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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
Reviews by hopoilcrazy:
Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Kevin for this new to me beer

A - Great color and head. The main event with the appearance is the awesome stickage with tons of it sticking to the glass and a thin cap of head crowning the top of the brew.

S - Big tropical fruits hitting, mostly pineapple and mango. Slight herby notes alomst like cilantro. There is also a pretty big butter-y presence. Also a slight nutty presence come in and out

T - Really nice balance with some strong malts rounding out the big hops. Really solid bitterness, but not enough to throw it off. Nice and clean finish with some pine finally showing up. Just solid, nothing too crazy

M - Really nice and light, but there is a kind of buttery feel to it that is not that pleasant

More User Reviews:
Photo of bsp77
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Amber-orange with thin off-white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: Very mild and fairly standard. Some citrus, but more floral, earthy and spicy.

Taste: Fairly large malt backbone of caramel and toast. Mix of citrusy, floral and spicy hops. Well balanced and very tasty, but the mix of flavors means nothing really stand out. Somewhat bitter.

Feel: Medium-full body that is pretty smooth with relatively low carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

Overall: While this is definitely a good beer, IMO, it is not as great as recent, great hoppy MN beers from Summit (Saga), Indeed (Day Tripper), Brau Brothers (HopSession) and Steel Toe (Size 7), plus the "old" standby Furious.

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with very good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A grassy and citrus hop forward aroma that is fairly balanced by the malts. Grassy and earthy hops along with citrus orange, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. Floral with some hints of pine resin spice. A very noticeable malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty balanced overall aroma.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a mix of grassy and juicy hops with a solid balance of malts. Upfront is a taste of citrus orange, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. Earthy hops with a very grassy and floral taste. Also some spicy pine resin in the mix. Solid bready malt presence with notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, and yeast. Hops and malts are pretty balanced here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly juicy and chewy. Has a fairly dry finish.

Overall: A pretty good IPA. Not quite in the West Coast style as there is more of a malt balance here. A pretty solid mix.

Photo of andrew8626
4.58/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have been searching for this beer ever since I bought the first six pack. I've found it on tap since, but not in bottles, so perhaps the first run was limited release? in any case, if you see it, buy it. You won't be disappointed.

Remembering from the bottle, i believe it used seven different hop varieties (this being Minnesota, the name is a play on "hot dish", the regional speciality that everyone loves to hate). Standout hops flavor, which is surprising given the melange of hop varieties. This one truly dances on your tongue. One of the best new Midwest beers of the year.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Princeton's Liquors. Mmm. This is a nice, big tangerine and grapefruit IPA. No, there's nothing groundbreaking, or new, but it's always good to have another solid and local IPA. There's a big bitter punch in the finish, damped slightly by a mild bready caramel malt backbone. Resinous pine builds in the flavor as the beer warms. This is a cleaner, fruitier IPA, which I always appreciate. Worth checking out.

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale copper color with just over one finger of head that had good retention before settling to a thin cap. Quite a bit of lacing is left down the glass.

Resiny hop aroma. A lot of pine with more subtle notes of tropical fruit and citrus. A hint of caramel from the malt.

Big hop flavors. The brewer used 7 different hop varieties which would seem to make a mess out of any beer, but it was nicely executed and all seem to work well together. Flavors of pine, citrus, tropical fruit, and a mild dankness. The malt bill deviates from the West Coast style claim by using a sweeter version with a caramel flavor. Bitterness is high but there was an attempt to tame that bitterness with some malt. This is a big IPA.

A great mouthfeel. Smooth texture and enough carbonation to lighten the body and ease the bitterness. I wouldn't mind a little bit more carbonation though.

A superbly executed American IPA. Lift Bridge has a tendency to get carried away with ingredients, but it turns out very well in this beer.

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 LIQUORBARREL
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap this week at Hangar Room, Happy Gnome and Mad Capper in Stillwater.

Delicate stick sweet head compliments a beautiful orange haze. You dont need to take a picture, you will remember this IPA.

HUGE CITRUS AND HOPS..bam pow zoinks..my taste buds are in heaven. Orange citrus bittered hops dominates and a balanced sweet ending.

Matt, the new head brewer at Lift Bridge, has hit the bullseye. I can't wait for bottle distrobution.

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.

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 yamar68
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer... amber gold lively body with a milky finger of starch white head that laces well.

Caramel citrus peel, abstract bitterness, real clean, pretty tame.

Refreshingly bitter, sweet hop notes, some dry conifer presence, pretty well balanced I think.

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 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 lurpy1
2.62/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hop Prop and Blucys at the Blue Door in St. Paul. Have liked the 3 beers I've tried from LiftBridge, here's hoping the streak continues...

Unfortunately does not. Starts out well, with a piney aroma, good hop presence, somewhat balanced. But there's an odd taste creeping up on me. Can't tell if I like it or not. After considering, I realize, no sir, I don't like it. But what is it? it's vaguely a camping flavor, reminds me of when I haven't rinsed my coffee cup right. That's it...it's soapy. Soap. Soap!!!

I'm thinking Lift Bridge was not going for soapy, there's a reason soap ales have not caught on. Somewhere you'd imagine someone tries the beer while it's in formula stage and tells the brewer "uh, this tastes kind of, you know, soapy". Apparently not.

Lift Bridge has done well and I'll keep trying their stuff. But this one didn't work for me. Not recommended.

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 happygnome
4.54/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears slowly. There is a lot of lacing left when the head does disappear. Carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the beer throughout the entire tasting.

S: Strong citrus and pine aromas balanced slightly with sweet maltiness.

T: Strongly bittered beer. Citrus and piny hops hit the palate first and are the strongest flavors. There is not much balance but the taste is so good.

M: Medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

Overall, this is an awesome beer, it will find a home in my fridge

Photo of gatornation
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap in a pint glass @ busters

A- a beautiful slight hazed copper/orange color with a 1 finger off-white head settles to a fresh collar

S- pungent aroma of citrus and tropical floral hops with tropical fruit notes,slight smell of baked bread

T- huge floral and big citrus hops on the front end fill the taste buds with a smooth pine/tropical extended mouthfeel of hops .. so smooth so good..baked bread malts are in the finish

M- smooth creamy very hoppy..so much flavor just the right carbonation

O-LB makes great brews acros the board..IMO this is thier best to date..please put this in bottles

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 zac16125
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass
no born on date

Thanks to haveanother1 for sending this over in a trade as part of a IPA tour of Minnesota/Wisconsin.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with 1 fingers width of light tan head . Leaves a fair amount of lacing.

S: Very sweet, with caramel malt along with a big tropical fruit sweetness. Pineapple and mango, along with a fair amount of tangerine like citrus. A touch of pine. Very nice aroma, but quickly loses its aromatic strength.

T: More herbaceous than the nose implies, and not the degree of tropical fruit or citrus. Piney bitterness, citrus rind, and a hint of a sugary sweetness. Quite good.

M/D: Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, very good drinkability.

O: Overall, nothing spectacular, but certain an above average IPA from beginning to end.

Photo of caskstrength
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About a week old, deschutes tulip.

Clear golden orange pour with carbonation as expected. Decent white head. Already looks too dark/malty.

Smells are from the richer and sweeter region of hopville. Some fresh earthy aspects (it is only a week old). Carmel sweetness follows the hop aromas.

Tastes are straightforward pine and citrus, but lacking the bright, crisp, resinous punch found in top shelf IPAs. Carmel malts provide balance, too much balance for my tastes.

Mouthfeel lacks the bite, the resin, the chewiness. On the sweeter and heavier side, but still easy drinking.

Nothing to get too excited about, but a decent IPA, I guess.

edit: had it a few more times out of the bottle, better drinking. Maybe they're still working out the kinks. Still on the richer/sweeter side, but the hops popped a bit more, flavors more impressive.

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 chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a English stemmed ale glass

Pours translucent golden with amber accents. Fluffy two finger head, above average retention and wispy lacing present. Pine, mixed tropical notes, and flora on the nose. Light fresh cut grass and green tea, pineapple and other tropical notes. Finishes bone dry with bitter grapefruit rind and piney notes. An excellent example of a more traditional West Coast-style IPA; refreshing, dry, and bitter.

Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of maximum12, thanks again!

Pours a slightly hazy gold color with a nice off white head.

Aromas are hard candies, resin, mango, and grapefruits.

Taste is lightly bitter up front, creamy, with a definite sweet malty background. There are notes of hard candies, light resin, and a finish that is crisp, somewhat dry, with a grapefruit bitterness. Flavors are nice, but on the lighter side.

Mouthfeel is nice, full bodied without being heavy.

Overall, a pretty nice IPA, a very worthy offering from a brewery that is new to me.

Photo of Greggy
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into pint glass

Fairly aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of white head which quickly recedes. Body is light amber with no sediment.

Excellent nose. Resinous pine, citrus and a little bit of earth.

Starts out with pine resin, massive citrus with some malt showing through. It finishes very dry with hop oil astringency.

I get a bit too much carbonation here but the dry finish is great.

Overall a tasty brew

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.

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