Hop Dish IPA | Lift Bridge Brewery

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Hop Dish IPAHop Dish IPA

Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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 -4.6%
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 -12.8%
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 +2%
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 0%
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 -3.8%
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 egrapplesberg
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
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 -13%
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 -4.3%
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 +6.1%
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 -16.3%
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 -11.7%
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 -11.5%
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 -1%
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 +14.8%
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 +1.5%
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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Photo of FalloutDUDE666
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stillwater is close to home so this beer has a very home-ish feel to it for me. Perfect look and aroma. Drinks pretty smooth with just the right amount of bitter. Not the strongest ipa but is well rounded otherwise. Recommended for any fan of ipas.

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Photo of Swindizzle
4.84/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

In my opinion, a pretty damn perfect beer. Well brewed, excellent taste, good alcohol content. My favorite beer currently. Not to mention a perfect amount of hoppy. I strongly suggest you give it a try!

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Photo of ThaCrax
4.33/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not bad! Very good! However I had just drank a Surly Abrasive and I wasn't over it yet. I would love to point out the great things about this IPA, but I couldn't stop thinking about Surly Abrasive.

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Photo of Jim_Benz
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks great; smells okay (a little vegetation seems to creep in); tastes a little better than it smells, with nice bitterness; mouth feel is ordinary. Overall, nothing stands out except for the slight vegetation in the nose - dry hopped for too long, or what? This could have been a much better beer, but it's okay.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a single, a month old, into a NB globe
A: clear darkish orange honey,
S: bready malts, clean citrus (lemon and grapefruit) and a little blueberry
T & M: hoppy (again, light citrus together with a few piney notes) but nicely balanced; round bright flavors that follow the nose but bring out a bit more character -- a little spicy peppery tingle on my tongue at the finish that blends nicely with the light and welcoming citrus.
Overall: Not too complex, but nice and reliable, both from the bottle and on tap...though, from what I recall it was a lot better on tap, so there may be freshness issues here.

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Photo of Bravak
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

One of the better MN IPA's. Well brewed with a complex aroma that has staying power. Excellent flavor, complex but drinkable. A good example of how well made IPA'S do not have to be palate wreckers while still delivering the goods. Would hold up well to Racer 5.

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Photo of mpipe
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good APA that is dangerously drinkable.

A: Pours a nice amber with a thick, one finger head. Plenty lacing.

S: Hops, grapefruit, spicy.

T: Citrus, floral and spicy hops. Bitter on the front and back end.

M: Light with a good amount of carbonation. Very drinkable.

D: Not as much flavor as others, but overall very well done beer. Bought it on a recommendation and it did not disappoint. Worth picking some up. Goes down very well, almost too well.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%

Received as an extra from nicow5- thanks man! Pours a brilliant clear gold with nice white head, spotty lace, and good retention. Nose is full of piney hops. Definitely a west coast inspired IPA reminiscent of SNPA. Strong notes of pine, resin, wood, and overall dank notes. The taste isn't nearly as bitter as the nose would lead me to believe. It balances quite well with some breaded malts combining with hops and an emphasis on the pine at the back end. Mouthfeel is light bodied and moderately carbonated. This is incredibly easy drinking for its ABV. Nice forward hop profile with delicate balance.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a clear honey orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is basic but tasty.

Serving type: bottle.

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