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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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BA SCORE
88
very good

314 Ratings
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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 39
Gots: 18 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: imaguitargod on 02-14-2010)
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Sammy, May 16, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.5%

t0rin0, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Thorpe429, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that only died down a little and never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and pine resin hops along with a moderate amount of accompanying bitterness that particularly linger through the finish. There are some hints of caramel malts. The pine resin seems to become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

metter98, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly murky ochre with blurry banana peel accents along the edges. The thickly creamy cap is an attractive shade of yellowed bone and is beginning to grace the glass with (so far) unbroken sheets of gauzy lace. Ridiculous residue sticks in the end.

The nose isn't as explosive as it could be. What is probably a generous amount of malt is taking some of the brightness and boldness off the hops, something that often occurs in DIPAs. Oops, this is actually a TIPA. Hopefully, the same won't be true on the palate.

Getting the malt-hop balance juuust right in beer this huge can't be easy. For my money ($13.99!), Hop Dam doesn't fly through that narrow window. There's a toasted-earthy flavor underlying the hops (Munich perhaps) and there's a bit too much sweetness overall.

The hop bill include Amarillo, Columbus, Cascade and Summit. That's a pretty good lineup, though the onion-like flavor of Summit is (barely) noticeable and keeps me from loving the final result. Other flavors include caramel-iced sugar cookies, bitter grapefruit pith and plenty of sticky pine sap. Massive malt and even more massive hops keep the alcohol buried (almost) without a trace. The beer is gently warming, but isn't hot.

Mouthfeel is the clear highlight. It's full and chewy without crossing the line into thick and overly sticky. Carbonation that finds that big beer sweet spot helps immensely.

Hoppin' Frog Hop Dam Triple IPA has 50% more hops than Mean Manalishi Double IPA. Trouble is, it's the lesser beer in almost every respect. Staying in the American Midwest for comparison's sake, Three Floyds Dreadnaught is cheaper (hard to believe) and is the vastly superior DIPA.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mention of Triple IPA's conjure up comparisons to Founders Devil Dancer. I expect total aggression of hop flavor, aroma, bitterness- all backed by a dryish alcohol punch.

Bold aromas of citrus, pine resins, and fresh-cut grasses emit from the glass but with less brightness than I expected. A background of caramel malts persists in a similar way as Double IPA's. Aside from the citrus hops, a fruity-estery note does persists; woven into the malt profile.

The standard hazy honey colored beer gives medium amber hues with yeast sediment floating about. A creamy, sticky white head clings to the glass in irregular laces while hanging arround in very stubborn fashion. Aside from the heavy haze and particulates, the beer carries a very masculine stature.

Malty rich flavors of caramel sweetness lands on the tongue first but with the sudden on slaught of ruby red grapefruits, other citrus rinds, and intensifying bitterness from pine sap that never lets up. Sweetness fades at mid palate, allowing the malty-dry finish to ride along side of hoppy dryness and antagonizing alcohols. It's hard to tell where the citrus hops end and the fruity esters start, but there sweems to be an appricot, mango, and pineapple flavor that isn't entirely hop derived.

Creamy, rich, and nearly syrupy in texture, the beer lightens considerably from the inital sip, but the finish still seems barleywine heavy at times and could use better dryness.

Another apt description of this beer could be an IBA (Imperial Barleywine Ale) because the beer is probably closer to an American barleywine in style, maltiness, and body; but with the largest hop presence possible. Where I question why this beer doesn't score higher, I remind my self of the special attributes of big IPA's. They should be full of flavor and power, however with ultimate dryness and drinkability that makes easy drinking very possible and inviting. That seductive nature has been down played, in favor of biggness in this beer. After one sip, it just takes too long to want another.

Thanks a ton JimboHD2005! This one makes me think a lot- hurts my head. I think I need another beer.

BEERchitect, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Texasfan549, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another new one for me last night, i had been keeping this one in the fridge for a few weeks and decided to just go for it. served cold and poured into a white birch glass, this one was consumed on 08/20/2010.

really a great pour here with a nice light golden color to it and a great amount of carbonation streaming up toward the top of the glass. nice head of white comes across very, very nicely and really leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

aroma is very bright, lots of lemon, coriander, hints of light fruity yeast, but just a ton of citrus hops are tearing this one up. really well done. clean, effortless flavor follows through very nicely with just a crisp, light, bright touch to it that really just works for me. light tart apples and crisp grapefruit round it out just about right.

overall a really solid beer. not really a triple, more of a hybrid style, but done, very, very well. really enjoyed for sure.

mikesgroove, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1.5%

kjkinsey, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

GRG1313, Jun 15, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

kylehay2004, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

jaydoc, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, medium copper-hued body with a scant, sparse, white head.

Smell: Chiefly, a hop-based nose of sticky yellow pine sap and moist, juicy, and altogether pithy citrus fruits, though there is also a slightly lesser tropical note of Hawaiian-born pineapple. Backed by unobtrusive hints of pale malts.

Taste: Seemingly a base of pale malts with touches of treacle and with enough residual sweetness to provide some slight semblance of balance to the upcoming hop character and burst of bitterness. Hop flavors of pithy citrus fruits, resinous pine sap, and juicy pineapple rings. Strong bitterness as one would rightly expect. Additional hint of ripe apricots lurking in the background. Finishes dry with a long, unrelenting bitterness that loiters well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Slight smooth oiliness to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad! Though it's boldly bitter and strong at a purported 10% ABV, it remains relatively drinkable for what it is. However, a thirsty friend (or two) is definitely welcome for finishing off the bomber.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Knapp85
4.55/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

Knapp85, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.5%

JAHMUR, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.78/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 15, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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

russpowell, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
4/5  rDev +1.5%

mendvicdog, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent starting, off-white head. It leaves a beautiful blanket of lace as it recedes slowly. The liquid is dark copper. Cloudy. Very close to the perfect appearance!

Lots of fresh hop aroma--closer to pine than citrus, but both are amply present. Soft, lighter malt aromas in the background. Interestingly, I cannot detect any alcohol in the nose.

Very bitter, naturally, but perhaps more than it needs to be. I'm being hyper-critical here, but this beer may be over-hopped. It has a peppery finish that lasts well. The alcohol, again, is muted for such a high level of abv. Almost no malt presence, even though the beer is rich.

As a hop head, I am enjoying this beer. But if bitter isn't your thing, this would be one to avoid.

smcolw, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of InspectorBob
4/5  rDev +1.5%

InspectorBob, May 20, 2013
Photo of weeare138
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

weeare138, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1.5%

orangesol, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of drewone
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

drewone, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -23.9%

ejimhof, Mar 23, 2013
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Hop Dam Triple IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.