ApriHop | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

very good
4,984 Ratings

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

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Photo of q33jeff
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

AROMA: Lemon , pine, apricot, hops.
LOOK: Light copper color, small white head.
TASTE: Nice smooth apricot, sour fruits,.
FEEL: light and crisp. Above average carbonation.

Really nice beer. Drinks easy and refreshing on a good summer picnic day.


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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled early 2015; drank 7/11/15 @ the Yarchives.

Poured from the bottle into a can.

See-through orange appearance.

HUGE eggnog head; a curtain of frothy lace.

Mild notes of apricot, honey & caramel in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Faint flavors of apricot & malted grain up front; caramel notes on the finish. Not much flavor at all; drinkable but why bother?

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Photo of BethanyB
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: A slightly murky, dark gold to light brown ombré with a thin white head. It's like a lava lamp of apple cider.

S: A fascinating mixture of sugar and spice! Caramel and peach, rosemary and coriander. The dried apricot tartness is present, but other aromas dominate. Definitely peaks my interest.

T: In the taste, dried apricots are present in spades. The tart fruitiness mixes well with citrus hops. There are negatives a-plenty, however. It's more sour than I expected, and while malty flavors attempt to calm things down in the form of a bread crust backbone and a sweet, caramel finish, the differing tastes don't balance. The aftertaste has an odd, mint leaf quality, which is mismatched with even more malt: this time, it's a crackery bill.

M: The syrupy mouthfeel matches the murkiness of the beer's appearance. While an apricot beer begs for crispness and fizz, here we have a lackadaisical, watered down smoothie.

O: "NOT GREAT," is what I wrote in my notebook. Both too sweet and too sour, efforts to bring this beer into balance fall flat, creating a muddled, meddled-with production. It's still drinkable, and it's Dogfish, so I see the mass appeal. But if I can remember this rating, I won't have be having another.

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

Apricot beer pours an apricot color producing a 3/5" thick off white head that has amazing retention. The aroma was a little bit Cascade hops and apricot, I enjoyed it. Apricot is probably the best used fruit stateside.

This is one of those rare occasions where DFH makes a decent beer you'd want to drink more than 3 oz of. They've obviously enjoyed some nepotism like favors around in the industry, speak out and feel the ban hammer, as many have been moderated into the corn field over these guys. Nonetheless, when they hit the mark, you have to give it to them.

Wouldn't hesitate to put another 4 pack of this down when fresh and warm weather. Hops, apricot, can't mess that up.

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Photo of OldBrewer
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 fluid ounce bottle.

L - copper, orange-bown colour, a little hazy. Very little head which dissipates quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - mostly apricot, some spices.

T - orange peel, apricot, very hoppy, dry, bitter.

F - rich, bitter after-taste, no detectable sweetness.

O - a little too bitter - could be a little more sweet to bring out the apricot taste. Overall, a quality beer.

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Photo of dgmirelli
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

look has a deep orange/brown hue like no other beer to date, smell of faint apricots, malt and caramel, taste is big hoppy on front almost alcoholy but not overpowering - this is dry dry dry and faint citrus and hints of apricot on the back, feel is lacking on carbonation with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Dryness faints bitterness but it all puts a different feel on the flavor. Not a great length on flavor which is a key. Not the freshest in fact I got a discount and went for it....

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Refreshing IPA at a solid ABV that will catch up after how easy these can go down. Excellent beer for sitting outside on the patio on a hot summer's day.

Better than I expected going into it.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was stoked for this beer. What a cool concept, apricots and Dogfish Head, right? Eh. I didn't enjoy it like I thought I would. It wasn't a bad beer, but it didn't keep me drinking. It was a little bitter and not really smooth, and tasted more reminiscent of grapefruit than any other fruit flavor I can associate with a beer. Just okay.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Look - Foamy head about an inch in height that settles into nice lacing. Color of dried apricots/amber hue.
Smell - Apricots, slight hints of biscuit, citrus and touch of pine
Taste - Juicy apricots, hops, pizza dough, stone fruit pit bitterness at the end. Apricot compliments, not overwhelming
Feel - Good carbonation and body that reminds me of fruit juice.
Overall - A solid spring seasonal from Dogfish Head. Something I will look forward to!

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in August 2015.

Appearance: Golden with light tan head. Head is thick and sticks to the glass.

Smell: Strong aroma of hops, pine, and fruit, like grapefruits and apricots, with a little peppery spices as well. Overall the hops aroma dominate the others.

Taste: There is a strong hop flavor with hints of fruit flavor and a little pepper flavors as well. There is not much sweetness from the malts. The label lists apricots, and there is a small hint of that.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied.

This is a strongly hopped IPA. It has an interesting mix of fruit, hops, and other flavors, which makes it interesting. Overall the hops do dominate the flavor.

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Photo of rjd722
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass with a medium foam head that dissipates relatively quickly. A very nice, slight cloudy coppery-orange appearance. Pleasant, non-aggressive smell that doesn't blow me away; potentially not as strong of a fruit aroma as one might expect. I remember the first time I had a four pack of these the drinkability stood out and that hasn't changed. It is one I'd recommend to those who don't like overly-hopped and bitter IPAs. I like this fruit themed IPA much better than the DFH 61 Minute which has the grape flavoring, great job.

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Turns out Aprihop is one of Dogfish's best. Here's why:

A - Pours a clear amber, copper color with an inch off-white head that sticks around as a small cap. Lacing is pretty awesome.

S - Smells abundant, like apricot jam and dark sweet toasted bread. Then a nice citrus hops and apricot finish.

T - Firm yet flowery, much better than #9 Magic Hat to which it's compared. Follows smell, flavor is abundant and well balanced. Starts as a crisp citrus hop taste up front and a rich, jammed and long apricot finish.

M - Beer has great wesight and is fresh and crisp.

O - Must try. Well executed.

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Photo of Beertsipper
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Small head when poured into my DFH pint glass. Smells of malt, faint apricot, some sweet apple, caramel. Taste is malty, fruity with apricot, but not too strong, caramel, some hops. Mouthfeel is light and there is no detection of alcohol. Finish is somewhat clean and crisp. Not as flavorful, bold, and as complex from when I last had it about 3 years ago.

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Photo of TH28
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Appearance: Deep orange golden with a slight haze, and moderate off white foam cap. Aroma: Fruity citrus and apricot is prominent, but also a dank, resinous hop character as well. Taste: Rich caramel maltiness and tart apricot flavor, leading into a strong bitterness that isn’t sharp because of the malt base. Well balanced. Again, a resinous, almost woody hop character helps offset the sweet citrus flavors. Mouthfeel: Medium with a moderate carbonation. No noticeable alcohol heat. Finish: Lingering resinous bitterness, with a hint of apricot. Apricot is most prominent on the finish. Overall: Really well balanced IPA, with a strong enough malt base to balance the intense bitterness. Resinous hop flavors do well to balance the fruity flavors.

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Photo of Myotus
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Speigelau IPA glass. Pours with a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a half finger's worth within a minute. Has a nice, honey orange color. A plethora of bubbles. Lacing is moderate. Has strong floral hop aromas that elegantly combine with strong apricot aromas. Mild citrusy hop aromas and a hint of lemon peel and earthy yeast can also be detected. Initial taste is of strong apricot flavors that combine with mild earthy yeast and caramel malt flavors. Mild floral and citrus hop flavors along with a touch of lemon peel enter after initial flavors. All flavors persist in strength until they all gradually fade. Light-bodies, mildy carbonated, creamy, with an incredibly crisp finish. Well done, Dogfish Head. Well done.

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Photo of ThaneMcC
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with off white head and copious effervescence which rapidly subsided. Smelled of sweet malts, piney, citrus and a vague light fruit smell. Tastes malt forward, honey, vanilla, mid not of piney, lemon zest with a rather clean (if slightly bitter) finish. Mouthfeel is smooth with sufficience carbonation to keep from being weight down by the malts.

I found it to be a rather pleasant IPA - the apricot was subdued but complemented the hops/malt. Not a fruity beer like a lambic - which I was relieved.
I would purchase again - another tasty creation from DFH.

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Photo of iCica
4.34/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells and tastes pleasantly like apricots. The hops used were perfect, not overpowering the fruity notes. Carbonation on this bottle was also just right. Perfect for a sunny afternoon.

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

This beer has it all! Since I bought it I haven't stopped thinking about it. I think about it daily. Going to pick some up right now! Not to overboard with any thing. Perfect!

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Photo of daisyfching
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smooth and well balanced beer that is brewed only in the Spring from Apricot juice. It is a bit lighter than most IPAs and not too hoppy. Would definitely recommend.

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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 burnerfinger
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

bought this on a whim at the local market street:

A - about the color of honey - single finger of head settles to a thick film with rocky lacing.

S: honestly a bit lite on the nose, considering it's from DogFish head. but the hoppiness is nonetheless pronouced.

T: a bit strange, I FEEL the hops rather than taste them as much, with the malty back bone coming up front. not loving the peachy aftertaste
M: full body - extra carbonation
D not bad - but for sure next time I'll choose another.

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Photo of StoutHobbit
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Subtle notes of apricot on the nose, but it hits you in the aftertaste in a pleasant way dancing with the hoppy notes. Pours a deep golden honey color with a thin head. Good Beer.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L - Bronze, with some clarity. 2 fingers of head and retention the whole way down. Tons of lacing.

S - Fresh citrus hops and fruit, obviously from the apricots

T - Well balanced IPA. Not bitter, not citrusy. Apricot juice definitely adds character. Smooth, tasty, and well balanced. ABV totally hidden and easy to drink.

F - Medium body and carbonation. Average mouthfeel

O - A different tasty vegetable IPA. Different, and good.

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Photo of Reema
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer doesn't get enough love. It doesn't smell like apricot too much but it's definitely there in the taste. Easily drinkable. This a nice departure from the usual IPA that surprisingly works very well.

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Photo of jp32
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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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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