ApriHop | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
4,988 Ratings
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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:
4,988
Reviews:
1,730
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
157
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736
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Photo of tekn0ph1sh
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - Red Wine Glass

A Moderate Head. Moderate Lacing. Clear Copper to Dark Amber Honey colored IPA with fresh apricots. Carbonation bubbles from the center of my glass.

S Apricots and Hops with a hint of pine and citrus aromas.

M Lots of carbonation and a heavy body. You can feel it as it slides on down.

T It is very balance. You get a forward floral and fruity taste of apricot with hints of citrus and then a hoppy finish. The taste profile is pretty smooth and even.

O I really like this IPA. Though it is not as good as the 90min IPA it is still a favorite. I have been drinking as much of this as I can get my hands on while I can. As it is a seasonal release it won't be around all that long. If you haven't tried it give it a whirl its a unique experience.

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Photo of weizenbob
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"An India Pale Ale brewed with real apricots". Of course it sounds interesting. This 12 ounce bottle ("bottled in 2011 4C") was poured to a nonic pint. The pour yields a finger of ivory head. Retention is moderate. Sticky lacing hangs out for the duration. The brew is clear, with a dark copper hue possessing a slight orange tint. Some lazy bubbles are seen meandering to the top of the glass. I like the shade of this beer.

This is classified as a single IPA but the aroma is hoppy and sweet such as I would expect from a DIPA. Grapefruit and pine scents are easily identified. The citrusy aspects come on honey-sweet and thick smelling, perhaps due to the influence of the apricots. The apricot does not translate literally into the aroma but serves to enhance the naturally occurring sweet and citrusy characters of the style. It's a cool trick.

The taste is unique, possessing all of the qualities of a descent IPA as well as a few "WTF?!" inducing wildcard characteristics. One-dimensionally bitter Amarillo hops come on softly and spike rapidly with heaps of grapefruit flavor. It's not the hop profile I would have gone for with this beer, but to each his own. Though the hops are dominant, there is a malt bill tall enough to hold its ground. It's thick with a honey-like sweetness and an underlying fruity tinge. The finish cycles back to bitter and dry.

For a single IPA this is very full bodied. It is thick and sticky with a consistency reminiscent of pureed peaches. The carbonation is sharp and tingly but does little to tame the density in the mouthfeel. I like a heavy beer, but for an IPA this feel is over the top. Bitterness leaves an acidic feeling in the mouth while the sweetness leaves a sticky feeling on my teeth, as though I have just imbibed a sugary soda. I feel that this was brewed with a more is more philosophy, but in this case more is just too much.

So for those keeping score, Aprihop looks and smells great but is plagued by overabundance in the taste and feel. At 7% ABV it's not close to a session beer, nor does it deliver as a stand-alone desert brew. Plus it's too thick to be refreshing; so I'm bit confused as to what this is good for. It's not bad by any means, but at approximately $3.50 a bottle it doesn't represent a good value either. It was worth trying, but I can't see myself returning to the store for more Aprihop.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (see my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz about this odd but enticing IPA, once anyway.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a clear auburn with a thick white head.

S: Hop oils, resin, and pine tar hit the nose first. There's also a pithy, leafy hop smell to it. Sliced apricots underneath.

T: Apricots hit first, accompanied by caramel sweetness and light toasted malt hints. Sweetness and apricot tastes build. Mild hop oils and pine resin show up just before the finish. Slight herbal quality as well. Finishes with hop oils and apricots.

M: Medium bodied, lush, and full. A tad slick too. Carbonation is lively. Alcohol warms slightly.

O: Meh. Just a bit above average.

Notes: This beer is not what it used to be. Past batches have been more hop forward and IPA-like. This seems more like a hoppy amber ale with apricots. There is a big malt presence here that forces the hops into submission. Decent, but past iterations have been much better.

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Photo of jman892
3.41/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a nice amber color with a foamy 1 finger head with good retention and lacing

S - Peachy aroma - couldnt pick out apricot if I didnt know it was there

T - Not very hoppy, there is a solid caramel malt flavor, the fruit is not really popping for me. There is a bit of honey smoothness to it as well

M - Good amount of carbonation, alcohol is well hidden and is pretty drinkable. Smooth

O - A solid offering from DFH, something different for the spring, and not as fruit forward as I would have thought.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Date on the bottle says 2011 3C – not sure exactly what that means, but it is hot off the presses.

A – Pours a clear dark amber/copper with a moderate head that resolves after a couple minutes leaving a small amount of lacing on the glass. This was a little darker than I expected it would be, but not sure why as I’ve only had one other apricot infused beer.

S – Immediately the nose provides some citrus hops intermingled with apricot. Initially that’s all I found, but after a few minutes there was a slight barnyard funkiness present (pretty subtle).

T – Fairly tart (like sour fruit) intermingled with shot of hops evident on the nose. It had an enduring bitterness that was slightly offset by some toasty malts. What I didn’t find as an obvious apricot influence over the initial sour fruit; fairly subtle.

M – Mouthfeel is definitely reminiscent of an IPA with medium body and mild carbonation. It wasn’t overly heavy or oily.

D – I found it enjoyable, but also wasn’t really surprised by the apricot; overall it was almost like a well-hopped Pale Ale with a subtle fruit element.

Overall this was interesting, but not earthshaking experience. In comparison to something like Punkin it’s much more subtle; don’t expect an apricot blow-out!

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Photo of colts9016
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beer that I have been wanting to try for a while and thanks to E, he delievered. Poured into my Samuel Adams Glass at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A nice two finger head that has descent retention. The head is creamy off white that is foamy. The head left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is medium reddish copper with garnet hues. The beer has effervescence bubbles and it is almost clear.

Nose: A nice apricot aroma that is sweet and fruity. The malt is toasty and bready. The hops is piney, grapefruit, and floral bouquet. Other aromas are phenols and solvents.

Taste: The flavor is balanced the apricots comes through but the ipa balances this beer out. The hops is grapefruit, pine, lemon, and floral bouquet. The apricots lend a sublte sweetness, and a fruity charateristic. There are notes of phenols, solvents, bread and toast.

Mouthfeel is slightly astringent, carbonated, and crisp

Overall: The body of the beer is medium light and the fish is full. This a good beer that has lost of flavor and very well balanced.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Beer poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass

A - Beer poured with a two finger foam; held very well; beer has a dark orange clear body; barely any carbonation is visible in the beer; lots of lacing formed on the edges of the glass

S - Citrus and apricot notes; hops and slight scent of pine; hints of banana

T - Citrus and hop tastes; pine flavors come up on the back end; malt sweetness and most importantly apricot flavors

M - Slightly effervescent; smooth flavors; beer leaves a slight dry aftertaste

D - Good drink and great for the summer time; I dig it and would recommend to others who like a nice fruit based IPA

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Photo of ramseye4
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=Pours a pretty reddish copper color with a 1.5 finger head, surprisingly poor retention
S=Floral hops, some sweet fruit, pronounced apricot (Surprise!). Very pleasant overall on the nose
T=Light citrus hops, apricot and other sweet fruits. The apricot dominates the flavor much more than it did in the aroma, sweet sugar in the finish
M=medium body and sticky
O=Great IPA overall and the apricot adds a distinctive flair to the beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of apricots and hops. Taste is good, hops are present up front, a good bit of apricot without being sweet. Very flavorful throughout. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a quality beer worth seeking out.

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Photo of Marty30
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz pour into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.Taken right out of the fridge.

A. Pours a deep golden orange,leaving a one finger off white head that dissapears quickly.Steady carbonation coming from the bottom.

S. Ctrus and tropical fruits are prominant here.I was suprised I thought there was going to be alot more apricot,but only a slight bit here.

T. Exactly how it smells. Citrus and tropical fruits up front and you get a bit more apricot taste than you do in the smell.

M. Great medium creamy feel that goes down very smooth.Carbonation stings the pallet on the back.

Overall I like this beer,Nicely balenced IPA when you kind of get tired from the extreme hop bombs.Should give this a try.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass. Bottled in 2011 6A.

A - Aprihop pours a nice amber color with a slim white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Nice amount of lace is left on the side of the glass as well.

S - A nice floral hop aroma combines with a sweet apricot note to make for a really nice nose. The fruit pronounces itself surprisingly well.

T - Great balance between the bittering hops and apricot make this a great IPA. The malt background provides a bit of biscuit to bring it all together.

M - Medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. Smooth finish.

O - A interesting take on an IPA and a solid spring seasonal. The one four pack I picked up this year will probably be good enough for me but I will be buying another one next year for sure.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Light amber/dark orange in color, a pillowy, fluffy head tops this beer - lacing just sticks to the glass.

S: First thing I smell is sweet fruit, but not necessarily apricot. It's backed by a nice toasty malt base.

T: This year's edition of Aprihop (2011) isn't as good as previous attempts. It starts bitter right off the bat, but quickly fades into a sweet but subtle fruit base - defiantly can taste the apricots.

M: Moderate to high carbonation and a medium body. The sweetness lingers.

D: It's an easy drinking beer, and the alcohol hides well for a 7%.

I'd give the 2010 version of Aprihop much higher scores.

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Photo of ckollias
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber-orange appearance with a 1 to 2 finger white head that dissipates after awhile into a white lacing.

S: Strong hop smell with hints of citrus, apricots, and sweetness.

T: Very hoppy taste as with the aroma. There is a slight fruity flavor and mild alcohol burn.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation.

D: An interesting IPA with the addition of the apricots. Overall a decent IPA, but nothing I would sit down and have 2 or 3 of.

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

(On draught at papago scottsdale). Pours a deep amber color with off-white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is apricot, some citrus and bread. Taste is sweet malt backbone accentuated by subtle apricot, but nothing is overdone. Medium bodied with slick texture. Alcohol is well hidden in this.

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Photo of WankelEngine
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a clear, medium amber color with a small off-white head. There is very light lacing, almost not noticeable.

S: There is definitely the smell of apricots but it is not as strong as I imagined. I can smell the pine and hops of a robust IPA.

T: The apricot flavor is more pronounced in the taste than in the smell. It is a little more sugary-sweet than I would prefer, but not overwhelming. The bitterness of the hops stands in stark contrast to the apricot flavor, and adds a bit of citrus and pine to the taste as well. In the finish, there is the taste of yeast and alcohol.

M: Fairly thin and oily with light carbonation; it really coats your mouth.

O: The apricot flavor of this beer is pretty sweet, but is thankfully not overpowering. It has a fine IPA as a backbone.

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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 teromous
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: It has a dark copper color, with a slow release of carbonation. The head takes a bit to build and is very thin, and is not long standing. It's a bit below average, judging from other American style IPAs including DFH.

S: It has a very strong citrus smell, very grapefruit like and tangy apricot. The hops can be picked up and compliment the citrus from the apricot very well!

T: It surprisingly does not have a strong apricot or fruit flavor. It is bitter and is lacking in malt balance. The hop flavor is there but it seems more bitter than flavorful. Fortunately they've tamed the bitterness to the point where it's not overbearing...it just seems that there should be more malt character, especially for a beer of this color. The alcohol flavor is there which surprises me for a beer at 7%.

M: It has a pleasant bubbly mouthfeel with enough sharpness from the apricots. The problem is that the alcohol is not buried beneath it and makes it a little unpleasant to hold in the mouth.

O: Overall I would say that it's a bit below average. It seems to be unbalanced in favor of hops (even for an IPA) and the alcohol flavor needs to be under control. I've had other standard IPAs that are better, and really the apricot doesn't stand out as much as I'd expect. I give it a 2.5 here because it's not as good as the average IPA (even from DFH) but it's better than a 2.0. I wouldn't drink it again given the opportunity.

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Photo of skandha
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange-amber with a small cap of ecru head.

Smell: surprisingly honeyed fruit with only a little hop-nose

Taste: sweet fruitiness first, but I dare anyone to prove blinded that it is apricot distinctly. Forward hop middle that is appropriately piney, and a pleasant finish that is so clean it almost tastes soapy. Finish lingers in a subtle malty fashion that crackles for a while on the tongue after the beer has warmed.

Mouthfeel: pleasant, not too fizzed.

Overall: a very nice offering, being neither to fruity nor too hopped. At 7% you'll warm quickly but not lack stamina for another. I deem it an excellent back-porch-BBQ candidate when the weather complies.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What??? Dogfish Head in Johnstown, Pennsylvania???? No Sh^T!!! What a very pleasent surprise from the expected BUD...Miller Lite!! This beer was a clear amber....but not much head and weak lacing. The nose included citrus....hops....DUH...ApriHop...

Taste included a Apricot and hops....WOW WHAT A SURPRISE!!!! The mouthfeel was ok...would go crazy on this....as the beer warmed the flavor became more sour. Absolutely worth a try!!!

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Photo of cbarrett4
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, I am a fan of fruit beer. I love the Aprihop. It's probably one of the few widely available and inexpensive fruit beers from the US that starts with quality ingredients and ends with quality beer.

The color is very orange/yellow with a decent head. The aroma is nice, some hops, a little yeast, and apricot (of course). On the palate, the apricot doesn't overwhelm the beer. It reminds me of beer brewed with orange peel, just a hint. Though this has a bit more flavor than those, it doesn't remind me of the usual syrup injected fruit beer found on the market (gross!).

If you want a SUPER apricot flavored beer, then look elsewhere.

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

On tap at Mad Mex, Pittsburgh, PA

A: Pours an amber-copper with a fluffy white head. Good retention and lacing.

S: Smells of citrus hops with a slight accent of apricots. Sweeter smelling and less hoppy than a lot of IPAs.

T: Citrusy hops up front with sweet (and slightly tangy) apricots right afterwards. Taste is not overwhelmingly of apricot, and I doubt I would have been able to identify the exact fruit without knowing.

M: Medium bodied, with a decent carbonation. Thicker and more syrupy than most IPAs.

D: This is a nice refreshing springtime sort of IPA. The hops and the sweetness work together quite well. A good seasonal offering from DFH.

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Photo of vandemonian
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

DFH ApriHop looks great in the glass. It has an orange colour and a good 5 mm head that lasts for quite awhile. The smell is fresh and hoppy with a hint of sweet apricot. The flavour starts with a bang of hops and tangy apricot and fades to a smooth aftertaste. Delicous, if not overly complex. The texture is foamy and reasonably thick. Overall, a delicious fruit IPA.

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Photo of ONUMello
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Copper color, 1/2" head
S: An appealing mix of apricot & citrus from the hops.
T: Primarily apricot, with citrus hops and a bit of caramel malt in the background.
M: A bit light; the hops come across very mild. The alcohol is well integrated.
O: I can't complain, but nothing earth shattering. I do like that the fruit component is actually noticeable while still maintaining its underlying IPA characteristics. Many similar beers I've had recently have the additional component completely buried.

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Photo of DJButters
2.69/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

a - typical IPA style with a golden hue, frothy full head.

s - a fruit forward and citrus based IPA. Missing that hops smell and in no way could I guess it was apricot based.

t- Whats going on here? No hops and that smooth IPA dry finish has been replaced by a bitterness similar to unripe fruit. Just not that enjoyable

m - About avg

o - Wanted to tick so I did. Didnt blow me away but maybe I needed it fresh at the brewery.

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
3.82 out of 5 based on 4,988 ratings.
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