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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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very good

4,356 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,356
Reviews: 1,660
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.76%
Wants: 105
Gots: 325 | FT: 3
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002)
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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aprihop was served from a 12 oz. bottle with a "packaged in 2004" notch. In a Duvel tulip, the beer was a lovely and brilliant red-orange-amber hue, and was topped by a weak white head that quickly disapated into a ring form. The nose was quite appetizing, serving up a rich and full hop bouquet that was completely melded with juicy undertones of mango and dried apricot. The taste was suprisingly understated considering the powerful nose. An immediate orangey-bittered maltiness hits the palate with an apricot flavor slowly increasing in intensity all the way through the moderately bittered finish, which left excellent lingering bittered flavors of apricot and mandarin orange. Very good flavors and finishing intensity, but lacking in flow. The body and carbonation were good for the flavors and personality of the brew. I found it to be very drinkable, due to a balanced ratio of sweetness to bitterness, excellent flavor, and my fondness of dried apricots. This beer seems related to the 90 minute in respect to its hop bouquet and body.

HiroProtagonist, Apr 15, 2004
Photo of Bighuge
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper. Big, fluffy off-white head. Retention is excellent. The apricot tartness melds with the bitter hops on the nose nicely. Some sweet caramel malt attributes are noticeable as well. The taste is pretty mellow for an IPA. The bitterness is held in check...too in check. And the apricot skin bitterness blends with hoppiness to produce a decent flavor. Nothing spectacular though. Some toasted maltiness forms a flimsy backbone. Body is medium at best. All in all, slightly better than average for an IPA.

Thanks Ryan.

Bighuge, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of mschofield
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear gold, with a short one finger ivory head. For some reason I expected this to be a bit hazy with bits of yeast and fruit floating around.
The aroma is too restrained, I expected something stronger from DogFish Head. Floral, fruity, herb, some citrus, and toast.
Citrus comes out again in the taste, along with apricot, floral hop, toasted biscuits, a minor toffee note, and a little spicy.
Medium body and great drinkability, punch up the aroma and this would be a real winner.

mschofield, Apr 08, 2004
Photo of Bierguy5
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper clear liquid with a white foamy, almost creamy head. Nice lace present on the glass as the liquid disappears. Smells of citrus, with a touch of vanilla. Also smells a tad smoky and musty. Taste is slight toasty and astringent. A real dry middle, some bitterness and a touch of apricot in the end. Seems somewhat grainy also. Feels medium bodied with the proper amount of carbonation. Drinkability is decent, doesn't really seem to be a session beer but one would probably be enough for me. Overall I would say an interesting beer. I wasn't really impressed, but not overly disappointed. I would say that many people slam Dogfish, but I can appreciate their creativity. As long as they continue to develop new beers, I will continue to seek them out.

Bierguy5, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of PatandDavid
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hmm, I think I like this better on tap...anyway, Chill haze has worn off, and I can see a clear strong ceylon tea color. Head was as frothy as I could get it when pouring, it has since died down, although I have a thin layer of tan froth and some sheet lacing in the glass. I can smell the beer at least 7 inches away, and as I get closer, I am getting some alcohol covered apricots in the nose. Taste is almost full, with a smooth slippery apricot flavor that finishes with some tannic hoppiness. Not bad, but again, I think more enjoyable on tap, there's a bit more lightness there. This bottle version wasn't heavy, but it was a bit filling.

PatandDavid, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of WaltTrombone
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber with an off-white head. Fruity apricot aroma, along with bitter, tangy hops. The tastes are apricot, cardboard, grapefruit, lemon, malt. Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe even too smooth for a beer that bills itself as an IPA with apricots. Fine, light carbonation. It finishes with hops, grapefruit, and a hint of apricot.

A tasty beer, more like an IPA with a touch of fruit than a lambic with extra hops. Not too sweet or syrupy, hops tang more pronounced as it warms. Yum!

WaltTrombone, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of rdrummer
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love DFH's hop beers, but this one didn't do it for me. It is good but doesn't come close to some of DFH's other brews. It is a good looking brew with its light amber color and white head. The lacing is pronounced.

The aroma is actually better than I expected from reading the label with a very hoppy smell and a nice scent of apricots finishing it off. The taste, however, was a little too sweet at the end. I found that the sweetness overcame the hops bitterness too quickly, preventing the bitterness that I like from a hoppy beer.

It feels a little oily in the mouth, perhaps from the sugars present. This is a little too sweet for me to consider it a highly drinkable beer.

rdrummer, Apr 07, 2004
Photo of feloniousmonk
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color's a clear, amber tint, and the head is a blessed thing, rich, thick, lush, creamy...aroma, deep, heady, hoppy, there's the pine-sap and the pineapple, the soft apricots.Taste: ah, happily boards the palate, spilling some hops, but with nearly no bitterness to speak of, very bright and fruity, with a great dose of malt to stand behind and hold it all up, toasty and crisp. There's a warmth here, too, and a caramely essence in the taste. Gonna be honest with you all, I like this one, it's a bit mild from the makers of over-the-top IPAs, but the apricot flavor matches really well with this English-style IPA that stands as the base, and makes for one tasty, easily drunk brew. Alcohol creeps in a bit, and only adds to the pleasure. Very nice!
Thank you, ngandhi for this deliciousness.

feloniousmonk, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of ManekiNeko
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear peachy (or should I say apricot?) orange topped by a large head of light tan bubbles. Recedes to a thick layer of foam after a few minutes and leaves thick sheets of lacing.

Smell: Sweet fruity smell of apricots integrated with sprucy and citric hops. Caramel and pale malts are able to shine through a little bit. Verah, verah, innerestin'

Taste: An initial brackish bitter tang that gives way to sweet malts and apricot fruitiness. Lingering aftertastes. The tastes are not as well meshed as the smell.

Mouthfeel: Slightly watery medium body. I'm used to, and like, a bit more substance in an IPA.

Drinkability: An interesting beer, but that's an understatement with this brewery. I like the concept, and it can work quite well, but they aren't quite there yet for me. These hop tastes aren't working with the malts and fruit all that well. Don't know what hop varietals or used, and which ones I'd recommend in their stead.

ManekiNeko, Apr 06, 2004
Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a reddish/amber color with a thin off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a really nice balance between malts, hops, and fruit. It has a slight caramel scent that is blended with a slight apricot smell and hop aroma. The taste is good. It has a fine malt complex along side a mild apricot and hop flavor; very nice. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a really cool concept brew. It drinks well.

WesWes, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of crookedhalo
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rather remarkable and unique concept behind a beer. Poured an amberish hue with a thinner beige head. Smells of grassy hops and subdued fuzzy apricots. Inviting. Sipping reveals a duality behind it. Initially malty and fruity sweet then turning dry and hoppy in the middle and a melding of the two completes the finish. Impressive, could be a standalone IPA even without the apricots. Overall, it's a bit of the sweeter side which cuts on its drinkability, however a seasonal worth checking out.

crookedhalo, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured light amber. The head was off white and lasting to lace the glass.

The aroma was grassy and hoppy, and very floral. Malty aromas resided in the background.

The flavor was malty and hoppy with good bitterness. The flavor of apricots is not readily apparent, but is hidden in the background behind the hoppiness and adds complexity to the maltiness.

The finish was just slightly off dry and bitter. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. 7% ABV

I really enjoyed the beer, but the apricots should shine through...this could be marketed as an IPA and be rated just as good.

GCBrewingCo, Apr 05, 2004
Photo of pheurton
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

pours an absolutely clear rusty color with an eggshell colored foamy head. little patches of lace stick to the glass. inviting aroma of dried apricots and earthy hops. restrained carbonation, sturdy medium bodied and quite chewy. complex malt and fruit flavors dominate, hops are there but not as assertive as i would have thought. earthy hop whole leaf flavor in the finish. quite smooth and balanced, this is an interesting brew that DFH has pulled off quite well. definitely worth trying.

pheurton, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of ngandhi
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Forget the apricots, this is a true IPA. Bitter, but not taxing, with plenty of sweet malt to back it all up. Hints of apricot on the mid-palette, but also smooth, grassy hops tinged with resin and cocoa and a little yeast.

The finish is stronger with apricots, but, again, I could give a damn what the label says. What's amazing about this beer is not that it uses apricots, but that it makes apricots seem like a natural component of beer. It's not exactly a marriage with the hops -- it's more of a symbiosis, hop and malt and fruit feeding off one another to create an increasingly better beer with every sip.

A better use of fruit than any beer from Belgium. It might be a fruit beer, but Aprihop raises the bar for all IPAs and for beer in general.

Relax, relax.

ngandhi, Apr 03, 2004
Photo of ybnorml
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark amber in color and has an off white head that leaves a little lace. A very big hop boquet with a slight hint of apricot in the aroma. You get a little of the apricot fruitiness as the beer hits your mouth. But it is quickly overpowered by the hops at the middle and end. I was afraid this was going to taste like Magic Hats #9. My fears were ill founded. This is a good hoppy beer. Although I'm sure some severe hop heads might not like that hint of apricot.

ybnorml, Apr 02, 2004
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured with a deep gold color with an orange/red ish hue. Up front this beer comes with the scaled down version of the hoppy bitterness of DFH's IPAs. Once it hits the back of the tongue and goes down the throat, this beer really gives way to the apricots. I can taste them for a minute or two after taking a sip. The apricot flavor really lingers in a subtle way. Similar to sundried turkish apricots. It all finishes up with a snappy, tongue-dry mouthfeel. I wouldn't say this beer hides its 7%abv, but it fits right in with the flavor. I was skeptical about how these flavors would balance (hops, apricots) but it was done, and done well. Heck of an IPAish thing they crafted. Heck of a thing.

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very much reminded me of a magic hat #9 juiced up on hops. pours a nice orange/amber colour with a medium siezed, light tan head which was fairly pillowy and hung around for a while. the smell is mainly of hop and earth, but a touch of apricot is definitely present in the back, but is subtle in a nice way. the taste here is moreso like a full on ipa than i expected, but no complaints. the hops all around are quite nice, and after a few sips the sweet fruit flavour of the apricots kicks in in the back of the flavour as well as in the burps that this one brings about. this is certainly an easy drinking brew and a nice variation on an ipa from the folks at dfh.

SixpointJMH, Mar 30, 2004
Photo of nixhecks
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Haha, I definetely like the previous reviewer's description - #9 on drugs - well put. Poured an orange color with a small head that dissapated almost immediately. Aroma is great, apricots and citrusy hops melding together perfectly. The mouthfeel is low in carbonation, very smooth and medium bodied. At first sip, the apricot is not very noticable - it starts of sharp and bitter, goes to a sweet, dry IPA finish and the apricots jump out a second or two after swallowing. Very good characteristics with this brew.

nixhecks, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of necoadam
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this is Magic Hat's #9 on drugs. The #9 has too much buttery taste to it. This has a good balance of hops and apricots. There's still a buttery aftertaste, but very little. If anything, it's a really nice touch to the aftertaste.
Pours out a copper/orange color. Leaves some lacing around the glass, but not that much. Smell consisted of that pine aroma that Dogfish Head is known for in their IPA's. Also some soft aroma of apricots kick in. Taste was wonderful. Hops kick in with some pine. Hops don't have that much of a bite to them, but you know that they're there. Apricots kick in at the end ever so softly against the palate. Aftertaste was mosty that pine/woody taste with some apricots and a little bit of that 7% kick in, but very welcoming.
This is a hit for sure. This would be perfect to finish off the day on a nice summer night. If you see it, grab it.

necoadam, Mar 29, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy with an orangey copper color. Beautiful thick head with some slippery lace.

Aroma is predominantly floral hop with a touch of light pale malt. I cannot detect any apricot aromas.

Very brief mellow malt on the initial sip, this quickly gives way to a bitter hop explosion. Where's the apricot? Long lasting dry hop bitterness in the aftertaste. The body is thinner than most and is highly carbonated.

This is a very good IPA but the promised fruit seems to be missing. Although I am rating this beer highly, it is not what I expected.

smcolw, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of Edwin
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank to Jaysus (yet again) for hooking me up with this during our post-Philly/BA get-together/NCAA Tourney beer.

Appearance - A brown/amber color with a caramel head. The head disappears quickly, but leaves some lacing around.

Smell - Hoppy with a beautiful apricot scent. Some pine hints throughout as well. A very nice smell.

Taste - I was awfully surprised at the taste with this one. Hops come through, but the apricot flavor actually makes a very good addition to their already great IPAs. I was wary of this beer because fruit beers tend to be too sweet. This, however, was a very balanced flavor. Nicely done.

Mouthfeel - Like a warm blanket on a cold night, this beer just fits. Goes in silky smooth and goes down easy.

Drinkability - I would say very drinkable. This is a great back-porch-on-a-warm-spring-evening beer. I will be buying a case of this when it comes available in our area. I will enjoy them often. This is a good drinkin' brew.

Edwin, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of cokes
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty orange under a sticking bonnet of bone-hued cream.
The nose showcases loads of woody herbal and piney hops. Backed by buttered grain and brown sugar. And apricots too.
Begins sweet, and hints directly at 120Minute. Caramelized apricots are predominant, but this isn't overly fruity. More of a generalized caramel sweetness, touched with tropical fruit, and layered upon a toasted grain mat. Diacetyl shows up midway, with its trademark butteriness. Ends forcefully hopped, with leafy shrubs and lemon rinds and pine sap. Still, there is sweetness that lingers.
The body leans close to full with a stunted carbonation. It feels as though it was pulled from a cask, even though I'm staring at the bottle I poured it from.
Drinkable, though in small doses, I'd guess.

cokes, Mar 28, 2004
Photo of benmiliron
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$2.50 for a single.

Very pretty in the glass. Not much of an apricot taste, though evident in the smell. Good hop character balanced with the malt. All in all a decent IPA except... there was an underlying cleanser/astringency that was tough to overlook. I'll not be buying it again.

benmiliron, Mar 24, 2004
Photo of ElGuapo
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden copper brew topped with a decent helping of white foam. The aroma is very nice with the hop backround of an IPA, and a great apricot aroma to make things even more interesting.

The flavor is pretty good. You start with a decently hopped IPA, and throw in some real apricots, and you end up with a pretty interesting brew. The apricot flavor is not as strong as in some other fruit beers, but the fact that this one has a very noticable hop character as many fruit beers do not really helps it. It is crisp and very drinkable. This is a nice warm weather drinker with a bit more character than most of its challengers. An interesting idea that really can hit the spot.

ElGuapo, Mar 22, 2004
Photo of mjohn27603
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours golden with slightly amber hue. Less than a one finger head that is very light and airy. Smell is wonderful with hops and apricot present. Duh! Wow, first sip reveals a pale ale with fruity taste but not a typical grapefruit taste as other pale ales or IPA's. No bitter taste. Everything is done very subtly here no sickly sweet fruit taste but a nice balance. Very drinkable and I could see having more than one. No strong aftertaste - a very slight fresh hops taste lingers with every so slight bitterness on edges of the tongue. All in all a nicely balanced brew. Maybe not a top 50 beer but I would drink again.

mjohn27603, Mar 22, 2004
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,356 ratings.