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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,367 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,367
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 107
Gots: 327 | 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 clvand0
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

clvand0, Nov 10, 2004
Photo of beerceller99
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

beerceller99, Oct 31, 2004
Photo of Hibernator
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Hibernator, Oct 30, 2004
Photo of JohnnyDuvel
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

JohnnyDuvel, Oct 26, 2004
Photo of dauss
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

dauss, Oct 22, 2004
Photo of FormatKid
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

When I spotted four packs of this brew at Cedar Bluff liquors in Knoxville I did not hesitate to grab one up. I’ve been eager to try this because it really sounds like a winning combination to me.

I poured it out of a 12oz bottle and into a standard tumbler pint glass. The body of the beer is a deep beaten copper color. The eager carbonation creates a huge, sticky, frothy head from a gentle pour. The head is off-white (almost peach) in color and rises above the rim of the glass and creates a dome like that of a scoop of ice cream. Quite a sight. I will also add that the head retention is great and lacing practically coats the glass on the way down.

The smell holds no suprises. Sweet, (almost stickily so) with malts, juicy apricot background, and citrusy hops that almost seem to have an apricot aroma to them which brings things together, tiny spicy alcohol presence as well.

The flavor really is divine and the aroma does it no justice. The first thing I detect is the sweet, sugariness of the malts. The fruitiness of the apricots then steps on the scene and meshing with the malt creates a candy like character. The hops make their appearance finally, unfurling with a flat, yet dense bitterness. There are some floral or grassy notes here as well as an appearance of citrus rind. The alcohol flavor gets the last word in (albeit a small one) and a slight metallic twang which is a bit disappointing but not too distracting overall. Mouthfeel is a little sticky (not in a bad way) but is softened up nicely by the carbonation.

An amazing beer! I cannot think of a single beer that would go better with my hawaiin pizza right now, give it a try.

FormatKid, Oct 18, 2004
Photo of donnebaby
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pretty dang good beer, feels alot like a Belgian dark ale, especially in the nose and and mouthfeel. Sweet and syrup, cinnamon and cloves. Taste is lined with light hops that give the thickness and bitter black cherry sweetness a nice bitter edge. Thick evenness, with only a little massaging of soft carbonation, which seems to grow in intensity as it develops. Taste, too rolls through thickly, big til the end. Big drymouth of raisins and bitter hops.

donnebaby, Oct 14, 2004
Photo of soper2000
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up for under a dollar per bottle. Not a bad deal at all if you ask me. Poured a bright orange shade that should be renamed to IPA orange. The 2 finger white head lasted a decent amount of time. Nose had a little bit of piney hop notes and a bread like malt aroma. I picked up no apricots at all. Taste was initially hoppy before fading into a strong malty taste, much like an English IPA. I'm still really struggling to pick up any apricot flavors. Some subtle fruitiness comes out as the beer warms, but it's definetely not an overwhelming flavor. Nothing too spectacular about this offering, but not bad either.

soper2000, Oct 13, 2004
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - slightly hazy but luminescent orange. A frothy off-white head holds at a creamy covering, some light lacing left behind.

Aroma - I couldn't smell much of anything. Letting it warm a bit, with a pre-emptive swirl, I can just barely detect the faintest malt and non-descript fruitiness. There is eventually a citric hop influence to the nose. For the most part, though, this is non-aromatic.

Taste - a solid malt start, rather average, turns a little sweet, and then very thick with alcohol flavor. Some hops finally show up in this IPA, but they stay somewhat bottled up. Some bitterness is present, but without any fruit or citrus component. No apricots anywhere that I could taste. Not all that distinctive, IMO. If tasted blind, this would get a lot of mis-classifications for a Belgian, I think.

Mouthfeel - hefty carbonation, smooth feeling beer. Boozy, vapory residue in the mouth, Fairly pleasant.

Drinkability - tastes fine, but given the abv and cost, and my overall disappointment/missed expectation, ApriHop doesn't measure up.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of bigbeerdrinka
3.38/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This brew pours an amberish orange color with a large bubbly white head that just sticks around for what seems an eternity and leaves a nice lace. Aromas for this brew are pretty funky from what I pick up, showing off some earthy tones, mixed with a floral hop, a bit of apricot, and a bit of caramel.. There's also some other funky aroma, but I just can't put my finger on it. Flavors to this brew start off initially malty with a bit of caramel and biscuit like flavors which quickly progress to a citrusy hop flavor and a mix of apricots. This brew is fairly creamy in body, and has a toffee flavor throughout mixed with a oaky like flavor. The finish to this brew is only slightly bitter, with a juicy piney flavor from the hops that lets you know its trying to be an IPA of sorts. The body to this brew is somewhere located on the middle to light side, but has a nice feel to it on the pallate. Overall this brew is decent and nice to try for something different, but I won't go hunting for this one.

bigbeerdrinka, Sep 09, 2004
Photo of diamonddave
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I'm a little skeptical from the get-go on this one... Apricots? Apricots make me think of trail mix, not beer. The name makes it sound like a girly drink; at $37.99 a case, though, I sure as hell hope my girl doesn't develop a taste for it.

Deep amber color with a nice foamy head that leaves decent rings. Smells exactly like it should- hops and fruit. This smells really good. Not sickeningly sweet-smelling, like I would expect.

I taste more malt and fruit than hops. If I tasted this blind, I don't think I'd identify it as an IPA. (I'm not even sure it technically is an IPA; however, I guess I'm too lazy and/or tired to research this.) It has some hoppy bite, but the apricot flavor takes over fast. Which is not to say it's overly sweet; actually, I'd say that it's a very well balanced beer. However, well... it's obviously a beer brewed with apricots. Excellent for what it is- a novelty beer- but I wouldn't drink more than one or two in a session.

diamonddave, Sep 03, 2004
Photo of RoyalT
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This nice-looking darkish-orange beer sported a good, retentive, orangish-white head.

Smell – The light, ripe apricots were intermixed with some sharp piney notes and a good, balancing malt base.

Taste – The toasted malts and complex hops (mostly pine and citrus) were evenly mixed and went well with the light apricot flavor. There’s also a small nutty character that adds to the natural apricot character.

Mouthfeel – This beefy Fruit Beer is a bit bigger than medium-bodied. It is very hoppy with a strong malt base infused with luscious apricots.

Drinkability – This is a great beer from a great brewery. The beer came across very strong and fibrous.

RoyalT, Sep 01, 2004
Photo of sinistersteve
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this beer and thought an apricot IPA would be a very interesting tasting beer. However, there doesn't seem to be too much to write home with this one. No real big sense of apricots off the nose or taste from the mouth. Apperance is a bit more reddish compared to most IPA's, which is what the bottle describes the beer as even though BA has this listed as a fruit beer. Perhaps I'll stick with the X-minute IPA's instead of the fruity IPA's from DFH.

sinistersteve, Aug 31, 2004
Photo of Lupe
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Copper in color with a large, frothy white head that sticks around and leaves nice lace. The aroma of apricot hits you front he moment the bottle is opened, and slowly subsides until it is in the backround. Toasted malt and floral hops are also in the nose. Apricot does not assert itself in the flavor, it is there in the backround providing a sweetness, bit does not get in the way of this IPA. Nice toasted malt sweetness and floral-citrus hop flavors. Well rounded IPA that does not get dry like others do. There is a juiciness to it, possibly from the apricot. Smooth and juicy, medium-full in body, great drinkablilty. Very nice.

Lupe, Aug 27, 2004
Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-fingered off-white head that fades slowly leaving a ton of lace. Cloudy amber color. Hoppy nose with hints of apricot. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts and finishes with a different hoppy/apricot flavor. The hops are much less than Dogfish's 60 minute IPA. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

jdhilt, Aug 24, 2004
Photo of ramrod666
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearence of aprihop is a nice amber with a off-white head that falls slowly to a thin sheet. smell is terrific. citrusy hops with a definitive sweet apricot right in back. taste is better than expected. apricots are only a subltle influence on this ipa. there is only a wisp of sweetness and apricot flavor. the rest is a mild ipa with bold hop flavor with a dry, slightly bitter finish. mouthfeel is light and slightly oily. smooth. overall an easy drinker with a name that will make any boone's farm swiggin' beotch wanna try it. if they do, they will find a baddass ipa that'll make their toes curl.

ramrod666, Aug 16, 2004
Photo of Hefe
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on 8/6/04. Poured into a pint glass from a standard 12oz bottle.

Appearance: Dark amber/ burnished copper colour, with a sticky, rocky head that never truly fades.

Smell: Fruit and malt and hops oh my! The aromas cascade like a tidal wave. Apricot, plum, caramel malt, and floral hops.

Taste: Rich with an initial sweet maltiness that slips into a nice plum/apricot frutiness. The finish is strong with hops, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Very creamy with a medium bodied roundness.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, paired very, very well with that barbacoa burrito from chipotle.

Hefe, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours to a clear copper-caramel, forming a rocky and sticky very light beige head with excellent retention and a solid sheet of lacing. Carbonation is moderate. Very nice looking beer. Aroma is nice enough...kinda light with a touch of floral hoppiness and fruit, like Centennial. Distant dry malts. Can't pick up on any apricot, really. Mouthfeel is very smooth and creamy with a surprisingly dense and chewy body given that most fruit beers are rather light. Very nice mouthfeel...thick and viscous. Taste begins with a smattering of herbal hops, followed by a touch of fusels, some aldehydes, chewy pale, crystal, and amber malts...medium intensity herbal bitterness towards the finish. If I really concentrate, I may taste some peaches, but I would never be able to tell you this beer was made with apricots in a blind tasting. Fusels hit me towards the end. Semi-dry with lingering herbal hops. Mild off-flavors.

This is a decent beer. I really like the look and mouthfeel, though the fusels hamper it's enjoyment. Tastes like an IPA with a wisp of pear or peach nectar. One of DFH's more enjoyable brews, though it doesn't really excite me.

Mitchster, Aug 08, 2004
Photo of carln26
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an almost perfect head. A nice mixture of champagne and some larger bubbles. The lace stayed on the glass as I admired the color. The color is a deep copper, almost brown. The nose is hops up front, the citrus does come forward some (I think assisted by the apricots). Definitely more malty/sweetness than most IPAs I try. A nice balance throughout the tasting experience. It has a medium body, very nice balance. I think I’ll have another! This has a lot less hops than most IPAs, but it’s a very drinkable beer. I admire their work in attempting something a little different. I agree with other reviews. This is an IPA first. The apricots add to the experience, they don't dominate.

carln26, Aug 07, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a burnt orange color with a small light head. The head fades quickly. The nose is of citrusy fruits and some hop bitterness but not much. The taste has a hoppy foundation to it. A honeyish lightness mixes in with the hops. Apricots finishes it off. Very nice.

This is an IPA first, fruit beer second. Which is how fruit beers should be imo. The hops are subdued by the apricots and it makes for an interesting but satisfying combo. The finish, like the body, is very clean, almost too clean for my liking. A very nice beer all in all.

granger10, Aug 06, 2004
Photo of winomark
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden copper with a thick light tan, quite sticky head. Mild nose of hop citrus and a bit of fruitiness from the apricops. Wonderful IPA flavors. Hops dominate with a good malty richness and a slightly sweet finish. Good mouthfeel; flavorful but not heavy. Very nice. A wonderful drinking IPA. Not as hoppy as the other IPAs from DFH, but still very pleasant. Highly recommended. Well worth trying when you find it.

winomark, Aug 05, 2004
Photo of inebrius
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As enlivening as a cool brazilian tune embellished with cuica. Now I understand. Now I know. Hops just need a little fruit to soften the edge and what better than the apricot to fulfill the purpose. Aromas of jessamine drawn up close, the honey-floral sweetness next to the evergreen leaf, the clover's zest and white-purple flowers. The yielding of the bitter spice to silky sugar infusion.

This fruit does more for the hop than any double IPA ever could.

inebrius, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of Gusler
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer after its emancipation from the 12-ounce brown bottle pours somewhat muzzy deep amber to copper color; the head is mountainous and frothy in texture, the color a nice light tan. Nose is sweet with the malt and Apricots, also a tad of hops, crisp, fresh with the start sweet and nicely malted, top is middling in its feel to the palate, Finish has an authoritarian acidity, the hops personable in their spiciness, sweetly and dry aftertaste, a bit light weight, but drinkable none-the-less

Gusler, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of putnam
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Outstanding, stiffly beaten egg yolk texture to the top of this bronze-colored liquid.
The aromas are of clean, fragrant, fluffy, bright green buds and peachy, nutty, honey flavored malts.
On the palate it sings with ultra clean, formidably dense fruits and yellow blooms in a thick, creamy-textured platform. The finish resolves with a very tight grip clearly endowed by liberal infusions of dry hop.
This is a hophead's delight with an interesting, rich, honeyed foundation.

putnam, Jul 24, 2004
Photo of Popsinc
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of Malto....thanks again!

Appearance: very nice amber pour with a generous frothy head

Smell: nice blend of hoppiness with some malty sweetness. not too much apricot in the nose but fruity nonetheless.

Taste/Mouthfeel: again, malty up front followed by good hoppiness mid sip. the apricot fruitiness peeks out late in the sip and meshes together with the hop bitterness. a medium bodied beer with some richness to it. bitter on the finish but pleasant. apricot notes linger long afterwards although subtle.

Drinkability: the apricot here seems toned down making this, for the most part, an IPA. not sure if the combo is doing it for me. i'd rather have an IPA or an Apricot Wheat. having said that, it's an above average brew of solid quality.

Popsinc, Jul 22, 2004
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,367 ratings.