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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,344 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,344
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 104
Gots: 319 | FT: 3
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002)
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Photo of demcorhip
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Ill come right out and say that this is a biased review, i simply love this beer and think its one of the best "summer" beers ive had this summer. The balance between the apricot and hops is amazing, and while i taste apricot firstthen the hops the transition between the two complementary flavours is so smooth i still havent been able to tell where the one flavour ends and the othr flavour starts. Ive picked this up a couple of times this summer, and will definitely be looking for it again next year.

Appearance
This ale pours a nice amber colour with a thin off white head. It is scantly laced with fine carbonation.

Aroma
Theres alot to smell in this beer. Fruity esters, caramelly malts, apricot, grapefruit, and piney scents are all there to please the nose.

Taste
This is a bold, tasty, incredibly well balanced brew. The apricot and hop flavours wonderfully complement each other. The slight sweet and sour contributions from the apricots, caramel from the malt, and the resiny grapefruit/pine from the hops are all there to be tasted and appreciated.

Mouthfeel
This slightly carbonated beer has alot of substance and alot going on. I can almost feel a fuzziness in my mouth from the apricot, which along with the malt sweetness nicely balances the resiny hops.

Drinkability
This is a very refreshing drink on a hot summer day, and a very tasty treat. This would make a good session beer on a hot and humid summer day or night. Ill be drinking many more of these if i get my way.

demcorhip, Aug 17, 2006
Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

Couldn't identify the apricots but did notice a sweetness (fruity?) to go along with the malt flavor. This one poured a clear amber color with a medium sized white head that faded fast. Left good lacing on the glass. Nothing definite in the aroma other than malt. The taste was pretty good, sweetness, malty and balanced with a little bitterness. Tastes like more like an English Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is rich. I was not totally impressed with this beer. It is good, but nothing I would seek out, especially with 7% ABV. Anything that strong should be more memorable. 7% is a bit much to make this a session beer.

JayQue, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of sullysbeer
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

Aroma: Sweet, Peppery with hints of vanilla and caramel.

Appearance: Very clear copper tone with a slight reddish hue.

Flavor: Very unique. Apricot, I guess, if I didn't read the bottle I would have never guest. Really sweet up front that follows through the entire swallow. Fruity, and finishes with a spicy, peppery hop bitterness that is over powered by the candy like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Silky and slick on the tongue. Medium to medium-full body and a little light on the CO2.

Overall Impression: I mean, I wouldn't say IPA. A little sweeter than I was expecting it to have been. A little surprised, but I actually enjoyed this beer. A great concept, wonderful complexity and very enjoyable. Defiantly had the "Dogfish Head" flavor.

sullysbeer, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%

Poured darker amber,almost reddish with white head. Smells like hops, malt and apricot fruitiness. Taste is malty sweetness and fruit with quite a bit of hop bitterness. This is medium bodied and very drinkable. I was expecting more of the apricot, but the blend works. This is worth a try.

Dizzy, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured a cloudy orange color with a semi-thick head. Certainly smells like an IPA, but with a sidekick of apricot and spice. Goes down surprisingly smooth, considering the somewhat higher 7%. I was anticipating this to taste somewhat like Magic Hat 9; I would say the 9 is easier to drink, but this definitely hits the spot. I enjoy sipping this much more.

JohnnyM2002, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of beertastegood
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-red color with a dense one-finger head. Good retention. Aromas of citrusy hops, maple syrup-like malt, and a definite apricot fruitiness. I have heard many say that it is nearly impossible to pick out the apricots in this beer, but I had no trouble at all.

Taste: Hops make their presence known first, with a citrus/resinous bite, and then the substantial malt backbone of this beer comes through with toffee, biscuit and caramel. Apricot flavor comes in towards the end, with a pronounced fruity twang and a slightly metallic flavor that oddly enough does not detract from the beer. Hop bitterness really only shows up at the finish, and even then without much presence. The finish is slightly sweet and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: This actually is a pretty quaffable beer. It is balanced towards the malty end of the spectrum, but is not cloying or overpowering.

Overall: My only real beef with this beer was the label proclaiming "India Pale Ale". This is without a doubt closer to an American Amber than an IPA. I think too much hop character would definitely ruin the apricot flavor, so that was a good call, but then why not call it an amber ale? Still good beer, one of the best non-lambic fruit beers I have had.

beertastegood, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of weasbri
4.25/5  rDev +11%

I've been meaning to try this for a while. Then the Whole Foods in Vienna had a guy pouring samples, so I had a taste and decided to pick up a 4-pack.
A bit of a fruity, malty aroma. I really like the just slight apricot flavor that hits the tongue, and it has a nice hop bitterness to the finish, with just a tad bit of an aftertaste.
Decently drinkable, but I like to savor the flavors with one at a time, but that's just me.

weasbri, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +7%

The sight of this beer is a good sign that it is nearly summertime again. The beer poured a orange, almost red color with a nice off white head and good lacing on the glass. The body is nicely carbonated with little bubbles running to the top to get air. The nose gives you some sweet malt tones and a touch of fruit aroma along with some hop character as well. The taste does not provide an overly hoppy character but rather a sweet malt taste that gives you a touch of apricot flavor and other fruit and spice notes. The body is medium and I find this to be a very drinkable beer.

ggaughan, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

An interesting little beer. Visually it's an amber-orange color, with a fairly hearty head. The scent is really where I love this one, it's a unique sort of pecan-malt mixture with only a dash of citrus and a lot of sweetness. Maybe little hints of pumpkin and spice in there too, aroma-wise. Freakishly complicated taste, starting with a bit of sweetness, but suddenly bursting out with a lot more hop flavor than I would have expected.

A faint hint of a metallic taste keeps me from placing this beer among my favorites, but I'll definately be buying a bit more.

SetarconeX, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of BrSpiritus
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%

Got this as a sample. It pours a nice tan colour with a thick 3 finger head that settles down to a nice lace. On the nose is a hoppiness balaced by a sweet apricot in the background. The taste is a wonderful mingling of apricots, hops and malt in almost perfect balance. The finish however veers off into a more pungent hop bitterness. I would have to say this was one of the better brews I've tasted in a long time. It has anexcellent balance and an almost wine like characteristic. The only drawback is cost, however this is beer to be enjoyed not swilled.

BrSpiritus, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev +7%

this is the 2006 edition.. every year, the cap changes, and the layout changes, but not enough for me to remember which is which. and now, going back to a copper-colored crown is really throwing me off. whatever, i've always been on the fence about this one, so i figured its time to weigh in one way or another.

into a dogfish tulipint it goes, bright orange glistening with leisurely bubble movements. whatever head it had is gone, but a silky layer of fresh soda froth relaxes in suspension. bubbles pop through the cream and lacing is smooth and steady as i move the glass.

fruity yeast aroma transcends the sweetness of double crystal heat-crunched, carbon-coated sugar. hop funkiness ventures more into earthy sweatsock territory.. which is good for this beer. not sure i want citrus and pine mingling too much with my bitter-like malt profile and pit-centered juiciness. this is a really refreshing beer to drink, one with a strange balance of many extreme flavors. unlike #9, this beer does not rely on the extract sweetness of fruit juice/syrup to pilot the beer. instead, apricot manages to subtly define this brew while acting harmoniously in counterplaying the graininess and metallically dirty hops. somehow, a decent brew emerges from this car crash.

i think the 'dogfish yeast' is becoming as noticeable as some other large microbreweries.. (speaking of #9..) and for some beers it works (this one) and some, it doesn't (90). tweaking seems to be bringing this beer where it needs to go, and i think its one of the few in the DFH line that improved with the 06 bottling season. i can't forget the burton baton, which strangely feels like the imperial version of this beer.

recommended in 2006.

goodbyeohio, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of swhitt
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

I got this in a 4-pack of bottles and have had it a couple of times. Pours quite a bit darker than your standard IPA with a gigantic head. Once a few sips the head all but disappears. Apricot flavor is amazing, much better than Magic Had #9 (one of my first craft brews) and finishes with a crisp kick of hops. Even though the alcohol percentage is high at 7%, I could easily drink the entire four pack in one sitting. It's good - I'm going to miss this seasonal once the summer is over.

swhitt, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

This beer pours with a darker than average IPA color. Dark amber with a tiny head. Nose and taste are pretty much the same. Both remind me far too much of baby asprin with mild hops. This is a chore to drink. I applaude DFH for trying this but the mixture just is not good. I can't help but think of children's tylenol. It really ruins my beer.

TheBungyo, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of bwyker
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

A: A reddish-orange brew capped with a very thin, blond highlighted head. What little foam was there quickly vanished. Mild carbonation.

S: Lots of sugary sweet malts. No fruits noticed. Not a whole lot of hop aroma either - certainly less than what’s expected from a Dogfish IPA.

T: Slight citrus flavor upfront, followed by a sweet sugary finish with passing notes of apricot. Honey and cinnamon aftertaste. Hops are hardly noticed.

MF: Refreshing citrus splash followed with a very sticky finish.

D: There is a decent amount of alcohol in this beer, but you wouldn’t know it. Decent overall, but somewhat dull. Could be very refreshing on a hot day.

bwyker, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

On tap at the Downtown Bar & Grill in Brooklyn. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, medium amber, with a thin, bubbly head.

Smell: Sweet from the apricot and spicy from the hops. Like apricots flavored with cinnamon.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A citrusy start, almost grapefruit-like, but as the beer lingers in your mouth, the apricot flavor comes through, and stays there. Not overly sweet, though, the underlying hop bitterness takes care of that. Mouthfeel was crisp with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: 7% ABV? Could have fooled me. Refreshing enough to make me want another.

Notes: Guess the easy comparison is a Magic Hat #9. I think this one is more intensely-flavored than the latter. Regardless, an interesting brew and a nice choice in the hot weather.

bklynbeerbaron, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

I had this beer for the second time at the Pay N Take in Flagstaff. Split a four pack with my mom who is new to the beer world but willing to try lots of different beers. I thought maybe this would be a good intrduction to an IPA without overpowering her with hops.

nice hop bitterness. would be a solid IPA on its own, but then has the added flavor of the apricots which is nice and dry. if you have stayed away from fruit beers because they are too sweet, then this is a good one to try. I really like the fact that this fruit beer is very understated and you arent blown away by apricots.

BeerAmbassador, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of Georgiabeer
4.7/5  rDev +22.7%

A very drinkable but complex brew. Has a faint but noticeable nose of apricots and hops. Pours golden with a nice but not overwhelming head. Has an intriguing taste of Apricot fruit followed by bitter almond/apricot pit that immediately transitions into a medium hop bitterness. The transition from fruit to the melded bitterness of pit and hops is what makes this beer sublime.

Georgiabeer, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of hammer09
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

I had debated whether to try this beer for some time, and when I found it in my local store this past weekend, I finally decided to pick up a 4 pack. Now I only wish that I had tried it sooner.

A - Dogfish Head's Aprihop poured a medium amber with only minor head development. Lacing is non-existent and carbonation appears fairly mild.

S - Very nice bouquet of hop bitterness with a very faint, fruity aroma. Slight citrus, but difficult to pinpoint any distinct apricot aroma.

T - Definite fruitiness on the first sip followed by a dry, bitter finish. Again, I was unable to pinpoint any distinct apricot flavor, but the fruity quality of this beer is muted. I actually expected a burst of apricot flavor, but I'm quite pleased that the result is not overpowering. Second and third quaffs reveal increased hop bitterness.

M - Although bitter from the hops, this IPA is very smooth, yet dry. Carbonation is typical of other IPAs.

D - Surpassing my expectations, this is a very drinkable brew.

For anyone who has thought about trying this, don't be put off by the idea of apricots in this beer. If you like a good IPA and don't mind a mild (make that very mild) fruitiness to your beer, then pick one up when you have a chance. By way of comparison, I'd love to try one of these on draft.

hammer09, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of rodrot
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%

This beer poured a dark gold color with a 1 finger head that left good lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma was flowery and hoppy with a faint whiff of peaches/apricots in the nose. Taste was a good blending of maltiness and spicy hops with the fruitiness of apricots. As the beer warmed the taste of apricot became more evident. For a medium bodied beer, the mouthfeel was pretty smooth. This is a nice beer for summertime drinking, not too extreme and not boring at the same time. Less of an IPA(as the label states)and more of a fruit beer. Could be a session beer except for the fairly high ABV.

rodrot, Jul 02, 2006
Photo of geexploitation
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Pours a clear amber with no head. Slight, sugary apricot aroma in the nose, but nothing as fruit forward as I expected. The nose gives off an expectation of creaminess. On the palate, hop bitterness crops up first, followed by fruity smoothness and a mild flavor. The finish is a bit apricoty and sticky, but overall this beer does not have a very big apricot component -- it's much less than the fruit component in some other DFH beers. I was surprised by this one -- it's less a fruit beer than a fruity IPA. Very flavorful, very smooth and creamy a la the DFH house style, and pretty well balanced.

geexploitation, Jun 29, 2006
Photo of bennetj17
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%

Bottled on 3/28/06

A: Copper with light amberish glow, no head, subtle carbonation throughout.

S: Faint, sugary malt nose with hint of fruit, not much hop intensity for what they label an "IPA"

T: Mild sugary malt taste, hint of fruit although no distinct apricot flavor, light floral hop notes but not much bitterness. Just a little weak all around.

MF: Adequate carbonation, slightly thin in body.

D: Very average beer, I don't think the brewer really accomplished what they were aiming for in this brew. I might try it again, but don't count on it...

bennetj17, Jun 28, 2006
Photo of orfeu
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

Clear copper with slow, steady carbonation rising up to a fluffy, peach-tinged off-white head. Somewhat weak aromas: apricot, of course, with some subdued floral/piney hops, and something sort of phenolic as well. The taste only barely hints at the presence of apricots. Overall, it's something of a clash of flavors: assertive pine-flavored hops are being smothered by some tart fruit flavors that, finally in the aftertaste, reveal themselves to be apricot. There's also a damn near cloying sweetness that seems to be coming from a heavy malt presence, not the fruit. The mouthfeel is likewise heavier than I'd prefer -- there doesn't seem to be much reason for this beer to be boozed up to 7% abv, but I'm not a brewer, so what do I know. Anyway, happy I tried it, but I think I'll pass next time.

orfeu, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

Appearance- Pours a mix between hazy peach/amber and clear Wonderbread crust. Small amount of bubbles making their way to the surface as well as hardly any head after an aggressive pour.

Smell- You can tell there are whole leaf hops put into this brew. But lets forget an mix bewteen light and dark malt aroma mixed with IPA style hops and apricots.

Taste- Starts out with a whole leaf hop and fruity malt mix. I was surprised at how well these two flavors mixed with one another. The lightly tart but mostly pleasant sweetness of the apricot plays weel with the whole-leaf hops.

Mouthfeel- A good mix between fruity sweet and bitter.

scruffwhor, Jun 19, 2006
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.8/5  rDev +25.3%

A decent head on deep amber body.
The smell is of apricots, pine-like hops.
The tase is surprising. Don't go in expecting a fruit beer. This beer benefits from the slight apricot flavors and the goodness of a dogfish ipa. Taste of fruit, sweet malt, and hops. As with all other dogfish brews, this one is well balanced. A step above the 30-minute and better in my opion. If you like the 90 minute, you'll probably enjoy this one as well.

rtratzlaff, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of dreadnatty08
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Pours a crystal clear amber color with a bubbly head, good retention and nice lacing. Aroma is biscuity, hoppy, spicy and a hint of dried apricots. Flavor is like a fruit sweetened Fat Tire with the biscuit malt predominating. Hops provide a nice bitterness, though nothing like an IPA. Fruit is subdued, and finishes sweet. This is a very complex beer, enjoyable, easy to drink. Carbonation is appropriate, mouthfeel is smooth. I would like to see a bit more sweetness for a fruit beer, but otherwise it's quite nice.

dreadnatty08, Jun 16, 2006
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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