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ApriHop - Dogfish Head Brewery

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1,722 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,722
Hads: 4,938
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 20.94%
Wants: 146
Gots: 678 | 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 Drone53
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of YieldToNothing
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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!

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Photo of GClarkage
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of yourchoice
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of PhageLab
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
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.

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Photo of Garvindamies
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
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

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of STKPICR0720
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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


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Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of BobLuvBeer
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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

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Photo of beerdown77
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

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Photo of mkobes
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Andy's Corner Bar. Really enjoyed it. I like apricots and there are definitely apricots in here. Really smooth in flavor. Not too high in alcohol. Really clean in flavor. Orange in color. Very fruity beer. Hoppy and malty. Aroma is clean. Good beer.

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Photo of hoplover82
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ok, my first time having this was on tap and it was the worst thing... i hated it. that was a couple of years ago. well now, I tried it again in the bottle, extremely fresh, (which I think is key with this one) and it was awesome! Blew my mind awesome!
Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head that has good retention and lacing.
The smell is so bright yet delicate with citrusy hops and fresh apricots. Very simple and plain but very good.
The flavor is much the same with a very noticable but clean bitterness. It doesn;t taste like it's 7 percent abv... very nice.
very clean mouthfeel with a full crisp carbonation and a lasting soft bitter finish.
Like I mentioned, it doesn't seem like this is 7% abv, itseems like I could have a few and be fine, but it's decieving indeed. Very drinkable.
Very nice when extremely fresh. Try it now!

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a brilliant copper color. Looks well-carbonated. Hoppy aroma, smells like an ipa. I dont exactly notice any apricot or fruity scents in its nose.

I do however notice apricot flavor in its taste, although subtly so. Very nice tasting ipa. Strong yet pleasant, a touch of bitterness but finishes clean. This feels like a dense, sturdy beer. Its easily medium-bodied, probably more. Compared to most IPA's, I'd even call this heavy-bodied. Perfectly carbonated to match.

High quality stuff.

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Photo of Dikfour
4.48/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Finger of light tan head with slightly orange spotting, Bright orange with redish edging. Gorgeous.

Smell: Very much Apricot on the nose with some Citra hops I think. Also some tropical fruits; passionfruit, mango, maybe a little grapefruit.

Taste: Ripe apricot up front followed by a slightly bitter, dry finish. This thing is a bit of a fruit bomb, which is very much in my wheel house. Even a little tart at times.

Feel: Between the carbonation and alcohol, this leaves a wonderfully refreshing, almost minty-like feeling on the gums and tongue. Fairly full bodied.

Overall: One of my new favorites. Near perfect. Been through three four packs before I even rated it.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Plan B. I had this in a bottle a while ago and it was disgusting. There was no date on the bottle but I assumed it was old. I was right!!! This was awesome on tap. Super Hoppy. Just a slight hint of apricot. This is like a magic hat number 9 on hop roids. Awesome beer. Really well balanced. I destroyed this pint and didn't even notice the alcohol. What a great beer.

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Photo of pezoids
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer at the Grey Lodge’s firkinteenth event and was surprised that it was served in a 16 oz. plastic cup. I thought I was at a high school kegger! Despite that, the beer poured a very cloudy and dull orange-brown. It looked like apple cider. The small white head faded quick. I had been excited to try this beer and was not disappointed. It was almost like a high quality IPA (60 minute?) blended together with a sweet apricot cider. Hops were floral and still very detectable. Fruit sweetness was not overwhelming but blended in perfectly. Very drinkable and an excellent fruit beer.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours amber in color with a medium-sized off-white head that dissipates quickly and leaves behind a few spots of lace.

Smell: Citric and piney hops, some sweet malt, and a good bit of apricot.

Taste: Begins with a citric flavor that becomes progressively more bitter until the finish. The beer middles out to a biscuity flavor and the sweet apricot can be detected throughout. This beer is both delicate and assertive, while also maintaining great balance.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body with sharp carbonation and a refreshing, slightly dry, finish. Not as dry as most IPAs and definitely lighter in body, but it works very well for this beer.

Drinkability: A very unique and highly enjoyable IPA. This beer combines the more delicate characteristics of Magic Hat #9 with the assertive hoppy flavor of Dogfish Head's other IPAs- it is a marriage that should not work, but everything falls in place beautifully. A wonderful beer and another gem from Dogfish.

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Photo of ybnorml
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a dark amber in color and has an off white head that leaves a little lace. A very big hop boquet with a slight hint of apricot in the aroma. You get a little of the apricot fruitiness as the beer hits your mouth. But it is quickly overpowered by the hops at the middle and end. I was afraid this was going to taste like Magic Hats #9. My fears were ill founded. This is a good hoppy beer. Although I'm sure some severe hop heads might not like that hint of apricot.

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Photo of nukem5
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

*Taken from notes have been catching up from week in Rohoboth DE week in Philly and a beer festival thrown in there amongst a 52 hour work week in between all very busy and hope to catch up soon only about 10 more entries to go but I digress.

A: On tap from Dogfish Head brewpub on April 10 and awsome color with beautiful head foamy and tan all sexy saying drink down and do me again.

S: Smell is of what you would guess fruity apricots and some citrus notes to go with a wonderful malt aroma in the back.

T: First is the malt with a quick slap of apricot and finishing with a slightly stinging citrus hop flavor.

M: Smooth and crisp good carbonation level with little lacing . Very refreshing taste and a sure sign spring has sprung and summer is on its way.

O: Not any real surprise with Sam and the brew crew at the wheel, a great beer from a great brewery.Definitly would drink again.

Cheers !

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Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serious improvement over the past recipe ... and I really liked the old version.

Dark orange pour. Nice 1 finger head. Laces well.

Extremely fruity nose. Grapefruit and apricot mix. Very rich and a very nice combination.

Slightly sweet to tart hit. Cascade builds to a fruity middle, turning slightly sour from the apricots and strongly hoppy towards the end. Finish is nicely tart. Esters are quite strong. Nice bite to this IPA.

Feel is just thick enough to balance the hops.

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 1,722 ratings.