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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,490
Reviews: 1,663
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 117
Gots: 380 | 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:
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 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.

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

I am always excited to sample a new IPA when the chance arises. This one from Dogfish Head is another good offering. Not the cream of the crop for IPA's but a good brew nevertheless. Pours a nice clear orange color with a mild head. Smelled like sweet malt and some spice, also some orange peel maybe, might be the apricot though. Tastes like sweet malt, with hints of apricot, even though they were weak they were noticable. The hops were light in this brew (for an IPA) with the yeast coming through in the end and in the aftertaste. Very drinkable for an IPA, was craving another as soon as the first one went down.

Photo of treedoctor5002
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is very inviting with lots of nice bubble floating to the top and a decent head that lasts.
The color strikes me as being a malty orange color. Smell is a mixture of hops, yeast and apricot. I'm not sure if I like this combination for some odd reason. Taste is similar to an IPA with a touch of apricot sweetness on the back of the tongue but there is to much of a yeasty aftertase. I don't think the apricot flavor and the hop flavor mix well here. Certainly not there best offering.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Murky orange color with a small head of white foam. Minor lacing. Medium low carbonation.

S: Lots of sweet citrusy fruits aromas mixed with fresh hops. Some belgian like yeasty notes as well, blended with the ever-present buttery malt.

T: Hmmm. Different. A definite apricot note fights with hops right off the bat, causing confusion on the palate. The malt note simply adds to the trouble, with too much going on, and nothing standing out. Has an odd chemical-like charater as well.

M: Slightly bubbly and thick, the mouthfeel is acceptable, but mostly boring.

D: This is probably one of my least favorites from DFH. Could be a lot better.

Photo of bahumutx
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy and a dark copper in color.

Smell: Sweet malt with a slight hint of apricot and hops.

Taste: Starts with a sweet malt, a slight apricot in the middle and finishes with a nice hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Another good offering from Dogfish Head. It could have had a stronger apricot flavor but overall it is a tasty beer.

Photo of GPHarris
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - poured a one finger thick tan head into a snifter. hazy orange with nice carbonation to it. leaves a thick and creamy lacing throughout. lacing coats the glass thickly with each sip. great looking beer.
s - malts and syrup are the main aromas, there is a hint of apricot but it is understated.
t - very resiny and sticky taste at first, the apricot comes through as it warms.
m - nice hop bite but not as much as a normal IPA. it really smooths out as it warms.
d - alcohol begins to come through nicely as it warms, i think this is a great spring transition beer and another good offering from DFH.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper/amber in the glass with a smallish white head that melts to an outer ring of lacing.
Aroma is a soft blend of mild apricot and amber malt
Taste is sweet amber malt followed with a nice bitter citrus peel malt softened with apricots.
Aftertaste is clean and fresh...surprisingly not cloying. A little fresh apricot lingers in the mouth along with some alcohol warmth.
Thanks nflmvp for another wonderful brew to try.

Photo of tempest
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour a bit hazy, but that's fine by me. Has a nice white head and retention. Smells of roasted caramel malts with a hint of apricots. The fruit comes out a little more in the flavor, and while its nice with the malt and hops, I still find it a bit odd. Definitely worth a try, but not my favorite.

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

Pours a slightly reddish gold, with a fast-fading head and some minor lacing that sticks around.

Aroma is mostly American IPA, hops, hay, orangey citrus, and dried apricot. Taste shows a little alcohol, which I think is a negative for a beer of this style and ABV. Tasty but restrained hops, with some typical grapefruit showing up in the flavour. Gets sweeter as it warms up, and has a muted, bready aftertaste.

Not bad, but not my thing.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a light coppery color with a small head that dissipates pretty quickly and doesn't really leave any lacing that lasts. The carbonation is pretty nice looking. Smell is of apricot and malt sweetness with some mild hops. Taste is similar, with quite a bit of sweet apricot right up front, mixing nicely with a bit of hop flavor. The finish is slightly dry, with the hops fully asserting the bitterness that was partly hidden by the apricots. Mouthfeel is good, smooth with a little bit of carbonation.

This is a pretty interesting brew. I really disliked it at first - the mix of apricots and hops just didn't work for my taste buds - but it's grown on me. Don't let the bottle fool you, this doesn't really taste like an IPA with some apricots thrown in, it's much less hoppy than any reasonable IPA would be. This is a good thing, as it makes for a well-balanced beer, although a bit on the hoppy side when you compare it to, say, Magic Hat #9. Whether you like it or not will probably depend mostly on how much you like the taste of apricots and hops put together. Regardless, DFH have tried something different and managed to make a beer that, IMO, really balances its elements pretty well.

Photo of AndoBrew
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*did not mind would not buy*

app: LOOKS GREAT, looks so refreshing, yum yum! it is very clear very very clear.. a nice orange coppery color, If this was a pool I would jump in! except I would be scared of a pool with a head on it and copper water.. at the end.. some lacing head did not last, just suds around the sides all the way down.. great looking beer.

smell: huh, well i thought the look was mouth watering but i think the smell is kinda like... "OH, .. drag.." kinda like that.. only int that it is mild mild mild with a mild smell of tiny amounts of dry grainy malts with a titch of v ery non zesty smelling hops, .. kinda smells like an anchor christmas beer but not as anchor christmas smelling as an anchor christmas. I wanted to smell big juicy aprihops..oh well... I CANT WAIT TO TASTE IT, IT LOOKS SO REFRESHING!

taste: ..huh..well its ..but then its more like.. WAIT, it kinda has a...no.. wtf is it..

2nd gulp re group.. ok I have pinned down an anchor christmas hint at the very start of flavors.. then a lil hop zing in the back of the mouth, not so much a flavor as a zing .. then the starngest thing happens.. a nutty malt flavor takes over the back of the mouth while sure enough, some rouge tart sweet flavor takes over the front and sides of the tounge.. it is not defined enough to be called apricot, but due to the name of the beer I assume it is.. HUH, intresting..

I am most suprised at the nice malts in here, not really the hop or apri I was wishing for, BUT LET ME SAY THIS.. its intresting and its good, it has the nice chewy nutty malts of a good pale ale, not ipa, but you know those nice heart warming old pale ales that we have all forgot about because of the new double x's5 xtra strong strength triple wipple ipa's that are so popular now.. well think back to the warm nutty pale ale days.. take that, then and a nice pleasing sweet ever so slightly tart up front on the finish and there it is, something different.. and thank goodness for different.

MF: not anything special

drinability: 7% is nothing to notice in a beer, and this keeps my thoughts true, a true chugger, nice smooth and easy, if it were not for a SMALL hop build up on back to back chugs i would put this score higher

Photo of cproioi
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a copper color with an off white head that left little lacing. The body was clear and no carbonation present. The aroma had a citrusy hops aroma with a back up of apricots that came in slightly. The taste of the beer followed suit but it wasn't a big of an IPA that the label made it seemed. It was rather lacking on the hops flavor. It had a hops front but the taste was rather weak. So was the apricot flavors. Maybe I had a bad bottle. The mouthfeel was bubble and semidry finish. The beer had a slight alcohol tingle in the mouth. The drinkability of this beer was alright but not impressive at all.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,490 ratings.