Hop Dam Triple IPA
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Hop Dam Triple IPAHop Dam Triple IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #3,049
ABV:
10%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,864
Avg:
3.96 | pDev: 11.87%
Reviews:
142
Ratings:
359
From:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Winter
Wants
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Gots
  28
SCORE
89
Very Good
Hop Dam Triple IPAHop Dam Triple IPA
Notes: Some say “bigger is better!”. At Hoppin’ Frog, we built a massive hop dam to handle the enormous amount of hops added to this colossal American Triple I.P.A. An intense experience of citrus and piney hop character is complemented by layers of rich malt flavor. Behold our new standard for hoppy beers.
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Photo of output01x
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 1-finger cream-colored head that quickly recedes to a thin dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a clear orange amber color with a small number of slowly rising carbonation bubbles. The final pour from the bottle relases a massive amount of floaties that cloud the significantly. Almost zero lacing can be noticed throughout consumption.

A good combination of citrus hops and pine hops aromas make for a great nose. Notes of orange peel and a spiciness are also detectable.

The smell really does not do this viscious beer justice. A sweet citrus flavor starts each sip but is soon accompanied by a strong resinous pine flavor. As the citrus fades, the standard pine bitterness follows. This pine bitterness quickly builds to a level any hophead would revel in. The bottle claims "High IBUs" but I would certainly agree with a claim of 100+ IBUs. A slight alcohol warmth is noticable as the beer warms, but is never indicative of the 10% ABV.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer is an easy drinking sipper. While the intense flavors and extreme bitterness prevents one from gulping this beer, the mouthfeel is somewhat refreshing. The lack of carbonation definitely hinders the drinkability, but it also permits the bitterness to haunt you indefinitely.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of cbeer88
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted blindly courtesy of Blind BIF #6.

22oz bomber poured into SA perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Dark orange pushing light brown in body. Slight cloudiness but not bad. Finger of slightly off white (almost light gray) head recedes quickly but leaves some wisps from nucleation point. Really strong lacing on the glass.

Smell: This is a hop monster. Bit of grapefruit but mostly earthy and piney scents.

Taste: Hop bomb and a half. An extremely bitter palate wrecker. Very piney in flavor with a surprisingly present malt profile. More fruity on the backend - mango and grapefruit. This beer is big enough and hoppy enough that it has to be a DIPA, but the alcohol is extremely well hidden - well done!

Mouthfeel: Extremely full bodied. I almost feel like I'm chewing hop leaves. May as well be! Bitterness coats and lingers in the mouth. Moderately carbed.

Drinkability: High for what this is. I will kill this bomber and yearn for another glass. Not sure on ABV, but like I said, this is probably strong enough that one bottle is plenty!

Overall: I'm *really* liking this beer. One of the more drinkable palate smashing DIPA's I've had in a while, and that's saying something considering this is one of the hoppiest beers I can ever recall drinking. It's a little unbalanced, sure, but it's trying to be, so that's a-ok.

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4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Pecorasc
3.92/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle bought at 5th Street Deli on 3/4/2010, consumed same day. The bottle warns to decant slowly to leave the sediment- this is no joke, there is easily an inch to an inch and a half of sludge on the bottom that moves if you even breath on the bottle. Somehow I managed to get very little in my glass, but had to make one pour of it into a large hefeweizen glass.

A- I was completely wrong. There is sediment everywhere in my glass. This must be impossible to pour clear without leaving 2 inches of beer in the bottom. An orange-gold-amber-red, depending on where in the glass you are judging. Decent clarity despite the sediment, but not polished. A few beading lines of carbonation that take a good six seconds to reach the summit. A perfectly white thin film of head that hold a nice amount of bubbles in various places. Above average, despite the unavoidable sediment.

S- A great bitter aroma that smacks of IBUs much more than hop aroma. The detectable hops are fruit, pine, and citrus oriented, in order of intensity. A heavy carmel background balances the bitterness. This is an absolute train-wreck of hop bitterness and carmel (in a good way). Tough to balance something so over the top, but based on the aroma alone seems like a job well done.

T- Kind of what I was expecting. Very two-dimensional: bitter and hot. The bitterness hits less than a second into the sip, and is unrelenting well past the finish. Pine and carmel take the back seat (in a bus). A vegetal undertone, along with a malt sweetness that tries in vain to rear its head. This just doesn't have the balance that something this bitter needs (I understand that it is very hard to do so, but thats why you use restraint). An extreme beer that should be praised for its bravado, but reprimanded for its hubris.

M- Big bodied with medium carbonation and a bitter finish. Bitter wouldn't normally be used as an adjective to describe mouthfeel, but it is very appropriate here. The carbonation does lift the bitterness and alcohol for a second, but more would be an improvement. Appropriate and necessary for the style and intensity.

D- So hot and so bitter, this is definitely not a one man beer (not for me anyway). But I can't knock it too much, because this wasn't designed to be that kind of beer in any way. This took "imperial" to the extreme. Nice to see the effort, but more of a focus on flavor and less on pulverizing IBUs would do this beer well.

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3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of travelguy
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StraightNoChaser
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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 Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +7.8%
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 bleedsblu
3/5  rDev -24.2%

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 Bung
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. Dark gold/orange pour, a nice layer of whitish head. Retains well, laces ok.

Herbal and resiny pine mainly in the aroma. A little spiciness to it as well. Barely a hint of malt.

Taste has more going on than I thought it would. Herbal piney hops, only mild grapefruit. Burnt toffee, brown sugar. A spiciness to it again, with just the faintest onion powder. Nothing like Gubna though. Finishes with quite a bitterness and fairly dry and clean.

Medium bodied, carbonation brings prickliness to the mouth. A little harsh, but some of that is from the spicy nature I think. The abv is not really present and not real warming either.

Interesting, probably wouldn't get it again, but another solid brew from the Frog.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from CBX in Charleston, SC.

Pours a deep copper color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of loads and loads of pine, citrus, and tropical fruit hops with light hints of pale malts and lighter hints of vanilla.

Tastes similar to how it smells. A surprisingly sturdy malt backbone that tastes partly of pale malts and partly of caramel malts serves as the background for a smorgasbord of hop flavors. As with the smell tropical fruit, citrus, and pine are all there but citrus and tropical fruit are more prevalent than they are in the nose. A mild amount of dryness begins midway through the sip and stays constant through to a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is great. It's got a very nice thickness with smooth and grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could very easily have another.

Overall I thought this was very close to being a great beer however it was missing just a bit of balance. Still, as it is it's very well worth trying, though slightly less so because of the expensive price tag.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of md655321
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle for 16.99!!! Nice beer, but horrendous value.

A: Nice bit of brown, but clear and copper. Definitely East Coast appearance

S: OK, but mostly grain with some citrus and pine, but nothing overwhelming.

T: Bitter obviously, but not the tongue sucking bitter of Hopsickle. Simply not enough citrus to cut through the bitter to balance it out.

M: Good. Nice carbonation.

D: Pretty good considering. Bitter starts to build a bit, but for certified hop fiends its definitely drinkable.

A good beer, but nothing near the other top DIPAs or TIPAs.

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jsh420
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours cloudy dark amber orange with a 2+finger off white head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell is huge juicy pine resin and some grapefruit in the background - this is all hops

taste - just like the nose this beer is huge and earns the right to be called a TIPA - all hops and mostly pine - lots of hop resin that is salty and juicy - extremely bitter - i do get some citrus grapefruit and even a hint of malt but it needs more of both

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation - very juice like

overall - after the first few sips i thought this was too much for me to handle .... and i was right i could not finish the bomber

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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Photo of maximum12
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to CaptCleveland for sending me a box overflowing with Hoppin' Frog, including this big bellower as an extra. Opened with a 1917 German cavalry sword & tossed into two glasses.

Pours a solid orange that could qualify as toxic sludge; it looks coiled to strike. Nose of dirty, earthy pineapple, punctuated with bitterness. Huh.

Hop Dam Triple IPA should have dialed back the malts & let the hops shine through; this wanders into muddied barleywine territory. Big sweet malts greet the palate with a crushing handshake, along with caramel, slight oxidation (never a fan), before the hops show their faces. But they're faces obscured by malts. Good bittering, but whatever flavors the triple hopping imparted are subsumed in a flow of malting. Light on carbonation & heavy in the tummy, really kicks the drinkability in the sac; my wife ended up finishing my half of the bomber.

I'm not sure, but I think this is too malty. Did I mention that? It is. Too many breweres triple or double everything & end with a malt bomb, & this is that. Not bad, but just a fingernail above mediocre.

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Photo of ffshore545
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hop Dam Triple IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 359 ratings