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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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 337
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. (459 characters)

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. (828 characters)

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. (776 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-the head is is white, about one full finger that lingers for quite some time and leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The beer is a dark orange color with reddish copper tones and lots of sediment floating around.

S-the nose is rather faint in terms of a "huge" IPA. It brings a lot of oily hops and pine resign. Notes of grapefruit and appricot set ini following the initial wet oily pine notes with a light caramel malt backbone.

T-this is quite big in terms of flavor. It is very oily, big time pine resign. A touch of grapefruit sets in with a big bitter finish. A caramel malt backbone lies gentally underneath throughout but gets dominated by the bitter finish

M-this is full bodied and syrupy. Extremely smooth texture on the palate with just the right amount of carbonation. The viscousity is just a little high.

D-this is quite tasty in a field of dominant beers. Big time hops in this one with lots of bitterness. The alcohol shows through slightly at the back but still well hidden for 10% (1,004 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 ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of betterbgood
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first of all they did call this a triple IPA, so i can't expect too much balance, you'll see what i'm talking about in a few...

I paid 13.99

I poured the 22oz bomber in a duvel tulip, the head was about a half inch thick,

But before i poured it, i could see a lot of the sediment acting very lively at the bottom, so i was warned to pour carefully, i did that just to see how long it would take before the sediment started to fight its way into the glass. I should of drunk the rest out of the bottle but i didnt, so the glass was kind of cloudy,,that was my fault.

the color was a red,orange,gold,

The smell was of earth,pines,and how can i explain it almost funk or pleasant mildew

the taste was bitter as expected but enough malt sweetness to try and fight back.

this IPA is definitely for those who like bitter dominant beers, you will get your moneys worth.

Mouthfeel is astringent, this could cure a sore throat.

Drinkability is a about one bomber, if you want to evaluate what you just digested. the chemistry that went on in here packs a punch.

In the end i would by a another bottle just to break bread with my partnas. (1,138 characters)

Photo of Pecorasc
3.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought at 5th Street Deli on 3/4/2010, consumed same day. The bottle warns to decant slowly to leave the sediment- this is no joke, there is easily an inch to an inch and a half of sludge on the bottom that moves if you even breath on the bottle. Somehow I managed to get very little in my glass, but had to make one pour of it into a large hefeweizen glass.

A- I was completely wrong. There is sediment everywhere in my glass. This must be impossible to pour clear without leaving 2 inches of beer in the bottom. An orange-gold-amber-red, depending on where in the glass you are judging. Decent clarity despite the sediment, but not polished. A few beading lines of carbonation that take a good six seconds to reach the summit. A perfectly white thin film of head that hold a nice amount of bubbles in various places. Above average, despite the unavoidable sediment.

S- A great bitter aroma that smacks of IBUs much more than hop aroma. The detectable hops are fruit, pine, and citrus oriented, in order of intensity. A heavy carmel background balances the bitterness. This is an absolute train-wreck of hop bitterness and carmel (in a good way). Tough to balance something so over the top, but based on the aroma alone seems like a job well done.

T- Kind of what I was expecting. Very two-dimensional: bitter and hot. The bitterness hits less than a second into the sip, and is unrelenting well past the finish. Pine and carmel take the back seat (in a bus). A vegetal undertone, along with a malt sweetness that tries in vain to rear its head. This just doesn't have the balance that something this bitter needs (I understand that it is very hard to do so, but thats why you use restraint). An extreme beer that should be praised for its bravado, but reprimanded for its hubris.

M- Big bodied with medium carbonation and a bitter finish. Bitter wouldn't normally be used as an adjective to describe mouthfeel, but it is very appropriate here. The carbonation does lift the bitterness and alcohol for a second, but more would be an improvement. Appropriate and necessary for the style and intensity.

D- So hot and so bitter, this is definitely not a one man beer (not for me anyway). But I can't knock it too much, because this wasn't designed to be that kind of beer in any way. This took "imperial" to the extreme. Nice to see the effort, but more of a focus on flavor and less on pulverizing IBUs would do this beer well. (2,446 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 md655321
3.58/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle for 16.99!!! Nice beer, but horrendous value.

A: Nice bit of brown, but clear and copper. Definitely East Coast appearance

S: OK, but mostly grain with some citrus and pine, but nothing overwhelming.

T: Bitter obviously, but not the tongue sucking bitter of Hopsickle. Simply not enough citrus to cut through the bitter to balance it out.

M: Good. Nice carbonation.

D: Pretty good considering. Bitter starts to build a bit, but for certified hop fiends its definitely drinkable.

A good beer, but nothing near the other top DIPAs or TIPAs. (557 characters)

Photo of jampics2
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter, surprised how limited this has been in NE Ohio - difficult to find but I got one and opened it right away, probably 2-3 weeks after bottling!

Copper beer with a small ring. Darker than many DIPAs that I lean towards, but still looks good.

Smell is hop bomb overload. Citrus hops with some skunky and earthy hops too. Sweet but totally overloaded. This should be interesting, certainly a fragrant beer.

Taste is good but kindof underwhelming. Harshly bitter and ruinous on my palatte. Sticky green herbs, peach, sweet malt (a bit too much malt for me, I like DIPA's that are just slightly more viscous than h20). Some piney characteristics too, but very dank and stinky. I think I was expecting more West Coast DIPA goodness but this is almost more along the lines of a Devil Dancer, 120 minute, and Ruination.

Mouthfeel was OK, slightly too much body for a DIPA for me.

Hugely bitter taste hurts drinkability, but this still went down easily for such a huge beer.

Good but a bit overhyped - I felt this wasn't anything new but more of a rehash of where others have taken super hopped beers before. Your palatte will pay for this, so don't expect to rate anything afterwards. (1,208 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a standard pint glass
Hazy, amber/orange in color with a big, off-white head of foam
Aroma-Big, juicy, piney hops and citrus
Taste-Thick, chewy, hops and citrus assault at the outset, a nice balancing malt backbone throughout. Upon warming,complex notes of citrus: orange blossom,apricot,and mango. Green bell pepper bitterness, and a sticky, resinous, piney finish wrap up the melange of flavors.
Overall, very flavorful and full of character, not an everyday beer, but certainly well worth a try. (530 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 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)

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 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 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)

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