ApriHop | Dogfish Head Craft Brewery

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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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Photo of hopheadjuice
4.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle, bottled in 2011 4c.

Pours a darker copper color with a tight 2 finger head that leaves nice lace.

Citrus everywhere with a huge blast of pine. Apricots clearly present adding amazing complexity with the hops.

Amazing hop depth being citric and spicy. Apricots are very present adding to the citric quality of the hops. Malt base is n ice and sweet trying its hardest to balance the big bold hops.

Medium mouthfeel with perfect carbonation. slightly dry finish.

I usually dont like fruit added to beer but the apricot in this adds so much unique complexity to the hops and it works out so well. Amazing drinkability.

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Photo of jameaterblues
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured from 12oz bottle a clear golden amber color with hints of orange. The head was fairly thin off white, with a white bubbly lace.
The smell of was of sweet apricot and clean crisp hops.
This beer had apricot that hits the tongue first. Although they call it an IPA the hops in this particular beer, very prominent in the middle of the body, reminded much more of a pale ale, maybe the apricot mellows it out, but none the less this was an interesting and wonderful beer. The apricot provided a smooth fruitful finish with a slight bitterness. The slight bitterness almost reminded me of a lightly sweetened tea(I think the apricot and hops combination provided this).
Mouthfeel/drinkablility: This beer had a great mouth feel wonderful balance between fruit and hops, ample carbonation, and these things made the mouthfeel almost perfect. Because of the combination this fruit beer is much more drinkable than most. I did not quite see that this was a "fruit beer for hop heads" as dogfish boasts...it definitely had more hops than most, but it was a little deceiving.

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Photo of jimspivey8
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Orange as a pumpkin, with a creamy soft white head.

Smell: Citrusy hops dominate, with a fruity malty sweetness behind.

Taste: Perfectly balanced between hoppy bitterness and rich malt, with a subtle apricot flavor.

Mouthfeel: Fine, sharp carbonation provides a contrast to smooth, almost oily texture.

Drinkability: Excellent, despite the high ABV.

Overall: Aprihop is one of my top 10 favorite beers, ever. This is very strange because I generally don't enjoy fruit beers. However, while most fruit beers (and many IPA's) are exercises in excess, Aprihop is an ode to balance. The apricots lend this beer such a gentle and distinctive taste, nestling in between the malt and hops beautifully. To me, it is as close to the perfect IPA as I have found, and one of the few beers that I find myself coming back to again and again.

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Photo of wahhmaster
4.7/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep brown color with reddish hues. Has a large, frothy head that dissipates slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of citrusy, grainy hops with a hint of apricot fruitiness.

Taste: Wow. Strongly hopped up front with dry, grassy hops (tastes dry-hopped). Finishes hoppy with a touch of sweet maltiness and a strong, complimentary apricot flavor. The obvious comparison for this beer is Magic Hat #9 but there really is no competition. The apricot in this beer feels less like an added component than a natural flavor in the beer. Well done, well done indeed.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and refreshing with an expressive carbonation.

Overall: Wow. This beer is fantastic. Dogifsh Head once again proves that it can make experimental and "off-centered" beers that are also accessible and delicious. Major kudos to them for this one!

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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 KyleVick4
4.69/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz

A: Pours a light orange with white head that flows nicely and remains on the top of the brew throughout. Crystal clear with quite a few bubbles. Leaves decent lacing also.

S: My this smells wonderful. Sweet spicy hop nose with a flowery smell that I think is the apricot. Smells of hops linger for a while and a touch of sweetnes from the malt. Wow this is a very good smelling beer, one of my favorites.

T: Very not bad. A good hop attack upfront but not too much at all. it lets itself be known. Followed by the sweetness of the malt, and a hint of the apricot can be tasted in the aftertaste. A very different style, but a very good taste.

M: Medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. A touch of silkyness but not too much at all. Very smooth and crisp.

D: Mmmm Im done and am going to get another one right now. This is an addictive beer. Being a football Sat, I will finish the four pack tonight for sure...

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Photo of mrpivo
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I ran into Aprihop at our October, 2003 Beer Barons of Milwaukee officers meeting. I had no idea what I was ordering, but being a Dogfish Head creation I was sure to be different. The glass I received had a nice half inch thick head sitting upon a slightly cloudy straw colored beer. When I raised it to my nose I detected the aroma of Cascade hops. I thought to myself that this was just another American Pale Ale. Upon tasting it, I couldn't have been more wrong. I have to tell you that I'm not a fan of fruit beers, but THIS fruit beer made me a convert. Very complex. That's how I would describe my initial reaction. I couldn't decide what I enjoyed more: the APA bitterness, the subtle sweetness which no doubt was due to the apricots, the almost subliminal taste of the apricots themselves, or the perfect carbonation which only enhanced everything else. All in all a fantastic beer. Being a homebrewer, I'm already planning to duplicate this beer.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.68/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Rutager for this one.

A: 1" tan coloured head over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Floral, perfumy, citrusy and piney hops.

T: Wow. Apricot, grassy hops, tangerine, grapefruit, white grapes, and sweet pale malt.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Dangerously drinkable, very smooth and quite sweet. Beautiful.

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Photo of shand
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

Pours a red colour with a finger of head that retains and laces well. The smell is amazing, nice (yet subtle) resiny hops, and grapefruit. Apricot is just barely present on the nose. However, it does roll in the taste, becoming one with the hops to create a very unique tasting IPA. This is seriously a great one, it uses the great piney and slightly fruity hops that Dogfish uses so well with some nice, wholly natural apricot flavors. The aftertaste is a perfect blend of hop resin and the flesh of an apricot. Super delicious and refreshing.

The mouthfeel is lighter for an IPA, but absolutely works here, and the drinkability is off the charts. A superbly excellent brew from Dogfish, I'm not quite sure why they get all the hype for their "extreme" beers when their lower ABV brews tend to be their best. Absolutely love this.

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Photo of BigDoug
4.67/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mad Mex. Big Azz beer special. 22oz draft!

I absolutely love this beer! I had it for the first time last month out of a bottle and loved it. It's even better on tap!

Pours a very beautiful dark amber with nice clarity. Has a very rich creamy slightly off white head that stays for a bit. Leaves ok lacing.

The smell is perfect! Aprihop is the best name for this beer cuz it smells like a hop with apricot accents. Sweetness from the arpicot and an awesome aroma from the hops. Also picking up a little malt aroma in the back. It's one of the best parts of this beer.

The taste is out of this world good! I can't believe this beer is only rated a B+ overall. I had this with my Mexican food and it paired sooo good with it. The apricot and hoppy flavors went awesome with the tortilla chips and salsa. Went great with my spicey chicken burrito too! Has a big apricot flavor but not overpowering cuz the hops really make an appearance in the flavor. The flavor really gets better as it warms a bit. Great bitterness. Mild bitterness but just great with the apricot notes. I don't like fruit beers much but this is the best fruit beer hands down. Definately would call the a fruit IPA.

Mouthfeel was perfect for this one. Nice creamy medium body. As it warms, it just gets better. Carbonation was very good.

Drinkability was great considering the pretty big 7% abv. I would have gotten another 22oz draft if I wasn't so stuffed from my huge burrito! Another fantastic make from Dogfish Head!

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A very drinkable but complex brew. Has a faint but noticeable nose of apricots and hops. Pours golden with a nice but not overwhelming head. Has an intriguing taste of Apricot fruit followed by bitter almond/apricot pit that immediately transitions into a medium hop bitterness. The transition from fruit to the melded bitterness of pit and hops is what makes this beer sublime.

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Photo of jlenik
4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a: pours with at least two fingers worth of a light tan head. color is on the dark amber side.

s: tropical fruits, some pineapple followed by an array of citrus.

t: almost reminds me a of a "light" west coast IPA. lots of hoppiness upfront and the apricot flavors come through after. tropical fruits are all over the place.

m: this beer is like silk on the tongue. I can't keep myself from taking another sip.

o: best DFH seasonal (sorry Festina Peche I love you too!) my only gripe is that it doesn't come in six packs!

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Photo of hdofu
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, much more apricot taste then #9. Suprsingly dark for an ipa with a cream colored head. You get a strong taste of apricots with this brew. This taste backs up the a crisp hoppy finish. Smell also is also noticeably apricots. Slick oily feel with a crisp finish. Drinkablity is good, particularly if you like apricots. This brew lives up to its name being that its stongests characteristics are hops and apricots.

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Photo of Reema
4.64/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer doesn't get enough love. It doesn't smell like apricot too much but it's definitely there in the taste. Easily drinkable. This a nice departure from the usual IPA that surprisingly works very well.

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Photo of quad07
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Purchased this at Friar Tuck, $9.98 a four pack of 12oz brown bottles with pry off caps. Bottled date on the neck. Spring release!

It poured into my 23oz large beer glass a dark gold amber copper color that looked like a dark clover honey when held up to the light. The head was a white and tight silk texture that resembled shaving cream. The carbonation was tight and full. Very classy looking. A very appealing look for fruit ale.

I found the aroma very pleasant and appealing unlike most of the berry, fruit/vegetable beers I have had in the past. A green hop aroma up front with the fine sweet smell of apricots.

The flavor in my opinion is a well balance of green hops with not an over powering bitter taste with not to much of a sweet apricot taste.Taste a little carmel too. The 7%ABV is not strong or over powering at all.

Mouth feels is smooth with just enough carbonation and has a little sticky texture to it.

Over all a good fruit beer that is quite refreshing. A four pack is just right for me in one sitting. I lit up a Patagas #10 cigar on my third bottle and they complimented each other quite well.


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Photo of NewGeneric
4.63/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: A plethora of soft, creamy beige foam sits atop an ever-so-slightly hazy, light rusty copper beer. Foam dissipates quite slowly leaving sticky lacing all over the glass. Gorgeous.

S: Smells piney, resinous, citrusy and spicy all at once. There are very nice underlying tones of other citrus-like fruit. And marijuana. I swear it. Beyond all of that, there is some malt that makes its presence felt.

T: Beautiful malt backbone lathers the tongue with notes of oak, cherry, vanilla, apricot (of course), and citrus-like fruit. Hops are quite present but more subdued than expected.

M: One notch below exceptional. Just a hint too much bitterness up front. Other than that, I don't see how it could improve. Like velvet.

D: Wow. Very impressed with this brew. I'm having a hard time not drinking it (trying to cut down on beer consumption lately). Too bad it's not available in New Orleans or I'd be all over it.

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Photo of clvand0
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dogfish is one of my favorite breweries, so this was a definate must try. Pours a light amber color with a large white head that stays around for a while and leaves a nice bit of lacing on the glass. Nose is hoppy - pine and grassy, but also sweet and has a nice fruit presence. So, smells like an IPA with fruits in it - imagine that. The flavor is sweet and hoppy, but has a definate apricot taste. The fruit comes through extremely well in this brew. Very nice flavor and drinkability. The body is a little thin, but it's an IPA, so I didn't expect it to be very thick. Wonderful beer and another great one from Dogfish.

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Photo of larryi86
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle dated 2/26/10 poured into a snifter

A- A lighter amber/orange color with a one finger white head.

S- Hoppy and earthy with hints of apricot

T- Starts out with a nice, somewhat hoppy taste that is very close to DFH 60 Minute IPA, and finishes with a smooth semi-sweet apricot taste.

M- Smooth, not too heavy and just goes down.

D- This is a great beer for the warmer spring and summer monthes. It is very refreshing and goes down easy. I wish that DFH would put it out both spring and summer this way I would not have to stock up so much in the spring.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.62/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into my pint glass a clear amber, good bubble action, left decent rings of lacing. Looks the way you'd expect a good IPA to look.

Smell - poured ice-cold, this smells an awful lot like a 60 Min. Clean and characteristically hoppy. As it warms, however, the apricot does introduce itself. Apricot and hops go together? Damn right they do.

Taste is pretty true to the label description - this is far more of an American IPA with apricots added than a fruit beer. The apricots are there, but they aren't over-the-top by any means, making themselves most known in the slightly dry finish. There's a bready malt presence balancing those clean, refreshing, bracing hops. Mmmmm. I notice the 7% ABV a little, especially as it warms - it contributes a slight spiciness, and just a dash of that trademark DFH boozy-smoky flavor.

Mouthfeel couldn't be much better. Appropriately carbonated...nice and poppy. The balanced flavors coat the tongue without ever becoming cloying.

Drinkability is exceptional. This is just real easy to drink. You could put away 3 of these with some good pub fare, no problem. All in all, another fine, nuanced, damn-near-sessionable beer from the Delaware crew.

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Photo of StrangerBrew
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had the privelage of having this beer on tap at Dogfish Head recently. When the beer first arrived it had a very nice presentation, light copper color with a wonderful head. It was great beer, a light citrisy flavor, the hops and the apricots complimented each other wonderfully. Nice fruity aroma, very refreshing aftertaste and left you wanting more. It makes me almost want to drive 4 hours to have a few more on tap.

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Photo of InandOutBeerGuys
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Slightly aprehensive...ain't exactly cheap, but I gotta have it. If there could only be one, this would be fine. The subtle Apricot tones in this brew do an awesome job of balancing out the hoppiness of this beer. Anyone who has been scared off IPA's from a hoppy experince, fear not as this is nicely balance & not offensive. Hop Heads fear not as well as this is still an Imperial IPA! This was quite a drink as it is empty now...going to get another, love this beer.


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Photo of JoKo
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into SA Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Off white head, about an inch thick. Clear deep copper color, lively carbonation.

Smell: Apricots up front, citrus scents, grapefruit, hops all up front.

Taste: As expected, apricots up front, although it is a nice balance with the hops, grapefruit notes and some bready malt notes in the background. The hops are dominant but the malts do provide a nice backbone.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp mouthfeel, carbonation provides an almost "cream-like" mouthfeel.

Drinkability: For an IPA, on the lighter side in terms of body, drinkability factor is high, very well crafted beer.

(Reviewed from notes)

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Photo of jasonjlewis
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I saw this today when I was picking some beer up for someone. I was in the mood for a hoppy beer and a fruit beer, so I had one. It's really nicely balanced. Not that bitter really. IPA with apricots? Not crazy bitter like an IPA. Nice bitterness with an apricot balance. Veyr nice and easy to drink. Quite a treat. Definetly a beer that is welcome in my fridge any time.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Peach colored with a full light tan/beige head, lots of suspended particles, and very active carbonation that leaves lots of lace and thick lace rings. Very nice balanced fruit and hop aromas and flavors; amazing considering the very strange mix but it melds well. Starts on the fruity side with a nice hoppy finish coming in the middle thru the end. Medium-full (leans full) bodied and smooth but just a tad too bitter on the finish for my tastes.

Label States: "An IPA Brewed with Real Apricots"

Packaged in: '04 (notched on side - 03 embossed on bottom)
Tasted: 03/10/05

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Photo of jrenn
4.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear orangish.

Smell: Light hop aroma. Full on sweet rounded apricot smell. Creamy though. Really pops out at you.

Taste: Can't taste the booze too much on this one. Very well rounded. Grapefruit and apricot notes. Almost had a sherbet quality. I found myself trying to chew it many times.

Mouthfeel: Great body. Velvety. Full, but not offensive. Very drinkable.

Overall: I <3 Dogfish Head.

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ApriHop from Dogfish Head Craft Brewery
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