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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,356
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 105
Gots: 324 | 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 Px2GrafX
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 10, 2005
Photo of DrJay
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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 +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 07, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 -44%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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 +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 31, 2005
Photo of DrainBamage
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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 +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Photo of bashiba
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice bright copper with a touch of offwhite head.
Smell was dominated by citrusy hops
Taste is very much like a traditional IPA, just a hint of apricot flavor mixed in with the hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Another solid IPA offering from Dogfish Head.

bashiba, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of jimspivey8
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange as a pumpkin, with a creamy soft white head.

Smell: Citrusy hops dominate, with a fruity malty sweetness behind.

Taste: Perfectly balanced between hoppy bitterness and rich malt, with a subtle apricot flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fine, sharp carbonation provides a contrast to smooth, almost oily texture.

Drinkability: Excellent, despite the high ABV.

Overall: Aprihop is one of my top 10 favorite beers, ever. This is very strange because I generally don't enjoy fruit beers. However, while most fruit beers (and many IPA's) are exercises in excess, Aprihop is an ode to balance. The apricots lend this beer such a gentle and distinctive taste, nestling in between the malt and hops beautifully. To me, it is as close to the perfect IPA as I have found, and one of the few beers that I find myself coming back to again and again.

jimspivey8, Jul 24, 2005
Photo of jamesclark
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Randallized out of the tap (passed through a weird-science apparatus including fresh hops and apricots), this beer was orange-amber, with a strong cream head which was nearly tan, and included a small amount of hop flakes floating about in the glass.

The aroma was a powerful blast of hops, thanks to the funky delivery method. That smell really made the beer something special.

The taste was creamy and light, with a subdued apricot flavor, and a medium bitterness. The finish was wet and smooth - as it lingered, it dried up and left a powerful herbal hop flavor.

This was a very drinkable beer, very balanced. The aroma alone was worth it.

jamesclark, Jul 23, 2005
Photo of kaszeta
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the 2005 ABF.

I don't like fruit beers for the most part, but the folks at Dogfish have a way with things, so it was worth a try.

The beer pours as an amber beer with good clarity. The smell was almost pure IPA, with nice floral notes and some grain, but the apricots were just barely noticeable. Very nice. The taste is a lot more fruity than I was expecting, and there is a pleasing apricot note there, but, like the smell, the apricot seems to be applied with a moderate hand, and doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the beer, and the hops and grain are still very strong. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, moreso than I'd like in a sweet beer, but still very good. The result is a very pleasant drinking beer, along the lines of the other apricot beer I regularly get exposed to (Magic Hat #9), but, honestly, much better executed. Alas, like #9, I wouldn't call this a session beer---after one beer I'm ready to try something else.

kaszeta, Jul 21, 2005
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented in a 12oz bottle I picked up while in Boston and toted back out to Cali. Poured into an imperial pint glass.
Smell: okay, I love apricots and I'm not picking up anything I'd call apricot. Citrusy hops, rather floral in nature, some modest sweet caramel malt and a heady whiff of fusel alcohol.
Taste: sweet malt base and a funny fruity flavor up front. Not humor-type funny but weird funny. Fruitiness is not attributable to what I'd call apricots; ripe, dried, or rotten. Moderate citric hops bite, slightly metallic, and a pop of alcohol that lets you know ApriHop weighs in at 7% ABV. Feel is light, crisp, and dry.
Overall: not all that drinkable, IMO. Seems to wander aimlessly and not straddles the fence between an IPA and a fruit beer, doing neither very well. I tried it on-tap at the ABF and was similarly unimpressed. However, I didn't let that cloud my judgement this time. Nothing I'm going to hurry back to.

Boilermaker88, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of packetknife
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a _seven_ ABV? No way... not close to feeling like that.

Orange-yellow-bronzed, near crystalline, frothy white head that 1/2-faded but laced well. Fruity smell but not what I'd call apricot, more like orange zest and bread, quite nice though. Very little bitterness on the tongue with a light apricot and mellon taste to it. Finish was a bit hoppy and pleasant. Very light feeling drink with regard to the taste but solid feel on the tongue. Very drinkable.

packetknife, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a thin ivory head. No lace Smells of what it should, sweet apricot and bitter citrusy hops.

This is surprisingly bitter and hoppy but also sweet from the apricots. Not a huge fan of fruit in my beer but they used it to good affect. The natural sweetness of the apricots is in perfect balance with the hops. Neither dominates at any time. It is so well balanced sometimes it is difficult to tell where one flavor begins and the other ends. Mouth is medium bodied and lightly crisp in the finish, mild hoppiness lingers. Tasty. They done got this right.

ViveLaChouffe, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a deep orange amber color with a strong carbonation and a thin light tan head.

S- The aroma of crisp citrus and pine hops with a faint dried apricot note. There is a nice note of grain in the background.

T- This beer has a bold hop flavor with some light toasted grain in the background. In the finish there is some taste of apricots that blend with the hops.

M- Medium full mouthfeel with some fizz but not much.

D- I was expecting a fruit beer with some IPA notes but this is a solid IPA with some fruit notes. Very nice balance and if I didn't know it had apricots I would think it was the newest hybrid hops. Very nice twist on a classic.

rhoadsrage, Jul 10, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle thanks to Foolcircle as part of BIF20. Pours a one-finger light tan head over a crystal clear orange/light rust liquid. Smells coho hoppy, caramel malty, and gently apricot. Initial taste is grassy hop that turns to oranges. Then the apricot steps in. Not a flavor blast, like I was expecting, just a pleasant fruity. At the very end of the taste, the hop has a orange pith tang that's not very pleasing. Wow what a great aftertaste. Malty caramel with a toffee that rises and fades. Medium bodied and moderate to mod-heavy carbonation.

mentor, Jul 05, 2005
Photo of sacfly
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As soon as I popped the cap, I got a whiff of apricots… Was relieved when I put my nose to the glass that it was not as overpowering as it seemed at first. Actually, kind of a chocolate covered fruit type of smell? Where did that come from. Not what I expected, but nice. Thick head of medium tan bubbles. Beautiful copper/gold color. First sip goes in smoothly. Great mouth feel on this one. Average ale flavor with a hint of apricot in the background. No hops or bitterness present at first, but bitter in the finish. This beer looks and smells better than it tastes. Looks great in the glass, but very non-committal on the flavor. The flavor does not quite know what direction to go in. I can see with a tweak in the recipe, this being a stellar brew. Not yet.

sacfly, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting apricot beer, although it does not compete with #9.

Pours a medium copper color with some moderate carbonation as well as some lacing. Smell consists of lightly toasted hops along with mild apricots. Taste is pretty punchy with flowery hops. I was expecting more apricot flavor, but it did not taste too out of place. It wasn't too fake of a flavor either. Hops were crisp. Mouthfeel was good, reminiscent of the 60 min IPA, but not as strong. Not too filling, rather refreshing.

aquatonex, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of BrewMaster
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy orangish red color with a fine sandy head that is about 1 cm thick. Swirling revives the head and makes it thicker.

Smell: Malty scent with a very light roasty note and some light fruitiness. An earthy hop aroma shows up ever so slightly.

Taste: Opens with a light malty aroma and then head straights for the fruity sweetness. The presence of apricots is much more present in the taste than the aroma. The apricot flavor is very good and well balanced. Not overdone but not ambiguous either. Sweet, rich, and very tasty. As the apricot flavor settles we get some light hop bitterness and a clean malty flavor. The apricot flavor lingers in the aftertaste along with some sandy hop flavor and a bit of roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, very smooth and easy on the palate.

Drinkability: Very tasty and all around a pleasure to enjoy. Well balanced and well crafted.

BrewMaster, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an amber red with a 1 finger white head that lasts for a moment. Scattering webs are left behind.
Smell is of light fruits and biscuits.
Taste is of sweet malt with a bit of hops in the finish with just a hint of apricots.
Mouthfeel is malty with a bit of a bitter, semi dry finish. Light to medium bodied brew with good unique flavor.
Drinks pretty good. Doesn't really knock my socks off but it works.

Finger licking good.

weeare138, Jun 28, 2005
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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