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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,600 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,600
Reviews: 1,689
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 133
Gots: 472 | FT: 4
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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Ratings: 4,600 | Reviews: 1,689
Photo of scooter231
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Randallized, this was not my favorite beer ever. It was a pretty rusty color with nice head and lacing, reminding me of the bottled version. However, the nose and taste were... bland. Now, I know there were apricots in with the beer, so maybe they sucked in all the flavor and left the beer kind of boring? I don't know, but it was definitely lacking, and not that apricot-y! There was a bit of a biscuity thing and fruity thing going on, but it was dull. Mouthfeel was watery and felt pretty flat. All that being said, I could have a couple of these, but not too many- it's just not what the bottle is.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a steady stream of carb. Head drops to a thin film quickly. No lacing. Smell of appricot but I think that is only due to anticipating it due to the name. Really very subtle. Taste is sweet malt up front followed by the appricot. After that a nice hops bite comes through. Just a hint of alcohol comes though in the finish. This is a nice beer and better than I was expecting.

Photo of Derek
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper, off-white head, very little retention and lace.

S: Malty, slightly fruity (apricot).

T: The flavour isn't over-powering, yet somehow it hides the alcohol content. There's a really nice bready malt flavour, some apricot, with a hint of hops. It has a clean, crisp bitterness.

M: Moderate to full body, moderate carbonation. Very nice.

D: Very drinkable.

Photo of Brian700
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I just got a few of these in the mail today from AKSmokedPorter. Thanks a bunch. It pours a reddish amber color with an off-white head that fizzled down to a ring around my glass. There is a little lacing going on.

The aroma is slightly fruity with some hop and juniper notes.

The flavor is got plenty of hop presence and there is an underlying fruitiness that is somewhat subtle. When I really focus on it I can recognize that apricot flavor but it is pretty subtle. I think of juniper at first when I sip it. The fruit is in the middle and then finally you are left with some hop flavor in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

I think this is a pretty drinkable beer.

Photo of sinistrsam
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured a pink-gold with a large white foamy head. It left good lacing and had good retention. The aroma was unmistakable; apricot, obviously. But other sweet fruits were present, maybe strawberry? Malts and mild hop presence. Much of the same in the taste. Apricot and sweet fruits, citrus, malts and alcohol follow. Maybe some wheat, biscuit and caramel. It had an overall mouthfeel that I enjoyed, and I'm not a big fruit beer kinda guy. It was sweet but not syrupy, hoppy but not bitter. Almost buttery aftertaste, lingering on the tongue. Very well balanced which I think is key in making this style. Too often a mild inbalance in flavor and feel makes the difference between a drinkable fruit beer and one you toss out. Very drinkable.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a std. pt glass. This beer has a very sup prizing crimson hue. the head billows high of bone white cottony fluff goodness. Great job guys!

The smell is not apprizings of apricot and slight peach, Underneath an amply supply of hops.

Taste is above ave. for the style. Fruits and lightly roasted malt giving way to great hopy excellence.

Drinkability is way above the competition. Thumbs up! MK

Photo of silver0rlead
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 2/22/06:Pours a slightly cloudy orangish-amber, with thin beige head that dissapates quickly (i messed up the pour so ill give this beer the benefit of the doubt. The aroma is initially very fruity with a freshly picked apricot nose, as well as some citrus and piney hops, caramel sweetness, fruity esters and a touch of alcohol. The flavor also starts out with a fresh apricot note, along with some orange and lemon, citrusy and piney hops, honey, toasted bread and alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium and not too thick like some IPAs, and drinkability is very good. A good beer, unfortunately it's been sitting in my cellar a couple months and the hops have diminished and this beer has lost some of it's character.

Photo of Padron4KM
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, no freshness date.

orangy-amber, with a tight, creamy tan head. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is fruity, more peach than apricot, overripe melon, a little floral, a little pine.

Sweet, fuzzy peach flavor really shines in the flavor, backed up by some grapefruit, and nice acidity. Not overly complex but it works.

I generaly don’t like fruit beers, but i dug this one. definitely will buy again.

Photo of ommegangpbr
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"A glorious India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots" says the bottle.
That sums it up quite well.
This is an IPA of quality between their 60 and 90 minute IPAs with apricot flavor. Frankly, I'd like to taste the IPA this would be without the apricots... but it works out well.
Because of the hops bitterness, the flavor reminds me more of nectarines than of apricots, but they are similar enough flavors.
Pretty, fragrant, quite tasty... over priced, though. I paid $8.99 plus tax and deposit for a four pack. A six pack of this at that price is something I wouldn't object to, but not for a 4 pack.
If you don't like apricots, peaches or nectarines then don't bother with this.
Otherwise, belly up!

Photo of SwillBilly
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from Rick's Wine and Gourmet

Appearance: Pours a golden, amber hue with a minimal white head. Ample rings of wispy lacing are left on the glass as I drink the beer.

Smell: Initial hints of, what else, apricots hit the nose with an underlying aroma of citrus and pine. A big and fruity fragrant beer.

Taste: The beginning is all about the hops. Initially, piney hops blast the palette with a fantastic bitterness. The middle transitions to a big fruity finish, with plenty of apricots in the flavor profile. Those piney hops make their presence known again as they linger on the tongue long after the initial fruity, apricot finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation, somewhat slick and oily.

Drinkability: DFH never ceases to amaze me. I'm usually not a big fan of fruity beers, but Aprihop is the exception. A big, hoppy and fruity ale. Plenty of hop bitterness that is offset with the big apricot sweetness. An easy drinker, with well hidden alcohol, howeve, not a session type beer. Seek out and enjoy another fine beer from DFH.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head- Aprihop

Appearance- odark orange with a slight reddish tint and a moderate head. Serious carbonation going on!
Smell- strong apricot maybe some peach.
Taste- Big strong apricot blended nicely with hops.
Mouthfeel- first sip is strong and bitter, but the beer smooths off nicely and becomes a nice, light, fruity beer. Crisp and very easy to drink.

Overall- nice! Good! I drank this down quickly. A definite summer 6er! Could be considered a girlie beer but it is sitting at 7%.

Photo of jettjon
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Highs: Good balanced IPA
Lows: None

From the bottle, reddish-orange with a minor amount of carbonation. Head is plentiful at two fingers of tan foam; it diminishes slowly leaving a nice sheet of lacing behind. Nose is strong hops, yeast, and malt, but mostly hops. The taste is of well-balanced and slightly bitter hops up front, a hint of alcohol, and some subtle fruit toward the end, maybe grapes? Mouth is bubbly, rich, and quite satisfying. Finishes hopsy to bitter, and lingers in the mouth for awhile. I’d say that this is a very drinkable beer; it’s easy to enjoy a few at a time.

Overall: A nice alternative take on the IPA, well balanced and definitely recommended.

Photo of jj21
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle thanks to chadbrew
Pours clear, mahogany-copper color. great head to it. Up front aroma of apricot upon pouring. After a minute or two, the aroma is lost. At first sip, there is a hint of apricot but like the smell, fades away. Cream texture and good mouthfeel. Good clean hop finish but for being billed as an apricot beer, a bit disappointing. Good beer none-the-less. Just not what I expected.

Photo of psinderson
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If I could choose one word to describe this beer, I would use "complex".

Appearance: It pours as a clear copper-amber color with about a fingers worth of creamy-looking head - Moderate lacing.

Smell: Fruity with a light citrusy hops aroma

Taste: The apricots show themselves a bit up front along with a slight alcoholic taste. The finish is where the complexity comes in. Initially there is a slight bitterness combined with a mix of fruity flavors including what I perceive as blueberries, bananas and carmel apples??? Very odd. The finish stays with you for a while and ends with a slight metallic bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Good mouthfeel, a bit creamy.

Drinkability: I think I liked this beer, but I would be hard pressed to down too many of these at one time. A good taste, just a bit too complex for any type of session drinking.

Overall, a good experience...another fine stretch for Dogfish Head.b

Photo of tastybeer
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light amber copper color with a white tiny bubbled head. Its about two fingers and leaves a nice dense layer over the contrasting clear orange. There are bits of patchy lacing here and there. Aroma is a little hard for me to find though normally I think my nose works pretty good. Smells like creamy apricots and a dense light woodiness. Taste has more apricots blended throughout with a soft sweet smoothness. During a prolonged finish there is a slight dry gritty bitterness which adds a nice other dimension to the brew. This beer has a rather enjoyable mouthfeel as well. Slick, dense and creamy, and semi-dry for a moment. Drinkability is up there too.

I wouldn't call this a "serious India Pale Ale" at all. Definitely more like a serious fruit beer.

Photo of pbr85
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this out of the bottle into a pint glass, yes, I'm drinking by myself...again. Its been that kind of semester.
A: Golden-red, very clear, small frothy off white head.
S: Mostly hoppy, oily and citrusy hops, a little bit of apricot and some wheat.
T: Hmm, very interesting. Hits up front like an IPA, finishes like fruit beer a la Magic Hat #9. There is something strangely bitter, almost metallic, about it. I can't decide if I like it or not yet (I'm writing this stream of conciousness). Smell doesn't exactly match the flavor. Geez, its interesting. Those hops don't mix the best with the apricot I'm thinking. Maybe thats the odd bitterness. But then again, its starting to grow on me...but not really.
M: Strangely dense, doesn't really fit. A little too carbonated too.
D: Man, it sure is an interesting beer. Very intense on the palate for a fruit beer. Its not the fruit beer that I would give to a newbie, but maybe a more sophisticated advocate could enjoy. Would I buy it again? Maybe, but not if there is a Burton Baton or 60 Minute sitting next to it.

Photo of Zorro
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper colored ale with a good tan colored head.

Smell is fruity like an English Pale Ale and not strongly of apricot. Apricot scent is in this but it just isn't super strong, it is merely an additional aroma layer to what is to my nose a good English Pale Ale. Hops here are faintly herbal.

Taste is mildly sweet with the base flavor of English ale with a nice and not over the top flavor of Turkish dried apricots. Fruit flavor is finished off with a fairly strong and drying herbal bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Definitely not my favorite Dogfish Head beer to say the least. Yes I can drink this but I would rather drink anything else they make besides this one. 60 Minute IPA please!

Sampled through dnrobert24 and 2MBBIF.

Photo of montageman
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aprihop is an interesting experience, one that I would recommend anyone try at least once. Pours a deep amber/orange color from the bottle into a pint glass - small head, which dissipates quickly leaving a bit of lacing. Smells like fruity alcohol, but not necessarily apricot. Taste beings with a floral hoppiness and segues into an apricot finish that is just awesome. As it warms, the apricot becomes even more pronounced. Great stuff.

Photo of mcallister
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light clear burnt orange/amber, tiny quickly to dissipate head with slight lacing. Nice compact carbonation bubbles. Not much apricot in the nose, some hop and piney spice.

Well initial taste doesn't show much in the way of apricot. Drinking more like a mildly hopped IPA with decent grainy malt character. Hops develop a nice resiny tannin on the palate which isn't a bad thing.

Could easily drink a few of these but not sure I would choose too. Would like to try next year's batch too see how it differs. This was an '06

Photo of cubedbee
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a Dogfish pint glass, a nice clear copper with a finger of off-white head,scant retention but moderate lacing. Nose is a very light apricot fruitiness along with some herbal hops. Taste is nice apricot infused malt, subtle on the fruit and not at all cloying, with a gentle hop finish. Slight fruitiness lingers on the aftertaste, leaving you wanting more. Mouthfeel is medium with a creamy feel. Overall, this is an excellent fruit beer, a solid pale ale with a nice amount of apricot added, good for a hot sunny day.

Photo of GnomeKing
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish Head knows fruit. Although fruit is often an awkward match in a beer, when it works, it's great. That's the case here. The apricot and hops tastes are both forward, balancing each other beautifully. The scales are tilted toward the apricot upfront, and they are tilted toward the hops in the after taste. Neither taste is ever far from centerstage, though.

I usually down these too quickly, because they're so yummy, but there's decent complexity here, and the taste lingers long on the tongue.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hadn'een this before, so I guess it's a seasonal release. I guess it's worth a try if you've never had it, but not a beer I'd take seriously. It's an orange color with a small head. It has a sweet, fruity (yes, apricot) odor, and a fruity (apricot again) taste. There's also a fair amount of hoppiness. It's somewhat robust, although not in a pleasant way. Try it, but don't make it a steady date.

Photo of heyitsbyron
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a single ($1.35) into a pint glass.

Pour was average in all respects. Color was between cough-syrup orangish red and burnt amber. Head was pale and minimal, perhaps around 1cm.

Smell was fruity, yes apricots, and hoppy too. I smell a lot of yeast with very faint maltiness.

Taste was pretty freaking disappointing. It's a very mild beer, not at all like you would expect from Dogfish Head. It's very citrusy and the apricots are present throughout the sip, but it's as if someone had turned down the volume on all the flavors. Slightly sweet, nothing too bad.

Just average in the mouth. Certainly not syrupy, but smooth. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated for the average weight of the beer.

Very drinkable with the proper alcohol by volume and not-overdone flavors. It's a good IPA to have many of. I actually think I'd buy it again if I were looking for a six pack to knock down in one night or to introduce to new drinkers.

Photo of qwert59
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a goregous amber orange, with minimal head but very active champagne like carbonation.

Smells like apricots and Dogfishhead hops. Cirtus hop smell and apricot sweetness. There is a slight, slight malt touch. I love the smell of this beer. It smells refreshing, like summer.

Taste starts with a subtle malt and quickly moves into apricots, and
finishes clean with a nice hop bitterness. The apricot is jsut right, not too sweet, not too subtle. I thought it would be easy to overdo the apricot, but its just right. The apricot stands in to highlight the hops in the IPA.

The moutfeel is typically Dogfishhead; theres a syrupy almost creamy body to it without over doing it. There's a really nice biting carbonation, which helps the beer to finish as cleanly as it does.

Overall, this is a great, highly drinkable spring/summer release. This would be perfect for relaxing on a hot muggy evening. Aprihop is what early Friday evening in summer tastes like.

Photo of SethB2
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Sudwerk pint glass.

Beer pours a clear amber with a tiny head that disappears very quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing. Smell is interesting. The apricot dominates, but you can pick up some hops through it. Very inviting, really. Taste is nice. It is almost a role reversale between the apricot and hoppiness. The hops dominate up front, paving the way for sweet malty goodness. Very good stuff. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good as well. I would very much like to (and probably will) have another. Well crafted brew by Dogfish Head.

Thanks to wingnutter for another great trade.

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