the hopiness replaced with a hint of fruity sweetness, in both flavor and aroma. The mouthfeel seems a little more viscous or thicker than 60 min, closer to dogfish's Midas touch. In all, it's very drinkable and you could easily enjoy an entire pack on a hot day.

BirdFlu, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of smanders
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head ApriHop - 7.00% ABV

Appearance - Copper color with lots of effervescence. Thin head.

Smell - Smells like a 60 Minute with apricot added.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and light. Almost as carbonated as a Sprite.

Taste - Lots of apricot but not in a bad way. Somehow DFH balanced this beer quite well so lovers of 60&90 Minute will still be happy. Plus it counts as a serving of fruit...right?

Drinkability - Not being a big fan of fruity beers I can't believe I enjoyed ApriHop as much as I did. I've even recommended it to others. I would definitely buy this beer again - especially on grass-mowing day.

smanders, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of LennyV
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Unibroue Tulip

Dark copper in color very little head minimal lacing

Smells faintly sweet and fruity.

Fair body light carbonation.

I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. I was assuming the taste would be dominated by apricots but it is just the perfect balance of apricots and malt.

While I could not drink this all night it is a nice change from more traditional beers

LennyV, Oct 20, 2008
Photo of midnite2sixman
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is directly as advertised. An IPA with apricots. Whatever you think it might taste like, you are probably right. Now, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Good thing.

Pours a caramel orange color with a lite head.

Smells: Like an IPA with apricots. Sweet apricot taste balanced by a piney hop scent.

Taste: The apricot smooths out the traditional IPA taste. Hops that may have had bite now have a fruity almost candy like taste.

Mouthfeel: Exceptionally smooth and delicious. A bit tangy and tingly if you let it sit for a while.

Drinkability: This is a good one to try, I tend to veer away from fruit flavored beers but this one may just be an exception.

midnite2sixman, Oct 17, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to deepsouth for this one.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe glass. The beer pours a deep honey amber with nice 2 finger head that melted away into just a thin layer on the beer leaving just a speckling of lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is very up front. Apriocots. Then some candied apricot with just a hint of piney hops. Also with a prolonged wiff, I noticed some buttery notes but that could have also been a result of the apricots. The tasted is dehydrated apricots. Almost a concentrated apricot flavor. The mouthfeel is sticky sweet, with apricot sticking to the roof of your mouth, and staying around for a while, almost the same way a hop bite will linger on your tastebuds. This would be a wonderful desert, paired with a peach pie or something along those lines but definitly to sweet for a daily drinker. As a side note, I wonder if I recieved an older bottle and thats the reason for the noticble lack of hop characteristics.

hwwty4, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of boralyl
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper color with lots of carbonation bubbles visible. It produces about 1 finger of off-white head that doesn't stick around long and leaves a ring of lacing.

S - A pretty fruity aroma, smells like an IPA, with lots of citrus and a small amount of caramel. It also has a subtle apricot aroma near the end.

M - A light-medium bodied beer with a higher amount of carbonation which works well with this brew.

T - A little bit of malt up front which is quickly super-ceded by citrus and then apricot. The apricot flavor is much more apparent in the taste then in the aroma. It finishes crisp and wet with a tart aftertaste.

A nice mix of flavors, the alcohol is hidden well. Even though it smells like an IPA the apricot flavor shines through in the taste, but is never too overwhelming. A good balance of flavors.

boralyl, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of Procrastinator
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams "pint" glass. I've been drinking this beer for several years now and this is my first review of it.
Bottled on 03-09-08 is stamped on bottle neck.

Appearance: bronze-orange colored body with tinges of gold. Head is off-white and never completely dies, leaving behind sticky lacing. Very clean, clear and refreshing looking beer.

Smell: sweet caramel malts, grassy hops and fleshy apricots and peaches.

Taste: the mouth is barraged with flavors of pungent apricots, unripened peaches, lemon zest and bitter, grassy hops. Malt sweetness comes in to balance. Alcohol is noticed upon the finish.

Mouthfeel: dry upfront, tongue-tingling with sourness and bitterness. Wonderfully carbonated with light side of medium body.

Drinkability: great flavors of malt, fresh fruits and hop bitterness abound. Refreshing and easily drinkable. I always look forward to buying this every year.

Procrastinator, Sep 19, 2008
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,354 ratings.