Hop Dam Triple IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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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 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. (1,565 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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! (505 characters)

Photo of Preismj
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
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. (1,186 characters)

Photo of output01x
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (1,353 characters)

Photo of beergod1
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (769 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,677 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (1,196 characters)

Photo of gregshead
3.36/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of Beejay
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of biglobo8971
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had several of these over DLD and loved every one of them. I have it compared to a barley wine, but I dont agree.
ST - Bomber
A - poured a nice amber orange, laced all the way down the glass with a very nice 3/4 in head
S - very pronounced orange and citrus notes, almost had a green onion smell, not quite, but close
T - incredible citrus notes with just a little pine on the end. You can definitely taste the malt that gives a carry over sweet taste that leaves you wanting to drink more
M - very easy to drink, no harsh notes
O - easily becomes one of my favorite beers, I'm extremely glad that I bought 4 of them. The price is a little steep, but I would gladly pay that price again for this beer. (701 characters)

Photo of Arknot
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wrote a huge review for this beer.. and it got deleted, so this redo will be short.

Appearance: Dark copper

Smell: Extremely caramel with a punch of hops.

Taste: Caramel malt bomb, with a nice hop bite and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Overall: I love this beer, but I'd call it a barley wine. The malt sweetness is so extremely high that I can't call this and IPA. Also, I expected far more hoppy bitterness! The Hoppin Frog Double IPA was much much stronger in the hop profile. Also at 15.99 for a bomber, I wouldn't buy this again.
But I have to say, even if its not true to style, and milder then expected; I still loved every sip of this beer. (658 characters)

Photo of mjw1200
4.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out darker than most IPAs which was intriguing. And then the smell kicked in. Lots of graprefruit hops. Very pungent, but pleasing smell. Then came the taste. Over the top hops. I love a hoppy beer and this was all it was cracked up to be. I feel like there are better IPAs for the price, but as a rare splurge it was good to try. (337 characters)

Photo of b3shine
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deuce to frosty tulip. Looks excellent. Deep in color and low in carbonation. Bouquet is equally as good. Hops and citrus. Taste is hoptastic. If you're a hophead, you'll love this beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and high abv is pleasantly noticeable. Overall, an excellent beer, but at $15.99+tax for a deuce, it's a special occasions brew. (335 characters)

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 (665 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

i finally bit the bullet and paid close to $18 for this bottle. i was assured it was fresh, but there is no dating of any kind on the bottle. drank from an over sized unmarked snifter.

A- this one pours a somewhat hazy golden honey colored body with a very minimal bright white head. the head quickly fizzles away to no more than a crown along the outside of the glass, and leaves behind little to no lacing.

S- the first thing that i pick out of the nose are hops. good. lots of strong piny and citric (grapefruit) notes. a little bit of floral and grassy hops can be smelled also. some caramel malts try to create some balance here, but fall short. i can definitely detect some alcohol.

T- the initial sip brings forth some sweet caramel malts upfront that quickly move into hop country. a heavy dose of resiny pine and grapefruit. a lesser amount of floral and grassy notes, but theyre still strong. this is a very hoppy beer. once again, the alcohol makes itself known.

M- this is a full bodied IPA. thick and palate coating with minimal carbonation. nice and bitter. syrupy. plenty of warmth from the alcohol.

D- the alcohol isnt as well masked as many other IPAs of similar strength or even stronger. its also not the nicest example of the style to look at. other than that, its a totally fine beer. a little too pricey for me. i dont think ill be buying another, but i did enjoy the one that i had. if it didnt cost $17.49 + tax id pick it up again this season. (1,475 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I asked about this beer when I visited the brewery a month ago; and they were right on with there estimate on when I could find this in stores. Picked it up today at my local store. Good to know it's so fresh and only weeks old at the most. Before I even got the cap entirely off, I was smelling hops. Paid $14.99 a bomber for this.

Appearance - You can tell immediately that it is very fresh and well carbonated. Poured into a Great Lakes snifter, a finger and a half of head are noticeable right away. The head is rich in vanilla color and looks like a milkshake froth. The beer itself is an opaque solid brown with perhaps some orange in certain light. Looks like sweet caramel.

Smell - Being triple hopped, you can definitely tell that this more than your average IPA. The aroma fills my nostrils with Sweet citrus, malts and of course, hops. The scent of bittersweet hops is extravagant and smells delicious. Slight notes of floral and almost Sweet Tarts in a way.

Taste - A slightly bitter swallow leads to sweet caramelized malts and grapefruit. You can definitely notice a very strong hop presence; but it isn't overpowering. Slight hints of lemon accompany the grapefruit to go along with the bitterness of the hops. Overall quite herbal tasting. A complex beer that is mixed well.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Exceptionally smooth and well balanced. I was expecting my taste buds to cringe at the touch of a triple hopped IPA; but I wasn't overwhelmed at all. The overall feel barely avoids medicinal and instead hits a strikingly delicious complexion of malty sweetness. The bitterness of the hops ties in perfectly. Medium bodied; but can seem a bit heavy at times. A good beer to sip in hopes of warm weather being on its way very soon. The price may be a little ridiculous here though; as this is twice as expensive as most other HF beers. With the exception of their stouts of course. (1,901 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber picked up from the Akron Brewery today, 3 hours ago, poured into SA glass.

Thin, white rim of foam sits a top what appears to be a thick, gelatinous, opaque liquid. Few wisps of Belgian lace, as the brew is tasted.

Nice aroma of orange rind, piney hops, caramel, grapefruit; not subtle, but not that amazing slap in the face expected from a brew that is touted as a "triple". At first whiff, reminded me of DFH 120 minute.

Resinous, piney hops and tart grapefruit, envelopes the buds.
Surprisingly smooth, without a bitter, everlasting aftertaste.
Yes the hops predominate, but this is no one-hit wonder "hop bomb". Considering the ABV and the hop additions throughout the brewing process, there is a nice balance and a, dare I say, smoothness. Well done. (770 characters)

Photo of chaz01
3.4/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Belgium fishbowl glass. Not fresh off the shelf, but should be less than a year old (no date on bottle).

A: Cloudy, murky orange color with a small off-white head.

S: Funky, resiny, floral aroma. I didn't find it citrusy or piney, just lot's of woody resin aroma with a bit of alcohol.

T: Some piney hop flavors, but again I get a resiny taste that dominates. It's certainly a bold hop flavor that hits you up front.

M: Medium to full bodied, low carbonation.

D: This doesn't feel as smooth to me as a Hopslam or even the HF Double IPA. More of a sipping beer for the diehard hop fan. (627 characters)

Photo of JamnesCameron
4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a New Belgium tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy, orange, amber brew with a light tan head, that actually stands up. Even with a careful pour, lots of floaties in this brew.
As the head drops, there is a nice lacing.

Aromas of huge resiny hops, with a bend toward citrus, mainly grapefruit, orange, and some piney resins. A figgy, malt presence is also there.

First sip is of resinous hops, with a strong grapefruit profile, and orange tinge, some dark fruit. What's amazing with this one is the hops are so "in your face" and there is just a barely perceptable presence of grassiness from the huge hop load. Finish is definitely on the hop bitterness and a slight malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is slightly sticky sweet, with a huge puckering hop bitterness.

Very drinkable beer for being so big. Although it is huge in hop profile, it really isn't palate fatiguing. It would be hard to rate another beer after this one, but this is a rather enjoyable brew. (964 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter. The bottle had a fair amount of sediment floating around the bottom, but the label states that such sediment is to be expected.

Pous a slightly hazy pumpkin color, with tiny colunmns of bubbles rising to the surface. I poured slow and careful to avoid pouring out the sediment, and as such, there's not much head on this one. What little head there was reduced to a small pool sitting stangnant in the center, with a ring of white around the edges.

Has a bold, piney-hops smell, with a tinge of alcohol and yeasty malt underneath.

The taste bops you in the mouth; bitter, astringent and spicy, I can almost taste the pine pitch. The yeast and malt keep trying to rise above the bitter hops, but flailing as they drown in the cascade of hops. The bitterness hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel is dry, and slightly resiny and oily. My tongue is being stripped dry by this one.

Drinkable? Only for a hop sadist, which thankfully, I am one. I'll be looking to pick this one up again. (1,038 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another new one for me last night, i had been keeping this one in the fridge for a few weeks and decided to just go for it. served cold and poured into a white birch glass, this one was consumed on 08/20/2010.

really a great pour here with a nice light golden color to it and a great amount of carbonation streaming up toward the top of the glass. nice head of white comes across very, very nicely and really leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

aroma is very bright, lots of lemon, coriander, hints of light fruity yeast, but just a ton of citrus hops are tearing this one up. really well done. clean, effortless flavor follows through very nicely with just a crisp, light, bright touch to it that really just works for me. light tart apples and crisp grapefruit round it out just about right.

overall a really solid beer. not really a triple, more of a hybrid style, but done, very, very well. really enjoyed for sure. (944 characters)

Photo of pdoran10
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a deep copper color with a nice inch high pillow of head. great lacing.

smell is caramalized malt, and a hint of floral hops, not all that fragrant.

taste is powerfuly hoppy. pine, lemon, tea like finish. i am drinking a delicous caramalized hop tea and loving it. such a great balance and hop flavor going on in this beer. i want more bombers of this!

mouthfeel is thick with heavy malt and moderate carbonation.

not a super drinkable or approachable style, but i want another one for later so they got drinkablity right. (536 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.68/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Chilled bomber into a glass.

No bottle date. I'm assuming it's fresh.

A: Pours a clear straw/gold body with substantial off-white head. Retention isn't great, and neither is the lacing.

S: Solventy! Leafy, tea-like hops with pine and some citrus.

T: Not as solventy as the nose. Actually not a bad flavor. Dominated by leafy, tea-like hops with pine needles and a touch of grapefruit rind. My issue is that it's really harsh, astringent, and bitter. Not a lot of hop flavor but there is a lot of hop bitterness.

M: Full-bodied, heavy, with low carb.

D: It's not awful... But again, it's harsh, astringent, and very bitter. Not particularly enjoyable, and it's not something I would recommend as anything more than a middling benchmark of the style. (760 characters)

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. (525 characters)

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. (722 characters)

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