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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: 4,992 |  Reviews: 1,730
Photo of JAramini
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +6.8%
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 +6.8%
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 -13.3%
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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Photo of unclejimbay
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

2/4/2010 review, bottle>pint glass

Overall I really enjoyed this brew. It surpassed my expectations by being an almost magical balanced fruit addition to an IPA. I enjoy IPAs and some fruit beers, and this seemed to highlight the pros of each in my opinion. If you enjoy IPAs, and have ever enjoyed a fruit beer... wel then try it for sure.
If you dislike fruit beers or a hop or IPA elitist, well then this one is not for you.

Appearance is a caramel orange/tangerine color, respectable 1 finger head, excellent clarity. Mild lcaing.
Smell is less hop forward for an IPA, but aromas of malt fruit and hops are all evident. Balanced aroma as all three smells are present.
Tastes as it smells and in the following order of dominance; 1)Malt 2)Fruit 3)Hops
There is evident apricot and citrus fruit tastes in this beer, but it is very nicely supported by a solid malt bill and generous hop profile. It works very nicely for a unique IPA and hop experience.
Mouthfeel is medium body with medium+ carbonation.
Drinkability is a 5.0 as I believe this may be one of the most drinkable and my new favorite DFH offerings. Its a unique IPA/hop/fruit experience and hits all three cravings at once. Nice work, I personally would call this brew the most unique and enjoyable brews by DFH to date IMO.

It may not be the best example of an IPA from the hop perspective, but I would vote it as unique enough to merit notice by any beer lover.
I personally would pay this one the complement of "unique and drinkable" more than the typical "extreme" experiment from Rhode Island.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I drank this from a 12 oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a clear dark amber with a light white head. There is about one finger of lace that is gone quickly, ok lacing.

The aroma is way to light, you can barely smell anything. What you do get is all hops with a very very faint apricot at the end.

The taste is the complete opposite of the aroma, all you taste is sweet apricots and at the end you get a tiny bit of hops. The aftertaste is a metallic sweetness.

The feel is ok not entirelely drinkable.

Overall, this is a very confusing bland IPA that I would not suggest.

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

Dogfish Head has some of my favorite brews so I am somewhat biased towards any of their offerings. I had to give this one a try, since it was out there with the apricots -hops mix. To me it had an unusual taste and I could not pick up on an apricot smell or flavor. The hops apricot mix seemed to work against each other. It has this odd aftertaste that reminds me a bit of drinking a Bud Lime, or the taste of sweet tarts candy. Anyway Kudos to Dogfish for giving it a whirl. I wouldn't turn one down, but believe if I'm buying I'll stick to some of their other offerings.

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Photo of cleeze
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful reddish orange hue with a small tan head.

Aroma is a sweet,hoppy, floral smell that is very pleasant.

Taste is much sweeter than expected, the apricots are insanely present and even overpower the hops in some regard because to me the sweetness is more noticed than the hop profile. I could deffinatly pick up on the cascade hops. (yummy)

very high drinkability! kind of reminded me of Magic Hat's #9

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Photo of mrmanning
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber body, white head. Hops and apricots all in one place! A good balance on the aroma of both. Taste is apricots and hops with a nice bitter-sweet finish. Sweetness in the finish seems a little unbalanced compared to the rest of the beer. Overall good.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice orangish copper color with some hints of red in it. There is very little for a head maybe one finger which settles quickly and gives way to minimal lacing. The aroma has a caramel malt backbone to it, which is covered by the apricot smell and maybe some other light fruits. The taste is of a caramel backbone with a nice ripe apricot taste over the top and a slightly bitter earth hop bite. The mouthfeel is of moderate carbonation and is crisp. The drinkability is very high on this, it is a very drinkable beer, crisp smooth and refreshing.

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Photo of McGuire75
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head ApriHop Brandy snifter style glass.

A- Poured a dark topaz with red hues. Very little head with limited lacing and retention.

S- Dried apricots, caramel malt, with a distinct copper aroma.

T- Very smooth and creamy with distinct over ripe apricot flavors. Lightly carbonated which combines to accentuate the light hop finish.

M- Lightly carbonated with a creamy coating aspect. The hop flavors were the most noticeable in the finish leaving a slightly bitter finish to an oddly creamy syrupy sweet fruit beer that drinks similar to a fruit puree.

D- A very drinkable beer allowing for a unique fruit/hop experience. This would be great as a meat dinner paring.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

When I picked this up I wasn't expecting a Pyramid Apricot, but I was expecting something sweet, this was something unexpected. This is a good IPA but with a sour tinge. Color was a deep amber, I didn't get much of a smell. The taste and mouthfeel is where this beer set's itself apart. It has an overpowering sour flavor with a malty finish. The mouthfeel is a tart finish. This is a solid beer, but I couldn't have a 4-pack back to back. A very complex beer showing DogFish's skill at coming up with something out of the ordinary.

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Photo of dpnelson1978
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a plastic hotel cup. Seriously.

$2.49 / ea.

S: Malty, with just a hint of apricot that along with the mild -OH tends to mask the hop character.

A: Clear amber body with a nice big tight head that laces and covers in in a plastic cup.

T: Not crazy about the apricot interaction with the hops. Comes off as pretty sour (some people might consider that a plus). It is interesting however, and would make an excellent pairing with chicken. Malt flavor is subdued and the -OH is well masked.

M: Medium body with medium to high carbonation. The sour taste keeps it from being smooth.

D: I'm OK with one, or maybe two, but the taste is a bit too much of a novelty to be sessionable. Value would go up on a hot summer day.

O: Good beer. This is my first Dogfish Head brew and I am impressed. I picked this up because it sounded "out-there" but I was pleasantly surprised by how well it drank.

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Photo of Rhynes2
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

When I first cracked this fine brew open I noticed it poured a slightly darker color than an average IPA. Not much of a head and no lacing down the sides at all. As far as taste goes, it's a little no heavy on the apricots. I realize it is an apricot beer but the taste was syrupy. Really sweet and it kinda keeps the hops hidden. I appreciate Dogfish Heads ventures into the new and unexplored but this one just wasn't for me. Very glad i got to try it though.

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Photo of gilman
2.5/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured out nice into a tall glass with good color. Little foam head that didn't stay long.
Smell was good but didn't taste at all like it smelled.
I bought this on recommendations but I'm sorry to say.
Didn't like this beer couldn't even finish it.
I will pass on it if I see it agin.

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Photo of youngblood
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very shimmery gold. Almost sparkles. The head looks very carbonated and slightly sticky.

Smells great! Very citrusy with a focus on apricot (duh). There's almost no malt detectable. Smells very clean.

Sadly it doesn't taste as great as it smelled. The hops detected in the nose really disappear on the tongue. Still no detectable malt. It's really an indistinguishable flavor with a slight apricot aftertaste. Slightly disappointing.

The whole thing is rather slick on the tongue, felt like there was lots of carbonation on the back of my tongue.

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Photo of Lothore
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a sunset orangey red hue with a nice, 2 finger frothy head which leaves a ton of lacing on the way down.

S- Nose is fairly metallic, hints of apricot, light hops on the back end.

T- Taste is very creamy, light apricot with a wave of hops on the back end and the same mettalic taste that was in the nose.

M- Fairly thick and creamy with a good amount of carbonation/

D- Fairly drinkable the only thing that bugs me is the metallic (for lack of a better word) taste.

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Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear golden orange color with golden burnt orange hus when held to a light source and a one finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Slightly sweet syrupy apricot aroma with subtle light fruit notes, caramel malt backbone and earthy hops.

Crisp sweet light fruit with a caramel malt backbone and a nice bitter earthy hop balance. Pretty sweet with lots of apricot, apple and pear. Very crisp but slightly watered down with a dry piny earthy hop finish.

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Photo of pedrito
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pretty beer. Nice burnt orange / golden color. Holds whisps of the head for a while.

S: Fruity, raisins, citrus and, wait for it, apricot.

T: Citrus, tart, apricot is subtle, not as sweet as expected. Apricot comes out in aftertaste, melded with grapefruit.

M: Crisp and titillating, dancing on the tongue.

D: Refreshing.

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

Dogfish Head Aprihop. Ipa brewed with real apricots... 7% alcohol.

A- Pours a flawless crystal clear amber fluid with very light head that falls to a small rim around the glass. Light lacing falls back into the brew very slick.

S- Light scents of abricots and dull hoppy notes as well. Almost a fruity sweet essense. Simple nothing special.

T-M- Taste is much different than any other IPA I've ever tasted... First is a sweet apricot flavor also a tangy sweetness like sour patch kids.(candy) In the backbone is a slight hop bitterness that adds a tart but not a bad flavor. Rolls over the tongue like juice leaving mild carbonation to allow a good overall experience as flavors dance over the taste buds. (Note) As beer warms up malts are noticed.

D- A fruity spritzer of a beer. Not bad but not something I could drink a whole lot of. More of a fruit beer not ipa, but by all means worth a try.

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Photo of originalsin
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Spent all summer downing pints of this delightfully refreshing offering from Dogfish Head.
Big citrus hops on the nose with the ever-present scent of apricot working its way deep into my nostrils.
With regard to taste, there isn't anything phenomenal going on here- it's a pretty standard IPA that manages to gain a bit of something from light tart notes and the pervasiveness of the apricot.
It's a bit dry for my liking but drinks brilliantly anyway. I'm sure I'll be drinking this one through the many summers to come.

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Photo of curasowa
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer #2 in my week of DFH. Poured a clear, golden yellow with 1 finger of creamy head. This beer has a very unique smell that I'm having trouble placing, but the apricot isn't overpowering, which is a plus. The uniqueness continues upon tasting. There is a hit of bitterness quickly followed by sweetness, no doubt from the apricot and then the two tastes mix in your mouth. The body is a bit thin and watery the sweetness wins out in the finish. This is an interesting take on an IPA with a unique play on flavor, but I don't really care for it. Doubt I would have it again.

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Photo of COBeerBuff
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a finger of tightly packed bubbles.

Smell: Hops and apricots. Some notes of pine and citrus also are relevant, but the peach/apricot smell definitely sits front and center.

Taste: Tart. Wowsers! The apricot and hop flavors meld into a malt bomb, and it's fairly well done. There is not much bitterness, which is surprising based on the hop nose and the proclamation that this is a serious IPA.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is crisp and light. The tartness of the apricot flavors gives the beer a little residual sweetness, but by and large, this is a fairly refreshing summer brew.

Drinkability: At 7% ABV, this beer definitely hides the alcohol well. This will definitely be a beer to consider for future summers (provided DFH increases their distribution circles). The stickiness could be off-putting, but it is balanced very well by the sweetness and the slight bitterness of the hops, and it rounds this beer out nicely.

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Photo of tosshin
4.94/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: light amber, clear, small white head
s: apricots, lemon, pine needles
t: tastes like DFH 60 min with a nice blend of citrus and apricots. the sweetness of the fruit smooths out the hops
m: really smooth. the hop bite is smoothed out by the sugars in the fruit.
d: this is like the 60 min but better. I want this all year round. can't wait for next spring!

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Photo of kegger22
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber with a modest head that quickly evaporated to nothing. The aroma was a little sweetish. The taste was sour fruits, could not find any sweetness promised by the aroma. The feed was medium bodied with a small amount of carbonation. Drinkability depends a lot on your own opinion of a sour beer. Mine is just "OK".

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 4,992 ratings
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