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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,400 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 4,400
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 108
Gots: 340 | 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 qwert59
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a goregous amber orange, with minimal head but very active champagne like carbonation.

Smells like apricots and Dogfishhead hops. Cirtus hop smell and apricot sweetness. There is a slight, slight malt touch. I love the smell of this beer. It smells refreshing, like summer.

Taste starts with a subtle malt and quickly moves into apricots, and
finishes clean with a nice hop bitterness. The apricot is jsut right, not too sweet, not too subtle. I thought it would be easy to overdo the apricot, but its just right. The apricot stands in to highlight the hops in the IPA.

The moutfeel is typically Dogfishhead; theres a syrupy almost creamy body to it without over doing it. There's a really nice biting carbonation, which helps the beer to finish as cleanly as it does.

Overall, this is a great, highly drinkable spring/summer release. This would be perfect for relaxing on a hot muggy evening. Aprihop is what early Friday evening in summer tastes like.

qwert59, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of SethB2
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sudwerk pint glass.

Beer pours a clear amber with a tiny head that disappears very quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing. Smell is interesting. The apricot dominates, but you can pick up some hops through it. Very inviting, really. Taste is nice. It is almost a role reversale between the apricot and hoppiness. The hops dominate up front, paving the way for sweet malty goodness. Very good stuff. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good as well. I would very much like to (and probably will) have another. Well crafted brew by Dogfish Head.

Thanks to wingnutter for another great trade.

SethB2, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of DaggerEyes
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle with a bottled on date that was unfortunately smudged...

Poured a lovey clear copper with amber hints and a one finger thick off white foamy head, that settled into a sudsy heavy lacing on the surface. Rows upon rows of beads rush to the surface.

Ah what a pleasant smell... Pretty much what you'd expect but nice none the less. Sweet apricot smell balanced out with a slightly bitter hop aroma.

Not as sweet as the nose would leed you to believe. A well balance is acheived between the fruity apricot taste and the bitter citrusy hop tastes. Medium bodied with a medium ammount of carbonation.

Man what a drinkable beer, if it weren't for the price of these bad boys and the fact that they come in a 4 pack I could just keep putting em back

DaggerEyes, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of roan22
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I loved this beer last year; last year's batch seemed slightly thicker, hoppier and way lighter in color. This year's batch tastes really bad to me. Its darker and way too sweet, like maple syrup sweet. It appeared more watery too. The apricot taste is still there but the sickly sweetness of the maple flavor overpowers the slight tart taste of the apricot, and overpowers the hops, which are barely noticable. I will try it again out of a bottle, maybe it was a bad keg.

roan22, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of nickss
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light copper hue. Very active carbonation creates an extremely loud head. The 1/4" head quickly disipates.

Initially light piney aroma. Finishes a bit metallic. Don't really get the apricot aroma. Check that.... as it warms a bit, the apricot becomes more prevalent. Not bad... but I'd enjoy a bit more hop profile.

Very interesting flavour. Light and fruity. Not as much apricot as I would have thought (although that might be a good thing. Interesting balance. Once again, I'd prefer a bit more hop to the bite... the flavour is a bit too light for me.... perhaps it is the apricot, which comes to the forefront as I near the end of the glass.

Perhaps a bit too carbonated for my taste, but it is thick and chewy enough to make me happy.

Entirely inoffensive, and a potential quaffer... not too shabby for a 7% brew. DFH constantly impresses me with their innovativeness, but I think this one was a touch off mark, although still pretty solid.

nickss, Apr 04, 2006
Photo of WeymouthMike
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one beer that I anticipate every spring, its not my favorite beer but its
a great spring offering. Its fresh and fruity taste with its super clear orangish hue just make me think of spring, why is Maibock a spring offering, I'm sure someone will chime in. For a fruity beer the smells are not overdone at all, the apricot taste is evident but you must let the carbonation dissipate and the beer to warm to really have a large explosion of apricots. Hops are detectable but not the most prominent flavor of this one.

WeymouthMike, Apr 01, 2006
Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: The pour creates a thin, light tan head that steadily disappears, leaving a ring around the glass. The beer is an ultra clear orange-copper color.

smell: Pretty good balance in the aroma. The spicy green hop aroma and the light sweetness of the caramel malt are well done. Most of the apricot character is found on the nose, though it is not overdone at all. Also some hints of citrus, pear, and spice.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is just a tad over medium, and the body medium with a slight slickness.

taste: The flavor is malt balanced, with a nice caramel malt flavor, and a light hint of apricot. Some hop flavor, but most of the hop presence is found in the moderate bitterness.

drinkability: A good beer, easily drinkable

Bottled on 2/20/06, as printed on the neck

blackie, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of custardcb
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish color that is extremely clear and has no cloudiness whatsoever. Small one finger head that breaks apart pretty quick and leaves a small bit of foam on the top. As you drink the lacing trails down the sides of the glass.

As usual for Dogfish the nose screams of hops. A little piney and very fruitey. The apricots jump out and are well balanced with other aromas. Very smoothe tasting with a nice finish. This just feels pleasant going down and could be a nice session beer. It gets my thumbs up.

custardcb, Mar 31, 2006
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely clear orange body with a thick, lasting, creamy, and luscious talcum head. Strong almost juniper like pine sap aroma. Apricot is light and subtle in the nose. Taste is quite neat. This beer manages to be extremely hoppy without being bitter in any way. The apricot is hardly noticeable for me. I almost don’t consider this a fruit beer. Finish is acidic and spicy but hardly bitter. Could be a touch more dry. Overall I find this very reminiscent of a good English India Pale Ale.

DaPeculierDane, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of akahn
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an attractively clear reddish gold color with a thick, light brown head. The head collapses to a skim and a collar, and sticks a bit to the glass. Lively carbonation streaming up.

Strong, sharp, tart, somewhat juicy hop aroma. Actually reminds me a lot of the scent of marijuana (a bud, not the smoke).

Taste is quite hoppy as well, perhaps not to IPA level, though. Apricot flavor is subtle, offering a bit of tart sweetness, mostly late in the finish. This taste is more like a dried apricot than a ripe, fresh apricot. The hop bitterness mingles well with the apricot flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly full. Starts out quite smooth until it carbonation and hop bitterness shows up. This is a pleasant, interesting, tasty beer perfect for the Springtime. Drinkable, but the 7% is felt (not tasted, though). Nothing mind-blowing but definitely recommended. This was about $8 for a 4-pack.

akahn, Mar 30, 2006
Photo of JerzDevl2000
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up as an impulse buy recently. I like Dogfish Head's offerings - their IPA's and Punkin' Head were excellent and I like what they've done for craft brewing. That being said, I had high hopes for this beer when I saw it. After having a few samples of this, I was disappointed in the finished product, only because of the lofty expectations I had for it.

Beer poured a nice orange-amber with a decent head to boot. Almost no lacing could be seen, and the aroma wasn't that memorable or distinctive either. The bottle said that this was an IPA with apricots in it, but if I was given this blindfolded, I wouldn't guess either of those traits if I was asked what this beer was. It was thinner, heavier, and much more bitter than what I thought it would be. Almost had the taste of sourly fermented apricots in this, without the lightness of that fruit, nor the presence of hops that are indicitive of an IPA. The aftertaste was that of a much stronger beer too, it's hard to believe that this is only 7% ABV.

This was worth a try once, but I would certainly not let anyone unaccustomed to a fruit beer start off with this. I think apricot would go better with a wheat ale/hefeweizen style of beer if I had to put the two characteristics together. I'll still try Dogfish Head's other offerings in the future, but sadly, they missed the mark with this one...

JerzDevl2000, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of bjohnson
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a copper color with a one finger white head that dissipates quite quickly.

S: Aromas of apricot that blends very nicely with the bready malts. Malts are the more dominant smell.

T: Tastes of slight apricot hops but definately a malty dominant palate. Bready malts come though with a nice fruity smooth aftertaste. Not much bitterness on this offering from DFH.

M & D: Good mouthfeel. Smooth and silky--goes down quite easily. Definately a drinkable beer, but more for the summer than the winter as it could be very refreshing on a hot day. Nice change of pace from DFH, but it wouldn't be my first choice.

bjohnson, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of MrSeth
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with the usual appearance on an IPA, the head settles quickly and leaves little bits of suds on the surface. It's a rosy brown body with noticable bubbly running through it.

Smells wonderful, the way the hops and apricot marry in the nose is a beautiful thing. This is a very special ale, and it is apparent right from the nose.

The taste is of an ale, malty and not wimpy in the least. The fruit is present, but mixed in with a well balanced malt-hop equation that spells pleasure to the ale freak. Sweet, round mouthfull of good ale with a perfect apricot undertone. Wow!

Medium carbonation for an ale, present but not overpowering, again making the overall balance of this offering from Dogfish Head worthy of praise. I will say that the finish, though beautifully long and wonderful, is a tiny bit sticky. Not too bad though, clean for a fruit beer.

I tend to think of this kind of ale as a dessert beer. But this one is the tops IMHO.

MrSeth, Mar 26, 2006
Photo of EPseja
2.38/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thank you to akeeper for providing this beer for rating this evening (despite my overall flogging).

Served from a 12oz. bottle in a pint glass at just below cellar temperature.

A - Pours a bright copper amber color with an audible fizziness as if I were pouring a soda. There is a ton of carbon dioxide action in the glass. The rough, tan head rises to about an inch and falls to a thin mat in but a matter of seconds. No lacing whatsoever. The only thing about the look of this beer that's appealing is the bright, truly metallic copper coloring.

S - Metallic yeastiness and bright, almost artificial fruitiness -- only vaguely apricot. A decent hit of spicy hops, but not enough to make it smell good... Something about the smell of this makes me think "macro".

T - A decent maltiness off the bat with a Cheerio like cereal graininess that's not very pleasing. In the middle comes the apricot fruitiness, but it's eclipsed by too much alcohol. Also noticed is a phenolic character that doesn't sit right. Still the odd oat graininess persists. The finish brings a decent smattering of European hops, but once it goes down, it's the wacky Cheerio aftertaste that haunts.

M - Very aggressive on the way into the mouth, but it surprisingly does not blow up as much as I would have thought. Becomes frothy and tingly, but subsides just enough in the finish to make it fairly smooth.

D - Disappointing. One of the few Dogfish Head products that completely misses the mark. Far too much alcohol for what should be a light fruit beer. Completely lacking what all fruit beers should have - a good scent! Overcarbonated. And an overall taste that doesn't know where it's headed. Not something that I would drink again.

EPseja, Mar 25, 2006
Photo of bkett01
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very transparent light amber color with a quarter inch head which quickly receded to just cover the surface. Easily the "clearest" looking IPA i've ever seen. I can see 30 feet across my apartment through this one. Smell is dominated by fruity/citrus notes that mask any light malt that may be present.

Taste is clearly led by the hops, but not overly so as previous reviews had made me believe. Begins with a sweet hop character followed with a dry finish that brings in that apricot hint I was waiting for. This mildly carbonated brew has left almost no lacing on the glass, and has a watery mouthfeel that helps it go down easy. This distinct apricot finish is unlike any other beer I've had. Interesting offering here by one of my favorite breweries, give it a try.

bkett01, Mar 23, 2006
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a clear sunburst color with a thin white head that recedes. Mild lacing on the glass.

Aroma smells like an odd blend of citrusy hops and apricots. At some points I think the combination smells nice, but it also has an unusual stinkiness about it.

Taste is more balanced than the smell. It has the DFH 60 Min citrusy hop taste upfront followed by a splash of apricot fruitiness. The fruitiness is cut but the hop bitterness and it finishes on the sweet side.

Nice rich body, ample carbonation.

A nice and drinkable beer with a fruity twist on the IPA.

MaltyGoodness, Mar 21, 2006
Photo of jameaterblues
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured from 12oz bottle a clear golden amber color with hints of orange. The head was fairly thin off white, with a white bubbly lace.
The smell of was of sweet apricot and clean crisp hops.
This beer had apricot that hits the tongue first. Although they call it an IPA the hops in this particular beer, very prominent in the middle of the body, reminded much more of a pale ale, maybe the apricot mellows it out, but none the less this was an interesting and wonderful beer. The apricot provided a smooth fruitful finish with a slight bitterness. The slight bitterness almost reminded me of a lightly sweetened tea(I think the apricot and hops combination provided this).
Mouthfeel/drinkablility: This beer had a great mouth feel wonderful balance between fruit and hops, ample carbonation, and these things made the mouthfeel almost perfect. Because of the combination this fruit beer is much more drinkable than most. I did not quite see that this was a "fruit beer for hop heads" as dogfish boasts...it definitely had more hops than most, but it was a little deceiving.

jameaterblues, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.78/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had this one up in the sleepy little town of Sylva, NC.

A - It pours into a pint glass a hazy orange color with sizeable white head that lasts about half the session with moderate lacing. Good carbonation.

S - The nose is of hops and fruits.

T - A bitter rush of hops in the beginning and fading to a nice apricot fruit flavor. I would prefer it to be a little less hopped, but I'm not a huge hop hound overall. The apricot flavor helped ease the hoppiness.

M - A medium mouthfeel and fizzy.

D - A little hoppy for an easy drinking beer, but I would have this beer again.

TheEclecticGent, Mar 14, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, Rileys $2.19

appearance: pours a glowing bright orange-amber, light foamy beige head that dissipates rather quickly leaving a slight beige rim on the snifter

smell: dry apricot, dimmed fruity nature, slight floral...a little metallic perhaps. After tasting this one, the aroma clearly does not match favorable with the flavour...something got lost in the translation

taste: an explosion of juicy apricot hits right away...sweet and floral, somewhat similar to an amber. not particularly hoppy, regardless of whether dfh calls it an ipa. slight raisin, heavy malt sweetness...this is a fruit bomb and was definitely worth the try

mouthfeel: smooth, medium body, very sweet tongue

drinkability: very drinkable, abv well disguised

dirtylou, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of Imstillthegman
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at both the brewery and the brewpub in Rehoboth. Pours a deep orange with with about a fingers worth of off white head that leaves very little lacing. The smell is quite fruity at first but after a couple of hearty inhales the hops come through. Fruity, flowery hops. The taste wasn't as strong as you may have expected. Yes, you do taste the apricots but it complements the hops instead of overpowering them. A nicely balanced brew. Fruit beer for us that enjoy hops.

Imstillthegman, Mar 11, 2006
Photo of Enola
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer reminds me of a lager. The color is a nice deep orangish golden. The head was minimal. The smell is somewhat hoppy with hints of fruit. The taste is slightly bitter with a small amount of bite left over. The mouthfeel is smooth at first and then gets a little too bitter at the end. There is a bitter aftertaste that stays for a while. The drinkability would be fair. I could drink these again but it is not a beer I would go out of my way for. Possibly this is just the style though.

Enola, Mar 04, 2006
Photo of VoodooBrew
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange in color with a decent, if fleeting, white head. It certainly looks apricoty...

The aroma is floral and fruity, with dried apricots and Pacific NW hops. It's not overly fruity, and in fact if you didn't know any better you'd probably think you're sniffing a pleasantly aromatic APA.

The palate displays a satisfying blend of apricot at first, followed by a noticeable, though not overbearing, hop flavor and bitterness. There is some mild caramel sweetness mid-palate. The finish is dried out by a long bitterness, and at this point Aprihop is pretty much entirely in IPA territory, except for the faintest apricot notes in the aftertaste.

Sam and the gang at DFH have scored an unconventional and unexpected hit with Aprihop.

VoodooBrew, Feb 21, 2006
Photo of SupaCelt
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Logan's Alley...This beer was a bit darker than I had expected. It was nearly brown but dark copper will do it justice. The head was small. Lacing was minimal. The nose was a mostly fruity one. I mean fuity in the way of apricots, not hop citrus bouquet. I myself was a bit disappointed that this thing was seemingly light in the hops category. If you put hops in the name it should be hopped up. False advertising. It was basically just a fruit juice smellin beer. Strange and unique. The nose had me excited to taste the beer, but the flavour was just lacking any kind of balls. It was just like a beer with some fruit addiitives in it. A bit weak at that. The hop profile again was none too intense in the flavour. One thing I can say to this brew's credit is that it never approached even an idea of being cloying or over sweet. The fruity flavours were perhaps done just richly enough to avoid any possible offense. Mouthfeel was light and the drinkability was actually alright for the style. Just not much going on, or not as much as I had expected. Worth a try. I will be picking up a bottle to dissect a bit more. The pub is generally not where I do my best work.

SupaCelt, Feb 17, 2006
Photo of danielocean03
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an attractive orange tinted copper color with very little white head that left light white lacing. Smells richly of citrus and floral hops, apricots (hence the name), slightly spicy. Taste is more subdued than the aromas, which is suprising, expected much more apricot/citrus flavors. Mainly consists of balanced malt and hop flavors with earthy undertones of fruit and citrus. Lighter bodied with lighter carbonation, a little rough on the tongue, leaves a slight grapefruit bitter aftertaste. Very light and drinkable, refreshing brew. Would purchase again, would be very good in the summer.

danielocean03, Feb 12, 2006
Photo of dren
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Even with a very rugged pour the head is next to nothing. The beer is a golden brown that smells of sharp apricots and hops. Strong hop flavor with the apricots hiding beneath. The apricots start to come out from hiding after a few sips. Unlike other fruit beers, this one is not overpowering. The high alcohol content is masked by the hops and apricot flavors. A little bit of raisin in there too. A very enjoyable beer but I paid 14 dollars for just a 4 pack. While this is a good beer I don't think I will be picking it up again.

dren, Feb 05, 2006
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,400 ratings.