Hop Dam Triple IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hop Dam Triple IPAHop Dam Triple IPA

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Reviews: 137
Hads: 337
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 8.65%
Wants: 44
Gots: 23 | 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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Photo of BeerVikingSailor
5/5  rDev +27.2%
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! (1,288 characters)

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours to an light copper color. A thin head, which rapidly disappears with little or no lacing. There is a lot of sediment in the bottle, so have some patience and let it set a few minutes before pouring. There is just enough effervescence to keep the particles suspended.

Aroma reminds me of camping in the piney woods with some lemon in the air.

Taste - have your taste buds ready, they will be in for a shock.

Mouthfeel - The bitters stick around for a while. Thick and heavy.

I bought one bomber the first day it was in Wichita. Then it must have flown off the shelves, and the distributor is out. I found 5 bombers today and paid the $15 ride ticket. If you can buy it, you will enjoy. (697 characters)

Photo of alkemy
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden amber/orange with not much resembling a head. The pour reveals the first clues to the thickness of this brew. Lots of floaties suspended, which is actually something I enjoy. Smell is strong with grapefruit and oranges and hints of mangos and guava fruit. This is combined with a solid pine background. The taste is really where the pine comes in. It's thick and resiny and sticky, yummy. I would imagine biting into a sappy pine cone may compare. I absolutely love the thickness of this. The price is a bit obscene, but the taste is absolutely killer. (559 characters)

Photo of biglobo8971
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had several of these over DLD and loved every one of them. I have it compared to a barley wine, but I dont agree.
ST - Bomber
A - poured a nice amber orange, laced all the way down the glass with a very nice 3/4 in head
S - very pronounced orange and citrus notes, almost had a green onion smell, not quite, but close
T - incredible citrus notes with just a little pine on the end. You can definitely taste the malt that gives a carry over sweet taste that leaves you wanting to drink more
M - very easy to drink, no harsh notes
O - easily becomes one of my favorite beers, I'm extremely glad that I bought 4 of them. The price is a little steep, but I would gladly pay that price again for this beer. (701 characters)

Photo of nlmartin
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is clear golden amber coloration. The head of the beer is a quarter inch thick biege coloration. Thick sheets of lacing remain behind on my glass marking its swift passage.

Smell: Pine resin, citrus grapefruit, mango, a bit of pineapple and tangerine. Very juicy smelling nice caramel malt backing the aroma.

Taste: This beer delivers a major hop bomb. Major pine resin, very tasty grapefruit. Small amount of sweetness from the malt. Finishes with a biting lingering bitterness. Well played!

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Full bodied, thick lingering hop bitterness to the mouth. This is a hop bomb for sure. Very smooth drinking beer. The beer left my glass faster than I expected a 10% beer to do so. (784 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The orange-red colored body was clear, and displayed a moderately active carbonation, forming a one to two finger thick, foamy head. The smell was everything I expected from a highly hopped beer. There were aromas of mango, hay, pine, and honey as I smelled the beer. The hop level in the first sip was teeth strippingly strong. The bitterness started at the tip of the tongue and traveled down to the throat in an acidic, spicy blast. The aftertaste after even a smallest sip was everlasting. This is the hoppiest beer I can remember tasting in a long long time, maybe ever. The label states something about a rich malt flavor, but it was undetectable under the glorious tongue lashing given by the hops. Mouthfeel was medium dense, and sticky. A must have for a hop head. (773 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy - you could smell the hops if you were a kilometer upwind. It has woody and grassy notes and a subtle undertone of grapefruit. It pours a clear, dark amber with a nice light tan head and a few goobers in the bottom. Flavor is - WOOHOO, monumentally hoppy, more grassy and hay than evergreen, fairly but not fiercely bitter, with fruity and citrus undertones and a hint of caramel. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has plenty of sass and fizz. If you like hoppy beers, this one will be right up your alley! (525 characters)

Photo of kwjd
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange colour. Nice white head with tons of lacing. Wow, this is hoppy. Citrusy hop smell. Taste of yummy hops. It really just tastes like hop extract, which is completely awesome. It is completely smooth and incredibly drinkable. I didn't know what the abv was when I had this, but I was sure it is was high for how drinkable this beer was. Truly aweome. (370 characters)

Photo of imaguitargod
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

To say this is a hop bomb is to underplay how hoppy this monster of a beer is. Poured to a fantastic head and great clarity. Big malty front end which is in well balance with the massive hops. The hops are citrusy, floral, and resiny with a nice bitterness. When I say nice bitterness, I mean it’s well done and not overbearing. The hops actually feel like they are trying to escape your body after you swallow a sip. Gets better and better as it warms up, so much so that it’s still amazing at room temperature. Seek this beer out!

~Jonathan Passow (564 characters)

Photo of FromTheRoad
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled this at a Winter Festival featuring NE Ohio breweries. I believe at the time of the tasting it was only a week or so into the market. New this year is that the beer is a Triple (its been a double in the past).

As it turns out, the beer was served a bit too cold- not uncommon coming from a jockey box. My initial impression was that the beer was nice but not impressive. After about a half ounce into a 2 oz. pour I warmed the glass up with my hands. After affecting the beer 8 or so Fº the hoppiness and body really opened up. The last sip had the lingering hop bitterness that I expected to be there from the start.

I was pleasantly surprised that alcohol was not a prevalent characteristic- subtle at the most. As with most ultra-hoppy IPA's, the malt profile is secondary and always difficult to judge. Although, there was some malt presence on the palette which is better than none- as with other poorly crafted double/triple IPA's.

It had a nice pale-medium amber color and the aromas were fresh and floral- even at the initial cooler temp.

My lesson here was to make sure I give more time to let these big beers warm up a bit, 44º+ (1,152 characters)

Photo of parris
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful orange color, with tons of bits of hops. If I didn't know any better I'd think it was a gross amount of yeast/protein, but it's hops, I've heard. And it adds to the appearance.

S - Not a super intense aroma, but very pleasant. Citrus, maybe some vanilla.

T - Malty at first, piney in the middle, earthy/papery bitter finish. Pretty damn balanced for the hundred fifty million IBU it's supposed to have. The bitterness is clearly past my palate's detectable threshold.

M - Oily and smooth. Perfect for an imperial IPA. The carbonation can be felt from the lips to the back of your throat.

O - I was afraid I was going to be wasting the $23 I spent on this one beer, or that it would be more of an "experience" than a tasty delight. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase, very tasty, not just something you get once just to say you've tried it. (859 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of MbpBugeye
4.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been helping my girlfriend on her quest for the most bitter beer we can find. We have been through some heavy hitters so far. Hopsickle, Hop Stoopid, Runiation etc. I tried my bottle with out her. I think this one will please her palate...

A- 2 finger sticky looking white head. OK retention. The beer is a very red shade of orange with yellow highlights. Its not at all hazed.

S- HUGE sting of hops. All types of hop characteristics are noted. Mostly floral and citrus but there is also a noticeable amount of pine. Big notes of grapefruit.

T- Brutally bitter. This hop presence is unlike any Ive encountered. Its not just a hop bomb multiplied, its a completely different animal. Upon a sip its imediately piney bitter. The middle is actually quite malty, lightly toasted and grainy. The finish is where the hops get wild and unfamiliar. Grapefruit rind mixed with pine and a slight medicinal astringency.

M- A good way of describing this is sharp. Its so crisp, biting and prickly and some what sticky.

D- As this beer drinks some bitterness fades but I think thats just my palate giving up. The alcohol is not a problem, even at 10%

This is the hop bomb to end all hop bombs. I hope Hoppin Frog makes more of this. Also too bad its another one of their $13.99 bombers. (1,285 characters)

Photo of b3shine
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deuce to frosty tulip. Looks excellent. Deep in color and low in carbonation. Bouquet is equally as good. Hops and citrus. Taste is hoptastic. If you're a hophead, you'll love this beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and high abv is pleasantly noticeable. Overall, an excellent beer, but at $15.99+tax for a deuce, it's a special occasions brew. (335 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out as a copper color, some nice head at first that settles within a minute or so. The lacing is light but decent. The smell is very strong with piney hops. The taste has such a hoppiness to it that it's almost hard to even review. The mouthfeel is thick but smooth with a nice light carbonation. Overall this triple IPA is probably the best I've had as of yet. Aside of the Founders Devil Dancer and Brew Works Hopsalutely. Damn good triple IPA. Really wanna have this one again sometime! (505 characters)

Photo of fear025
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Tons and tons of citrus in the nose. Mostly grapefruit, but also orange and lemon. Smells sweet like cotton candy.

Appearance:Dark gold, light amber in color. Not a whole lot of head, but OK retention and great lacing.

Taste:Huge bitterness hits you right up front. The hops are huge in this beer, and it takes a while to get past the bitterness to taste the more subtle flavors. There is pine, and grapefruit. There is an earthy hop flavor that you get more in the mid to aftertaste. Finally, the sweet malt underlies the whole experience.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a hot alcohol burn, as you might expect from a Triple IPA. This beer has a medium body, and low to medium carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a fantastic beer, full of hops. I was not disappointed. (770 characters)

Photo of raznug
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a very hazy orange color topped with ¾” of an inch of head that clings nicely to the side of the glass.
Smell: Even though I have a stuffed up nose I smell a nice aroma of hops, citrus and grassy notes I think.
Taste: Wow it has been a while since I have had this beer and may I say better than I remember. There is a lot more hop presence than expected sure seems more than a typical DIPA. I am having trouble distinguishing between the specific flavors due to the sinus issues but none on the issues are with Hoppin Frog.
Mouthfeel: This isn’t an easy beer to drink quickly but being a Triple IPA and 10% abv it isn’t advised that you down a couple bombers. This is a very enjoyable IIIPA this is IMO one of the best Imperial IPAs in the beer world, well worth seeking one down if you can find it fresh. (833 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.45/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy deep copper colored brew, thick with particle goodies, big fat ones. The head is healthy, off-white and the lacing covers nicely. The aroma is a deep honey-pine-lemon hops, almost a juniper-pineapple edge to it. Unique, tastefully potent and just plain good. The flavor brings an intense alcohol hop bite with a near syrupy lemon-pine. It’s near full bodied, somewhat cloying with lots of sweet citrus-clover and just hyper bitterness that so satisfies the need within! This is another testament to great brewing where these guys can come out with unique creations like this and do it so well. (604 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy, orange, amber brew with a light tan head, that actually stands up. Even with a careful pour, lots of floaties in this brew.
As the head drops, there is a nice lacing.

Aromas of huge resiny hops, with a bend toward citrus, mainly grapefruit, orange, and some piney resins. A figgy, malt presence is also there.

First sip is of resinous hops, with a strong grapefruit profile, and orange tinge, some dark fruit. What's amazing with this one is the hops are so "in your face" and there is just a barely perceptable presence of grassiness from the huge hop load. Finish is definitely on the hop bitterness and a slight malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky sweet, with a huge puckering hop bitterness.

Very drinkable beer for being so big. Although it is huge in hop profile, it really isn't palate fatiguing. It would be hard to rate another beer after this one, but this is a rather enjoyable brew. (964 characters)

Photo of mjw1200
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out darker than most IPAs which was intriguing. And then the smell kicked in. Lots of graprefruit hops. Very pungent, but pleasing smell. Then came the taste. Over the top hops. I love a hoppy beer and this was all it was cracked up to be. I feel like there are better IPAs for the price, but as a rare splurge it was good to try. (337 characters)

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice surprice of a great beer.

Pours out of the bottle with a nice caramel color with a great pinky of foamy off white head and very good lacing.

The smell is very nice in terms of hops, it has only what I can describe as a very 'raw' hop smell with lots of earthy grass and weed smells, bitter like raw hops right out of the bag you get from the homebrew store!

The taste is much more complex with the bright fruit and grapefruit hops up front with a toasty, honey bread malt undertone that is quite nice and very appropriate for the style. TRopical fruits are the main hop character here and the beer ends with a great bitter lingering finish with a great thick body like its from a cask at a pub. Some piney hop notes as well as a couple spicy notes, this would go great with spicy food as it's big enough to compete with the spice but also would compliment nicely.

Overall a really nice beer thats surprisingly great. Would buy again if I see it. (959 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I asked about this beer when I visited the brewery a month ago; and they were right on with there estimate on when I could find this in stores. Picked it up today at my local store. Good to know it's so fresh and only weeks old at the most. Before I even got the cap entirely off, I was smelling hops. Paid $14.99 a bomber for this.

Appearance - You can tell immediately that it is very fresh and well carbonated. Poured into a Great Lakes snifter, a finger and a half of head are noticeable right away. The head is rich in vanilla color and looks like a milkshake froth. The beer itself is an opaque solid brown with perhaps some orange in certain light. Looks like sweet caramel.

Smell - Being triple hopped, you can definitely tell that this more than your average IPA. The aroma fills my nostrils with Sweet citrus, malts and of course, hops. The scent of bittersweet hops is extravagant and smells delicious. Slight notes of floral and almost Sweet Tarts in a way.

Taste - A slightly bitter swallow leads to sweet caramelized malts and grapefruit. You can definitely notice a very strong hop presence; but it isn't overpowering. Slight hints of lemon accompany the grapefruit to go along with the bitterness of the hops. Overall quite herbal tasting. A complex beer that is mixed well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Exceptionally smooth and well balanced. I was expecting my taste buds to cringe at the touch of a triple hopped IPA; but I wasn't overwhelmed at all. The overall feel barely avoids medicinal and instead hits a strikingly delicious complexion of malty sweetness. The bitterness of the hops ties in perfectly. Medium bodied; but can seem a bit heavy at times. A good beer to sip in hopes of warm weather being on its way very soon. The price may be a little ridiculous here though; as this is twice as expensive as most other HF beers. With the exception of their stouts of course. (1,901 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another new Hoppin Frog beer, this time a triple IPA. This is among their priciest offerings, $13.99 in Columbus.

The beer is murky deep orange color, huge flakes of something floating around, maybe yeast? Big spitty head with lots of lacing on the glass. The beer smells big and hoppy, with noticeable alcohol throughout. Not too dissimilar from the aroma of Double Crooked Tree, another pricey DIPA/TIPA. The hops come through with grapefruit, other tropical fruits like pineapple or mango, pine needles or maybe more accurately resin, juicy, sweet, and sticky smelling.

The taste is strong with citrus and borderline astringent. You can tell there's a heavy malt bill, a nice caramel malt backing to the hops fight. Huge and delicious, really really good taste.

The body is appropriately thick, not syrupy but not far from that edge. Drinkability is good except maybe for the evident alcohol in the burn and taste. Outstanding, but I'd like to see Hoppin Frog address their costs. I probably won't return to it at this price. (1,032 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (746 characters)

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Hop Dam Triple IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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