ApriHop | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
4,991 Ratings
ApriHopApriHop
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Delaware, United States
dogfish.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
4,991
Reviews:
1,730
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
737
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 4,991 |  Reviews: 1,730
Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

IPA or fruit beer? Enjoyed at Beer Bistro. Hoppy aroma. Cloudy grapefruit with a small yet significant thick layer, maybe 1/4 inch of off-white head. Pleasant lace left afterwards in my glass. The mouthfeel is a tad above average, and a drying finish. I am getting some fruity essence in the beer, but closer to an IPA in taste, significantly hoppy. Drinkability is average.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Two finger head with good retention on a clear nice amber body. Little lacing. Aroma is fairly hoppy with mostly orange peel. Apricot is tough to draw out. Flavor is fairly complex with a nice malt profile and mix of hops including musty, grapefruit and floral notes. Again the apricot is tough to draw out. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Overall a good beer but the apricot was well hidden from my senses.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear amber/copper color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to a small cap. Lacing is pretty good.

S - Smells like nice citrus hops and a slight apricot fruitiness.

T - Has a nice crisp citrus hop taste up front and a subdued but noticable apricot aftertaste.

M - Beer is slightly coating in the mouth but it is fresh and crisp.

D - Very tasty take on an IPA. Good beer for the Spring/Summer months.

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Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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

not as hoppy as its billed, but a nice fruit beer that's not an immediate write off for me. the pour is a nice brassy color with an orange tint, and a finger or two of fading white head. the nose is hoppy, but its more oily and sweet than bitter, more like a 90 minute than a 60, if you follow. the fruit doesn't manifest itself too boldly in the nose, maybe a little jammy sweetness, but in the taste they really come out. its almost like they take the place of the sweetness that usually comes from the malt, its juicy and a little tart too. then the hops kick in, robust and fresh, and give this beer a particular crispness hard to find in fruit beers. overall this leans more toward an ipa than a fruit beer, which makes it a winner for me, but its not as well refined as some of the other dogfish brews. could also stand a little more carbonation to brighten up the feel, it comes across a little heavy to me. still, an interesting and delicious beer that's just right in early spring. drink this cold though, it gets weird as it warms.

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Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle this brew isn't as good as it is from the tap. Got a sample of this at the brewery last summer and it was far better than what the bottle had offered. This is most definitely an IPA from the great hoppy aroma it gives off. The flavors it gives off are quite good too, Big time hops mixed with a wonderful hint of Apricot. It's a really nice combo here. The bitterness of the hops go really well with the slight tartness of the Apricots. Also the Sweetness in the beer compliments the sweetness of the fruit. I feel that this beer is really nice when on tap. The really good flavors it has kind of disappear once it's bottled. Not sure why, but if you see it on tap, try it!

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.68/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I love IPA's and even like fruit beers more than the average bear.. but I just couldn't dig this one at all. One of the first DFH beers I had trouble finishing, as I really like a lot of their other stuff. Just way too bitter and sweet for me.. its like as you drink it a sour apple lollipop is jammed into your throat and it just makes you pucker up. Very light bodied too so it kind of just slides right over the tongue without much time to appreciate any other flavor.. all your left with is sourness. Thought I'd enjoy this a lot.. I was wrong, but hey we can't be pleased all the time, DFH lost me on this one!

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

Photo of metter98
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: It poured clear copper-amber in color with a thin white head that has good retention properties and leaves nice lacing. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a light aroma of citrusy and piney hops as well as apricots in the nose.
T: The initial taste has a good balance between flavors of apricots and mild bitterness from the hops; the flavors in the finish are mostly of the citrusy and piney hops.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate.
D: The alcohol is well hidden, making the beer very easy to drink.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fabulous beer, fruit beer or not. Dogfish just does it right. This beer promises greatness leaping from the bottle, sparkling and a copper orange. Good head retention and lacing. It smell boldly of an IPA and that subtle apricot fruit smell. I get more pears and peaches out of this than expected. It' s as spicy and hoppy in flavor and bitter as you'd expect from an IPA with a thin delicate sweetness from the fruits. A slight metalic mouthfeel keeps this beer from perfection. A terrific blend of agressivness in the hops and a delicacy from the fruits. I could drink this all day.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I likes me some apricots, ditto for American IPAs...

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium orange hue, with two fingers of creamy white head, and very sparse lace. Its smells of apricot juice, citrus, and caramel malt. The taste is mild apricot essence, grainy caramel malt, and citrus hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body smooth, with a little fruity mealiness, and it finishes dry, some apricot fruitiness lingering. The extra booze is in no way apparent.

A very balanced and well made fruit-infused beer. I'd have another if I could.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average for no particular reason; I guess I'm just in the mood for an apricot beer. I forget where I acquired this.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm only slightly over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger head of nice cream, good thickness, and good retention. Colour is a semitransparent somewhat dark caramel. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Fresh fruit and floral hops, caramel, biscuit malt, and a nutty note. I detect no apricot whatsoever. Call me crazy. An average strength aroma.

T: Vague indistinct floral and fruit hops, with a hint of pine accompanied by caramelized malt, biscuit malt, that nutty note again, and a hint of caramelized peach - I guess you could call it apricot. Strangely balanced, but strangely well. It lacks focus but works as a sort of hodge-podge scattershot brew. It's as though for once things just fell into place for the brewers at Dogfish Head. Quite sugary and sweet to make it palatable for the masses. Overly sweet? Perhaps. Pretty decently built for an IPA; at least the hop bitterness is balanced. Not horribly complex or subtle, but I'll take from Dogfish Head what I can get.

Mf: A bit thicker than it needs to be. Smooth and wet, with slight coarsness towards the finish. Some hints of cream; I wish the cream were more developed. Good carbonation.

Dr: A drinkable little IPA, but a strangely balanced one. Apricot fans should look elsewhere for their fix (maybe even Pyramid's hefeweizen), but this is a decent offering from Dogfish Head. Of course, I'd never get it again on account of the price...

High C+

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Photo of emerge077
3.09/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle neck reads: bottled on 2/21/08

Pours into a pint glass a copper tone with a good level of clarity. Carbonation sticks to the walls like soda, and appears well carbonated. A compact head of foam results, and leaves a thin sheet across the top. A thick ring of lacing is left on the glass.

Musty wheat aroma, sort of metallic. Zero fruit presence, even when swirling. Just a funky, grainy smell, not much better than malt liquor. For being a month old bottle, it's pretty weak.

Flavor is also weak, considering it's billed as an IPA, and has no hop flavor. There is a slight tang of citrus in the back after swallowing, that barely suggests fruit, but not really apricots. I've eaten fresh and dried apricots, and there's not much resemblance in flavor. Mainly a dull barley/cereal grain aftertaste with faint florals.

Drinks and feels ok, but nothing sets it apart from the ordinary. Will pass in the future.

$2.75 single from Lush on Halsted in Chicago.

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Photo of brentk56
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a massive head that drapes squiggly lace

Smell: Floral aroma with fresh apricots

Taste: Starts out biscuity and then you get a nice hop kick mixed with fresh apricots; after the swallow, the apricot fruit lifts to another level and is joined with a sweet citrusy flavor into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation; slight warming after the swallow from the alcohol

Drinkability: Pleasantly drinkable, particularly in the warmer weather

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Photo of oline73
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with two fingers of off white head that dissipates leaving a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: I'm picking up a sweetness from the apricots and malt along with some herbal and citrus hops. Sweetness dominates.

Taste: As in the smell, I'm picking up quite a bit of apricot. There is also sweetness from the malt. The hop bitterness mostly shows up in the finish. I would describe the bitterness as citrus peel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with carbonation on the mild side. The finish is quite dry.

Overall: This beer is good but not great. I would like a bit more hoppy bitterness to balance out the sweetness.

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Photo of zeff80
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 4,991 ratings.
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