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 squaremile
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear deep orange, would be a 5.0 for looks if there was much of a head, but it is small. Smell is DAAANK with some alcohol bite. Taste gets it right where so many of these kinds of beers go wrong. It is HOPPY, not just BITTER. That is really rare for a midwest extreme IPA. There is ample sugar cookie sweets to keep it down to earth, but don't get me wrong, this is an extreme beer. Mouthfeel is near perfect with a medium-heavy and pleasantly chewy experience. Far lasting bitterness at the end. I love Hoppin Frog.

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Photo of mntlover
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy amber color with a thumb sized head that lasts forever. When the head finally falls it leaves some decent lace behind.

Aroma is big on hops piny resin notes, grapefruit along with some nice orange notes. Malts are sweet caramel g well with the hops.

Taste is bam lots of sticky pine sap mingled with grapefruit rind and orange peel really nice hopy notes. Malt is present lots of caramel notes, there has to be to hold all thee hops. This one seems like a real triple IPA, not a barley wine like most triple IPA's turn out to be.

Mouthfeel is big medium approaching full with nice mellow carbonation.

Drinkability is great enjoyable tasty if you like hops get this and drink it now. Alcohol is well hidden no notice of 10% at all, wish i had more.

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Photo of paco1029384756
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden orange color with a large fluffy white head and good retention.

Scent of strong, bitter hops, citrus, and a light maltiness. Very hoppy, but not overbearing.

Taste of bitter, citrusy, leafy hops, grass, tea and a light malt backbone. Very hop forward with a big hop flavor, very tasty.

Mouthfeel is medium heavy bodied with medium carbonation. A little heavy, but decent.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my bro JM03 for the bottle!

Pours a very nice dark, dark copper color. I forced the head, but it's a nice frothy tan, with nice lacing.

Aroma is ripe with pine and caramel, alcohol-soaked resins. It has a nice balance, while still being alluringly intense.

Taste is intensely bitter. Huge pine notes, resins, some grapefruit and citrus, but they are second fiddle. Some caramel and plenty of malts.

Slightly sticky feel, full bodied, slightly crisp and lingering.

This is extremely balanced and dangerously drinkable. It's still a huge beer, so caution should be had. Great though. :)

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Photo of SykDoc
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a clear orange forming a 1/8 inch off-white head that reduces to full lacing. Some sediment and carbonation are visible.

The aroma is primarily citrus hops with some orange and grapefruit with perhaps a bit of apricot.

The taste is a a healthy pine/citrus hops up front, followed by a good caramel malt sweetness.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good level of carbonation that leaves a tingling sensation and a pleasantly dry hop finish. Fairly smooth and satiny on the tongue.

Overall, this is a good beer. The punch from the hops and ABV limit how many of these you can have, but this is a very good beer and worth the effort, if you can get it.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a deep garnet orange color with a 1/4 of creamy foam layered across the top that quickly dissipates to an even layer. No carbonation.

S - This is a very unique smelling IPA with a floral aroma, grapefruit, and pine, all melted together in an extremely pungent, resinous, and acidic type of way. For a 10% monster, there's very little alcohol detected in the nose. Any type of malt that is present in this beer does not come through in the aroma.

T - The booze didn't come through in the nose (at least for me), however, it was one of the first nuances that really slammed my palette. Resinous and vinous grapefruit and pine bitterness, slightly floral, some tart tropical fruit, and alot of spicy malt underneath to hold up the weight of the hops. After the first several sips and shots of alcohol effervescence, the alcohol presence becomes less noticeable and the citrus side of the bitterness comes forward.

M - Thick, that's the best way I can describe this beer - it's thick for a big IPA, but in a very good way. Full body with big lingering semi-dry grapefruit and pine sitting on the palette and a slight coating of spicy malt.

O - I wasn't crazy about the appearance, it looked rather bland. The aroma was good, but where it really shined for me was in the taste and mouthfeel. I paid a small fortune for this bottle (to the tune of $15.50 for a bomber), but it was worth every penny. I would love to pick up another bottle or two of this epic sized hop bomb, but can't justify the cost. If you can find it, it's definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of sholland119
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear amber with a thin off white head and some very good sticky lacing.

S-Grapefruit rind is dominant with a nice malt backbone. Very appealing hop bomb aroma!

T-Tingly grapefruit hoppiness with a hint of peach sweetness in the front. Plenty of malt presence in the middle followed by an overwhelming hop bite in the finish. Strong bitter grapefruit rind provides a delicious finish.

M-Medium to heavy bodied with strong lingering bitterness that goes on and on.

D-Really tasty though one is probably the right amount. This beer, while delicious, is a bit wearing on the palate after a while. I really like Hopping Frog's big IPAs, though I know many don't.


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Photo of jampics2
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a snifter, surprised how limited this has been in NE Ohio - difficult to find but I got one and opened it right away, probably 2-3 weeks after bottling!

Copper beer with a small ring. Darker than many DIPAs that I lean towards, but still looks good.

Smell is hop bomb overload. Citrus hops with some skunky and earthy hops too. Sweet but totally overloaded. This should be interesting, certainly a fragrant beer.

Taste is good but kindof underwhelming. Harshly bitter and ruinous on my palatte. Sticky green herbs, peach, sweet malt (a bit too much malt for me, I like DIPA's that are just slightly more viscous than h20). Some piney characteristics too, but very dank and stinky. I think I was expecting more West Coast DIPA goodness but this is almost more along the lines of a Devil Dancer, 120 minute, and Ruination.

Mouthfeel was OK, slightly too much body for a DIPA for me.

Hugely bitter taste hurts drinkability, but this still went down easily for such a huge beer.

Good but a bit overhyped - I felt this wasn't anything new but more of a rehash of where others have taken super hopped beers before. Your palatte will pay for this, so don't expect to rate anything afterwards.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.32/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a standard pint glass
Hazy, amber/orange in color with a big, off-white head of foam
Aroma-Big, juicy, piney hops and citrus
Taste-Thick, chewy, hops and citrus assault at the outset, a nice balancing malt backbone throughout. Upon warming,complex notes of citrus: orange blossom,apricot,and mango. Green bell pepper bitterness, and a sticky, resinous, piney finish wrap up the melange of flavors.
Overall, very flavorful and full of character, not an everyday beer, but certainly well worth a try.

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Photo of merlin48
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber pours a chill hazed honey amber body with a medium sized offwhite head. Good retention and some patchy lace rings the glass.

Aroma is sharply hops, as pine and grapefruit notes run rampant on the olfactories. Toasty caramel hints of a softening base for the mega hop assault.

Mouthfeel is medium in body and carbonation and has a resinous hop presence.

Taste is clean and savory. Robust hop presence serves up pine, grassiness, big grapefruit, and even a hint of florals. Just enough of a toasty caramel maltiness to even things out. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

This one features a really excellent presentation of the hop bill. Nothing here really jumps out and says "triple IPA", but it's certainly a well done Double. Thanks to mntlover for sharing this bottle.

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

another new one for me last night, i had been keeping this one in the fridge for a few weeks and decided to just go for it. served cold and poured into a white birch glass, this one was consumed on 08/20/2010.

really a great pour here with a nice light golden color to it and a great amount of carbonation streaming up toward the top of the glass. nice head of white comes across very, very nicely and really leaves a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.

aroma is very bright, lots of lemon, coriander, hints of light fruity yeast, but just a ton of citrus hops are tearing this one up. really well done. clean, effortless flavor follows through very nicely with just a crisp, light, bright touch to it that really just works for me. light tart apples and crisp grapefruit round it out just about right.

overall a really solid beer. not really a triple, more of a hybrid style, but done, very, very well. really enjoyed for sure.

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Photo of tpd975
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Hunahpus release.

A: Pours a bright clear orange amber like hue. Nice tall head, good retention and some solid lines of lace all the way down the glass.

S: Nice hopped up aroma, hop dam indeed. Tons and tons of citrus. Tart lemon, and semi sweet grapefruit. Hints of sweet malt can be detected before the more herbal hoppy notes kick in.

T: Hoppy for sure. With all tastes being represented. Hints of sweet resinous pine, bold tart zesty citrus, and a big big blast of of herbal hops. The sweet caramel malt tries to battle the hops but it really is a futile attempt.

M: Rather full in body for style, rich, bold, pretty extreme.

D: Not the most drinkable but pretty darn tasty.

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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 CaptCleveland
4.27/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber picked up from the Akron Brewery today, 3 hours ago, poured into SA glass.

Thin, white rim of foam sits a top what appears to be a thick, gelatinous, opaque liquid. Few wisps of Belgian lace, as the brew is tasted.

Nice aroma of orange rind, piney hops, caramel, grapefruit; not subtle, but not that amazing slap in the face expected from a brew that is touted as a "triple". At first whiff, reminded me of DFH 120 minute.

Resinous, piney hops and tart grapefruit, envelopes the buds.
Surprisingly smooth, without a bitter, everlasting aftertaste.
Yes the hops predominate, but this is no one-hit wonder "hop bomb". Considering the ABV and the hop additions throughout the brewing process, there is a nice balance and a, dare I say, smoothness. Well done.

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Photo of Preismj
4.26/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: nice burnt hue to it...dark amber with a touch of cloud Nice fluffy white head that retreats unevenly and fast. Tons of lacing and sticky sticky look to it.

s: great floral scent that pierces through the half inch head. A sweetness that I can't identify. Smells incredible. Perhaps honey or caramel. Something delicious.

t: okay, not what I expected. HUUUUGE shot of bitter flowers that strike furiously for roughly half a second. Then it is some sort of malt sweetness reminiscent of bourbon. Mixed with bready taste of beer it is almost like a cookie sweetness and caramel/toffee. This is unreal good. I was very taken aback. Initially, the taste is a little bizarre as it isn't what you expect. It goes from Hoppy citrus amazingness to a strange bitter sweet shift, and then butterscotch cookie on the finish. Yum! wish it was solid all the way through though.

m: rich, fizzy, thick and syrupy. Coats well, leaves you dry despite the sweeter finish.

o: I will get this again. And I'll have no problems taking down the bottle on taste alone. There is no booziness at 10%, but Imunna be a mess after this bad boy. Just wish that mid note in the taste was structured differently.

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Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep honey gold with 1/2 finger of light cream head. Very little retention but nice lace.

Citrus, mainly apricot, dominate up front but more floral tones coming out as the glass warms. No real hint of alcohol.

Very nicely hopped up front. Kicks in very early. No initial sweetness at all. Hop burn kicks in very early, too. There is a nice amber malt floral taste in there with the hops, but understated. Alcohol comes on strong in the end.

Really nice body here to back up the hop bite.

The fire in the hop and alcohol burn brings down the drinkability score just a bit. Nice bomber to share.

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Photo of pdoran10
4.21/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a deep copper color with a nice inch high pillow of head. great lacing.

smell is caramalized malt, and a hint of floral hops, not all that fragrant.

taste is powerfuly hoppy. pine, lemon, tea like finish. i am drinking a delicous caramalized hop tea and loving it. such a great balance and hop flavor going on in this beer. i want more bombers of this!

mouthfeel is thick with heavy malt and moderate carbonation.

not a super drinkable or approachable style, but i want another one for later so they got drinkablity right.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an oversized snifter. The bottle had a fair amount of sediment floating around the bottom, but the label states that such sediment is to be expected.

Pous a slightly hazy pumpkin color, with tiny colunmns of bubbles rising to the surface. I poured slow and careful to avoid pouring out the sediment, and as such, there's not much head on this one. What little head there was reduced to a small pool sitting stangnant in the center, with a ring of white around the edges.

Has a bold, piney-hops smell, with a tinge of alcohol and yeasty malt underneath.

The taste bops you in the mouth; bitter, astringent and spicy, I can almost taste the pine pitch. The yeast and malt keep trying to rise above the bitter hops, but flailing as they drown in the cascade of hops. The bitterness hides the alcohol well.

Mouthfeel is dry, and slightly resiny and oily. My tongue is being stripped dry by this one.

Drinkable? Only for a hop sadist, which thankfully, I am one. I'll be looking to pick this one up again.

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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 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 cbeer88
4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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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Photo of output01x
4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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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Photo of Arknot
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I wrote a huge review for this beer.. and it got deleted, so this redo will be short.

Appearance: Dark copper

Smell: Extremely caramel with a punch of hops.

Taste: Caramel malt bomb, with a nice hop bite and bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Smooth

Overall: I love this beer, but I'd call it a barley wine. The malt sweetness is so extremely high that I can't call this and IPA. Also, I expected far more hoppy bitterness! The Hoppin Frog Double IPA was much much stronger in the hop profile. Also at 15.99 for a bomber, I wouldn't buy this again.
But I have to say, even if its not true to style, and milder then expected; I still loved every sip of this beer.

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Photo of beergod1
4.17/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at Cleveland Beer Fest 5/14/11. Poured translucent orange with a mostly dense beige head. The aroma was juicy and resiny, with grapefruit, pine, and some floral notes present. Caramel Malt, and a touch of graham sweetness held up well. balance was solid. The flavor opened with a sharp kick from the floral and grapefruit bitterness then slammed by alcohol. Syrupy caramel sweetness backed it up.. bitter and aggressive the whole way through, Both Pine & citrus notes were present. Finished with spicy alcohol and more resiny hops over a malt sweetness. Heavier-bodied and almost syrupy on the palate. Maybe a bit to much for 1 of my first beers of the 35 or so I tried that night. This is a sipper for the "End" of the night. Cuz this will blow up your pallet.

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Photo of raninator84
4.16/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great brew!! Pours golden with a moderate head (when forced), appearance is swimming with hop particles. Nose is floral, citrus, grapefruit, and piney all in one! Taste is a hop bomb but relatively subdued, hop burn on the tongue is moderate but increases the longer it's there. Strong pine, grapefruit, floral tastes (very similar to smell). Great triple IPA, it's no devil dancer, but great!

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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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