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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

281 Ratings
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Ratings: 281
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4
pDev: 12.25%
Wants: 9
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

ebenicr, Dec 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

sparx1100, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +1.3%
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 -6.3%

IrishPilot, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of olmane
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

olmane, Nov 28, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
2.9/5  rDev -27.5%
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
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5/5  rDev +25%

Revenant, Nov 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +25%

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, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of maximum12
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

maximum12, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of flexabull
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

flexabull, Nov 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

plumcrazyfx, Nov 05, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

herman77, Nov 02, 2012
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***

ZAP, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of yamar68
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer... amber gold lively body with a milky finger of starch white head that laces well.

Caramel citrus peel, abstract bitterness, real clean, pretty tame.

Refreshingly bitter, sweet hop notes, some dry conifer presence, pretty well balanced I think.

yamar68, Oct 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev 0%

djschnabel, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of jjanega08
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

jjanega08, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of minneapolitanjim
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

minneapolitanjim, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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
Photo of caskstrength
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

caskstrength, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of Mealhouse
4/5  rDev 0%

Mealhouse, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of bjohn84
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

bjohn84, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

t0rin0, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -18.8%

NilocRellim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of Cyclone8
4.75/5  rDev +18.8%

Cyclone8, Sep 07, 2012
Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 281 ratings.