ApriHop | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,732 | Ratings: 5,004
Photo of lochef81
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was excited to try another of dogfish heads twists on the ipa style and this did not dissappoint. The ale pours a beautiful copper amber hue with a long lasting Off white head and lacing. The nose is the typical dfh blend of citrus and pine hops plus the addition of fresh spring apricots. The mouthfeel is sticky and pleasant coating the palate with an abundance of fresh flavors. The flavor is subtler than the nose in regards to the apricot presence. It is still present but far behind the hops and the malt. This is another great variation on such an overused style, but refreshingly different from a brewery that is almost always refreshingly different.

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Photo of exposd
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a great Dogfish Head India Pale Ale, but it leaves me wondering what happened to the apricot flavor that I was excited to experience blended with an IPA. You can taste a decent alcohol flavor from this brew ands it boasts a lot of hops, grapefruit, and pine... But just wishing the apricot shined through more. But if you like IPAs and trying new things I would give it a go!

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Photo of hops202
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle Poured into dogfish spiegelau glass. Bottled 2014C

Pours a dark but translucent amber. Seems to retain a thin layer of head in this glass which will forever produce carbonation. Smell is very floral and fruity with some definite apricot present. Taste is certainly crisp with some apricot present. Alcohol is certainly not known here as it is hidden quite well. Fairly clean and refreshing. A nice spring/summer release for sure.

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Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear, copper color. Head is a finger of faintly-gold, off-white foam that lingers well, leaving a good amount of lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Pretty typical IPA, with pine resin and grapefruit notes. If there's apricot in there, I don't smell it.

T: Not much malt sweetness, it goes quickly to tart, then bitter. Subsequent sips bring out the nuanced flavors of grapefruit and (subdued at first, but then stronger) apricot. The finish is bitter but citrusy grapefruit rind.

M: Crisp, well-carbonated, and refreshing. No hint of booze. Just a suggestion of dryness in the finish.

O: I decided to try this rabbit-themed, spring seasonal on Easter Sunday -- What better way to celebrate the Lord's resurrection? An interesting, and very tasty, twist on the traditional American IPA. The bottom line is that it was really easy to drink, and gone before I'd really explored all its depth. I'm afraid I'll need to drink a few more to fully appreciate this one!

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Photo of Paincane
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Rich amber well-carbonated body with a tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
S: Fruity apricot & floral nose.
T: Apricot, malt backbone & crisp hoppy bitter finish.
M: Crisp, smooth and dry hoppiness with apricot superimposed makes for a good Easter Sunday brew.
O: A very enjoyable spring seasonal beer.

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Photo of tmm313
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A- Semi hazy. Bronzy amber color. Awesome lacing with noticeable alcohol legs.

S- One of my favorite smells on Earth is a juicy citrus forward IPA. This is one of them. Apricot right off the bat. Pretty big pineapple, orange, earthy hop, grapefruit, a touch of pine and some toffee.

T- Dried apricot like you find in trail mix up front. Pine, cracker, orange, a touch of grapefruit and citrus rind follows. Notes of spice and earthy hops mixed in as well. It also has a tart quality that reminds me of lime.

M- Medium bodied with nice carbonation. Drying with an oily, resinous feel and slightly bitter aftertaste.

O- I enjoyed this beer. The smell is what I'll remember most, but all the parts were pretty good. The apricot definitely added a nice twist.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a very deep amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. One finger of off white head which slowly recedes into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A very juicy and fairly sweet hop forward aroma with big hints of apricot and other fruit. Upfront citrus hops with hints of apricot juice, orange peel, grapefruit, mango, lemon, kiwi, melon, and pineapple. Piney hop hints as well as some grass. Sweet malt background with hints of caramel, grains, yeast, and cracker. Big with the apricot but fairly balanced. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a very juicy and sweet hop forward taste with notes of apricot, citrus, and caramel. Upfront presence of citrus hops with notes of apricot juice, mango, orange peel, grapefruit, lemon, melon, kiwi, and pineapple. Earthy hop presence with notes of pine and grass. Solid balance of sweet malt with notes of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. Hoppy but balanced and smooth. Pretty solid.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, slightly oily, and pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid twist on a IPA. Good juicy apricot taste with a solid caramel malt balance.

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Photo of Dafixa
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A. copper in color, less than a finger of head

S. smell was ok It had some apricot / citrus but you have to look for it

T. caramel malt taste

M. Medium body

O. I was looking for the apricot but never really found it

Overall I Liked it but felt it was lacking in the nose and even the pallet.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Bottle date 2012B. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 4/17/2014.

App- Clear dark copper-orange body. One finger white head, nice thickness and good retention. Not much lacing when all is said and done. Fairly dark bodied for an IPA, although it seems to be fairly similar to 60 Minute in appearance.

Smell- Clean toffee malt backbone, nectarines, fresh apricots, floral hops. This really does smell good.

Flavour- Not quite as good as it smells, but this is still very good. On the sweeter side with toffee, caramel sweetness supplemented by citrus, apricot juices and a floral, almost noble hopped, bitterness that's quite tasty. A bit on the sweeter side which is understandable given that there is presumably apricot juice here.

Mouthfeel- On part with 60 Minute IPA, a bit lower in carbonation for the style. Not difficult to drink. Finish is quite dry and refreshing; with a floral aftertaste that isn't particularly bitter, but it certainly is bitter enough that it's enjoyable.

Overall- A sweeter IPA that delivers what it promises on the label. Apricot flavour isn't artificial at all, you even get a little bit of the fruit funkiness. This is an underrated IPA that I really enjoyed drinking.

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Photo of Ed2
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass... Smallish head about a finger maybe a little less. Amber translucent body... Smell is Hops galore and Apricot follows strongly. Taste is also hoppy and fruity... A nice light summer beer. A little sticky after feel... But still good. And I like the art work on the bottle this year...

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Photo of shadetree67
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. Reddish copper in color. 1 finger head. LIttle to no lacing.

S. Not much of any smell. Caramel malts, some apricot / citrus but I really have to hunt for it. Very slight piney hops as well.

T. Some melon, Slight caramel malt, and a hint of apricot. There is more going on in the taste than in the nose for sure. That said, it is pretty subtle.

M. Light to medium bodied. Higher than average carbonation for an IPA.

O. I was really hoping for more apricot in the taste, additionally the body felt a bit thin. Alcohol is well hidden and the 7% can creep up on you

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.72/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Not a bad beer. Copperish color with a half finger head. Really not much of a smell. The taste more of the IPA than the apricots but thats ok. Great relaxing beer for a great relaxing day or a great relaxing beer after a major stressful day. Poured this beer into my trusty pint glass as usual

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Photo of superspak
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature tulip glass, 2014 bottling. Pours fairly crystal clear deep orange copper color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, floral, grass, pine, caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Awesome aromas with great balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops, apricot, and moderate malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of grapefruit, apricot, tangerine, lemon zest, orange peel, caramel, bread, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, apricot, orange peel, lemon zest, caramel, bread, floral, grass, and light pine on the finish for a good bit. Very nice flavor balance of citrus hops, apricot, and moderate malt sweetness; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent fruited IPA. All around great balance and complexity of hop, apricot, and malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of MTBrewr
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First let me start off by saying this is the beer I lost my Dogfish Head virginity to. I've been looking up to Sam Calagione for a few months now, but hadn't had the fortune of trying any of his beers until just recently. This one did not dissapoint, nor did the 90 minute, or the IBA.

A: Very dark orange color with touches of brown, seems slightly darker than the majority of IPAs. This beer is extremely clear, with no kind of sediment whatsoever. Pours very inviting with a nice, white head that leaves a good lacing on the glass.

S: For an IPA, I thought this did not have a ton of aroma to it. When first poured the apricot flavors go straight to the nose, but after sitting in the glass for a while their aroma seems to mellow out a bit. Maybe this is because apricots don't have the really strong aroma characteristics of something like an orange or grapefruit, and that is what's throwing me off. Either way I couldn't find a ton of aroma, but there are definitely no off putting scents to this beer.

T: Taste is extremely smooth. As it's swallowed the apricot flavoring is definitely apparent, and mixed with some grapefruit, and significant bitterness. The apricot flavoring definitely seems to dominate the hops, but I found that to be extremely enjoyable in a seasonal beer. This is probably the smoothest IPA I have ever tried (and I drink a lot of IPAs). The hop flavors do not dominate, but they are still apparent enough for one to know they are drinking an IPA.

M: Beer is kind of light on the mouthfeel, but the significant head retention seems to make up for that as the beer is swallowed. In fact, it seems as the beer goes down the throat it gets noticeably thicker (in addition to the apricot flavoring coming out), and I find this very enjoyable.

And not that it matters but...the artwork for this beer is KILLER. By far the best beer artwork I have seen, and I have seen some good ones. It's never right to judge a beer by "it's cover", but it's always really nice when a solid beer has an AWESOME cover. Sam Calagione, I love what you're doing, I just wish I didn't have to trek across the Mississippi to buy in ;)

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Photo of Ri0
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Dirty orange with a 2 finger off white head. Good retention and lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malts and some bitter fruity hops. I'm sure some of the scent is due to the apricot juice.

T - Sweet caramel with a good amount of bitter pine and citrus hops. The finish has a hint of apricot, but you may not even know if this beer were called something different.

M - Light body with full carbonation. A bit sticky, but it feels smooth.

O - A nice spring time IPA with a nice twist by using apricot juice.

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Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Clear golden orange with one finger of fizzy off white head, little patchy lacing.
S - Grassy earthy hops with a caramel malt, citrus zest, apricot jam.
T - Caramel and bread malt, tart apple, apricot, grapefruit peel, a little grass tone hidden.
M - Clean and refreshing for what it is, medium feel.
O - Decent fruit beer, its not super hoppy, but gets the job done. The best thing about this beer is the new label art.

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Photo of RoninVP
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I recently tasted this against "Loose Cannon", "Raging Bitch", & "HopSlam". Each have their place and Dogfish stood out as a great spring IPA. Great beer for kicking it on the balcony or in the backyard. I'm not typically an abstract IPA flavor person, but this sampling definitely opened my eyes.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a rich amber with prodigious head of white foam. Big, spoke-like lacing.

Aroma is delectable with traces of apricot and melon sweetness punctuating the floral hop resin perfumes. Beautiful, and a perfect harbinger for spring!

Taste is rich with plenty of fruity apricot and tropical notes that only serve to enhance the hoppy IPA foundation. The citrus and floral hops are prominent, but wed themselves smoothly to the fruit. It's a smooth and absolutely delicious experience, and a unique one. I am a fan and will pick this beer up again, yes.

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Photo of mothman
3.44/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours an off white head. Leaves some lace. Color is a copper orange gold.

Flavor profile: grapefruit citrus, earthy and floral hops. Caramel and bready malts. The apricots show, but they aren't dominating. Definitely is a more balanced ipa with a decent malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: bitter. Medium bodied. Ends kind of sticky, but relatively clean for an ipa.

Overall, this was a decent ipa and nice on a hot day, but nothing I'd go out of my way for. The apricot just wasn't as exciting as I was hoping for.

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Photo of reebtaerG
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into 16oz pint glass at Lures

A-Crystal clear amber color with a gigantic fluffy white head. Good lacing.

S-Nose is citrus hops and light fruit.

T-The flavor is hop forward with a light but balanced caramel malt backbone. The apricot flavor is very delicate and mostly in the aftertaste.

M-Mouthfeel is medium light with medium carbonation with a dry finish with a hint of lingering bitterness.

O-Pretty good spring beer.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours almost copper it's so dark. A tan head of creamy foam sits on top and won't fall. It just won't. The nose is tart with apricot and floral with hops. The malt whispers a bit of sugar in your ear and a soft bit of bread. Taste is juicy and sweet. It's a very sweet malt that gives a wonderful medium full mouthfeel. The beer is sticky and leaves behind a bit of that apricot to linger in the aftertaste. I want to say that I also taste some orange and some orange peel. The bitter is well done in this. It's just enough to leave you with a nice IPA feeling from this decadently fruity beer.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on-tap at Pinocchio's Pizza in Media, PA.

A: Pours a pristine apricot hue (go figure) with a two-finger bleach white head that eventually fades to a small, creamy cap that seems to be struggling to stick around. A little bit of lacing left down the glass, but not much.

S: Lots of citrusy hops. Grapefruit upfront with a bit of some grassiness underneath followed by a nice wave of fresh apricot. A great balance of standard IPA aroma and apricots.

T: Substantially closer to an IPA than a fruit beer. Flavors are reminiscent to that of DFH 60-Minute with a nice infusion of fresh apricot that makes things interesting, but keeps it reserved enough to maintain the IPA title.

M: A bit on the full-side that leaves the palate significantly coated. Carbonation isn't as sharp as you'd expect. Booze is definitely a bit noticeable which warns you to refrain from pounding these down.

O: An interesting, enjoyable offering from Dogfish Head, for sure, but this lacks the qualities for a revisit. The mouthfeel was a little weak compared to some of their year-round brews and the flavors are nice, but just not exactly my cup o'tea. Might grab another pint of this next season, but I think I've had my fill of apricots for now.

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Photo of larryarms847
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber orange with a finger of pillowy white foam.

Bright apricot and citrusy notes with other notes of stone fruit.

Apricot, stone fruits, citrus, slight hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, fruity, tart, refreshing.

Overall, a refreshingly good IPA and loved the apricot aspect.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a. A red plum color - cloudy - 2 inch head that dissipates to a thin layer floating on the top.

s. Malt, mild hops, some fruit - but more grape than apricot.

t. Malt, some hops, not much apricot - not as hoppy as an IPA. odd - not bad, just badly described.

m. Very good. Holds carbonation

o. good to very good, will tilt to very good - can I give a 3.625?

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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dogfish Head Aprihop

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonick pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice looking amber brew, with a finger of cream colored head. Nice retention and lacing.

S) Sweet caramel malt, piney hops, and apricots. I really liked what was going on with the aroma.

T) A nice balance and blend of flavors. Mild sweetness, hop bitterness, which is primarily a grapefruit flavor. The apricot is notable throughout.

M) Medium body with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking... Very refreshing... Slightly dry finish, with citrus aftertaste.

O) I really enjoyed this beer. It's an excellent Spring seasonal. Definitely worth picking up.

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 5,004 ratings