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Hop Dish IPA - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Hop Dish IPAHop Dish IPA

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89
very good

66 Reviews
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Reviews: 66
Hads: 379
rAvg: 4
pDev: 11%
Wants: 15
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
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Lift Bridge Brewery visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Mdog on 05-21-2011

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Photo of Giardino1221
4.85/5  rDev +21.3%
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! (313 characters)

Photo of Swindizzle
4.84/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In my opinion, a pretty damn perfect beer. Well brewed, excellent taste, good alcohol content. My favorite beer currently. Not to mention a perfect amount of hoppy. I strongly suggest you give it a try! (202 characters)

Photo of erikstromstad
4.78/5  rDev +19.5%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange, good head.

Smell: HUGE orange and citrus aroma. I don't think I've ever had an on-tap beer with this strong a smell.

Taste: Nicely balanced with sweet underlying a good citrus and orange kick.

Drinkability: Not too strong, went down easy.

Had this on-tap at the Hanger Room. This is the best smelling beer I have ever had. Luckily the taste keeps up, with a good balance between hops and sweetness. Right on the borderline of being a DIPA, but their website calls it an IPA. Really good stuff. (530 characters)

Photo of andrew8626
4.58/5  rDev +14.5%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of happygnome
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
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 (580 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: brilliant gold to amber
S: Resiny citrus nose.
T: Starts malty and then goes through several hop permutations from fruity, resiny to piney citrus with lingering hop bitter. Dries out on the finish
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A decent beer that is nice to find on tap. (281 characters)

Photo of LIQUORBARREL
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
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 (603 characters)

Photo of joshuaseresse
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler of this at the Commander release. Poured into some soft of glass:

A - Deep, golden honey amber with constant carbonation up the sides. Half of an inch of creamy head with really nice lacing.

S - Nice pine bitterness and undertones of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Little bit of lemon grass and slight malt backbone.

T - Malt and some pine bitterness. Very much a west coast like IPA with heavy citrus hops that are pretty well balanced. Nice resin and pine stickiness for an after taste.

M - Bitter tingle and bit of a drying effect. A nice souring citrus lemon and lime sensation that leaves a tingle in the after feeing.

O - Really glad I got to try this one. I thought it was really, really tasty and would drink this all the time if it was in bottles. Nice job on this one Lift Bridge. (817 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Peach colored...nice lace on the glass as I drink

S-Nice big hop aroma...tropical fruits(light mango), citrus (tangerines, grapefruit), and pine...very hop forward....reminds me of some of the IPA's from California

T-Again hop forward....good tight bitterness to this as the pine punch is strong...also good citrus (grapefruit, tangerines) flavor as well...resiny hop bill...pine not as strong as on the nose but evident....the malt (thinking caramel) is definitely in the background ..

M-Perfect body and carbonation...dry on the finish with a good hop bite.

O-If you like IPA's that leave a hop impression this one would be for you. A lot of unsweetened grapefruit on the finish...never borders on hop juice as the malt backing adds just enough to balance a little.

I imagine some will love this to death. I personally like a sweeter citrus take on the hops but can appreciate this for what it is....a quality, well made IPA that could fit nicely in California. They cite seven hop varieties on the bottle but don't name them. Would guess Chinook, and Amarillo are apart of it for sure..

****Just bumped scores up a little...had Saga immediately after this and Saga did not hold up to this one....am doing a six IPA blind taster this weekend with Saga, Hop Dish, Two-Hearted, O'Dell and a couple others to further evaluate its greatness*** (1,350 characters)

Photo of jjanega08
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a rather thick looking amber color sort of the color of red hair with a thin half finger of head that falls to a nice skin on the top of the glass. There is a nice amount of lacing despite the lack of a head.

S= The smell is a nice hop aroma. It almost smells like a brewery fermenting beer or the closet you do your homebrewing in. It has a sort of a cold wet dankiness to it that intertwines with the nice citrus hop aroma. There is a bit of balance in that there is a little malty aroma as well.

T= The taste matches the flavor very well. I actually love the dank sort of closet full of homebrew flavor. I can taste the clean steel and saniitized everything this beer has gone through almost. It's got a very unique thing going on only a homebrewer could appreciate.

M= The mouth is very well done.

O= This is a solid IPA. It's definitally unique as well. I don't know how to really put it together but I like this beer a lot. A nice alternative to the other extra delicious hoppy beers found in MN. (1,037 characters)

Photo of PieOhMy
4.4/5  rDev +10%
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! (533 characters)

Photo of ThaCrax
4.33/5  rDev +8.3%
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. (201 characters)

Photo of Superdrewid
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
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% (294 characters)

Photo of FalloutDUDE666
4.3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stillwater is close to home so this beer has a very home-ish feel to it for me. Perfect look and aroma. Drinks pretty smooth with just the right amount of bitter. Not the strongest ipa but is well rounded otherwise. Recommended for any fan of ipas. (252 characters)

Photo of Bravak
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

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. (266 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber/ crimson coloration, great, big sturdy head, creamy-toned, lace-leaving and lovely. Really nice looking glass of beer.

Aroma: soft, fruity, floral, subtle insinuations of citrus and pine. Beautiful, but not bombastic.

Taste: A flood of hops bitterness, reaches every corner of the senses, and calmly, politely fades back. Linger on the palate just enough to urge another sip and gulp. Very clean, while being unrepentantly flavorful. Plenty of hops to keep me happy. Big time hop flavor never quits in this one.

Medium bodied, long bitter hoppy finish. Plays with and stays with the tongue.
This is a damned respectable IPA that Lift Bridge can be quite proud of, and is easily their best beer, in my opinion.Can go head to head with the best of them. Time to bottle this one, it's a winner. I'd suggest a name change, unless they've gotten tired of that game.

Mmmm, mmm, I can highly recommend this one to all hopheads, up, down, in and out. (962 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.22/5  rDev +5.5%
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 (419 characters)

Photo of Ri0
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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. (702 characters)

Photo of Buebie
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this growler for my birthday.

A hiss as the cap twists off, pours out a very pale copper with slight haziness to it.
Half inch white cap, receding to a collar.
Aroma is very juicy hops, mild malt sweetness, caramel, pine and large amount of citrus. faint cotton candy aroma.

Taste has a wonderful balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. Buttery caramel rolls, citrus orange peel hops, pine bitters through the swallow and beginning to dry out into the finish. Clean, non-nagging hops that you can taste each sip without an obliterated pallet. Yet still very flavorful and hops being very much present.
Something in there reminds me of lactose.
Medium carbonation prickle with some hop oil slickness.
So drinkable, a hop thirst quencher with balance and terrific malt flavor.

Absolutely love this beer! (820 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours medium amber gold with a nice foam cap and impressively sticky sheets of lace. Smell is mediocre, quite faint.. I'm getting light citrus and malt. Taste is a 180-turn for the better. Flavorful citrus pith and it's juicy, easy to drink, refreshing with moderate bitterness and clean finish. Medium light mouthfeel and the body holds together nicely. This is an easy to quaff flavorful IPA and I'm sure one of the best I've had from Lift Bridge. Nice. (455 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A lovely copper color out of a growler. Massive head of thick and sticky foam.

A pungent array of hops with citrus, pine and fruit notes. Picking up some malty sweetness.

Hmm, this tasted much better at the brewery, but this is still tasty. Pretty balanced now compqree to when I first had it. A pretty big malty backbone, but a bigger hop profile with lots of pine and citrus notes. Getting bitter grapefruit peel on the finish.

Very smooth and soft feel with some sticky resin qualities.

This is a nice hop forward IPA. Not a counter pressure filled growler, so maybe the hops faded a bit from that. Still, very hoppy and flavorful for a seven and a half percent beer with good drinkability. Nice to see more hoppy options locally. (737 characters)

Photo of hopoilcrazy
4.12/5  rDev +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 (725 characters)

Photo of TWHartman
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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 (801 characters)

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Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewery
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