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: 4,995 |  Reviews: 1,730
Photo of lstokes
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An IPA mashed up with a fruit (apricot) beer? It's a really inspired blend, something that immediately became a classic of both styles for me, and which I'm rating highly in large part just because it is so unique--I can't think of anything else quite like it.

The nose is full of apricots and spicy citrus hops, and the taste is even more of both, in a very very good way--moving from a little toasted malt through the apricot juice and finishing with the spicy hops. It's got a nice carbonation and tastes clean and crisp, and I thought it was highly drinkable--would absolutely buy again.

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Photo of biggred1
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish orange with a mousse like head of cream colored foam that leaves fine lace on the glass. Smells of apricot and steely hops and faintly of roasted malt. Much bigger flavors than the nose suggests, Bitter fruity hops with malt struggling to get through to balance. Definately apricot heavy. Medium slippery mouthfeel with crisp carbonation that adds to the drinkability.

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

Presentation: 12 oz bottle into a nonic. "BOTTLED ON 03/04/09"

A- Clear and copper. Pours with 3 fingers of light tan head, which fades slowly to a solid cap; excellent retention. Ample lacing.

S- Spicy apricot and citrus hoppiness. After the initial burst, the spicy essence becomes more prominent.

T- Wow, the apricot is really shining through big here. Sweet-and-sour fruitiness. Bitterness is moderately low.

M- Well carbonated and crisp.

D- Decent. Easy enough drink, and alcohol is blended well. Probably too fruity for me to want more than one at a time.

Future outlook: Interesting drink. I like apricots, and this captured their essence in beer form fairly well. I would think that if you don't care for apricots, don't bother. Not any sort of a craver or go-to seasonal, but I can see getting another single of this at some point, or looking to find some food pairings.

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Photo of Mauerhan
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

stop number two on my night. pours a muddled orange into my snifter with a one finger flash of white head off a very aggressive center pour. the head fades quickly and leaves a few random spots of lacing.

smell is not my favorite. pretty dominate apricot aroma. kinda smells like grandma. some hops but they are pretty well masked by the apricots.

taste is pretty much like the smell. it leaves me with a slight malt sweetness that i think is a partly because of the apricots.

not really huge on this. a very noble attempt with this but i dont think that my palate is ready for this. but definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Ek0nomik
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Bought From: The Coffee Grounds (Eau Claire, WI)

Appearance: Amber. No lacing along the glass.

Smell: Light hop aroma.

Taste: One of the sweeter IPA's that I've had, which can be attributed to the apricots. Well carbonated, and perhaps a little too sweet. Everytime I take a sip I keep wondering where this dark malt flavor is coming from. The color of the beer isn't darker than your average IPA, but I keep tasting a dark malt.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. As said before, well carbonated so it goes down easy.

Drinkability: It's a beer worth trying, but I don't think I'd pick it up again unless I went to one of their ale houses on the east coast.

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Photo of bluetravlr
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber coloring. Very little head. Absolutely no lacing.

S: Hoppy, slightly spicy citrus smell. Subtle apricot as well. Not very overwhelming.

T: There is definitely the flavor of apricots. This is sweet at first until matched by a dry, hoppy bitterness. Leaves a subtle, dry aftertaste with bitter, woody notes.

M: Very light for an IPA. Overly carbonated.

D: For housing a 7%ABV this beer is extremely drinkable. The apricot might get old after a few, but otherwise this could definitely qualify as a session beer.

I have to say, compared to other Dogfishhead beers I was very underwhelmed. I was expecting more from this beer, especially in terms of body. Worth trying, but I won't be buying another for some time.

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

First time with the fruit/IPA. Pours clear orange with a big foamy white head. Moderate lacing. Fresh apricots mixed with slightly piney hops and light caramel in the nose. Light, medium-carbonated mouthfeel. Fresh citrus and mild pine hops up front complimented nicely with the apricots which burst through in the middle. The malt is much lighter than expected, and lets the apricot taste come through without making it too sweet or sticky. Earthy, fruity finish that's not too long. Very refreshing.

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Photo of wchesak
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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 -6.8%
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%
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 -19.8%
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 -3.1%
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 -25%
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 -5.5%
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 -6.8%
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 -24%
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 -23.4%
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 -1.8%
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 -7.3%
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 +4.2%
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 -31.8%
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 -21.1%
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 -6.5%
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 +0.8%
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 -9.9%
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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