ApriHop | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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86
very good
4,988 Ratings
ApriHopApriHop
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%
 
 
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Photo of wchesak
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Head shaped glass

A - nice copper hue, almost an apple cider just lighter, had some decent head build that was mounded in certain places, left a decent amount of lace

S - the apricot and citrus hops smell blend well together, i think the apricot hits first and meddles with the citrusy smell from the hops

T - tart apricot tastes leads off and is followed by the bitter/citrus of the hops, slight malt background

M - good carbonation, finish is very clean after the bombardment of flavor, lingering apricot taste felt on the sides of the tongue

D - alcohol is masked completely, as a beer with fruit additions it certainly stands out in having a good 2 or 3 abv more than the average fruit beer, however it is also multidimensional in its taste and therefore could be enjoyed one after another

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

Dogfish hop's Aprihop, in bottle. A clear dark amber brew with a wispy head that managed to leave respectable lacing. Lots of fruit in the nose, apricots that is, along with some hops and caramel. Medium on the palate and bursting with apricot flavor. Toasted malt is discernible upfront. It is followed by a big juicy apricot flavor in the center. The hops see this thing out with a little spice. Not a bad brew....if you like apricots.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Apricot colored? Light-copper color and very clear. The head is surprisingly impressive for a fruit beer. OK lacing and decent retention.

S- Caramel, apricots, bread, and a fruity blend of hops.

T- Very complex for a beer with fruit in it, but this is Dogfish Head. Starts off fruity/caramel sweet and cereal-like with tastes of fresh, warm apricot bread. Progresses into a floral, bitter, somewhat dry, almost tart feeling. Could be perfect with more of that second stage of bitter tartness.

M- Dry, slightly juicy and lightly carbonated

D- Very drinkable by itself or with a wide selection of food, like most pale ale

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Photo of surfer4life
3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a dark copper with a small head. The head hung around half the drink and had minimal lacing.

S - Apricots, Honey, nutmeg and...Hops! Believe it or not, the Apricots is the weakest smell here. Very bready malt too.

T - A little bit of sour fruit on the front, minimum hop bitterness though. Big apricot taste on the finish. Not what you would expect from an IPA.

M - Medium bodied with a good carbonation level.

D - So so, I guess if I had other bad things to choose from I'd go for this, but would rather have a 90minute.

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

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

A - Warm copper hue with a short, creamy head that disappears quickly.

S - Bread, caramel, a subtle apricot aroma, and citrusy hops.

T - Malts produce a toffee and caramel backdrop for a sweet and tangy apricot flavors. Fruit and grain mesh pretty well with the citrusy hop flavors. Bitterness is moderate, but checks the sweetness of the apricots.

M - Medium body, smooth and creamy.

D - A tart and refreshing take on the American IPA. I wouldn't consider it a go-to beer, but it's very nice for a warm spring day.

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Photo of Florida9
2.88/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

drank @ Hopleaf

served in a "modified pint glass"

A: Light brown with a yellowish tint. Two fingers of very creamy head.

S: Apricots are the first thing you smell. Not overwhelming, but certainly make their presence known. Then lemons, alcohol, and sour wild yeasts.

T: Tart lemons with faint apricots. Virtually no malts, sweetness, or hop character. Reminds me of a sugarless radler, if there were such a thing to exist.

D: I don't get this beer. I just don't see it being considered a APA as it is noticeably devoid of hops, but, there is little in the way of malts either. Really just a lot of lemon essence and sour twanginess. If I wasn't in a bar and hadn't just paid $6 for it, I most likely would have been pouring this one down the drain. I wonder if this batch was bad, or the keg near empty or something, anything to explain this beer.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a medium-amber color with a white head.

S: Mostly fresh fruit in the nose, a bit of sweet malt as well.

T: Decent balance between the malt and the fruit, but in the end the apricots win. Slightly sweet cake male base, similar to that of 90 minute IPA. The apricots add an interesting flavor to the beer. It's a little bit sweet and quite tart as well. Citrusy and woody hops in the finish.

M: Active carbonation, medium bodied.

D: A tasty and easy to drink brew. I would probably classify this one in the fruit beer category rather than IPA but we all know that DFH beers are impossible to place in a category.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer is an apricotish orangish gold color, if you can picture that. The head is about one finger high and white with decent retention and a little lacing.

The aroma is of citrus hops with some subtle apricot. The malt is sweet and caramely. I don't
get a lot of hops or apricot here. No alcohol is detectable. The apricots are a bit more noticeable in the flavor, but they're rather dull. The caramel malt imparts some sweetness that add to that of the fruit, and the level of bitteress is low-medium.

Light bodied with good carbonation and a dry mouthfeel.

This beer isn't all that hoppy or apricoty.

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Photo of timmah427
2.92/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - pours a dark amber with a tiny head that disappears completely after a second. Looks like a fizzy, lighter colored soda.

S - The first smell that hits you is apricot, accompanied by plum and other dark fruit and a hint of bready malt.

T - Sweet fruit. The sour apricot taste dominates this beer and really covers up any hop flavor. The only part of the taste that I enjoyed is that you start to get a hint of breadiness from the malt after a few minutes of drinking it.

M/D - Too fizzy and thin. The sweetness helped to make it seem a little thicker, but the overall sweet/sour apricot taste just made it hard to stomach. Not a terrible beer, but I definitely won't be spending any more money on this.

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Photo of williamherbert
2.94/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bright, clear orange. Slowly upfloating bubbles. Big ole puffy head with staying power. Awesome.

Overwhelming apricot aroma. Sweet and flowery. Hops are an accent -- may have softened. Some bready yeast and ale malt.

The taste is mostly sweet, pungent apricot (naturally). Hops bring up the rear in a flowery way, but fade quickly leaving apricot & peach aftertaste. Way too cloying and sweet, like Smirnoff Ice.

Creamy and bold feel. A little gruff and ashy. Substantial. It's #9 with an extra hop character. A noble failure.

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

Bottled on 2/12/09
Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours out a dark orange with some red hue. Fast dissipating white head that was about a half an inch high and no lacing to be found.

S: Sweet malt, the obvious hint of the apricot, strawberry and lemons.

T: Taste sweet, like a cheap white wine. Lemon juice, cane sugar and malts. Little hop noticed.

M: Syrupy in flavor, just not in texture. Light bodied, low carbonation, ABV undetected, all make for a great gulper. The star of this beer is the high gulpness factor.

D: Its drinkable. The beer is exactly as advertised, though it still bewilders me that they call this an IPA. I cant seem to pick up the hops, though I know full well they're there. This beer reminds me a lot of that one song written by John Lennon. Good spring time brew, so kudos to DF for there impeccable timing.

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Photo of abfraser
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark amber looking beer. Doesn't pour with much of a head. Lacing is minimal.

S: A little bit lacking. It's just too mild. Some nice floral hops and a faint apricot aroma. But it's hard to tell this is an IPA, and hard to tell it's been made with apricots. If I got the glass blind I'd have difficulty in correctly identifying it.

T/M: There are the apricots. Still don't taste much of an IPA base. Pretty malty stuff. Overall, the taste is better than the smell, but this is just slightly above average. Mouthfeel is nice. This is definitely a well balanced beer.

D: Pretty easy drinking. Like the hint of apricot. Would go well on a hot summer day.

Appreciate the experiment, but this one just isn't for me.

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

This beer pours an orangish brown color, with a light tan head. the head fades slowly, leaving a thick sheet of lace.

This beer boasts a crisp, floral hop aroma. Some fruity aroma mixes in. I can detect a very slight apricot aroma if I look hard enough.

This beer tastes much like it smells. It has a mild apricot flavor that I find unique, and not undesirable. The floral hops are present in the flavor as well.

This beer is crisp and refreshing. It goes down smooth, leaving a fruity aftertaste. It has good carbonation for the style.

This beer would make a good session beer. The alcohol is a little high, but other than that, and a slight possibility that the apricot flavor would become annoying after a few, this beer is one I could drink all night long.

Overall: Unique beer from a unique brewer. It is good, and if I see it again, I will get it.

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Photo of BringusKilkenney
2.62/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The appearance is nice with a dark amber to light yellow color looks great but as far as i'm concerned that is pretty much where it stops.

The smell is fruity and heavy on hops but also a kinda skunked might just be my batch but just dont really like the smell at all.

The taste reminds me of a fruity champagne little hop taste and not really much going on but fruit really expected better.

The mouthfeel lacks any carbonation and sits heavy on the tounge.

Dont really want to drink anymore of these may have one more just to confirm or disprove the first one but that is about it. If you are looking for a nice ipa with a something a little different to it look elsewhere this is not it a nice try but just not that good.

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Photo of cooncat
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served at fridge temp. into my SA glass, which always helps with presentation.

The pour produces burnt orange, almost a dark apricot, color. The color is quite like a lot of regular IPAs. A smallish white foamy head is disappointingly short lived. There are a few splashes of lace on the glass for eye candy.

The nose is light but definitely showcases a piney and floral hop presence. I can't say I really detect apricots in the nose, but there is some malty sweetness there.

The taste exhibits some standard hop bitterness which you find in an IPA, but there is a sourness behind it which I guess is supposed to be the apricot. Fresh apricots do have a tartness to them, so I guess this is to be expected in this 'fruit IPA'. I don't know if the tartness and hop bitterness work well together for me. I think I like a cleaner hop bite. Still, it is an interesting combination. Mouthfeel is light to medium. Carbonation is a little light for my tastes, but adequate. For me, I'd rate drinkability as average, as this is one IPA which I wouldn't describe as sessionable. Your tastes might be different.

Concluding, this is an interesting brew which you'll have to decide on for yourself. If you've never had it, it's definitely worth picking up a 4 pack to give it a try. It's a seasonal, so get it when it's fresh.

Na Zdravje!

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Photo of drdr48
3.59/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Interesting beer, what I expected and what I tasted were quite different. Pungent hoppy sweet smell with a very light body and mouth feel, hops not really present in taste, overpowered by the tangy sourness of the beer. I liked the uniqueness of this bee, though it wasn't what I was expecting of this style.

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Photo of Gosox8787
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 4 pack of the new Dogfish Head offering almost expecting a hoppier and heavier version of Magic Hat #9. I definitely like the idea of trying to add fruit flavors to an IPA.
Poured into a glass, with a small head that retains only a slight lacng. Color is golden brown with no haze. The aroma contains both ample amounts of apricot and hops, that melds together quite nicely. The taste is sweet upfront with apricots. This is contested by the bitterness from the hops. The hops, however, are not as present in the brew as some people may want. The highlight is the sweetness of the apricot. There is a sourness that appears near the end of each sip. This sourness is is pleasant, very similar to sour candy. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with limited carbonation. Drinkability is average because of the over the top sweetness. This, however, does make the alcohol less present.

Overall, a good experiment with good results. The IPA and the apricot flavor compliment each other well enough for the beer to work.

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Photo of BevMoPatrick1
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber hue. Has a very faint aroma of dried fruit(guess which one is prominent). Has a nice balance of hops and suttle apricot notes. I would probably not buy too much more, but was still satisfied with the balance that that the apricot provided.

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Photo of Blanchette
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This used to be my favorite beer. 3 years ago it was a hop bomb with a backing of sweet apricot to cool off the hops. So smooth. Two years ago it lost its apricot and just became a hop bomb. Was too stringent, but ok. This year (2009) it has lost all of its hops and tastes like a sour beer that's not supposed to be sour. This is really dreadful stuff, a mix between sour milk and rotten apricots. I'm puzzled why DFH was unable to reproduce the older recipes, but this one makes no sense. It's basically like a bad version of Festina Peche with more alcohol.

Avoid at all costs until next year, when hopefully they'll see this beer's ratings dropping like mad and return to the recipe from 2006.

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Photo of Frosty80
3.04/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: sits clear, light brown

Smell: the bitter, piny-citrus hops and apricot combine in a not-so-enticing aroma. has a sort of pungent, dirty aroma to it

Taste: not whole lot of hops can be percieved, unless the apricot does a phenomenal job of concealing it. again, not my favorite combo

Mouthfeel: light-med body. low carbonation

Notes: DFH is my favorite brewery, but they just dont tickle me with their fruit beers. the raisons are out of this world good, but the peche and this one make me cringe

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Photo of alcstradamus
2.11/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A--Crystal clear amber with 1 1/2 fingers of white head that recedes at a moderately slow pace leaving decent lacing

S--Bread crust, grass, light hints of fruit

T--Where are the apricots? Maybe this is too cold, but all I get now is a dry maltiness with a bit of a metallic zing that is not appealing. Ok, now there is a bit of a very fake tasting unidentifiable fruit creeping up. Wow, this is really bad, I hope I have a bad bottle because I can barely drink this.

M--Very wierd oily nature that leaves a bad aftertaste

D--This is terrible, I'm going to drain pour the last half of the glass. I have never had this before this year and I can't believe that it has always tasted like this otherwise the rating should be much lower. Gross.

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

First let me say that I like Dogfish Head beers, but they can be a little over the top. When I first saw this beer I thought it was going to be hop bomb or a apricot bomb. I wouldn't have bought the $10 4-pack but the bottle shop manager let me have a taster of one he had just opened and wow not what I expected, it was balanced.

A: Nice off white head that diminishes but stays throughout. Truly a amber colored beer, just like the stone.

S: Smells of fresh hop aromas and dried apricots, very nice.

T: Sweet tart apricots, followed by a nice hop bite but neither really last very long or dominates. Slightly sweet with some tartness and a nice hoppy dry finish.

M: Very nice carbonation and somewhat heavy mouthfeel, this may be the only reason that this beer is not one of the better beers for a hot day.

D: Very drinkable, and like I said very well balanced, especially for Dogfish Head. Does not seem like 7%, and on a hot day or evening that could be dangerous.

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Photo of blaje
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Opened a Feb 3rd 2009 bottle today, so two months latter then the brewing... should be good to taste the fruit in this one!

Poured as a deep coper/amber ale, translucid without any yeast suspension. A white creamy head forms on top that lasts nearly 4 minutes. Nice.

Smells fruity, forced to say apricots. Over ripened apricots. Would have expected something more pronounced. Hops smell is very subtle for me. I do find a metallic nose though...

Taste: Well, forget the bitterness here. Even if the label advertise an IPA, the brew is quite low in IBU. I would guess something around 30 - 40. Maybe it is more and the fuit tends to mellow down the bitterness, but I doubt it is more then that. No sweetness as expected. Rather, it is quite acid. Finish is dry. Aftertaste that fades rapidly.

Final: I would have expected something more convincing from DFH. I'm glad to have tasted it, but won't buy it again unless nothing more interesting is available.

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Photo of dogfishandi
2.67/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured out of 12 oz. bottle at cellar temperature into pint glass. i must say that i was very turned off by this beer at first, so much that i couldnt even finish the bottle. i was convinced that it had gone bad, maybe because i was expecting an ipa, and got a lot of fruity sourness, from a fruit that i was not too familar with in beer. however, the more i drink it, the more im begining to enjoy it. still a little too funky though.

it pours a crystal clear orange/ amber color with some nice off white head that has very nice retention. a tiny bit of lacing.

the smell is almost primarily all sour fruity funk, i guess this is also known as the aroma of apricots. pretty much no hops detectable in the aroma. a slight smell of malts is present though.

the taste starts off decent, then takes a sour turn for the worst. all apricots, no hops, somewhat disappointing. finishes with a kind of dry wine like aftertaste. sour, tart, and hardly any bitterness. some grains noticeable too.

pretty medium body with medium carbonation. i would never buy this again, it tastes like a wine that has gone bad. i wouldnt recommend this to anyone, unless you really love apricots.

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Photo of heapofaoatmeal
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

this is a very nice fruit beer, nice orange color pristinely clear. the head is white fluffy about 2cm. the aroma is pronounced apricot with little to no hops. taste is all tart refreshing apricot balance with a nice body of 2row and a little crystal. i get almost no hops, if they are there they are hidden under the apricot very well. buying the bottle i was intrigued by the marry of fruit and hops i really enjoyed the beer, but its not really much of an ipa. very nice spring seasonal.

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