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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

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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SykDoc

Wisconsin

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear orange forming a 1/8 inch off-white head that reduces to full lacing. Some sediment and carbonation are visible.

The aroma is primarily citrus hops with some orange and grapefruit with perhaps a bit of apricot.

The taste is a a healthy pine/citrus hops up front, followed by a good caramel malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good level of carbonation that leaves a tingling sensation and a pleasantly dry hop finish. Fairly smooth and satiny on the tongue.

Overall, this is a good beer. The punch from the hops and ABV limit how many of these you can have, but this is a very good beer and worth the effort, if you can get it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 01:25:47 | More by SykDoc
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beer2day

North Carolina

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

Deep honey gold with 1/2 finger of light cream head. Very little retention but nice lace.

Citrus, mainly apricot, dominate up front but more floral tones coming out as the glass warms. No real hint of alcohol.

Very nicely hopped up front. Kicks in very early. No initial sweetness at all. Hop burn kicks in very early, too. There is a nice amber malt floral taste in there with the hops, but understated. Alcohol comes on strong in the end.

Really nice body here to back up the hop bite.

The fire in the hop and alcohol burn brings down the drinkability score just a bit. Nice bomber to share.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 00:29:07 | More by beer2day
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2010 04:40:18 | More by cbutova
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squaremile

Oregon

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

Pours a clear deep orange, would be a 5.0 for looks if there was much of a head, but it is small. Smell is DAAANK with some alcohol bite. Taste gets it right where so many of these kinds of beers go wrong. It is HOPPY, not just BITTER. That is really rare for a midwest extreme IPA. There is ample sugar cookie sweets to keep it down to earth, but don't get me wrong, this is an extreme beer. Mouthfeel is near perfect with a medium-heavy and pleasantly chewy experience. Far lasting bitterness at the end. I love Hoppin Frog.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 04:25:50 | More by squaremile
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Lerxst

Florida

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

A-Pours a somewhat hazy amber with a chunky one and a half finger off white head that has decent retention and leaves some sticky lacing.

S-Pine and citrus hops dominate but notes of caramel malt are also there. Not picking up much else.

T-Grapefruit, pineapple, a bit of orange, pine resin and a bit of a malt backbone.

M-Medium body, slightly oily, carb level is just a touch lower than many in the style, but it works well here.

D-If you like DIPAs, you'll have no trouble with this one.

I liked it enough, but at $16 a bomber, this should knock my socks off. Its a good brew, just not worth the price, IMO.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 23:16:48 | More by Lerxst
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onthefarside

New York

3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Damn, So i just woke up after drinking this bad boy after a couple other brews, and this mother of a brew packs a damn punch. I love the crap out of IPAs so I couldn't resist this one sent to me by 'Auspice'.

Appearance was typical of IPA, lighter amber colour, viscous liquid with not a lot of head retention and almost no lacing, but don't let that fool you.

I dont remember smelling this one because i've been congested lately. But It was pretty typical ipa smell.

Now this tasted like a triple IPA, thick sweet malts everywhere tried hard to balance out the intense piney and citriusy hops but its really doesn't have a chance, if you love this kind of imbalance this beer is for you. There was a strong pungent aftertaste of hops as well

There wasn't much carbonation in this beer and it was very thick.

As for drinkability, I dont imagine anyone being able to drink much of this, its in a league with ruination and unearthly ipa, its almost like a combination. But damn it was good

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2010 08:32:52 | More by onthefarside
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 14:25:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 18:07:34 | More by smcolw
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kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2010 04:22:19 | More by kwjd
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scruffwhor

Illinois

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
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mntlover

Tennessee

4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy amber color with a thumb sized head that lasts forever. When the head finally falls it leaves some decent lace behind.

Aroma is big on hops piny resin notes, grapefruit along with some nice orange notes. Malts are sweet caramel g well with the hops.

Taste is bam lots of sticky pine sap mingled with grapefruit rind and orange peel really nice hopy notes. Malt is present lots of caramel notes, there has to be to hold all thee hops. This one seems like a real triple IPA, not a barley wine like most triple IPA's turn out to be.

Mouthfeel is big medium approaching full with nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is great enjoyable tasty if you like hops get this and drink it now. Alcohol is well hidden no notice of 10% at all, wish i had more.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2010 19:06:39 | More by mntlover
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DoctorDog

Ohio

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

Presentation: 22oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Orange / amber, and quite hazy. 2+ fingers of white head, which fades very slowly to a thin cap. Excellent retention.

S- Full of grapefruit/citrus and pine hopiness. Vague hints of malty sweetness barely slips through.

T- Full bitter grapefruit flavor is prominent, with pine resin hints. Assertive bitterness. Malty hints are fleeting.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a smooth, medium-full feel.

D- Not bad. The hops are assertive, and the ABV is high, but putting down a bomber full is no chore.

Future outlook: Very good, if essentially a one-note beer. With so many good DIPA's, this beer gets a "maybe" in the buy again category.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 02:12:22 | More by DoctorDog
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 02:47:02 | More by Sammy
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billab914

Virginia

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
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 03:41:16 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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ThreeWiseMen

California

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Hazy, red-orange body looks very nice. Could certainly be clearer, but I still dig it. A tight, eggshell-colored crown sits on top for the entire session, dragging sticky, well-formed lacing as it descends.

Smell: Caramel, pine, peppered meat, and lemon zest. Smells hearty (as far as DIPAs go anyway). The dense malt profile is very apparent; I get loads of (bread) dough and grain in this smell.

Taste: Huge grapefruit kicks things off. Caramel and orange come through early on as well. All three of those flavors are quickly surpassed by hard pine, which leads into a very bitter, peppery finish. More complexity, particularly in the fruit area, would really help this beer out. Still, I'm really enjoying the boldness and balance (lots of malt, lots of hops) that this DIPA offers. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Fuller and maltier than I'm used to, but not too heavy or chewy. The word "meaty" comes to mind. Each sip finishes very spicy and dry - feels awesome! Not a whole lot of heat, but a ton of long-lasting bitterness. Finishes exactly how a double (or in this case triple) IPA should finish.

Drinkability: As noted above, this DIPA needs more hop-led complexity in the taste and smell. With that said, this started nice and finished great. JustinA1 and I would have been happy with another bottle or two. Thanks again for the hook-up Lee!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 03:21:05 | More by ThreeWiseMen
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2010 15:13:41 | More by merlin48
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

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

A-Pours a clear amber with a thin off white head and some very good sticky lacing.

S-Grapefruit rind is dominant with a nice malt backbone. Very appealing hop bomb aroma!

T-Tingly grapefruit hoppiness with a hint of peach sweetness in the front. Plenty of malt presence in the middle followed by an overwhelming hop bite in the finish. Strong bitter grapefruit rind provides a delicious finish.

M-Medium to heavy bodied with strong lingering bitterness that goes on and on.

D-Really tasty though one is probably the right amount. This beer, while delicious, is a bit wearing on the palate after a while. I really like Hopping Frog's big IPAs, though I know many don't.

HV

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 02:12:45 | More by sholland119
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to pimpmyporter for this beer.

Bomber split into two pint glasses. Poured into my glass the beer is cloudy golden orange amber. Two fingers of vanilla hued head recede leaving thick gobs of lace.

The aroma is a huge boquet of citrus fruits and pure pine sap. Like a fresh cut grapfruit smeared with pine tree sap. There is a hint of sweetness mixed in but just a hint.

The flavor is just flat out in your face bitter. There's a such thing as over the top in my book and this is it. Loads of pine and citrus give way to more hops and more bitterness. No balanced at all. The only other element I can detect is the booze.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a bit of a gimick beer if you ask me. One dementional and flat out hard to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 00:05:43 | More by beerwolf77
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colts9016

Idaho

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

I got this bottle from stonequarrywest in a recent trade. I am very excited for getting a chance to try it. Poured into a snifter at 47 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger white head that has pour retention. The head is foamy and creamy. The appearance: A medium amber color with dark copper hues. The clarity of the beer is hazy. The head leaves some lacing.

Nose: A rich floral, grapefruit, orange, pine, sweetness, phenols, solvent, and caramel. The malt is toasty, biscuit, and yeasty.

Taste: A robust hop flavors of grapefruit, orange, pine, and floral esters. The malt has a rich toastiness, a subtle sweetness, biscuit, and yeast.

The mouth feel is carbonated, astringent, warm, dry.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium and the finish is full. This is a very robust DIPA, has a really complex flavor, and it is bold. I am so glad that I got to drink this beer. I like this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 03:25:57 | More by colts9016
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regspeir

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

bottle into a Duvel tulip
Taste is led by the nose. Grapefruit, pine, citrus, some sweetness but mostly hops and alcohol. Body is average for this style. I would love to describe the subleties of this beer but they are lost on me. As much as I love hoppy, these are intense and overpowering anything and everything else. As far as drinkability or sessionable - nope. The combination of the hops and the alcohol (and the expense) render this a one-time thing.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 00:23:59 | More by regspeir
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2010 05:31:44 | More by WVbeergeek
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prototypic

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2010 02:20:20 | More by prototypic
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Ryan011235

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 3/29/10 upon returning from the Vampire Weekend concert

Hop Dam is a bold copper color, dense & only slightly cloudy. Around the edges are burnt sunburst highlights. The first pour was rather tame so as not to disturb the settled yeast. Even still, two fingers of foam was manifest with ease. After several minutes the head has thinned to a decently large swath of bubbles. Retention is thin but it lasts until the end. Lacing is very good at the start but gets thin & spotty by the end. Lacing is much better on the second pour.

It's densely hoppy & unabashedly so. I can say there are notes of pine & notes of the usual citrus suspects. I can say there are a lot of said notes. I can even say there are some floral hints. All of these would be as true as they would be surprising, considering the nature of this hop monster. Indeed, the aroma is awash in an intense hoppiness. What of the malts, then? I reckon they are there, somewhere. Incidentally, while there are overtones of solvent, they aren't as pronounced as I would expect based on a few other Hoppin' Frog IPAs (though as it warms, the solvent becomes more apparent).

This beer is viciously dry & scathingly bitter. The extent of these attributes is not apparent until after each swig. After the beer has gone, the dryness seems to create a vacuum of sorts with the only thing to fill it being residual bitterness. All told, piney bitterness - sharp & unrelenting - is the most appreciable characteristic. Lemon & grapefruit undercurrents offer spiciness but the citric qualities are pushed to the peripheries. I was actually hoping for more citrus juiciness & floral aspects to be featured which would round out the otherwise overly brash pine tar attack. Alas, this is not the case. As with the nose, malts don't stand a chance.

Technically medium-bodied, Hop Dam, in terms of perception, is essentially full-bodied. At the very least it's as dense a beer as the term "medium" can handle. Likely this is due to the sheer amount of pine tar-like resin. Interestingly enough there isn't much pronounced grittiness. I don't believe I have had a beer with so much resin but so little grittiness. Carbonation isn't too vigorous; while just enough, it stays out of the way. As mentioned above, there is a long lingering bitterness on the finish. Alcohol heat isn't particularly noticeable but the overall effect is definitely warming.

One bomber is all I can manage. All things held equal, drinkability isn't too bad, but it isn't great by any means. I can't fault it too much since this is a "Triple IPA" with indeterminably "high IBUs." While I have no regrets, this isn't an IPA (triple or otherwise) I would consider buying again. Maybe if I saw it during happy hour at Bodega - maybe. Hop Dam is borderline palate abuse. Better call HR, Hoppin' Frog took this one too far.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 03:14:28 | More by Ryan011235
Hop Dam Triple IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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