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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

275 Ratings
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Ratings: 275
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mdog on 05-21-2011)
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Reviews by zeledonia:
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4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No date on the bottle, sadly. Excited to try another local IPA, from the land of many. Tasted 16 January 2013.

Pours medium amber, a nondescript color, about 97% clear. One finger of off-white head, good retention and great lacing. Just a thin curtain of bubbles.

One whif had me sold. Big juicy hops, pineapple and pine, peach and mango. Well-backed by unobtrusive malts. Wow.

Taste is pretty darn good. Grainy up front, followed by a soft pulse of dry bitterness. It's not quite as clean as the best, but nice and refreshing. I could use some more of those fine-smelling hop oils in the flavor as well.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, a little sticky. Has a bit of chewy fullness. Doesn't feel as dry as it tastes, though the finish clears out quickly. Main complaint is that it could use more carbonation.

This is a really nice IPA. It's not the best I've had, but it can hang pretty well in a crowded market full of great IPAs. The stellar fruity hop aromas are the definite highlight.

zeledonia, Jan 16, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Punchy_Munchie, Jul 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

DaftPatrick, Mar 01, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

csmartin6, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev -1%
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.

bsp77, Oct 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -24.8%

deebo, May 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
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.

MattyG85, Dec 06, 2012
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

jpbebeau, Jun 13, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

sgttibbs, Jul 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

richkrull, Nov 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Shawner, Dec 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

optimator705, Aug 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Beerontwowheels, Apr 13, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +19%

4four4, Jul 25, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

mdaschaf, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

AndyH, Jul 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

Grady, May 06, 2013
Photo of andrew8626
4.6/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

andrew8626, Mar 18, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

pourmeadrink, Nov 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

qcbrewer, May 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Cooper, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

tempest, Dec 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -6%

Dloude, Sep 03, 2012
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Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.