Hop Dam Triple IPA | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by imaguitargod on 02-14-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
347
Reviews:
139
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
11.96%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
24
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 347 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of troegaarden
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
5/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had nice sample of this amazingly hoppy new Triple IPA with Fred Karm, owner / brewmeister extraordinaire of Hoppin' Frog....on "pre-release" day Friday Feb 12...poured from bomber into glass for tasting sample at brewery.

"Wow" does not begin to cover this one, total hop bomb, but so drinkable, nice citrus / grapefruit smell, taste....4 different hops in this massive 10% abv IPA, including the nice Amarillo and Summit hops...great thing about this one, is how drinkable it is, not overwhelming at all, goes down smooth and easy, alcohol hidden well...I would say this is one of the best representations of a total masterfully made super Imperial Triple IPA, I have ever been so fortunate to drink!

Mouthfeel is great, perfect balance of hop bitterness, and aroma....would be so easy to down a whole 22 oz bomber quickly, but trust me, you will want to go slow and savor this delicious and amazing beer....Fred got this one sooo right! I am so lucky to live in Akron!

Appearance is a lovely golden yellow, with perfect carbonation and head of hoppy foam!

After having sampled a wide variety of IPA's, regular and DIPA's lately, this one blows them all away....kudos to Hoppin' Frog, and all hail Fred, king of hops in these parts! Seek this one out, you will not be dissappointed!

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Photo of Leonidas7009
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Genuine
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of CorneliusBunker
5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

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5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of corywalston
4.96/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Words don't do it justice, it is excellent

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Photo of KansasBeerLover
4.92/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours to an light copper color. A thin head, which rapidly disappears with little or no lacing. There is a lot of sediment in the bottle, so have some patience and let it set a few minutes before pouring. There is just enough effervescence to keep the particles suspended.

Aroma reminds me of camping in the piney woods with some lemon in the air.

Taste - have your taste buds ready, they will be in for a shock.

Mouthfeel - The bitters stick around for a while. Thick and heavy.

I bought one bomber the first day it was in Wichita. Then it must have flown off the shelves, and the distributor is out. I found 5 bombers today and paid the $15 ride ticket. If you can buy it, you will enjoy.

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Photo of alkemy
4.85/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden amber/orange with not much resembling a head. The pour reveals the first clues to the thickness of this brew. Lots of floaties suspended, which is actually something I enjoy. Smell is strong with grapefruit and oranges and hints of mangos and guava fruit. This is combined with a solid pine background. The taste is really where the pine comes in. It's thick and resiny and sticky, yummy. I would imagine biting into a sappy pine cone may compare. I absolutely love the thickness of this. The price is a bit obscene, but the taste is absolutely killer.

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Photo of biglobo8971
4.82/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had several of these over DLD and loved every one of them. I have it compared to a barley wine, but I dont agree.
ST - Bomber
A - poured a nice amber orange, laced all the way down the glass with a very nice 3/4 in head
S - very pronounced orange and citrus notes, almost had a green onion smell, not quite, but close
T - incredible citrus notes with just a little pine on the end. You can definitely taste the malt that gives a carry over sweet taste that leaves you wanting to drink more
M - very easy to drink, no harsh notes
O - easily becomes one of my favorite beers, I'm extremely glad that I bought 4 of them. The price is a little steep, but I would gladly pay that price again for this beer.

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Photo of cd_beer_disapear
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of nlmartin
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was served in an Imperial Pint glass.

Appearance: The body of the beer is clear golden amber coloration. The head of the beer is a quarter inch thick biege coloration. Thick sheets of lacing remain behind on my glass marking its swift passage.

Smell: Pine resin, citrus grapefruit, mango, a bit of pineapple and tangerine. Very juicy smelling nice caramel malt backing the aroma.

Taste: This beer delivers a major hop bomb. Major pine resin, very tasty grapefruit. Small amount of sweetness from the malt. Finishes with a biting lingering bitterness. Well played!

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: Full bodied, thick lingering hop bitterness to the mouth. This is a hop bomb for sure. Very smooth drinking beer. The beer left my glass faster than I expected a 10% beer to do so.

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Photo of cfinch2
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

Photo of Ivegotmule
4.75/5  rDev +20.9%

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 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 kwjd
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange colour. Nice white head with tons of lacing. Wow, this is hoppy. Citrusy hop smell. Taste of yummy hops. It really just tastes like hop extract, which is completely awesome. It is completely smooth and incredibly drinkable. I didn't know what the abv was when I had this, but I was sure it is was high for how drinkable this beer was. Truly aweome.

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Photo of imaguitargod
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

To say this is a hop bomb is to underplay how hoppy this monster of a beer is. Poured to a fantastic head and great clarity. Big malty front end which is in well balance with the massive hops. The hops are citrusy, floral, and resiny with a nice bitterness. When I say nice bitterness, I mean it’s well done and not overbearing. The hops actually feel like they are trying to escape your body after you swallow a sip. Gets better and better as it warms up, so much so that it’s still amazing at room temperature. Seek this beer out!

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of FromTheRoad
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Sampled this at a Winter Festival featuring NE Ohio breweries. I believe at the time of the tasting it was only a week or so into the market. New this year is that the beer is a Triple (its been a double in the past).

As it turns out, the beer was served a bit too cold- not uncommon coming from a jockey box. My initial impression was that the beer was nice but not impressive. After about a half ounce into a 2 oz. pour I warmed the glass up with my hands. After affecting the beer 8 or so Fº the hoppiness and body really opened up. The last sip had the lingering hop bitterness that I expected to be there from the start.

I was pleasantly surprised that alcohol was not a prevalent characteristic- subtle at the most. As with most ultra-hoppy IPA's, the malt profile is secondary and always difficult to judge. Although, there was some malt presence on the palette which is better than none- as with other poorly crafted double/triple IPA's.

It had a nice pale-medium amber color and the aromas were fresh and floral- even at the initial cooler temp.

My lesson here was to make sure I give more time to let these big beers warm up a bit, 44º+

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Photo of parris
4.55/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Beautiful orange color, with tons of bits of hops. If I didn't know any better I'd think it was a gross amount of yeast/protein, but it's hops, I've heard. And it adds to the appearance.

S - Not a super intense aroma, but very pleasant. Citrus, maybe some vanilla.

T - Malty at first, piney in the middle, earthy/papery bitter finish. Pretty damn balanced for the hundred fifty million IBU it's supposed to have. The bitterness is clearly past my palate's detectable threshold.

M - Oily and smooth. Perfect for an imperial IPA. The carbonation can be felt from the lips to the back of your throat.

O - I was afraid I was going to be wasting the $23 I spent on this one beer, or that it would be more of an "experience" than a tasty delight. Overall, I'm happy with my purchase, very tasty, not just something you get once just to say you've tried it.

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Photo of glid02
4.52/5  rDev +15%
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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Hop Dam Triple IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
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