Hop Dish IPA - Lift Bridge Brewery

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Reviews: 67
Hads: 383
Avg: 3.95
pDev: 11.9%
Wants: 15
Gots: 74 | FT: 1
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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 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 yamar68
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of bsp77
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | 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: A little 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.

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Photo of caskstrength
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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 joshuaseresse
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a growler of this at the Commander release. Poured into some soft of glass:

A - Deep, golden honey amber with constant carbonation up the sides. Half of an inch of creamy head with really nice lacing.

S - Nice pine bitterness and undertones of grapefruit, pineapple and orange. Little bit of lemon grass and slight malt backbone.

T - Malt and some pine bitterness. Very much a west coast like IPA with heavy citrus hops that are pretty well balanced. Nice resin and pine stickiness for an after taste.

M - Bitter tingle and bit of a drying effect. A nice souring citrus lemon and lime sensation that leaves a tingle in the after feeing.

O - Really glad I got to try this one. I thought it was really, really tasty and would drink this all the time if it was in bottles. Nice job on this one Lift Bridge.

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Photo of Buebie
4.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received this growler for my birthday.

A hiss as the cap twists off, pours out a very pale copper with slight haziness to it.
Half inch white cap, receding to a collar.
Aroma is very juicy hops, mild malt sweetness, caramel, pine and large amount of citrus. faint cotton candy aroma.

Taste has a wonderful balance of sweet malts and bitter hops. Buttery caramel rolls, citrus orange peel hops, pine bitters through the swallow and beginning to dry out into the finish. Clean, non-nagging hops that you can taste each sip without an obliterated pallet. Yet still very flavorful and hops being very much present.
Something in there reminds me of lactose.
Medium carbonation prickle with some hop oil slickness.
So drinkable, a hop thirst quencher with balance and terrific malt flavor.

Absolutely love this beer!

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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 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 lurpy1
2.62/5  rDev -33.7%
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 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 happygnome
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears slowly. There is a lot of lacing left when the head does disappear. Carbonation bubbles can be seen rising to the top of the beer throughout the entire tasting.

S: Strong citrus and pine aromas balanced slightly with sweet maltiness.

T: Strongly bittered beer. Citrus and piny hops hit the palate first and are the strongest flavors. There is not much balance but the taste is so good.

M: Medium bodied beer with good carbonation.

Overall, this is an awesome beer, it will find a home in my fridge

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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 gatornation
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on tap in a pint glass @ busters

A- a beautiful slight hazed copper/orange color with a 1 finger off-white head settles to a fresh collar

S- pungent aroma of citrus and tropical floral hops with tropical fruit notes,slight smell of baked bread

T- huge floral and big citrus hops on the front end fill the taste buds with a smooth pine/tropical extended mouthfeel of hops .. so smooth so good..baked bread malts are in the finish

M- smooth creamy very hoppy..so much flavor just the right carbonation

O-LB makes great brews acros the board..IMO this is thier best to date..please put this in bottles

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap this week at Hangar Room, Happy Gnome and Mad Capper in Stillwater.

Delicate stick sweet head compliments a beautiful orange haze. You dont need to take a picture, you will remember this IPA.

HUGE CITRUS AND HOPS..bam pow zoinks..my taste buds are in heaven. Orange citrus bittered hops dominates and a balanced sweet ending.

Matt, the new head brewer at Lift Bridge, has hit the bullseye. I can't wait for bottle distrobution.

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Photo of mnbrewery
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
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 Mdog
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy orange, good head.

Smell: HUGE orange and citrus aroma. I don't think I've ever had an on-tap beer with this strong a smell.

Taste: Nicely balanced with sweet underlying a good citrus and orange kick.

Drinkability: Not too strong, went down easy.

Had this on-tap at the Hanger Room. This is the best smelling beer I have ever had. Luckily the taste keeps up, with a good balance between hops and sweetness. Right on the borderline of being a DIPA, but their website calls it an IPA. Really good stuff.

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Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 67 ratings.