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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,473 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,473
Reviews: 1,661
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 112
Gots: 361 | 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 Mit
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After reading about this on another site and remembering that I had seen it for sale I decided to pick this up.

I'm a huge IPA fan and the only other Apricot beer I had tried that I can remember was MacAuslan Apricot Wheat. This was very different than that.

Appearance was a very solid copper colour. I had a small lingering head that lasted about half way into my glass.

Smell was slightly hoppy and earthy with a hint of apricot...

Initial taste was very smooth but It was hard to taste the apricot. The sweetness and apricot taste of this beer started to come out after it had warmed up slightly. The apricot taste was slightly present at first but became more prevalent the further into the glass I got.

Mouthfeel was solid but not too heavy given it's higher alc content. I was still able to enjoy this as a refreshing drink.

Drinkability was kind of diminished I think due to the everstrengthening apricot taste. I would probably not go past 2 or 3 of these in a session before moving onto something different.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Let me preface this review by stating that I felt this to be a very strange beer. It poured up very nicely, with a copper bronze coloured body and a big, thick, fluffly white head that lasted several minutes. Smell was rather perfumey with a moderate level of hop aroma and a subtle, but noticeable level of apricot. Taste was very "busy" with quite alot going on simultaneously. First, comes the hop bitterness, which is pleasant. The, before the hops subside, comes the sweetness and tartness of the apricot. It almost tastes like what I would imagine eating grapefruit and apricot together would taste like. It's rather bizarre, indeed. Then during and after the finish, there is a sensation that almost reminds me of spraying cologne and getting some mist in my mouth. Strangely, inspite of my description, it isn't really unpleasant, just odd. I didn't find this beer offensive, but it certainly is novel to say the least. I'm still trying to decide exactly how I stand with it...

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

I’ll preface this by saying that I don’t believe I’ve ever actually eaten an apricot. This counts as a daily serving of fruit, right?
A: Pours a beautiful ambery/orange color. The head is quite fizzy, almost too much so, and it bubbles away quickly with a little bit clinging to the glass.
S: An overall fruity scent, with powerful apricots (duh) and some sugars. Rather earthy and subdued as far as “serious IPAs” go, but still quite nice.
T: Sweet and fruity throughout. The hops do kick in towards the end, along with the tiniest trace of bitterness.
M: Somewhat calm and smooth. Not overpoweringly heavy or dry. The beer looks quite carbonated, but I can’t feel it that much, which is a good thing, I think.
D: I could have a couple of these beers. They’re fruity, but they don’t leave a sicky-sweet fruit flavoring in the mouth afterwards.

Photo of scarletfire79
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

not a huge apricot fan but my only other experience comes from magic hat #9 so not a whole lot to go from. i do however love ipa's. looks really nice with great head retention. smells slightly sweet, definitly hop prescence, not overloaded but typicaly dogfish head. very well rounded taste, quite smooth. caramel notes were suprising to me. the apricot flavor wasn't intense but complemented the flavors well. not my favorite ipa but better than quite a few others. i'd pick up a sixer of this.

Photo of YonderWanderer
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The DFH ApriHop is overall a solid, drinkable beer. Solid hops presence, with a slight amount of malt behind. The apricot is present, though not dominant. As with many DFH products, the hops remain the dominant taste. However, it's fairly well-balanced, so it's something even a non-hophead would appreciate. The alcohol is definitely present, but covered up by the hops and apricot.

It drinks similar to a Magic Hat #9, though I find the ApriHop to be tastier. Much better mouthfeel and body. Despite the 7% ABV, it drinks easy, and you could definitely enjoy a few of these in a night.

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

A: Poured dark orange color with little-to-no head.

S: Liked the smell. Very fruity(obviously) and sweet.

T: My first sip was strong and powerful, from the hops, I expect. From then on as it warmed the fruity apricot notes began to rise and merged with the hoppy notes quite nicely.

M: Given the strong hops, which it should. At first it seemed almost abrasive, but given some time to rise to a slightly warmer temperature it smoothed out and was quite enjoyable.

D: I could go through a few and be quite happy.

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

Picked up a 4 pack...

Poured from a 12 oz.bottle into my yankee standard pint glass.

A- A nice orange, glowing amber color. Some lacing, not much, and hardly any head.

S- Smelled of fruits (apricot) and malts- not much hop scent.

T- The malt presence was felt in my first sip. The apricot flavor was not as sweet as expected- perhaps the hops overpowered the flavor. But nonetheless, the apricot flavor was there and it was just the right amount.

M- Mouthfeel was creamy and smooth

D- At a decent abv of 7% the 4 pack could be finished in one sitting- highly recommended as a great alternative to those light fruit beers for the hopheads such as myself.

Not bad!

Photo of auxiliary
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Nice amber copper color, small head, not much lace.

smell - Fruity aprocots, hops and malt.

taste - Has a hop taste to it, I was thinking it would be like a lambic type. You can taste, the apricots, fruit, hops and malt.

mouthfeel - Medium body, with carbination.

drinkability - Interesting beer, not bad.If you like hoppy bears and not to crazy about the fruit stuff. This is for you.

Photo of Viggo
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Lexx for the pickup.

Pours a clear brown/red, thick white head, nice lacing, good retention, settles to a nice layer. Smell is sweet, very malty, caramel, lots of apricots, citrus and floral hops, some alcohol, nice integration with the fruit and hops. Taste is similar, very malty up front, bit of sour apricot, floral, some alcohol, caramel, tart finish, quite bitter. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. High bitterness doesn't work so well with the apricots for me, but still a nice drink.

Photo of Atron67
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- has a great orangy amber color with white head that didnt get to big, but stayed pretty well
S- has a nice big hop smell, slight malt, barely see the apricot
T- this is great has a nice big hop flavor that builds big, then gets really well balanced out by the apricot flavor that rolls in after the hops
M- has a good body with good carbonation that fits well
D- very high, the clean finish with the apricots lends it a high drinkability

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours an orangy amber color with a thinnish off-white head. Nose is hoppy, with some sweet malt thrown in. Slightly floral. Where is the apricot? Palate is less of an American style IPA base and more of an English style. Quite sweet up front, then yielding to a nice hop bitterness, Again, am I missing something? Where is the apricot? There is a slight fruitiness here, but I couldn't identify it as apricot if I had to. Mouthfeel is the strongest aspect of this beer - rich, smooth and pleasingly acidic. Very full mouthfeel for an IPA, regardless of what it's infused with. Let me say I really dig what the boys at Dogfish Head do - I love the "risky" beers. Sometimes it's a roaring success (90 & 120 Minute IPAs) and sometimes it's just ... well ... interesting. This one didn't quite live up to expectations for me, but it's a damn decent English style IPA none the less.

Photo of yourunclewalt
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Nice crisp ruby amber body with silky-threads of carbonation and little lacing

S - Fruity esters hit you in the face here, lots of pears, apple, apricot and even pineapples

M - Surprisingly creamy body surrounded by a tangy carbonation and slight alcohol burn

T - Apricots, spicy hops, faint caramel / toffee malt

D - This is one of my favorites; a delicious IPA with just enough apricot and fruit flavors to give you a nice spring refresher

Photo of becktone
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye: Clear tangerine orange in color with light yellow/orange highlights. Head retention and lacing are great, head looks creamy and is a tea stained white color. Looks great, makes up for what it lacks in aroma.

Nose: Very surprised with this one. Its hard to get any aroma off this brew. There is a faint apricot aroma but it is only just slightly detectable, and that's because I'm looking for it. Overall weak aroma, was expecting something much better from Dogfish Head....As it warms aromas become a bit more potent, but not by much, apricot becomes more apparent, but not so much so with the hops.

Tongue: Nice interesting flavor on this brew. Malt flavors are caramel like with subtle apricot fruit flavors. However, this is all behind a delicate hop flavor and bitterness. I'm led to believe hop flavors are more citrus than floral because they meld so well with the malt flavor of this brew. This is a finely crafted brew, the flavors meld together so well that it is hard to individually distinguish what flavor is coming from what element of the recipe....As it warms apricot flavors tend to come out a bit more.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Fairly light bodied in the mouth with just the right levels of carbonation. In my opinion the mouthfeel compliments the rest of the brew quite nicely. This is a brew I'll definitely buy again, a very unique IPA, nicely crafted and easy to drink.

Photo of shertz
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle in Pint glass, bottled on 03/19/07.

A- Poured with a huge head. Lots of bubbles rushing towards the top. Nice orange hue is what I'd expect for this fruit beer. Head slowly drops to a one finger head.

S- Big surprise here, smells like apricots. Very strong sweet malts bounce around my nose. Very pleasant smell.

T-Very strong apricots in initial sip. Apricot stays awhile then dissipates and allows a dry, alcohol taste to take over. I'm thinking someone who likes fruity mixed drinks would like this taste. Different, but not bad.

M- Very oily mouthfeel with a little carbonation.

D- This is certainly a different beer. The initial taste was good, but it started to get old, so to speak, after awhile. I think if you like fruity, sweet beer, you'd love this one. I could drink one, but that would probably be all. It's very good for the type.


Photo of dfried
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Kind of a deeper orangish/toffee/amber color, thin off white head. Some sweet apricots in the aroma, but plenty of musty and citrusy hops to balance them out, and a sweet malty backbone makes itself known as well. The taste had a "considerable" (as I put it in my notes) toffee like malt backbone. The apricots were quite noticeable but seem to be in a pretty even trhee way balance with the malt and hops. The hops leave some resinous and piney notes, along with citrusy oranges and grapefruit, and pineapples. Medium bodied beer, that was way too easy to drink for 7% ABV.

Overall: I love a lot of fruit beers, especially apricot beers, and I love IPAs, so don't trust my opinion on this one, I was destined to love it.

Photo of robocrouch
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. A nice amber/golden/orange color. Has a little to no head with some lace.

S: Malts, hops, and some apricots. The hops are the biggest thing you smell.

T: Upfront it is sweet and mellow and finishes with a nice hop bite. To me this beer is way too laid back and not as in your face as most IPAs are, but in no way is it a bad thing. The flavors blend well together.

D: Overall a really decent beer that doesn't disappoint and defiantly worth a try. Went well on a nice day by the lake.

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

A- Transparent copper body with thin head that quickly disappears. Little lacing is left.

S- Apricots hit the nose first with hints of hops and malt.

T- Initial taste is quite hoppy. Aftertaste has notes of malt and caramel. The apricots can be tasted very easily after the hops and linger with the malt after the first few sips. Not as fruity as I expected. IPA character is much stronger than fruit character. (Tastes like a well balanced DIPA).

M- High carbonation and medium body. Carbonation assults the tongue along with hops at first but this lessens the more it is drank.

D- This is quite drinkable. A great fruit beer for IPA lovers. It was also interesting to taste something fruity other than a wheat beer.

Photo of HugoGrim
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Dark brown/orange body. Head dissipated quickly to a bubbly film leaving light lacing. Thin vertical strings of fast moving carbonation.

Aroma is mainly a fresh apricot scent, but lacks any hops. Hints of spice like white pepper.

Flavor opens with a sweet and sour apricots which transitions to subdued hops. I say "subdued" because after reading the label's description: "A serious India Pale Ale..." I expected in-your-face hops, which is not the case. As it warmed it seemed to meld together better, as the apricot and hop elements began to combine into one flavor, rather than stand on their own. Let this beer sit a few minutes.

While not a bad flavor, this is not something I could drink one after the other.

Photo of BMoney575
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 6-4-07
Bottled on 3-14-07

Pours a great clear amber color with an immense craggy head that lasts for weeks.

Smell is fruity hops, with a good malt backbone. I'm looking for the apricot (because of the name) and can't really find it.

Taste is good, malty at first, then there it is. A sweet, fruity middle brings out the apricot. Not bitter, but also not too sweet. Extremely well balanced. Finish is very pleasant and perfumey.

Mouthfeel is good, thick and coating.

Drinkability is very good, thats where the nice balance comes in.

Overall, this beer lacks the hop character to be called an IPA, but stands very well on its own. It's the kind of thing DFH does very well, unique.

Photo of tonistruth
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- auburn with a tight, 1 finger white head, thin film lace, good retent

S- toasted malt, apricots, citrus, floral

T- toasted malts, apricots, earthy, tea like at finish

M- light body, bite at finish, warm in start of after

D- fruit brew thats very well balanced, very drinkable, abv to high to session, not amazing for an IPA, but one hell of a blend. worth a try

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

Served in a 16oz pint glass at Hopleaf 5/21/07. Thanks to HeatherAnn for handling the review.

A: Nice caramel color with a small head that leaves a minimal amount of lace on the glass.

S: Citrus hops dominate the nose (lemon, orange, pineapple). Also present is a small, earthy apricot aroma.

T: Pretty much as above. Citrus hops, a slight apricot flavor, with the addition of a sweet caramel malt undercurrent.

M: A smooth, round start that turns bitter and astringent near the finish.

D: This is a decent summer beer that we found to be quite refreshing. Not convinced to return to it for further testing, though.

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

12oz. bottle into Imperial pint glass

Appearance: bronze/copper with off-white head. Nice clarity and visible carbonation, but it lacks the head retention of other DFH beers. The 60 minute IPA beats the hell out of this one on head retention.

Smell: vague apricot, very slight hop nose, and something metallic, but that might mean I didn't wash my glass effectively. I'll edit if my opinion changes.

Taste: It actually does taste like apricot, but the hops are also fairly present. It's not hoppy in the pine/citrus way that the 60 and 90 minute IPAs are hoppy, but it's aggressive for a fruit beer. I'm trying to find something specific to say about the malt flavour, but it seems to take a back seat to everything else that's going on, but maybe it's supposed to.

Mouthfeel: aggressive carbonation that accents the hop bite. The fruit flavour might cause it to be cloying if not for that carbonation.

Drinkability: I like this, but I don't know if I'd want to drink it all night. There's a little too much going on.

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

Light copper color. Generous head.

Huge apricot fruit nose. Not much else. Very appetizing.

Palate is oily/juicy fruit, clearly apricot, with hops to balance but the focus is still on the apricot.

Great fruit beer (to me) but not sure if it really fits the characterization of IPA also.

Photo of kajerm
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours clear amber with a moderate-to-small white head. Nice, but DFH filtration harshes my mellow.

Aroma is light citric northwestern hops, apricots are the main presence. Some biscuit character. Crisp, clean, refreshing.

Tastes like it smells, maybe even lighter. Opens up with a citric snap; apricots and malts (what few there are) show up mid-palate. Finishes dry with unusually late appearance of bitterness. Everything about this beer is refreshing and restrained-- did DFH have this contract-brewed or something?

Mouthfeel is very light, bordering on lagerish. This could easily be a beach or lawnmower beer. In point of fact, you could play drinking games with this. You could use it for anything. Clean windows with it if you want. This stuff is just that versatile. Awesome.

Drinkability is off the charts, I'd give it a 6 if the Allstrom brothers would let me.

This beer and 90-minute justify every other beer dogfish head has ever produced.

Photo of Onslow
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

hmm..?..Pours a dark brown rust colour...
nice constant white cream head...
lacing is very good..
is kinda refreshing but lacks character, bitters and apricots..
.a letdown by a far gap, being from DFH.

I felt like a beer with nice hops (DFH right?)
but this had a muddled balance..

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 4,473 ratings.