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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

4,356 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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5/5  rDev +30.2%

TIJAE, Dec 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

JeffThompson, Aug 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

dogfish7, Jul 18, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Mscarpen, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Lucarelli3062
5/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great mix of Fruit in the a beer with lots of hops aroma and taste.I was not sure about even trying it. I thought it would be to sweet and have no hop taste, but it really surprised me. I love this stuff and am going to try and brew my own batch!

Cheers!

Lucarelli3062, May 02, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

photomike, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

hoppyhelena, Aug 06, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

baconman91, May 31, 2012
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Jenesse, Jun 18, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

pep, Mar 27, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

mutd8710, Dec 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

Ryanb2765, Jun 29, 2014
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5/5  rDev +30.2%

dwaz, Dec 08, 2011
Photo of nortmand
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours copper orange, with a somewhat poor white head. The head is a bit fizzy, which I know from experience is a problem with wheat beers.

Smell is a mix of rich toasted malt, resiny hops and juicy peaches.

Sweet toasted malts up front blend into a wonderfully peachy citrus hop experience. Ends with a measured bitterness accompanied by a fanastic bready flavor.

Very big mouthfeel, an absolutely fantastic beer, one of DFH's finest.

nortmand, Sep 30, 2006
Photo of berpwillie
4.97/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

wooowww. this beer is F@#$ing fantastic. pours a clear amber-copper color, the aroma of apricots and hops is fantasticly overwhelming. Not sure i'm going to find a beer i'll enjoy much more than this one. perfect for a sunny spring/summer day, but i could enjoy this beer year round no question about it. if you have never had the pleasure of enjoying this beer. i suggest you do so asap.

berpwillie, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of tosshin
4.95/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: light amber, clear, small white head
s: apricots, lemon, pine needles
t: tastes like DFH 60 min with a nice blend of citrus and apricots. the sweetness of the fruit smooths out the hops
m: really smooth. the hop bite is smoothed out by the sugars in the fruit.
d: this is like the 60 min but better. I want this all year round. can't wait for next spring!

tosshin, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.93/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Beer pours a light copper color with a thick, frothy head. The aroma is hoppy and full of the apricot essence. The taste gives away a wonderful hoppiness balanced with some sweetness from the apricots. It leaves a smooth mouthfeel and does not come off as too bitter or too sweet. Well balanced beer and certainly a better example than the other beer of this style that I sampled.

Brad007, May 04, 2007
Photo of avylover
4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Excellent looking deep golden clear brew, with a massive off white head that seems to stand still. Light bubbles rise up to the head. Good citrousy hop aroma, with a slight hint of the labelsake's apricots. Taste is hoppy , yet refined. Nice citrous flavors with the slight taste of apricot keeping things smooth. Grainy tastes and a decent maltiness hold it together nicely.Great hop flavor, with a mild bitterness finishing things. This beer tastes like the perfect summer IPA. Medium bodied, with a slick, starts wet/finishes dry mouthfeel.Dry aftertaste, but great lingering hop flavors. Drinkability is top notch, I could drink this to no end. Excellent.

avylover, Apr 17, 2004
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4.9/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Oh so pretty. Dark golden with a head that slowly subsides to lacing.

Smell: An ineluctably tempting combination of fruit and hops that wafted toward my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. Springlike but grownup.

Taste: This is the first fruit beer, beyond He'brew Rejewvenator (before they went from figs to dates), that I have ever enjoyed. The hops/apricot counterpoint is perfect: assertive hops paired with gentle apricot, grassy and sweet. Almost unworldly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, round, caramel feeling, a wee syrupy but in a nice way. The mouthfeel is the most seductive part of this beer.

Drinkability: Dangerously so. At 7% ABV this is not beer for chugging, but it goes down very easily, . Made me sad I had no blue cheese in the house!

kgs, Mar 24, 2010
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4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I really loved this take on an IPA. It's about perfect balance. It's hoppier than an average IPA, not as hoppy as 90 minute IPA, but the (sweetness?) of the apricots balances the harshness of the hops and makes for a crisp but very smooth glass of beer and the fullest flavor and highest ABV of anything I can honestly say was "gone in 60 seconds". It went down like a light pisner or lager on a 90 degree day but felt like a full bodied beer in my mouth. I really can't imagine changing a thing.

irrevjim, Apr 09, 2005
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4.88/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poued into a large flaired tulip glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a crimped-on cap

Clear,viberant reddish/orange with a glowing red hue,beautiful color.
2" creamy white head with good retention leaving lace curtians on top of the glass lots of spotty lacing the rest of the way down.
Very lively looking beer many tiny bubbles stringing together very tightly knit together streaming from the sides and center of the glass.

Very clean pleasing aroma, nice blast of apricot just perfect,not overdone,but plenty of it with some slight carmell notes,no real hop aroma detected.

Clean taste the ipa malts tastes come through a bit a the start with a good carmell feel with some slight burnt notes. The apricot taste just blends in perfectly. Amazing balance of tastes. Just a very slight hint of alcohol with some slight hop bittering detected.
Finishes with a refeshing apricot blast with clean sharp mouthwatering bitterness. The taste doesn't get much better for a fruit beer.

Suprizingly light mouthfeel very creamy, juicy describes the mouthfeel best. Goes down so easy the light.creamy feel and the balance of tastes make this beer exceptionally drinkable and very enjoyable.
One of the best fruit beers i've ever tasted. A must try beer in my book.

jcdiflorio, May 09, 2007
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4.86/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: clear deep amber with a nice red hue, head light cream color that fades to thin layer of persistent bubbles

S: inviting apricot with floral tropical hop smell pineapple and mango have a light presence.

T: a rush of hoppy fruity wondefulness I hate living where I am now with no access tothis brew.

O: Awesome I love this beer so much I tried to replicate it as an extract. The IPA portion was tasty but it was ruined when I added the apricot. I need a new approach but back to the beer. I look forward to the release of this beer every year I was fortunate enough to have experienced this run with randall off the tap and it was phenomenal. Not too fruity an IPA lover wouldn't like it but not too hoppy a fruit beer lover wouldn't want it again. Quite a treat from dogfish.

Cozuma, Mar 21, 2014
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4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pours a lighter mahogany with ruby tinges. It starts with two fingers of dirty white head that slowly thins to about half a finger and leaves some nice lacing.

S: its floral but tart in the nose, blood orange and lemony hints with some mild fruits muddled in.

T: still floral but the apricots come in unlike the nose and take over. Fruity but tart, a nice hop profile keeps it from being cloyingly sweet and fruity.

MF: refreshing but not to light of a body. Good carbonation.

O: one of my favorite seasonal brews and my favorite overall to take on a hike.

nickthetick, Mar 26, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What a refreshing beer. I definitely know why this is their Spring seasonal because it is excellent to drink in this weather. You can smell sweet fruits with that apparent apricot and some pine and some fruitiness from the cascade hop. I can always tell if they use a cascade hop if I just think back on how Sierra Nevada's Celebration Ale smells. The taste is very nicely balanced with a sweet caramel bread like malt with the sweetness from the apricot hop flavor and malt in the middle and the apricot in the back melding together with the hop bitter finish. The sweet and bitter tastes in this beer are perfectly combined.

I could tell they wanted to make this different than their 60 minute IPA so they used a completely different malt bill which is a rich sweet caramel and bread. I like that you can taste like you ate a fruit even minutes after your last sip. That is a sign of an amazing beer in my mind. They really used the right hops for this beer to meld with the apricots to make it seem like its not a fruit beer at all.... which is probably why they call it a fruit beer for hopheads. Not to mention the apricots taste REAL, they definitely don't use a cheap overly flavored extract.... which accounts for a better fruit balance with the hops.

Dogfish really nails the tastes of their beers and when they say thats how it will taste thats how it will definitely taste in a balanced manner. There are so many other flavors than just the apricot in this that it just makes it an awesome complex beer that anybody can enjoy.

thebrood1987, Mar 13, 2011
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4.85/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured light amber color. Small foamy head with mild lacing on the side of the glass. Has a citrusy, hoppy, sweet smell. There is a hop forward, grassy taste initially. The hop bitterness continues throughout the entire drink, but you get a apricot maltiness with a sweeter taste at the end. Perfect combination of bitterness and sweet. One of my favorites for sure. I wish this was a year round beer.

jngrizzaffi, Jun 07, 2013
ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,356 ratings.