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Hop Dam Triple IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hop Dam Triple IPAHop Dam Triple IPA

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137 Reviews
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Reviews: 137
Hads: 338
Avg: 3.93
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 44
Gots: 21 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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: 137 | Hads: 338
Photo of jsh420
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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

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Photo of AdamHart22
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bombah into a tulip.

Looks great. Deep orange with hints of red. Depth of color is fantastic.

Smells like HOPS. Tons of grass, pine, and grapefruit.

The taste starts out well balanced, but the sweet malt is soon overpowered. A bit grassy followed by pine from the hops which ends up over the top.

Mouthfeel is a pleasant syrupy-ness. This a sipper.

Overall, this is perfect for hopheads. I would pick this up again. Have it at the end of the night though because your palate is toast after the first sip.

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Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy gold with a little white head and some sediment.
S: It smelled like bitter grapefruit and citrus zest, with some pine and copper hops and a little bready malt.
T: It tasted like oranges and copper and grapefruit, with some sugary sweet candied apricot and bready malt. It had a somewhat clean, lasting aftertaste with cloying sweetness and bitter resin, and some alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent brew, but not top tier. The scent was a bit subdued, the taste was not delicious, and the body wasn't great. The alcohol was noticeable too, and the finish was pretty rough, so it must be sipped. More like an American barleywine than an IPA. I think I drank this when it was a few months old, and apparently this beer really fades quickly. What a shame. Really not a bad brew, but not near as good as I hoped.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to pimpmyporter for this beer.

Bomber split into two pint glasses. Poured into my glass the beer is cloudy golden orange amber. Two fingers of vanilla hued head recede leaving thick gobs of lace.

The aroma is a huge boquet of citrus fruits and pure pine sap. Like a fresh cut grapfruit smeared with pine tree sap. There is a hint of sweetness mixed in but just a hint.

The flavor is just flat out in your face bitter. There's a such thing as over the top in my book and this is it. Loads of pine and citrus give way to more hops and more bitterness. No balanced at all. The only other element I can detect is the booze.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a bit of a gimick beer if you ask me. One dementional and flat out hard to drink.

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Photo of gibby
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in a local trade, thanks Dan.
Poured a nice deep amber with no visible head, I think b/c I gently poured it into a snifter glass. Smelled nice and hoppy for sure with citrus, pine, cotton candy'ish. Taste was good, lots of hoppiness again. The mouthfeel was a bit thick for my liking and I definitely could taste the booziness at 10% abv. The booze was hidden ok at 1st when cold but it made more of an appearance as it warmed. For me the high abv hurt the drinkability. Overall it was a nice attempt at a triple ipa but it's not in the league of a PTY or even Moylans Hopsicle in my opinion. PLus the $18-20 price tag is out of hand. I will stick with the $10 Mean Manalishi.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a deep ruby red with massive sediment, hazy, and small white head. This smells of strong grapefruit and pine, really engulfing the nose. Straight up slam of hops and bitter, with no other flavors really coming out. Very one-dimensional and slightly disappointing, especially for the price. Improves as it warms up and the sweet toffee malts take some character, but outrageous amounts of sediment. Great aroma that the flavor just didn't live up to. At the same price point, I'll got for Devil Dancer instead.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

05/18/10- Had this one out of a bomber.
A: Golden amber, with a white collar and film on the pour that sticks.
S: Piney, citrus, grapefruit hops up front with sweet honey alcohol.
T: Hops, sweet crisp malt, noticeable alcohol and a sharp bitterness.
M: Mildly syrupy and kind of frothy.
D: Pretty good.

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Photo of cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Orange red with a small head that has decent retention. Leaves good, fine lacing.

S- Huge blast of of piney and fruit hops. Probably the saturation points, like a bag of pellets. Like this more than the taste, peach and apricot.

T- Hops up the ying yang. Lots of pine and grass. Bitters aren't huge though. The problem here is that it really just tastes like chewing on a hop pellet, too much. Some light malt in the background. Need more artistic use of hops. Alcohol comes into play later on. Tastes kind of like food. Some dark fruit. It is a "triple IPA" though.

MF- Moderate body with carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. Fairly creamy.

DB- Too hoppy that it does not use them in the right way. Not bad but over the top. Glad I split it three ways because I would be KOed by half the bomber. Ow my palette.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
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 weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appears a glowing orange with a head of white that quickly fades. Tiny bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell - holy hop extract, batman! Lots of pine resin there!
Taste is a tad too much with some sweet caramel, and a shit ton of hops that come through as concentrated hop cones with pine, citrus, and cut wood.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, piney, and bitter.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy with tiny particles floating around. Really pretty. Copper color with the smell of every damn hop out there. Simcoe really comes through, tons of citrus, grapefruit, pine and grass. It hits your nose before the glass gets close.
A hop bomb only. Not sure what malts are there but there aren't many. Sweet with a note of salty meat. The hops dominate, as it was intended.
Feels a bit thin and leaves a linger bitter aftertaste. Nice to drink but I wouldn't want a lot of it.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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

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Photo of jwinship83
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

i finally bit the bullet and paid close to $18 for this bottle. i was assured it was fresh, but there is no dating of any kind on the bottle. drank from an over sized unmarked snifter.

A- this one pours a somewhat hazy golden honey colored body with a very minimal bright white head. the head quickly fizzles away to no more than a crown along the outside of the glass, and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the first thing that i pick out of the nose are hops. good. lots of strong piny and citric (grapefruit) notes. a little bit of floral and grassy hops can be smelled also. some caramel malts try to create some balance here, but fall short. i can definitely detect some alcohol.

T- the initial sip brings forth some sweet caramel malts upfront that quickly move into hop country. a heavy dose of resiny pine and grapefruit. a lesser amount of floral and grassy notes, but theyre still strong. this is a very hoppy beer. once again, the alcohol makes itself known.

M- this is a full bodied IPA. thick and palate coating with minimal carbonation. nice and bitter. syrupy. plenty of warmth from the alcohol.

D- the alcohol isnt as well masked as many other IPAs of similar strength or even stronger. its also not the nicest example of the style to look at. other than that, its a totally fine beer. a little too pricey for me. i dont think ill be buying another, but i did enjoy the one that i had. if it didnt cost $17.49 + tax id pick it up again this season.

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Photo of kylehayworth
3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It has a nice orange/copper color to it. with a mild white head.

S: I cant smell anything, because the first whiff fried my olfactory. I want to say hops, citrus, floral, and everything in between.

T: Sweet Mary, there is a lot of hops in this, but it seems all over the place, no balance to it really. I get a mild malt somewhere in this party, before they are overcome with more bitterness.

M/D: It has medium carbonation, and not to heavy. This was a very bitter beer. I had it at a beer tasting and it coated my tongue, and was there for a long time. It stayed while drinking my next 2-3 beers. I would like to try this again, by itself, and with a few others.

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Photo of mikey711
3.79/5  rDev -3.6%
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

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Certainly not pale. Amber with a pretty decent swatch of head and lacing considering the 10%.
smell: A beast for sure. Lots of hops, lots of malt.
taste: Wow, a buzzsaw of a hop bomb, but the malt hangs in there.
overall: not a subtle bit of artistry but who cares. A hop/malt monster can't be all bad.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a caramel/orange pour, a touch of haze. A light. yellowish creamy head gets up to about a finger before fading. It holds at a thin cover and makes a sturdy lace wall along the way.

Aroma - heavy, syrupy mango, pungent and piny after setup.

Taste - the grain comes across sweet and caramelly. Not for long though. The hops start with some citrus and pine, but go quickly to a very bitter, pungent, astringent, and somewhat medicinal place. I like it more at the beginning than I do at the end. The swallow and finish have a lot of high alpha bitterness, and my tongue is getting a fine shakedown at the moment. Some hints of citrus and abv warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy, tempered carbonation make this feel fine.

Drinkability - some good parts, some not so much. Wouldn't mind having one to try after some cellaring, but I'm not sure I'd go for this again.

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Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sent by nlmartin during the Blind Beers BIF, poured from a 22-ounce botte. The label advised me to use a pint glass, but it’s not a type of glassware I’m a fan of. Plus, I just cleaned this here snifter. In it goes.

This is a tale of two pours. The first begets a brilliant, clear copper-colored brew with little head to speak of; the second a far murkier liquid peppered with little floaters of yeast but a much more enticing one-inch head that’s dense as whipped cream and colored like latte foam. The bubbles in both cases love to stick to the glass in full, gorgeous sheets.

Loving the nose. I get grass and flowers met by a strong tropical mango character. Sweet burnt sugar and face-smacking alcohol are also apparent in the aroma.

Whereas the hops in the nose were mostly tropical, in the flavor they become much more grassy and floral. I get grass again along with orange blossom and some grapefruit, leading into a heavy bitterness that sits on the sides of the tongue between sips. Syrupy alcohol, a good amount of caramel and hints of lightly toasted bread also make appearances, but this is really about the hops.

The body seems a bit lacking for the big flavor with its soft, medium-light feel. Carbonation is equally subdued to a gentle tongue massage. The alcohol is fairly well-hidden, however. I get a bit of warmth in the chest, but that’s it.

Hot damn! A bruiser of a double IPA, this just kicked my tongue’s ass up and down the block. I think I might wake up tomorrow still tasting hops. The bitterness did wear on me, however, and the flavors lost their luster after a while. I think this beer might benefit from a smaller serving size.

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Photo of onthefarside
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Damn, So i just woke up after drinking this bad boy after a couple other brews, and this mother of a brew packs a damn punch. I love the crap out of IPAs so I couldn't resist this one sent to me by 'Auspice'.

Appearance was typical of IPA, lighter amber colour, viscous liquid with not a lot of head retention and almost no lacing, but don't let that fool you.

I dont remember smelling this one because i've been congested lately. But It was pretty typical ipa smell.

Now this tasted like a triple IPA, thick sweet malts everywhere tried hard to balance out the intense piney and citriusy hops but its really doesn't have a chance, if you love this kind of imbalance this beer is for you. There was a strong pungent aftertaste of hops as well

There wasn't much carbonation in this beer and it was very thick.

As for drinkability, I dont imagine anyone being able to drink much of this, its in a league with ruination and unearthly ipa, its almost like a combination. But damn it was good

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only the second beer from Hoppin' Frog I have tried.

It pours out a very dark orange, almost amber color with a tint of red.

The smell is a cross between west coast and east coast IPAs; there is a pine and grassy/earthy hop smell along with a fruit hop smell.

The taste is very similar. There is a decent amount of grapefruit and mango, after that it's more of a grassy taste that follows with a decent malt background and extreme hop bitterness.

If you don't LOVE hops and bitterness this beer isn't for you.

A bit expensive for what it is, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden amber with about a finger of white head.

S: Hops, hops, and hops. Piney resinous hops. Some alcohol is also noticeable.

T: I believe this is what they call a hop bomb. Very bitter freshly picked hops and some earthy flavors . Some malt comes out as it warms. Alcohol is hidden by the bitterness.

M: low carbonation with a thick mouthfeel.

Definitely worth a try if you are a hophead. But its$20 per bomber in Pa so this was probably a one time treat.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Pfunk237. Poured into a Delirium tulip.

A: Deep copper orange color. The pour drops a finger of off white head that leaves some spidery lace.

A: Hops, hops, and more hops. I get the grapefruit and other citrus, but I also get a healthy amount of pine resion. Sweet sugar and caramel malts present also.

T: Very hot. The hops overpower everything in thisw brew. I do get the sweetness from the caramel malt, but again this is all about the hops, and there are a ton of em.

M: Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Just a little sharp.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is not very high, the ABV coupled with the insane amount of hops limit the score. Overall, I liked the beer, probably one of the more hoppy beers I've ever had. But I gotta say, I would not tackle a bottle of this on my own. Skal.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of jsanford
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my New Belgium globe. Bottle is about 7 months old, so I'm a bit worried about it's degradation. Let's see...

A - Pours a clear copper color with a 1-finger off-white head.

S - Grapefruit and orange hops dominate, with the slightest whiff of peaches/apricots and caramel malt.

T - Mostly grapefruit hops with a bit of pineapple and pine resin. Caramel malt provides a sturdy backbone, balancing this one nicely.

M - Creamy, with a medium body and an almost "fizzy" carbonation level.

D - I'm surprised by how much I like this, seeing as I did not dig it's "little Brother", Mean Manalishi, that much. Hoppy, yes, but surprisingly balanced and drinkable (though this my be attributed to the bottles age). I shouldn't have much problem getting through this bomber. I may have to put some of these away for 7-9 months again!

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Hop Dam Triple IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.