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Hop Dish IPA - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Hop Dish IPAHop Dish IPA

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very good

70 Reviews
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Reviews: 70
Hads: 392
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: 392
Photo of TWHartman
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
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

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Photo of erikstromstad
4.78/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of Giardino1221
4.85/5  rDev +23.1%
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!

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Photo of PieOhMy
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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!

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Photo of Ri0
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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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 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 hopoilcrazy
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hop DIsh pours a dark golden color, with a nice large lacing head. Their are floral notes, but a nice golden malty aroma also comes through. The taste has a strong crisp malty taste, with floral notes coming through as well. A very well balanced IPA. Overall a very drinkable enjoyable and balanced IPA.

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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 Greggy
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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

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Photo of andrew8626
4.58/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
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 JackieTH
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a English stemmed ale glass

Pours translucent golden with amber accents. Fluffy two finger head, above average retention and wispy lacing present. Pine, mixed tropical notes, and flora on the nose. Light fresh cut grass and green tea, pineapple and other tropical notes. Finishes bone dry with bitter grapefruit rind and piney notes. An excellent example of a more traditional West Coast-style IPA; refreshing, dry, and bitter.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
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 zeledonia
4.02/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.94/5  rDev 0%
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

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Photo of Stevedore
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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 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 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 zac16125
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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 morimech
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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 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.

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