Hop Dish IPA
Lift Bridge Brewery

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American IPA
Ranked #1,120
Ranked #8,003
3.98 | pDev: 11.56%
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States
Very Good
Hop Dish IPAHop Dish IPA
Notes: Aggressively hoped IPA with aromas of citrus, fruit, pine. a subtle malt sweetness and notes of caramel.
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a tulip.

Pours amber-gold with decent head and excellent lacing that endures quite well. Hazy, but not cloudy.

The aromas are fairly moderate in strength and diversity. Honey-kissed malts are followed by orange/citrus, grassy, floral, earthy, and resin hop aromas, as foretold by the list of hop varieties on the bill.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with a stout caramel malt presence, but the hops open up nicely and quickly, delivering orange, grapefruit, resin and, ultimately, some old-school tough-to-pin-down (but enjoyable) floral/earthy IPA bitterness at the end. Just a touch of booze.

The brew is nearly too malty, but the hint of booze and the carbonation brings it back from the edge. Not crisp but not sticky.

Overall, a solid tasty brew that may seem to some more like a DIPA in its flavor profile. It definitely straddles the line, but in a good way.

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Photo of defunksta
3.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale, orange and subtly bronze color with a medium and layering white head. SRM of 10. (4.00)

Aroma: Strong aromas of grapefruit, pineapple, and peach. A little bit of pine, but it's subtle. Not getting any malts. (3.75)

Flavor: Flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and some peach. Very little pine. Ends with fruit, with almost no malt body. Crystal if any. Not getting any caramel. The fruit flavor ends dry almost like an east-coast style. (3.50)

Feel: Lighter bodied, Moderate and good carbonation. A fruity rind bitterness lingers on the palate, but its weaker in comparison to some other IPAs. (3.50)

Overall: This IPA is lighter and crisp. West-coast flavors with a dry and clean East-coast body. Could use a little more body and malt profile for my taste. It's good, but I'd rate it as on par with or less than the middle-of-the-pack. (Final Rating: 3.59)

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Photo of beergoot
3.44/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Excellent deep golden color to the body; thick, frothy, sticky head. Not much aroma; some sweet grainy notes but nothing as far as hops. Decent flavor; bready malt with some pine-like hop bitterness. Medium-heavy body; coarse and prickly on the palate; sticky sweetness with a dry finish.

A so-so IPA with an unknown canning or brewing date (nothing on the can). The appearance is the highlight, the lack of any appreciable hop nose the low. Otherwise, the taste and mouthfeel are respectable.

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Photo of Beginner2
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Refreshing, but too bitter.
Op Dish IPA Looks inviting enough that I'd want to drink it. And while it could Smell more fruity, what it does is conceal that this 75 IBU ale does not have a particularly good yeast; so, the brewer piles in the bitter hops. And that is the after-taste and mouth that I get. One and done.

While this brewery starts as a common story of two home brewers deciding to open a brewery, Liftbridge has a few firsts or better-than-all-the-others to its credit. The most interesting is they claim to have the oldest operating taproom in Minnesota. They seem to have three cash cows: this IPA, a killer RIS and a saison. Personally, I wish I'd had the saison.

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Photo of jvgoor3786
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours deep amber with a short head.

Notes of pine and malt with a little citrus.

The taste is pine, floral, and malt.

A nice thick, oily mouthfeel.

Overall a nice beer although a little too dank for me.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is pine, citrus/juniper berries and mild sugar/candy. The flavor is citrus/fruit, malts, juniper berries/spices and a hop resin/slightly sweet finish.

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Photo of Blackop555
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours hazy copper. Foamy, short, white head that is short lived with good lacing.

smells bready malt, Pine, citrus peel, light floral and light herbal.

Taste citrus peel, orange, Pine, Light tea, floral and bready malt. Finishes dry with a light Piney and citrus peel linger. Medium body and lightly fizzy medium carbonation.

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Photo of Czequershuus
3.37/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer pours a clear gold with an average head. The has a nice sharp twang of pineapple, mango, grapefruit peel, burnt orange peel, pine, caramel, and rosemary. The flavor is rather restrained, with sweet bready malts, grapefruit, orange peel, mango, and moderate bitterness. The mouthfeel is fairly full, with bright carbonation. Overall this is a tasty but unremarkable IPA, rather safe in it's flavors and intensity.

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, copper color. 2/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, floral hops, hint of piney hops, sweet malt, slight earthiness, and slight tea. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable bitterness. Tastes of citrus hops, floral hops, piney hops, sweet malt, slight tea, hint of alcohol, and a hint of yeast. Overall, good appearance, blend, and feel, with an average aroma and body.

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Photo of darkpreferred
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This American style India Pale Ale uses 7 different hops and has an IBU of 70.
Look: A hazy copper colored body with a thin white head. Poured into a 16 ounce beer glass.
Smell: A hoppy, sweet, citrus aroma with notes of, pine, floral, and some caramel.
Taste: lots of fruity hops, light malty sweetness, lightly bitter up front, finishes mildly bitter and dry.
Feel: Medium body with average carbonation.
Overall: Not a bad drinkable beer if you like this style. Not my preference, but a decent beer nonetheless.

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Photo of John_M
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Graciouly provided by relatives during a recent visit with us. Was told that this was made by a fairly new brewery out in Stillwater, and that initial efforts had been pretty promising. This came in a 16 oince can.

The beer pours a fairly dark orange amber color, with lots of frothy white head/foam, and decent lacing. The nose is OK, but not hugely impressive. There's some nice dry citrus, along with some celery root, light onion and considerable sweet malt. There's some tropical fruit that is nice, but the level of sweetness is a bit worrisome. Alas, the aroma profile was a presage of what was to come on the palate. There's a huge presence of sweet tropical fruit, with a sweet malty presence. There's some celery flavor, light onion and dry citrus as well, but it's not nearly sufficient to counter and balance the level of sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied at most, and there's some light bitterness on the finish, but the sweetness wears out palate, and so drinkability isn't all that great.

Not hugely impressed with this IPA.

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Photo of AleMan66
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a bottle into a clear teardrop glass. It pours a beautiful dark golden, much darker than I thought it would be. I'm not a huge hops guy, but I like this one a lot. Perfectly carbonated, a bit on the low side.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 16 oz can on June 18, 2016. Look is bright gold/orange color with a creamy two-finger white head and some lingering lacing. Smell is pine, orange, grass and floral with toast and bread malt aromas. Taste is pine, orange, earth and leafy hops with bread malt flavors. Feel is medium in body with moderate carbonation and a creamy finish.

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As a Minnesota native I live about 15 minutes from Lift Bridge and I love what they have done in Stillwater.

Hop Dish is a solid IPA and is very balanced and drinkable. However in the vast world of IPA's this is the Scandanavian version; it doesn't make waves and it doesn't make a stand. Compared to the offering's from Surly and Summit it is a little weak. Like most IPAs it is much better on tap than bottled.

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Photo of zeff80
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of orange, pineapple and caramel. Sweet caramel and orange with a sharp bitterness.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked up in variety pack. 12 bottle poured into Stein mug. Orange color with thick foamy head. Smell is mango, pine and citrus but a little weak. Taste is fresh pine and orange/mango. Easy feel, not too carbonated. Really good beer that is so close to being great! Cheers!

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Photo of Maninthearena
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look- Great frothy head. Cloudy, orange, honey amber color.

Nose-Small hints of aromatics, some biscuits. Somewhat bland smelling compared to some other pale ales.

Taste- Definite early grapefruit. Very sweet. Sweet candied fruit-like. Some mild-moderate hoppiness but overpowered by the sweetness throughout most of the sip. Aftertaste much more bitter than the initial sip.

Feel- Head stayed throughout most of the glass, so the contrast of the foam and liquid was pleasing. Fine carbonation. Relatively thin, aqueous, and non-resiny despite a decent level of carbonation. I liked this as it felt relatively full without being like syrup.

Overall- Probably a great pale ale for those who like sweet drinks/beers. Good for after a strong after dinner drink. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a little bigger and a little sweeter than most, i liked this one a lot, especially in a fall context. it has a little bit of a copper color to it, a hint at the kiss of sweeter crystal malt that rounds it out, but the hops profile is what makes this special. through the thick white head i get a grapefruit and passionfruit aromatic, very bright and summery, very pungent, and very distinct. i was surprised how aggressive and radiant all of that is, because you dont usually see these types of beers in maltier ipas. its a neat combination here through, aided by the fact that the hops retain quite a bit of their oils, which marries up with the grain sugar pleasantly. i appreciate all the body and alcohol to this, not sure how sessionable it is, but its capacity to refresh and warm at the same time is useful this time of year in minnesota. just such a bold and interesting hop profile, a nice companion to a glass of decent rye whiskey as well. not sustainable, but delicious. ive liked all the beer i have had from these guys so far. i feel like this one would do well in colorado, sort of has the right vibe to it...

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Photo of Treyliff
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can with no canning date, poured into a pint glass

A- pours a clear bright golden-orange color with a creamy two-finger white head that retains nicely after the pour, leaving some short lasting place behind

S- aroma of piney hops, candied orange, grass & some floral notes. Underlying toasted & bready notes

T- piney & earthy hops up front with some light notes of pine and leaf, bready malt undertone, nice candied orange linger

M- medium-thick body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns to a creamy finish

O- I really liked the citrus finish, highly drinkable even at 7.5%

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Photo of Sammy
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lacy with an orange body. A little strange off aroma. Decent ipa taste wise though not exceptional still drinkable. Can from recent trip. Shared with Americo.

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Photo of jlindros
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Yay tall boy can, no date though, initially couldn't remember where i got it, but now i do, rudzud gave me one of his extras.

Pours a nice creamy fluffy 1 finger head fades at a med pace, nice messy lacing here and there, hazy candy orange red color.

Nose brings average hops, little orange peel, citrus notes, candied fruit, little spicy hop note, hint of earth and pine as well, little sweet candy malt, syrupy notes, mild grassy leafy notes as well. Nothing special, lots of basic hop characters.

Taste brings a sweet malt, little candy malt, aged hops I think, probably not too fresh but that's all I can do I guess, candy malt with a touch of warming booze, amber reddish malts. Then hops, mild hops, fair bitterness, some grassy earthy notes, a touch of pine, leafy again, more candied generic fruit. Finish is a little sweet still, candied malts lingering, mild spicy earthy hops as well, pretty bitter, spicy hops really ramp.

Mouth is med bod, a little heavier, decent carb.

Overall a pretty boring IPA, nothing really to it, generic fruity notes but barely, spicy earthy with touch of pine and grass, but nothing really going for it, malts are also just there making it sweet and a touch boozy, but doesn't do much. This feels like an IPA from 10 years ago, but never adapted.

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Photo of rudzud
3.47/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a hazy orange hue with a big two finger creamy head that fades slowly to leave super dense blanket and lacing.

S - Aromas of lightly sweet malts, candy orange, very faint tropical notes, little bit of floralness, biscuits.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, initially. Citrus immediately gets overpowered by a STRONG malt presence, caramel, bread, sweet malts. Very little orange and floral hops left. Light generic bitterness. For the most part though, this is a malt bomb.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, very crisp, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall the beer looked and felt great, however, this was an absolute malt bomb. Enormous let down. Not sure if this is an old can or what...but yeah, super malty.

Serving Type: can

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Photo of Cannibalgasm
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz. can.

A: Pours an orange tinged golden honey color with a beautiful thick white head. Excellent retention as the head slims to a soft pillowing layer that lingers on top of the beer. Lacing is great leaving a beautiful design on the glass.

S: Lemon, grapefruit, nectarine, orange peel, bready malts, and some nice floral hops.

T: Grapefruit, lemon, orange, biscuit, and some spicy floral hop bitterness on the back end.

M: Medium bodied, moderately carbonated, crisp and bitter on the finish.

O: A truly solid IPA. Always one of my favorite local go to brews.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: brilliant gold to amber
S: Resiny citrus nose.
T: Starts malty and then goes through several hop permutations from fruity, resiny to piney citrus with lingering hop bitter. Dries out on the finish
F: Medium body and carbonation.
O: A decent beer that is nice to find on tap.

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Photo of DanL133
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With a lot of local microbreweries popping up it the area they're are a lot of new beers flooding our market. Many with $$$ price tags which don't justify their taste and quality of my go too's like Stone, Bells or Lagunitas. I was pleasantly surprised with this brew. Clean, hoppy with just the right carbonation. Nice head and lacing with grapefruit pine resin and mango showing thru. A bit on the sweet side but not in a bad way. This is a tasty beer for sure. Recommended!

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Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewery
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