ApriHop | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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1,728 Reviews

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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Reviews: 1,728 | Ratings: 4,982
Photo of spagel1919
4.82/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my favorite beers. If you want to try a hoppy beer but afraid of the aftertaste, this is for you. Very smooth from start to finish ending on the apricot taste. Pours an attractive rusty color with a hoppy yet fruity smell. A great you'll need to stock up on...

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Photo of Joe_Howard
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an amber color with a slightly off white head. I didn't really get anything smell wise that really stood out too much. And the taste was fairly bland as far as IPAs go and the apricot was very subtle at best. kind of disappointing honestly

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Photo of Beerlover
2.81/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This taste very bland, no hops, no malts, no apricot, just blah. Also overly carbonated for my taste. Im surprised by the high ratings especially by the brothers...? Maybe i got a bad bottle

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

12oz bottle into a solo cup.

A: Nice deep copper with about 1/2" off-white head that doesn't stick around too long. Not much retention, minimal lacing.

S: Orange, grapefruit, definitely apricot. Detectable hop-bitter aroma along with a sweeter, more caramelly note.

T: Balanced & a bit zesty. Some nice oily hop, lemon rind, straight grapefruit with a touch of apricot. Caramel carries over to the palate as well along with almost a date-like quality. I think the slightly sweet-leaning profile really fits this brew well.

M: I like where the carb is here, if I have one scruple it would be that this brew seems a touch heavy for what it does on the palate.

O: Not an everyday IPA for me, but this makes for a nice treat.

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

Amber with a light orange tint and slight haziness. There's a fingernail of off white head around the rim and covering about half of the top of the glass. Intense citrus hop aroma greets me. The flavor is initially a bit of citrus hop flavor with a nice balance of light malt, but then the citrus hop flavor builds. Before it becomes too intense it mellows out. There's perhaps just a hint of the apricot flavor covering the bitterness. The mouth is lightly sticky and chewy.

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Photo of ElJacobian
4.31/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Excellent smell. Taste is kind of all over the place but still good overall. I think I like this more than the 60 Minute and possibly the 90 minute just due to the added fruit flavor.

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Photo of Gear54
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the local bar

Pour is Amber orange with 1/2 finger of thin head and little lace on the glass.

Smell is malts and apricots with undertones of hops and citrus

Taste follows pretty well. Malty with nice hops and citrus. Not nearly as much apricot as I would have expected. I also feel like there are some Carmel notes as well.

Feel is good. It's very heavy and coats well. Taste lasts several min after each sip.

Overall a nice fruit beer and I love the bitter hop additions to the brew. Solid experiment from DFH

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Photo of SuomiHobbit
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft: Malty, little bitterness, no apricot flavor, thick mouthfeel, delicious. 4.25
Bottled: apricot-forward flavor that dissipates quickly. 3.25

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

Pours a bright orange, almost reddish in hue, with an off white head that trails the glass. The smell was full of apricots which was nice although I couldn't get much of the hop scents. The taste was surprisingly well balanced considering the smell. A lot of nice sweetness upfront before a mellow yet clean finish. Very nice.

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Photo of dd43
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I expected a much bigger hit of apricot given the description and the fact that the beer is named for it. Not bad to try at a bar but I don't see a reason to get a six pack of this beer. It's a well made but largely unremarkable IPA.

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Photo of Moose90
2.97/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2015 12oz bottle served in tulip

A – Deep dark orange in color. Copper hues and a bright white, thin head, lacing left behind is consisted and solid.

S – Malty, sweet, bitter, little bit of orange and apricot tones.

T – Bitter, malty sweetness, caramel notes, orange rind, slight apricot.

M – Light/Medium bodied brew, carbonation on the high side, quick finish.

O – A malty and sweet IPA, balanced with some notes of apricot and orange, could use more bitterness.

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

The hoppy aromas are grassy and floral with some light citrus. The apricot does peek through and is a nice addition. The taste follows the smell for the most part; biscuity, lightly sweet caramel malts, a grassy hop tingle, and lightly tart apricot. Nice beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance is an apropos apricot honey colored beer capped by a billowing foamy head that leaves huge lacing. Smells milder than expected, some sweetness and malt with citrusy and floral elements. Seems lacking in the nose. Tastes of fruits, citrus, mild sweetness, mildly tart apricots are present as stated, biscuit and caramel and a little more sweetness. Nice level of bitterness, mildly moderate overall. Medium to light body is a little loose but there is decent carbonation and the overall impression is mildly bitter and dry rather than sweet with the ever so slight tartness of apricots coming thru nicely.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Did a side-by-side comparison with my other favorite apricot-enhanced brews: 3 Floyds' Lord Rear Admiral ( a deep amber ESB, with pronounced apricot hoppiness). Aprihop won the challenge as my personal 'underdog', since 2 of my favorite beers are from 3 Floyds (Gumballhead and Alpha King). Well done, DFH! Looking for my next 4 pack!

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

A - clear amber body with foamy tan head. Good retention and lacing.

S - apricots and pine hops

T - again, apricots and pine hops with earthy malts. Not much else to report

M - medium body with moderate carbonation.

O - meh. This was good but not great. Not very exciting or anything I'll revisit

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

Pours a dark orange with a brownish hue. It has a thin, eggshell white head. The smell is simple but nice. Grass, papaya, apricot, peach stone, a thin malt sweetness in the background. The flavor is quite refreshing. It opens with bitterness and then gives way to the sweetness of the hops and apricot. The apricot blends very well with the hops. I enjoy this more than I thought I would.

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Photo of MattR2014
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had out of 12oz bottle. Could be Hoppier but it's good. I taste the apricot for sure. It's worth a try n would get again but not on my tops list. Prefer over DFH 61

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours two fingers of head on a clear dark straw body.
The aroma is lots of apricot and a little pine.
The taste starts sweet, a mild bitter middle, then a sweet finish.
The texture is crisp and fizzy.
It's tasty. The apricot plays well here.

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

Appearance - 4/5
Dark orange with hints of brown, about 1 finger of slightly tan foam. A lot of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer.

Smell - 3.5/5
Some floral, earthy hops. Very sweet malts.

Taste - 3.5/5
Very sweet, with subtle fruity-alcohol flavors (I assume this sweetness is the apricot juice). The same nice hop flavors from the smell, along with a slightly toasty maltiness. The taste has slight but very detectable metallic flavors as well (I'm starting to discover that I can discern metallic flavors much more than others...my tongue must be extra-sensitive...so if you've never had a metallic beer, don't worry, you probably won't notice). Overall the taste is okay. I was hoping for some actual apricot flavor (à la the peach taste in DFH's Festina Peche) , but feel like instead I am just getting a vague sweetness. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would get again.

Mouthfeel - 3.5/5
Medium bodied, medium amount of light-intensity carbonation. Smooth.

Overall - 3.5/5
This was an okay beer. I was hoping for more apricot. I'm only a little disappointed, as it was still a decent beer, but as I said above, I won't be getting again.

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Photo of Rango_the_Beer_Guy
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma (7/12)
Citrusy hop aroma, but a bit more subdued than expected.
Floral hop aroma with a barely-there apricot note. No real malt
notes. Bottle may be oxidated and caused faded aroma.
No noticeable alcohol aroma.

Appearance (2/3)
Light amber/light copper color with slight orange tint. Small white head dissipates rather quickly. Brilliant clarity.

Flavor (14/20)
Flavor is dried apricot and floral hops up front. Medium strength perceieved bitterness, not too intense, which switches to malt notes in the finish. Still balanced toward the bitter, with some noticeable esters. Bitterness lasts to finish and apricot notes are hard to pick up.

Mouthfeel (3/5)
Medium body with slight carbonic bite; some mild astringency. May have been slightly overhopped (causing astringency) which wouldn’t be a huge surprise from Dogfish. Moderate dryness and slight astringency last into the aftertaste.

Overall Impression (6/10)
Overall, a mild beer in terms of hop aroma intensity, with decent flavor characteristics but I feel like the apricots are holding the beer back rather than enhancing it. They seem to subdue the aroma and slightly degrade the flavor as opposed to enhancing both aspects of the IPA, as I expected. This batch may have been overhopped, or astringency may be within an acceptable range, but some was noted. Not a bad beer for non-hop heads like me since it tones down the IPA characteristics, but I wouldn’t recommend it to diehard IPA fans unless they are looking for a seasonal twist. Decent beer overall.

Total (32/50) – Very Good – Generally within style parameters, some minor flaws

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Photo of pkalix
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

smells like adjunct. cheap aroma (sorry), taste is okay, decent IPA, but a little novelty. okay brew, great "reaching out", but just not great.... i'm okay with it.

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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 milwaukee512
4.81/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I usually don't like any extra ingredients in an IPA, but this is an exception. Shares a similar flavor profile with DFH 60 and 90 Minute IPA, but with enough sweetness to round the edges off and make it extremely drinkable. I wouldn't have probably called apricot if I hadn't known, but it's a good fit; there's a definite fruity hop flavor but its not overpowering. There are many IPAs where the hops alone are more citrus tasting than this, but this is a perfect balance. Looks and smells great as well. Another amazing beer from one of the truly best, most original breweries in a crowded field.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look- pours a copper color, modest head, ring like off white lace.
Smell- tangerine like hops with a biscuity malt aroma. However, it is the apricots which become, particularly as it warms, most predominant.
Taste- this one packs a decent hops punch, particularly the buttering hops. There is a solid malt backbone. The apricot sweetness is particularly evident in the finish and takes over as it warms.
Feel- stinging carbonation which mellows out with time. There is a slick, oily coating in the mouthfeel. Medium bodied, however, a bit thin at times.
Overall, this is an interesting brew. Not your typical IPA. I liked it but was not blown away the way I have with other DFH products.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful orange-violet color with 1 finger of white fluffy head. Slightly watery with no alcohol presence.

Aroma yields a bready malt and a lot of citrusy hops. I get a lot more hop characteristic than normal with their other IPA’s. I get no apricot in the aroma.

Taste is actually quite good. It tastes like a more citrusy, less malty version of their 60 minute. The beer has the right amount of carbonation. It is nice and citrusy without being overly bitter. In fact, the bitterness is very mild. Very citrusy when fresh and in comparison to their other beers. There is enough malt to balance the beer, yet the brewery showed restraint with this one by making it not cloyingly sweet as some of their beers are. I don’t really get too much apricot in the taste (maybe as it warms but it’s a stretch), but the citrus characteristic makes up for it.

I wasn’t expecting anything special (especially hearing about this beers track record), but it really surprised me. It is incredibly well-balanced. Not overly bitter or sweet, with a nice citrus presence. As normally with a DFH beer, the pairings are endless. I could see it pairing well with roasted pork, bacon brussel sprouts, and an apricot and pineapple chutney. It gets a 86/100 from me.

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 4,982 ratings.
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