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 nickd717
3.22/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle thanks to G311.

Pours cloudy amber in color with a small off-white head that fades.

Aroma is sweet and malty with iced tea and citrusy, herbal, and resinous hops.

The flavor is a like a hard iced tea mixed with an imperial IPA. Sweet caramel malt with loads of grapefruit, resin, and herbal hop notes.

Full-bodied and syrupy with fairly low carbonation.

A little disappointing overall. I wouldn't say it's below average for the style, but I wouldn't say it's much above average either. Not so easy to drink.

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

22 oz. Dark gold/orange pour, a nice layer of whitish head. Retains well, laces ok.

Herbal and resiny pine mainly in the aroma. A little spiciness to it as well. Barely a hint of malt.

Taste has more going on than I thought it would. Herbal piney hops, only mild grapefruit. Burnt toffee, brown sugar. A spiciness to it again, with just the faintest onion powder. Nothing like Gubna though. Finishes with quite a bitterness and fairly dry and clean.

Medium bodied, carbonation brings prickliness to the mouth. A little harsh, but some of that is from the spicy nature I think. The abv is not really present and not real warming either.

Interesting, probably wouldn't get it again, but another solid brew from the Frog.

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Photo of ne0m00re
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

05/18/10- Had this one out of a bomber.
A: Golden amber, with a white collar and film on the pour that sticks.
S: Piney, citrus, grapefruit hops up front with sweet honey alcohol.
T: Hops, sweet crisp malt, noticeable alcohol and a sharp bitterness.
M: Mildly syrupy and kind of frothy.
D: Pretty good.

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Photo of russpowell
3.76/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Photo of fear025
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Aroma:Tons and tons of citrus in the nose. Mostly grapefruit, but also orange and lemon. Smells sweet like cotton candy.

Appearance:Dark gold, light amber in color. Not a whole lot of head, but OK retention and great lacing.

Taste:Huge bitterness hits you right up front. The hops are huge in this beer, and it takes a while to get past the bitterness to taste the more subtle flavors. There is pine, and grapefruit. There is an earthy hop flavor that you get more in the mid to aftertaste. Finally, the sweet malt underlies the whole experience.

Mouthfeel:This beer has a hot alcohol burn, as you might expect from a Triple IPA. This beer has a medium body, and low to medium carbonation.

Drinkability:This is a fantastic beer, full of hops. I was not disappointed.

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

Poured into my New Belgium globe. Bottle is about 7 months old, so I'm a bit worried about it's degradation. Let's see...

A - Pours a clear copper color with a 1-finger off-white head.

S - Grapefruit and orange hops dominate, with the slightest whiff of peaches/apricots and caramel malt.

T - Mostly grapefruit hops with a bit of pineapple and pine resin. Caramel malt provides a sturdy backbone, balancing this one nicely.

M - Creamy, with a medium body and an almost "fizzy" carbonation level.

D - I'm surprised by how much I like this, seeing as I did not dig it's "little Brother", Mean Manalishi, that much. Hoppy, yes, but surprisingly balanced and drinkable (though this my be attributed to the bottles age). I shouldn't have much problem getting through this bomber. I may have to put some of these away for 7-9 months again!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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 TexIndy
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info on the bottle that I could find. Was a cloudy orange-amber color with lots of carb streams especially from the etching. It had a good sized head that slowly settled into a small foam center with film covering the rest. Excellent sheeting with lots sticking.

The aroma is very good with c-hops, pine resin, grapefruit, big kick of onion from the Summit hops and a good sweet malt base. The Summit was the dominant hop but I'd have preferred it to be a little more in the background. The taste was also really good but just missing the sweet spot for me. Initially, it had a high bitterness but as it warmed up the bitter faded a bit and the sweet took over. Something about it just didn't sit well. It ended up being really bitter yet overly sweet as well. Needed to settle in one direction or the other. A little less bitter and a little less sweet and it would be right in my wheelhouse. Still pretty good so don't get me wrong. Mouthfeel was thick and resiny with great carbonation and good bitter aftertaste.

Overall, it's a good ADIPA that got close but missed what I was hoping to find. I'm growing into the high bitter ones so would like to try this one again next year and see how I like it then. Not avail here in TX so I shipped back from Indy during my trip. Rotation - would like to try it again as I said above to see if I grow into it. But even if I did grow to really like it, the $17.99 price would greatly limit my purchases. [O;Y;BL]

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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 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 cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Orange red with a small head that has decent retention. Leaves good, fine lacing.

S- Huge blast of of piney and fruit hops. Probably the saturation points, like a bag of pellets. Like this more than the taste, peach and apricot.

T- Hops up the ying yang. Lots of pine and grass. Bitters aren't huge though. The problem here is that it really just tastes like chewing on a hop pellet, too much. Some light malt in the background. Need more artistic use of hops. Alcohol comes into play later on. Tastes kind of like food. Some dark fruit. It is a "triple IPA" though.

MF- Moderate body with carbonation that slightly stings the tongue. Fairly creamy.

DB- Too hoppy that it does not use them in the right way. Not bad but over the top. Glad I split it three ways because I would be KOed by half the bomber. Ow my palette.

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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 Lerxst
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a somewhat hazy amber with a chunky one and a half finger off white head that has decent retention and leaves some sticky lacing.

S-Pine and citrus hops dominate but notes of caramel malt are also there. Not picking up much else.

T-Grapefruit, pineapple, a bit of orange, pine resin and a bit of a malt backbone.

M-Medium body, slightly oily, carb level is just a touch lower than many in the style, but it works well here.

D-If you like DIPAs, you'll have no trouble with this one.

I liked it enough, but at $16 a bomber, this should knock my socks off. Its a good brew, just not worth the price, IMO.

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Photo of onthefarside
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Damn, So i just woke up after drinking this bad boy after a couple other brews, and this mother of a brew packs a damn punch. I love the crap out of IPAs so I couldn't resist this one sent to me by 'Auspice'.

Appearance was typical of IPA, lighter amber colour, viscous liquid with not a lot of head retention and almost no lacing, but don't let that fool you.

I dont remember smelling this one because i've been congested lately. But It was pretty typical ipa smell.

Now this tasted like a triple IPA, thick sweet malts everywhere tried hard to balance out the intense piney and citriusy hops but its really doesn't have a chance, if you love this kind of imbalance this beer is for you. There was a strong pungent aftertaste of hops as well

There wasn't much carbonation in this beer and it was very thick.

As for drinkability, I dont imagine anyone being able to drink much of this, its in a league with ruination and unearthly ipa, its almost like a combination. But damn it was good

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of thagr81us
4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Being a massive hop-head, I saved this one for my 100th review...

Served from bottle into a Duvel tulip. Pours a nice orange-red color with a one finger off white head that lingers. Maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma is comprised of massive hops. The flavor is of massively bitter hops with a nice crisp finish. It has a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this is a pretty good IIPA. I must say, I mainly bought this due to their Triple IPA classification. I was not expecting much at all, but this is up there with Ruination on hop bitterness for sure at least in my bottle. Glad this is readily available as I will most like stocking up on this to cellar myself. A must try for massive hop heads out there.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +1.3%
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 kwjd
4.62/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange colour. Nice white head with tons of lacing. Wow, this is hoppy. Citrusy hop smell. Taste of yummy hops. It really just tastes like hop extract, which is completely awesome. It is completely smooth and incredibly drinkable. I didn't know what the abv was when I had this, but I was sure it is was high for how drinkable this beer was. Truly aweome.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$18 for this 22 oz bottle! I hope its worth it.

Clear copper and sublime bronze mixed in to a somehwat resiny thick looking liquid. There's a lot of sediment in the bottom of this bottle, and I did my best to keep it out of my glass. The head is maybe one finger after the pour, and a little foam that recedes to nothing after a few sips.

The aroma makes me think of tree sap with some bitter orange marmalade spread on a crumpet... toasted.

Resiny palate right out of the gate. Orange peel and resiny tree sap bitterness upfront. The middle has some of that 10% abv. heat adding some bite to the bitterness. The heat slowly grows all the way to a long lingering and bitter finish.

This is a bitter, hop and resin lovers sippng beer.

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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 DoctorDog
3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Orange / amber, and quite hazy. 2+ fingers of white head, which fades very slowly to a thin cap. Excellent retention.

S- Full of grapefruit/citrus and pine hopiness. Vague hints of malty sweetness barely slips through.

T- Full bitter grapefruit flavor is prominent, with pine resin hints. Assertive bitterness. Malty hints are fleeting.

M- Moderate carbonation, with a smooth, medium-full feel.

D- Not bad. The hops are assertive, and the ABV is high, but putting down a bomber full is no chore.

Future outlook: Very good, if essentially a one-note beer. With so many good DIPA's, this beer gets a "maybe" in the buy again category.

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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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 billab914
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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 brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - a caramel/orange pour, a touch of haze. A light. yellowish creamy head gets up to about a finger before fading. It holds at a thin cover and makes a sturdy lace wall along the way.

Aroma - heavy, syrupy mango, pungent and piny after setup.

Taste - the grain comes across sweet and caramelly. Not for long though. The hops start with some citrus and pine, but go quickly to a very bitter, pungent, astringent, and somewhat medicinal place. I like it more at the beginning than I do at the end. The swallow and finish have a lot of high alpha bitterness, and my tongue is getting a fine shakedown at the moment. Some hints of citrus and abv warmth at the end.

Mouthfeel - very smooth and creamy, tempered carbonation make this feel fine.

Drinkability - some good parts, some not so much. Wouldn't mind having one to try after some cellaring, but I'm not sure I'd go for this again.

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Photo of ThreeWiseMen
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this as an extra in a trade with hopsleeroy. Thanks Lee!

Poured into a snifter.

Appearance: Hazy, red-orange body looks very nice. Could certainly be clearer, but I still dig it. A tight, eggshell-colored crown sits on top for the entire session, dragging sticky, well-formed lacing as it descends.

Smell: Caramel, pine, peppered meat, and lemon zest. Smells hearty (as far as DIPAs go anyway). The dense malt profile is very apparent; I get loads of (bread) dough and grain in this smell.

Taste: Huge grapefruit kicks things off. Caramel and orange come through early on as well. All three of those flavors are quickly surpassed by hard pine, which leads into a very bitter, peppery finish. More complexity, particularly in the fruit area, would really help this beer out. Still, I'm really enjoying the boldness and balance (lots of malt, lots of hops) that this DIPA offers. I'd give it a 4.25 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Fuller and maltier than I'm used to, but not too heavy or chewy. The word "meaty" comes to mind. Each sip finishes very spicy and dry - feels awesome! Not a whole lot of heat, but a ton of long-lasting bitterness. Finishes exactly how a double (or in this case triple) IPA should finish.

Drinkability: As noted above, this DIPA needs more hop-led complexity in the taste and smell. With that said, this started nice and finished great. JustinA1 and I would have been happy with another bottle or two. Thanks again for the hook-up Lee!

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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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