ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,475 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,475
Reviews: 1,662
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 112
Gots: 366 | 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 bubrewer
2.15/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Had to try this one because Apricot and IPA aren't two things I'd normally expect to find together in a beer.

This one poured with a low head and a copper color. I cupped my hands over the glass to get my first introduction to the apricots and....where are they? None were detectable in the aroma, and hop aroma was rather low too. Hmmm...

Tasting presents a clean, sharp bitterness, rather one dimensional but clean and pleasant. Of the 4 people we had tasting this, two could taste no apricots at all; the other two picked up a faint bit of fruit in the aftertaste. We all agreed that if we had not read the label to expect apricot, we would not have guessed there was any in there.

Body is rather thin; weak malt profile does not back up the bitterness sufficiently.

Overall, a rather one dimensional beer lacking in even the gimmicky fruit addition. Not recommended.

Photo of Dubblebock
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow! I picked up this Dogfish Head offering on a trip to Grapevine Market. It sat nestled in between all of the other DFH brews, and it just sorta lept out at me while I was looking at it on the shelf. The bright label and the promise of adventure made me grab it gleefully.

I gotta say that this one hell of a great fruit beer. In fact, it may be one of the best fruit beers that I have ever had.

Aprihop roars out of the bottle with a creamy head of tight foam, settled on top of a rich looking orange-amber body. Just beautiful.

The nose is sweet and slightly fruity, the apricots giving the scent a light springtime feel, crisp and fresh.

The taste was incredibly tight and robust. Aprohop has a firm malt backbone, but it's the hops and the apricots that really balanced this brew out almost perfectly. Sweet but not cloying. Hoppy but not at all overwhelming. Fruity but not sticky. Just absolutely fantastic. Decent ABV, but it was not apparent as I could barely discern the alcohol in the flavor profile. This is extremely well-crafted.

Good mouthfeel, very nice carbonation level.

Exceptionally drinkable. I could drop one of these any time, any place. I wanted a second one as soon as I had finished the first. I really have to recommend this beer as a great summertime addition to anyone's beerfridge. Don't pass this one up if you see it in the cooler.

Photo of DrainBamage
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark-orange color with little carbonation and very little head that's just on the edge of the glass. Smell is that of apricots and malts. Mouthfeel is great, with perfection carbonation and is very smooth, almost creamy. Taste is close to perfect for an IPA with fruit flavor. The fruit and bitterness is perfectly balanced. Drinkability is above average and anyone that enjoys IPA's and fruit beers will enjoy this. I'd still pick Pyramid Apricot Ale over this, but I still think this is quality beer.

Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a foamy white head that has a pretty nice retention. Ripe apricots are present in the aroma (as one would expect) along with scents of fresh pine. Lots of sweet malt in the taste both initially and in the middle along with an apricot fruitiness followed by some citrusy notes and bitter oily hop resins. It’s not often you find a really good fruit beer, but that’s exactly what’s to be had here.

Photo of bashiba
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice bright copper with a touch of offwhite head.
Smell was dominated by citrusy hops
Taste is very much like a traditional IPA, just a hint of apricot flavor mixed in with the hoppy goodness. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry. Another solid IPA offering from Dogfish Head.

Photo of jimspivey8
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange as a pumpkin, with a creamy soft white head.

Smell: Citrusy hops dominate, with a fruity malty sweetness behind.

Taste: Perfectly balanced between hoppy bitterness and rich malt, with a subtle apricot flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fine, sharp carbonation provides a contrast to smooth, almost oily texture.

Drinkability: Excellent, despite the high ABV.

Overall: Aprihop is one of my top 10 favorite beers, ever. This is very strange because I generally don't enjoy fruit beers. However, while most fruit beers (and many IPA's) are exercises in excess, Aprihop is an ode to balance. The apricots lend this beer such a gentle and distinctive taste, nestling in between the malt and hops beautifully. To me, it is as close to the perfect IPA as I have found, and one of the few beers that I find myself coming back to again and again.

Photo of jamesclark
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Randallized out of the tap (passed through a weird-science apparatus including fresh hops and apricots), this beer was orange-amber, with a strong cream head which was nearly tan, and included a small amount of hop flakes floating about in the glass.

The aroma was a powerful blast of hops, thanks to the funky delivery method. That smell really made the beer something special.

The taste was creamy and light, with a subdued apricot flavor, and a medium bitterness. The finish was wet and smooth - as it lingered, it dried up and left a powerful herbal hop flavor.

This was a very drinkable beer, very balanced. The aroma alone was worth it.

Photo of kaszeta
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the 2005 ABF.

I don't like fruit beers for the most part, but the folks at Dogfish have a way with things, so it was worth a try.

The beer pours as an amber beer with good clarity. The smell was almost pure IPA, with nice floral notes and some grain, but the apricots were just barely noticeable. Very nice. The taste is a lot more fruity than I was expecting, and there is a pleasing apricot note there, but, like the smell, the apricot seems to be applied with a moderate hand, and doesn't overwhelm the flavor of the beer, and the hops and grain are still very strong. Mouthfeel is a bit dry, moreso than I'd like in a sweet beer, but still very good. The result is a very pleasant drinking beer, along the lines of the other apricot beer I regularly get exposed to (Magic Hat #9), but, honestly, much better executed. Alas, like #9, I wouldn't call this a session beer---after one beer I'm ready to try something else.

Photo of Boilermaker88
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Presented in a 12oz bottle I picked up while in Boston and toted back out to Cali. Poured into an imperial pint glass.
Smell: okay, I love apricots and I'm not picking up anything I'd call apricot. Citrusy hops, rather floral in nature, some modest sweet caramel malt and a heady whiff of fusel alcohol.
Taste: sweet malt base and a funny fruity flavor up front. Not humor-type funny but weird funny. Fruitiness is not attributable to what I'd call apricots; ripe, dried, or rotten. Moderate citric hops bite, slightly metallic, and a pop of alcohol that lets you know ApriHop weighs in at 7% ABV. Feel is light, crisp, and dry.
Overall: not all that drinkable, IMO. Seems to wander aimlessly and not straddles the fence between an IPA and a fruit beer, doing neither very well. I tried it on-tap at the ABF and was similarly unimpressed. However, I didn't let that cloud my judgement this time. Nothing I'm going to hurry back to.

Photo of packetknife
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a _seven_ ABV? No way... not close to feeling like that.

Orange-yellow-bronzed, near crystalline, frothy white head that 1/2-faded but laced well. Fruity smell but not what I'd call apricot, more like orange zest and bread, quite nice though. Very little bitterness on the tongue with a light apricot and mellon taste to it. Finish was a bit hoppy and pleasant. Very light feeling drink with regard to the taste but solid feel on the tongue. Very drinkable.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper with a thin ivory head. No lace Smells of what it should, sweet apricot and bitter citrusy hops.

This is surprisingly bitter and hoppy but also sweet from the apricots. Not a huge fan of fruit in my beer but they used it to good affect. The natural sweetness of the apricots is in perfect balance with the hops. Neither dominates at any time. It is so well balanced sometimes it is difficult to tell where one flavor begins and the other ends. Mouth is medium bodied and lightly crisp in the finish, mild hoppiness lingers. Tasty. They done got this right.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(served in an American pint glass)

A-This beer pours a deep orange amber color with a strong carbonation and a thin light tan head.

S- The aroma of crisp citrus and pine hops with a faint dried apricot note. There is a nice note of grain in the background.

T- This beer has a bold hop flavor with some light toasted grain in the background. In the finish there is some taste of apricots that blend with the hops.

M- Medium full mouthfeel with some fizz but not much.

D- I was expecting a fruit beer with some IPA notes but this is a solid IPA with some fruit notes. Very nice balance and if I didn't know it had apricots I would think it was the newest hybrid hops. Very nice twist on a classic.

Photo of mentor
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle thanks to Foolcircle as part of BIF20. Pours a one-finger light tan head over a crystal clear orange/light rust liquid. Smells coho hoppy, caramel malty, and gently apricot. Initial taste is grassy hop that turns to oranges. Then the apricot steps in. Not a flavor blast, like I was expecting, just a pleasant fruity. At the very end of the taste, the hop has a orange pith tang that's not very pleasing. Wow what a great aftertaste. Malty caramel with a toffee that rises and fades. Medium bodied and moderate to mod-heavy carbonation.

Photo of sacfly
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As soon as I popped the cap, I got a whiff of apricots… Was relieved when I put my nose to the glass that it was not as overpowering as it seemed at first. Actually, kind of a chocolate covered fruit type of smell? Where did that come from. Not what I expected, but nice. Thick head of medium tan bubbles. Beautiful copper/gold color. First sip goes in smoothly. Great mouth feel on this one. Average ale flavor with a hint of apricot in the background. No hops or bitterness present at first, but bitter in the finish. This beer looks and smells better than it tastes. Looks great in the glass, but very non-committal on the flavor. The flavor does not quite know what direction to go in. I can see with a tweak in the recipe, this being a stellar brew. Not yet.

Photo of aquatonex
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting apricot beer, although it does not compete with #9.

Pours a medium copper color with some moderate carbonation as well as some lacing. Smell consists of lightly toasted hops along with mild apricots. Taste is pretty punchy with flowery hops. I was expecting more apricot flavor, but it did not taste too out of place. It wasn't too fake of a flavor either. Hops were crisp. Mouthfeel was good, reminiscent of the 60 min IPA, but not as strong. Not too filling, rather refreshing.

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

Appearance: Pours a mildly cloudy orangish red color with a fine sandy head that is about 1 cm thick. Swirling revives the head and makes it thicker.

Smell: Malty scent with a very light roasty note and some light fruitiness. An earthy hop aroma shows up ever so slightly.

Taste: Opens with a light malty aroma and then head straights for the fruity sweetness. The presence of apricots is much more present in the taste than the aroma. The apricot flavor is very good and well balanced. Not overdone but not ambiguous either. Sweet, rich, and very tasty. As the apricot flavor settles we get some light hop bitterness and a clean malty flavor. The apricot flavor lingers in the aftertaste along with some sandy hop flavor and a bit of roastiness.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, very smooth and easy on the palate.

Drinkability: Very tasty and all around a pleasure to enjoy. Well balanced and well crafted.

Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears an amber red with a 1 finger white head that lasts for a moment. Scattering webs are left behind.
Smell is of light fruits and biscuits.
Taste is of sweet malt with a bit of hops in the finish with just a hint of apricots.
Mouthfeel is malty with a bit of a bitter, semi dry finish. Light to medium bodied brew with good unique flavor.
Drinks pretty good. Doesn't really knock my socks off but it works.

Finger licking good.

Photo of abcsofbeer
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours out a medium to dark coppery color that is clearer that most IPAs that I have tried. The carbonation is heavy with lots of rising bubbles. I managed to top it off with a long pour resulting in a frothy off white head about a finger and a half tall. There is a good amount of speckled lace around the glass.

The aroma is fruity and hoppy with a good amount of citrus. There is a faint peachy, apricot smell as well.

The taste is excellent with a perfect balance of hops in my opinion. There is the mild grapefruit flavor and not an over abundance of bitterness in the aftertaste. This is a very good beer.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice colour in my sampling cup...sort of a darkish gold with hints of orange. Not sure I'd go so far as to say copper, though. (On a larger glass, maybe it would appear that dark.)

The smell hit me with orange, pineapple, and of course, apricot.

The flavour was a bit spciy, with a hit of hops right up front. That gave way to a nice maltiness with the apricot flavour most apparent at the finish.

Body was medium- right about where it should have been.

Very nice, this one. However, the apricot seems oddly missing unless you're sniffing this one all night. :)

Be well

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
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