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ApriHop | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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1,727 Reviews

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-31-2002

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Reviews: 1,727 | Ratings: 4,977
Photo of Ryancthomas7
2.86/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Definitely not what I was expecting. Tastes like a watered down IPA with a slightly sweet finish. I do not taste any apricot. Poured this bad boy straight down the drain. Ain't nobody got time for that!!!

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Photo of JPowell712
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This was an okay beer in my mind. As an IPA it was an okay beer, but I was expecting and wanting something more refreshing and citrusy. I thought it actually lacked apricot flavor. Don't get me wrong, I wasn't looking for a juicy type beer, but just didn't taste the apricot as much as I wanted to. It was a nice beer, but I thought it was very average.

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Dogfish Head IPA glass

A - 4.75 - Pours an amazing clear orange color. Barely forms a third finger of light tan colored head. Low head potential and retention, spotty lacing.
S - 3.5 - Nothing special, some hops and maybe a ridiculously light touch of apricot.
T - 3 - Tastes like an average, run of the mill IPA. Little bit of hop sweetness. There's apricot in this?
F - 3 - Too thing, would have liked just a bit more thickness to this.
O - 3 - Underwhelming as hell. As a specialty beer, this is boring. As your everyday, readily available, average IPA, it's OK at best.

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Photo of upton7418
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into Dogfish Head IPA glass

L- Dark gold to almost agave syrup colored. it has a thin light tan to white head that leave a nice lacing all the way to the end

S- light hoppy smell is about all I can get in the way of smells

T- very sweet beginning with hint of malt and apricots. After the initial sweetness there is a light hoppy taste that follow but nothing overwhelming.

M- medium carbonation that goes down well. overall mouthfeel is on the border of being thin to medium. if 1 was watery and 5 was a full medium I'd give it about a 3 on that scale in terms of body.

O- Overall this is a good beer. I was impressed in the color and taste and was very happy with these. I was a little disappointed by the smell but the overall feel and taste of this beer more than makes up for it. I would definitely buy this again. This is a unique beer that I had high expectations for especially since I like apricots and like most of Dogfish Head's offerings. I would not necessarily consider this an IPA so much as a pale ale with the lacking hops I've come to expect with an IPA. (I could be biased expecting something closer to a double IPA but who know.) I know this is listed as a seasonal offering but when/if you find this I would recommend giving it a shot. I would love to try this fresh out of a keg!!!

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Photo of delta490
3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep clear amber with a nice thick white head. The head has moderate retention and leaves some nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is pretty minimal, with just light mild hints of malt. The taste is not much more distinct, with only a faint hint of fruit. The apricot is hard to be found. The body has a nice easy drinking weight to it, smooth throughout. I've had this before on draft and it was much more noticeably apricot and IPA.

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Photo of tkolterman
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aprihop at first had a mild hop taste with a background of the apricot. It tasted great but as I moved through the bottle the taste was overwhelmed by the carbonation. So from the middle to the end of the bottle, I wasn't sure what I was drinking. Dogfish is my favorite brewery so I going to open another one and reevaluate.

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Photo of jopezu
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a slightly cloudy orange amber, with a medium head that poofs. floral & citrusy amarillo hops, fruit zests and sweet bread. taste; bitter hops, grapefruit rind, apricot and clean simple malts (pilsner & crystal are used here). aftertaste resonates with a touch of sweet apricot preserve and a yeasty bread character. strong carbonation and medium mouthfeel. with so many fruit/veggie brews, this is a stand-out instance that actually works well for me - apricot has been successfully implemented in a rather nice ipa here!

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Photo of Garvindamies
4.51/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L- pours a almost a finger of head, amber, clear

S- floral, apricot, hint of malt

T- only slightly bitter, apricot, well balanced

F- light for 7%

O- a well balanced fruit beer that's not too fruity

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Photo of RyanK252
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at BC's Pizza and Beer

A: Pours gorgeous deep reddish amber with a frothy off white head that settles and laces quite well.

S: Floral hops, a little lemon, maybe even a little touch of roasty malt, with a little caramel sweetness.

T: Floral hops dominate, a little lemon, light fruity notes, a touch of light roasty malt, a little caramel/toffee sweetness, and a very faint apricot note.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Tough call on this one. Was expecting a little more bitterness and apricot, instead it's quite floral with even a little roasty quality to it and very faint apricot. Still drinkable, but not my favorite.

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Photo of bluehende
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like apricot beers like magic hat 9. This is so much better. It had a very nice citrusy nose that made a nice ipa out of this. Highly recommended

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
2.37/5  rDev -38%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Smelled ok I guess, but was REALLY turned off by the tart apricot taste. Was bitter (not in a good way) and dank tasting. Aftertaste like rancid fruit. I only bought two thankfully and ended up giving the other one away to a buddy who didn't like it either. Not sure where they went wrong with this one really. Just a really bad taste combination with too much hops to go well with the bitter apricots. Nearly a drainpour, and the most disappointing beer I've ever had from DFH.

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Photo of Statonxyb
4.74/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank from a bottle.

A: Pours a rich golden, reddish, brown color with a white head.

S: Apricots and hoppy goodness.

T: Had some mild hoppiness to it with a strong taste of spring in the apricot flavor.

M: Medium body.

D: No surprises here in flavor. It tastes just like it smells with a mixture of classic Dogfish Head IPA hoppy kick.

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Photo of 60acresbrewclub
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very good. The strength of the beer is well masked by the flavor. During a blind tasting I guessed 5%. Fruit foward and the hops were skillfully incorporated.

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Photo of TexasTwister
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thought it would have a apricot taste, but it was very light. After you taste the light fruit it goes back to a regular beer taste. This beer has a IPA color almost red in color, with a nice smooth feel and flavor.

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

Nothing too special here but solid.

Drank out of a pint glass on tap.

Amber, finger sized nice head.

Light flavor, small reminisce of the apricot mentioned in the name with a not too overpowering bitter finish.

Mouth feel not too bubbly.

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Photo of SierraFlight
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Clear amber with off-white head. Good retention and lacing. Aroma is citrus and floral hops, some grainy malt, and a touch of apricot. Taste is initially sweet malt but turns to citrus peel hoppy bitterness and closes with apricot flesh on the swallow. Medium body, moderate carbonation, texture is on the slick side, fruity dry finish.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours amber/copper, small head.
Nose shows sweet malt, overripe apricot and some booze.
The apricot is stronger as a flavour. Some spicy hops too, along with a little hot booze and rich sweet malt.

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Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Hops and malt not much of a fruit presence.
Appearance- A dark yellow color with a small white head.
Taste- Has a hoppy taste but not overpowering. You can taste the slight fruit flavor.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with lots of carbonation. Has a small bitter aftertaste that many who don't care for IPAs will approve of.
Overall- A really good solid Dogfish Head brew. I am not a super-hop head but I enjoyed this immensely.

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Photo of daveruman
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

big carbonation when poured

A:Dogfish Colored IPA, small head, lots of bubbles.

S: light fruity dogfish yeast smelling, similar to a 60 to me but not as fruity. not sure if I can smell the apricots, maybe slighty?? or perhaps if I let it sit longer the apricots might come out.

T: very low on bitterness to me, slightly fruity, aftertaste is still fruity and slightly hoppy.

M: high carbonation on the tongue, sweet and goes down pretty tart and crisp.

O: not a typical IPA, pretty low on the grassy bitterness, still hoppy and fruity. I think it would be good for someone who isn't quite into IPAs but tends to be a more of a lager fan or an inbetweener. Not really my style but I would drink it if someone gave me one.

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Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%

Pours a clear, copper color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight sweet malt, hint of alcohol, hint of pine, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, sweet malt, slight caramel malt, slight pine, and slight hops. Overall, weak appearance, simple aroma, simple body, and hard to distinguish any apricots.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color with little foam. Aroma is more malty than anything else, I pick up a bit of alcohol, maybe caramel. Apricots are detectable in the flavor but not dominant. Still more caramel maltiness than anything else, hop profile is pretty subdued. This is a nice drinking IPA, I take off some points for not really living up to its name.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours red orange with very little head. Smells of pine hops and sweet fruit, apricots of course. Tastes of fruit with slight earthy hops. Beer is nicely carbonated finishes nicely. Overall a very good beer.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A perfect seasonal brew from a brewery that never fails to impress.

A: Dark amber with a nice head. Enticing.

S: Ooooh! Unexpected. The hops here are unexpected... bringing spicy aromatics along with the fruity ones. There's a lot of apricot on the nose here, enough to make my mouth water.

T: Delicious. Starts with a fruity and spicy ensemble, followed by a bready and toasty middle, with a well balanced, lingering finish that combines the fruity sweetness and tartness with a well-rounded malt backbone. The hops have some slightly floral and citrus character that plays well with the fruit. OK, this will sound crazy, but... I get pepperoni pizza! The spicy hops, the malty backbone, the slight acidity of the apricot. I don't know why or how, but that's what I'm sticking with.

M: Medium body and smooth.

O: I'm from Ithaca, NY, where Ithaca Beer Company's Apricot Wheat is famous. This beer trounces that beer. Different styles, for sure, but also a completely different paradigm. Dogfish Head has created a brew that combines fruit beer and IPA into a beautiful harmony. If you know someone who's a little weak-hearted and not a bit IPA fan, this is the kind of brew that could broaden their horizons.

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Photo of barnabasdog
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz poured into pint glass

A- copper orange, hazy, some visibility, nice head and amazing lacing

S- orange, citrus, apricot, hops, honey, brown sugar

T- citrus orange, grapefruit, and apricot, floral hops, malt, candied sugar

M- surprisingly crisp and refreshing with higher carbonation

O- love this apricot style IPA! Crisp and refreshing with good balance of flavors and hops. Dogfish head is always quality!

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Copper color with slight haze, small white head, extensive lacing.

S - Fairly muted, flat hop notes, malts in the form of pilsner coming through loud and clear.

T - Hop is mostly in the form of grass notes. A mild fruity note coupled with a cracker and grain malt hit. Turns bitter on the close, illustrating the serious hopping.

M - Given how bitter the turn is on the close, it is surprising how crisp the feel is. There is a gradual build, though, and it does burden the beer a bit you move into the second 6 oz.

O - This hybrid beer promises fruit, but though I think it is a decent IPA - nothing special, mind, but fairly clean and thoroughly hopped - the fruit is mostly lost. The only hint to its presence is a certain sweetness in the middle. Supporting role, indeed.

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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