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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

4,454 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,454
Reviews: 1,659
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 112
Gots: 355 | FT: 4
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 timtheenchanta
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper brew with a decent head and loads of lacing down the glass. Thin layer of froth stays on top of the liquid while it's being enjoyed.

Very sweet fruity smell with some hoppy notes trying to balance it out but failing.

Big sweet malty flavor that yields to the glorious hoppy flavor which tries to mask the HEAVY huge fruitiness. Apricots, lemon zest, passion fruit kiss the taste buds.

This is a smooth exciting beer. It's a crazy step in a weird direction but I like it. It works for me. Thank you Sam and all of the DFH people.

timtheenchanta, Sep 04, 2006
Photo of KyleVick4
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz

A: Pours a light orange with white head that flows nicely and remains on the top of the brew throughout. Crystal clear with quite a few bubbles. Leaves decent lacing also.

S: My this smells wonderful. Sweet spicy hop nose with a flowery smell that I think is the apricot. Smells of hops linger for a while and a touch of sweetnes from the malt. Wow this is a very good smelling beer, one of my favorites.

T: Very not bad. A good hop attack upfront but not too much at all. it lets itself be known. Followed by the sweetness of the malt, and a hint of the apricot can be tasted in the aftertaste. A very different style, but a very good taste.

M: Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. A touch of silkyness but not too much at all. Very smooth and crisp.

D: Mmmm Im done and am going to get another one right now. This is an addictive beer. Being a football Sat, I will finish the four pack tonight for sure...

KyleVick4, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of mmcave
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lovely carmel amber, with golden highlights through out. Decent head not too aggressive, but present. The smell is of mild bitter hops, carmel, apricots and a hint of cinnamon. The taste is exceptional, clean, refreshing and tasty. The fruit presence is behind the IPA flavor. It is no wimpy fruit beer. Honestly it's thus far my favorite fruit beer. The bitter hops and spices are present as well as notes of carmel and apricot. This is a excellent sessional beer, super great for summer Thanks Dog fishhead.

mmcave, Sep 02, 2006
Photo of Backer2004
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

How could I not try this one? Being such a Dogfish Head fan, I was impressed to find this in Chicago, on tap no less. Just went with a taster (for only a dollar!). This one did not do it for me. Although the apricots were apparent in the smell, it was very flat tasting and nothing to be impressed about. I like the effort and I'll probably try this again, but I even had trouble drinking the whole 4 ounces this past time.

Backer2004, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of hops4me
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just tapped this in my kegerator. It was tasted in a dogfish tulip like pint glass.

The color is unmistakably amber with a rocky white head. Scents of fruit and floral hops eminate from the glass. At first sip I notice its full body and fruity malt character. As it washes down the back of my throat the hops grab the sides of my mouth and tongue. All the while the apricots provide a nice refreshing balance. Not very bitter but still good brew. Refreshing and complex.

hops4me, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of kingjames1
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to admit that I avoided this beer for a while. I frankly had little interest in an apricots and beer. But this is an excellent IPA. If there are apricots in this brew, it is subtle and blends nicely with the hops. Pours a beautiful orange-amber. The smell is a nice floral and fruity hop aroma with malt sweetness - apricots are there, but nicely so. The taste is also good, with more complexity, if a little flat. Ends with a dry finish. Good mouthfeel, and drinkable for sure. This is a very solid and refreshing IPA, and I would enjoy it more often if it weren't for the high price.

kingjames1, Aug 24, 2006
Photo of zjungleist
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber with an real nice off-white head. Smell is exactly as expected, apricots and hops. Taste is pretty much the same, nice medium hop with a touch of apricots. In truth I think the taste could be bolder, but as is drinkability is prety high. Actually, as it warms, the apricot flavor does become more prominant. Mouthfeel is slighly watery, but somehow a little chewy at the same time. Overall, I'm not a huge IPA fan, but I really liked this one.

zjungleist, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of MSchae1017
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a pint glass from the bottle.

This beer pours an orange amber with a frothy white head that holds nicely with little lacing. The smell is as expected fruity and hoppy. It is quite interesting. The taste is a mirror of the smell with the fruity apricot flavor coming out more as it warms. The mouthfeel is good, as expected for what it is. Overall, a good beer, one I wouldnt say no to again.

MSchae1017, Aug 22, 2006
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a bright orangey-copper color with a profusive, fizzy white head.

Smell: Floral, sprucey aroma with a light, thin apricot fruitiness to it.

Taste: Light toasted caramel sweetness. Mild sour apricot juiciness devlops in the middle. Dull grassy hop flavor. Slightly metallic. Finishes quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a very tingly, spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: Creative idea, but this one didn't really grab me. I simply found it to be a bit wanting in both categories: IPA bitterness and apricots.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of mynie
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA pour. Light orange at the glass' bottom growing steadily darker and bloodier to the top, where the beers only visible, tiny bubbles can be found joining a small head that quickly fades away.

Smells great. A really rich, fruity and floral hop against a sticky fruit malt background resonant of a fresh Rogue.

And the Rogue similarities continue wonderfully on into the flavor! The hops are big and present upfront along with a breaddough malt that's so chewy and yeasty you think you're drinking a Double IPA, for a second, until it disolves into a delightful malt profile combining apricot fruits, citrusy hops, and a strong, caramel malt. It ends on a dryer, roasted malt and a hop.

Remarkably balanced and thirst-quencing! This is a fantastic beer, probably my favorite regular offering from Dogfish Head.

mynie, Aug 21, 2006
Photo of demcorhip
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ill come right out and say that this is a biased review, i simply love this beer and think its one of the best "summer" beers ive had this summer. The balance between the apricot and hops is amazing, and while i taste apricot firstthen the hops the transition between the two complementary flavours is so smooth i still havent been able to tell where the one flavour ends and the othr flavour starts. Ive picked this up a couple of times this summer, and will definitely be looking for it again next year.

Appearance
This ale pours a nice amber colour with a thin off white head. It is scantly laced with fine carbonation.

Aroma
Theres alot to smell in this beer. Fruity esters, caramelly malts, apricot, grapefruit, and piney scents are all there to please the nose.

Taste
This is a bold, tasty, incredibly well balanced brew. The apricot and hop flavours wonderfully complement each other. The slight sweet and sour contributions from the apricots, caramel from the malt, and the resiny grapefruit/pine from the hops are all there to be tasted and appreciated.

Mouthfeel
This slightly carbonated beer has alot of substance and alot going on. I can almost feel a fuzziness in my mouth from the apricot, which along with the malt sweetness nicely balances the resiny hops.

Drinkability
This is a very refreshing drink on a hot summer day, and a very tasty treat. This would make a good session beer on a hot and humid summer day or night. Ill be drinking many more of these if i get my way.

demcorhip, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Couldn't identify the apricots but did notice a sweetness (fruity?) to go along with the malt flavor. This one poured a clear amber color with a medium sized white head that faded fast. Left good lacing on the glass. Nothing definite in the aroma other than malt. The taste was pretty good, sweetness, malty and balanced with a little bitterness. Tastes like more like an English Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is rich. I was not totally impressed with this beer. It is good, but nothing I would seek out, especially with 7% ABV. Anything that strong should be more memorable. 7% is a bit much to make this a session beer.

JayQue, Aug 12, 2006
Photo of sullysbeer
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet, Peppery with hints of vanilla and caramel.

Appearance: Very clear copper tone with a slight reddish hue.

Flavor: Very unique. Apricot, I guess, if I didn't read the bottle I would have never guest. Really sweet up front that follows through the entire swallow. Fruity, and finishes with a spicy, peppery hop bitterness that is over powered by the candy like sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Silky and slick on the tongue. Medium to medium-full body and a little light on the CO2.

Overall Impression: I mean, I wouldn't say IPA. A little sweeter than I was expecting it to have been. A little surprised, but I actually enjoyed this beer. A great concept, wonderful complexity and very enjoyable. Defiantly had the "Dogfish Head" flavor.

sullysbeer, Aug 07, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured darker amber,almost reddish with white head. Smells like hops, malt and apricot fruitiness. Taste is malty sweetness and fruit with quite a bit of hop bitterness. This is medium bodied and very drinkable. I was expecting more of the apricot, but the blend works. This is worth a try.

Dizzy, Aug 05, 2006
Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange color with a semi-thick head. Certainly smells like an IPA, but with a sidekick of apricot and spice. Goes down surprisingly smooth, considering the somewhat higher 7%. I was anticipating this to taste somewhat like Magic Hat 9; I would say the 9 is easier to drink, but this definitely hits the spot. I enjoy sipping this much more.

JohnnyM2002, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of beertastegood
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-red color with a dense one-finger head. Good retention. Aromas of citrusy hops, maple syrup-like malt, and a definite apricot fruitiness. I have heard many say that it is nearly impossible to pick out the apricots in this beer, but I had no trouble at all.

Taste: Hops make their presence known first, with a citrus/resinous bite, and then the substantial malt backbone of this beer comes through with toffee, biscuit and caramel. Apricot flavor comes in towards the end, with a pronounced fruity twang and a slightly metallic flavor that oddly enough does not detract from the beer. Hop bitterness really only shows up at the finish, and even then without much presence. The finish is slightly sweet and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Full body, medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: This actually is a pretty quaffable beer. It is balanced towards the malty end of the spectrum, but is not cloying or overpowering.

Overall: My only real beef with this beer was the label proclaiming "India Pale Ale". This is without a doubt closer to an American Amber than an IPA. I think too much hop character would definitely ruin the apricot flavor, so that was a good call, but then why not call it an amber ale? Still good beer, one of the best non-lambic fruit beers I have had.

beertastegood, Jul 27, 2006
Photo of weasbri
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been meaning to try this for a while. Then the Whole Foods in Vienna had a guy pouring samples, so I had a taste and decided to pick up a 4-pack.
A bit of a fruity, malty aroma. I really like the just slight apricot flavor that hits the tongue, and it has a nice hop bitterness to the finish, with just a tad bit of an aftertaste.
Decently drinkable, but I like to savor the flavors with one at a time, but that's just me.

weasbri, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of ggaughan
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The sight of this beer is a good sign that it is nearly summertime again. The beer poured a orange, almost red color with a nice off white head and good lacing on the glass. The body is nicely carbonated with little bubbles running to the top to get air. The nose gives you some sweet malt tones and a touch of fruit aroma along with some hop character as well. The taste does not provide an overly hoppy character but rather a sweet malt taste that gives you a touch of apricot flavor and other fruit and spice notes. The body is medium and I find this to be a very drinkable beer.

ggaughan, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of SetarconeX
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An interesting little beer. Visually it's an amber-orange color, with a fairly hearty head. The scent is really where I love this one, it's a unique sort of pecan-malt mixture with only a dash of citrus and a lot of sweetness. Maybe little hints of pumpkin and spice in there too, aroma-wise. Freakishly complicated taste, starting with a bit of sweetness, but suddenly bursting out with a lot more hop flavor than I would have expected.

A faint hint of a metallic taste keeps me from placing this beer among my favorites, but I'll definately be buying a bit more.

SetarconeX, Jul 18, 2006
Photo of BrSpiritus
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this as a sample. It pours a nice tan colour with a thick 3 finger head that settles down to a nice lace. On the nose is a hoppiness balaced by a sweet apricot in the background. The taste is a wonderful mingling of apricots, hops and malt in almost perfect balance. The finish however veers off into a more pungent hop bitterness. I would have to say this was one of the better brews I've tasted in a long time. It has anexcellent balance and an almost wine like characteristic. The only drawback is cost, however this is beer to be enjoyed not swilled.

BrSpiritus, Jul 17, 2006
Photo of goodbyeohio
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is the 2006 edition.. every year, the cap changes, and the layout changes, but not enough for me to remember which is which. and now, going back to a copper-colored crown is really throwing me off. whatever, i've always been on the fence about this one, so i figured its time to weigh in one way or another.

into a dogfish tulipint it goes, bright orange glistening with leisurely bubble movements. whatever head it had is gone, but a silky layer of fresh soda froth relaxes in suspension. bubbles pop through the cream and lacing is smooth and steady as i move the glass.

fruity yeast aroma transcends the sweetness of double crystal heat-crunched, carbon-coated sugar. hop funkiness ventures more into earthy sweatsock territory.. which is good for this beer. not sure i want citrus and pine mingling too much with my bitter-like malt profile and pit-centered juiciness. this is a really refreshing beer to drink, one with a strange balance of many extreme flavors. unlike #9, this beer does not rely on the extract sweetness of fruit juice/syrup to pilot the beer. instead, apricot manages to subtly define this brew while acting harmoniously in counterplaying the graininess and metallically dirty hops. somehow, a decent brew emerges from this car crash.

i think the 'dogfish yeast' is becoming as noticeable as some other large microbreweries.. (speaking of #9..) and for some beers it works (this one) and some, it doesn't (90). tweaking seems to be bringing this beer where it needs to go, and i think its one of the few in the DFH line that improved with the 06 bottling season. i can't forget the burton baton, which strangely feels like the imperial version of this beer.

recommended in 2006.

goodbyeohio, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of swhitt
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this in a 4-pack of bottles and have had it a couple of times. Pours quite a bit darker than your standard IPA with a gigantic head. Once a few sips the head all but disappears. Apricot flavor is amazing, much better than Magic Had #9 (one of my first craft brews) and finishes with a crisp kick of hops. Even though the alcohol percentage is high at 7%, I could easily drink the entire four pack in one sitting. It's good - I'm going to miss this seasonal once the summer is over.

swhitt, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of TheBungyo
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours with a darker than average IPA color. Dark amber with a tiny head. Nose and taste are pretty much the same. Both remind me far too much of baby asprin with mild hops. This is a chore to drink. I applaude DFH for trying this but the mixture just is not good. I can't help but think of children's tylenol. It really ruins my beer.

TheBungyo, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of bwyker
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: A reddish-orange brew capped with a very thin, blond highlighted head. What little foam was there quickly vanished. Mild carbonation.

S: Lots of sugary sweet malts. No fruits noticed. Not a whole lot of hop aroma either - certainly less than what’s expected from a Dogfish IPA.

T: Slight citrus flavor upfront, followed by a sweet sugary finish with passing notes of apricot. Honey and cinnamon aftertaste. Hops are hardly noticed.

MF: Refreshing citrus splash followed with a very sticky finish.

D: There is a decent amount of alcohol in this beer, but you wouldn’t know it. Decent overall, but somewhat dull. Could be very refreshing on a hot day.

bwyker, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of bklynbeerbaron
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Downtown Bar & Grill in Brooklyn. Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A clear, medium amber, with a thin, bubbly head.

Smell: Sweet from the apricot and spicy from the hops. Like apricots flavored with cinnamon.

Taste and Mouthfeel: A citrusy start, almost grapefruit-like, but as the beer lingers in your mouth, the apricot flavor comes through, and stays there. Not overly sweet, though, the underlying hop bitterness takes care of that. Mouthfeel was crisp with medium carbonation.

Drinkability: 7% ABV? Could have fooled me. Refreshing enough to make me want another.

Notes: Guess the easy comparison is a Magic Hat #9. I think this one is more intensely-flavored than the latter. Regardless, an interesting brew and a nice choice in the hot weather.

bklynbeerbaron, Jul 07, 2006
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 4,454 ratings.