ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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Reviews: 1,716
Hads: 4,900
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 144
Gots: 650 | FT: 6
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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Reviews: 1,716 | Hads: 4,900
Photo of Statonxyb
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of 60acresbrewclub
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good. The strength of the beer is well masked by the flavor. During a blind tasting I guessed 5%. Fruit foward and the hops were skillfully incorporated. (158 characters)

Photo of TexasTwister
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought it would have a apricot taste, but it was very light. After you taste the light fruit it goes back to a regular beer taste. This beer has a IPA color almost red in color, with a nice smooth feel and flavor. (214 characters)

Photo of MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing too special here but solid.

Drank out of a pint glass on tap.

Amber, finger sized nice head.

Light flavor, small reminisce of the apricot mentioned in the name with a not too overpowering bitter finish.

Mouth feel not too bubbly. (245 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Clear amber with off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is citrus and floral hops, some grainy malt, and a touch of apricot. Taste is initially sweet malt but turns to citrus peel hoppy bitterness and closes with apricot flesh on the swallow. Medium body, moderate carbonation, texture is on the slick side, fruity dry finish. (376 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours amber/copper, small head.
Nose shows sweet malt, overripe apricot and some booze.
The apricot is stronger as a flavour. Some spicy hops too, along with a little hot booze and rich sweet malt. (197 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Hops and malt not much of a fruit presence.
Appearance- A dark yellow color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a hoppy taste but not overpowering. You can taste the slight fruit flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with lots of carbonation. Has a small bitter aftertaste that many who don't care for IPAs will approve of.
Overall- A really good solid Dogfish Head brew. I am not a super-hop head but I enjoyed this immensely. (481 characters)

Photo of daveruman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

big carbonation when poured

A:Dogfish Colored IPA, small head, lots of bubbles.

S: light fruity dogfish yeast smelling, similar to a 60 to me but not as fruity. not sure if I can smell the apricots, maybe slighty?? or perhaps if I let it sit longer the apricots might come out.

T: very low on bitterness to me, slightly fruity, aftertaste is still fruity and slightly hoppy.

M: high carbonation on the tongue, sweet and goes down pretty tart and crisp.

O: not a typical IPA, pretty low on the grassy bitterness, still hoppy and fruity. I think it would be good for someone who isn't quite into IPAs but tends to be a more of a lager fan or an inbetweener. Not really my style but I would drink it if someone gave me one. (727 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, hint of pine, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight pine, and slight hops. Overall, weak appearance, simple aroma, simple body, and hard to distinguish any apricots. (478 characters)

Photo of Phigg1102
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color with little foam. Aroma is more malty than anything else, I pick up a bit of alcohol, maybe caramel. Apricots are detectable in the flavor but not dominant. Still more caramel maltiness than anything else, hop profile is pretty subdued. This is a nice drinking IPA, I take off some points for not really living up to its name. (343 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours red orange with very little head. Smells of pine hops and sweet fruit, apricots of course. Tastes of fruit with slight earthy hops. Beer is nicely carbonated finishes nicely. Overall a very good beer. (252 characters)

Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A perfect seasonal brew from a brewery that never fails to impress.

A: Dark amber with a nice head. Enticing.

S: Ooooh! Unexpected. The hops here are unexpected... bringing spicy aromatics along with the fruity ones. There's a lot of apricot on the nose here, enough to make my mouth water.

T: Delicious. Starts with a fruity and spicy ensemble, followed by a bready and toasty middle, with a well balanced, lingering finish that combines the fruity sweetness and tartness with a well-rounded malt backbone. The hops have some slightly floral and citrus character that plays well with the fruit. OK, this will sound crazy, but... I get pepperoni pizza! The spicy hops, the malty backbone, the slight acidity of the apricot. I don't know why or how, but that's what I'm sticking with.

M: Medium body and smooth.

O: I'm from Ithaca, NY, where Ithaca Beer Company's Apricot Wheat is famous. This beer trounces that beer. Different styles, for sure, but also a completely different paradigm. Dogfish Head has created a brew that combines fruit beer and IPA into a beautiful harmony. If you know someone who's a little weak-hearted and not a bit IPA fan, this is the kind of brew that could broaden their horizons. (1,215 characters)

Photo of barnabasdog
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into pint glass

A- copper orange, hazy, some visibility, nice head and amazing lacing

S- orange, citrus, apricot, hops, honey, brown sugar

T- citrus orange, grapefruit, and apricot, floral hops, malt, candied sugar

M- surprisingly crisp and refreshing with higher carbonation

O- love this apricot style IPA! Crisp and refreshing with good balance of flavors and hops. Dogfish head is always quality! (420 characters)

Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Copper color with slight haze, small white head, extensive lacing.

S - Fairly muted, flat hop notes, malts in the form of pilsner coming through loud and clear.

T - Hop is mostly in the form of grass notes. A mild fruity note coupled with a cracker and grain malt hit. Turns bitter on the close, illustrating the serious hopping.

M - Given how bitter the turn is on the close, it is surprising how crisp the feel is. There is a gradual build, though, and it does burden the beer a bit you move into the second 6 oz.

O - This hybrid beer promises fruit, but though I think it is a decent IPA - nothing special, mind, but fairly clean and thoroughly hopped - the fruit is mostly lost. The only hint to its presence is a certain sweetness in the middle. Supporting role, indeed. (783 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz, sediment-free bottle.

Clear reddish-amber with a good beige head and very good lacing

Feel: medium body; smooth; Medium+ carbonation.

Smell: soft fruits not specifically apricot with a clear spicy hop presence.

Taste: lightly spicy, APA hop level; solid malt backbone; fruity with subtle apricot

O: interesting and worthwhile IPA variant. (355 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like tea. Copper with a light orange colour, mostly clear and filtered looking, medium carbonation, 3 fingers of beige head.

S: Apricot, Campbell’s tomato soup, totally, with some milk added. Alpha-getti, the whole canned tomato quality comes through. Light fruity orange, light evergreen quality.

T: Black tea, tomato soup, dry tannic quality, good solid bitterness on the end.

M: Thick body, medium low carbonation, very dry finish, like moisture is being sucked from the tongue.

O: A very interesting brew, making me think of canned soup, apricots and black tea. (580 characters)

Photo of heygeebee
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - poor. Golden copper body with a fizzy head that fades to scum.

S - muted, hops, apricots almost

T - sweet front palate, apricots more on taste than smell, but IPA style is it not. Just too sweet.

M - carbonation too low as per look, smooth, creamy.

O - quite a let down, more like a fruit beer than an IPA. Taste is medium weight which does not help cause. As it warms it gets more like a stale IPA with a truck load of apricot purée added. (450 characters)

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Draft at 35-40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of pine
What head left by the bartender is small, white, and fizzy
Lacing none
Body medium red amber, clear
Flavor begins lightly bitter and piney; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl; ends a little sweet and fizzy
Palate light to medium, watery, fizzy

For a supposedly decent beer, this is entirely too fizzy, sort of like drinking a flavored club soda. The alleged apricot flavor is completely lost in the fizziness. Not good. (480 characters)

Photo of trippytbta
3.29/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into Tulip glass

A: Pours with a half inch head. Dark Orange like a orange tootsie pop when you start eating it haha

S: Floral hops and slight apricot

T: starts malty, then maybe the slightest apricot, then hoppps, then slight alcoholic.

M: Medium. Carbonation medium, kinda dry

Overall: Not as much apricot as i wanted. I believe if you are going to incorporate a ingredient into the name, it better stand out (422 characters)

Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

A: Pours a light golden orange with a fluffy white head. Lots of nice sticky lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops with a touch of citrus, and a little biscuit malts.

T: Grapefruit and apricot with a subtle malt backbone. Just a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

O: Refreshing summertime brew. The apricot flavors add a unique twist to a fairly straight forward IPA. (399 characters)

Photo of majorbase2
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orange. Small amount of head, with some decent lacing.

Smell: Good balance of citrus and floral hops in the aroma. Hints of malt. Overall, an extremely pleasant aroma, perfect for a summer night.

Taste: Maltiness comes through more with the taste. Explosion of apricot flavor (as indicated by the name, obviously). A little piney in the aftertaste. Alcohol comes through a little more than expected, though not at all in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a little bit more carbonation that I would have liked for this beer.

Overall: Another solid entry from DFH, and absolutely perfect for a summer beer. I'm finding myself loving DFH's offerings, and this one is no exception. (754 characters)

Photo of emyers
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy amber-orange color with a fluffy 1 inch off-white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Floral hops, apricot, a touch of biscuit and caramel malts.

Taste: Very balanced - once again floral hops and apricot are the most prominent flavors, but it has a very nice malt base to balance it out with caramel and biscuit malt. Fairly mild hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice twist on the style from DFH. They could have easily overdone the apricot here but they didn't - complements the hops nicely. (653 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 2014 batch. Sampled on May 25, 2014 after mowing my lawn!

The pour is a handsome looking medium amber to mahogany color with an off-white head that bubbles lightly on the top to the very end.

What usually turns me off about fruit beers is the fact that they often smell more like the fruit rather than the beer. I expect that is deliberate. But what I like about this one is that the apricot is almost like an afterthought to to roasted caramel malt and earthy hop notes that emit their perfumes to the senses.

The body is roundabout medium but also quite smooth and drinkable.

Again, like the nose, the roasted malts and mildly bitter hops express themselves in the flavor as they would in a decent amber ale. Then those refreshing apricots tear up the rear. A very nice beer. (791 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium amber with minimal head, maybe one finger high.
Very low aroma here. Some sweetness and malt, some hops, but minimal.
Taste is pleasant but muted. Was hoping for big apricot and hop flavor. I got very little of either.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, I love DFH beers but this one was a real disappointment to me. (365 characters)

Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold/amber with a white head that dissipates leaving a little lacing. The nose is consists of citrus, tropical notes, and some sweetness. The flavor is hoppy and bitter with some citrus flavor. It tastes very much like a regular IPA but with the addition of some slightly bitter juice. The mouthfeel leans towards syrupy and thick. Overall, this is a good IPA but its not great. I prefer 60 minute to this, but wouldn't turn one down if it was given to me. (469 characters)

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