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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
85
very good

4,418 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 4,418
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 111
Gots: 343 | 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 beeragent
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love Dogfish Head brews, but for some reason, I'm not really impressed when it comes to their fruit beers. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a deep copper, forming a very thin head, that left medium rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is very full. Lots of hop aroma, followed by an extremely strong aroma of apricots. The taste is, IMO, overpowered by the apricot flavor. A good amount of hops, and a light alcohol presence, but mostly dominated by the apricots. Medium mouthfeel. Overall, I was a little disappointed with this one. Not at all like I expected. Where their Punkin Ale was lacking in flavor, this one is overpowering in flavor. Not a bad beer by any means, but I'm definitely doubting myself if I could have more than one of these in a night.

beeragent, Apr 13, 2007
Photo of Beertron
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Yet again, a DFH I haven't tried from a sample pack from the distributor. Let me right now pronounce how nice it is to have a job where people drop you off a 12-pack's worth of mixed Bell's and DFH beers and want you to sample them. Poured this into a tap glass from the bottle. Might've been a little bit on the cold side.

A - 3/4" snow white head. Medium to large bubbles in the head that gave it the ole rocky look when they started bursting. This disappeared quickly, leaving me with a dark golden beer.

S - Strong on the alcohol with a lightly fruity floral note from the yeasts. This smells like peach blossoms. (I'm sure this is the apricots coming to town...) Very pleasant.

T - This is really a surprise. The hops are much more subdued than I had expected. Well-balanced between some fruitiness, a nice malt flavor, and a soft, light hop tang. Wow. This is lighter in flavor than I imagined. (After warming a bit, all of the flavors came out a bit more but were still quite masked compared to my expectations after smelling.) This beer is unexpectedly refreshing. I'll take this on a hot summer day while sitting by the lake.

M - Very smooth with a lingering effervescent dryness. Holy smooth!! Wholly inviting!!

D - Yep. Give me a sixer of these on a warm evening and they're gone. Better yet, give me a day off and a twelver of these on a hot day and they're gone (as is the day).

F - Mussels. Tangy cream-based sauces. Lighter toasted nuts (such as peanuts or pine nuts). Briny, salty foods. I'd make: Steamed PEI mussels with white wine cream sauce, finely-diced salumi gentile and grilled sourdough bread.

O - Wow. I always expect something unique and different from DFH, but they still caught me off guard with this -- a lightly-flavored refreshing beer. In that vein, they did a stupendous job. This beer is yum and drinkable as hell.

Beertron, Apr 10, 2007
Photo of scott
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

V.07
Beautiful mahogany & well-retained foam topping. Malt nose, with hints of bread; not what I was expecting, though. I was a little apprehensive due to the lack citric expressiveness in the aroma, and the tastebuds were a little let down as well.
Very tasty, but thin. No apricots to detect at all. Pine/grass and a pucker on the first couple of mouthfulls. I was chewing, sucking, swirling, waiting - anything, to pick up other flavors. A very drinkable brew, but far what I have grown to expect from DFH. Nothing too unusual to mention, other than it's a well balanced run-of-the-mill IPA or hopped up amber thats great for deck drinking.

scott, Apr 09, 2007
Photo of BBM
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap. It pours a cloudy light orange with a creamy white head and nice lacing around the glass. There were mainly sweet fruits in the nose, with a hoppy bite and slight alcohol smell to round out the beer. Interesting.

Wow, what a tasty beer. Up front there is a sweet taste of apples, citrus, and (of course) apricots. Then citrus and pine hop notes make their way onto the palate, creating a nice dichotomy of bitterness and sweet. It's all rounded out by a very subtle alcoholic finish. This is a fruit beer with balls. Mouthfeel is phenomenal; I've never had such a smooth, rich, creamy beer from a tap in my life; it's almost like it was poured from a cask. Low carbonation, and a silky smooth finish make this one of the more drinkable beers I've had in a while, too.

Overall this is an outstanding beer from DFH, and even though it is a bit 'fruity' and out of the ordinary, I'd recommend it to anyone. Unique and delicious.

BBM, Apr 06, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours copper with a one-finger head that descends to a lasting cover. Some trailing lace sticks to glass.

The smell is of apricot sweetness. Soft.

The taste is sweet apricot skin. A non-descript bitter hop backing balances it out nicely. Alcohol well-covered.

The feel is creamy - medium bodied.

Not an easy one to describe - nice though. Don't know if it's one I would grab with any regularity, but it does a nice job of throwing an apricot into an IPA.

jwc215, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of wagenvolks
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a chalice

Poured a resinous, golden-amber color with a light tan head. Decent retention, but no lacing. Nose is very fruity and sweet. The bottle calls it an IPA but it's listed on BA as a fruit/veggie beer...I have to agree with the latter classification, as notes of lemongrass, strawberry, wheat, banana, peach, and alcohol all rise up off the surface. A hint of DH's 60 minute creeps in as well.

Taste is of fruity peach and apple notes with a noticable "signature DH" hop note. A nice alcoholic bite hits the back of the palate, and the mouthfeel is refreshing, light, and crisp. All in all, this is a tasty, fruity, fun beer. I suggest having one while watching a spring sunset (cliched? yes, but still not to be missed...alot like the beer).

wagenvolks, Apr 03, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw this today when I was picking some beer up for someone. I was in the mood for a hoppy beer and a fruit beer, so I had one. It's really nicely balanced. Not that bitter really. IPA with apricots? Not crazy bitter like an IPA. Nice bitterness with an apricot balance. Veyr nice and easy to drink. Quite a treat. Definetly a beer that is welcome in my fridge any time.

jasonjlewis, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of kwakwhore
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a cream white head which disappeared quickly. Smell is what you would expect for this beer, apricots with hops. Hops are more in the aroma than the flavor which is more malt accented than I would have expected. As the beer warms a bit the fruit and hops get more involved. Not a beer I would buy all the time, but a nice change of pace especially for spring and summer. another interesting beer from one of my favorite brewers.

kwakwhore, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice crisp orange with a thin head that diminished to a ring. The aroma was of apricots and earthy hops, but somewhat weak. The taste was well balanced for an IPA, the apricots and malts provided a nice sweetness and the hops balanced them somewhat nicely, just a tad heavy on the malts for an IPA if you ask me. The beer is light on the palate and easy to drink, just not what I look for in an IPA.

atsprings, Apr 02, 2007
Photo of DaveFL1976
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured this one into my favorite Chimay goblet. It's a wonderful looking, crystal clear auburn color with a frothy and tenacious head. Smell is apricots! How cool! The fruit rules the party, but there's a nice, thick malty background, too. I don't notice much in the way of hops because they're blending in with the fruityness of the apricots. The taste is sweet at first, a touch of a bitter and alcohol bite, and then... apricots! What a neat beer. I don't think I'd drink these daily, but it's a fun beer to keep around. This thing's like a conversation piece.

DaveFL1976, Apr 01, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3-30-2007

12oz bottle dated 03/02/07 poured into a pint glass. The aroma is loaded with apricots, sweet malt, a little bit of caramel and a touch hops. The taste begins with a sweet fruitiness and some toasted malt with a nice dose of hops in the finish. Overall, this is another unique and exciting brew from DFH. It is always a treat to try these weird brews from DFH for something different every once in a while for a change. Recommended!

cjgator3, Mar 31, 2007
Photo of gonzo138
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a clear amber color with a white head that retains well and also laces nicely

S- A little bit of a fruity sweetness at first, not distinguishable as apricot though, a little bit of citric hop aroma is present as well

T- noticably apricot tasting fruity sweetness at first, followed by a light citrusy hop bitterness

M- medium light body, high carbonation

D- sweet but not too sweet, bitter but not too bitter, if it was more readily available and was a bit more reasonably priced, i would be drinking it fairly often

gonzo138, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of beerphan
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> goblet
botted on: 02 28 07

Pours a light oranged amber with a thick slightly oranged thick head that recedes rather quickly to a thin blanket of suds. Carbonatin is thick.

Nose:Some piney hops, sweet pale malts, apricot.

Starts off with a touch of sweet malt and some fresh apricot, bitterness takes over from the hops. Oily hop feel with some stinging bitterness that last in the finish with a touch of sweet apricot juice. Finishes with a bit of a metallic tinge also.

Mouth is full and smooth.

I could probably drink these all day. A little sweet but overall a good twist on the ipa style. Noteworthy that although the apricots are present they never really overwhelm or distract.

beerphan, Mar 30, 2007
Photo of greenbeaner
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to quatertill2 for supplying me with this one...

Appearance is a transparent amber with a light fluffy two one and a half finger head that eventually falls to a skim on top of the beer. This is not a sticky beer, almost no lacing apparent and what is there quickly falls. Strong scents of apricot and other citrus show through at the front of this beer and it has a nice hoppy finish. Tastes of apricot and citrus and malt...this is definitely an IPA based beer as the hops, though tame in IPA standards have a strong appearence for it being a flavored beer...which, makes me a very happy camper...mouthfeel is slightly thick and surprisingly full bodied as well which also made me quite happy. All in all, this is a great summertime brew to savor through the heat...DFH does it again.

greenbeaner, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of arguemaniac
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful orange amber. Great floral hop aroma with some nice apricot as well. Big apricot flavor in the mildly sweet palate with a great freshness; no freeze-dried fruitiness here (thankfully). Decent hop bitterness balances to some degree, but the apricot is fairly dominant.

Despite what the label claims, I’m not sure how “Serious” this is a far as being an IPA. The bitterness is assertive, but not aggressive. I remember trying it few years ago and it certainly was an IPA. But, the delicious apricot flavor bridges exceedingly well with leafy, floral hop flavor (if not bitterness), and makes for one very tasty and drinkable fruit beer. Frankly, it might just be one of the best American-brewed fruit beers out there.

Recommended…

arguemaniac, Mar 27, 2007
Photo of kpantz
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Executive Summary: Ahhh, spring. Womens' clothing shrinks, it's not as painful to take the dog out at night, and you can actually take your 9 month old outside to give him a change of scenery and calm him the hell down. Oh yeah - and Aprihop arrives. All top priorities in my book. This year's incarnation is even better (or I'm just beginning to really like apricot beers...dare I go back and try my arch nemesis #9?).

Appearance: Slightly red-tinged amber with a cream-colored head that starts over two fingers thick and hangs tough until settling down to a little more than a film. Beer is clear as day. Fairly decent lacing.

Smell: Hops and apricots. What a shock. I actually love the combination here. The hops take enough of the sweetness away from the apricot smell to keep it from being overbearing. A hint of raisin in there as well. Really a great aroma.

Taste: Some malt to start, then the apricot, and then that all dies away in favor of the hops (though the apricot lingers in the background). After all, this is a "serious India Pale Ale." They don't lie - it's a solid IPA, when you get down to it.

Mouthfeel: About what I expected. Slightly thicker than a standard IPA and a little sticky. Perfect carbonation level (read: not too bubbly).

Drinkability: Oh, this is a warm weather beer, all right. Bright flavors and smooth delivery. No notice of the 7% ABV.

kpantz, Mar 23, 2007
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice two inch head with good lacing. A good smooth fruity richness first hits, then a zip of hops balances out the malty sweetness. The fruit and malt give this beer a great mouthfeel. a creamy texture with a soft finish. I paid $7.99 for a four pk. which at 7% abv. is not to shabby!

athensbeermaster, Mar 21, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a rusty golden color with a one finger head. Head retention was rather short. Light lacing remained.

Smell: Apricot aroma is pronounced. It has an apple fragrance along with some other citrus scents. I expected a strong hoppy smell, but it actually smells pretty well balanced as it smells malty, as well.

Taste: It does have a sweet, apricot taste. Hops are not overly strong, so the bitterness factor is not what I expected. It's got a nice balance of malt and hops actually. Other citrus flavors lie on the outskirts (apple and orange).

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It tastes a little thick and it definitely lies on the sweet side for me. That limits its drinkability. But, I could still have two or three in a sitting. Overall, it's a good beer. It won't be a regular in my fridge. But, it's unique and worth a try.

prototypic, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of Atlas1
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, the Aprihop in late March. Another sign that Spring is upon us. Do I rely too heavily on beers to remind me about the changing of the seasons? Perhaps. Is that a bad thing? Not at all.

Pours a nice clean orange-amber color with a fat two-finger head that settles nicely but leaves relatively no lace on the glass. Smells delicious. Crisp fruit scents - apricot, of course, and some lemony citrus. Piney and hoppy, but not as crisp in the hop character as the 60 or 90 Minute IPAs. Still, a very pleasant aroma. The taste is sweet up front, again with lots of apricot (it is an apricot IPA, after all) and some peach. Clean and hoppy with a lingering hop kick in the finish. Decent mouthfeel. A solid beer. Great for spring.

I've had a number of "fruit" beers over the past few years but most of them leave much to be desired. I think the beers, like the Aprihop, that use actual fruit instead of a fruit syrup derivative achieve a better quality product. Try the Aprihop and you'll know what I mean.

Atlas1, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of Duster72
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours amber with decent head and sticky lacing. Aroma is typical IPA with a citrusy kick. Taste is bready malt followed by a sweet hops kick. Very interesting -- reminds me of DFH 90 minute with less alcohol bite. Apricots sweeten the mix but are subtle considering the name. Mouthfeel is excellent. Not syrupy, but very full bodied. Very drinkable; each sip invites another and it goes down fast. Perfect spring seasonal.

Duster72, Mar 17, 2007
Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear rusted orange color with a dense, off-white two finger head. Good retention that leaves big patches of sticky lace. Mild nose of tropical fruit, Crystal malt and background casacde hop aroma. Light caramel and mellow apricot flavors in the first sip. Fruit becomes more apparent in the aftertaste- the malt sweetness and gentle apricot flavor are delicately balanced by subdued american citrus hop flavor and even bitterness. Medium mouthfeel has dextrinous texture(possibly from fruit proteins?) and medium carbonation. This is a restrained fruit beer, and not an IPA + apricots as the label claims. The fruit character is evident, but less commanding as in most other fruit beers; the typical fruit blast is here replaced with a solid American Pale Ale base and simply accented with apricot. Finishes with minimal pale malt and caramel sweetness-lingering apricot tatse, and stubborn but muted hop bitterness. A highly drinkable beer that demonstrates what can happen when you don't screw a fruit beer up.

PBRstreetgang, Mar 16, 2007
Photo of quasimoto
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rather cloying sweet aroma beer. Either it is not cold enough or it needs to sit. Either way it pours a nice orangeish amber with and off white head that leaves lace. The aroma is of strong fruits, but I couldn't tell if it was actually apricots simply because it smells like it just came from a bourbon barrel. They almost have that same phenolic/ fruity smell. The taste on the other hand bring out that rather distinct flavor of apricots. It melds nicely with the taste and aromas of the hops. All around it is a very fruity beer. The mouthfeel starts off rather smooth , then turns to a rather thick creamy feel. It is followed up by a slight hop bite that dries out the end of it. Leaves a very nice after taste. Very easy to drink. Should be made available for the summer months.

quasimoto, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of Risser09
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz Bottle - February 28th, 2007 Bottling - Served at 55 Degrees Into A 12 Oz Glass

Appearance: Golden, pure looking and pinkish beer. Ample carbonation on the sides of the glass and surfacing from the bottom. Head retention is excellent and rose up to about 2 inches. This is a very clean looking beer. Light passes through it easily.

Smell: Musty apricots. Earthy aromas are followed by a tad bit of hoppy sweetness. I love dried apricots so I hope this one is good. Yeast and malt are strong too, but maybe that's just the apricot aroma.

Taste: Apricot sweetness is apparent immediately. It maintains it's presence throughout the midtones and gives way to a very slight hop finish. Other nominal flavors are peach, clove, and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: Very light and airy. Foamy carbonation expands the body of the beer in my mouth. This might cause some burping or farting later on. I certainly can't tell that the abv is 7%.

Drinkability: I could drink a few of these during the summer heat, but the apricot flavors might become overwhelming. Overall, worth trying. I will revisit again next year, or when fresh batches hit stores.

Risser09, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of 0tt0
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. Pours a terrific two finger head. A vigourous swirl of the glass puffs up the off-white head even more. Color is rimniscent of a nice glass of ice tea with a bit more ruby elements towards the edges of the bulb.

Nose of apricot (obviously), toasty bread notes, a slight wisp of caramel, and a hint of something I can't put my finger on (lemongrass?). A bit of apple skin is present. Given my knowledge of other DFH beers, it seems somewhat vague or tentative to my nostrils in comparison.

Mouthfeel is luscious and velvety. Beautifully textured and rich in the mouth, it coats the toungue on the way down. Exemplary.

Malt greets the palate up front, notably toffee, apricot, tart apple, then a flash of dry hoppiness. Contrary to what I've heard, I don't find it sweet at all. Rather, it is rich and savory, all while being light and quaffable at the same time.

Though not something I would reach for often, I find nothing wrong with its execution. The texture of it is wonderful and the interplay of flavors makes it quite a treat. The apricot isn't as pronouced as I might have expected. To have originated from an IPA, I am somewhat surprised by the lack of hop bitterness. Its fairly well-balanced, but I expected a bit more of that snappy punch. Quite refreshing and enjoyable. Love the fact that brewers are walking out on the skinny limb to make something like this. An interesting brew that's certainly worth a try.

0tt0, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of jmalex
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will try ANYTHING with "apricot" in the name. I love 'em! So the first time I saw this beer in the stores this season, I had to pick up a 4-pack. Here we go!

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear golden amber color with a fluffy white head that drops quickly, but still leaves a hearty collar and a thin layer of foam atop the beer. Leaves no lace whatsoever.

SMELL: Apricots, what a surprise! But they're joined by a pungent earthy hop smell. The aromas are not very intense at all.

TASTE: The apricots are certainly not front and center like one may expect. But they certainly help to mellow the beer out and allow the different flavors to blend. Playing along side is a raw, pungent, spicy, grassy, and piney hop quality (that's a lot of adjectives!) which bitters more than it flavors. I didn't like the fruit and hop flavor matching at first, but as I drink, it really seems to work a little better.

MOUTHFEEL: Refreshingly light bodied. A good thirst quencher for the hot months. Perhaps a bit undercarbed for being so, however.

DRINKABILITY: Very good. The many flavors are great for anyone feeling parched on a warm day. Very hard to believe that this is 7%. If not for the alcohol, this could easily pass as a session beer.

Not quite the apricot flavor I was expecting, but a solid offering just the same. I think the beer would benefit from a slightly alter hop profile to offer something more citrusy to go with the fruit. All in all, not bad. I'm glad I've got the rest of the 4-pack to enjoy.

jmalex, Mar 11, 2007
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 4,418 ratings.