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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,501 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,501
Reviews: 1,666
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 122
Gots: 399 | FT: 3
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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 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.

Photo of nortmand
4.97/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours copper orange, with a somewhat poor white head. The head is a bit fizzy, which I know from experience is a problem with wheat beers.

Smell is a mix of rich toasted malt, resiny hops and juicy peaches.

Sweet toasted malts up front blend into a wonderfully peachy citrus hop experience. Ends with a measured bitterness accompanied by a fanastic bready flavor.

Very big mouthfeel, an absolutely fantastic beer, one of DFH's finest.

Photo of mortarit
3.17/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intention: I was trying out a new store and they had a very small selection but a decent one. I have had most of what was on the shelf so I picked this one. I know that Dogfish has a good rep with me with other beers they brew so what the heck.

Bottle Spec. 12oz.

Date: 4/26/06

Watering Hole: Tarheel Wine Trader

Head: Great start on the head, thick but fizzle out to less than inch, off color.

Lace: Exceptional

Color: Dirty Amber

Aroma: I didn’t get a good smell from what I thought it should smell like. Very faint if any

Cost: 2.50

Tastebud: IPA format

Opinion: I like that Dogfish create a new idea for IPA’s. Apricots really fit in the mold for this brew style.
Excellent blend to compliment the style also.

Photo of TechMyst
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

FRESH: 7 months old
PURCHASED @: Binny’s
COST: $2.49/12oz. bottle
HEAD: spare fizzy off white; diminishing. the start had a snap, crackle, pop like a Trappist ale
LACE: Excellent
COLOR: Murky Amber
AROMA: ver faint; light grain; average spruce; not really a fruity bouquet
MOUTHFEEL: full w/ lively conditioning (almost too much)
PALATE: oily
TASTE: Moderately bitter, short aftertaste. the only thing that tasted fruity was my burps
COMMENTS: much like the 60’, but the slightest hint of sweed did not compliment the hop flavor...not sure what they were trying to accomplish with this. Still a good brew, I’m just not a fan of many fruit brews. This had to come about by the girlfriend of the brewmaster saying: "Why don’t you have them make something fruity? you know I like fruit drinks...make something I would like..."

Photo of billybob
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very nice amber color pours with a one inch head that does not last very long. nice mouthfeel slight hoppy taste but the apricot flavor comes right through. slightly sweet sugar taste. very enjoyable beer would definitely buy again and often even though the price is a little high.

Photo of BlackAngus
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light, clear copper. Offwhite head that fades to a ring. Nice champagne-like carbonation.

S - Citrus, apricot (duh), not a big hop aroma, but it's there.

T - Sweet, fruity malts, hoppiness. Nothing I'd single out as apricot, though.

M - Medium-light mouthfeel, nice carbonation, very smooth.

D - It's drinkable enough, but too bland for me to buy it for the novelty. To me, a rare miss for DFH. But a great effort.

Photo of Portertime
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apricots dominate this delicious IPA giving it a semi sweet finish. Great for just sitting back and sipping. Another one of Dogfish Head's excellent, hand crafted brews. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I love this brewery and their unique beer styles.

Photo of cash22
3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aprihop - 'A serious India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots.'
Appearance - golden pale
Taste - not a strong detection of 'apricots' fruit. enjoyed the fact that it was as hoppy as most India Pale ales
Drinkability - good
Apricot = a fruit bearing tree native to China and a relative to the plum.

Photo of peabody
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one pours out like clear ice tea with an inch of white foam. Lots of lacing on this one.
Smell is bready and citrus with orange or lemon followed by some hops.
Taste is a sweet rush of apricot with a very clean hop aftertaste.
Delicious beer.
Mouthfeel is very clean and wonderful. It leaves no residual in the mouth so you are ready for the next drink.
This is a beer that I would serve to all my friends then make them pay for the next one.

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

12oz. bottle. Poured a gold-amber in color with a little haze. Large light tan head formed. Aroma was hops, pine & grapefruit variety, and molasses. Taste was similar, with hops coming first, followed by some malt/sweetness in the middle. Hops were citrus at start and floral at the finish. Apricots never made an appearance in either the aroma or the taste. Body was medium, as was the carbonation. This beer was OK, but nothing special. Many better IPA's in my opinion.

Photo of timtheenchanta
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of KyleVick4
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
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...

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.

Photo of Backer2004
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,501 ratings.