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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,721 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,721
Hads: 4,927
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 7.07%
Wants: 144
Gots: 666 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Brewery visit their website
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 AltBock
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle with a label that feels like it was made with recycled paper. On this recycled paper label is just the name of the beer, their symbol of a dogfish, a small paragraph describing the beer, address of the brewery, refund values, barcode, and the Government warning. There is a "bottled on" date stamped onto the bottle that's just below the neck label. My bottle was bottled on 2/28/07.

Appearance: When poured into a standard American pint glass, Aprihop has a nice dark amber hue with a few yellow highlights. I was kind of expecting an apricot color, but it's nice to see this color instead. It didn't have a decent head of foam when I started pouring and it still didn't have a decent head of foam after the last drop was poured. This beer had a head of foam that if you blink, you're going to miss the entire show. From what I could see, this head of foam was white in color. After quickly vanishing into oblivion, it only left a few white foamy rings and a streak of white lace around the glass.

Smell: It had a mild aroma of burnt hops, caramel malts, a tiny dash of freshly ground coffee beans, and some ripe apricots to round off the aroma. I was hoping there was going to be more apricots in the aroma, but those freshly ground coffee beans were quite a nice surprise.

Taste: It started off relativity strong with plenty of burnt hops, but then every other taste after that tasted like it was beaten down by the burnt hops. Those flavors that were beaten down, were the ripe apricots, sweet caramel malts, and a drop of alcohol. Just to make sure all of those flavors were kept in line, more burnt hops showed up at the end. Actually, if it wasn't for those burnt hops, there would have been very little this beer could offer for the consumer's taste buds.

Mouthfeel: It was another one of those beers that masked it's alcohol content. There was no way I could tell it had a 7% ABV. It had an aftertaste to it, but it wasn't all that good. There was only burnt hops with a pinch of caramel malts behind it.

Drinkability: I like the color, the smell was pretty good, but I just didn't care for it. I didn't care to drink this during the winter season and I still wouldn't care to drink this fresh during the spring season. One was more than enough for me. (2,281 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
3.05/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled on 3/28/06

A: Copper with light amberish glow, no head, subtle carbonation throughout.

S: Faint, sugary malt nose with hint of fruit, not much hop intensity for what they label an "IPA"

T: Mild sugary malt taste, hint of fruit although no distinct apricot flavor, light floral hop notes but not much bitterness. Just a little weak all around.

MF: Adequate carbonation, slightly thin in body.

D: Very average beer, I don't think the brewer really accomplished what they were aiming for in this brew. I might try it again, but don't count on it... (570 characters)

Photo of Frosty80
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits clear, light brown

Smell: the bitter, piny-citrus hops and apricot combine in a not-so-enticing aroma. has a sort of pungent, dirty aroma to it

Taste: not whole lot of hops can be percieved, unless the apricot does a phenomenal job of concealing it. again, not my favorite combo

Mouthfeel: light-med body. low carbonation

Notes: DFH is my favorite brewery, but they just dont tickle me with their fruit beers. the raisons are out of this world good, but the peche and this one make me cringe (507 characters)

Photo of MoustacheHero
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An apricot IPA offering from Dogfish.

a: A warm, amber colour with slight haze. Very inviting.

s: A unique smell that is very hoppy with muddled fruit notes that leave it smelling bubble gum-like.

t: A very hoppy taste that drowns out the apricots. A standard IPA flavour.

m: Medium bodied with a semi-slick mouthfeel.

o: Overall this is a standard IPA. With the apricots buried under lupulin, it's pleasing, but not stand out. (433 characters)

Photo of TheSarge
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has a mild maltiness aroma, but the hops content is easily detectable.

Aprihop produces a light tan head with about one and a half thickness. Lacing sticks to the glass all the way through. This has a light amber colored body and is ultra filtered.

There is a mild sweetness from the apricots, but not easily detectable.

This feels actually a bit boring. It’s a decent session beer and not very complex.

Overall this brew is okay, but nothing I’d strive to drink again. This brew is about as boring as this review. (535 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three-fingered off-white head that fades slowly leaving a ton of lace. Cloudy amber color. Hoppy nose with hints of apricot. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Starts and finishes with a different hoppy/apricot flavor. The hops are much less than Dogfish's 60 minute IPA. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma. (340 characters)

Photo of Illinick
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Burnt orange amber in color with a big fluffy slightly tan head that dissipates slowly, but sticks around at about 3/8 of an inch. Impressive lacing.
S: Sweet baked apricots and a sort of orange and peach smell in there slightly. Most likely just complimentary apricot smells. Some hops, but not as much as I expected. A slightly musty smell too.
T: Overly sweet baked apricots and apricot syrup. It displayed flavors of a late harvest Reisling. If you've ever had a good Late Harvest Reisling (like Hogue) that isn't decanted enough, that's what this reminded me of. Some noted hops, but the overly sweet apricot flavors over take them.
MF: Creamy and medium light.
Overall: Kudos for effort, but for me this one falls really short. The baked apricot flavors are too over the top and over take the hop bitterness too much. A fruit IPA? I'd like a little more IPA and this would be good. (895 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"An Indie Pale Ale brewed with real apricots." reads the label. Oh Dogfish Head, you so crazy.

Pours translucent dark orange, off-white head retains at about a half-finger and leaves a bit of lacing.

A bit of apricots in the scent, but this smells like a pretty average IPA otherwise. Mostly citrus, pine and caramel, decent strength.

Unlike the smell, apricots are very strong in the taste covering up most of the other flavors, it's like overpowering apricot extract (think Magic Hat #9 x4), astringent and unpleasant. As it warms, light citrus and pine show through with a big caramel/toasty malt backbone. Hop presence is really weak overall. Mouthfeel is pretty full and nice creaminess to it, other than a slight boozy astringent feel it's fine.

Not the worst thing I've ever had but I would hesitate to call it 'good'. The apricot takeover does subside a bit with warmth, but this beer feels weak and messy, especially in the hop department. (952 characters)

Photo of ph2001
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in pint glass

clear golden amber color, no head but lots of bubbles rising up to the top. smells mild of apricots and hops.

the apricot taste is very mild, and sort of seems like more of a general light sweetness than a specific flavor. the sweetness is floating on top of the thicker hop taste, they are rich and full, sort of reminding me of an amber. medium body with lots of carbonation, moderately drinkable. (428 characters)

Photo of cooncat
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at fridge temp. into my SA glass, which always helps with presentation.

The pour produces burnt orange, almost a dark apricot, color. The color is quite like a lot of regular IPAs. A smallish white foamy head is disappointingly short lived. There are a few splashes of lace on the glass for eye candy.

The nose is light but definitely showcases a piney and floral hop presence. I can't say I really detect apricots in the nose, but there is some malty sweetness there.

The taste exhibits some standard hop bitterness which you find in an IPA, but there is a sourness behind it which I guess is supposed to be the apricot. Fresh apricots do have a tartness to them, so I guess this is to be expected in this 'fruit IPA'. I don't know if the tartness and hop bitterness work well together for me. I think I like a cleaner hop bite. Still, it is an interesting combination. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Carbonation is a little light for my tastes, but adequate. For me, I'd rate drinkability as average, as this is one IPA which I wouldn't describe as sessionable. Your tastes might be different.

Concluding, this is an interesting brew which you'll have to decide on for yourself. If you've never had it, it's definitely worth picking up a 4 pack to give it a try. It's a seasonal, so get it when it's fresh.

Na Zdravje! (1,331 characters)

Photo of PatandDavid
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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. (644 characters)

Photo of bierguru
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Dark copper body. Little to no head. However there was a very thin lacing

S: Malty with a slight citrus hop flavor with a sweet finish

T: Slight malt right up front. Mild sweetness in the middle of the tast with a finishing bitterness

M: Very light even for an American IPA. There was also is an annoying dry bitterness in the checks.

O: Didnt care for it but worth the experince (389 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 bluetravlr
3.02/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber coloring. Very little head. Absolutely no lacing.

S: Hoppy, slightly spicy citrus smell. Subtle apricot as well. Not very overwhelming.

T: There is definitely the flavor of apricots. This is sweet at first until matched by a dry, hoppy bitterness. Leaves a subtle, dry aftertaste with bitter, woody notes.

M: Very light for an IPA. Overly carbonated.

D: For housing a 7%ABV this beer is extremely drinkable. The apricot might get old after a few, but otherwise this could definitely qualify as a session beer.

I have to say, compared to other Dogfishhead beers I was very underwhelmed. I was expecting more from this beer, especially in terms of body. Worth trying, but I won't be buying another for some time. (730 characters)

Photo of CaptainIPA
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear, tawny color with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

S: Citrus hops and apricots.

T: Hoppy and full of fruit flavor, specifically dried apricots. Not much in the way of a distinct malt profile. Fruit character balances out any impending bitterness. Smooth, clean finish.

Interesting enough, though I'm not convinced I appreciate fruit infiltrating my IPAs. Better than Magic Hat #9, but still not my cup of...apricots.

M: Smooth mouthfeel. Light-bodied, crisp and well carbonated.

D: Above average drinkability, but not a fan of the style. (566 characters)

Photo of JohnnyMc
3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Off centered ales for off centered people indeed.

This pours out a very nice deep amber, ruby red with hints of orange and a nice 2 finger white and fluffy head.

The aroma is mainly toasted malts with hints of piney hops and a slight sweetness from the apricots.

The taste is also very malt forward for an IPA. There are subtle amounts of piney/earthy hops and then those are followed by slightly sweet, but mostly hidden apricots. Very heavy on the malt flavor.

Very refreshing and crisp, but not very bitter.

Overall, this is a nice beer, but for the cost it's probably something I won't purchase in the future. Gotta give it to Same though, he is always willing to do something new. (691 characters)

Photo of santoslhalper
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearence: Poured a crystal clear amber colloer with a large creamy off-white head.

Smell: The smell is an unimpressive mix of malts a slight fruitiness. The malts smell cheap and the fruits smell fake.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Tastes better than it smells. The apricots really aren't that noticable until about 10 seconds after the swallow. IPA? No. There are hardly any hops. The malts are the focus, and aren't that incredibly intruiging. It lacks carbonation as well. The alcohol is well hidden. The mouthfeel is rich and creamy.

Drinkability and Overall: Not bad, but not great. It's not an IPA, not really an apricot beer. But not bad. It's very creamy, but the malt and apricot aftertaste really starts to get old, which hurts the drinkability. (757 characters)

Photo of Anthony1
2.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer is a light golden brown color, with a dense medium-sized white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass. The aroma is of just what the name implies, hops and apricots, along with some caramelized malts. The tart flavor of apricots hits hard up front followed by a quick burst of hops bitterness. The two together seem rather harsh. There's a hearty malt character and a touch of caramel sweetness, but they're not enough to provide the balance that is sorely needed in this beer; although it does get a little better as it warms. The after-taste is bitter. Crisp but not too smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean. It's flavorful but I didn't find it too tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, good kick, Unlike many fruit beers, this one doesn't use the fruit flavor to try covering up the fact that it is still a beer, but this is definitely not a beer that I would want to drink again. (933 characters)

Photo of kmeves
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a thin film white head. Aroma is lightly sweet fruit with just a hint of grain and some dough. Flavor is initially acidic then light malt and hops and then more acid only with a fruit undertone this time. Light to medium body, somewhat thin texture. Finishes bitter and fruity. (302 characters)

Photo of Rhynes2
2.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

When I first cracked this fine brew open I noticed it poured a slightly darker color than an average IPA. Not much of a head and no lacing down the sides at all. As far as taste goes, it's a little no heavy on the apricots. I realize it is an apricot beer but the taste was syrupy. Really sweet and it kinda keeps the hops hidden. I appreciate Dogfish Heads ventures into the new and unexplored but this one just wasn't for me. Very glad i got to try it though. (461 characters)

Photo of Moose90
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2015 12oz bottle served in tulip

A – Deep dark orange in color. Copper hues and a bright white, thin head, lacing left behind is consisted and solid.

S – Malty, sweet, bitter, little bit of orange and apricot tones.

T – Bitter, malty sweetness, caramel notes, orange rind, slight apricot.

M – Light/Medium bodied brew, carbonation on the high side, quick finish.

O – A malty and sweet IPA, balanced with some notes of apricot and orange, could use more bitterness. (480 characters)

Photo of roan22
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I loved this beer last year; last year's batch seemed slightly thicker, hoppier and way lighter in color. This year's batch tastes really bad to me. Its darker and way too sweet, like maple syrup sweet. It appeared more watery too. The apricot taste is still there but the sickly sweetness of the maple flavor overpowers the slight tart taste of the apricot, and overpowers the hops, which are barely noticable. I will try it again out of a bottle, maybe it was a bad keg. (472 characters)

Photo of lynchmob9
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Didn't get it. Too complex for me? Probably b/c this just didn't add up. Appearance - nice amber, copper color. Head dies a bit quickly but still strings of carbonation piercing through. Like the looks going in. Smell - smells great...wow! Caramel, brown sugar, granny smith apples, raisins, maybe a bit of lemon...all over the place...interesting. Taste - wow was right...buzz kill. Fast taste then vanishes. Bitter crab apple aftertaste. None of the richness that thought would get from the nose is there. Sorry, but dissappointing. (534 characters)

Photo of batty
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: looks like yuengling lager. toffee, not bad head that dissipates quickly. no lace.

S: apricot.. maybe a little grass.. hint of caramel malt

T: apricot overpowers for my taste. don't get much hop at all. just a touch sweet at the beginning, but mostly don't have much malt body nor hop to balance the apricot

M: pretty thin overall,

D: strong apricot takes away from drinkability. (387 characters)

Photo of scooter231
2.96/5  rDev -22.5%
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. (603 characters)

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,721 ratings.