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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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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 338
Photo of Bung
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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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 thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
2.83/5  rDev -28%
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.

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Photo of popery
3.97/5  rDev +1%
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.

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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 ArrogantB
2.28/5  rDev -42%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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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 gford217
3.85/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep garnet orange color with a 1/4 of creamy foam layered across the top that quickly dissipates to an even layer. No carbonation.

S - This is a very unique smelling IPA with a floral aroma, grapefruit, and pine, all melted together in an extremely pungent, resinous, and acidic type of way. For a 10% monster, there's very little alcohol detected in the nose. Any type of malt that is present in this beer does not come through in the aroma.

T - The booze didn't come through in the nose (at least for me), however, it was one of the first nuances that really slammed my palette. Resinous and vinous grapefruit and pine bitterness, slightly floral, some tart tropical fruit, and alot of spicy malt underneath to hold up the weight of the hops. After the first several sips and shots of alcohol effervescence, the alcohol presence becomes less noticeable and the citrus side of the bitterness comes forward.

M - Thick, that's the best way I can describe this beer - it's thick for a big IPA, but in a very good way. Full body with big lingering semi-dry grapefruit and pine sitting on the palette and a slight coating of spicy malt.

O - I wasn't crazy about the appearance, it looked rather bland. The aroma was good, but where it really shined for me was in the taste and mouthfeel. I paid a small fortune for this bottle (to the tune of $15.50 for a bomber), but it was worth every penny. I would love to pick up another bottle or two of this epic sized hop bomb, but can't justify the cost. If you can find it, it's definitely worth seeking out.

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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 EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
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. :)

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Photo of tpd975
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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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 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.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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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 PittBeerGirl
2.23/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

On a perpetual IPA kick-and haven't tried any of Hoppin Frogs IPAs- so I picked this one up at VE.

A- Body is a nice hazy dark copper/amber hue. Pours with a minimal head which soon fades to a thick collar and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- The nose is very earthy. Earthy and herbal hops abound everywhere. A hint of spicy hops is in there too. Lots of alcohol astringency and a grainy malt backbone.

T- Herbal, grassy and spicy hops upfront. A hint of citrus in the background. The finish turns a little as the greeness of the herbal hops really comes out and a nail polish like alcohol astringency comes through as well as a grainy bitterness. Left to linger is a trace of herbal hops, and a big hop and alcohol bitterness.

M- Low to medium carbonation, and a slightly oily hop body-medium weight. Actually the body is done quite well and is the highlight of the beer. I wish more IPAs had a similar mouthfeel.

O- Esentially I wasted $18 on a disgusting mess. As I drink more I am really not liking it anymore although the mouthfeel is growing on me. Worth a try- if sharing with a million people.

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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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Photo of nrbw23
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright golden amber color with an off white head. Head has good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Smells of hops everywhere and pretty much what I expected. Every types of hops I can think of are here. From floral, citrus, piney and grassy.

T- The taste follows the nose and is some how balanced by a fairly strong caramel malt back bone. Quite a bit of an alcohol burn going on but I like what I taste. Hops every where.

M- Fuller side of medium and right on carbonation.

D- I did really enjoy drinking this one. I am however pissed at the 14 price tag and that I have to leave probsbly a good three inches of that in the bottom of the bottle since there is so much shit in the bottle. Overall, its a good beer if not great beer and a bit over priced.

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Photo of mcallister
3.47/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crimson colored with a minute white head that fades into a thin whispy top with bubbly sides.

Christ hop dam indeed. This is layers of citrusy, piney hops, gooey hops, and more. Rich caramel but then it's all drowned out with the hops.

Good beer hoppier than hell but not much balance. Reminds me of Moylans hopsicle. Just a tounge biting bitter bruiser of hopmouth enamours. Citrus, pine, grapefruit, aspirin, more bitter hops a hint of malt and more hops.

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Photo of nickd717
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

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