ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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4,866 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,866
Reviews: 1,749
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 141
Gots: 629 | FT: 6
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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 NewGeneric
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: A plethora of soft, creamy beige foam sits atop an ever-so-slightly hazy, light rusty copper beer. Foam dissipates quite slowly leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. Gorgeous.

S: Smells piney, resinous, citrusy and spicy all at once. There are very nice underlying tones of other citrus-like fruit. And marijuana. I swear it. Beyond all of that, there is some malt that makes its presence felt.

T: Beautiful malt backbone lathers the tongue with notes of oak, cherry, vanilla, apricot (of course), and citrus-like fruit. Hops are quite present but more subdued than expected.

M: One notch below exceptional. Just a hint too much bitterness up front. Other than that, I don't see how it could improve. Like velvet.

D: Wow. Very impressed with this brew. I'm having a hard time not drinking it (trying to cut down on beer consumption lately). Too bad it's not available in New Orleans or I'd be all over it.

Photo of clvand0
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish is one of my favorite breweries, so this was a definate must try. Pours a light amber color with a large white head that stays around for a while and leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass. Nose is hoppy - pine and grassy, but also sweet and has a nice fruit presence. So, smells like an IPA with fruits in it - imagine that. The flavor is sweet and hoppy, but has a definate apricot taste. The fruit comes through extremely well in this brew. Very nice flavor and drinkability. The body is a little thin, but it's an IPA, so I didn't expect it to be very thick. Wonderful beer and another great one from Dogfish.

Photo of larryi86
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle dated 2/26/10 poured into a snifter

A- A lighter amber/orange color with a one finger white head.

S- Hoppy and earthy with hints of apricot

T- Starts out with a nice, somewhat hoppy taste that is very close to DFH 60 Minute IPA, and finishes with a smooth semi-sweet apricot taste.

M- Smooth, not too heavy and just goes down.

D- This is a great beer for the warmer spring and summer monthes. It is very refreshing and goes down easy. I wish that DFH would put it out both spring and summer this way I would not have to stock up so much in the spring.

Photo of Patrick999
4.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pint glass a clear amber, good bubble action, left decent rings of lacing. Looks the way you'd expect a good IPA to look.

Smell - poured ice-cold, this smells an awful lot like a 60 Min. Clean and characteristically hoppy. As it warms, however, the apricot does introduce itself. Apricot and hops go together? Damn right they do.

Taste is pretty true to the label description - this is far more of an American IPA with apricots added than a fruit beer. The apricots are there, but they aren't over-the-top by any means, making themselves most known in the slightly dry finish. There's a bready malt presence balancing those clean, refreshing, bracing hops. Mmmmm. I notice the 7% ABV a little, especially as it warms - it contributes a slight spiciness, and just a dash of that trademark DFH boozy-smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel couldn't be much better. Appropriately carbonated...nice and poppy. The balanced flavors coat the tongue without ever becoming cloying.

Drinkability is exceptional. This is just real easy to drink. You could put away 3 of these with some good pub fare, no problem. All in all, another fine, nuanced, damn-near-sessionable beer from the Delaware crew.

Photo of StrangerBrew
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the privelage of having this beer on tap at Dogfish Head recently. When the beer first arrived it had a very nice presentation, light copper color with a wonderful head. It was great beer, a light citrisy flavor, the hops and the apricots complimented each other wonderfully. Nice fruity aroma, very refreshing aftertaste and left you wanting more. It makes me almost want to drive 4 hours to have a few more on tap.

Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
4.6/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly aprehensive...ain't exactly cheap, but I gotta have it. If there could only be one, this would be fine. The subtle Apricot tones in this brew do an awesome job of balancing out the hoppiness of this beer. Anyone who has been scared off IPA's from a hoppy experince, fear not as this is nicely balance & not offensive. Hop Heads fear not as well as this is still an Imperial IPA! This was quite a drink as it is empty now...going to get another, love this beer.


Photo of JoKo
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into SA Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Off white head, about an inch thick. Clear deep copper color, lively carbonation.

Smell: Apricots up front, citrus scents, grapefruit, hops all up front.

Taste: As expected, apricots up front, although it is a nice balance with the hops, grapefruit notes and some bready malt notes in the background. The hops are dominant but the malts do provide a nice backbone.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp mouthfeel, carbonation provides an almost "cream-like" mouthfeel.

Drinkability: For an IPA, on the lighter side in terms of body, drinkability factor is high, very well crafted beer.

(Reviewed from notes)

Photo of jasonjlewis
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw this today when I was picking some beer up for someone. I was in the mood for a hoppy beer and a fruit beer, so I had one. It's really nicely balanced. Not that bitter really. IPA with apricots? Not crazy bitter like an IPA. Nice bitterness with an apricot balance. Veyr nice and easy to drink. Quite a treat. Definetly a beer that is welcome in my fridge any time.

Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Peach colored with a full light tan/beige head, lots of suspended particles, and very active carbonation that leaves lots of lace and thick lace rings. Very nice balanced fruit and hop aromas and flavors; amazing considering the very strange mix but it melds well. Starts on the fruity side with a nice hoppy finish coming in the middle thru the end. Medium-full (leans full) bodied and smooth but just a tad too bitter on the finish for my tastes.

Label States: "An IPA Brewed with Real Apricots"

Packaged in: '04 (notched on side - 03 embossed on bottom)
Tasted: 03/10/05

Photo of jrenn
4.55/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear orangish.

Smell: Light hop aroma. Full on sweet rounded apricot smell. Creamy though. Really pops out at you.

Taste: Can't taste the booze too much on this one. Very well rounded. Grapefruit and apricot notes. Almost had a sherbet quality. I found myself trying to chew it many times.

Mouthfeel: Great body. Velvety. Full, but not offensive. Very drinkable.

Overall: I <3 Dogfish Head.

Photo of Drone53
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2010 vintage) poured into a Dogfish Head glass.

Appearance: Copper/Amber appearance with a nice head lace, which lasts throughout.

Smeall: This beer truly smells beautiful! Apricot is the first thing that is smelt, and then followed by a very nice and strong hop aroma. I could truly smell this beer all day.

Taste: The first sip tastes of nice citrusy & apricot fruit, then followed by a strong rush of hops. After the smell I was expecting a bit more of fruity beer, as I felt the hops dominated. However, I love extreme hoppiness so this suited just fine.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel, a bit dry due to the hops, but standard with any hoppy IPA.

Drinkability: Went back for another bottle after my first. The 4 pack is definitely perfect for his beer, and you could easily finish that on a nice spring evening.

Overall, a very enjoyable and exciting beer, as it combines fruit beers with extremely hoppy IPAs. Definitely a very ambitious brew.

Photo of YieldToNothing
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass
pours a nice copper color with very little head.
smell is very citrusy, i don't really detect any apricot in the aroma. smells like a typical, good ipa. that apricot is definitely there in the taste though, especially at the back end. decent amount of carbonation.
overall, i really like this...its like a tastier version of the 60 minute ipa in my humble opinion. i could session this, perfect for a spring afternoon.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass- pours a clear dark amber color with a beautiful creamy 2 finger head, nice retention and sticky lacing.

Smell is well balanced- definitely get the Amarillo hops (piney), some nice malt undertones and a little apricot.

Taste is superb- malt roundness up front, followed by a sweet/slightly tart apricot taste that stays throughout. Hops follow closely with a nice mix of pine and citrus. Only reason I didn't give this a 5 is that this is marked as an ipa.

Mouthfeel is also great- moderate sparkly carbonation up front that dissipates into a nice medium body. Exceptional brew- perhaps my favorite offering from DFH. Seek it out!

Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

04/22/05- Received via trade with Connecticuitpoet and Steinlifter.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with an drink by August 2005 notch on the label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Orange-rust colored pour with a creamy 3/4 inch head and above average lacing.

Smell- Very sweet and fruity scent. Can't tell if it's apricot or not, but it is some kind of fruit. A bit of alcohol scent as well. Nice hops output in the aroma.

Taste- Bitter hop taste with a fruit flavor hint in the background. Apricot is very subdued, but you can detect it. Nice malty background as well. Dare I say a small nutty flavor in the aftertaste (walnut?)

Mouthfeel- Higher than avergae carbonation. Sugary sweet mouthfeel.

Drinkability- This one hit the spot on the hottest day of the yeart so far. My computer room is roasting and this does the trick to keep the sweat at bay. Good deal. Yummy brew.

Photo of yourchoice
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a beautiful amber color, with a thick but quickly dissipating head. Nice lacing.

S- Aroma is pretty straight forward IPA hops...pine and citrus. I'm trying to convince myself I smell apricot, but I really don't.

T- Unlike the smell, I definitely taste the apricot, very distinctive. Subtle, but definitely there, and very tasty. Still obvious piney hops, but not so much citrus which I'm guessing DFH was going for with this beer. Apricots and pine, great combo.

M - Aprihop surprised me that it was thicker than I expected. Very interesting, but not necessarily what I expected with an IPA.

O - Not a ton different than many IPA's, but different enough. I really enjoyed how subtle the apricot flavor was. Perhaps wrongly, I went into it expecting my experiences with pumpkin beers...while I enjoy them, I only enjoy them sparingly. Aprihop I could definitely see having more than one in a sitting. What I expect from a good IPA, but with a twist of Apricot. Good job DFH.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of PhageLab
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, I've finally found a fruit beer that I really like! Poured into a weizen glass.

A - Deep, dark, amber coloration, glorious three tip head of white froth, great retention and lacing.

S - Guess...apricots! Smells very fresh and citrusy.

T - Wow, like a tiny explosion of flavor in every sip. Dried apricots, decent hop presence, nice malty backing, plenty of miscellaneous spices. Pretty complex, you experience sweetness, bitterness, sourness, and even some tangy flavors all at once.

M - Medium bodied, oily residue, pleasant aftertaste, nice carbonation level.

D - I wish this one was brewed year round, I love it. I could sit here and rant on about how yummy it is, but what's the use? I've got my stock, get yours before I buy it all.

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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours brilliant deep amber under a 1” snow white foam collar that grips the side of the glass providing sheets of white lace.
S: Apricot nose with some light biscuit
T: The beer starts with a burst of malts and then as the carbonation breaks across your palate the apricot rides in complementing both the light malt flavors and the tropical citrus flavors from the hops.
M: Very creamy, medium body, medium full carbonation. The carbonation is smooth and not harsh.
O: The beer is very well balanced and provides an interesting interplay between the yeast driven flavors, the hop flavors, the malts and the added apricots.

Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is a looker. It's almost brown in color, very dark for an IPA, with some orange/apricot lighter notes. The head screams IPA. It's sticky and contrasting in white and leaves sloppy lace all over the glass as the head falls.

Smells like the Pacific Northwest. Very piney, with the citrusy apricot playing only a supporting role. Some yeast as well.

Best beer I can remember from Dogfish Head. It's malty backbone shines through, with only a slight apricot flavor. Some piney hop presence in the finish.

Mouthfeel is complex with the addition of the apricot. It's sweet from the malt and the fruit. It's bitter from the hops in the finish. But it's never too sweet or too bitter. Nothing is overwhelming, just aggressive.

Not only as good an IPA as you'll find, just about as good a beer you'll find. I bought a sixer, and now I wish I'd bought several.

Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours and a little dark amber with a small head. The smell is ful of sweetness and hops. The apricot is there mainly in the finish but not over powering. This is an awesome 7% brew and if someone just told me this was DFH's 7% brew and did not even mention apricot that would be fine to. This is a great brew to drink daily. The fruit is there and most definitely compliments the hops also. You still get the great hoppy, citrus and piney taste. I would most definitely buy this brew again. I throughly enjoyed this one and the apricot was just extra. Once again DFH has delivered. Keep them coming please


Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Transparent burnt red orange with ruby highlights and cream colored head.

Aroma: Big hop prescence, juicy tropical fruits(mango, pineapple), citrus, malt sweetness

Taste: Hop bitterness fades into sweet apricots and tropical fruits. Very well balanced between
hop bitterness and malt sweetness, finish is crips and leaves hop bitterness lingering.

Overall: Love it. One of my favorite spring releases.

Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nutty brown color, with nice foaming head. Fruity, citrus hop aroma. Quick bitterness of hops which fades away into a pleasant floral ness and leaves a lingering grassy to pine taste. The hops are balanced out perfectly with a heavy malt mouthfeel.
12oz brown bottle-2004 btl date, tasted 9/14/04

Photo of beerdown77
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This seasonal from Dogfish pours a really nice dark brown with two fingers of head, nice retention, and sticky lacing. I was expecting something overly peachy and fruity, but this beer is so much better. There is some mild apricot on the nose, mixed with hops. The taste is a very smooth IPA, with a great balance of bitterness, citrus hops, and a mild apricot aftertaste. I am picking up a little more apricot flavor as it warms, but the bitter bite and good carbonation are keeping this from being a sweet, syrupy beer. I had no problem blowing through this beer and could have another. It is medium bodied and fairly refreshing.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not a big fan of fruit beers, they tend to be too sweet. The only apricot beer Ive had (St Ambroise Apricot Wheat) tasted awful, so my expectations with this beer werent that high. I was surprised. This beer is incredible.

It pours a burnished orange color with a big chunky off white head. Retention and lacing were excellent. The aroma of this beer is equal parts hop bitterness, apricots, and malt. Its actually pretty hop heavy on the nose. The taste starts out with a big hop bite which leads into an array of different hop flavors (grapefruit, earthy). In the middle subtle apricot and biscuity malt notes make themselves apparent. The finish is very bitter and lingers on the palate.

The apricot flavor in this beer is understated, which I wasnt expecting. Hops and malt are definitely the dominant flavors. This is one hoppy beer, I also found it much drier than the 90 minute. The mouthfeel is thick and textured, very nice. This is one hell of an IPA, apricots or not.

ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 4,866 ratings.