Hop Dam Triple IPA | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hop Dam Triple IPAHop Dam Triple IPA
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:
42
Gots:
24
For Trade:
3
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Ratings: 347 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of HopsMatt
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Genuine
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of IPx
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of pest
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of tommyrxc
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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 Magery
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ALLISON01
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of brycevolk
5/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of mater
3/5  rDev -23.7%

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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Hop Dam Triple IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.93 out of 5 based on 347 ratings.
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