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Hop Dish IPA - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Hop Dish IPAHop Dish IPA

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70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 393
Avg: 3.94
pDev: 28.43%
Wants: 16
Gots: 78 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 393
Photo of lurpy1
2.62/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a shitty hotel highball glass in a hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average.

Not paired with food. Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a half finger beige colour head - quite thin, devoid of any real cream, and of mundane retention. Colour is a clear translucent copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Floral, pine, and citrus hops. A bit of a mess, but nevertheless appealing. A bit soapy. A mild strength aroma.

T: Pale clean malts with floral, piney, and some soapy notes atop. Some juicy citrus. A tasty little brew. Lacks balance, but it's enjoyable. Not real complex or subtle.

Mf: Smooth, clean, and wet. Too coarse on the finish. Carbonation is off. Runs a bit artificial. Thickness is off the mark.

Dr: Drinkable but forgettable. Not a great IPA. I wouldn't get it again, but it's a nice little beer. A decent offering from Lift Bridge.

High C

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Photo of KarlHungus
3.16/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a hazy dark orange color. The head is a half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of grapefruit, pine and tangerines. It is fairly aromatic, but it smells uninspired to me. I've smelled a lot of IPAs like this one, and most of them didn't do much for me. The taste is similar to the aroma, and has a vrry subdued bittrrness. So subdued, in fact, that most modern day APAs have a more pronounced bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation for the style. Overall, this isn't the IPA for me. I can't see myself drinking this again.

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Photo of hardy008
3.23/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours clear amber with a two finger white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, citrus zest, and pine.

Tastes much like it smells with grapefruit, citrus zest, pine and some caramel malt. There is a lot of hop bitterness, but not as much caramel malt to balance out the bitterness.

Medium bodied with average carbonation. Oily and resinous, with a bitter aftertaste. A bit one dimensional, but not bad.

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lacy with an orange body. A little strange off aroma. Decent ipa taste wise though not exceptional still drinkable. Can from recent trip. Shared with Americo.

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Photo of BeerIndustry22111
3.34/5  rDev -15.2%
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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Photo of Maninthearena
3.41/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look- Great frothy head. Cloudy, orange, honey amber color.

Nose-Small hints of aromatics, some biscuits. Somewhat bland smelling compared to some other pale ales.

Taste- Definite early grapefruit. Very sweet. Sweet candied fruit-like. Some mild-moderate hoppiness but overpowered by the sweetness throughout most of the sip. Aftertaste much more bitter than the initial sip.

Feel- Head stayed throughout most of the glass, so the contrast of the foam and liquid was pleasing. Fine carbonation. Relatively thin, aqueous, and non-resiny despite a decent level of carbonation. I liked this as it felt relatively full without being like syrup.

Overall- Probably a great pale ale for those who like sweet drinks/beers. Good for after a strong after dinner drink. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of jlindros
3.46/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Yay tall boy can, no date though, initially couldn't remember where i got it, but now i do, rudzud gave me one of his extras.

Pours a nice creamy fluffy 1 finger head fades at a med pace, nice messy lacing here and there, hazy candy orange red color.

Nose brings average hops, little orange peel, citrus notes, candied fruit, little spicy hop note, hint of earth and pine as well, little sweet candy malt, syrupy notes, mild grassy leafy notes as well. Nothing special, lots of basic hop characters.

Taste brings a sweet malt, little candy malt, aged hops I think, probably not too fresh but that's all I can do I guess, candy malt with a touch of warming booze, amber reddish malts. Then hops, mild hops, fair bitterness, some grassy earthy notes, a touch of pine, leafy again, more candied generic fruit. Finish is a little sweet still, candied malts lingering, mild spicy earthy hops as well, pretty bitter, spicy hops really ramp.

Mouth is med bod, a little heavier, decent carb.

Overall a pretty boring IPA, nothing really to it, generic fruity notes but barely, spicy earthy with touch of pine and grass, but nothing really going for it, malts are also just there making it sweet and a touch boozy, but doesn't do much. This feels like an IPA from 10 years ago, but never adapted.

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Photo of rudzud
3.47/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy orange hue with a big two finger creamy head that fades slowly to leave super dense blanket and lacing.

S - Aromas of lightly sweet malts, candy orange, very faint tropical notes, little bit of floralness, biscuits.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, initially. Citrus immediately gets overpowered by a STRONG malt presence, caramel, bread, sweet malts. Very little orange and floral hops left. Light generic bitterness. For the most part though, this is a malt bomb.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, very crisp, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall the beer looked and felt great, however, this was an absolute malt bomb. Enormous let down. Not sure if this is an old can or what...but yeah, super malty.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of caskstrength
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

After enjoying several of Lift Bridge beers on tap over the past couple months, I saw this on the menu at The Happy Gnome & dove in. 16 oz. pour that probably had 13 oz. in the glass.

Big air-brushed head over a clear orange body. Smell isn't as hoppy as I might hope: citrus, but very sweet & malty, too. Oh no!

Hop Prop is indeed too malty for my taste, & the hops didn't agree either. First out of the gate was a massive soapy hop attack, bitter, but reminiscent of the Irish Spring my mother used to stick in my mouth for untimely utterances. A faint metallic taste crept in underneath, too. Bitter blast without much taste rounded it out, but that soapiness lingered far too long. Didn't have any problem getting through the 13 oz. glass, but didn't have the urge to have another, either.

Plain jane beer. Looking through the other reviews it seems like I might have had an old keg, or contaminated tap lines, or something, but this just wasn't up to Lift Bridge standards. If anyone else orders it I'll give it another sip, but wouldn't ask for a pint again.

UPDATE: Pretty sure my first of these was while Lift Bridge was still working out the kinks. Recently picked up a sixer to give it a second try, since the brewery generally puts out good stuff. This is much better. The metallica that fouled the on-tap is absent, & the soapiness is subdued...though still faintly present. And no chore to drink! Revising my score upwards from blah to a pretty good beer.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
3.71/5  rDev -5.8%
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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Photo of champ103
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A big thanks to jenray for sharing the growler.

A: Pours a hazy reddish/orange color. A tiny, bubbly, white head forms and recedes to nothing. No lace. Looks a little lifeless.
S: Big pine, floral, and even grassy hops. Citrus and grapefruit hops with a lingering bitterness. Very enjoyable.
T: Follows the nose with plenty of piny hops. Floral, herbal, grassy. A nice hop bite.
M/D: A medium body with low carbonation, and seems very thin. I am thinking this is a problem with the growler fill. Easy enough to drink. Quaffable.

For the most part enjoyable. I don't think the growler was filled right, which would explain the low carbonation and thin body. Thought as is, still enjoyable.

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Photo of herman77
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Amber gold/peach. Smaller off white head

S: Light tropical fruit aroma. Some carmel malt sweetness as well as some pine and grapefruit hops.

T: Grapefruit, citrus and just a bit of tropical sweet hops right away. The bitterness is higher than I was expecting. Hop forward for sure, some bready maltiness is there though. Nice bitter finish that is a bit dry. Nothing stands out to much.

M: Medium body, slightly higher carbonation.

O: Pretty good overall with a decent drinkability. I like it and they did a great job, but nothing really strikes a cord with me to buy this anytime soon. Think I would rather have a Size 7 or a Saga.

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Photo of mnbrewery
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this beer was good, but not more.

I wasn't able even to discern if the hops were fruity or piney, the hop flavors were sort of muddled.

More of a malt-forward IPA than I like, personally. I like more of the crisp, hop forward IPA's.

A nice and decent IPA, in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a little bigger and a little sweeter than most, i liked this one a lot, especially in a fall context. it has a little bit of a copper color to it, a hint at the kiss of sweeter crystal malt that rounds it out, but the hops profile is what makes this special. through the thick white head i get a grapefruit and passionfruit aromatic, very bright and summery, very pungent, and very distinct. i was surprised how aggressive and radiant all of that is, because you dont usually see these types of beers in maltier ipas. its a neat combination here through, aided by the fact that the hops retain quite a bit of their oils, which marries up with the grain sugar pleasantly. i appreciate all the body and alcohol to this, not sure how sessionable it is, but its capacity to refresh and warm at the same time is useful this time of year in minnesota. just such a bold and interesting hop profile, a nice companion to a glass of decent rye whiskey as well. not sustainable, but delicious. ive liked all the beer i have had from these guys so far. i feel like this one would do well in colorado, sort of has the right vibe to it...

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Photo of EXP57
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives with a copper color and a nice head that leaves a respectable amount of lacing behind

Smell: Rather balanced with a good malt backbone and some earthy/piney hops

Taste: A good fruity, caramel base complemented by piney and earthy hops; bitter, almost in an English way, but nicely balanced in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A pleasant IPA that goes down well

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Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. can.

A: Pours an orange tinged golden honey color with a beautiful thick white head. Excellent retention as the head slims to a soft pillowing layer that lingers on top of the beer. Lacing is great leaving a beautiful design on the glass.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, nectarine, orange peel, bready malts, and some nice floral hops.

T: Grapefruit, lemon, orange, biscuit, and some spicy floral hop bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, crisp and bitter on the finish.

O: A truly solid IPA. Always one of my favorite local go to brews.

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Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.