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Hop Dish IPA - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Hop Dish IPAHop Dish IPA

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BA SCORE
89
very good

345 Ratings
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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.03%
Wants: 13
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Mdog on 05-21-2011

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Ratings: 345 | Reviews: 64
Photo of cosmicevan
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

crisp transparent orange yellow syrupy. nose is nice sharp hop. taste is fairly straight forward. nothing too crazy.

Photo of Dlug84
3/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Will have to try again but didn't like it the 1st time around?

Photo of KillerJigger
4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tons of hopp taste coupled with an amazing smell. Loved it. Great bitterness as well. Will drink again and again in the future.

Photo of ThaCrax
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not bad! Very good! However I had just drank a Surly Abrasive and I wasn't over it yet. I would love to point out the great things about this IPA, but I couldn't stop thinking about Surly Abrasive.

Photo of CraigP83
4.42/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good fresh IPA solid local choice

Photo of ta_hagen
4.82/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Fruity IPA, if you like IPA's, you will like this beer!!!!!

Photo of Jim_Benz
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great; smells okay (a little vegetation seems to creep in); tastes a little better than it smells, with nice bitterness; mouth feel is ordinary. Overall, nothing stands out except for the slight vegetation in the nose - dry hopped for too long, or what? This could have been a much better beer, but it's okay.

Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a single, a month old, into a NB globe
A: clear darkish orange honey,
S: bready malts, clean citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and a little blueberry
T & M: hoppy (again, light citrus together with a few piney notes) but nicely balanced; round bright flavors that follow the nose but bring out a bit more character -- a little spicy peppery tingle on my tongue at the finish that blends nicely with the light and welcoming citrus.
Overall: Not too complex, but nice and reliable, both from the bottle and on tap...though, from what I recall it was a lot better on tap, so there may be freshness issues here.

Photo of Bravak
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

One of the better MN IPA's. Well brewed with a complex aroma that has staying power. Excellent flavor, complex but drinkable. A good example of how well made IPA'S do not have to be palate wreckers while still delivering the goods. Would hold up well to Racer 5.

Photo of mpipe
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Very good APA that is dangerously drinkable.

A: Pours a nice amber with a thick, one finger head. Plenty lacing.

S: Hops, grapefruit, spicy.

T: Citrus, floral and spicy hops. Bitter on the front and back end.

M: Light with a good amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

D: Not as much flavor as others, but overall very well done beer. Bought it on a recommendation and it did not disappoint. Worth picking some up. Goes down very well, almost too well.

Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +2.3%

Received as an extra from nicow5- thanks man! Pours a brilliant clear gold with nice white head, spotty lace, and good retention. Nose is full of piney hops. Definitely a west coast inspired IPA reminiscent of SNPA. Strong notes of pine, resin, wood, and overall dank notes. The taste isn't nearly as bitter as the nose would lead me to believe. It balances quite well with some breaded malts combining with hops and an emphasis on the pine at the back end. Mouthfeel is light bodied and moderately carbonated. This is incredibly easy drinking for its ABV. Nice forward hop profile with delicate balance.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is basic but tasty.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%

Twelve ounce bottle shared by Andrew - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades slowly and yields some spots of lace.

N: Fruity citrus and sweetish malts, floral.

T: Mostly sweet malts with orange and citrusy fruits.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Finishes semi-dry and sem-bitter with a somewhat sticky feel.

O: Good and enjoyed.

Photo of Adamngoodtime
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Great IPA! Bitter, bold, and full of flavor. A top of line Minneapolis brew.

Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Dark amber with sepia finger.
Squishy mashed orange pulp nose.
Sturdy thread of caramel, the pine sap, dried orange rind and a touch of mango for hops.
Lemon oil finish and sweet linger.
Medium, chewy, sticky.

Thick and chewy for an IPA. 7 hops varieties make it stewy rather than complex. Sturdy, but nothing exciting.

Photo of JamesMN
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper hue with good clarity apart from some chill haze. Half a finger of off-white suds.

Aroma: Nice fruity hops shining through. It's difficult to pick out particular aromas but what's there is pleasant with a west coast feel.

Taste: Starts with a nice wallop of bitterness to set the mood. Although the color suggests some malt involvement, the flavor is all hop driven. Once the bitterness ebbs away, near the finish, sweet pineapple and passion fruit ooze onto the palate. This is definitely a west coat IPA in my book. The flavor and finish is superbly clean. The only downside is the great hop flavor isn't as powerful or as long lasting as it could be.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body with average carbonation for the style. Easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: Really good IPA from a local brewery. There are some moments of greatness in the flavor and a dry quality that works well to keep me sipping. Would I drink it again? Yes, hopefully on-tap next.

Photo of EXP57
3.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a bright, fresh aroma with some light citrus notes and some pine and resin. The malt has a sweet note that stays in the back, but is present. There is also a light peppery character. At first the pine and resin notes dominate in the hop flavor, but as it warms the citrus comes out more. The finish is crisp with a light oxydized note. Overall, this one was a pleasant IPA.

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.66/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Lift Bridge Hop Dish

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into Samuel Adams perfect pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Darker amber with a finger of head. This settles to a dusting. There was some nice lacing.

S) Light tropical fruit sweetness, pineapple and mango. Mostly an earthy hop aroma.

T) Follows the nose... The flavor is better as this one warms up a bit. Tropical fruit is a quick hitter in the flavor, as I found it mainly to be grassy/earthy hops dominating, with some citrus rind on the backend. The alcohol is well hidden.

M) Medium bodied with a nice moderate carbonation level. Finishes dry with bitter rind. Decent aftertaste.

O) This is a decent brew, but in a world of wonderful IPAs to choose from, it's unlikely I'll drink this one again anytime soon.

Photo of Superdrewid
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic IPA, crisp with a strong bite. Perhaps a bit hoppy for heavy enjoyment, but I would consider this a go to beer for 2-3. I found that I did enjoy this beer more as it approached room tempature, personal prefrence perhaps but something of note.

Clean Finish, does not drink like @ 7.5%

Photo of TWHartman
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- slightly hazy (cold) pale orange, very pretty under light. Nice cream head, nice lace.

S- initially citrusy hops, bready sweet malt, finishes off with a nice resinous/spicy hop bite, a little fusel alcohol

T- almost the same as the smell yet inverse, pine/spice on some slightly toasted bread, finishing off with very clean citrusy bitterness, grapefruit rind and orange marmalade

M- strikes a nice balance between the super dry west coast and sweet east coast, dried out sufficiently to let the hops sing but not so much as to become thin or acidic. Could have used slightly more carbonation to bring hops through the whole drink, but that could have thinned it out too

O- this is the best beer to come out of Lift Bridge, it is very well crafted and makes me think these guys are here to stay

Photo of erikstromstad
4.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite beer right now. It is much better on-tap than in the bottle though. Bottle was okay, but missing something compared to the few I have had on-tap. It is the perfect example of a very drinkable IPA that you can have one or several beers.

Photo of Giardino1221
4.85/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have tasted probably over 200 IPA's and this one by far has a very clean balance with hops and malt, and does not taste so sweet as some other IPAs.

I wouls have given it a 5 overall as perfect, but the mouthfeel could be a little more carbonated.

Overall, a really go-to every day IPA if you like hoppy beer!

Photo of PieOhMy
4.4/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into Dogfish Head IPA glass

A Hazy amber. Thick foamy white head, fades slow. Thick lacing remains.

S Fresh cut grass. Orange peel. Pine. Sugarcane. The citrus orange smell is very pronounced.

T This is a hop blast. Hoppy, piney flavor right up front. Followed by a smooth sweet malty taste. Bitter finish that lingers.

M Light, smooth, clean.

O Awesome. Leans towards a West Coast IPA, but there's more to it. It is a giant hop bomb, but there's some subtle sweet and spiciness. Complex. Taste great. F-ing great beer!

Photo of Ri0
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

poured 12oz bottle into snifter. Thanks to Nick for this!

A - Golden hazy orange with 2 finger white head. Fades to a ring and leaves behind decent lacing.

S - Tropical fruits of pineapple and passion fruit, with light citrus. I get some floral and bitter hops as well with a touch of bready sweetness.

T - Nice hop kick in the beginning of tropic and citrus fruit. Seems a bit more bitter citrus than pineapple, but it is really good. Hints of light honey and bread sweetness in the middle and finishes with a bitter citrus.

M - Solid carbonation and medium body. Slick and oily with a lingering bitterness on my tongue.

O - Nice local MN IPA. Very enjoyable and reminds me of a few WI IPA's.

Photo of BeerIndustry22111
3.34/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark golden but still transparent. Nice head and lacing. The head stayed fluffy for some time.

S- Caramel pine and resin. Citrus notes. Earthy. There is some strange, sharp aroma I cannot pin point which comes out in the taste as well.

T- Earthy pine hop with a well balanced caramel malt. The hop overtakes the malt on the finish and lingers briefly. It tries to acidic with citrus but falls short. Still, it pokes through just enough be identified, and it pisses me off. Almost ammonia-like. Nit picking aside, this is a solid, well rounded IPA.

M- Heavier than expected.

O- This beer is different each time I have it. Unavoidable changes from cool, to room temp, to cool could be to blame. Despite its solid balance and flavor, I can not get over this strange taste I get. Almost like the ammonia used to describe some wines.

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Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.