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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,407 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,407
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 110
Gots: 341 | FT: 3
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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 Truh
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Some idiot had picked out all the good stuff from the trail mix with this one on 4/28/2005. 16-oz. pour in a pint glass at the Publick House.

Pretty loose and light thin head, with some sand piles in spots, Rust brown hue, verging closer to red, with 100% clarity and some nice bubbling. More malt, and hop for that matter, than fruit on nose, along with a nice clover note. Fruit is light on mouth, and therefore welcoming, with some sprinkling of lemon zest and some gentle, green hop. Almost light bodied.

Considering I do not normally gravitate to this style, I found this to be quite good and it could easily be a go-to choice for me.

Truh, Apr 21, 2005
Photo of Zraly
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A nice, clear off-orange color that glows in a pint glass. A head that retains wonderfully. Smells of fresh cut lawn, citrus and a mango/apricot crossing. There's a whiff of grain as well. Interesting and unique.

An even malty sweetness that has a touch of biscuity goodness layered into it envelopes a crisp, fresh hop flavor. Smooth and somewhat buttery. A slick, apricot syrup finish.

I like this and I'm enjoying it, but I'm not sure that I'd want to drink it for an extended period of time. It's a good taster and would do well with food; perhaps some hot n' spicy southern BBQ.

Zraly, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear orange pour with a head that stuck around for quite a while. Smell is floral hops and apricot with a bit of grass as well. Taste is more hop than apricot, but the apricot fruitness and sweetness is there at the base. There's also a bit of a faint vanilla flavor that's very intriguing. I'm a big fan of Magic Hat #9 as an occasional brew, but this one is a lot better. It's less cloyingly sweet, and the apricot takes a back seat to the hop flavor, which is a good thing. It also has more of a medium-bodied mouthfeel compared to the #9, which I feel is a bit thin. Overally, quite a nice spring beer.

whartontallboy, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Label lists 7% abv, and has a date (year) code to be notched on the side, but it’s not notched!
Aroma: Hops are floral and full, under there is a stewed fruit smell that I’ll call apricot just to be agreeable; Very mild smell, fairly sweet overall.
Appearance: Very clear glass of amber orange showing full carbonation streams that feed a creamy microscopic bubbled head that has started to lace before my first sip. Very bright and inviting.
Flavor: The stewed candied fruit taste is up front easing into a nice full malt middle that fades out to a slightly spicy hop finish. Very round taste profile with interesting stops along the way. The hops seem, not light but overpowered in the total beer which has me scratching my head for the IPA part. The taste is closer in to the 90 min IPA which I find sweeter and less hoppy than the 60 min. No trace of alcohol and the total package is very well blended and complete, if a bit sweet overall.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body calls for a good chew. Texture is very creamy and smooth as it coats my mouth with about 7 layers of malty goodness.
Overall Impression: Dangerous in its drinkability, this candied fruit just asking for a full chug. While the taste says “more, MORE” the heavy mouthfeel slows you down. The alcohol is felt about mid-glass but never tasted. Somehow I’m seeing this as more of a Christmas beer. Maybe it is and we just got it late. As fruit beers go, it is worth the price of admission. Recommended!
Thanks to Pegasus for the bottle.

HardTarget, Apr 11, 2005
Photo of santoslhalper
3.05/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Poured a crystal clear amber colloer with a large creamy off-white head.

Smell: The smell is an unimpressive mix of malts a slight fruitiness. The malts smell cheap and the fruits smell fake.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes better than it smells. The apricots really aren't that noticable until about 10 seconds after the swallow. IPA? No. There are hardly any hops. The malts are the focus, and aren't that incredibly intruiging. It lacks carbonation as well. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Not bad, but not great. It's not an IPA, not really an apricot beer. But not bad. It's very creamy, but the malt and apricot aftertaste really starts to get old, which hurts the drinkability.

santoslhalper, Apr 10, 2005
Photo of irrevjim
4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really loved this take on an IPA. It's about perfect balance. It's hoppier than an average IPA, not as hoppy as 90 minute IPA, but the (sweetness?) of the apricots balances the harshness of the hops and makes for a crisp but very smooth glass of beer and the fullest flavor and highest ABV of anything I can honestly say was "gone in 60 seconds". It went down like a light pisner or lager on a 90 degree day but felt like a full bodied beer in my mouth. I really can't imagine changing a thing.

irrevjim, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of oelergud
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear copper body. Head is big, tan and has great retention and lace. Low carbonation.
Nose is very fragrant, grass, hops, floral and musty scents with a hint of something sweet which must be the apricots.
Well balanced brew. Again floral and grassy flavors along with a long lasting hoppy/apricot sweet aftertaste which ends in a good bitter hop feel.
Slick and sharp on the palate. This is a crisp and refreshing brew just in time for spring. Watch the ABV though.


oelergud, Apr 09, 2005
Photo of Goldorak
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Apricot jam pale orange, with massive, massive meringue that took forever to settle down. The cling on the glass was so strong it almost took me an ice scraper to get it off.

Smell: A bouquet of flowers, freshly squeezed lemon juice and a cloying, fruity smell that may or may not be apricots.

Taste: Carbonation is quite vivacious, middle is fruity, but a sour, tart kind of fruity. Then blamo, that Dogfish head hop salvo finishes it off, but not before giving your tastebuds a good beating. Finishing off my 4 pack was no difficulty at all.

Goldorak, Apr 06, 2005
Photo of allengarvin
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice woody-amber color, very clear. Small white head. Aroma is fairly perfumy, a mix of apricot and grassy hops, with a touch of toasty malt. Taste has plenty of hop bitterness, along with a lot of fruitiness that, to me, is not completely identifiable as apricot. Solid malt background, somewhat bread-like. Finishes clean and dry, slightly bitter but not overwhelmingly so. Body is moderate to light, carbonation avg.

A good beer. I would have liked more apricot flavor.

allengarvin, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of MuddyFeet
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit apprehensive about this one, but picked up a four-pack because the SO requested it. Surprisingly really good. Poured amber in color, without any head and only slight carbonation. The apricots are fairly strong in the aroma. So are the hops. The flavor is very much apricot. Very Magic Hat #9, but better overall. I think that is because the hop kick ad the subsequent bitterness is that much nicer. Very crisp finish.

MuddyFeet, Apr 02, 2005
Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Southside Beer Expo, Frankfort, IL. Hmmm, yes. Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy! Apricot taste is evident, indeed, but it's not overpowering as in other fruit beers. Here, the fruit just supports the citrusy IPA hop chracter. The DFH take on a fruit beer.

DrunkMcDermott, Apr 01, 2005
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with a nice big fluffy head that leaves a nice amount of lace behind,aromas of sweet apricot and zesty,piney hop very nice mingling of aromas.Apricot notes hit the taste buds up front but a dry,piney hop presence makes it self known pretty quickly but once again stays well balanced with apricot flavor.I really like the concept and flavors of this beer and its dangerously drinkable at 7% I will get again for sure sometime.

oberon, Mar 28, 2005
Photo of maek228
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got a 4 Pack of this for seven bucks. Has some quote on it from Playboy maganize about "incredible smoothness" Let's see if the dudes at Playboy got it right.

Appearance: Dark orange, almost an amber red. After I poured it, I got a head that was a bit smaller than one finger. After the head subsided, there was a thin layer of froth on the top, I love seeing that. Beer seems to be a bit more carbonated than average. Beer gets bonus points for having some awesome foam cling-age as I drank the beer.

Smell: Whaaa? The smell threw me for a loop, here's why: no apricots! I fully expected to get a whiff of fresh apricots. Instead it smells like an American IPA. A variety of fresh hops, delicate chamomille tea, floral accents

Taste: Once again, I was suprised. Expected alot of apricot flavors, instead, it was was subtle...which is to my liking. I should have figured that it would be subtle, since the last DFH flavored beer was subtle (punkin ale). I have to say, this is a fabulous IPA. I'm suprised this webiste has it labeled it as a fruit/vegetable beer, because it tastes nothing like a fruit beer. This beer is strongly hopped, with some understated fruit flavors...namely apricots.

Mouthfeel. Nice and frothy, which is appropriate for a beer of 7% alcohol. Hop flavor is beautifully bitter and lingers for a long time. Alcohol is prevelant, which I also love.

Drinkability: I love IPA's and this one is top notch. I could drink a million of these. So top notch and satisfying.

maek228, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of hobbes2112
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle

This one just showed up recently in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and I'll try anything that Dogfish puts out.

I was not sure what to expect out of an apricot brewed IPA, I like IPAs and I like apricots, so the logical thing is that I stand to like this beer. The pour is dark for an IPA, with a medium white head. Significant lacing all the way through the beer. Smell was mostly hops, it wasn't until I let it warm up quite a bit before the fruit showed up. Taste was a similar story, above average IPA when cool, then an additional element of fruit as I got to room temp. This is pleasing though, I don't really like fruit beers to be over the top just a hint here and there.

Good show from the fellas at Dogfish.

hobbes2112, Mar 26, 2005
Photo of Chadbrew
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copper color with a light head on it that drops fast.
Smells like an IPA mostly. I think I was expecting more fruit; surprisingly I had to look for the apricot aroma.
Taste - Kind of like drinking an IPA while eating a PB&J sandwich. Good bitter, very smooth though. Not that this is a big abv or anything but really no taste of alcohol at all, you feel it after a couple though.
Mouth is medium to heavy with a little bit of a harshness that I quite like. Finishes sweet.
Strange... somehow this balances out well.

Chadbrew, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of yelterdow
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First one I've seen this season- no year is punched on the label... I'm guessing it's an '05??

Served in a Samuel Smith nonic.

Appearance- Pours a glowing orange with incredible clarity. Head dissipates to a foam ring shortly afterwards.

Smell- hmmmm.... Apricot? Hops? Almost cloying nose. Overwhelming after over-analysis. I'll keep my head out of my glass for now.

Taste/Mouthfeel/Drinkability- A bit rough in the mouth, the carbonation is sensational. Not my favorite fruit beer; I would choose Abita's Purple Haze or Magic Hat #9 for a more drinkable example of this style, however I commend DFH for a good beer nonetheless. I am looking forward to sampling this on-tap at Brewtopia in NY on April 16.

yelterdow, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of mgdeth
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light amber, clear. What was once a good head subsides, but there is some beer lace.

Smell - Floral hops tend to dominate the smell at first, then the apricot smell comes through. Awesome.

Taste - Is it an IPA, or a fruit beer? Well, it's bitter as hell, which is nice. FLoral hoppiness comes though well in the taste. Apricots take a second seat. The beer does not taste as sweet as it smells. This beer is a little confusing to the palate, or perhaps challenging is a better word.

Mouthfeel - Thick, a step up from the body of a standard IPA. Also a little sticky.

Drinkability - Easier to consume than most double IPAs, but a touch rougher than a standard IPA. While it tastes great, it is filling. Still, I think I would gladly finish off more than one of these. Quite a treat. Share it with friends!

Comments - As others have observed, this beer is sort of like the 90 Minute IPA on low volume. I think the apicot flavor could be ramped up a little without making the beer too similar to a malternative.

mgdeth, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of assurbanipaul
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light orange-amber with an inch-thick foamy head. Aroma is strange -- familiar cheesy hops DFH uses everywhere with a touch of fruity astringency. Not much sweetness, as one would expect with a fruit blend.

Taste is lightly malted with bitter hops, a lighter version of their 90 Minute. Same faint and indistinct fruity astringency as in the aroma, just barely an apricot flavor, maybe even a sawdust flavor. Apricot elements take more of a role towards the end of the glass, stays dry through the end. A little reserved and passive for an IPA, even a fruit-doctored one.

Mouthfeel is medium, crisp and clean. If you imagine the familiar grapefruity taste of a traditional IPA as turning to the right, this IPA turns just to the left. An interesting curiosity but I'm ambivalent about the hybridized style.

assurbanipaul, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of pentathlete
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this on-tap, but failed to review it in that serving style. So, when the four packs hit the shelves, I picked one up. What a great spring beer. This pours a clear ruddy orange, small head that falls quickly. Smell is mellow fruity and hoppy. The taste starts out as a rather weak IPA because the fruit immediately follows. They blend together so that neither overpowers, the definition of balance. This is an excellent fruit beer. The mouthfeel was medium with the fruitiness adding some depth. Finish is hoppy and crisp. At 7% ABV this is so simple to drink that I recommend it for home consumption only. It is sessionable. I can see me having this with a stack of grilled beef and pineapple kabobs. Hey, the wife likes it too. The best thing for IPA lovers out there is to treat this for the fruit beer that it is, otherwise you'll be somewhat disappointed. Another winner from DFH.

pentathlete, Mar 20, 2005
Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nutty brown color, with nice foaming head. Fruity, citrus hop aroma. Quick bitterness of hops which fades away into a pleasant floral ness and leaves a lingering grassy to pine taste. The hops are balanced out perfectly with a heavy malt mouthfeel.
12oz brown bottle-2004 btl date, tasted 9/14/04

BobLuvBeer, Mar 13, 2005
Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

RBorsato, Mar 11, 2005
Photo of bruachan
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

bruachan, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

rowew, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of kmpitz2
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

kmpitz2, Mar 09, 2005
Photo of hero27
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hero27, Feb 22, 2005
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,407 ratings.