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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,503
Reviews: 1,666
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 122
Gots: 402 | 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 dren
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4.06/5  rDev +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 -5.2%
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
3.87/5  rDev +1%
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
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -3.9%
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
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
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 -12.5%
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
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +5.7%
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 +4.4%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 +1.8%
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
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was a really good one from Dogfish Head. Pours to a deep, slightly hazed amber red color with a nice thick foam that eventually recedes to a ring around the glass. Carbonation is only moderate, and lacing is beautifully thick, but rinses back down to meet the liquid at a slug's pace.

Smells wonderful. Great blend of hops, malts, and apricot. Neither seem to dominate the nose whatsoever, but each are quite distinguishable from one another. Also has a bit of candiness to it, like a red jolly rancher as opposed to belgian candi sugar.

The taste follows over from the nose quite well. A maltiness and fruity apricot blast starts things off. Tastes like munich malt, maybe, which is interesting for an IPA, but perhaps it's just a reaction with the apricot. In mid-taste, the apricots stick around while a bit of candy and hops flavor begins to flood the tastebuds.

The bitterness is at the perfect level for an IPA. Enough to let you know they are there and gives a good hit of bitterness, but doesn't make your tongue curl up whilst covering up other flavors. The finish is a bit dry with a great apricot and hop... errrm, apri-hop flavor in the finish. One of my favorite offerings from DFH so far.

Photo of goochpunch
1.91/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

*Updated review on 4-6-08*

Pours out an orange copper with a whipped egg white head and great, busy lacing. Has a nice touch of apricot underneath an overwhelming aroma of a perm. This is like walking by a hair salon. Taste is just like a vague sweet simple syrup with some vague hops and decent apricot flavor underneath. Can't help but taste some perm as the aroma is permeating the taste. Mouthfeel is soft in carbonation but really sticky. This is pretty bad. I don't know if my tastes have changed a lot in the past years or if this year's batch ('08) is just shit. I would assume that my tastes have changed as this beer pretty much falls in line with DFH beers being overly sweet and uninteresting (to me).

Appearance (4.0): Deep copper body; OK sized head; good bit of lacing all the way down

Smell (3.0): I honestly didn't get much from the smell. Weak hop aroma and not much more.

Taste (4.5): Whoa! Even without the apricot background this would be a fantastic IPA, but the apricot goes extremely well w/ the malts and hops. Big hop character like a boot to the gooch. Where's that ABV at?

Mouthfeel (4.5): Near perfect. Not too bubbly, flat, or slick for my tastes.

Drinkability (4.5): I could drink this all night and then have one for breakfast.

Fantastic beer and one I'll surely recommend to others. I was reluctant going in as I'm not one to actively seek out IPAs and I've been disappointed in the past by another apricot beer (by Pyramid). I sure was scared for nothing because this is, even w/out the novelty of the apricot, a beastly IPA. 7% ABV not such a bad bonus. If the price tag wasn't so high, I'd buy it more often. This went very well with a big bowl of red beans, rice and sausage.

Photo of Bumpon10s
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours very thick, deep amber with no head and almost no lacing. This is darker than the av-er-age IPA.

S - A smell of bitter hops and a little alcohol, didn't really notice apricots, lets see what the taste has in store.

T - Ok, now I get the apricot. Wow, the hops and apricots go really well together, a very bittersweet fruit flavor. Its a bit different, but very good, I'm impressed.

M - The apricot addition makes this INCREDIBLY smooth, this beer is very clean.

D - For how good this is, the drinkability isn't amazingly high. This is a slow drinker and only good for one, not to mention the 7% alcohol.

This beer is very, very good but I'd only buy one, they sell it in 4 packs, but I wouldn't get it unless you were sharing with a group. I implore you to try this beer if you haven't

Photo of Golden2wenty1
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Riley's here in Madison. I didn't like the first IPA I had, Goose Island's, so I've been hesitant to go back since....trying some 100 beers of other, usually darker, styles since. I thought I'd ease myself back in with a fruit tainted version. Here goes....

Pours an attractive amber/golden color with a finger of khaki head, no real lacing to speak of. Nose is quite strong, floral, piney hops and sweeter fruit. Flavor picks up with the nose, bitter piney hops, the faintest malt and a sweet apricot note at the end to even it out a bit. As an IPA it obviously leans toward the hops, the apricot is much more subtle than I would have guessed, but I'm glad as I can tell my beer palate has matured and I can handle the hoppiness better than I used to. Nice substantial body, good carbonation. Pretty drinkable for a fruit IPA. I might be a little more open-minded toward the pale stuff. Another quality brew from DFH.

Photo of Stubbie1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a deep golden color, with an orange huge to it. Off white head, thick and creamy left a thin lace to the end. Aroma is of citrus, malty bread notes and the sweet hint of the apricot. Taste is a bitter citrus hop rush with the malt joining in the middle mixed with a slight sweetness of the fruit and a bitter hops finish. Nothing to over the top. I was expecting more of a fruit rush but it turned out to be another good IPA from DFH. It is well balanced, medium body and good drinkability.

Photo of Px2GrafX
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

presentation: 12oz. bottle with a peach, white, green and yes, apricot colored label. typical dogfish logo with an apricot-colored shark. "an india pale ale brewed with real apricots" is printed on the front of the bottle. packaged in date is not marked. 7% abv displayed.

appearance: an almost iced tea colored brew with orange highlights poured in a pint glass. head was a good inch and a half. nice off-white fluffy head that dropped to a capper after a few minutes. very few bubbles rising through an only half clear brew.

smell: hops and sweet fruit. lightly piney and i can smell the apricots, but before i knew it was apricots i would have guessed maybe pears and pineapples.

taste: citrusy and lightly piney hop flavor. a little sweet for an ipa, but not as sweet as i was expecting for a fruit beer. there is an alcohol warming flavor. a light unripened fruit, lightly bitter and bready finish. i still can't pinpoint apricot, though. i'm getting a flavor much like a slightly unripe persimmon as the beer warms. the dryness and bitterness in the finish rubs at my gums.

mouthfeel: very smooth, especially at first. a medium body and a little chewy for an ipa. little to no carbonation. swallows well. best part of this beer.

drinkability: again, drinkable at first, but by the end of the drink, i was having a hard time finishing. the unripe bitter fruit in the finish becomes increasingly hinderous as the brew warms. the alcohol also begins to chaffe.

overall: i love how dogfish head experiments and pushes the envelope for new and exciting beers and styles. however, this beer missed the boat a little in my opinion. i may just have a problem with fruit beers and others may love this try, but i am happy to have tried this once. not bad, but not great.

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

Very clear, orange/amber with a thin stand of dark cream coloured head. Some lacing and good retention. Plenty of aroma, with caramel malt, fruity apricots, floral and spicy hops, along with a bit of alcohol. Full, slightly viscous body with carbonation that's well integrated, leaving you with very fine bubbles and no harshness. Caramel malt sweetness throughout, with mellow apricot and moderate bitterness rounding things out at the end. Some pine hop flavour part-way through. Dryish hop finish with lingering apricot and a bit of alcohol warmth. A fruit beer that's definitely above average. I really liked how the apricots only form part of the character, rather than overpowering everything. Nicely balanced!

Photo of sopor
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Normally I've been in the habit of saying that I don't like fruit beer, but slowly, due to offerings such as this, that is changing!

Brilliant clear copper topped with offwhite active & frothy head. Some bubbles, some lacing. Fruity & citrusy hop flavors, with just a hint of syrupy sweetness.

Interesting and complex combo. Malt is delicate, lightly roasted and slightly syrupy. Got a hint of grapenut flavor. Hops are clean and prevelant without overpowering an undertone of apricot. Well balanced and very tasty, with just a hint of alcohol.

A moderate body and delicate carbonation. Smooth and tasty brew, but I wouldn't be able to drink more than one

Photo of RonfromJersey
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rich shiny copper body, topped by a dense three finger deep, slightly off white, level head. Good dripping lacing.

Nice fruity nose of, yes, you guessed it, apricots.

Taste starts off with a soft malt foundation, aftertaste is a mild apricot splash. In between them...is surprisingly not that much. I had wondered about the balance between their typical IPA hop smack and real fruit sensations from the apricots. Apparently they are so well balanced as to be nearly undetectable. Let's get that Dogfish Head Magic Marker and cross out "India" from the label.

Good mouthfeel. Good drinkability.

A very good fruit beer, one I'd gladly have again, but I'd hold off on the "Fruit IPA" label. Not from the brewery that gave us 60, 90, 120 Minute IPAs. It's more hoppy fruit beer than fruit ipa, at least with DFH standards.

Photo of ElGordo
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper-golden hue with a vibrant, half-inch white head. Nice aroma of rich, roasted caramel malt, some brown sugar, a touch of hops, and a whiff of apricot. Palate is malty and sweet up front, developing a mild hoppiness towards the back of the mouth. Undertones of apricot and brown sugar throughout. Mouthfeel is rich, smooth, and creamy. Not quite as excellent as I was perhaps expecting, but it is still very pleasant.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,503 ratings.