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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:
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 Naes
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%

The appearance is golden/amber colored with a small layer of white froth.
Its aroma is mildly hopy, with a definite apricot smell.
The flavor is different; there is a definite IPA sense to this beer as well as the apricot flavor showing through. Fortunately, the apricot is mild and does not overpower this brew. Overall, it is mildly sweet and mildly bitter from the hops that come out near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.
Although this is a decent beer, it leaves me wanting a stronger IPA.

It is worth a try, do not be scared off by the word apricot, as they are not overpowering.

Naes, Nov 24, 2005
Photo of Smittysguinness
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

I am normally not a fan of fruit beers, especially given that many of them use a fruit concentrate, and quite a bit of it, instead of real fruit. It makes them sort of artificial.

Anyway, this beer boasted that it was brewed using real apricots. Everything else I've had from Dogfish Head has been really solid, so what the heck. I was quite pleased.

It poured copper, with a slim head that dissipated and left some decent lacing, slightly cloudy. Smelled of bready yeast and you guessed it..apricots! It also had all of the scents you'd normally expect from an IPA; floral hops, sweetness, slight bready scent. Kind of like the Samuel Smith's India Ale I rated some time ago.

Again, I was worried that the fruity taste would be overpowering, but this was not at all the case. In fact, this tasted very much like a well-balanced IPA, great strong floral hops balanced by sweet malt, with just a tiny hint of apricot. It's like drinking a beer after eating an apricot. The flavor isn't wahsed away by the beer. I wonder if some of the hoppiness was balanced not so much by malt, but a little by the apricots themselves? I thought it had a bit of an alcohol finish.

Good mouthfeel, nothing lingering, definitely not thin. Just solid. Very drinkable. I'll get this again.

Smittysguinness, Nov 01, 2005
Photo of RedHaze
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

Pours a nice amber color with a one finger head that fades to a solid ring and has pretty decent lacing.

Smell; subdued apricots, citrusy grapefruit/hops, and malt. There's no one smell that really stands out more than the others.

Taste; initially citrusy hops, followed by the apricots, and finished with a solid malt backbone. I'm not a real big fan of "fruit" beers, so I was pleased that the apricots were not overwhelming. I'm an IPA fan, and this one was very interesting. I'm glad I picked up a four pack of this while in Maryland.

RedHaze, Oct 26, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

12 oz. with no freshness date. An IPA brewed with real apricots. Pours a coppery/rusty color with a thin head that leaves a collar throughout. Smells of bready malts, apricots, grapefruit hops, and a big sweetness. Grapefruit hops in the flavor leave a medium bitterness that gradually intensifies, and the bready/dark malts contribute just as much sweetness and a bit of molasses. The apricots hide in the back the whole time and on occasion I can taste the alcohol. By the end of the glass the sweetness is almost cloying, but that is the only real complaint here. It has a medium body that becomes very smooth. An interesting beer. The fruits aren't overpowering - it tastes more like a malty IPA than anything. I would probably drink this again.

mmmbeer, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of wingnutter
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%

Tried this one on a whim based on my love for DFH's 60 and 90 minute IPAs.

Poured a beautiful orange/copper color, with a nice head that laces the glass as its drank.

Smell: Fruity, hoppy, malty. Smelling this one made my mouth water for a taste, and....

What taste! Hops, malt, and fruity sweetness. I didnt get a strong apricot taste, but the fruit sweetens this beer just enough to take any bite out of it. Its insanely smooth. It just flows over the tongue and dances down the throat. Fruity, hoppy, malty...balanced very nicely. The 7% is expertly hidden - I forgot I was drinking a 7% ABV beer. Its that smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel is slick and light at the same time, although you know youre drinking a big beer. One of the smoothest beers of this strength that Ive had the pleasure to try.

Id have a hard time choosing between this and the 60 minute. I like the fact that apricots are used in making this beer, but it doesnt taste like a "fruit beer". The fruit lends just enough sweetness to soften up the taste without dominating the wonderful hop/malt balance.

DFH does it again.

wingnutter, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

The color is somewhere between copper and amber with a thick head of average height. The aroma has a strong fruity aroma of apricot with a touch of hoppy zest. The flavor is a full-bodied mixture of dark malts and apricot flavor. Very interesting for a beer and definently something that every beer fan needs to try. A bit of citrus twang lurks within the bolder malt and apricot flavors. I definently see this as a fruit beer because there isn't much of an IPA flavor here. As for drinkability, I'd definently drink this again, but I don't think I'd want more that a few in a session.

Gagnonsux, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of Tang07
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%

It comes out of the bottle a lovely golden copper. A nice head that laces the glass nicely. The first one I had was too cold so it was not very aromatic at first. The apricot flavor and aroma was much more prevalent when the beer started to warm slightly. So don't drink this brew too cold.

The hop is a strong piney citrus. The apricot is a nice complement to the strong hop and high alcohol content.

The mouthfeel is very nice. The carbonation is just right.

It's only comes in a four pack so you can't drink too many unless you get two but that could be a bit pricey.

Tang07, Oct 04, 2005
Photo of Oxymoron
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%

A fun seasonal beer. The pour has a amber color that was mostly cloudy. A slight orange hue through out. A rocky bubbly head with limited retention and lacing throughout.

There was a very slight apricot aroma but nothing to distinct. More of a slight generic fruity aroma. Has more of a extract fruit note (vs stone fruit). Some yeast character but mostly clean. The hops are really limited. Some hints of citrus but light. Needs more hops though.

The flavor is a different story. The apricot notes were subtle (as apricots are), but present and not overwhelming balanced with a nice malt characteristic. The hops are limited a bit as well. More character than what the nose gave, but still limited. Some fruity and zest hops on back end. But no bittering notes. The yeast is clean with a hint of esters and a distinct mineral/chalky note.

The body is moderate but the sweetness lingers and gives it a bit more perception. Overall limited apricot and hops but very drinkable.

Oxymoron, Sep 27, 2005
Photo of neonbrown82
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%

This was a really good one from Dogfish Head. Pours to a deep, slightly hazed amber red color with a nice thick foam that eventually recedes to a ring around the glass. Carbonation is only moderate, and lacing is beautifully thick, but rinses back down to meet the liquid at a slug's pace.

Smells wonderful. Great blend of hops, malts, and apricot. Neither seem to dominate the nose whatsoever, but each are quite distinguishable from one another. Also has a bit of candiness to it, like a red jolly rancher as opposed to belgian candi sugar.

The taste follows over from the nose quite well. A maltiness and fruity apricot blast starts things off. Tastes like munich malt, maybe, which is interesting for an IPA, but perhaps it's just a reaction with the apricot. In mid-taste, the apricots stick around while a bit of candy and hops flavor begins to flood the tastebuds.

The bitterness is at the perfect level for an IPA. Enough to let you know they are there and gives a good hit of bitterness, but doesn't make your tongue curl up whilst covering up other flavors. The finish is a bit dry with a great apricot and hop... errrm, apri-hop flavor in the finish. One of my favorite offerings from DFH so far.

neonbrown82, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of goochpunch
1.93/5  rDev -49.6%

*Updated review on 4-6-08*

Pours out an orange copper with a whipped egg white head and great, busy lacing. Has a nice touch of apricot underneath an overwhelming aroma of a perm. This is like walking by a hair salon. Taste is just like a vague sweet simple syrup with some vague hops and decent apricot flavor underneath. Can't help but taste some perm as the aroma is permeating the taste. Mouthfeel is soft in carbonation but really sticky. This is pretty bad. I don't know if my tastes have changed a lot in the past years or if this year's batch ('08) is just shit. I would assume that my tastes have changed as this beer pretty much falls in line with DFH beers being overly sweet and uninteresting (to me).

9-24-05
Appearance (4.0): Deep copper body; OK sized head; good bit of lacing all the way down

Smell (3.0): I honestly didn't get much from the smell. Weak hop aroma and not much more.

Taste (4.5): Whoa! Even without the apricot background this would be a fantastic IPA, but the apricot goes extremely well w/ the malts and hops. Big hop character like a boot to the gooch. Where's that ABV at?

Mouthfeel (4.5): Near perfect. Not too bubbly, flat, or slick for my tastes.

Drinkability (4.5): I could drink this all night and then have one for breakfast.

Fantastic beer and one I'll surely recommend to others. I was reluctant going in as I'm not one to actively seek out IPAs and I've been disappointed in the past by another apricot beer (by Pyramid). I sure was scared for nothing because this is, even w/out the novelty of the apricot, a beastly IPA. 7% ABV not such a bad bonus. If the price tag wasn't so high, I'd buy it more often. This went very well with a big bowl of red beans, rice and sausage.

goochpunch, Sep 24, 2005
Photo of Bumpon10s
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

A - Pours very thick, deep amber with no head and almost no lacing. This is darker than the av-er-age IPA.

S - A smell of bitter hops and a little alcohol, didn't really notice apricots, lets see what the taste has in store.

T - Ok, now I get the apricot. Wow, the hops and apricots go really well together, a very bittersweet fruit flavor. Its a bit different, but very good, I'm impressed.

M - The apricot addition makes this INCREDIBLY smooth, this beer is very clean.

D - For how good this is, the drinkability isn't amazingly high. This is a slow drinker and only good for one, not to mention the 7% alcohol.

This beer is very, very good but I'd only buy one, they sell it in 4 packs, but I wouldn't get it unless you were sharing with a group. I implore you to try this beer if you haven't

Bumpon10s, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. I didn't like the first IPA I had, Goose Island's, so I've been hesitant to go back since....trying some 100 beers of other, usually darker, styles since. I thought I'd ease myself back in with a fruit tainted version. Here goes....

Pours an attractive amber/golden color with a finger of khaki head, no real lacing to speak of. Nose is quite strong, floral, piney hops and sweeter fruit. Flavor picks up with the nose, bitter piney hops, the faintest malt and a sweet apricot note at the end to even it out a bit. As an IPA it obviously leans toward the hops, the apricot is much more subtle than I would have guessed, but I'm glad as I can tell my beer palate has matured and I can handle the hoppiness better than I used to. Nice substantial body, good carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a fruit IPA. I might be a little more open-minded toward the pale stuff. Another quality brew from DFH.

Golden2wenty1, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of Stubbie1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%

This brew poured a deep golden color, with an orange huge to it. Off white head, thick and creamy left a thin lace to the end. Aroma is of citrus, malty bread notes and the sweet hint of the apricot. Taste is a bitter citrus hop rush with the malt joining in the middle mixed with a slight sweetness of the fruit and a bitter hops finish. Nothing to over the top. I was expecting more of a fruit rush but it turned out to be another good IPA from DFH. It is well balanced, medium body and good drinkability.

Stubbie1, Sep 10, 2005
Photo of Px2GrafX
3.33/5  rDev -13.1%

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a peach, white, green and yes, apricot colored label. typical dogfish logo with an apricot-colored shark. "an india pale ale brewed with real apricots" is printed on the front of the bottle. packaged in date is not marked. 7% abv displayed.

appearance: an almost iced tea colored brew with orange highlights poured in a pint glass. head was a good inch and a half. nice off-white fluffy head that dropped to a capper after a few minutes. very few bubbles rising through an only half clear brew.

smell: hops and sweet fruit. lightly piney and i can smell the apricots, but before i knew it was apricots i would have guessed maybe pears and pineapples.

taste: citrusy and lightly piney hop flavor. a little sweet for an ipa, but not as sweet as i was expecting for a fruit beer. there is an alcohol warming flavor. a light unripened fruit, lightly bitter and bready finish. i still can't pinpoint apricot, though. i'm getting a flavor much like a slightly unripe persimmon as the beer warms. the dryness and bitterness in the finish rubs at my gums.

mouthfeel: very smooth, especially at first. a medium body and a little chewy for an ipa. little to no carbonation. swallows well. best part of this beer.

drinkability: again, drinkable at first, but by the end of the drink, i was having a hard time finishing. the unripe bitter fruit in the finish becomes increasingly hinderous as the brew warms. the alcohol also begins to chaffe.

overall: i love how dogfish head experiments and pushes the envelope for new and exciting beers and styles. however, this beer missed the boat a little in my opinion. i may just have a problem with fruit beers and others may love this try, but i am happy to have tried this once. not bad, but not great.

Px2GrafX, Sep 09, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%

Very clear, orange/amber with a thin stand of dark cream coloured head. Some lacing and good retention. Plenty of aroma, with caramel malt, fruity apricots, floral and spicy hops, along with a bit of alcohol. Full, slightly viscous body with carbonation that's well integrated, leaving you with very fine bubbles and no harshness. Caramel malt sweetness throughout, with mellow apricot and moderate bitterness rounding things out at the end. Some pine hop flavour part-way through. Dryish hop finish with lingering apricot and a bit of alcohol warmth. A fruit beer that's definitely above average. I really liked how the apricots only form part of the character, rather than overpowering everything. Nicely balanced!

DrJay, Sep 05, 2005
Photo of sopor
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

Normally I've been in the habit of saying that I don't like fruit beer, but slowly, due to offerings such as this, that is changing!

Brilliant clear copper topped with offwhite active & frothy head. Some bubbles, some lacing. Fruity & citrusy hop flavors, with just a hint of syrupy sweetness.

Interesting and complex combo. Malt is delicate, lightly roasted and slightly syrupy. Got a hint of grapenut flavor. Hops are clean and prevelant without overpowering an undertone of apricot. Well balanced and very tasty, with just a hint of alcohol.

A moderate body and delicate carbonation. Smooth and tasty brew, but I wouldn't be able to drink more than one

sopor, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of RonfromJersey
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%

A rich shiny copper body, topped by a dense three finger deep, slightly off white, level head. Good dripping lacing.

Nice fruity nose of, yes, you guessed it, apricots.

Taste starts off with a soft malt foundation, aftertaste is a mild apricot splash. In between them...is surprisingly not that much. I had wondered about the balance between their typical IPA hop smack and real fruit sensations from the apricots. Apparently they are so well balanced as to be nearly undetectable. Let's get that Dogfish Head Magic Marker and cross out "India" from the label.

Good mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

A very good fruit beer, one I'd gladly have again, but I'd hold off on the "Fruit IPA" label. Not from the brewery that gave us 60, 90, 120 Minute IPAs. It's more hoppy fruit beer than fruit ipa, at least with DFH standards.

RonfromJersey, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a copper-golden hue with a vibrant, half-inch white head. Nice aroma of rich, roasted caramel malt, some brown sugar, a touch of hops, and a whiff of apricot. Palate is malty and sweet up front, developing a mild hoppiness towards the back of the mouth. Undertones of apricot and brown sugar throughout. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and creamy. Not quite as excellent as I was perhaps expecting, but it is still very pleasant.

ElGordo, Aug 17, 2005
Photo of Xadoor
4/5  rDev +4.4%

I'm not usually a big fan of fruit flavoured beer, but this is one that was definitely done right. The strong bitterness of the hops helps balance out the sweetnet of the fruit flavours. A good mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. I found it to be a great refreshing beer.

Xadoor, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of arizcards
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Part of a 4-pack bought at Papago BC for $9.99.

Pours an orange color with not much head that is leaving minimal lacing. Nose is slightly puctuated with the apricot, not much else notable from there. Taste is very interesting as it starts slightly malty, then the light apricot flavor hits, followed by a blast of hops at the finish. The mouthfeel is beautifully creamy and full. Overall drinkability is near perfect. This is a great experiment that I will try again!

arizcards, Aug 06, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +7%

A fabulous beer, fruit beer or not. Dogfish just does it right. This beer promises greatness leaping from the bottle, sparkling and a copper orange. Good head retention and lacing. It smell boldly of an IPA and that subtle apricot fruit smell. I get more pears and peaches out of this than expected. It' s as spicy and hoppy in flavor and bitter as you'd expect from an IPA with a thin delicate sweetness from the fruits. A slight metalic mouthfeel keeps this beer from perfection. A terrific blend of agressivness in the hops and a delicacy from the fruits. I could drink this all day.

BEERchitect, Aug 02, 2005
Photo of bubrewer
2.15/5  rDev -43.9%

Had to try this one because Apricot and IPA aren't two things I'd normally expect to find together in a beer.

This one poured with a low head and a copper color. I cupped my hands over the glass to get my first introduction to the apricots and....where are they? None were detectable in the aroma, and hop aroma was rather low too. Hmmm...

Tasting presents a clean, sharp bitterness, rather one dimensional but clean and pleasant. Of the 4 people we had tasting this, two could taste no apricots at all; the other two picked up a faint bit of fruit in the aftertaste. We all agreed that if we had not read the label to expect apricot, we would not have guessed there was any in there.

Body is rather thin; weak malt profile does not back up the bitterness sufficiently.

Overall, a rather one dimensional beer lacking in even the gimmicky fruit addition. Not recommended.

bubrewer, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of Dubblebock
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%

Wow! I picked up this Dogfish Head offering on a trip to Grapevine Market. It sat nestled in between all of the other DFH brews, and it just sorta lept out at me while I was looking at it on the shelf. The bright label and the promise of adventure made me grab it gleefully.

I gotta say that this one hell of a great fruit beer. In fact, it may be one of the best fruit beers that I have ever had.

Aprihop roars out of the bottle with a creamy head of tight foam, settled on top of a rich looking orange-amber body. Just beautiful.

The nose is sweet and slightly fruity, the apricots giving the scent a light springtime feel, crisp and fresh.

The taste was incredibly tight and robust. Aprohop has a firm malt backbone, but it's the hops and the apricots that really balanced this brew out almost perfectly. Sweet but not cloying. Hoppy but not at all overwhelming. Fruity but not sticky. Just absolutely fantastic. Decent ABV, but it was not apparent as I could barely discern the alcohol in the flavor profile. This is extremely well-crafted.

Good mouthfeel, very nice carbonation level.

Exceptionally drinkable. I could drop one of these any time, any place. I wanted a second one as soon as I had finished the first. I really have to recommend this beer as a great summertime addition to anyone's beerfridge. Don't pass this one up if you see it in the cooler.

Dubblebock, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of DrainBamage
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours dark-orange color with little carbonation and very little head that's just on the edge of the glass. Smell is that of apricots and malts. Mouthfeel is great, with perfection carbonation and is very smooth, almost creamy. Taste is close to perfect for an IPA with fruit flavor. The fruit and bitterness is perfectly balanced. Drinkability is above average and anyone that enjoys IPA's and fruit beers will enjoy this. I'd still pick Pyramid Apricot Ale over this, but I still think this is quality beer.

DrainBamage, Jul 30, 2005
Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a foamy white head that has a pretty nice retention. Ripe apricots are present in the aroma (as one would expect) along with scents of fresh pine. Lots of sweet malt in the taste both initially and in the middle along with an apricot fruitiness followed by some citrusy notes and bitter oily hop resins. It’s not often you find a really good fruit beer, but that’s exactly what’s to be had here.

Morris729, Jul 28, 2005
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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