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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,504 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,504
Reviews: 1,666
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 124
Gots: 406 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear dark brownish amber with not much head. Aroma has a sharp bite and a definite fruit smell, rather like a cider. Flavor is malty and fruity, and has a noticeable apricot component, as well as some hoppy bitterness. Finish is lively and has a good edgy feel.

Photo of dsa7783
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
"A Serious India Pale Ale Brewed With Real Apricots" on the front logo sticker...
A heft pour resulted in a lucid, clean, clear, light amber color, with a modest foamy and frothy head that soon dissipated, leaving a fair amount of lacing around the head of the glass...
Judging by the aroma, the apricot factor is certainly noticeable, more so than any hops which are claimed to dominate this one...
With respect to taste, the apricot essence is literally bursting through on this one... This has to be one of the most interesting and distinct beers that I have ever had the pleasure to sample... Both in the nose and mouth, the apricot essence really shines through...
Good, crisp, clean, clear mouthfeel without the slightest hint of the 7% ABV which pervades this one...
Excellent drinkability as well, goes down smooth and clean, and would be great for a hot Summer day...
Definitely worth a shot...

Photo of wedge
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-amber under a thin, creamy off-white head. Apricots are present in the aroma (surprise) along with leafy, pine-resiny hops and a fruitiness like that found in some of the more tropical-fruity-like DIPAs...interesting. More apricot in the flavor, juicier this time, with herbal, woody hops. Fresh fruity sweetness. Medium bodied with a rush of fine carbonation.

Interesting...not worth the high price tag though. Not bad, it just doesn't completely come together.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Hazy orange color with a finger and one half head.

Smells like apricots and some malt.

Taste is mostly of sweet apricots with malt. Only a slight hop presence here. Noticeable alcohol taste. I would have liked a little more hoppiness I think.

A good mouthfeel, medium bodied, but still a little heavier than I expected.

Drinkability is somewhat low due to high sweetness and alcohol.

It's better than #9 by a nose.

Photo of marcpal
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to trying this one, so why not on a new beer sunday.

12oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A: Hazy orange with a bursting head of foam on top, soapy and huge bubbles.

S: Apricot aroma with a whole lot of malts. Fruit and sugars hide the hops that are apparently there if you were to consider it an IPA.

T: There is some hop presence here but more or less dominated by the malts and apricots. Matched the aroma and maltiness was more than I thought I would get out of this beer. Has the upfront taste of #9 with more of an alcohol tinge.

M: Low carbonation. Not much of that hop texture from most DFH hoppier beers. Crisp.

D: Very drinkable, I like this one and look forward to many over the spring. Its like a jacked up #9, which I do like. Un-DFHlike but a really good drinker. Does leave me hoping for a bit more hops, not really an IPA but again, delicious.

Photo of kkipple
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this 12oz bottle lurking in my stash, figured it should be drunk sooner rather than later as it was bottled 11 months ago!

Pours a pretty fizzy, dingy pale orange. Nice head, but it dies too fast. Lacing. Yup.

Smells quite malty, perhaps the hops have died down over time? There's still some citrus bitterness to be had here, and a definite fruitiness that, while not immediately apparent as apricots, makes sense once you know what to look for. Pretty good, all around.

Huh, still tastes good. It's sweet for an IPA, maybe that's the apricot sugar or the big malt bill, but there's a nice grapefruit flavor hidden behind the singed, syrupy malt and the (dried?) apricot funk. Booze is rather apparent. Weird, but pretty good. I wouldn't have complained if this were 5% and less heavy, but it's a DFH beer, so all bets are off...

Mouthfeel is a little syrupy, Aprihop seems heavy for a fruit ale. Carbonation is medium-low, finish is malty, hoppy and a little dry with a serious apricot finish. Exhale and all you smell is fruit. How odd.

Sam and his boyz don't always knock 'em out of the park, but as long as they keep swinging for the fences I'll keep buying their product. Aprihop is a solid RBI double.

Photo of sberman77
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into Dogfish Head pint glass. Bottle date is 2/22/08, so this one took a couple weeks to get to CO. Golden orange in color with a slight head. Apricott smell and taste is not over powering which is nice. This is a very easy beer to drink. I would put this toward the top of my list for lighter beers, but I do like apricott. Dogfish Head is one of my top 5 favorite brewereies and they have a winner here.

Photo of charlzm
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled, consumed 02/23/08.

Hazy burnished hue, nice white head of fine bubbles that hangs around for quite a while. Aroma of apricot and with some piney hop notes. Smooth mouthfeel, a little thicker than water. Initial sweetness with apricot gives way to mellow piney hops. Subdued yet intense bitterness on aftertaste, along with a slight metallic flavor. Restrained astringency at end.

Nice fruit beer, so much better than most.

Photo of kirkhorse
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 2/21/08. I'd say it's fresh.

Pours a clear light copper color with about half an inch of head with a few big bubbles.
Floral hops in the nose, earthy undertones, and a mild fruit scent.
Fruity and bitter at the same time! I'm liking it. Slight acidity, I'm licking my lips.
Mouthfeel is light, slightly oily, but dissipates slowly. I'm still tasting this on my tongue almost up to a minute after.
Drinkability is mid-range. I don't know if I'd have more than two or three.

Photo of CrazyMacHarris99
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a bottle that has been in my fridge since spring.

Poured a clear copper orange color with a one finger white head that dissipated quickly and left a thin ring with some decent lacing. Smells of sweet malts with some hints of apricot. There is not much hop presence left. Not being a hophead I like this beer more now. I had a bottle of this fresh but it was a little too bitter than with hardly any fruit sweetness. The taste is definitely apricot. there is some malt presence but hardly any hops. The mouthfeel is a little thin but decent. The overall drinkability is better after some aging. I like this one after 8 to 10 months in the fridge.

Photo of Tilley4
2.54/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't care for this one at all...

Really nice looking in the glass with a huge head...

Smells of very faint apricots and some sweet malts... Very non-descript...

No hop presence to speak of in a beer called "Aprihop". Slightly fruity and sweet but not very pleasant...

This wound up being a drainpour for me...

Photo of JDV
3.38/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice rich slight cloudy amber pour, but transluscent still with a big frothy offwhite almost peachy head. Smell is mild hops, sweet malt and light apricot. Bottle isn't very new, so perhaps the smells have faded a bit. Taste is mildly hopped, slight bit of alcohol present, with a sweet apricot syrupy taste present too. Slightly more IPA like than pure fruit beer, which is a nice change. Mouthfeel is rich and has more body than expected. Overall a great fruit beer, a good IPA and one I'd like to definitely try again very fresh. One of my favorites from DFH.

Photo of wcdoyle
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Knoxville Brewers Jam.

Caramel, light honey color with an off-white head. Smell was--go figure apricot heavy. Taste was creamy and apricot forward, but it was also awash in other sweet fruits. Noticeable alcohol. Creamy mouth feel with low apparent carbonation. Drinkability, for me, was through the roof, although the alcohol content might slow one down.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a dense medium-sized white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of just what the name implies, hops and apricots, along with some caramelized malts.

T: The tart flavor of apricots hits hard up front followed by a quick burst of hops bitterness. The two together seem rather harsh. There’s a hearty malt character and a touch of caramel sweetness, but they’re not enough to provide the balance that is sorely needed in this beer; although it does get a little better as it warms. The after-taste is bitter.

M: Crisp but not too smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: It’s flavorful but I didn’t find it too tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, Unlike many fruit beers, this one doesn’t use the fruit flavor to try covering up the fact that it is still a beer, but this is definitely not a beer that I would want to drink again.

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

12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Pours out a nice hazy amber hue. The head is off white and soapy.

S - A nice scent of fresh apricot back by some other fruity scents with nice noble hops giving it a flowery scent. Malt is sweet and noticable with a mild caramel scent.

T - Apricot naturally is the first flavor but the hops give this beer a nice flowery hoppy backbone. A malty finish offers of falvors of sweet caramel.

M - Smooth and oily with a tangy carbonation coates your mouth. A little bitter in the back of your mouth in the finish.

D - A nice balance of flavors add to the beers drinkability. Overall this beer is enjoyable and a great spring offering.

Photo of BlindPig
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- 1 1/2" yellow/tan head on a clear amber and orange body.
S- Apricots and citrus hops fill the nose. Sweet caramel body underneath it all.
T- Follows the aroma to the tee. Apricots come through pretty big with grass hops and some citrus comes through all on a malt body.
M-Full chewy body with medium carbonation.
D- It is good just not really my thing. Glad I got to try it and will probably leave it at that.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear but darker amber with a half inch white head that falls fast. Nose is apricot yes, but not powerfully so. It is rather gentle but firm. Flavor is hoppy, but seems interfered with by something. I have to wonder if hops and apricots make a viable chemical mix. Feel is nice. When it first hit my tongue I thought...this one feels good. Nice level of bubble. I have to say I was a bit let down on trying this one. I don’t think I had any over the top expectations for this one, but I don’t feel like it really delivered anything serious. Nice to try, but never again.

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

I got this bottle also as an extra in a trade with JDV. Thanks again, Deniz!

This pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy rusty brown with a small but stubborn head of foam.

The smell is of apricots, caramel malt, and a touch of hops in the background. Smells nice.

The taste is well, tasty. Apricots are the first thing I noticed followed by some caramel malt and a nice big heaping helping of hops. Wow. I didn't think the different flavours would work all that well together but hey, they do!

The mouthfeel is medium, the carbonation is fairly low, and it finishes with a good mix of bitter hops and apricot tartness. Very nice indeed!

Thanks again, Deniz, for throwing this one in. DFH has again defied the odds. ;^)

Photo of AltBock
3.05/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with a label that feels like it was made with recycled paper. On this recycled paper label is just the name of the beer, their symbol of a dogfish, a small paragraph describing the beer, address of the brewery, refund values, barcode, and the Government warning. There is a "bottled on" date stamped onto the bottle that's just below the neck label. My bottle was bottled on 2/28/07.

Appearance: When poured into a standard American pint glass, Aprihop has a nice dark amber hue with a few yellow highlights. I was kind of expecting an apricot color, but it's nice to see this color instead. It didn't have a decent head of foam when I started pouring and it still didn't have a decent head of foam after the last drop was poured. This beer had a head of foam that if you blink, you're going to miss the entire show. From what I could see, this head of foam was white in color. After quickly vanishing into oblivion, it only left a few white foamy rings and a streak of white lace around the glass.

Smell: It had a mild aroma of burnt hops, caramel malts, a tiny dash of freshly ground coffee beans, and some ripe apricots to round off the aroma. I was hoping there was going to be more apricots in the aroma, but those freshly ground coffee beans were quite a nice surprise.

Taste: It started off relativity strong with plenty of burnt hops, but then every other taste after that tasted like it was beaten down by the burnt hops. Those flavors that were beaten down, were the ripe apricots, sweet caramel malts, and a drop of alcohol. Just to make sure all of those flavors were kept in line, more burnt hops showed up at the end. Actually, if it wasn't for those burnt hops, there would have been very little this beer could offer for the consumer's taste buds.

Mouthfeel: It was another one of those beers that masked it's alcohol content. There was no way I could tell it had a 7% ABV. It had an aftertaste to it, but it wasn't all that good. There was only burnt hops with a pinch of caramel malts behind it.

Drinkability: I like the color, the smell was pretty good, but I just didn't care for it. I didn't care to drink this during the winter season and I still wouldn't care to drink this fresh during the spring season. One was more than enough for me.

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

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle from Tully’s

Appearance: a beautiful rich copper color, with two finger cream colored head, with good lacing.

Aroma: not surprisingly, apricots and hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel: a very smooth IPA. I don’t really taste the apricots, but there is definitely a bit of a fruity presence. It has aood mouthfeel and carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a very pleasant IPA with a twist. I really admire Dogfish Head for their innovation, even if I don’t always like the results. However, this one I can definitely see drinking again.

Photo of ffejherb
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into special DFH pint glass on 12/2/07. Bottled on date: 3/2/07.

A - Hard pour yielded hazy, deep amber/orange, almost copper colored body with mammoth three-finger soapy off-white head and lots of bubbly particles. Small head stuck with me until the very end, and left some fantastic lacing all over the glass.

S - Obvious ripe apricot aroma with some fruity esters and light flowery hops. Very mild sweet malt in the nose reminiscent of caramel and light bread.

T - Sweet fruity apricot flavor up front with a lightly bitter finish that ends quite malty for an IPA, with hints of caramel and biscuits. Hops are predominantly citrus and floral.

M - Medium bodied with oily texture and lively carbonation. Mild bitter burn in the finish. Overall, very pleasant mouthfeel for an IPA.

D - The apricot flavor works quite well with the fruity/flowery hops and sweet, bready malts. Looked great in the glass. Nose was a little lacking, but still some nice, fruity aroma was present. Very tasty with a good balance of hops, malts and the apricots. I think beer drinkers who are typically not into IPAs can even appreciate this brew.

Photo of BuckSpin
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz bottle (bottled date of 3/14/07) in a Shaker pint

Poured thick, almost a little syrupy. Initially the nose is torn between soft hop bitterness and very faint, overly ripe, starting to go bad apricots. A distant and light caramel quality from the malt adds a touch of sweetness. I was hoping for more on the nose.

Head was a pencil's worth of thin, softly cracklin', winter white foam, the lightest cream hue imaginable, which faded rather quickly to a see-through sheen and a delicate edge ring which laced "dalmatian" ....in small spots. I'd be terribly disappointed if it wasn't apricot in hue - I'm not disappointed. Slightly hazy, its a warm, welcoming hue with a soft radiance with some sporadic bubbles rising slowly thru it.

Mmm...what the nose was lacking the initial taste makes up for. A very nice balanced between mild, yet semi-sharp hop bitterness and round, full, yet subdued apricot sweetness. Add in that caramelized, just barely burnt yet still sweet malt and its very balanced with a decent amount of structure and complexity. Furthering this is a cider-like crispness. All in all a very nice taste & pleasing mouth-feel that is most enjoyable. I can immediately see this being a great paring with some zesty fare like Thai or Pacific Rim, or chicken, pork, or fish prepared with some mild ooomph and citrus. Some dry cheddar would be nice as well.

The malts grow a little breadier with some biscuit/cracker aspects on the palate, it evens out, growing lighter & drier in feel yet much softer & cohesive in taste. It finishes clean, a wee bit bittersweet, leaving a faint hop bitterness and a thin painting of the mouth in apricot sweetness as the 2 "colors" it painted with.

While bummed on the nose, the taste and mouth-feel came thru. It was surprisingly complex and very well balanced with mouth-feel an important factor. I enjoyed this very much and would definitely recommend making a point of annually enjoying this release. I know I will.

Photo of fitzy84
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured with a nice, red brown color with a brownish-white head. It's smell is really strong: heavy citrus. It tastes like a strange combo of a fruit menagerie with tons of hops. This actually makes it very balanced: nothing so overpowering you want to turn it away. But at the same time it is not light either. Overall, this can be a hard beer to get into at first. But it definitely grows on you after the first few strange sips.

Photo of jjboesen
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a Dogfish Head seasonal beer (7 abv/ 55 IBU) that I had been reluctant to try simply because I despise apricots and because "fruit" beers were never my thing. But this brewer is amazing in that they always have a few surprises - and that they have an international reputation for experimentation - some work, some do not.

This does: topped off with a thick slabby foam that slooowly fades into a thin lacing Aprihop settles into a coppery elixir with a sweetish mouthfeel that seems to avoid being overwhelmed by the primary ingredient (did I mention that I "despise" apricots?).

This one, like most DFH beers, has a fine structured body, and while I would not drink too many of these, I could certainly recommend it to anyone seeking proof as to this brewer's ability.

Note: My tasting took place at the Dogfish Head Alehouse in Gaithersburg, which is not a brewery, so the freshness may have a little off - have been here many times and the issue never arose, anyway. A wonderful if not unique quaff.

Photo of shadow1961
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Aprihop pours a good two fingers of foam over a clear
amber brew. Carbonation is slow but steady, and the nose is fresh
apricot and hop. The flavor is sweet apricots and malt up front with a nice
long bracing citrusy hop finish. The mouthfeel is round, crisp and juicy.
The aftertaste is a pleasantly of apricots- just as if you've been eating
fruit. This is not the hoppiest IPA I've had, but it is one that strikes a nice
balance between rich malt and sharp hops. A flaw I've seen in a lot of
American IPAs is an overemphasis on hops combined with a thin malt
profile- there's none of that hop juice thing here. I also like the fact that
it doesn't have that long grassy hop burn of an aftertaste- for me, a good
sign that this would be great with food as well. They've got the rep for a
reason. Awesome.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,504 ratings.