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 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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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.23/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

On a perpetual IPA kick-and haven't tried any of Hoppin Frogs IPAs- so I picked this one up at VE.

A- Body is a nice hazy dark copper/amber hue. Pours with a minimal head which soon fades to a thick collar and leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S- The nose is very earthy. Earthy and herbal hops abound everywhere. A hint of spicy hops is in there too. Lots of alcohol astringency and a grainy malt backbone.

T- Herbal, grassy and spicy hops upfront. A hint of citrus in the background. The finish turns a little as the greeness of the herbal hops really comes out and a nail polish like alcohol astringency comes through as well as a grainy bitterness. Left to linger is a trace of herbal hops, and a big hop and alcohol bitterness.

M- Low to medium carbonation, and a slightly oily hop body-medium weight. Actually the body is done quite well and is the highlight of the beer. I wish more IPAs had a similar mouthfeel.

O- Esentially I wasted $18 on a disgusting mess. As I drink more I am really not liking it anymore although the mouthfeel is growing on me. Worth a try- if sharing with a million people.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy reddish copper with a medium creamy off white head that goes to a thin film and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet sugary melon and catty, resiny hops with some alcohol as it warms.

The flavor is some sweet fruity malts followed by a huge hop bang in the finish - very resiny and kind of catty and tarry. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low creamy carbonation.

Overall, an expensive, big unbalanced hop monster, but fun.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy bronze color out of the 22oz bomber. There are yeasty floaters suspended in the body of the beer. The two finger white head is thick and leaves plenty of trails of large-bubbled lacing.

The smell is dry, more woody than piny, very pleasing to the olfactory senses.

The taste--I know this is a hop bomb, and I love hop bombs and include Bell's Hopslam as one of my faves beers in the world (if not the fave). Yet, I think one is a bit overbearing and kind of a one-trick pony. It's very phenolic, plenty of cherry cough syrup and dirty band-aid but not as much of the pine and citrus notes I enjoy so much in other hop bombs.

On the mouth you get a bit of a sweet syrupy kick on the front, then it dries out into a woody finish with a slight metallic, battery-like finish.

Not terrible, but not in the upper echelon of the style.

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Photo of jamescain
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sniffer, thanks to StoneBrewFanatic

Appearance: Clear copper-amber with about one finger worth of head that slowly fades into a lacing and clings to the sides of the glass.

Aroma: Not nearly as aggressive as I thought it was going to be, since its a so called triple IPA. Grapefruit, pine, citrus, pineapple, and passion fruit.

Taste: Pretty similar to the aroma with some hop astringency, not malt backing in this baby at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and medium carbonation, I was expecting the body to me more syrupy, not that I prefer that.

Overall: I enjoyed it more as a dry hopped and less as a triple IPA. Good but probably doesn't support the price Hoppin' Frog asks.

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

Picked up a bottle of this at Al's of Hampden.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is pretty intense and outrageous, as I get a huge aroma of pine, dry citrus, dank and skunky earth, and light underlying malt. The beer smells pretty boozy as well, which is to be expected in a 10% DIPA I guess. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but the hoppy bitterness in this beer is really over the top. Also, along with the blast of hoppy bitternees, I get something of a veggie soup flavor, which is interesting. Mouthfeel is full, and the finish is long, dry and almost painfully bitter. Alcohol is fairly well integrated into the flavor profile, but is still pretty noticeable in this sizeable DIPA. Really hard to imagine drinking an entire pint of this bad boy.

This is an impressive DIPA, no doubt, but I think the brewer got a bit carried trying to make an overly bitter DIPA.

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Photo of beagle75
2.6/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, light amber color with lopsided off-white foam residue. Scant lacing remains on the glass and suspended sediment is heavy to the point of being distracting.

S: Light caramel and a trace of herbaceous and piney hops make for a smell that is unremarkable, considering the style, yet inoffensive. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with early artificial pine hop aromatics, muted butterscotch, and husky crystal malt that is backed by mild acidity. Flavors turn earthy in the middle, intensely English in the qualities presented by the hops, but a bit reckless. Columbus hop flavors become aggressive in the finish--very bitter with medicinal overtones that are not helped either by some late booziness that is present.

M: Medium viscosity, while it is astringent on the palate it stops short of disaster, with low carbonation.

D/O: Another kitchen-sink DIPA that embraces a more-must-be-better philosophy but comes across as muddled at best. Lingering astringent bitterness wrecks the palate, but no payoff is provided.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.63/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours dark bronze with a ton of floating sediment. Head is slight and soapy, leaving a thin sheen.

Aroma is caramel and toffee with a mild musty hop quality reminiscent of nugget hop, or wet hay.

Taste is more of the musty, nuggety hop funk from the nose, but much more pronounced, along with an intense piney quality that somehow doesn't match up. Very dry and woody with a touch of nut. The caramel and toffee also make an appearance, but are understated in the flavor. Finishes with tobacco and an odd musty funk.

Mouthfeel is medium-full. Quite thick.

Overall a very unusual flavor. Musty and funky, with massive piney and floral undertones. Not what I was expecting.

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Photo of bashiba
2.34/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a bright orange with lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots and lots of sediment. Easily the chunkiest beer I have ever seen. A light soap ring of a head.

Doesn't really smell all that hoppy for a TRIPEL IPA, a light medicinal quality with a bit of mineral.

The flavor is a big grassy bitter mess, mild toasted malts sort of sneak through, but its bitter herbal and grassy hops. It seems to be missing most of the tasty hop flavors and just full of bitterness and old lawn clippings with some alcohol sweetness.

The mouthfeel is thick and chewy, literally chewy.

This beer is an absolut train wreck of a giant IPA, will avoid in the future.

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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 DoubleSimcoe
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog Hop Dam, bomber bought at Friar Tuck in Springfield for about ten bucks.

Appearance: Served in a hotel glass, it takes a real assertive pour for this brew to produce a decent, foamy head that doesn't last anyway. Thick lacing, alright retention and lots of bubbles. Color is a very hazy amber-copper, looking almost like mosquito-infected dead water. You know you're in for a hefty brew!

Smell: Booze, hop, cooked citrus. Orange juice, a bit of lime. Pine, soap, lemon. Cleaning product. Very aromatic, reminds me of the Sick!

Taste: Follows nose, with more hops and citrus. Bitter, funky, farm-like, dry at the end. Some floral aromas. Hot and boozy. Extreme! Pungent!

Mouthfeel: Sticky, a tad sweet, definitely oily. Hot, HOT! Alcohol all around. Tongue-tickling. Burns at the end. Full body and flavor, medium carbonation. Huge!

Overall: I appreciate the Frog's extremeness. Hop Dam is aggressive and brutal, it is not drinkable. It hurts good. But for those of us who enjoy the hops and the adventure, this works. The Manalishi was pretty big, right... well, this is even bigger and badder. Man!

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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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