Hop Dam Triple IPA | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hop Dam Triple IPAHop Dam Triple IPA

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

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Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 347
Photo of snaotheus
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a large snifter. I don't see a date. Given to me by @mr-jj.

Pours a clear reddihs amber, moderaely dark, with a very small head, and a very small amount of carbonation. Smell is barleywine, malt and alcohol -- a little cherry or apricot. Some fruity aroma.

Taste is powerfully bitter -- wow! Like chewing on hops (which I've done)! Hard to get much else in the flavor -- but there's some honeysuckle, it's not lacking in sweetness, there's just so much bitter.

Mouthfeel is smooth, dry, but super sticky. Overall, it's a good beer, but you better be in love with hops.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

As I've grown to be more of a hop head over the years, attempting to see what the populist craze was really about, this beer has become more decadent to me. Although, still to this day, the obsession of overly hopped brews still gets on my nerves.

Most recently had on draft 2/15/16, this pours an orange-ish copper with a moderate white foamy head, aromas of dank hops with orange and grapefruit aggressively assault the senses.

A nicely balanced dankness hits on the nose as well as the tongue, to the point it almost develops a sour profile. To me, I appreciate sour more than the overwhelming bitterness some double/"triple" IPAs produce, so this is actually quite a tasty, pleasant beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Brilliant, deep amber, 1-2” frothy foam cap
S: resiny, minty hops
T: Starts rich and malty and then intense hops come on board leading to an alcoholic finish that suggests whiskey. There is some caramel supporting the hops and alcohol and there is also some vanilla. Some citrus in the hops, especially citrus rind and layers of malt.
F: Creamy, medium full body and medium low carbonation.
O: Very intense but very well done.

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Photo of bleedsblu
3/5  rDev -23.7%

First $18.00 bucks for a pint bottle, holy shit.

Poured into a glass from an ice cold bottle. Darker in color almost amber in color. Nice carbonation, poured aggressively it produced a 2 finger head. I do smell citrus and hints of pine.

The mouth feel is medium not overly thick but not thin. Nice carbonation.

I immediately get the bitter notes with a hint of citrus, I does have an aftertaste with some lasting bitterness. I am also getting a slight oiliness with the mouth feel.

Its good but the price and the aggressive bitter aftertaste would not bring me back to this one.

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Photo of ArrogantB
2.28/5  rDev -42%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

On tap at Hops and Pie. Dark orange, minimal head. Overwhelming aroma of paws an cheese, sort of foot like, Summit hops? Flavor was more Parmesan, extremely bitter and very unpleasant to say the least. I feel sorry for anyone who dropped $18 on this, it sucks.

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Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appears a glowing orange with a head of white that quickly fades. Tiny bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell - holy hop extract, batman! Lots of pine resin there!
Taste is a tad too much with some sweet caramel, and a shit ton of hops that come through as concentrated hop cones with pine, citrus, and cut wood.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, piney, and bitter.

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Photo of spartanfan
2.5/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Review from Feb 2012

Poured from a 22 I got from the brewery earlier this year. Should be fresh.

A: Pours a golden, almost amber color with a dense white head. Head slowly fade to just a ring around the exterior and leaves no lacing behind.

S: My first thought as I poured this one was overwhelmingly of fresh wet grassy aromas. As I smell the beer more I get some bubblegum and perhaps a bit of citrus and onion.

T: Taste is not as bitter as I was expecting from this "triple ipa". Flavors are hoppy and the oniony smell is translating into the flavor, which I don't care for. Mid sip grassy flavors are present along with a sweetness from the grain. As the beer warms I can taste more citrus/grapefruit flavors, but the onion taste dominates.

M: Great medium full body with a good amount of carbonation. This beer does not leave much bitterness behind. I've had IPAs that tasted more bitter than this.

O: While this was a well crafted beer with little to no off flavors I was expecting more. As noted above I've had single IPAs that taste more bitter than this and leave a more bitter aftertaste (ex: huma lupa licious). Also, whatever kind of hop gives that onion flavor (summit?) is disgusting. This reminds me of Gubna in that aspect, and I don't enjoy that beer either.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very cloudy golden orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, lemon zest, floral, pine, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good complexity of big hop notes with a light-moderate malt balance; and big strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange zest, orange rind, lemon zest, pine resin, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pine, floral, grass, light honey, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome balance and complexity of huge hop flavors; with a light-moderate malt balance and zero cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, lightly slick, and very sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming noticed after the finish; very smooth to sip on for 10%. Overall this is a highly excellent DIPA! Big presence and great complexity of citrus/pine hop flavors with a light-moderate malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for the gravity. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy gold with a little white head and some sediment.
S: It smelled like bitter grapefruit and citrus zest, with some pine and copper hops and a little bready malt.
T: It tasted like oranges and copper and grapefruit, with some sugary sweet candied apricot and bready malt. It had a somewhat clean, lasting aftertaste with cloying sweetness and bitter resin, and some alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent brew, but not top tier. The scent was a bit subdued, the taste was not delicious, and the body wasn't great. The alcohol was noticeable too, and the finish was pretty rough, so it must be sipped. More like an American barleywine than an IPA. I think I drank this when it was a few months old, and apparently this beer really fades quickly. What a shame. Really not a bad brew, but not near as good as I hoped.

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Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was excited to try this out as IPAs and double IPAs are dominating my beer purchases over the past few years. Never having tried a triple IPA I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I also enjoy the pumpkin ale from this brewer. The appearance of this beer is very intriguing with a murky dark orange appearance, with a healthy contingent of particulate matter and with exceptional sticky lace of an off white color. The aroma is less Pliny like and more Wonder bread than I would have expected. The taste is notable for alcohol, the aforementioned bread, pepper, and some hop bitterness coming through. The mouthfeel is resiny as you might have expected with triple hopping. This ain't bud light. Overall I enjoyed this beer and I would love to try this on draft sometime.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.12/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Ataraxia for this extra. Hop Dam pours a completely opaque color that lies somewhere between light-copper and swampy-brown. Murky to the core and obviously unfiltered, the off-white cap retains well for a brew with higher alcohol content and leaves an extremely generous amount of fat and sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. Even once the beer is gone, some white lace remains near the top.

I stick my face into the glass and my nose is hit immediately with a bunch of sweet malts. I find this problem (although I don't know if it should be considered a "problem" per se) often with "Triple" IPAs or IPAs that are "over the edge"... the malt bill must be large enough to stand up to the crazy overload of hops, and in turn, the beer becomes more of a sweet malty concoction rather than a hop-heavy bitter bruiser. The initial whiff of Hop Dam seems to be leading me down this road.

There are definitely some sticky citrus aromas, along with a light pungency of pine and floral hops, but there's no mistaking the huge malt backbone in this one. Lots of caramel, toffee, and butterscotch aromas that actually outplay the hops by quite a bit. Very sweet and almost candy-like to the nostrils. It doesn't smell bad, but I don't know if I wan't my IPAs to smell like this exactly.

As expected, the first sip induces a great amount of bread, toasted caramel, and super huge toffee flavors into my palate. The beer is quite heavy; sticky and thick and borderline chewy, which plays even more into the hands of the heavy malt bill. Hops are sadly secondary, but they do eventually surface once the initial malt-shock mellows out and subsides. They have a lightly citric, but mostly earthy character.

The bitterness provided by the hops barely puts a dent in the sweetness from the malt. I wouldn't go so far as to call Hop Dam "cloying", but I certainly don't want my IPA to be this sweet. Once the taste of the earthy, dirty, mildly-citric hops fades, the aftertaste is left with the leftover malt flavors. The palate finishes with big-time caramel and toffee that coats your taste buds to the (not-so-bitter) end. A little more lively carbonation would have help the thick, sticky mouth feel on this one.

It's not like this beer was offensive or tough to put down, but it doesn't really qualify as much of an IPA to me, let alone a "triple" IPA. I don't care how many hops actually went into the brew kettle - when a beer contains this much malt sweetness coming through in the final flavor profile, you are out of IPA territory. In my opinion, just a "meh" beer on almost every front - nothing exciting happening here, especially not for IPA lovers.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer is golden and fairly clear with a small white head. The aroma is great, offering a big dose of citric hops, followed by alcohol. Pineapples and mango. Good flavor. Bold and aggressive. Aroma is a step above the flavor. A solid offering from Fred and Hoppin' Frog. Best shared.

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a TBBC pint glass.

A: Golden peachish amber in color. Quite hazy with lots of floaties. A thin off-white head that fades quickly.

S: Some caramel malts under big aromas of pine, grass and citrus rind hops.

T: Follows the nose. Significantly more roasted caramel presence than I would prefer, but not to the point of overwhelming the other flavors. Pine and grassy hops, not overly bitter. But has some subtle butterscotch flavor in the background (I'm not certain if this is an off-flavor or not).

M: Medium body, moderately hot but not overdone for a triple IPA. Carbonation sensation on the low side.

O: It's fine, I suppose, but nothing outstanding. I wouldn't refuse another but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that only died down a little and never completely faded away.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit and pine resin hops along with a moderate amount of accompanying bitterness that particularly linger through the finish. There are some hints of caramel malts. The pine resin seems to become stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a little more than medium-bodied and crisp on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is rather drinkable because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color with white head and lots of lacing in tulip glass.

Smell is pungent grapefruit, sweet malts, and caramel.

Taste follows smell pretty well. Sweet malt backbone with musty pungent grapefruit. Grapefruit hoppiness lingers on the posterior palate long after a sip.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly dry. Good carbonation.

Overall this is good. Still a little heavy on the malt and caramel flavor for me.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.67/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle a deep ruby red with massive sediment, hazy, and small white head. This smells of strong grapefruit and pine, really engulfing the nose. Straight up slam of hops and bitter, with no other flavors really coming out. Very one-dimensional and slightly disappointing, especially for the price. Improves as it warms up and the sweet toffee malts take some character, but outrageous amounts of sediment. Great aroma that the flavor just didn't live up to. At the same price point, I'll got for Devil Dancer instead.

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Photo of AdamHart22
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bombah into a tulip.

Looks great. Deep orange with hints of red. Depth of color is fantastic.

Smells like HOPS. Tons of grass, pine, and grapefruit.

The taste starts out well balanced, but the sweet malt is soon overpowered. A bit grassy followed by pine from the hops which ends up over the top.

Mouthfeel is a pleasant syrupy-ness. This a sipper.

Overall, this is perfect for hopheads. I would pick this up again. Have it at the end of the night though because your palate is toast after the first sip.

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Photo of rajendra82
4.72/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The orange-red colored body was clear, and displayed a moderately active carbonation, forming a one to two finger thick, foamy head. The smell was everything I expected from a highly hopped beer. There were aromas of mango, hay, pine, and honey as I smelled the beer. The hop level in the first sip was teeth strippingly strong. The bitterness started at the tip of the tongue and traveled down to the throat in an acidic, spicy blast. The aftertaste after even a smallest sip was everlasting. This is the hoppiest beer I can remember tasting in a long long time, maybe ever. The label states something about a rich malt flavor, but it was undetectable under the glorious tongue lashing given by the hops. Mouthfeel was medium dense, and sticky. A must have for a hop head.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: golden with some good head rentention and lacing

smell: nice citrus herbal nose, some tropical fruits

taste: huge hop profile as exppected, tropical flavors with citrus

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: dang this beer brings it. not as over the top as expected but intense flavors

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Photo of GregSVT
3.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a tulip

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a big white head that fades to a ring and leaves some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose starts with a blast of pine and grapefruit and ends with some nice caramel and bready malt aromas. This smells like it is packed with hops. At one point I put my nose in the glass and could swear I smelled dijon mustard...very odd but surprisingly interesting.

T: The taste is about what I expected. A huge punch in the tounge of pine and grapefruit followed by some nice sweet malt flavors and ending in a bitter finish. While I like my DIPAs with a bit more balance and tropical fruits there is something to be said for an over the top hop bomb every once in a while.

M: The feel is medium bodied and rather thick for a DIPA. Relatively creamy on the finish as well. 10% ABV is no where to be seen which is surprising.

O: A good DIPA that is easy to drink despite the huge bitter flavors. I'd like to see more tropical fruit aromas/flavors but overall it's pretty tasty.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.67/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is SERIOUSLY hoppy - you could smell the hops if you were a kilometer upwind. It has woody and grassy notes and a subtle undertone of grapefruit. It pours a clear, dark amber with a nice light tan head and a few goobers in the bottom. Flavor is - WOOHOO, monumentally hoppy, more grassy and hay than evergreen, fairly but not fiercely bitter, with fruity and citrus undertones and a hint of caramel. Smooth, firm-bodied texture has plenty of sass and fizz. If you like hoppy beers, this one will be right up your alley!

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Photo of JohnnyMc
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Only the second beer from Hoppin' Frog I have tried.

It pours out a very dark orange, almost amber color with a tint of red.

The smell is a cross between west coast and east coast IPAs; there is a pine and grassy/earthy hop smell along with a fruit hop smell.

The taste is very similar. There is a decent amount of grapefruit and mango, after that it's more of a grassy taste that follows with a decent malt background and extreme hop bitterness.

If you don't LOVE hops and bitterness this beer isn't for you.

A bit expensive for what it is, but glad I tried it.

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Photo of Heavenisbeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Glowing rosy orange, with a bleach white head that simmers down after a few minutes. Suspended sediment gives it the look of a jello mold. Sea foam lacing.

S: Titillating tropical fruits abound, with hints of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. Candied sugars. A very mild touch of pine, but the nose is very fruity--it has a sweet, boozy foundation reminiscent of a BW.

T: Leads with a sweet candy burst of fruit hoppiness, followed by pine needles, boozy warmth, and grassy hops. There's an odd hint of vodka on the backend, which is somewhat displeasing.

M: Slippery and syrupy, not much carb. Dry and warm on the backend.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: Certainly not pale. Amber with a pretty decent swatch of head and lacing considering the 10%.
smell: A beast for sure. Lots of hops, lots of malt.
taste: Wow, a buzzsaw of a hop bomb, but the malt hangs in there.
overall: not a subtle bit of artistry but who cares. A hop/malt monster can't be all bad.

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Photo of raznug
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It pours a very hazy orange color topped with ¾” of an inch of head that clings nicely to the side of the glass.
Smell: Even though I have a stuffed up nose I smell a nice aroma of hops, citrus and grassy notes I think.
Taste: Wow it has been a while since I have had this beer and may I say better than I remember. There is a lot more hop presence than expected sure seems more than a typical DIPA. I am having trouble distinguishing between the specific flavors due to the sinus issues but none on the issues are with Hoppin Frog.
Mouthfeel: This isn’t an easy beer to drink quickly but being a Triple IPA and 10% abv it isn’t advised that you down a couple bombers. This is a very enjoyable IIIPA this is IMO one of the best Imperial IPAs in the beer world, well worth seeking one down if you can find it fresh.

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