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Hop Dam Triple IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 41
Gots: 20 | FT: 3
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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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Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of jamescain
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to StoneBrewFanatic

Appearance: Clear copper-amber with about one finger worth of head that slowly fades into a lacing and clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Not nearly as aggressive as I thought it was going to be, since its a so called triple IPA. Grapefruit, pine, citrus, pineapple, and passion fruit.

Taste: Pretty similar to the aroma with some hop astringency, not malt backing in this baby at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation, I was expecting the body to me more syrupy, not that I prefer that.

Overall: I enjoyed it more as a dry hopped and less as a triple IPA. Good but probably doesn't support the price Hoppin' Frog asks.

Photo of John_M
4.07/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of beagle75
2.6/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, light amber color with lopsided off-white foam residue. Scant lacing remains on the glass and suspended sediment is heavy to the point of being distracting.

S: Light caramel and a trace of herbaceous and piney hops make for a smell that is unremarkable, considering the style, yet inoffensive. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with early artificial pine hop aromatics, muted butterscotch, and husky crystal malt that is backed by mild acidity. Flavors turn earthy in the middle, intensely English in the qualities presented by the hops, but a bit reckless. Columbus hop flavors become aggressive in the finish--very bitter with medicinal overtones that are not helped either by some late booziness that is present.

M: Medium viscosity, while it is astringent on the palate it stops short of disaster, with low carbonation.

D/O: Another kitchen-sink DIPA that embraces a more-must-be-better philosophy but comes across as muddled at best. Lingering astringent bitterness wrecks the palate, but no payoff is provided.

Photo of Blakaeris
2.63/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark bronze with a ton of floating sediment. Head is slight and soapy, leaving a thin sheen.

Aroma is caramel and toffee with a mild musty hop quality reminiscent of nugget hop, or wet hay.

Taste is more of the musty, nuggety hop funk from the nose, but much more pronounced, along with an intense piney quality that somehow doesn't match up. Very dry and woody with a touch of nut. The caramel and toffee also make an appearance, but are understated in the flavor. Finishes with tobacco and an odd musty funk.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Quite thick.

Overall a very unusual flavor. Musty and funky, with massive piney and floral undertones. Not what I was expecting.

Photo of bashiba
2.34/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a bright orange with lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of sediment. Easily the chunkiest beer I have ever seen. A light soap ring of a head.

Doesn't really smell all that hoppy for a TRIPEL IPA, a light medicinal quality with a bit of mineral.

The flavor is a big grassy bitter mess, mild toasted malts sort of sneak through, but its bitter herbal and grassy hops. It seems to be missing most of the tasty hop flavors and just full of bitterness and old lawn clippings with some alcohol sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, literally chewy.

This beer is an absolut train wreck of a giant IPA, will avoid in the future.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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. :)

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog Hop Dam, bomber bought at Friar Tuck in Springfield for about ten bucks.

Appearance: Served in a hotel glass, it takes a real assertive pour for this brew to produce a decent, foamy head that doesn't last anyway. Thick lacing, alright retention and lots of bubbles. Color is a very hazy amber-copper, looking almost like mosquito-infected dead water. You know you're in for a hefty brew!

Smell: Booze, hop, cooked citrus. Orange juice, a bit of lime. Pine, soap, lemon. Cleaning product. Very aromatic, reminds me of the Sick!

Taste: Follows nose, with more hops and citrus. Bitter, funky, farm-like, dry at the end. Some floral aromas. Hot and boozy. Extreme! Pungent!

Mouthfeel: Sticky, a tad sweet, definitely oily. Hot, HOT! Alcohol all around. Tongue-tickling. Burns at the end. Full body and flavor, medium carbonation. Huge!

Overall: I appreciate the Frog's extremeness. Hop Dam is aggressive and brutal, it is not drinkable. It hurts good. But for those of us who enjoy the hops and the adventure, this works. The Manalishi was pretty big, right... well, this is even bigger and badder. Man!

Photo of parris
4.55/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful orange color, with tons of bits of hops. If I didn't know any better I'd think it was a gross amount of yeast/protein, but it's hops, I've heard. And it adds to the appearance.

S - Not a super intense aroma, but very pleasant. Citrus, maybe some vanilla.

T - Malty at first, piney in the middle, earthy/papery bitter finish. Pretty damn balanced for the hundred fifty million IBU it's supposed to have. The bitterness is clearly past my palate's detectable threshold.

M - Oily and smooth. Perfect for an imperial IPA. The carbonation can be felt from the lips to the back of your throat.

O - I was afraid I was going to be wasting the $23 I spent on this one beer, or that it would be more of an "experience" than a tasty delight. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase, very tasty, not just something you get once just to say you've tried it.

Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.92/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours to an light copper color. A thin head, which rapidly disappears with little or no lacing. There is a lot of sediment in the bottle, so have some patience and let it set a few minutes before pouring. There is just enough effervescence to keep the particles suspended.

Aroma reminds me of camping in the piney woods with some lemon in the air.

Taste - have your taste buds ready, they will be in for a shock.

Mouthfeel - The bitters stick around for a while. Thick and heavy.

I bought one bomber the first day it was in Wichita. Then it must have flown off the shelves, and the distributor is out. I found 5 bombers today and paid the $15 ride ticket. If you can buy it, you will enjoy.

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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice surprice of a great beer.

Pours out of the bottle with a nice caramel color with a great pinky of foamy off white head and very good lacing.

The smell is very nice in terms of hops, it has only what I can describe as a very 'raw' hop smell with lots of earthy grass and weed smells, bitter like raw hops right out of the bag you get from the homebrew store!

The taste is much more complex with the bright fruit and grapefruit hops up front with a toasty, honey bread malt undertone that is quite nice and very appropriate for the style. TRopical fruits are the main hop character here and the beer ends with a great bitter lingering finish with a great thick body like its from a cask at a pub. Some piney hop notes as well as a couple spicy notes, this would go great with spicy food as it's big enough to compete with the spice but also would compliment nicely.

Overall a really nice beer thats surprisingly great. Would buy again if I see it.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.2/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark caramel with a thin white head.

Dense hops on the nose. I think it might be too intense to process.

Extremely hoppy. Some boozy flavors, but the hop oils takeover. Its hard to appreciate much of the complexity. Pine cones, tons of pine cones. Very astringent on the finish.

Sticky, oily, full body.

I thought Mean Manalishi was too much of a good thing and this has 50% more hops than that. Overboard.

Photo of scotvega18
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz Bomber poured into a southern tier tulip

A - Hop Haze? More like Hop Chunks. Lots of sediment floating around, but holy god is what they are floating around in is damn beautiful rich amber colored with yellow highlights on the edges with an off white head. Lacing is only average though.

S - Up front I get a lot of simcoe astringency which makes me think i may be drinking this too late. Caramel malt follows and some mild sweetness. A little worried now....

T - Well, This is different. Any fruitiness is up front and fades fast and then its a snowball effect of bitterness. it keeps building and building until it tops off in a palate destroying blast. I could definitely see not being a fan of this, but I look for these kinds of beers to finish off the night.

M - Think and syrupy, which i didnt expect. You can almost feel the chunks of hops going into your mouth. Cant find the 10% at all, and carbonation is just dandy.

Notes - This is like drinking hop juice. I think what they did was just dump in a boatload of hops at the end of the boil, and made this a palate destroying monster. And i dig it.

Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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

a: nice burnt hue to it...dark amber with a touch of cloud Nice fluffy white head that retreats unevenly and fast. Tons of lacing and sticky sticky look to it.

s: great floral scent that pierces through the half inch head. A sweetness that I can't identify. Smells incredible. Perhaps honey or caramel. Something delicious.

t: okay, not what I expected. HUUUUGE shot of bitter flowers that strike furiously for roughly half a second. Then it is some sort of malt sweetness reminiscent of bourbon. Mixed with bready taste of beer it is almost like a cookie sweetness and caramel/toffee. This is unreal good. I was very taken aback. Initially, the taste is a little bizarre as it isn't what you expect. It goes from Hoppy citrus amazingness to a strange bitter sweet shift, and then butterscotch cookie on the finish. Yum! wish it was solid all the way through though.

m: rich, fizzy, thick and syrupy. Coats well, leaves you dry despite the sweeter finish.

o: I will get this again. And I'll have no problems taking down the bottle on taste alone. There is no booziness at 10%, but Imunna be a mess after this bad boy. Just wish that mid note in the taste was structured differently.

Photo of output01x
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that quickly recedes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a clear orange amber color with a small number of slowly rising carbonation bubbles. The final pour from the bottle relases a massive amount of floaties that cloud the significantly. Almost zero lacing can be noticed throughout consumption.

A good combination of citrus hops and pine hops aromas make for a great nose. Notes of orange peel and a spiciness are also detectable.

The smell really does not do this viscious beer justice. A sweet citrus flavor starts each sip but is soon accompanied by a strong resinous pine flavor. As the citrus fades, the standard pine bitterness follows. This pine bitterness quickly builds to a level any hophead would revel in. The bottle claims "High IBUs" but I would certainly agree with a claim of 100+ IBUs. A slight alcohol warmth is noticable as the beer warms, but is never indicative of the 10% ABV.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is an easy drinking sipper. While the intense flavors and extreme bitterness prevents one from gulping this beer, the mouthfeel is somewhat refreshing. The lack of carbonation definitely hinders the drinkability, but it also permits the bitterness to haunt you indefinitely.

Photo of beergod1
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Cleveland Beer Fest 5/14/11. Poured translucent orange with a mostly dense beige head. The aroma was juicy and resiny, with grapefruit, pine, and some floral notes present. Caramel Malt, and a touch of graham sweetness held up well. balance was solid. The flavor opened with a sharp kick from the floral and grapefruit bitterness then slammed by alcohol. Syrupy caramel sweetness backed it up.. bitter and aggressive the whole way through, Both Pine & citrus notes were present. Finished with spicy alcohol and more resiny hops over a malt sweetness. Heavier-bodied and almost syrupy on the palate. Maybe a bit to much for 1 of my first beers of the 35 or so I tried that night. This is a sipper for the "End" of the night. Cuz this will blow up your pallet.

Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of Sideswipe
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received courtesy of beerbeerbeerbeer. Thanks Kevin!

Poured into my Duvel tulip. The beer is a deep reddish amber color with a finger and a half of off white foam. The head dissipates leaving a wispy coaster and a thin ring around the glass. The nose is citrus and pine with a good dose of caramel malt. Taste follows with big orange, mango and pineapple notes. The citrus is smoothed out a bit mid palate by the big malt bill before a wave of piney bitterness crashes down on my taste buds threatening to erode them right off my tongue. The finish is dry with a lingering bitterness. Very nice. The ABV is Almost undetectable making this a very easy drinking triple IPA. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, as I'd expect from a brew of this gravity, with a medium to low level of carbonation which lends a slight creaminess to the beer's texture. Overall I really like this offering from Hoppin' Frog. I have been lucky enough to receive it in trades a number of times and it has had a place on my wants list for quite awhile. I love a big, ultra bitter, uber hoppy DIPA with a big malt bill that can back up the hops without becoming overly sweet and cloying, and this one delivers in spades.

Photo of gregshead
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on 3/29/11. Reviewed from notes

A: Pours a thick red color, slightly hazy w/ a half finger head. Dissipates quickly

S: Tropical fruit/berry smell in the hops. Some fruit caramel as well.

T: A very prevalent caramel malt along with a nice strong hop flavor, more subtle than grapefruit, more straight citrusy. Not as bitter as other DIPAs but no boozy taste either. As it warms a little bit of heat is noticeable.

M: Definitely a little syrupy. Good carb as well

O: Very drinkable for 10%. A solid DIPA but nothing outstanding on this one.

Photo of Beejay
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Medium amber in color with a nice light tan head on top. Looks nice.

S: There are some mean hops in this guy. Huge oily resiny pine and citrus aroma. A good bit of caramel in there, as well as maybe a touch of sweet onion.

T: Good touch of caramel, followed by pine and citrus, and a falcon punch of bitterness. Resiny, piney, and mean.

M: Medium in body with an oily texture. Carbonation seems about right. I feel like a need a tongue scraper to get the hop oil off my tongue.

O: Overall I tend to like my Imperial IPA's a touch on the sweeter side. This tastes great, but the punch packed by the bitterness is almost just a bit too harsh. Still a good beer, and I am glad I tried it.

Hop Dam Triple IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.