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 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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Photo of bobhits
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

These guys just keep making beers just good enough for me to drop what seems like a good 30-40% too much on them. This one is no exception.

I can't comment on head or lacing due to the glasses being filled to the brim and severed to me. The color is a deep and dirty orange with hints of rust and ruby. I had the first pour and the glass is just littered with yeast, the second pour was nearly a half oz finish of solid yeast. If unfiltered is your thing there are few if any better. If it isn't well you might have to blind fold yourself for this one.

Aromas of caramel, toast, grape fruit and onion are over powering and unmistakable. If you're into dank smelling IPAs well, we've got ourselves a contender.

Much like the aroma the taste is intense rich hops giving off grape fruit, pine, and yes some onion. The malt is intense as the hops with caramel and toast making huge assertive statements. The yeast has the final say give off some nutty and even some earthy vegetable like notes.

My glass lasted me easily a good hour plus, the beer sips well and improves as it warms. This is a big beer that only hints at carbonation. The 10% seems like an error as this one tastes far bigger. The alcohol heat is actual a favorable element that makes this turn into the sipper it needs to be.

At 17.49 a bottle I just can't see myself buying it again. Yes, dreadnaught is damn near impossible to get, hopslam is seasonal, and this beers big brother Devil Dancer is also just seasonal. Still, I don't see myself gladly dropping that kind of money on this beer in the future. It ultimate comes off as a slightly weaker and perhaps more citrus less dank version of Devil Dancer. This is a beer to try for any IPA love, make no mistake about that, but I don't see there being a lot of repeat buyers given the price. Additionally the bottle split two ways was plenty of for two people so buyer beware if you're thinking about doing a bomber alone.

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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 brstls4drmrs
3.21/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked up this kermit brew in a recent Ohio trip. Was excited to try it.

A - Poured into a pint glass (the first pour) was a nice dark orange almost amber color with a 1/2" white froth. The last pour brought out sediment that hung around the liquid like strawberry seeds in a smoothie.

S - Nice fresh pine hop smell with some malts in there too. not much fruit in there at all.

T - Slightly bitter pine with a dry flat aftertaste. Was a bit unimpressed here. At first the pine hops hit pretty good but the finish was just...lacking.

M - Bitter, mildly carbonated and slightly flat.

O - Not one for me.

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Photo of KAP1356
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. 22 oz bottle purchased around the time when it was first released. Poured into a snifter...

A - Pours a hazy, honey color with some mead-like characteristics. A creamy, and quite sticky eggshell white head forms about a half of a finger thick. Sticky lacing is present.

S - Big hop aromas here, but not as big as I was hoping they would be (for a TIPA). Citrus, pine resin, some grassy, earthiness. Tropical fruits make this aroma slightly juicy, although not as big as it could be. I think the malt aroma might take away from some of that juiciness.

T - Taste is quite similar. Malts make a showing first with citrus and fruit flavors following. Grapefuit, lemon rinds, and some slight mango come out. The malts are quite strong here.

M - Creamy, very chewy, sticky, rich beer. Medium bodied that almost feels heavy bodied at times. Moderate to low carbonation on this one.

O - I enjoyed this and found it to be refreshing. Although, I was hoping for more in the way of a hop onslaught. Toning back the malts might help this a bit.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This shows the requisite orangish-brown color with a nice, moderate head that left some decent lacing.

Smell – The hops are huge here at the nose but not like a dry-hopped beer. There is some strong grapefruit, fresh pine, and a light floral character. The malts are almost absent but should step things up at the taste.

Taste – The malt does take it up one small notch here with some added caramel sugar but hops dominate the flavor. It’s a very strong grapefruit taste with a pine that’s almost pepperminty and lots of bitter leaf notes.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied with bone wrenching bitterness. I like the thick, slick feel of the beer but was a bit put off with the bitterness in this style.

Drinkability – This is definitely a sipping beer that was a little blunt for my preference. I think the balance missed the mark but otherwise it wasn’t bad.

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Photo of maximum12
2.83/5  rDev -28%
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 SawDog505
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip. Pours a bright reddish orange, with a 1 inch off white sticky head, plenty of lacing. Smell grapefruit, grass, pine, and some breadyness. Taste is all of that with a large grapefruit pucker at the end, very little taste of alcohol, impressive for the abv. Nice body and great carbonation especially for it's big abv. Nice beer, but I want to be amazed for $18.99 a bomber and I didn't notice a date on the bottle.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orangish amber color with a ring of head around the edge and little to no lace. The aroma is big and hoppy. Earthiness and florals are present. The taste is big and bold. There is not a lot of balance just bit earthy hops along with floral hops and a bit a citrus in the back end. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and smooth and a little oily. Overall this is a hop bomb. I know it lacks balance but isn't that what they are going for, if you are a hop bomb fan try this one.

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Photo of heysuz
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Intro: Split a 22 oz. bottle with a friend in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Thin head on pour, although a head can be swirled up, it does not last. The coloring is cloudy with a medium amber with an orange hue. The lacy, which is minimal, but it clings which shows it is not oily.

Smell: Strong hop smell with nice tones of sweet citrus and no alcohol smell at all.

Taste: Very dry with strong hops taste, but not a harsh bitter. It has a burnt aftertaste, not sure what is burnt, but that is the taste left on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation and a warming alcohol feeling in the chest. It is dry in the mouth. Left with a hop oil coating and an alcohol aftertaste.

Overall: It’s a good example of the style. It is slight above average. If you are a hophead you will enjoy this beer, but there are so many offerings in the DIPA class that it does not stand out.

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Photo of BeerWanker
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

drank out of a 750ml bottle in an open pint glass.

huge nose, massive hops and the smallest after-thought of barley and typical PA flavours. tight fruits, peaches, apples and all that wanky noise.

monstrous on the taste buds. huge, uncomprimising hops, smashing apart all other flavour profiles. fucking love it. if you can handle the hop monster (IBU in the 100's) this is a beast of beer to love and savour.

mouthfeel is a smal consideration, yet barley comes through to tame the beast. wow.

overall. if you want to try your hand at a monster, this is for you. if you love IPA, try this triple, otherwise man up and drink your 6 percenters' and feel like a champ..i joke, this is a beast. try it and then you will understand true imperials.

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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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