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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,488 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,488
Reviews: 1,663
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 118
Gots: 380 | FT: 3
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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 bkett01
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of jameaterblues
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
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.

Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.78/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Enola
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of VoodooBrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of SupaCelt
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of danielocean03
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of dren
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of ronhocker
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My pour had a high carbonation level which lead to a tall head. This turned out to be good as it gave me a good chance to take in the aromas. I was hoping for more apricot in the aroma, but that fell a little short. The first few drinks didn't detect any apricot flavors. However, after the 3rd sip, the flavors really started to come through. The apricot is not in your face and is nicely balanced with the citrusy hops. It is very drinkable even at 7% alcohol. This is a great beer if one assumes the goal was to add a slight hint of fruit to an IPA.

Photo of nvsblman
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden copper in color with very little head. Slightly citric aroma with hints of apricot and a little yeasty spiciness. The flavor has some hoppy bitterness, with traces of apricot that mostly showed up in the aftertaste. Both came out more as it warmed. Medium bodied and well carbonated. This would make a really refreshing beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of bitterdestroyer
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

this was enjoyed straight outta the bottle on a hot as anything july afternoon. so as far as appearance goes, i can only assume it looked good. hence my rating. i wanna be fair. smell was surprisingly not as apricot as one would expect by the name. the hops smell was very dominant. the taste was awesome. a very balanced blend of apricot, hops, and alcohol. very refreshing. mouthfeel was pretty nice. crisp, refreshing and had me wanting more. the drinkablity was pretty high. i mean i had 2 four packs of it, so need i say more?

Photo of acrawf6
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a good beer. another aipa that is of its self.

Pours out a full orange that is just slightly cloudy. Yellowish white head flows to the top.

Aroma: sweet. not as hoppy as i expected, but still a natural hoppy smell. the apricots are delicately present. just enough to make you think about it.

Taste: again, not as hoppy but is sweet. the hops kick in after a few seconds. Apricots seem stronger on the back of my toungue. it is a mild apricot flavor that compliments this beer quite nicely.

Mouthfeel: creamy. it's heavy on the tongue. the carbonation is giving my tongue quite the burn....i might be getting sick.

Overall. great beer. I'm not sure i will have many cravings for this one, but it is definetly a treat to have.

Photo of jmz62565
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark coppery color with a large creamy head that leaves nice lacing.The aroma is a floral typical IPA scent with some hops and citrus,I could not tell if this was apricots.The taste is OK,but it's not too hoppy,and it's not really all that fruity.If this wasn't called "Aprihop" I wouldn't be able to tell if it had any citrus flavor in it.I'm a little disappionted in this.The m/f is medium with a nice well balanced feel.This is a good beer,but its not really the way it's advertised,I expected a little more hops and citrus flavor.But it is worth trying.

Photo of CortexBomb
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out cloudy deep orange with a light white head that quickly dissipates. Smell is strongly floral (textbook IPA) with just a slight hint of apricots on the edge...I like the effect.

Taste starts out with a textbook IPA floral effect and rushes into the hop wave...strongly citrusy. The malts are also present though, and this is pretty well-balanced for an American IPA. The apricots were not very strongly present in the flavour though...in fact, I would say they were probably too absent for their own good...they seem to start off decently but they fade by the middle of the mouth where the beer is almost a straight-up IPA. I don't like fruits to dominate a beer too much, but I expected a bit more in this one and can't mark it very highly because it left me wanting.

Mouth on this...pretty standard IPA. There are some tingly hop effects in the right places and some bitters to go around, but nothing overly remarkable. Drinkability, also fairly run of the mill.

Basically: this isn't a bad IPA, but it didn't deliver enough apricots to impress me.

Photo of Naes
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is golden/amber colored with a small layer of white froth.
Its aroma is mildly hopy, with a definite apricot smell.
The flavor is different; there is a definite IPA sense to this beer as well as the apricot flavor showing through. Fortunately, the apricot is mild and does not overpower this brew. Overall, it is mildly sweet and mildly bitter from the hops that come out near the finish.
Mouth feel is medium bodied and highly carbonated.
Although this is a decent beer, it leaves me wanting a stronger IPA.

It is worth a try, do not be scared off by the word apricot, as they are not overpowering.

Photo of Smittysguinness
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am normally not a fan of fruit beers, especially given that many of them use a fruit concentrate, and quite a bit of it, instead of real fruit. It makes them sort of artificial.

Anyway, this beer boasted that it was brewed using real apricots. Everything else I've had from Dogfish Head has been really solid, so what the heck. I was quite pleased.

It poured copper, with a slim head that dissipated and left some decent lacing, slightly cloudy. Smelled of bready yeast and you guessed it..apricots! It also had all of the scents you'd normally expect from an IPA; floral hops, sweetness, slight bready scent. Kind of like the Samuel Smith's India Ale I rated some time ago.

Again, I was worried that the fruity taste would be overpowering, but this was not at all the case. In fact, this tasted very much like a well-balanced IPA, great strong floral hops balanced by sweet malt, with just a tiny hint of apricot. It's like drinking a beer after eating an apricot. The flavor isn't wahsed away by the beer. I wonder if some of the hoppiness was balanced not so much by malt, but a little by the apricots themselves? I thought it had a bit of an alcohol finish.

Good mouthfeel, nothing lingering, definitely not thin. Just solid. Very drinkable. I'll get this again.

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

Pours a nice amber color with a one finger head that fades to a solid ring and has pretty decent lacing.

Smell; subdued apricots, citrusy grapefruit/hops, and malt. There's no one smell that really stands out more than the others.

Taste; initially citrusy hops, followed by the apricots, and finished with a solid malt backbone. I'm not a real big fan of "fruit" beers, so I was pleased that the apricots were not overwhelming. I'm an IPA fan, and this one was very interesting. I'm glad I picked up a four pack of this while in Maryland.

Photo of mmmbeer
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. with no freshness date. An IPA brewed with real apricots. Pours a coppery/rusty color with a thin head that leaves a collar throughout. Smells of bready malts, apricots, grapefruit hops, and a big sweetness. Grapefruit hops in the flavor leave a medium bitterness that gradually intensifies, and the bready/dark malts contribute just as much sweetness and a bit of molasses. The apricots hide in the back the whole time and on occasion I can taste the alcohol. By the end of the glass the sweetness is almost cloying, but that is the only real complaint here. It has a medium body that becomes very smooth. An interesting beer. The fruits aren't overpowering - it tastes more like a malty IPA than anything. I would probably drink this again.

Photo of wingnutter
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this one on a whim based on my love for DFH's 60 and 90 minute IPAs.

Poured a beautiful orange/copper color, with a nice head that laces the glass as its drank.

Smell: Fruity, hoppy, malty. Smelling this one made my mouth water for a taste, and....

What taste! Hops, malt, and fruity sweetness. I didnt get a strong apricot taste, but the fruit sweetens this beer just enough to take any bite out of it. Its insanely smooth. It just flows over the tongue and dances down the throat. Fruity, hoppy, malty...balanced very nicely. The 7% is expertly hidden - I forgot I was drinking a 7% ABV beer. Its that smooth and tasty.

Mouthfeel is slick and light at the same time, although you know youre drinking a big beer. One of the smoothest beers of this strength that Ive had the pleasure to try.

Id have a hard time choosing between this and the 60 minute. I like the fact that apricots are used in making this beer, but it doesnt taste like a "fruit beer". The fruit lends just enough sweetness to soften up the taste without dominating the wonderful hop/malt balance.

DFH does it again.

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is somewhere between copper and amber with a thick head of average height. The aroma has a strong fruity aroma of apricot with a touch of hoppy zest. The flavor is a full-bodied mixture of dark malts and apricot flavor. Very interesting for a beer and definently something that every beer fan needs to try. A bit of citrus twang lurks within the bolder malt and apricot flavors. I definently see this as a fruit beer because there isn't much of an IPA flavor here. As for drinkability, I'd definently drink this again, but I don't think I'd want more that a few in a session.

Photo of Tang07
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It comes out of the bottle a lovely golden copper. A nice head that laces the glass nicely. The first one I had was too cold so it was not very aromatic at first. The apricot flavor and aroma was much more prevalent when the beer started to warm slightly. So don't drink this brew too cold.

The hop is a strong piney citrus. The apricot is a nice complement to the strong hop and high alcohol content.

The mouthfeel is very nice. The carbonation is just right.

It's only comes in a four pack so you can't drink too many unless you get two but that could be a bit pricey.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A fun seasonal beer. The pour has a amber color that was mostly cloudy. A slight orange hue through out. A rocky bubbly head with limited retention and lacing throughout.

There was a very slight apricot aroma but nothing to distinct. More of a slight generic fruity aroma. Has more of a extract fruit note (vs stone fruit). Some yeast character but mostly clean. The hops are really limited. Some hints of citrus but light. Needs more hops though.

The flavor is a different story. The apricot notes were subtle (as apricots are), but present and not overwhelming balanced with a nice malt characteristic. The hops are limited a bit as well. More character than what the nose gave, but still limited. Some fruity and zest hops on back end. But no bittering notes. The yeast is clean with a hint of esters and a distinct mineral/chalky note.

The body is moderate but the sweetness lingers and gives it a bit more perception. Overall limited apricot and hops but very drinkable.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,488 ratings.