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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Added by imaguitargod on 02-14-2010

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber from Bruisin' Ales.Smells and tastes pure grapefruit juice hops. Most pleasant well done DIPA. Big head that takes a while to settle.Surprisingly good mouthfeel, with caramel sweetness balanced the bitterness.Well carbonated.Yes, some pineapple.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Knapp85
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out as a copper color, some nice head at first that settles within a minute or so. The lacing is light but decent. The smell is very strong with piney hops. The taste has such a hoppiness to it that it's almost hard to even review. The mouthfeel is thick but smooth with a nice light carbonation. Overall this triple IPA is probably the best I've had as of yet. Aside of the Founders Devil Dancer and Brew Works Hopsalutely. Damn good triple IPA. Really wanna have this one again sometime!

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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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 BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The mention of Triple IPA's conjure up comparisons to Founders Devil Dancer. I expect total aggression of hop flavor, aroma, bitterness- all backed by a dryish alcohol punch.

Bold aromas of citrus, pine resins, and fresh-cut grasses emit from the glass but with less brightness than I expected. A background of caramel malts persists in a similar way as Double IPA's. Aside from the citrus hops, a fruity-estery note does persists; woven into the malt profile.

The standard hazy honey colored beer gives medium amber hues with yeast sediment floating about. A creamy, sticky white head clings to the glass in irregular laces while hanging arround in very stubborn fashion. Aside from the heavy haze and particulates, the beer carries a very masculine stature.

Malty rich flavors of caramel sweetness lands on the tongue first but with the sudden on slaught of ruby red grapefruits, other citrus rinds, and intensifying bitterness from pine sap that never lets up. Sweetness fades at mid palate, allowing the malty-dry finish to ride along side of hoppy dryness and antagonizing alcohols. It's hard to tell where the citrus hops end and the fruity esters start, but there sweems to be an appricot, mango, and pineapple flavor that isn't entirely hop derived.

Creamy, rich, and nearly syrupy in texture, the beer lightens considerably from the inital sip, but the finish still seems barleywine heavy at times and could use better dryness.

Another apt description of this beer could be an IBA (Imperial Barleywine Ale) because the beer is probably closer to an American barleywine in style, maltiness, and body; but with the largest hop presence possible. Where I question why this beer doesn't score higher, I remind my self of the special attributes of big IPA's. They should be full of flavor and power, however with ultimate dryness and drinkability that makes easy drinking very possible and inviting. That seductive nature has been down played, in favor of biggness in this beer. After one sip, it just takes too long to want another.

Thanks a ton JimboHD2005! This one makes me think a lot- hurts my head. I think I need another beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
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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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of billab914
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Russian River tulip glass. Poured dark orange in color with a thin frothy and bubbly white head covering the top of the beer. There were also a good amount of carbonation bubbles stuck to to the glass and slowly rising to the top. The head quickly faded only to leave a hint at some lacing on the glass.

The aroma has a very nice and bright hoppy flavor to it. It has some grapefruit and some tropical pineapple like citrus to it with pine also playing a pretty big role. The malt also comes through with some caramel and bready flavors.

The taste has a very sharp and strong bitterness with a lot of pine coming through in it. It also has a bit of the tropical pineapple and mango citrusy flavors to it. It has a pretty big malt backbone to it with some caramel and bready tones. The finish shows more of the bitterness and pine. Some alcohol is also present in the finish.

The mouthfeel is a little above medium bodied and carbonation is fairly low. Drinkability is pretty decent, it has some nice hoppy aromas and flavors. I'd say the extreme bitterness is more of what this beer shows the most of in the flavor profile though.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent starting, off-white head. It leaves a beautiful blanket of lace as it recedes slowly. The liquid is dark copper. Cloudy. Very close to the perfect appearance!

Lots of fresh hop aroma--closer to pine than citrus, but both are amply present. Soft, lighter malt aromas in the background. Interestingly, I cannot detect any alcohol in the nose.

Very bitter, naturally, but perhaps more than it needs to be. I'm being hyper-critical here, but this beer may be over-hopped. It has a peppery finish that lasts well. The alcohol, again, is muted for such a high level of abv. Almost no malt presence, even though the beer is rich.

As a hop head, I am enjoying this beer. But if bitter isn't your thing, this would be one to avoid.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in NC, hauled back with TLC

Pours an effervescent and somewhat hazed caramel/orange with 3+ fingers of rocky tan head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Leafy hops & not much else

T: Leafy hops a touch of toffee & then grapefruit up front, some pear and breadyness too. Slight astringency surfaces as this warms, along with grapefruit, pineyness & too much leafy hops. Finally a little pineapple to balance this out a bit, plus a kiss of booze warmth & a touch of figgyness. Finishes with leafy hops, cakeyness & some nice fruittyness & a touch of toffee

MF: Fairly chewy, sticky. not much noticable carbonation. Warming & alright balance, got better as it warmed

Drinks fairly easy for the ABV & style. A decent take on the style, but this was fairly pricey, so I'll one & done. I'd rather get some BA BORIS all in all...

Drinks fairly easy, but I'm not in love with the hop mix. I would recommend drinking this above cellar temp; was better once warmer

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours out a clear, medium copper-hued body with a scant, sparse, white head.

Smell: Chiefly, a hop-based nose of sticky yellow pine sap and moist, juicy, and altogether pithy citrus fruits, though there is also a slightly lesser tropical note of Hawaiian-born pineapple. Backed by unobtrusive hints of pale malts.

Taste: Seemingly a base of pale malts with touches of treacle and with enough residual sweetness to provide some slight semblance of balance to the upcoming hop character and burst of bitterness. Hop flavors of pithy citrus fruits, resinous pine sap, and juicy pineapple rings. Strong bitterness as one would rightly expect. Additional hint of ripe apricots lurking in the background. Finishes dry with a long, unrelenting bitterness that loiters well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation. Slight smooth oiliness to the overall mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Not bad! Though it's boldly bitter and strong at a purported 10% ABV, it remains relatively drinkable for what it is. However, a thirsty friend (or two) is definitely welcome for finishing off the bomber.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly murky ochre with blurry banana peel accents along the edges. The thickly creamy cap is an attractive shade of yellowed bone and is beginning to grace the glass with (so far) unbroken sheets of gauzy lace. Ridiculous residue sticks in the end.

The nose isn't as explosive as it could be. What is probably a generous amount of malt is taking some of the brightness and boldness off the hops, something that often occurs in DIPAs. Oops, this is actually a TIPA. Hopefully, the same won't be true on the palate.

Getting the malt-hop balance juuust right in beer this huge can't be easy. For my money ($13.99!), Hop Dam doesn't fly through that narrow window. There's a toasted-earthy flavor underlying the hops (Munich perhaps) and there's a bit too much sweetness overall.

The hop bill include Amarillo, Columbus, Cascade and Summit. That's a pretty good lineup, though the onion-like flavor of Summit is (barely) noticeable and keeps me from loving the final result. Other flavors include caramel-iced sugar cookies, bitter grapefruit pith and plenty of sticky pine sap. Massive malt and even more massive hops keep the alcohol buried (almost) without a trace. The beer is gently warming, but isn't hot.

Mouthfeel is the clear highlight. It's full and chewy without crossing the line into thick and overly sticky. Carbonation that finds that big beer sweet spot helps immensely.

Hoppin' Frog Hop Dam Triple IPA has 50% more hops than Mean Manalishi Double IPA. Trouble is, it's the lesser beer in almost every respect. Staying in the American Midwest for comparison's sake, Three Floyds Dreadnaught is cheaper (hard to believe) and is the vastly superior DIPA.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
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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