My First Craft Beer Review: Aprihop From Dogfish Head

Aprihop Dogfish Head

The Drink: Aprihop from Dogfish Head
Type: American IPA
ABV: 7% IBU: 50
Overall Rating: 4 Out Of 5 Pints

I’ve been drinking beers (although mostly ones without any real flavor until recently) and reviewed hundreds of coffees in the couple of years, so you’d think that writing a review about beer wouldn’t be so hard…I was wrong. Please bare with me as I find my footing and stumble back to my bar stool.

I knew for my first craft beer review, it was going to be a beer from Dogfish Head. A lot of their beers are on my top ten list. However, I had no idea what beer it was going to be until I spotted Aprihop at the local Total Wine.

Aprihop is an American IPA brewed with apricots. It’s a seasonal beer only on the shelves and on taps from March to May.

I first tried it on tap a few weeks ago, but it wasn’t until I took home a four pack that I was really able to enjoy the full flavor.

This beer had an amber color with a hint of orange to it.

Aprihop had the aroma of sweet apricot that mixed with a mild bitterness of a good IPA.

The taste was lead off my the sweetness of the fruit, followed by an IPA style bitterness. That bitterness lingered on my tongue long after my sip was finished.

Overall, Aprihop was a very drinkable IPA, perfect for a warm spring day on the porch. It was too over the top with the hops. It has a light, crisp feel that’s left me wanting to drink a lot more.

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About the author /


I'm a former coffee blogger, but I’ve been getting to know some really good craft beers and really getting into home brewing. I couldn’t resist starting this little project called Passion For The Pint. When I’m not blogging about coffee or beer, you can find me exploring New Orleans’ wide range of eateries, rooting for the New York Yankees (don’t hate me, I’m originally from New York), working out to burn off the beer calories or reading about beer.

  • Darrell

    Hi Mike, Darrell here. Added the blog to my “raisin’ a pint” folder. I hear that Dogfish Head beers are gonna be almost impossible to get up here in Canada, since that TV show(Brewmasters was it?) And they were fairly rare before. But I did snap up a couple bottles in Dec.(?)or early Jan. I wasn’t overly impressed with the Raison D’Etre, although it was well brewed & kinda different with the beet sugar & the raisins- glad I tried it! But I plan on saving the Palo Santo Marron for a special occasion, well at least this next birthday(special enuff, right?) A Dogfish Head video-you can probably find it online-says the Palo Santo wood is the only wood so dense that it won’t float…pretty amazing!

    • Anonymous

      Darrell, thanks for including my blog! Hopefully, I can make it worthwhile.

      I’m having a similar issue with Avery, just heard on Friday that they’re pulling out of Central Florida, the area where I live. I think I’ll be able to survive, but it would be a different story with Dogfish Head. I don’t like all of them, but I do love most of them and like trying all of the different extremes. I like Rasion D’etre, but it isn’t one that I could drink every day. Palo Santo is one of my favorites, it’s definitely worth saving for your birthday. I really like the stories behind their ingredients and recipes, I think it’s one of the many things that makes them stand out.