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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,289 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,289
Reviews: 1,657
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 101
Gots: 303 | FT: 2
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 RBorsato


4.55/5  rDev +18.5%

Peach colored with a full light tan/beige head, lots of suspended particles, and very active carbonation that leaves lots of lace and thick lace rings. Very nice balanced fruit and hop aromas and flavors; amazing considering the very strange mix but it melds well. Starts on the fruity side with a nice hoppy finish coming in the middle thru the end. Medium-full (leans full) bodied and smooth but just a tad too bitter on the finish for my tastes.

Label States: "An IPA Brewed with Real Apricots"

Packaged in: '04 (notched on side - 03 embossed on bottom)
Tasted: 03/10/05

03-11-2005 15:36:51 | More by RBorsato
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.88/5  rDev +1%

on the dark end for an IPA. thin head that never really goes away, though it doesn't leave much lacing
not a strong nose, but full of malt sweetness and piney hop, which actually seemed a little understated

i wouldn't have picked out apricots at first, but they made themselves apparent with time. definitely fruity, though not excessively, with a nice layer of simple maltiness. best fruit beer i've ever tasted
mouthfeel seemed about par for the course

reasonable session IPA and a pretty good brew. am i likely to buy a sixer of it over the other DFH IPAs? probably not, but i did like being able to buy a single

03-09-2005 16:13:16 | More by bruachan
Photo of rowew


4.33/5  rDev +12.8%

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle. Spot to notch the year produced, but it isn't there.

Appearance: Pours a nice deep amber color with an average sized off-white head. Decent retention.

Smell: Aroma is malty, with hints of hops showing through. They are mixed in with some pine aroma and a subtle apricot flavor.

Taste: Very nicely balanced with a good malt base, a healty dose of hops, and some apricot thrown in. Starts malty and slightly sweet, with citrus and pine hop flavors in the middle. Fades to a dry apricot flavor as it finishes.

Overall Impression: This is one of the best fruit beers I have tried - the apricot actually compliments the beer instead of taking it over. A nice twist on an IPA.

03-09-2005 01:25:20 | More by rowew
Photo of kmpitz2


4.38/5  rDev +14.1%

Its good to revisit this beer. Thanks to Chris for this one. The beer pours a nice golden color with a finger of head that falls to coat the beer. The nose is really nice, with a sweet apircot that is rather prevalent, but also with a nice citrusy hop in the background. Woo, this smells nice. The flavor is upfront with the grapefruity hop, with the sweetness from the apircot dancing in the background. Nice sweet and hoppy combination. I like it. The feel is moderate, with a light to moderate carbonation. Overall, this beer is very refreshing and crisp. I'm really looking forward to seeing this on tap around here in early april.

03-09-2005 01:20:01 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of hero27


4.1/5  rDev +6.8%

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, burnt orange color. The head is ridiculously big & frothy..almost too much...even with a gentle pour. It doesn't dissapate either. Retention is incredible..probably has the longest staying power of any beer I've sampled to date. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass as well.. Impressive from a so-called fruit beer.

Smell: Light fruity aroma of apricot (believe it or not). Citrus hops in the background blend well with the tart apricot smell.

Taste: Apricots are noticed much more in the taste. Not very hoppy for an IPA..pretty mild in the hops department, actually. Buttery diacetyl is apparent as well. Not bitter at all, especially for a supposed IPA, but it's pretty damn tasty. The apricot/orange taste is a nice combination with the light hoppy taste, and there is a malt sweetness that backs it all up as well.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a really smooth, slick mouthfeel. Carbonation is big and bubbly at first but dies fairly soon and leaves it lacking a bit.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink, especially for a fruit beer...even though this is kind of in limbo between a fruit beer and an IPA. Would make a good conversion beer for people on the lunatic fringe.. Several non-craft-beer drinkers that have sampled this have really liked it. A little mild for me, but a solid beer from DFH nonetheless.

02-22-2005 01:10:08 | More by hero27
Photo of coasterfreak75

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

The pour was a standard IPA medium copper red with a one finger frothy head that was very slow to dissapate.

The smell was very strong in hops, just behind the hops was sweet malt and apricots. Hidden in the back of the nose was a noticable citrus attribute.

The drink started with a quick hit of malt sweetness followed by an overpowering hop bite. The finish was slight hops mixed with fruity apricot sweetness. Lingering behind the apricots was a strange smokey metallic aftertaste that held on for 20 - 30 seconds.

All and all a very good, but strange offering from DFH. I still enjoy their creativity and uniqueness. This was well worth a try and I'd love to have it again.

01-28-2005 01:34:21 | More by coasterfreak75
Photo of Jarod


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

12oz. bottle – packed in 5-2004
Simple label typical of DFH

This beer poured an orange/golden color that was crystal clear and well carbonated even after the time sitting around in the bottle since May. The head that was produced was off white in color, not very dense, fairly thin after a decent foam after the pour, after settling down it fell to just a simple ring on the edges, but it created a lace that was fairly sheety in nature. The aromas that came from the glass were of piney/fruity hops (not over-powering) some light malt tones, fresh herbs, and some light fruits all throughout (apples and apricots). The flavors were dominated with a nice smooth and creamy hop flavor (citrus and pine), not overpowering, but always present, caramels and malts were present in the beginning and in the middle along with herb and spice tones along with mild apricot flavors, as the swallow was nearing the end there was mostly pine trees, fruit and alcohol esters. There was a cocoa powder that hit the back of the throat as it slid down, but giving way to hops as an aftertaste. The body was light to medium, but the aftertaste was kind of thick. Smooth and creamy and seemed to hold up well over the months. A decent IPA, not overly hopped but it may have mellowed over time. My opinion it needs a tad more apricots in the aroma and taste, but not much or it will become overpowering. I did notice that afterwards I did burp hops – which are a good sign. I liked it.

01-19-2005 14:48:08 | More by Jarod
Photo of kmcnair


4/5  rDev +4.2%

12oz bottle

Pours an even copper tone with a light white head and leaves a thick lacing down my glass. Aromatics are sweet barley malt, caramel, tons of hops and some fruity apricot esters. Flavor carries mild bitterness, sweet caramel, citrus hop flavors and an even apricot coating from start to finish. Medium bodied palate with a light syrupy finish. Experimental for the style and quite good, shame that I cannot have access to more of this in my area.

01-17-2005 08:03:53 | More by kmcnair
Photo of walleye


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

poured a copper color with nice foamy head. aroma hops . citrus like not so sweet oranges hints of apricots. flavor weak grapefruit, green apples and after letting it warm up in my mouth the apricot came out a nice bitterness bite to it. not to bad will drink again

12-29-2004 03:44:27 | More by walleye
Photo of KroMagnon


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured up a huge rocky head. The beer is a bit more carbonated that most and that only plays to its advantage. The color was a golden orange, almost like a bright new penny. Aroma wise, I have to admit, I had a hard time picking up the apricot. That is where I was expecting it the most. I got definite fruity notes and hoppy notes with some pine and of course citrus but it kind of all blended together. If I hadn't known about the apricot I don't think I would have found it. That said, the beer was great, very well made and a nice blend of hop bitterness, flavor and malt. Alcohol strength was not evident so it could sneak up on you. As far as the apricot goes, when I had a Magic Hat #9 several years ago I didn't pick up on the apricot immediately either - I thought it was more like a strange hop. This was similar, thus this may be the most appropriately named beer I've ever had. Recommended.

12-22-2004 03:05:27 | More by KroMagnon
Photo of PossumJenkins


2.83/5  rDev -26.3%

Poured a nice golden color with decent, lasting head. Smell is fruity. Taste - where's the apricot? I expected a much stronger flavor to this beer; in fact I couldn't taste the apricot at all. Just a bland, generic-tasting IPA. Dogfish Head has many offerings that are much better than this.

12-21-2004 01:33:58 | More by PossumJenkins
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +0.3%

Bottle (Obtained from my Knoxville SS December 2004): Poured an amber color ale with a huge thick bubbly head with better then average retention. Aroma is quite hoppy with some subtle traces of sweetness. Taste is very similar to an IPA but with added sweetness which really balanced the whole thing out. I wonder if my bottle was aged a bit since the apricot taste was quite subtle as opposed to some description of past rating. Anyway, I still very much enjoyed this beer and very much appreciate all the beers that I’m discovering from this fine brewery.

12-20-2004 19:24:59 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +15.4%

On draft at Delaneys (New haven, CT), leftover from a DFH dinner. Pours hazy straw yellow with dense white head. Magnificent juicy apricot aromas mingled with soft malts, and a distinctly clean floral/pine hop note. Tastes MUCH better than its bottled counterpart. Fuzzy apricot, bready malt, and a crisp, piney, well-hopped finish. Perfect mouthfeel, too easy to drink. Someone said it reminded them of Magic Hat#9. I bitchslapped him back into the corner where he belonged!!!

12-18-2004 21:25:05 | More by AlexJ
Photo of Higravity


4.53/5  rDev +18%

Great beer, best "Apricot" flavored beer I have ever had. Blow #9 away and shames Pryamid. With its amberish body and light white head it looks good. It smells of juiced-up hops, but the taste is truly great. It blends the malt into the big hops that give it a citrus tart taste underlined with the tang of Apricots. Unlike some fruit tainted beers this is easy drinking for an IPA lover.

12-08-2004 13:46:56 | More by Higravity
Photo of CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Im not a big fan of fruit beers, they tend to be too sweet. The only apricot beer Ive had (St Ambroise Apricot Wheat) tasted awful, so my expectations with this beer werent that high. I was surprised. This beer is incredible.

It pours a burnished orange color with a big chunky off white head. Retention and lacing were excellent. The aroma of this beer is equal parts hop bitterness, apricots, and malt. Its actually pretty hop heavy on the nose. The taste starts out with a big hop bite which leads into an array of different hop flavors (grapefruit, earthy). In the middle subtle apricot and biscuity malt notes make themselves apparent. The finish is very bitter and lingers on the palate.

The apricot flavor in this beer is understated, which I wasnt expecting. Hops and malt are definitely the dominant flavors. This is one hoppy beer, I also found it much drier than the 90 minute. The mouthfeel is thick and textured, very nice. This is one hell of an IPA, apricots or not.

12-04-2004 02:40:00 | More by CAMRAhardliner
Photo of chunkylover53

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

Now, this is a nice, tasty brew. One of the first fruit beers I ever tried was also an Apricot - MacAuslan Apricot, to be exact - so it's inevitable that I compare the two. While the MacAuslan has a certian charm, it's very sweet and almost candy-like. Such is not the case with the Dogfish Head.

It pours a dark orangey-brown with very little head and smells, not surprisingly, like fruit. Not specifically like apricot, however.

The taste, on the other hand, is very apricot (hence the name) with a definite hoppiness, thus a nice bitter flavour.

A very good brew that I'd definitely like to have more of.

11-29-2004 04:23:50 | More by chunkylover53
Photo of Globetrotter


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Plain brown 12oz bottle with a yellow label featuring no useful information other than the title itself "An India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots." OK. I picked this up at One Stop Liquors in Johnson City, Tennessee, and had it shipped to Moscow via air freight. Sat in my closet for a day and a half, then in the fridge for about 24 hours before I opened it on 11/27/04.

Foam came out of the bottle as soon as I opened it. (I shipped lots of beers this way, and have opened at least a dozen. This is the only one that had this reaction.) A careful pour nevertheless yielded one finger of liquid under foam covering the rest of the glass. It took a full 13 minutes for me to get the entire 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Way too much head. Once we got the contents in, we had hazy slightly orange copper liquid under a voluminous beige head with the body of whipped cream. The head fades slowly, leaving excellent lace - so after the initial disaster, the appearance is really quite good. The nose is a pleasant combination of flowery hops and sweet apricot. As it warmed, the apricot came to dominate the hops. The mouth is fairly well carbonated, but pretty heavy, somewhat like fruit juice. The taste? Well, better than I expected, as I feared the apricot would dominate. Instead, there is sweet apricot flavor, but it is clearly imposed on a fairly hoppy IPA background. The hops are smooth and flowery at first, but move towards an espresso bitter impression in the finish and aftertaste. The apricot fades much more quickly, allowing a beer lover to actually enjoy this odd brew combination. After a very bad start, the overall impression is really not bad at all.

11-27-2004 20:26:24 | More by Globetrotter
Photo of Fish113d


3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

Well, Dogfish has done it again. This time in an IPA that speaks volumes about their operation down there in Delaware.

When I first poured it at room temp into my goblet, it was a dark orangish/amber in color (like apricots no doubt but a little darker in hue). It left a nice foamy 2" of head that filled my goblet and took forever to dissipate! A good amount light pierces through my goblet letting the beautiful hues of the brew show its glory.

Upon smelling, I noticed that it smelled very clean and a bit earthy (hoppy), but mostly was overtaken by the apricots used to brew it. I also found some slight citrusy malts in there as well.

Taking the first sip, I noticed the apricots right away cuz they jumped out and punched me in the palette. However, i also tasted some slight apple in there as well, w/ some slight earthy hoppy flavors. Also, some dark roast malts came through as well that really hit at the swallow. I noticed that the longer I kept it in my mouth the more apricots came through and sweetened the beer a bit but was still bitter a bit as well.

It was really clean in feel, light in body w/ some nice carbonation and little alcohol burn. This was a nicely crafted brew that left me craving more form Dogfish!

11-22-2004 00:56:45 | More by Fish113d
Photo of rajendra82


3.48/5  rDev -9.4%

This 12 oz. brown bottle arrived as a part of a trade from clvand0. The beer when pored into a standard pint glass had a peachy amber color with slight haziness. It was however way over carbonated and generated a massive four inch tall head after a partial pour. The head also had lots of staying power, which made getting the entire bottle into the glass a frustrating experience. I guess this was the case of too much of a good thing.

The aroma of this beer was strangely mild, showcasing neither the hops nor apricots. Instead it seemed to focus mainly on the caramel malts with tiny hint of fruitiness.

The taste was very refreshing and was focused solely on the sweet-sour apricot taste followed by caramel malts. The hops part of the name was way in the background as a vague lingering bitterness.

Creamy and dry mouthfeel with a sticky sweet aftertaste. Very drinkable for such an experimental beer.

11-21-2004 04:07:11 | More by rajendra82
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.18/5  rDev +8.9%

I've been waiting to try this one and finally found a single....here goes. Pours a nice deep amber orange with a huge fluffy white head...and I mean huge. Duvel style...and I didn't even pour agressively..some crazy lacing to boot. Flowery, fresh cut grass hops swirl into my nose along with citrus and hints of apricots. Nice.

First sip is a nice warm hop kick...floral and citrusy with a nice sweet caramel malt and just enough fruity apricot flavor to tie it all together. Good biterness here...mmm...fruity hop burps. A nice twist on an IPA.

Mouthfeel is good, a tad bit thin but that just makes it go down that much easier. Drinkability is very good here to....forget the 4 pack..put this in sixers! A tasty treat anytime...but I think this would be even better on a nice summer day.

11-17-2004 02:49:52 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of clvand0


4.65/5  rDev +21.1%

Dogfish is one of my favorite breweries, so this was a definate must try. Pours a light amber color with a large white head that stays around for a while and leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass. Nose is hoppy - pine and grassy, but also sweet and has a nice fruit presence. So, smells like an IPA with fruits in it - imagine that. The flavor is sweet and hoppy, but has a definate apricot taste. The fruit comes through extremely well in this brew. Very nice flavor and drinkability. The body is a little thin, but it's an IPA, so I didn't expect it to be very thick. Wonderful beer and another great one from Dogfish.

11-10-2004 16:29:25 | More by clvand0
Photo of beerceller99


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

12 oz. bottle pours a clear copper color with a thin head. Floral hop and caramel smell with a whiff of alcohol. Rich, creamy mouthfeel with good carbonation. Taste is a mix of burnt sweet caramels and grapefruit tart hops. Has a spicy yeasty alcohol finish.
More IPA than fruit beer here.
Reminds me of a smaller, more drinkable version of Immort ale. Pretty good.

10-31-2004 15:32:18 | More by beerceller99
Photo of Hibernator


4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. The states that this is "An India Pale Ale brewed this real apricots". Packaged in 2004 is clearly notched on the side of the label.

Hazy orange in color with a major fluffy head that takes a couple of minutes to settle down. Sticky lacings are big time on the sides of the glass.

Aroma of fresh apricots, plums, grass and hops.

Moderate carbonation with a taste that combines piney hops and a sweet apricot flavor that lingers on the tongue. Citrusy and creamy in its own way.

I could drink several of these without any problem. Tasty and very enjoyable.

10-30-2004 18:54:02 | More by Hibernator
Photo of JohnnyDuvel


4/5  rDev +4.2%

Good, and different enough to stand aside from the pack. Unique, apricot taste. Looks like a typical IPA, but the smell and taste are definitely not the norm for the style. Body is right on, and the 7% is very well hidden. Nothing about this brew makes it a classic, but (especially in micro-starved southwest Florida), it's definitely worth buying. 100% so far with Dogfish head.

10-26-2004 03:36:12 | More by JohnnyDuvel
Photo of dauss


3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

An India Pale Ale brewerd with real apricots.
Pours a very clear and vibrant orangy copper. Good sized tan head with good head retention. Nose has a lot of hops. Sprucy, piney, and grassy hop aroma, with a very faint hint of apricot. The hops really overpower the apricot aroma. Moderate carbonation. First taste is hops and bitterness, but as soon as it touches your tongue, you can tell there is apricots in this brew. The taste of apricots is present, but matches well in the background. As the sip progresses the hop bitterness is very present. It is kind of an odd sensation, you really aren't tasting the apricots on the tongue, but rather in all other areas of the mouth. Very full bodied. The 7% ABV in this beer becomes known when this beer warms up. Probably could have used more apricots flavor. All in all it is a good and interesting beer.

10-22-2004 20:04:59 | More by dauss
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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