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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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306 Ratings
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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 135
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 36
Gots: 16 | 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 John_M


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Al's of Hampden.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty intense and outrageous, as I get a huge aroma of pine, dry citrus, dank and skunky earth, and light underlying malt. The beer smells pretty boozy as well, which is to be expected in a 10% DIPA I guess. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the hoppy bitterness in this beer is really over the top. Also, along with the blast of hoppy bitternees, I get something of a veggie soup flavor, which is interesting. Mouthfeel is full, and the finish is long, dry and almost painfully bitter. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, but is still pretty noticeable in this sizeable DIPA. Really hard to imagine drinking an entire pint of this bad boy.

This is an impressive DIPA, no doubt, but I think the brewer got a bit carried trying to make an overly bitter DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 13:54:58 | More by John_M
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4.26/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is golden and fairly clear with a small white head. The aroma is great, offering a big dose of citric hops, followed by alcohol. Pineapples and mango. Good flavor. Bold and aggressive. Aroma is a step above the flavor. A solid offering from Fred and Hoppin' Frog. Best shared.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2013 02:17:14 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of superspak


4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of big hop notes with a light-moderate malt balance; and big strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, pine resin, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of huge hop flavors; with a light-moderate malt balance and zero cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, lightly slick, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on for 10%. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! Big presence and great complexity of citrus/pine hop flavors with a light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 03:46:16 | More by superspak
Photo of drewone


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

09-20-2013 08:09:42 | More by drewone
Photo of glid02


4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2010 23:13:22 | More by glid02
Photo of billab914


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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Poured dark orange in color with a thin frothy and bubbly white head covering the top of the beer. There were also a good amount of carbonation bubbles stuck to to the glass and slowly rising to the top. The head quickly faded only to leave a hint at some lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a very nice and bright hoppy flavor to it. It has some grapefruit and some tropical pineapple like citrus to it with pine also playing a pretty big role. The malt also comes through with some caramel and bready flavors.

The taste has a very sharp and strong bitterness with a lot of pine coming through in it. It also has a bit of the tropical pineapple and mango citrusy flavors to it. It has a pretty big malt backbone to it with some caramel and bready tones. The finish shows more of the bitterness and pine. Some alcohol is also present in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied and carbonation is fairly low. Drinkability is pretty decent, it has some nice hoppy aromas and flavors. I'd say the extreme bitterness is more of what this beer shows the most of in the flavor profile though.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2010 20:56:32 | More by billab914
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2010 23:41:10 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of scruffwhor


3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$18 for this 22 oz bottle! I hope its worth it.

Clear copper and sublime bronze mixed in to a somehwat resiny thick looking liquid. There's a lot of sediment in the bottom of this bottle, and I did my best to keep it out of my glass. The head is maybe one finger after the pour, and a little foam that recedes to nothing after a few sips.

The aroma makes me think of tree sap with some bitter orange marmalade spread on a crumpet... toasted.

Resiny palate right out of the gate. Orange peel and resiny tree sap bitterness upfront. The middle has some of that 10% abv. heat adding some bite to the bitterness. The heat slowly grows all the way to a long lingering and bitter finish.

This is a bitter, hop and resin lovers sippng beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 05:19:36 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 23:06:33 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2010 00:25:03 | More by thagr81us
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 23:09:17 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.7/5  rDev +19%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 02:16:25 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of Hopheadjeffery


4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-01-2013 14:29:00 | More by Hopheadjeffery

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +1.3%

07-16-2013 01:03:16 | More by WOLFGANG
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 22:39:19 | More by RoyalT
Photo of gford217


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a crystal clear amber with some bubbles streaming to the top feeding a huge creamy beige head that shows excellent retention and lacing.

Huge, huge pithy grapefruit aroma with some juicy sweetness and hints of resinous pine and floral aromas. Light pale malt sweetness underneath but not enough to even think about balancing the hops.

Speaking of unbalanced, this is a seriously bitter-tasting hop bomb of a beer. There's no hint of malts in the taste, just a huge massively bitter citrus hop taste up front that almost tastes metallic. The finish has a lingering sticky hop aftertaste that just blasts the palate.

The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied and sticky, thick and sticky, with bitterness from start to finish.

This is a decent beer whose taste doesn't live up to the aroma for me. I thought the juicy citrus was going to come out, but the taste was just an overpowering bitterness that didn't have the flavors I was hoping for. Hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2010 01:49:34 | More by gford217
Photo of Durge


4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 16:22:21 | More by Durge
Photo of popery


3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle, home. Good beer but a bit disappointing.

This beer pours a pretty standard shade of orange-gold with a nice head, a shade or two of yellow past white. The aroma packs a lot of hops. It seems to run a bit more piney, but the big three American hop aromas, pine, grapefruit and floral, are present and accounted for. DIPAs seem to be locked in a battle for most fragant and Hop Dam does well in this regard, but I'd honestly prefer something more than pure strength at this point. The flavor is just a bit too astringent/paint thinner heavy to compete with the best DIPAs. It's nice and bitter, and I'm certainly not scared off by the astringency, but the best DIPAs (looking at you PtY) just drink smoother. Mouthfeel is a tad rough. I've just been bowled over too many times by too many other super-hopped DIPAs to be all that impressed by this sort of no-holds-barred take on the style. That said, I love hops, and this beer certainly provides a hop fix.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 07:45:04 | More by popery
Photo of ROGUE16


3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

10-06-2013 20:36:11 | More by ROGUE16
Photo of DmanGTR


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-29-2013 14:45:59 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of ArrogantB


2.26/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

On tap at Hops and Pie. Dark orange, minimal head. Overwhelming aroma of paws an cheese, sort of foot like, Summit hops? Flavor was more Parmesan, extremely bitter and very unpleasant to say the least. I feel sorry for anyone who dropped $18 on this, it sucks.

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2014 02:15:38 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of pathman


4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

01-05-2013 01:57:02 | More by pathman
Photo of tpd975


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Hunahpus release.

A: Pours a bright clear orange amber like hue. Nice tall head, good retention and some solid lines of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Nice hopped up aroma, hop dam indeed. Tons and tons of citrus. Tart lemon, and semi sweet grapefruit. Hints of sweet malt can be detected before the more herbal hoppy notes kick in.

T: Hoppy for sure. With all tastes being represented. Hints of sweet resinous pine, bold tart zesty citrus, and a big big blast of of herbal hops. The sweet caramel malt tries to battle the hops but it really is a futile attempt.

M: Rather full in body for style, rich, bold, pretty extreme.

D: Not the most drinkable but pretty darn tasty.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2010 19:24:26 | More by tpd975
Photo of maximum12


2.83/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to CaptCleveland for sending me a box overflowing with Hoppin' Frog, including this big bellower as an extra. Opened with a 1917 German cavalry sword & tossed into two glasses.

Pours a solid orange that could qualify as toxic sludge; it looks coiled to strike. Nose of dirty, earthy pineapple, punctuated with bitterness. Huh.

Hop Dam Triple IPA should have dialed back the malts & let the hops shine through; this wanders into muddied barleywine territory. Big sweet malts greet the palate with a crushing handshake, along with caramel, slight oxidation (never a fan), before the hops show their faces. But they're faces obscured by malts. Good bittering, but whatever flavors the triple hopping imparted are subsumed in a flow of malting. Light on carbonation & heavy in the tummy, really kicks the drinkability in the sac; my wife ended up finishing my half of the bomber.

I'm not sure, but I think this is too malty. Did I mention that? It is. Too many breweres triple or double everything & end with a malt bomb, & this is that. Not bad, but just a fingernail above mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 02:46:14 | More by maximum12
Photo of EgadBananas


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my bro JM03 for the bottle!

Pours a very nice dark, dark copper color. I forced the head, but it's a nice frothy tan, with nice lacing.

Aroma is ripe with pine and caramel, alcohol-soaked resins. It has a nice balance, while still being alluringly intense.

Taste is intensely bitter. Huge pine notes, resins, some grapefruit and citrus, but they are second fiddle. Some caramel and plenty of malts.

Slightly sticky feel, full bodied, slightly crisp and lingering.

This is extremely balanced and dangerously drinkable. It's still a huge beer, so caution should be had. Great though. :)

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2011 22:35:22 | More by EgadBananas
Hop Dam Triple IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.