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

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 1,732 | Ratings: 5,004
Photo of Tone
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%

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 -1.3%
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 +9.4%

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 +10.7%
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 +10.7%
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 -2.9%
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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Photo of chinchill
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz, sediment-free bottle.

Clear reddish-amber with a good beige head and very good lacing

Feel: medium body; smooth; Medium+ carbonation.

Smell: soft fruits not specifically apricot with a clear spicy hop presence.

Taste: lightly spicy, APA hop level; solid malt backbone; fruity with subtle apricot

O: interesting and worthwhile IPA variant.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.39/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks like tea. Copper with a light orange colour, mostly clear and filtered looking, medium carbonation, 3 fingers of beige head.

S: Apricot, Campbell’s tomato soup, totally, with some milk added. Alpha-getti, the whole canned tomato quality comes through. Light fruity orange, light evergreen quality.

T: Black tea, tomato soup, dry tannic quality, good solid bitterness on the end.

M: Thick body, medium low carbonation, very dry finish, like moisture is being sucked from the tongue.

O: A very interesting brew, making me think of canned soup, apricots and black tea.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.02/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - poor. Golden copper body with a fizzy head that fades to scum.

S - muted, hops, apricots almost

T - sweet front palate, apricots more on taste than smell, but IPA style is it not. Just too sweet.

M - carbonation too low as per look, smooth, creamy.

O - quite a let down, more like a fruit beer than an IPA. Taste is medium weight which does not help cause. As it warms it gets more like a stale IPA with a truck load of apricot purée added.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Draft at 35-40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of pine
What head left by the bartender is small, white, and fizzy
Lacing none
Body medium red amber, clear
Flavor begins lightly bitter and piney; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl; ends a little sweet and fizzy
Palate light to medium, watery, fizzy

For a supposedly decent beer, this is entirely too fizzy, sort of like drinking a flavored club soda. The alleged apricot flavor is completely lost in the fizziness. Not good.

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Photo of trippytbta
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into Tulip glass

A: Pours with a half inch head. Dark Orange like a orange tootsie pop when you start eating it haha

S: Floral hops and slight apricot

T: starts malty, then maybe the slightest apricot, then hoppps, then slight alcoholic.

M: Medium. Carbonation medium, kinda dry

Overall: Not as much apricot as i wanted. I believe if you are going to incorporate a ingredient into the name, it better stand out

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Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

A: Pours a light golden orange with a fluffy white head. Lots of nice sticky lacing.

S: Pine and floral hops with a touch of citrus, and a little biscuit malts.

T: Grapefruit and apricot with a subtle malt backbone. Just a touch of sweetness.

M: Medium body with light carbonation.

O: Refreshing summertime brew. The apricot flavors add a unique twist to a fairly straight forward IPA.

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Photo of majorbase2
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful orange. Small amount of head, with some decent lacing.

Smell: Good balance of citrus and floral hops in the aroma. Hints of malt. Overall, an extremely pleasant aroma, perfect for a summer night.

Taste: Maltiness comes through more with the taste. Explosion of apricot flavor (as indicated by the name, obviously). A little piney in the aftertaste. Alcohol comes through a little more than expected, though not at all in a bad way.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, with a little bit more carbonation that I would have liked for this beer.

Overall: Another solid entry from DFH, and absolutely perfect for a summer beer. I'm finding myself loving DFH's offerings, and this one is no exception.

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Photo of emyers
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Pours cloudy amber-orange color with a fluffy 1 inch off-white head. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Smell: Floral hops, apricot, a touch of biscuit and caramel malts.

Taste: Very balanced - once again floral hops and apricot are the most prominent flavors, but it has a very nice malt base to balance it out with caramel and biscuit malt. Fairly mild hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Very clean and crisp. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Nice twist on the style from DFH. They could have easily overdone the apricot here but they didn't - complements the hops nicely.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 2014 batch. Sampled on May 25, 2014 after mowing my lawn!

The pour is a handsome looking medium amber to mahogany color with an off-white head that bubbles lightly on the top to the very end.

What usually turns me off about fruit beers is the fact that they often smell more like the fruit rather than the beer. I expect that is deliberate. But what I like about this one is that the apricot is almost like an afterthought to to roasted caramel malt and earthy hop notes that emit their perfumes to the senses.

The body is roundabout medium but also quite smooth and drinkable.

Again, like the nose, the roasted malts and mildly bitter hops express themselves in the flavor as they would in a decent amber ale. Then those refreshing apricots tear up the rear. A very nice beer.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a snifter.
Pours a medium amber with minimal head, maybe one finger high.
Very low aroma here. Some sweetness and malt, some hops, but minimal.
Taste is pleasant but muted. Was hoping for big apricot and hop flavor. I got very little of either.
Mouthfeel was good.
Overall, I love DFH beers but this one was a real disappointment to me.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark gold/amber with a white head that dissipates leaving a little lacing. The nose is consists of citrus, tropical notes, and some sweetness. The flavor is hoppy and bitter with some citrus flavor. It tastes very much like a regular IPA but with the addition of some slightly bitter juice. The mouthfeel leans towards syrupy and thick. Overall, this is a good IPA but its not great. I prefer 60 minute to this, but wouldn't turn one down if it was given to me.

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Photo of bnes09
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Orange-amber in color. Lots of visible bubbles. Finger of head on the pour with some nice lacing.

Aroma of pine needles, rye and grapefruit. Very spicy in the nose.

Dense biscuity, rye-like malt character. Over the top herbal earthy hop bordering on a soil flavor. Just the slightest hint of apricot. Very little citrus flavor but still manages to have atart flavor. Unbalanced in my opinion.

Sturdy medium body. Finishes on the dry side. Well carbonated. Coarse texture.

I think they missed the mark on this one. Lacks the apricot and citrus flavor I expected and replaced it with a pungent earth quality. Overall, it's ok, just not what I expected.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber color. Not at all "pale" looking. Forms a small 1/2 finger pure white head. The head is retained the entire session and leaves nice lacing.

S: Not a huge nose. Slight hint of malt, fruit and metallic.

T: A little tang of fruit but not much more. The taste is really subdued - maybe I have had too many DIPAs lately - but this seemed weak and bland

M: Nice mouth feel - very drinkable level of carbonation

O: i was a little disappointed. I had this on tap and really liked it (but didn't rate it). This is a bottle review. The bottle born on date says "2014E 1139" - I have no idea what the hell that means. Maybe this is a bit faded. It tasted bland to me. There was a slight "buttery" taste on the finish, that was interesting, but that was about it.

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

12 oz. bottle into a DFH Spiegelau glass

A- Clear copper, Off white head is dense and retains great.

S- Resinous hop aroma, a bit of an apricot sweetness. Some biscuit malt.

T- Very well rounded, balanced hop and malt. Very subtle apricot. I like to compare this to the pear intensity of Piercing Pils.

M- Smooth, medium body. Apricot mellows out the hop bite. Tart in feel. The most noticeable apricot attribute in the beer.

O- Pretty good. Apricot doesn't take away from this solid IPA, just sweetens it a bit.

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Photo of PA-hunter
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into glass. 7% abv.

Appearance- Dark amber with semi clear clarity. Lofty head with tannish tint that is slow to dissipate.

Smell- Floral aromas, and yes a good whiff of fresh apricots are apparent in the smell. Some other citrus notes mixed in as well.

Taste- Starts off with distinct pine notes then transitions into an apricot flavor. Just like the dehydrated fruit too. The finish is that of a caramel malt and earthy hops working together in fine balance.

Mouthfeel- Moderate to moderate-light for an IPA. High carbonation.

Overall- A great and different beer that lives up to its name. Many flavors come together to show off complexity. Definitely can tell the apricots are in there. I liked the sweet malt and hop prescence also. Definitely a creation from DFH that you should try if you get the chance.

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Photo of brurevu
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Aprihop poured a deep copper amber with a full white head that lingered with good lacing. The aroma was full of citrus and tropical fruit hops which was directly in IPA territory. I detected a slight hint of Apricot but it could have been my mind telling me I should as it was almost imperceptible. The taste was an excellent ride that began with the citrus and tropical fruit hops that melded into sweet apricot and ended with a palate coating bitter pine finish. The sweet apricot expressed itself more as it warmed and help tame the bitter pine finish. Although I was expecting more apricot flavor, the Aprihop stayed true to an IPA with plenty of hop punch, which was a good thing.

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Photo of artoolemomo
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Received with fluffy and voluminous head that looks to have good retention. The head is slight off-white with hints of beige while the body is a medium amber that appears as a pale to medium amber in the light. Okay lacing.

Nose- Pretty subtle at the moment- some citrus (light orange and lemon), maybe a touch of apricots (or peaches) with a little bit of pine and resin. Maybe some soapiness as well. A little bit of grassiness. Swirling reveals some more citrus and stone fruit.

Taste- So far, it only has a little bit more presence than the nose. Some hints of apricots or green peaches and a little bit of grass and herbal notes. Light pine and resin. Some orange and lemon. More apricot in addition to a basic airy and light fruitiness starts to express itself as I drink more of this. Slight spice on the finish from the pine and resin- reminds me of coriander and white pepper. This is very subtle in comparison to Waldo's Special Ale. If I had known that it was going to be such a hop bomb, I would have tried this first. Light notes of cherry and peach flit around the edges. This is actually a welcomed change from my last beer as this beer is more focused on subtlety and delicacy. So light and airy that it reminds me of a blanket Belgian beer. Light vinosity. This would be a great gateway beer for those who don't like that 'beer' taste. It's also a very accessible IPA- such that I need to be told that it is an IPA. It has enough bitterness on the finish to fit the style but it's easy to get lost in this beer's simplicity. Between a good and really good beer. Some mineral and chalk to the finish.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with good carbonation that has a slight zip that really works for this beer. Some dryness to the finish matches the flavor profile well.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and very accessible. Four dollars for a 12 oz pour seems fair. I might buy this again if the six pack price was reasonable as well.

Overall- Good to really good beer. Some might think of Dogfish Head as a gimmick brewery but if the gimmicks work, what does it matter? Definitely worth a try, especially since it isn't one of DFH's big and rather expensive, experimental beers.

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Photo of MaddestHatter
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I'm not an IPA guy. This is an IPA. It is, however, an IPA which is does not suffer the problem of being too hoppy like some are prone to. The low IBU and apricot flavor come together to make this an altogether refreshing and quite tasty beer which has just the right amount of hop flavor that is complemented by the fruit. It also looks pretty damn good. Having had it as part of a tasting at a Total Wine (from a bottle) and on tap at a Dogfish Head restaurant, I can say that this is definitely one of the standouts of theirs that I have had.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Green's tulip. The pour is clear and fairly dark and coppery-colored for the style (it's more like an American Pale Ale). It sports a nice 2 fingers of sandy white head with some good retention. The nose is predominantly sweet with hops more or less in the background. I get bready malt notes, pinetrees, and some grapefruit.

Nicer firm feel with a fruity sweet-and-bitter flavor. There is some mild malt sweetness up front and the apricots provide sweetness and tartness to the profile. At mid-palate, some herbal tea, lemon, and honey-like notes take over and linger on the finish along with some of the apricot.

Easy-drinking beer, but the flavor doesn't quite work for me and it's certainly not what I search for in an American IPA. Kudos to DFH for always being so experimental, but why make a mildly-hopped IPA (or American Pale Ale if you want to call it that) with apricots? Why not just make a fruit beer?

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
Beer rating: 3.84 out of 5 with 5,004 ratings