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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

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Ratings: 4,999 |  Reviews: 1,732
Photo of cr0ckett
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Deep, clear, copper; reddish. Off white/caramel head.
S: Apricot, some malty sweet scente.
T: Strong fruity apricot followed quickly by sweet malty tones. Finishes with surprisingly weak hops (for an IPA), which barely linger on the tongue.
M: Medium/High carbonation, meduim/light mouthfeel.
O: I was excited to try this beer because I hadn't heard of it and it sounded great. It was good, but I think the apricots and overpowered the hops enough that they seemed like an afterthought, it is an IPA afterall. Definately enjoyable, and worth a try, but I wont be getting it again at the price I paid.

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

The beer poured murky deep amber gold and build a very nice creamy beige head, which retained itself very long, due to high carbonation.
The smell is certainly announcing hops and fruit and is inviting.
The taste is a very refreshing malty sweetness up front, changing to fruits like peach and of course apricot. The end is good hops to keep the sweetness in check. Very nicely aged 2010 bottle. The aged aromas are much more pronounced, yet melting better than the younger 2011 production.
A very nice , very drinkable beer, great for the season.

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Photo of Docer
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Snagged a 12oz. bottle to try.. a bit spendy.. though the price doesn't affect my judging of the actual beer.

- Pours a clear dark and bold copper brown.. rather dark for an IPA.. looks much more like an amber, or almost a brown ale. Minimal off white head.. leaves a trace of floating thin head.. small ring. Quite average.

- Not much fruit aroma.. light grassy hop, some pine, caramel malt.. husky barley aroma. Very grainy aroma.. quite basic. Not impressed.

- Grainy, caramel malt.. light bitterness.. only a slight aromatic flavor appeal of apricot sweetness.. very light, and certainly not present enough. Bitter hops, grassy and earthy.. overall just kind of blah.

- Medium to light bodied.. slightly drying because of bitterness.. grainy chewiness...

- Overall this beer just simply is not that good. I actually haven't yet had a beer from Dogfish Head that has blown me away, or is even really that great. Sad I know.. but talk about a way over hyped brewer.

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Photo of Chico1985
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"An Indie Pale Ale brewed with real apricots." reads the label. Oh Dogfish Head, you so crazy.

Pours translucent dark orange, off-white head retains at about a half-finger and leaves a bit of lacing.

A bit of apricots in the scent, but this smells like a pretty average IPA otherwise. Mostly citrus, pine and caramel, decent strength.

Unlike the smell, apricots are very strong in the taste covering up most of the other flavors, it's like overpowering apricot extract (think Magic Hat #9 x4), astringent and unpleasant. As it warms, light citrus and pine show through with a big caramel/toasty malt backbone. Hop presence is really weak overall. Mouthfeel is pretty full and nice creaminess to it, other than a slight boozy astringent feel it's fine.

Not the worst thing I've ever had but I would hesitate to call it 'good'. The apricot takeover does subside a bit with warmth, but this beer feels weak and messy, especially in the hop department.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- 4 Pours an attractive caramel / copper color with one finger of bone colored bubbly head that lacks uniformity. Sticky, lingering lacing.

S- 4 I get mostly floral hops and grapefruit like citrus. There's just a hint of apricot, more so as it warms a bit.

T- 4 This tastes of hops initially followed by a sweet hint of malt and fruit. At first I don't recognize much of the apricot, at least as much as what I had remembered from years past, but it does become more present as it warms up. It is a clean taste.

M- 3.5 It is a little watery at first and then a tad high in carbonation during the drink. It finishes syrupy and dry. Nothing special here, but it doesn't ruin the drink or anything like that either.

D- 4 I could definitely enjoy a few of these in a sitting. It is clean and refreshing and has just enough of the apricot present to make it the twist of an IPA that it is. I wish it were a little stronger in that regard, but it is tasty anyway. This is worth a shot if you can get it in season and enjoy IPAs in general.

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Photo of mjpolzin
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical IPA. Also, doesn't feel like anything special in the mouth. Has a good smell though-of a nice strong IPA. The apricots add a little more sourness to the taste as it mixes with the standard grape fruit taste that I get from most IPAs. A decent amount of hops come through as well to give it a nice bitterness. I actually really like this offering from Dogfish Head.

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Photo of axeman9182
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, poured into my Bruery tulip.

Aprihop pours a surprisingly dark amber, as dark if not darker than any other IPA I've ever had. The slightly off white head comes right to the top of the glass, passing three fingers in height. Head retention is above average, and gobs of lacing are left around the glass. The nose is a bit more citrus centric than the 90 Minute IPA I had last night, but pine is still present as well. There's also a little bit of caramel sweetness present, and just a touch of apricot. The aroma is a bit weak though. Aprihop's flavor just doesn't quite pass muster. The caramel malt flourish upfront is way too pronounced, and after a brief cutting bitterness an entirely too tame citrus and apricot finish. Not nearly enough hop flavor to justify calling it an IPA. This may in part be due to an entirely lackluster carbonation. The bubbles just seem to die halfway through each sip, before they can help bring out the hops. As a result the body comes across as way too heavy, and everything here's just out of whack for an IPA. I probably enjoyed Aprihop a little bit more than the score indicates as just a beer, but for being billed as an IPA with apricot it just falls short.

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Photo of richkrull
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber almost brown color with a small amount of head and fairly good lacing on it. Smell is sweet from the apricots, not a ton of hop smell coming through. Taste is good, well balanced. Can taste the malt and sweetness throughout with a light bitter hop finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light and the beer went down nice and smooth. Overall a pretty good beer. It's nice that it's a little different than your typical IPA but not sure if it's worth the price.

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the appearance is absolutely great like every beer they do

the smell, i find piney and citrus notes....maybe the apricot is on the nose a little!

the taste is great!...nice ipa type hops on the front but the back is about as smooth as you can go....the apricot really smooths this beer out...

the feel is creamy and smooth...

overall this is a great spin on their ipa....love it!

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look - light amber in color, clear, with about 2.5 fingers of off-khaki colored foam that dissipates somewhat slowly. Good carbonation.

Smell - hoppy and fruity from the apricots. Mostly hoppy though.

Taste and Mouthfeel - quite hoppy and bitter throughout the tasting. Dry in the finish. I personally can't taste much of the apricots, but they may be contributing to the bitterness. Not a lot of sweetness here at all. Texture is pretty well-balanced.

Overall - interesting idea, but in the end I don't think yielded anything more interesting to taste than any other IPA. Not bad tasting though. Good brew in general.

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Photo of Franz4
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Very nice copper with a bubbly white head that leaves some spotty lacing.

S- hops are floral, citrus, and a sweetness in the background that's a sweeter peach and apricot.

T- Initial shot of pine/lemon followed by the peach/apricot flavor. Quite a contrast in flavors leaves my tastebuds somewhat confused, after each sip it's a bit of a roller coaster. I would normally give a beer props for being more complex, but this doesn't really do it well.

M- high carbonation that brings out the flavors.

O- I'm not sure what it is about this that leaves me wanting something slightly different, I think the after taste is much more mellow than the hoppiness up front.

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Photo of tekn0ph1sh
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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 -1.8%
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.


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 -8.9%
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 -11.2%
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 +0.3%
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 +4.2%
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 +1.6%
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 +9.4%
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 +0.3%
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 -3.1%
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 +3.4%
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 -19%
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 -8.3%
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 +2.9%
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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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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