Hop Dam Triple IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 337
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 44
Gots: 22 | FT: 3
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: imaguitargod on 02-14-2010

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Reviews by Osiris9588:
Photo of Osiris9588
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy bronze color out of the 22oz bomber. There are yeasty floaters suspended in the body of the beer. The two finger white head is thick and leaves plenty of trails of large-bubbled lacing.

The smell is dry, more woody than piny, very pleasing to the olfactory senses.

The taste--I know this is a hop bomb, and I love hop bombs and include Bell's Hopslam as one of my faves beers in the world (if not the fave). Yet, I think one is a bit overbearing and kind of a one-trick pony. It's very phenolic, plenty of cherry cough syrup and dirty band-aid but not as much of the pine and citrus notes I enjoy so much in other hop bombs.

On the mouth you get a bit of a sweet syrupy kick on the front, then it dries out into a woody finish with a slight metallic, battery-like finish.

Not terrible, but not in the upper echelon of the style.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This shows the requisite orangish-brown color with a nice, moderate head that left some decent lacing.

Smell – The hops are huge here at the nose but not like a dry-hopped beer. There is some strong grapefruit, fresh pine, and a light floral character. The malts are almost absent but should step things up at the taste.

Taste – The malt does take it up one small notch here with some added caramel sugar but hops dominate the flavor. It’s a very strong grapefruit taste with a pine that’s almost pepperminty and lots of bitter leaf notes.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied with bone wrenching bitterness. I like the thick, slick feel of the beer but was a bit put off with the bitterness in this style.

Drinkability – This is definitely a sipping beer that was a little blunt for my preference. I think the balance missed the mark but otherwise it wasn’t bad.

Photo of tectactoe
3.12/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ataraxia for this extra. Hop Dam pours a completely opaque color that lies somewhere between light-copper and swampy-brown. Murky to the core and obviously unfiltered, the off-white cap retains well for a brew with higher alcohol content and leaves an extremely generous amount of fat and sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. Even once the beer is gone, some white lace remains near the top.

I stick my face into the glass and my nose is hit immediately with a bunch of sweet malts. I find this problem (although I don't know if it should be considered a "problem" per se) often with "Triple" IPAs or IPAs that are "over the edge"... the malt bill must be large enough to stand up to the crazy overload of hops, and in turn, the beer becomes more of a sweet malty concoction rather than a hop-heavy bitter bruiser. The initial whiff of Hop Dam seems to be leading me down this road.

There are definitely some sticky citrus aromas, along with a light pungency of pine and floral hops, but there's no mistaking the huge malt backbone in this one. Lots of caramel, toffee, and butterscotch aromas that actually outplay the hops by quite a bit. Very sweet and almost candy-like to the nostrils. It doesn't smell bad, but I don't know if I wan't my IPAs to smell like this exactly.

As expected, the first sip induces a great amount of bread, toasted caramel, and super huge toffee flavors into my palate. The beer is quite heavy; sticky and thick and borderline chewy, which plays even more into the hands of the heavy malt bill. Hops are sadly secondary, but they do eventually surface once the initial malt-shock mellows out and subsides. They have a lightly citric, but mostly earthy character.

The bitterness provided by the hops barely puts a dent in the sweetness from the malt. I wouldn't go so far as to call Hop Dam "cloying", but I certainly don't want my IPA to be this sweet. Once the taste of the earthy, dirty, mildly-citric hops fades, the aftertaste is left with the leftover malt flavors. The palate finishes with big-time caramel and toffee that coats your taste buds to the (not-so-bitter) end. A little more lively carbonation would have help the thick, sticky mouth feel on this one.

It's not like this beer was offensive or tough to put down, but it doesn't really qualify as much of an IPA to me, let alone a "triple" IPA. I don't care how many hops actually went into the brew kettle - when a beer contains this much malt sweetness coming through in the final flavor profile, you are out of IPA territory. In my opinion, just a "meh" beer on almost every front - nothing exciting happening here, especially not for IPA lovers.

Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish copper with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet sugary melon and catty, resiny hops with some alcohol as it warms.

The flavor is some sweet fruity malts followed by a huge hop bang in the finish - very resiny and kind of catty and tarry. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low creamy carbonation.

Overall, an expensive, big unbalanced hop monster, but fun.

Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a chill hazed honey amber body with a medium sized offwhite head. Good retention and some patchy lace rings the glass.

Aroma is sharply hops, as pine and grapefruit notes run rampant on the olfactories. Toasty caramel hints of a softening base for the mega hop assault.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation and has a resinous hop presence.

Taste is clean and savory. Robust hop presence serves up pine, grassiness, big grapefruit, and even a hint of florals. Just enough of a toasty caramel maltiness to even things out. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

This one features a really excellent presentation of the hop bill. Nothing here really jumps out and says "triple IPA", but it's certainly a well done Double. Thanks to mntlover for sharing this bottle.

Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant, deep amber, 1-2” frothy foam cap
S: resiny, minty hops
T: Starts rich and malty and then intense hops come on board leading to an alcoholic finish that suggests whiskey. There is some caramel supporting the hops and alcohol and there is also some vanilla. Some citrus in the hops, especially citrus rind and layers of malt.
F: Creamy, medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: Very intense but very well done.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appears a bright copper amber when poured into my Allagash chalice, off white khaki off white head forms thick after a vigorous pour. I can tell the body is a bi viscous after the pour and carbonation has a hard time keeping up with the loads of malt and hops pushed into this beer. Fine even speckled patterns of lacing with each sip form on the sides of my glass.

Aroma has a strong assaulting onslaught of hops going on including fresh cut green onions and strong aromatic citrus peels. This reminds me a lot of Green Flash DIPA, a bit of pungent Mary Jane and tropical fruit tones blend in as well. Alcohol comes through amongst the wave of hops, malts do back up the hops but this one has potential to burn nostril hairs.

Flavor has an abusive level of hop bitterness and flavor. Raw herbaceous hops collide with booze to provide quite the unbalanced beast, which is what your going for with a Triple IPA. Hop pellets loads hit the palate with Grapefruit rinds, pine, and more green onion. It almost numbs the palate, so much that the balance between the malts and hops is completely abolished even in the hoppiest brews around I love for there to be some harmony rolling between the barrage of hop bitterness/flavors with the malts and alcohol. This one hits me with the booze and hop abrasiveness, and that pretty much sticks around. My palate is shot for further drinking and savoring of any other brews for the evening. Really not an enjoyable experience going on here.

Mouthfeel, this brew numbs the palate with hop bitterness and alcohol burn, it doesn't hide the 10% abv at all this is a booze bomb. Between those two abrasive qualities it doesn't make for a pleasant experience, carbonation I have no complaints with but the alcohol burn in my nares and on my breath doesn't do it for me. There are plenty of DIPAs out there that have the same alcohol without the abrasive fusel quality.

Drinkability overall is pretty poor too damn extreme for it's own good, throwing loads of hops and malts doesn't always equate to good beer. I love most of this small brewer's efforts but this one most definitely strikes out with me, at a beerfest a couple years back I drank silk porter ran through a tower of coffee beans and it was mindblowingly drinkable and flavorful at the same time.

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from CBX in Charleston, SC.

Pours a deep copper color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of loads and loads of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit hops with light hints of pale malts and lighter hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A surprisingly sturdy malt backbone that tastes partly of pale malts and partly of caramel malts serves as the background for a smorgasbord of hop flavors. As with the smell tropical fruit, citrus, and pine are all there but citrus and tropical fruit are more prevalent than they are in the nose. A mild amount of dryness begins midway through the sip and stays constant through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very nice thickness with smooth and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could very easily have another.

Overall I thought this was very close to being a great beer however it was missing just a bit of balance. Still, as it is it's very well worth trying, though slightly less so because of the expensive price tag.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Bruisin' Ales.Smells and tastes pure grapefruit juice hops. Most pleasant well done DIPA. Big head that takes a while to settle.Surprisingly good mouthfeel, with caramel sweetness balanced the bitterness.Well carbonated.Yes, some pineapple.

Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Dam pours a light rust color. It looks mostly clear, and it's slightly red when held to light. An off-white, vanilla looking head crowns the top. It rises to maybe a finger, and falls quickly. Too much abv? Perhaps. Lacing was sticky and quite substantial.

The nose isn't very strong. It kicks off with a blend of the citrus usuals (grapefruit, orange, and pineapple). Indeed the hops are primarily citric, but feature some light floral and pine notes. It smells like some of the edge might have been shaved off the hops by the strong presence of caramel malt. Oh yeah, it's here. Sweet and sugary it is. It's tough to tell how the malt/hop war will shake out, but it smells pretty well balanced. Alcohol isn't very noticeable.

The flavor isn't all that interesting. Definitely not as good as I'd hoped. It kicks off with a sweet, sugary mix of caramel and toffee flavors. No big surprise there. Hops follow and give it a nice citrus blast of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Maybe even a little mango. The hop flavor is tasty, and it has certain degree of bitterness. But, the malts really degrade the hop effect to a large degree. There's some residual bitterness in the aftertaste, but there's some caramel sweetness too. It's not bad, but it's a little too balanced for me. I still don't quite get the 'Triple IPA' concept. Alcohol is blended well. It's slightly noticeable in taste, but isn't warm. It finishes slightly bitter and sweet.

Hop Dam has a medium body. Carbonation is light and restrained. It is smooth and has a nice feel. Drinkability is above average. The flavor's alright, but isn't great by any stretch. I guess it goes down easy for a 10% beer, but I'm not overly enjoying it. I'll finish the bomber, but that's more than enough.

I'm starting to believe that Triple IPAs just aren't my thing. Hop Dam certainly doesn't have a shortage of hops, but it has an over-abundance of malt that counters the hops' effect. It seems that that's the formula for Triple IPAs. I'm yet to find one that I really love. Hop Dam's alright. It's definitely worth a try. But, it doesn't hold a candle to Mean Manalishi. If you're looking for a relentlessly bitter DIPA, go for that one. If you're more in the market for a big, sweet DIPA (or Triple IPA, if you will) that has nice hop flavor and balance, this might be your beer.

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had nice sample of this amazingly hoppy new Triple IPA with Fred Karm, owner / brewmeister extraordinaire of Hoppin' Frog....on "pre-release" day Friday Feb 12...poured from bomber into glass for tasting sample at brewery.

"Wow" does not begin to cover this one, total hop bomb, but so drinkable, nice citrus / grapefruit smell, taste....4 different hops in this massive 10% abv IPA, including the nice Amarillo and Summit hops...great thing about this one, is how drinkable it is, not overwhelming at all, goes down smooth and easy, alcohol hidden well...I would say this is one of the best representations of a total masterfully made super Imperial Triple IPA, I have ever been so fortunate to drink!

Mouthfeel is great, perfect balance of hop bitterness, and aroma....would be so easy to down a whole 22 oz bomber quickly, but trust me, you will want to go slow and savor this delicious and amazing beer....Fred got this one sooo right! I am so lucky to live in Akron!

Appearance is a lovely golden yellow, with perfect carbonation and head of hoppy foam!

After having sampled a wide variety of IPA's, regular and DIPA's lately, this one blows them all away....kudos to Hoppin' Frog, and all hail Fred, king of hops in these parts! Seek this one out, you will not be dissappointed!

Photo of mikey711
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pretty deep amber in color, good transparency with a quarter inch head that doesnt leave much lace or retain all of that well

S: Tons of citrus notes that are primarily grapfruit with hints of lemon, followed by loads of piny bitterness and some hints of caramel sweetness

T: Damn this is piny, but in a very good way. The grapefruit too is very dominant. It is slightly oily too. The hops are quite powerful and hide the alcohol that is clearly present

M: A nice lingering bitterness and a decent amount of body without being too heavy.

D: It goes down fairly easy to start but catches up rather quickly leaving a feeling like it is weighing you down

Photo of nickd717
3.22/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle thanks to G311.

Pours cloudy amber in color with a small off-white head that fades.

Aroma is sweet and malty with iced tea and citrusy, herbal, and resinous hops.

The flavor is a like a hard iced tea mixed with an imperial IPA. Sweet caramel malt with loads of grapefruit, resin, and herbal hop notes.

Full-bodied and syrupy with fairly low carbonation.

A little disappointing overall. I wouldn't say it's below average for the style, but I wouldn't say it's much above average either. Not so easy to drink.

Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC, hauled back with TLC

Pours an effervescent and somewhat hazed caramel/orange with 3+ fingers of rocky tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops & not much else

T: Leafy hops a touch of toffee & then grapefruit up front, some pear and breadyness too. Slight astringency surfaces as this warms, along with grapefruit, pineyness & too much leafy hops. Finally a little pineapple to balance this out a bit, plus a kiss of booze warmth & a touch of figgyness. Finishes with leafy hops, cakeyness & some nice fruittyness & a touch of toffee

MF: Fairly chewy, sticky. not much noticable carbonation. Warming & alright balance, got better as it warmed

Drinks fairly easy for the ABV & style. A decent take on the style, but this was fairly pricey, so I'll one & done. I'd rather get some BA BORIS all in all...

Drinks fairly easy, but I'm not in love with the hop mix. I would recommend drinking this above cellar temp; was better once warmer

Photo of bashiba
2.34/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a bright orange with lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of sediment. Easily the chunkiest beer I have ever seen. A light soap ring of a head.

Doesn't really smell all that hoppy for a TRIPEL IPA, a light medicinal quality with a bit of mineral.

The flavor is a big grassy bitter mess, mild toasted malts sort of sneak through, but its bitter herbal and grassy hops. It seems to be missing most of the tasty hop flavors and just full of bitterness and old lawn clippings with some alcohol sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, literally chewy.

This beer is an absolut train wreck of a giant IPA, will avoid in the future.

Photo of output01x
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that quickly recedes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a clear orange amber color with a small number of slowly rising carbonation bubbles. The final pour from the bottle relases a massive amount of floaties that cloud the significantly. Almost zero lacing can be noticed throughout consumption.

A good combination of citrus hops and pine hops aromas make for a great nose. Notes of orange peel and a spiciness are also detectable.

The smell really does not do this viscious beer justice. A sweet citrus flavor starts each sip but is soon accompanied by a strong resinous pine flavor. As the citrus fades, the standard pine bitterness follows. This pine bitterness quickly builds to a level any hophead would revel in. The bottle claims "High IBUs" but I would certainly agree with a claim of 100+ IBUs. A slight alcohol warmth is noticable as the beer warms, but is never indicative of the 10% ABV.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is an easy drinking sipper. While the intense flavors and extreme bitterness prevents one from gulping this beer, the mouthfeel is somewhat refreshing. The lack of carbonation definitely hinders the drinkability, but it also permits the bitterness to haunt you indefinitely.

Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being a massive hop-head, I saved this one for my 100th review...

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours a nice orange-red color with a one finger off white head that lingers. Maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of massive hops. The flavor is of massively bitter hops with a nice crisp finish. It has a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good IIPA. I must say, I mainly bought this due to their Triple IPA classification. I was not expecting much at all, but this is up there with Ruination on hop bitterness for sure at least in my bottle. Glad this is readily available as I will most like stocking up on this to cellar myself. A must try for massive hop heads out there.

Photo of md655321
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle for 16.99!!! Nice beer, but horrendous value.

A: Nice bit of brown, but clear and copper. Definitely East Coast appearance

S: OK, but mostly grain with some citrus and pine, but nothing overwhelming.

T: Bitter obviously, but not the tongue sucking bitter of Hopsickle. Simply not enough citrus to cut through the bitter to balance it out.

M: Good. Nice carbonation.

D: Pretty good considering. Bitter starts to build a bit, but for certified hop fiends its definitely drinkable.

A good beer, but nothing near the other top DIPAs or TIPAs.

Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Dark gold/orange pour, a nice layer of whitish head. Retains well, laces ok.

Herbal and resiny pine mainly in the aroma. A little spiciness to it as well. Barely a hint of malt.

Taste has more going on than I thought it would. Herbal piney hops, only mild grapefruit. Burnt toffee, brown sugar. A spiciness to it again, with just the faintest onion powder. Nothing like Gubna though. Finishes with quite a bitterness and fairly dry and clean.

Medium bodied, carbonation brings prickliness to the mouth. A little harsh, but some of that is from the spicy nature I think. The abv is not really present and not real warming either.

Interesting, probably wouldn't get it again, but another solid brew from the Frog.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is strong, nice and hoppy, mostly I smell piney and citrusy (grapefruit) hops along with some apricots and sweet malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with there being some bready malt and some spicy hops noticable too. Obviously, this beer is pretty much a hop bomb. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's a bit slick and coating and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. This is one of the better hoppy beers I've had in a while. If you like hops, then you should definitely try this brew.

Photo of jsh420
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours cloudy dark amber orange with a 2+finger off white head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell is huge juicy pine resin and some grapefruit in the background - this is all hops

taste - just like the nose this beer is huge and earns the right to be called a TIPA - all hops and mostly pine - lots of hop resin that is salty and juicy - extremely bitter - i do get some citrus grapefruit and even a hint of malt but it needs more of both

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation - very juice like

overall - after the first few sips i thought this was too much for me to handle .... and i was right i could not finish the bomber

Photo of Beejay
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber in color with a nice light tan head on top. Looks nice.

S: There are some mean hops in this guy. Huge oily resiny pine and citrus aroma. A good bit of caramel in there, as well as maybe a touch of sweet onion.

T: Good touch of caramel, followed by pine and citrus, and a falcon punch of bitterness. Resiny, piney, and mean.

M: Medium in body with an oily texture. Carbonation seems about right. I feel like a need a tongue scraper to get the hop oil off my tongue.

O: Overall I tend to like my Imperial IPA's a touch on the sweeter side. This tastes great, but the punch packed by the bitterness is almost just a bit too harsh. Still a good beer, and I am glad I tried it.

Photo of BeerWanker
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drank out of a 750ml bottle in an open pint glass.

huge nose, massive hops and the smallest after-thought of barley and typical PA flavours. tight fruits, peaches, apples and all that wanky noise.

monstrous on the taste buds. huge, uncomprimising hops, smashing apart all other flavour profiles. fucking love it. if you can handle the hop monster (IBU in the 100's) this is a beast of beer to love and savour.

mouthfeel is a smal consideration, yet barley comes through to tame the beast. wow.

overall. if you want to try your hand at a monster, this is for you. if you love IPA, try this triple, otherwise man up and drink your 6 percenters' and feel like a champ..i joke, this is a beast. try it and then you will understand true imperials.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip. 10% ABV, 94 OG, 22.5 degrees Plato, "High IBUs"

Big old thanks to Beerwolf77 for ending a reallly long tasting with a face-melting IPA.

A - So much sediment in suspension, it's more populated than the stars in a dark night sky. Golden hued amber with a two-finger off-white head with moderate retention and tons of lace.

S - Rich pine-needle with grapefruit citrus so fresh it could have just been squeezed out into the beer. A lot of resin equivalent to opening a new action figure. Tons of back-up malts with a bold melted caramel chunk.

T - So much resiny pine it's almost ridiculous. It's like sap from a pine tree it's so rich tasting and powerful. So much grapefruit too, it can't get any fresher. Bitter beyond belief. Oy vey.

M - Hot Hop Damn this is just out-of-control. The hop level is close to insane and bitter as hell. This is one tongue-shredding brew that makes my teeth hurt.

D - A 22 needs to be split at LEAST 2 ways, if not 3 to be on in the drinkability category. It's so potent, if there were a Triple IPA category, this would be a main contender.

Photo of TexIndy
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info on the bottle that I could find. Was a cloudy orange-amber color with lots of carb streams especially from the etching. It had a good sized head that slowly settled into a small foam center with film covering the rest. Excellent sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma is very good with c-hops, pine resin, grapefruit, big kick of onion from the Summit hops and a good sweet malt base. The Summit was the dominant hop but I'd have preferred it to be a little more in the background. The taste was also really good but just missing the sweet spot for me. Initially, it had a high bitterness but as it warmed up the bitter faded a bit and the sweet took over. Something about it just didn't sit well. It ended up being really bitter yet overly sweet as well. Needed to settle in one direction or the other. A little less bitter and a little less sweet and it would be right in my wheelhouse. Still pretty good so don't get me wrong. Mouthfeel was thick and resiny with great carbonation and good bitter aftertaste.

Overall, it's a good ADIPA that got close but missed what I was hoping to find. I'm growing into the high bitter ones so would like to try this one again next year and see how I like it then. Not avail here in TX so I shipped back from Indy during my trip. Rotation - would like to try it again as I said above to see if I grow into it. But even if I did grow to really like it, the $17.99 price would greatly limit my purchases. [O;Y;BL]

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Hop Dam Triple IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 337 ratings.