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Hop Dish IPA - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Hop Dish IPAHop Dish IPA

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Ratings: 298
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.01
pDev: 12.22%
Wants: 9
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Knapp85, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of koes0024
4/5  rDev -0.2%

koes0024, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of ddavison
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

ddavison, Feb 21, 2013
Photo of dav2080
4/5  rDev -0.2%

dav2080, Feb 20, 2013
Photo of jcjerabek
4.25/5  rDev +6%

jcjerabek, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of TheKOshow
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

TheKOshow, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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
Photo of JJWIGHT
4/5  rDev -0.2%

JJWIGHT, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of josephwa
4/5  rDev -0.2%

josephwa, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of jimmah120
3.94/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no date. cool label inwith the giant hop on the plate.

Ruby-amber pour with a thin splotch of bubbles. smell is warm, oaky, spicy herbal hops in the background. before it was poured, it was a more skunky scent. taste is pine and citrus at the forefront, finishes meaty not unlike an artichoke. malt is sugary and in the background. feel is oily on the tongue, and a little undercarbonated.

overly hopped ipa that tastes much better on tap

jimmah120, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of runfoodrun
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

runfoodrun, Jan 07, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Stevedore, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev -0.2%

MN_Beerticker, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of duceswild
4.25/5  rDev +6%

duceswild, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
4.25/5  rDev +6%

fuzzcherry, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
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
Photo of hardy008
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

hardy008, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of zac16125
4/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

zac16125, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of ebenicr
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%

ebenicr, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of sparx1100
4/5  rDev -0.2%

sparx1100, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
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
Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +1%
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.

morimech, Dec 02, 2012
Photo of IrishPilot
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

IrishPilot, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of olmane
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

olmane, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -27.7%
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

kojevergas, Nov 26, 2012
Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 298 ratings.