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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,490
Reviews: 1,663
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 118
Gots: 380 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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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 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
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

As soon as I popped the cap, I got a whiff of apricotsÂ… 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
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
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
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of LPorter33
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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?

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...

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.

Photo of ism
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

Photo of rousee
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
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

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.25/5  rDev +11%
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.)!

Photo of Dithyramb
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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).

Photo of apintofknowledge
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,490 ratings.