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Hop Dish IPA - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Hop Dish IPAHop Dish IPA

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 383
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 15
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
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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 Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -17%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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 brentk56
3.79/5  rDev -4.1%
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 Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This poured out as an amber color, the head was white with very thin retention with a scattered lacing. The smell of the beer is a blend of sweet peach and honey. The taste is a bit more mellow for an IPA. Expected a little more pine but is a much softer bitterness. There is a slight tea flavor that I get from this. The mouthfeel is smooth with a soft carbonation. Overall it's a really nice IPA. The aroma really impressed me.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
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 kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -26.6%
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 feloniousmonk
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
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 pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of champ103
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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 ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
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***

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Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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 KarlHungus
3.16/5  rDev -20%
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 jera1350
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Buster's on 28th, served in a tall goblet.

A: Clear copper body with a 3/4" head of super-fine off-white foam. Good retention, lovely coating of lace. Lovely.

S: Intensely hoppy aroma: dominated by grapefruit, and with pine, vegetal, and herbal hop notes playing supporting roles. Excellent.

T: Caramel malt joins in quickly and assertively, backed up by big citrus hops. Bittersweet finish. Good, but not quite great - I was hoping the intense hoppiness would carry through undiminished.

M: Creamy, frothy medium body. A bit much.

O: Solid beer, but I wish the malt had kept itself in the background.


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Photo of StJamesGate
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Darker copper-brown body, one finger white head. Thick rings of lacing.

S- Earthy resinous hops, some tropical fruits. Some toffee and caramel malt. Smells a lot like citrusy hop pellets.

F- Tropical fruit, lots of caramel. Seemed to be more malty than I'm used to. In fact, the hop character that is most present is an earthy, dank grassiness that follows through on the backend with a solid bitterness.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes dry, bitter grassiness. Again, like a hop pellet.

O- Pretty good beer, blazed through the sixer I picked up in Minneapolis. Probably wouldn't go after this one next time I'm in Mpls when I have the likes of Furious and Overrated to pick up.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%

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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice grapefruit and citrus aroma. Classic American hops. No excess here. Enough foundation to support.
Classic appearance too with slightly smallish white head, with lacing. Slightly cloudy golden ale.
Hops show forth on this one. The initial bitterness is kinda's nice and it flows smoothly into the hop flavors and blends with the malts. However, they kick is kinda' big on the finish and become more harsh than smooth at this point. The finish is super long and not all that unpleasant-quite like grapefruit. Resiny quality is low overall (which is good in my book).
Nice moderate body with a slightly grainy feel.
Overall this is in on the nicer side of good for style. I like the classic hop aroma. Hits all the basics pretty well. Drinks smaller than it's noted size.

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Photo of flexabull
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can with no canning date, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear bright golden-orange color with a creamy two-finger white head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving some short lasting place behind

S- aroma of piney hops, candied orange, grass & some floral notes. Underlying toasted & bready notes

T- piney & earthy hops up front with some light notes of pine and leaf, bready malt undertone, nice candied orange linger

M- medium-thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns to a creamy finish

O- I really liked the citrus finish, highly drinkable even at 7.5%

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Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewery
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