ApriHop | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

very good
4,988 Ratings

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

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Photo of chaz01
4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2/22/2010) served in a large DH snifter

A: Dark Amber Mahogany color with a small head that quickly recedes. Little or no lacing.

S: Predominantly apricots and citrus

T: Apricot aroma is cut by the bitter hops taste. Piney, earthy bread flavors that lingers on in the finish.

M: medium bodied - becomes almost syrupy as it warms and carbonation fades

D: Very drinkable -- not your typical fruit beer

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Photo of JBogan
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice looking amber with what starts out as a thick off white and creamy head but soon turns into a thin film. There's a moderate amount of lacing left behind.

The aroma is very pleasing. The main smell is of citrus and piney hops, along with some peach and apricot.

The taste doesn't quite measure up to the promise of the aroma. The same traits are there, but for some reason it wasn't as pleasing as the smell. Nice but not outstanding.

The mouthfeel was thick, creamy and smooth.

This is another enjoyable and unusual offering from the good folks at Dogfish Head.

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Photo of mcann2pu
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle date is 03/05/10.

Appearance: amber with about a finger's worth of head on the top, no real lacing

Smell: Great smell, a sweet fruity apricot smell mingled with a citrus hops aroma.

Taste: much like smell, the 2010 has much more hops than last years and it really helps the taste.

Mouthfeel: good.

Drinkability: very drinkable, good refreshing beer, diffidently worth trying. I will be getting more of this one.

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Photo of silentjay
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours amber with a very small, white head that leaves some decent lacing. very steady stream of bubbles flow from the bottom of the glass to the top.

very, very citric in the nose with a grapefruit-type acidity that tingles the nose hairs. smells very hoppy but the fruit sweetness comes through too. Very attractive smell. they could make this into a perfume.

tastes like grapefruit juice. very acidic, with just enough fruit sweetness to balance that out. a bit of malt comes through to add to that sweetness, but this is still a bitter beer. The acidity is the most pronounced flavor, and its actually quite pleasant. a bit of malt lingers on the tongue after the acidity and bitterness disappears.

medium mouthfeel with enough carbonation to be present, but not too much.

Drinkability is excellent. the apricot flavor works well with these hops to create some complex flavors that I don't remember in last year's batch.

The fruit doesn't take over, but it only adds to the hops to make a well-crafted, highly drinkable, yet bitter beer. Not your "introductory" fruity beer, but much, much better. Much better than I remember from last year (don't know if its the recipe or my palate, but I would assume the latter.)

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Photo of kgs
4.88/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Oh so pretty. Dark golden with a head that slowly subsides to lacing.

Smell: An ineluctably tempting combination of fruit and hops that wafted toward my nose as soon as I opened the bottle. Springlike but grownup.

Taste: This is the first fruit beer, beyond He'brew Rejewvenator (before they went from figs to dates), that I have ever enjoyed. The hops/apricot counterpoint is perfect: assertive hops paired with gentle apricot, grassy and sweet. Almost unworldly.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, round, caramel feeling, a wee syrupy but in a nice way. The mouthfeel is the most seductive part of this beer.

Drinkability: Dangerously so. At 7% ABV this is not beer for chugging, but it goes down very easily, . Made me sad I had no blue cheese in the house!

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The rare solid effort from DFH. You can be adventurous and still make something delicious, not weird for the sake of being weird. But I digress.

Pours a great, well, apricot color, good thick head great lacing. Noticeable aroma, just the right fruit amount in the taste and nose. Good hop profile too. So much more enjoyable than I thought it would be. Mouthfeel, sticks with it down to the end of the bottle. Drinkable, but like all DFH, its pricey.

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

2010 bottling! I'm so glad they went back to the old recipe on this one. I enjoyed these tremendously in the previous years but the 09 version was a mess. Hard pour produces burnt orange with an off white 1" head. There is a fair amount of lacing remaining along with some thick carbonation bubbles resting on the top. From my wide duvel snifter, I detect sweeet toffee, light malt and a sugary fruity hop presence. I would not have known this was apricot, but some fruit apparent. This tastes very smooth, sweet and mellow up front with a medium heavy slightly silky mouthfeel. The bitter hops and alcohol are both pronounced in the finish. This is like welcoming back an old friend and I will be seeking out another 4 pack or two for the spring!

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Photo of Flashsp2
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dogfish Head Aprihop 12oz into snifter

Pours a deep orange/amber with rich golden highlights. The head is small and dissipates very quickly,which is kind of a bummer on an IPA. Lace doesn't stick but sort of crawls down the glass. Oh well, let's see what else is in store.

Aroma is a big sweet delicious fruitiness from the hops and the fruit. Grapefruit, hop oil, flowers, apricots, and other bright fruits.

The taste is quite odd, much different than the nose lead me to believe was coming. Peach pits, apricot skins, toasted/salty bread. The fruit gives it a tangy/acidic edge, not unpleasant, but strangely refreshing. The fruit/pit flavor lingers and gets a bit dominant as it warms, which is kind of nice.

Mouthfeel is soft, slick, slightly heavy with a low carbonation. Pretty good, but not amazing.

This is quite an interesting beer. This one is pretty drinkable stuff.

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Photo of Tomdee74
4.04/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was excited to try this after hearing this year the Aprihop would be a little different from years past, as I wasn't impressed with this before. And DFH is a respectable brewery they turn out some pretty good stuff.

A - Pours a bit darker than I expected. It's a warm weather apricot brew. i was impressed with the head but the lacing wasn't as great as I would like. It looks tan maybe a light brown tan color.

S - This is where I was more impressed than anything else. Smelly fruity and tropical. Has a great IPA fruity hoppy smell to it.. The smell got me excited and I couldn't wait to taste this.

T - Well maybe i was slightly disappointed here as I had very high expectations after the smell. I notice that immediately the taste is very good. Like a magic hat times 100.. well i shouldn't even say "magic hat" as i don't want to degrade this at all; although magic hat is an apricot beer and quite sessionable if it's 90 degrees out.. i notice at first i really like the taste; however, it's not as good on the back end. maybe i just need a little more malt backbone.. but this is very refreshing...

M - a good amount of carbonation. i think i wanted a little more of it though i couldn't figure this one out. it is refreshing it has a nice light feel to it...

D - I would have another.. if someone had this at their summer picnic i'd be in heaven probably. it is not my first choice. i think it is a good beer.. very easy to drink and great for a summer day but there are so many good ipa's out there i'm sorry this one falls more around a B+ for me...

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Photo of turnstile
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear amber in color with a near-white head which quickly retreats to a ring around the glass. Trace film on the surface with signs of moderate carbonation.

Smell: Pungent citrus hops, ripe apricot, mango, faint whiffs of sweet malts and alcohol. This is one's alive - pretty complex for an IPA. I would expect nothing less from DFH.

Taste: The apricot loses out to the citrus qualities of the hops. No points lost here though - it is an IPA after all. Bitterness is moderate as the sweetness of the apricot serves as a balance.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied; creamy with light-moderate carbonation. Smooth on the tongue. Expected something a little heavier considering the fruit factor.

Drinkability: It's pretty damn refreshing. I'll be relying on this one to wean me off of winter warmers and into summer seasonals. Highly drinkable when compared to its way-bitter relatives. I wouldn't go so far as to proclaim this one sessionable, but I'd go for a second.

Overall it's a well-rounded, well-constructed American IPA but I would love to see an imperial version of this - maybe more malt, more apricot. Regardless, Dogfish keeps true to the IPA form while throwing in a little something extra with this brew. Props to Sam for successfully pulling off another off-centered creation!

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Photo of drtth
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As poured the beer is clear dark reddish copper color with a 1" light tan creamy head that slowly recedes leaving irregular patches of leggy foam. Before long the foam has receded to an irregular ring around the glass, in some places small and in others quite thick. The thin foam over most of the surface leaves behind speckled and leggy lacing as well as patches of foam with each sip

Smell: The aroma spreads into the room as the bottled is opened and the first thing that shows up is the apricots. A second whiff reveals a pine and/or spruce undertone along with a touch of caramel from the malt. There are times when the aroma has an almost perfume-like character to it.

Taste: In some ways the flavors are what you'd expect from the nose, a mix of bitter hop, fruity apricot and light caramel sweetness. What is different than expected is the balance and interplay of those flavors and the fact that the full range of flavors from the apricots is on display.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and very smooth with light persistent carbonation. The finish is medium to long and starts with the bitter apricot, gives way to some sweetness and then fades into lightly bittered hoppy dryness with some faint flavor of apricot but no alcohol.

Drinkability: While this will not become my regular IPA I did enjoy it and could have a second without much arm twisting. Each sip led naturally into the next and there was nothing forced in drinking this one.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good US IPA with a gentle touch of apricot.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Typical standard and brief design for Dogfish bottles with an underlying peachy colored label. One liner description. Shows date of bottling (02/26/10), and Alc. by Vol. (7%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold to pale amber pour, with a generous one inch off-white head that turns to a consistent ring on the beer and a nice surface layer. Some lacing as it goes down.

S - Crisp hoppy aroma. citrus hint, fresh and with a minimal fruity, maybe peachy, scent in the back. Nice as an IPA but subdued for the peach offering.

T - Tuned to the nose, with a nice crisp hoppy range, citrus and a bit of subtle pine, followed by the fruity touch, lightly peachy.

M - Medium light body with generous carbonation and a crisp, hoppy finish.

D - Nice IPA with a soft and sometimes almost surprisingly unnoticeable peachy touch, more so since this was bottled less than a month ago.

Notes: 60 Minute meets Festina Peche? Not really, although there is some of that here. All in all it is nice but not particularly remarkable. Good IPA with a subtle touch of peach. In that gentle profile it works pretty well but I wonder if the peaches were lacking in flavor this season...

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a shaker pint glass, having been run through Randall the Enamel Animal (packed with apricots and cascade hops).

Pours a clear dark amber with a finger of foamy ecru head that leaves almost no lacing behind at all. The nose is loaded with hoppy citrus, apricots, and...well, that's pretty much it. The taste generally follows, with those hops coming through strongly, the apricots a bit more subtlely, and the addition of some greenery and peaches. The body is firmly moderate, with appropriately moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish, leading to a pretty high drinkability when all is said 'n' done.

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Photo of Drone53
4.54/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (2010 vintage) poured into a Dogfish Head glass.

Appearance: Copper/Amber appearance with a nice head lace, which lasts throughout.

Smeall: This beer truly smells beautiful! Apricot is the first thing that is smelt, and then followed by a very nice and strong hop aroma. I could truly smell this beer all day.

Taste: The first sip tastes of nice citrusy & apricot fruit, then followed by a strong rush of hops. After the smell I was expecting a bit more of fruity beer, as I felt the hops dominated. However, I love extreme hoppiness so this suited just fine.

Mouthfeel: Nice mouthfeel, a bit dry due to the hops, but standard with any hoppy IPA.

Drinkability: Went back for another bottle after my first. The 4 pack is definitely perfect for his beer, and you could easily finish that on a nice spring evening.

Overall, a very enjoyable and exciting beer, as it combines fruit beers with extremely hoppy IPAs. Definitely a very ambitious brew.

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Photo of mindlucent2007
4.79/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Amber with a creamy head

smell: Fruit up front and also flowers and hops. Spring is here.

taste: Starts with an intense taste of hops. I like how the hops are presented in this. The balance of them along with apricots and other fruit is what makes this brew interesting. There is a hoppy aftertaste as well.

mouthfeel: Light carbonation. Creamy and very smooth for a 7% IPA. Nectarish.

drinkability: I can easily drink this brew since it is a laid back IPA. Another Dogfish Head with a subtle 7%. My kind of IPA. I was glad to find this on draft and I will be grabbing 4 packs when I see them.

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Photo of Yimosan
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle served in a Chardonnay wine glass.

A- Pours clear amber in color, with a finger thick white creamy head. The head faded fairly quick, but a foamy ring remained around the edge for the duration.

S- The fruit is the star, of course apricot. I also get the hops and a bit of caramel malt that hints sweetness, though not in your face.

T- Tangy fruit immediately hits your palate, then after a few seconds a bit of sweet apricot and peach came around. As the beer warmed up it felt more and more like a white wine, almost like a Spanish AlbariƱo!

M- Creamy, medium to light body at first, then a crisp finish with a taste bud grabbing tangy feel.

D- Very easy to drink, if you like this style. I can drink one maybe two, but this is not my cup of tea.

Aprihop is a nice offering by Dogfish Head but I prefer a 90 minute, or Squall IPA since I'm not into this style. Glad I tried it though.


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

Dark red topped with off white head. Aroma of fresh hops, greens, grapes, light fruit. Tastes of hops, apricot, fruit, peaches. A medium-heavy bodied brew that is has some refreshingly light flavors. A good take on the IPA style and a great balance of hops and fruit notes.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Smallish head for an IPA. Also fairly dark for an IPA. The head has really no retention.

S- Mostly IPA on the nose. There is some sweet fruitiness from the apricots. This is a pretty floral smelling beer.

T- Bitter herbal hops at first. The finish is sweet, fruity and some what malty. The apricots come out towards the end. The sweetness lingers.

M- Sticky and slick and oily feeling. The carbonation is somewhat low, especially for an IPA.

D- Not the best DFH but a solid, refreshing beer for sure. This has me ready for summer beers.

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Photo of beer2day
4.47/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serious improvement over the past recipe ... and I really liked the old version.

Dark orange pour. Nice 1 finger head. Laces well.

Extremely fruity nose. Grapefruit and apricot mix. Very rich and a very nice combination.

Slightly sweet to tart hit. Cascade builds to a fruity middle, turning slightly sour from the apricots and strongly hoppy towards the end. Finish is nicely tart. Esters are quite strong. Nice bite to this IPA.

Feel is just thick enough to balance the hops.

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Photo of PreacherBrewer
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear Copper color with dirty white 2 finger head. looks intriguing.

S - Smells of fresh hops, and apricot.

T - Fresh hops hit you up front. lingering aftertaste of apricot is very pleasant. tree sap and orange peel can be found. at 7%, the alcohol is virtually non-existent.

M - medium bodied. carbonation is spot on for an AIPA.

D - Overall, this is one of the best AIPA's that i've had to date. i really like the apricot thing. it's a great spring/early summer beer. very balanced, and quite drinkable. complex enough to milk it, but balanced enough to have a couple rounds.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From notes. Had on tap at Galaxy Hut in Arlington, VA on 3/12/10.

a - Pours a dark amber with about an inch of white head. Nice lacing, little carbonation evident.

s - Very interesting smell. Lots of apricots and hops.

t - Tastes very strongly of apricots. Lots of hops as well, Slight bitterness to it.

m - Medium body with little carbonation. Smooth and creamy.

d - Overall this was an interesting IPA. I was eager to try it after hearing good things, even though apricots aren't one of my favorite fruits. I thought they captured the apricot smell and taste very well, but halfway through a pint I felt I had had enough. If you like apricots I would definitely check this out, but if you aren't crazy about them, I might give this a pass.

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

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 2/22/10, enjoyed 2.5 weeks later

I've had this beer before but never found it particularly noteworthy or interesting, but early buzz on the 2010 release indicated that it was much improved from the previous batch. Sure enough, this is delicious.

The color is a very deep amber verging on red. Spotty lacing down the glass.

Smell is really nice. Citric hops and apricots with the apricots being perhaps a little more forward.

For the taste though, the hops dominate with apricots swirling around amidst the strong hop character. Previously I found little hoppiness with dominant apricot character. Here I find the freshness probably adding to make this a true contender of an IPA with just enough apricots to make it more complex and darn tasty.

Mouthfeel also strikes me as improved from previous batches I've tried. Previously I found it too thin, but this tastes just right for an IPA as far as thickness/slickness.

This beer is insanely drinkable. I rarely spend a night drinking the same thing throughout, but this one just might make the cut. 12 ounces isn't going to be enough. The 4-pack in my fridge should probably fear for its life.

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

poured from a 12 oz bottled on 2/19/10

A - Pours a very nice looking clear amber with one finger of creamy, light tan head. Good retention

S - Floral, citric hops jump out first with sweetness hinting at caramel and apricots coming through in the background. Malts impart a bit of biscuit as well.

T - Nice hop flavors with herbal, citric and floral characteristics lend a moderate bitterness. The malt brings caramel and a slightly biscuity flavor. The apricot flavor is very noticeable, while not overpowering, and balances really nicely with the citric tones of the hops as well as adding a slight tartness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks very smoothly.

D - I think the apricots sweet/tart qualities blend very nicely with the hop flavors in this brew. Maintains a solid balance and is very drinkable for the 7% abv. A good beer for the transition to spring and warmer weather.

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

12 oz bottle, bottled on 2/22/10. Reviewed on 2/27/10. Beer doesn't get much fresher than this.

Pours clear amber with thin, off-white to khaki head. Lots of visible carbonation and spotty lacing.

Citrus/grapefruit hop aroma. Very fruity and the apricot is certainly present. Some herbal and planty aroma as well. A bit of bready malt, but the fruit and hop are the main event here.

Clean citrus and herbal hop flavors. More malts evident than the aroma. The apricot comes through toward the end, and especially as the beer warms. A clean, fruity aftertaste. Moderate bitterness throughout.

Light body and an airy, crisp feel. Very clean flavors makes for a very drinkable beer. Great balance of flavor; it's not overly fruity, hoppy, or bitter.

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Photo of rpstevens
3.33/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. The pour yields a dark amber body with glowing orange edges. There is a one finger white head that quickly fades to a tight ring, leaving some slightly bubbly lacing behind.

The smell is sweet caramel and sugary malts. There is a slight citrus hop, but very subdued. There are some crisp apricots coming through, but the smell is mostly sweet malts.

The taste is a bit more hoppy and fruity than the smell. There is a nice light citrus hop in the front of this one, lemon zest, hints of pineapple and slightly sweet mango. The fruity apricots make an appearance in the middle of the flavor, followed by the very sweet caramel malts.

The mouthfeel is light to medium, the flavors are crisp and the beer is well carbonated. The beer is not hoppy or bitter enough to be an IPA, too much malt and fruit flavor.

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