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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

4,454 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,454
Reviews: 1,659
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 112
Gots: 355 | FT: 4
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

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first brew from the much lauded brwery (and my first from the state, if that makes any difference). Pours a nice copper color, nice and dark, changes color in the light. You can sure smell the apricots in this one, and it is quite nice. The hops also shine through, making this a very fruity and aromatic beer. Taste is good and hoppy, but there isn't as much apricot in the flavor as I expected. There is an axtra fruitiness to this one from the apricots, but just the eseence, notihng overpowering or detracting from the hophiesta going on in this beer. Mouthfeel is slick and appropriately carbonated. Good beer, very good actually. This is one of the better "fruit" beers I have had.

TastyTaste, Jun 22, 2005
Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head that drapes squiggly lace

Smell: Floral aroma with fresh apricots

Taste: Starts out biscuity and then you get a nice hop kick mixed with fresh apricots; after the swallow, the apricot fruit lifts to another level and is joined with a sweet citrusy flavor into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; slight warming after the swallow from the alcohol

Drinkability: Pleasantly drinkable, particularly in the warmer weather

brentk56, Jun 18, 2005
Photo of Shaw
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a beautiful copper color with a short head that reduces to a fine layer in my glass.

The smell of apricots is lighter than the other apricot beer I've had: Magic Hat No. 9. Hop aroma combines with the apricot to make a sweet/herbal smell.

The taste is also subtle toward the apricot. It mostly tastes of bittering hops with a bit of sweetness from the malts and I'm sure a bit of help from the apricots.

The body is good, smooth and substantial.

Overall this is a decent IPA that happens to have a bit of apricot in it. If you are looking for an apricot kick, try Magic Hat No. 9 first.

Shaw, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of BeerFink
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange amber in hue with pretty good clarity. Aromatic white head crops up, leaving some sticky lacing. The apricots are immediately apparent in the nose. Sweet apricots balance the herbal and citrous hops. Not much malt present in the flavor, except a wisp of toastiness. Hints of other fruits seem to be present, but it could be just the apricots. Mouthfeel is quite creamy and full. Finish is slighty dry and acidic, but includes sweet fruit and pine. Interesting take on an IPA. DFH always seems to come up with some interesting brews.

BeerFink, Jun 12, 2005
Photo of mattcrill
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: "Packaged on" listed on the side of the bottle but nothing marked...not cool.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear copper with a sudsy off-white head. Vigorous carbonation cascades throughout the body. The head quickly fades and rings the glass nicely.

Smell: Some yeasty and bready notes first. Slight citrusy hop smell and maybe a little bit of apricot sweetness but nothing that I would notice if I didn't know the name of the beer.

Taste: Mild apricots, drying citrus hops, wheat bread and yeast notes continue with a slightly astringent finish.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carbonation pops off the palate. Medium to light with a nice apricot finish.

Drinkability: Pretty easy especially during the summer heat. An interesting twist on an otherwise slightly above average IPA. Glad I tried it but probably won't be seeking this out again.

mattcrill, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of ILiveOffHops
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cold bottle poured into a pint glass produces a small amount of light head...the head dissapates to a thin light ring around the glass. Appearance-wise it has a nice orange amber color....very pretty little beer. The first taste is very refreshing on a humid June night. Hoppy, sweet fairly strong apricot flavor...the bitterness of the hops is slightly quelled by the sweetness of the fruit. Much more apricot than Magic Hat #9. In the mouth, it is carbonated, but not overly so. Overall, I enjoy this beer, nothing mind boggling, but a nice beer for a warm summer day/night.

ILiveOffHops, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of LPorter33
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased Single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = Carmel golden brown, decent head, looks good.

Smell = Definite apricot scent coming through with a bready maltness and decent tangy hops

Taste = A little bit sour but great overall flavor. Apricot fruit meshes well with the high alcohol content. It's a bit strong but in a good way as no one flavor completely overwhelms. If it was a bit less sour, it would score a 4.5 or 5.

Overall = Another great tasting beer from Dogfish. Can these guys do anything wrong?

LPorter33, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of twelvsies
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty average beer. An average amber color, less than average head, and a pretty non-descript scent of maybe some hops and yeasty malt. Tastes like your standard run of the mill American pale ale to me. I can barely note the apircots, and what I can detect isn't really that appealing. This reminds me of Burton Baton in a way... very different beers, but they both share this odd taste, sort of like carborad? that I don't like at all. Don't know what it is, but it's in both beers. Don't bother with this one unless you are destined to try every Dogfish beer known to man...

twelvsies, Jun 02, 2005
Photo of GreatPondBrewer
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper fused strawberry color with a slight white ehad that was nothing more than slick on top within seconds of pour. The nose was dominated by the apricot as well as other fruity smells i.e. passion fruit, strawberry. The taste was more of the apricot with just a hint of the hops that the purported IPA possesed. There was a nice finish that was clean, fruity and refreshing. Very decent fruit beer, but nothing more. Something of a hopped up version of #9.

GreatPondBrewer, May 26, 2005
Photo of ism
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Lovely amber with a slight reddish hue, topped with a dense half-inch taupe head. Head subsides fairly quickly with no lacing. Aroma of sweetness, more of apricot than malt, dominating over a faint floral hop and yeast. Slight carbonation, medium-full body tastes of sweet apricots and butter malt. Hops emerge only when going down as mostly piney notes, riding with apricot. Alcohol is masked well.

Apricot dominates just a bit too much, making it more of a fruit beer and not enough of an IPA. An interesting offering, though the least compelling of Dogfish Head's, as adventurous as it is. Good thing it's just a 4-pack, since I don't think I could enjoy more than that in a season.

ism, May 25, 2005
Photo of bceaglejoe
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured a dark amber color, and a pretty thick head blossomed, showing off a moderate amount of carbonation. Retention was very good. The scent had a distinct hop aroma, as well as slight estery notes. It was rather pleasant.

Tasting: A slight hop bite came across on the front of the tongue, followed by the taste of apricot on the middle and back. Both flavors were mixed together in the aftertaste, making this enjoyable to drink. I'm detecting more of a hop character in the bottle than I did when I drank this on tap. It's a medium-bodied beer with decent carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel, tempered with bitterness. I would certainly have another one of these, but the higher alcohol content might deter some.

Overall, this is a solid beer. I would recommend this as a fine example of the Fruit / Vegetable Beer style, though it slightly crosses over into IPA territory.

bceaglejoe, May 23, 2005
Photo of rousee
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

When I drink this, I think about some of the remarks about beer reviews being heavily slanted towards slightly better than avg that I have seen recently. Guess what fools? Its cuz we are always seeking beers that are better than avg and sometimes they dont stack up but we dont want to trash them because we know its a decent beer.

My numerical scores should speak for themselves.Whatever adjectival words the Bros choose to describe the number is totally cool with me. But if its a 5, it means exceptional not perfect and the world would be ruined if there could only be one exceptional beer.

So I have to say that I think DFH has been expanding a tad too quickly before I go on..Very amber with cherry hints in the color. No head, carbonation, or lace but its not needed here.

This is tough to review cuz it tastes like a nice hoppy IPA and yet I cant really taste any apricot other than sugarry texture on the mouthfeel. It does have a fabulous smell which I am now giving a 5 . It is so delicously malty in an ice cream sundae type of way. Malted milkshake--next to the banana split--one of the finest deserts ever created.

At 7%, it is way too strong to be considered a Summer seasonal which any apricot beer would have to be. Seems like it would be a great one for the peanut butter combo that is so good with hoppy IPAs

rousee, May 19, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Who would've ever thought apricots and an IPA could work together? But they do! The Aprihop pours a clear orange-copper body beneath a frothy head of off-white foam that holds quite well and leaves thin craggy rings about the glass. The nose is lightly malty with a delicate touch of pine and some unclear fruitiness (guess that's from the apricots, huh?). It's slightly elevated carbonation bristles the tongue at first, but it becomes much more airy as it warms and its dextrinous medium body becomes clear. The flavor is a bit sweeter than the maltiness found in the nose might suggest, and it actually does have an apricot flavor to it! It's not as bitter as might be expected, but it's absolutely balanced; and the hop flavors blend in quite well with their leafy, woody, citrusy (? - and that might just be from the apricots as well), and mildly pine-like flavors. It finishes dry with a kick of bitterness and some residual dried-apricot flavor that sticks in the mouth. It's surprisingly good; well-balanced; not overly fruity; very enjoyable; and drinkable to boot (except that it's 7%abv.)!

NeroFiddled, May 18, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's, poured as a slightly large taster into a small white wine glass.
Poured the color of apricots with a light white head. Didn't get much head on the pour, so I couldn't discern much about the retention, but it did have some excellent lacing throughout.
Aroma was faint, but there was a definite tartness from the apricots mixing with citrus hops.

Mmm, you have tart apricot, caramel malt and a smattering of citrusy and slightly bitter hops in a wonderful complex mix of drink here. Body was light to medium and finished with a clean mix of flavors.

Drinkable, definitely. You have a delicate blended IPA on your hands here that would go excellently with fish, or served to some non beer geek ladies who usually go for Chardonney.

Dithyramb, May 18, 2005
Photo of Beaver13
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a creamy white head that goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is bready malts, apricots, and some peppery hops.

The flavor is sweet and sugary apricots (almost pixie stick like) initially and a little pepper and caramel malt leading to a decent bitter hoppiness. I really like the balance between the fruits and the hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall, an intriguing IPA. I like it, but it's probably a bit too expensive for me to get too often ($8 a 4 pack).

Beaver13, May 12, 2005
Photo of apintofknowledge
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The label reads "An India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots"... knowing Dogfish Head's IPA's (60, 90 and 120 minute), I had a feeling I was in for more hops than your usual fruit-beer...

Sure enough, I could smell those hops when I poured it... those citrus & pine notes coming through, as well as a sweet fruit aroma from the apricots. The hue of the brew was an orangey-amber, crystal clear, with a thin off-white head.

Now for the taste... oh yeah, there's hops in there! Those grapefruit and peppery flavors come on strong, and there's a real bitter finish... nothing very sweet in this fruit beer. You can taste the mild apricot through all those hops, but it's not what dominates here. Actually, initially it's a bit too bitter and hoppy for my taste.

That said, the more I drink, the more the flavors balance out. The apricot flavor becomes more pronounced, and helps to mellow out those bitter hops. In fact, the grapefruit notes from the hops blend nicely with the apricot.

All in all, an interesting brew that comes on a bit too strong, but gets more drinkable as you go on. Definitely a different twist on a fruit beer, and it has grown on me. But between the assertive hops and the 7% ABV, it's not one I'd keep drinking all night long.

apintofknowledge, May 04, 2005
Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery-gold in hue with a bronzy influence that creates an attractive looking beer. The off-white head at its apex was one finger in height. Head retention was poor; it faded to a skimpy, soapy cap. Disappointing. The subsequent lacing was very sporadic, webby but unimpressive. On the whole, the appearance is slightly above average.

The nose is plenty hoppy. Throughout the bouquet are pungent, piney-marijuana qualities with a very hot finish. There is fruitiness and it comes across candied (oranges and apricots mainly). At the back is a hint or two of malt, it is lightly toasty and kind of caramely but it is uneventful. The potency is moderate but the nose is plenty heavy handed. I do like what I smell even though there isn’t much complexity here. Inviting nevertheless.

The palate is much more mild in taste then the nose indicated. However it is also much more developed then the nose indicated. This makes me sad on one hand, but it works out wonderfully when everything is compiled. First of all, where is the 7% abv? I sure couldn’t taste it. I’m impressed. Where is the hoppiness? Oh, it is present and accounted for. Oddly, there isn’t much straight bitterness but there is enough to balance the malt and the apricots (which I can taste cleanly). The hops offer flavors of pine, citrus, and marijuana. Malty? Yes, but it is largely clean and American. This was expected. The flavors offered were sweetness in the form of caramel. The yeast supplies some fruity notes (hints of cherry and oranges). All in all, this IPA (of sorts) is very well balanced. Tasty.

Medium/medium-full, the carbonation was low but natural. The mouthfeel is relaxing without being lazy. Impressive.

This beer is plenty drinkable and I really do like it but there isn’t much that stands out about it. Odd, I know. The aftertaste is long and I could really see this beer going great with cheddar cheese or some kind of fruit-butter on toast. Damn that sounds great! This beer was very tasty. I really liked it. Thank you shippos! This 12-ounce bottle was a great addition to the Secret Bunny Exchange!

bditty187, May 02, 2005
Photo of blitheringidiot
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Popping out of a 12 oz'er Aprihop pours a dark amber topped off with a foamy thick tan bubbly headcap full of zesty carbonation.

Husky aroma of grains and quintessential honey suckle derived from the apricot content. Sweet and flowery.

First swigs: Woody minerally grainy ale. Hops and malts are quite balanced. Frity flavors are subdued yet detectable. Oatmeal cereal grainyness with an almost kiss of pumpkin.

Light to medium feel with cushy carbonation. Becomes sticky due to hops addition.

More of a treat than a drinker.

Last swigs: Tastes a bit like a dehydrated apricot. Not really like an IPA at all. Just ale and a curious beer for the not so curious. 7 % ABV is hidden, kinda like apricot hard candy with a husky grain.

blitheringidiot, Apr 29, 2005
Photo of asabreed
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another treat from Dogfish Head. Out of a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Hazy orange / yellow color. Frothy white head. Lace sticking to the glass as I drink. Slow gurgling bubbles up the glass from the bottom.

Smell: Oily citrus and hops. A sharp tinge of apricot, though very nice in its sweet and sour qualities. I wish it was more complex, but it's actually pretty nice, especially once it warms close to cellar temperature.

Taste: I personally think the apricots add a lot in a positive way. Rather than being pervasive or too slight, they're an addition that has a great twist on DFH's IPA style, as this is very different from the 60 minute for sure. Not as hoppy as I expected, as the malt and the apricots keep it pretty balanced. Some subtle grapefruit and citrus. Aftertaste is pretty awesome too, almost as if I just had a piece of candy that just had the right amount of sugar in it to keep the taste there, but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium to light carbonation. Lots of bubbles. Very nice.

Drinkability: As it comes in 4-packs, I could make this a session. Would like to see how it pairs with different foods for sure. 7% is a lot, but it doesn't taste like it's tha strong at all, which is another plus, as the alcohol is extremely hidden.

I'll definitely be buying this again. A great IPA experiment, and I would certainly like to see more, as I'm a huge fan of the 60 and 90 minute. They know their IPAs.

asabreed, Apr 27, 2005
Photo of Jacobob10
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Anam Cara in Brookline, MA.

Light orange color with a nice, fairly-carbonated head. The smell is rather subtle. Slight fruity aroma and slightly hoppy, but not a whole lot going on. The taste was more of the same. It is well-balanced, but I was expecting more fruit and more hops. Easy drinking and easy on the palate. I think the fact that I had this on-tap may have dulled it down a bit. I'd love to try it out of a bottle someday.

Jacobob10, Apr 25, 2005
Photo of kbub6f
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1" of yellowy-tan, bumpy, dense head. Clear, copper-amber beer. Faint, sweet apricots in the nose. A little tangy. Nice. Light fruit up front. Slick, malty-caramel and quite full through the middle. Roasty, bitter and quite strong at last. It seems like a nice, darkish IPA with just a hint of fruit. I was expecting more fruit, but this is quite tasty. And I should be the last one to complain that there's not enough fruit in my beer, after complaining too often that there's too much.

kbub6f, Apr 23, 2005
Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/22/05- Received via trade with Connecticuitpoet and Steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with an drink by August 2005 notch on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-rust colored pour with a creamy 3/4 inch head and above average lacing.

Smell- Very sweet and fruity scent. Can't tell if it's apricot or not, but it is some kind of fruit. A bit of alcohol scent as well. Nice hops output in the aroma.

Taste- Bitter hop taste with a fruit flavor hint in the background. Apricot is very subdued, but you can detect it. Nice malty background as well. Dare I say a small nutty flavor in the aftertaste (walnut?)

Mouthfeel- Higher than avergae carbonation. Sugary sweet mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This one hit the spot on the hottest day of the yeart so far. My computer room is roasting and this does the trick to keep the sweat at bay. Good deal. Yummy brew.

GClarkage, Apr 22, 2005
Photo of Truh
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -2.1%
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 +4.4%
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
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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