ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,858 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,858
Reviews: 1,746
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 141
Gots: 624 | FT: 5
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 DaverCS
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful orange-violet color with 1 finger of white fluffy head. Slightly watery with no alcohol presence.

Aroma yields a bready malt and a lot of citrusy hops. I get a lot more hop characteristic than normal with their other IPA’s. I get no apricot in the aroma.

Taste is actually quite good. It tastes like a more citrusy, less malty version of their 60 minute. The beer has the right amount of carbonation. It is nice and citrusy without being overly bitter. In fact, the bitterness is very mild. Very citrusy when fresh and in comparison to their other beers. There is enough malt to balance the beer, yet the brewery showed restraint with this one by making it not cloyingly sweet as some of their beers are. I don’t really get too much apricot in the taste (maybe as it warms but it’s a stretch), but the citrus characteristic makes up for it.

I wasn’t expecting anything special (especially hearing about this beers track record), but it really surprised me. It is incredibly well-balanced. Not overly bitter or sweet, with a nice citrus presence. As normally with a DFH beer, the pairings are endless. I could see it pairing well with roasted pork, bacon brussel sprouts, and an apricot and pineapple chutney. It gets a 86/100 from me.

Photo of beerdedrinken
2.21/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Would be a great ipa if they had some hops to back up the apricot.

Photo of lipster
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 16 oz pint glass, nice rich amber color with a soapy white head. Smells of malt, alcohol, and hint of apricot. The taste is a pleasant balance of malt, hop, and slightly tart fruit with some apparent booziness and a dry aftertaste. The mouthfeel is pleasant and light.

Photo of tedvr
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber, orange with a medium white head. Mild fruit smells. Mild fruit taste, the apricot taste is not evident. Mild carbonation, but kind of flat. Overall kind of underwhelming.

Photo of Ryancthomas7
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Definitely not what I was expecting. Tastes like a watered down IPA with a slightly sweet finish. I do not taste any apricot.

Photo of JPowell712
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This was an okay beer in my mind. As an IPA it was an okay beer, but I was expecting and wanting something more refreshing and citrusy. I thought it actually lacked apricot flavor. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't looking for a juicy type beer, but just didn't taste the apricot as much as I wanted to. It was a nice beer, but I thought it was very average.

Photo of formerpo
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was looking for a little more apricot in this one. Kinda dry without the bite that other DF beers offer

Photo of kscaldef
2/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I've enjoyed this in the past, but this was just malty, old hops with no apricot to be found.

Photo of RobAM
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very good brew. Check it out.

Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A - 4.75 - Pours an amazing clear orange color. Barely forms a third finger of light tan colored head. Low head potential and retention, spotty lacing.
S - 3.5 - Nothing special, some hops and maybe a ridiculously light touch of apricot.
T - 3 - Tastes like an average, run of the mill IPA. Little bit of hop sweetness. There's apricot in this?
F - 3 - Too thing, would have liked just a bit more thickness to this.
O - 3 - Underwhelming as hell. As a specialty beer, this is boring. As your everyday, readily available, average IPA, it's OK at best.

Photo of upton7418
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head IPA glass

L- Dark gold to almost agave syrup colored. it has a thin light tan to white head that leave a nice lacing all the way to the end

S- light hoppy smell is about all I can get in the way of smells

T- very sweet beginning with hint of malt and apricots. After the initial sweetness there is a light hoppy taste that follow but nothing overwhelming.

M- medium carbonation that goes down well. overall mouthfeel is on the border of being thin to medium. if 1 was watery and 5 was a full medium I'd give it about a 3 on that scale in terms of body.

O- Overall this is a good beer. I was impressed in the color and taste and was very happy with these. I was a little disappointed by the smell but the overall feel and taste of this beer more than makes up for it. I would definitely buy this again. This is a unique beer that I had high expectations for especially since I like apricots and like most of Dogfish Head's offerings. I would not necessarily consider this an IPA so much as a pale ale with the lacking hops I've come to expect with an IPA. (I could be biased expecting something closer to a double IPA but who know.) I know this is listed as a seasonal offering but when/if you find this I would recommend giving it a shot. I would love to try this fresh out of a keg!!!

Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a nice thick white head. The head has moderate retention and leaves some nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is pretty minimal, with just light mild hints of malt. The taste is not much more distinct, with only a faint hint of fruit. The apricot is hard to be found. The body has a nice easy drinking weight to it, smooth throughout. I've had this before on draft and it was much more noticeably apricot and IPA.

Photo of tkolterman
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aprihop at first had a mild hop taste with a background of the apricot. It tasted great but as I moved through the bottle the taste was overwhelmed by the carbonation. So from the middle to the end of the bottle, I wasn't sure what I was drinking. Dogfish is my favorite brewery so I going to open another one and reevaluate.

Photo of Garvindamies
4.51/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- pours a almost a finger of head, amber, clear

S- floral, apricot, hint of malt

T- only slightly bitter, apricot, well balanced

F- light for 7%

O- a well balanced fruit beer that's not too fruity

Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours gorgeous deep reddish amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces quite well.

S: Floral hops, a little lemon, maybe even a little touch of roasty malt, with a little caramel sweetness.

T: Floral hops dominate, a little lemon, light fruity notes, a touch of light roasty malt, a little caramel/toffee sweetness, and a very faint apricot note.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Tough call on this one. Was expecting a little more bitterness and apricot, instead it's quite floral with even a little roasty quality to it and very faint apricot. Still drinkable, but not my favorite.

Photo of bluehende
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like apricot beers like magic hat 9. This is so much better. It had a very nice citrusy nose that made a nice ipa out of this. Highly recommended

Photo of BillCheck
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I really liked this beer. This is a great refreshing IPA from sweet undertones.

Photo of SithPagan
4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite seasonal dogfish head beers. Period the end!

Photo of modidia
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

no apricot flavor whatsoever...taste like regular ipa with a tad less bitterness...unremarkable

Photo of PhillyFoodie
2.37/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Smelled ok I guess, but was REALLY turned off by the tart apricot taste. Was bitter (not in a good way) and dank tasting. Aftertaste like rancid fruit. I only bought two thankfully and ended up giving the other one away to a buddy who didn't like it either. Not sure where they went wrong with this one really. Just a really bad taste combination with too much hops to go well with the bitter apricots. Nearly a drainpour, and the most disappointing beer I've ever had from DFH.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
4.65/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell of apricot and citrus taste the same goes down smooth

Photo of Statonxyb
4.74/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bottle.

A: Pours a rich golden, reddish, brown color with a white head.

S: Apricots and hoppy goodness.

T: Had some mild hoppiness to it with a strong taste of spring in the apricot flavor.

M: Medium body.

D: No surprises here in flavor. It tastes just like it smells with a mixture of classic Dogfish Head IPA hoppy kick.

Photo of tlema1
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I get fruit, just not apricot

Photo of Mbertrand2
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Delicious and perfectly balanced, has a fruit touch and tastes great for something a little different.

Photo of Pepper7
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Nothing great but not bad

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,858 ratings.