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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,501 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,501
Reviews: 1,666
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 122
Gots: 399 | 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 Duster72
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.

Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of quasimoto
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Risser09
3.69/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of 0tt0
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of jmalex
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear deep amber color with a light tan frothy head that lasts a while. Settles to a smooth foamy cap. Solid lacing throughout the glass.

Rich malt aromas with a touch of apricot, creaminess, and some cinnimon spice. Some grassy hop aroma is also present.

Bready malts start off then give way to sharp citrus-like hops. Only a hint of apricot is available in the flavor. Medium bodied with good carbonation. The finish is lingering hop bitterness mixed with a little bit of apricot "residue."

This one is more of a fruit beer than an IPA. The hops are only found in the background. Still, it's a novel beer and one that can be enjoyed.

Photo of jamie2dope
2.16/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aprihop pours a sort of boring orange color, with a decent enough white head. Smell showed signs of oxidation in its sort of stale, peppery, almost carbonated smell. Whatever apricot that was in this beer seems to have completely vanished. All that is left are some weak hops, and a bit of grain. Body was medium, perhaps bordering on light. One was way more then enough for me. Im cursing the fact that I spent eight bucks for four of these. Sorry, but for dfh, this beer is sort of a disaster. Maybe I got a poor sample.

3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - 3" khaki head on top of a perfectly amber beer. Very good retention at 1". Some thick lacing.

S - Piney hops with a hint of fruit trying to break through.

T - Lots of bitterness that makes this seem like more than the 60 Minute IPA. Some dull apricot fruit flavor late, late in the finish.

M - Full bodied, low to mid carbonation. Smooth, slick mouthfeel.

D - This is OK. I may try it again at some point.

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

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a 6oz sampling glass. Label display the Dogfish Head logo and calls this an "India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots."

Appearance: Pours with 1/4 inch of white head. Settles quickly into a ring around the glass and the barest hint of a layer of foam. The beer itself is oange/amber and slightly cloudy.

Smell: Fruity hop aromas mixed with a distinctive smell that must be the apricots. A hint of brown sugar sweetness. Good well-rounded smell.

Taste: Less hoppy than I expected from DFH. Maybe the hop flavors have faded, not sure how old this is but it says Spring release. A very slightly sweet malt flavor pairs well with a fruity mild hop flavor. Very low hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level. Good body, nice and thick.

Drinkability: I am impressed. DFH sometimes seems to focus too much on being on the cutting edge of what you can put into beer and less on making creative yet drinkable beers. This one is a good mix of "different" ingrediants and drinkability. I would like to try and egt some that is a little fresher to see how it compares.

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

Sat on this bottle for a while, since last spring. Aged in my cellar at @ 65F.
Perfectly clear amber, leaning towards orange. Thin layer of white head. Good lacing and head retention. Aroma doesn't present any ill effects of aging. Creamy malt, toasty with a touch of that 90 minute feel. Present apricot, in an acidic, fruity manner, with piney, earthy hops balancing things out. Some noticable booze. The flavor opens with rich, thick maltiness. A little barleywine-like, in the way that 90 minute is. I can't quite place it. Maybe a biscuity toastiness. Apricot fruitiness, more of an accent to the IPA nature than any kind of fruit beer. Good acidity in the finish, from both hops and apricot. The finish is taken up with assertive, resiny hops. Earthy, herbal and piney. Good bitterness, balanced well with the malt. Full bodied, with a creamy smooth texture. Fine bubbled carbonation.
I don't know if the hops have dropped out at all, but this is a choice brew. I really like it now. The last time I had it, when it was first released, I was kinda "meh" about it. Still fresh after 6 months or so.

Photo of lpayette
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Label states "A serious India Pale Ale Brewed with real apricots"

Appearance- Pours a beautiful copper with little head. Somewhat cloudy, and just a bit of brussels lace.

Smell- A bit odd in the nose. The apricots and hops are at odds with one another and it is hard to decipher anything else.

Taste- Surprisingly malty (amber malt). Moderately high alpha acid hops. Hints of alcohol in the finish. Hints of cookie dough. Apricots are there too, but not as strong as I expected.

Mouthfeel- Certainly different. Some IPA characteristics for sure (the beginnning and the finish in particular), but the middles is laced with a weird apricot medium body.

Drinkability- This beer really grew on me. It was a bit strange at first, but it got better and better. Surprisingly malty- a character akin to the 90 minute IPA. Very much enjoyable and quaffable once you get used to it.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.06/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dispensed from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Apricot colored beer emerges and it topped with a solid, peanut colored head of average size; about 1 finger or so. No lacing. A small layer of carbonation remains on top during consumption of the beer.

Aroma certainly wasnt apricoty. Somewhat alcoholic and biscuity. Lots of caramel flavors as well. Doesnt really smell too IPAish as it is light on the hops for sure. Mostly lacklyster in overall aroma qualities.

Taste was average I suppose. Malty with a touch of hop bitterness. Pretty sweet but not cloying. It is possible there is some apricot in there but since I am not a huge apricot consumer (I assume it is somewhat peachy in overall characteristics) I cant really tell if there is any in there.

As the beer warms, more of the apricot comes out and is actaully noticeable in the finish. Also in the finish is a mettalic qualtiy that could be achieved by sucking on an old AA battery (not that Ive ever done that).

Overall not bad. Nice carbonation, medium bodied. Comes in a four pack and that is perfect as six would be too many. I will drink the others and be happy.

Photo of BeerTruth
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unique says it all...apricot and hops, a combination I can't help but love even though I'm sure many would disagree. This pours a foggy orange hue with a nice foamy head. Smell is clearly fruity with apricot/peach/lemon present. At first you would expect the apricot flavor to be present, but it actually doesn't appear until the beer reaches room temp. First sip is more aggressive with hops than apricot. Towards the end the hops and apricot mix to make it a nice soft mouthfeel. A nice twist on a fruit beer.

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

An orange, brown beer with a small head and some visible carbonation.

Smell is heavy caramel. On top of that a flowery hoppiness, which is also a bit earthy. The apricots give it a fruity smell, but I could not pick out the apricot.

Taste is very caramellic, which make the beer a little woody and marmelade-like. There is a nice hoppiness, flowery and fruity. A subtle bitterness, unlike other IPAs I had. Together with the fruitiness, it makes a nice combination of hop and fruit. Again I cannot detect the apricots other than there is a nice fruit kick. Body is medium and aftertaste is dry and bitter.

A funny combination of fruit and hop, which is well done, but not what I expected from an IPA.

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

Appearance: Hazy copper color, with a small, persistent white head, thin glass-coating lacing, and moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Strong sweet apricot and floral hop aroma, little else makes itself evident against these strong scents.

Taste: Sweet honey-like malt at the open, with citrus and pine hops later in the taste; the hops carry to the end of the taste, lingering on with a slight medicinal bitterness. The apricot notes are a subtle accent throughout the taste, pleasant and understated. No alcohol flavors were noted.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant, well-made IPA with a twist, well-hopped enough for hop-heads, but interesting enough for the rest of us as well.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with no head, a dulled and largely unappealing pear colour. Rather cloudy. A strong and pinching aroma coated in lightly bitter, nose tickling hops, which along with some light effervescence, is drowned out by an off-putting biscuit-like, bready malt profile and more than modest alcohol presence. A little deterring...
Mouthfeel equally unimpressive. Alcohol somewhat present, a thin and watery makeup. Hops resonates on the finish. The apricot can be hard to detect on some sips and again, a strong off-putting malt is too aggressive in the forefront.
Overall, quite spotty. I expected a little better.

Photo of joedon
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I guess I was expecting something different. There is a sense of fruit in the aroma and taste but that is overwhelmed by hop bitterness and a really acrid after-taste sort of like pine needles.
Color is dark amber-gold with very little head but nice lace. Aroma of fruit and vinous notes. Taste is very hop dominant and thin on the malt. A bit of wine-sugar taste and some currant and blackberry.
Kind of watery mouthfeel and very lightly carbonated. This is more like a wine spritzer than a fruit beer. Not my style.

Photo of gmfessen
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a light amber-brown with a soapy looking two-finger head. Smell is of apricots and hops... go figure. Taste is initially slightly sweet and finishes pretty bitter with hops. There is a definite lingering aftertaste of apricots. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Overall I would say that this beer is drinkable, but not too much so.

Photo of flexabull
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright and clear amber color with a nice head. A lot of bubbles noticed from the carbonation.

A slight apricot smell blends well with a hint of hops and malt. Smells pretty good, a bit faint though.

Taste is quite good. I am usually not a big fruit beer fan, because it seems like they are often sloppy and not well made, however, this one is an exception. The flavors a bit more bold, but not overdone on the fruit side. A nice apricot flavor upfront that isn't too sweet, then the beer finishes with a tinge of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is above average, nice crisp feeling finish.

I enjoyed this much more than I thought I would. It's obvious that the people over at DFH really know what they are doing. A nice example of a fruit beer. I'd drink another...

Props to MuenchenerKindl for providing this one.

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

Appearance: After the small head receded it left a nice frothy top. Color was a honey apricot.

Smell: Hops were dominant but there was also a fruity sweetness. I just barely detect the apricot aroma. I can smell an alcohol note.

Taste: Malts are surprisingly bold with an alcohol punch. Some sweetness but dominated by the malt and citrusy hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium body.

Drinkability: My friends love this beer, but it's not my favorite Dogfish Head. I've had it on tap in Gaithersburg and it was much better than in the bottle. I may need to review this again when I drink it on tap.

Photo of tcfishler
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Moderately hazy light brown/amber with an average sized head and excellent lacing.

Sweet but fresh aroma, with fruity overtones

Great chewy mouthfeel, with fine carbonation. Semi-roasted malt character dominates until the finish, where the hop bitterness kicks in. Fruit is detectable mostly in the aftertaste. Although the malt/hop balance definitely leans towards the former, especially in comparison to other DFH IPA's, the sweetness is nicely restrained.

Uncharacteristically friendly DFH brew (even my bitterness-averse girlfriend liked it), but an excellent one nonetheless.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This isn't one of Dogfish Head's better beers, but it was still really good. The taste wasn't very apricotty, but the mouthfeel was. The smell was rather bland, and I was a little worried that this was seasonal, and my getting it in November spicked my curiosity (Is it seasonal?). Don't drink and review.

Photo of watermelonman
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a clear orange and gold with a small head that faded but didn't disappear. It left a moderate amount of lace.

The smell is mostly apricot. Pale malt and hops come through too. The taste starts with malts and fruit, and then turns to a mild hop bitterness. Apricots last through the finish. The mouthfeel is medium.

This one definitely improved as it warmed.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly pinkish copper brew with a monsterous white head the slowly vanishs and coats the glass with beautiful rings of lacing.

S - A bit of perfume and light malt. Nothing great.

T - A slightly sweet fruity apricot flavor with a stronger pine and grapefruit citrus hoppiness. The aftertaste is a tad malty and a bit alcoholic with no real bitterness. It is pretty good.

M - Smooth, thin and refreshing.

D - Abv is too high to be sessionable, but it is a pleasant beer. Good with food. A quality brew from dogfishhead. Personally, I think it would gain a lot if it weren't so heavily filtered.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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