Hop Dam Triple IPA | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hop Dam Triple IPAHop Dam Triple IPA

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Some say “bigger is better!”. At Hoppin’ Frog, we built a massive hop dam to handle the enormous amount of hops added to this colossal American Triple I.P.A. An intense experience of citrus and piney hop character is complemented by layers of rich malt flavor. Behold our new standard for hoppy beers.

Added by imaguitargod on 02-14-2010

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Photo of moonknight31
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of bsuedekum
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of betterbgood
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first of all they did call this a triple IPA, so i can't expect too much balance, you'll see what i'm talking about in a few...

I paid 13.99

I poured the 22oz bomber in a duvel tulip, the head was about a half inch thick,

But before i poured it, i could see a lot of the sediment acting very lively at the bottom, so i was warned to pour carefully, i did that just to see how long it would take before the sediment started to fight its way into the glass. I should of drunk the rest out of the bottle but i didnt, so the glass was kind of cloudy,,that was my fault.

the color was a red,orange,gold,

The smell was of earth,pines,and how can i explain it almost funk or pleasant mildew

the taste was bitter as expected but enough malt sweetness to try and fight back.

this IPA is definitely for those who like bitter dominant beers, you will get your moneys worth.

Mouthfeel is astringent, this could cure a sore throat.

Drinkability is a about one bomber, if you want to evaluate what you just digested. the chemistry that went on in here packs a punch.

In the end i would by a another bottle just to break bread with my partnas.

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Photo of Ilovelampandbeer
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Brewstradamus
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of browniewithnuts
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of WesM63
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Dagsy
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of pixieskid
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of sludgegnome
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TrickkyGangsta
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
3.52/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was excited to try this out as IPAs and double IPAs are dominating my beer purchases over the past few years. Never having tried a triple IPA I wasn't quite sure what to expect. I also enjoy the pumpkin ale from this brewer. The appearance of this beer is very intriguing with a murky dark orange appearance, with a healthy contingent of particulate matter and with exceptional sticky lace of an off white color. The aroma is less Pliny like and more Wonder bread than I would have expected. The taste is notable for alcohol, the aforementioned bread, pepper, and some hop bitterness coming through. The mouthfeel is resiny as you might have expected with triple hopping. This ain't bud light. Overall I enjoyed this beer and I would love to try this on draft sometime.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Ryan011235
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter on 3/29/10 upon returning from the Vampire Weekend concert

Hop Dam is a bold copper color, dense & only slightly cloudy. Around the edges are burnt sunburst highlights. The first pour was rather tame so as not to disturb the settled yeast. Even still, two fingers of foam was manifest with ease. After several minutes the head has thinned to a decently large swath of bubbles. Retention is thin but it lasts until the end. Lacing is very good at the start but gets thin & spotty by the end. Lacing is much better on the second pour.

It's densely hoppy & unabashedly so. I can say there are notes of pine & notes of the usual citrus suspects. I can say there are a lot of said notes. I can even say there are some floral hints. All of these would be as true as they would be surprising, considering the nature of this hop monster. Indeed, the aroma is awash in an intense hoppiness. What of the malts, then? I reckon they are there, somewhere. Incidentally, while there are overtones of solvent, they aren't as pronounced as I would expect based on a few other Hoppin' Frog IPAs (though as it warms, the solvent becomes more apparent).

This beer is viciously dry & scathingly bitter. The extent of these attributes is not apparent until after each swig. After the beer has gone, the dryness seems to create a vacuum of sorts with the only thing to fill it being residual bitterness. All told, piney bitterness - sharp & unrelenting - is the most appreciable characteristic. Lemon & grapefruit undercurrents offer spiciness but the citric qualities are pushed to the peripheries. I was actually hoping for more citrus juiciness & floral aspects to be featured which would round out the otherwise overly brash pine tar attack. Alas, this is not the case. As with the nose, malts don't stand a chance.

Technically medium-bodied, Hop Dam, in terms of perception, is essentially full-bodied. At the very least it's as dense a beer as the term "medium" can handle. Likely this is due to the sheer amount of pine tar-like resin. Interestingly enough there isn't much pronounced grittiness. I don't believe I have had a beer with so much resin but so little grittiness. Carbonation isn't too vigorous; while just enough, it stays out of the way. As mentioned above, there is a long lingering bitterness on the finish. Alcohol heat isn't particularly noticeable but the overall effect is definitely warming.

One bomber is all I can manage. All things held equal, drinkability isn't too bad, but it isn't great by any means. I can't fault it too much since this is a "Triple IPA" with indeterminably "high IBUs." While I have no regrets, this isn't an IPA (triple or otherwise) I would consider buying again. Maybe if I saw it during happy hour at Bodega - maybe. Hop Dam is borderline palate abuse. Better call HR, Hoppin' Frog took this one too far.

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Photo of prototypic
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hop Dam pours a light rust color. It looks mostly clear, and it's slightly red when held to light. An off-white, vanilla looking head crowns the top. It rises to maybe a finger, and falls quickly. Too much abv? Perhaps. Lacing was sticky and quite substantial.

The nose isn't very strong. It kicks off with a blend of the citrus usuals (grapefruit, orange, and pineapple). Indeed the hops are primarily citric, but feature some light floral and pine notes. It smells like some of the edge might have been shaved off the hops by the strong presence of caramel malt. Oh yeah, it's here. Sweet and sugary it is. It's tough to tell how the malt/hop war will shake out, but it smells pretty well balanced. Alcohol isn't very noticeable.

The flavor isn't all that interesting. Definitely not as good as I'd hoped. It kicks off with a sweet, sugary mix of caramel and toffee flavors. No big surprise there. Hops follow and give it a nice citrus blast of orange, grapefruit, and pineapple. Maybe even a little mango. The hop flavor is tasty, and it has certain degree of bitterness. But, the malts really degrade the hop effect to a large degree. There's some residual bitterness in the aftertaste, but there's some caramel sweetness too. It's not bad, but it's a little too balanced for me. I still don't quite get the 'Triple IPA' concept. Alcohol is blended well. It's slightly noticeable in taste, but isn't warm. It finishes slightly bitter and sweet.

Hop Dam has a medium body. Carbonation is light and restrained. It is smooth and has a nice feel. Drinkability is above average. The flavor's alright, but isn't great by any stretch. I guess it goes down easy for a 10% beer, but I'm not overly enjoying it. I'll finish the bomber, but that's more than enough.

I'm starting to believe that Triple IPAs just aren't my thing. Hop Dam certainly doesn't have a shortage of hops, but it has an over-abundance of malt that counters the hops' effect. It seems that that's the formula for Triple IPAs. I'm yet to find one that I really love. Hop Dam's alright. It's definitely worth a try. But, it doesn't hold a candle to Mean Manalishi. If you're looking for a relentlessly bitter DIPA, go for that one. If you're more in the market for a big, sweet DIPA (or Triple IPA, if you will) that has nice hop flavor and balance, this might be your beer.

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Photo of md655321
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle for 16.99!!! Nice beer, but horrendous value.

A: Nice bit of brown, but clear and copper. Definitely East Coast appearance

S: OK, but mostly grain with some citrus and pine, but nothing overwhelming.

T: Bitter obviously, but not the tongue sucking bitter of Hopsickle. Simply not enough citrus to cut through the bitter to balance it out.

M: Good. Nice carbonation.

D: Pretty good considering. Bitter starts to build a bit, but for certified hop fiends its definitely drinkable.

A good beer, but nothing near the other top DIPAs or TIPAs.

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Photo of jsh420
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours cloudy dark amber orange with a 2+finger off white head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell is huge juicy pine resin and some grapefruit in the background - this is all hops

taste - just like the nose this beer is huge and earns the right to be called a TIPA - all hops and mostly pine - lots of hop resin that is salty and juicy - extremely bitter - i do get some citrus grapefruit and even a hint of malt but it needs more of both

mouthfeel - medium body with low carbonation - very juice like

overall - after the first few sips i thought this was too much for me to handle .... and i was right i could not finish the bomber

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Photo of AdamHart22
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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 Pencible
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This poured a cloudy gold with a little white head and some sediment.
S: It smelled like bitter grapefruit and citrus zest, with some pine and copper hops and a little bready malt.
T: It tasted like oranges and copper and grapefruit, with some sugary sweet candied apricot and bready malt. It had a somewhat clean, lasting aftertaste with cloying sweetness and bitter resin, and some alcohol warming.
M: It was fairly thick with moderate carbonation. Decent body.
D: This was a decent brew, but not top tier. The scent was a bit subdued, the taste was not delicious, and the body wasn't great. The alcohol was noticeable too, and the finish was pretty rough, so it must be sipped. More like an American barleywine than an IPA. I think I drank this when it was a few months old, and apparently this beer really fades quickly. What a shame. Really not a bad brew, but not near as good as I hoped.

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Photo of beerwolf77
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to pimpmyporter for this beer.

Bomber split into two pint glasses. Poured into my glass the beer is cloudy golden orange amber. Two fingers of vanilla hued head recede leaving thick gobs of lace.

The aroma is a huge boquet of citrus fruits and pure pine sap. Like a fresh cut grapfruit smeared with pine tree sap. There is a hint of sweetness mixed in but just a hint.

The flavor is just flat out in your face bitter. There's a such thing as over the top in my book and this is it. Loads of pine and citrus give way to more hops and more bitterness. No balanced at all. The only other element I can detect is the booze.

Medium body with moderate carbonation.

Overall a bit of a gimick beer if you ask me. One dementional and flat out hard to drink.

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Photo of gibby
3.65/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle received in a local trade, thanks Dan.
Poured a nice deep amber with no visible head, I think b/c I gently poured it into a snifter glass. Smelled nice and hoppy for sure with citrus, pine, cotton candy'ish. Taste was good, lots of hoppiness again. The mouthfeel was a bit thick for my liking and I definitely could taste the booziness at 10% abv. The booze was hidden ok at 1st when cold but it made more of an appearance as it warmed. For me the high abv hurt the drinkability. Overall it was a nice attempt at a triple ipa but it's not in the league of a PTY or even Moylans Hopsicle in my opinion. PLus the $18-20 price tag is out of hand. I will stick with the $10 Mean Manalishi.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
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 ne0m00re
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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 cbutova
3.72/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Hop Dam Triple IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 354 ratings