Hop Dish IPA | Lift Bridge Brewery

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Brewed by:
Lift Bridge Brewery
Minnesota, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Mdog on 05-21-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
421
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
28.75%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
87
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 73 | Ratings: 421
Reviews by zeledonia:
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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

No date on the bottle, sadly. Excited to try another local IPA, from the land of many. Tasted 16 January 2013.

Pours medium amber, a nondescript color, about 97% clear. One finger of off-white head, good retention and great lacing. Just a thin curtain of bubbles.

One whif had me sold. Big juicy hops, pineapple and pine, peach and mango. Well-backed by unobtrusive malts. Wow.

Taste is pretty darn good. Grainy up front, followed by a soft pulse of dry bitterness. It's not quite as clean as the best, but nice and refreshing. I could use some more of those fine-smelling hop oils in the flavor as well.

Feel is fine. Medium-bodied, a little sticky. Has a bit of chewy fullness. Doesn't feel as dry as it tastes, though the finish clears out quickly. Main complaint is that it could use more carbonation.

This is a really nice IPA. It's not the best I've had, but it can hang pretty well in a crowded market full of great IPAs. The stellar fruity hop aromas are the definite highlight.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of mojohawk21
3.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Punchy_Munchie
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of MrUse
4.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryancl
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bsp77
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Amber-orange with thin off-white head and spotty lacing.

Smell: A little mild and fairly standard. Some citrus, but more floral, earthy and spicy.

Taste: Fairly large malt backbone of caramel and toast. Mix of citrusy, floral and spicy hops. Well balanced and very tasty, but the mix of flavors means nothing really stand out. Somewhat bitter.

Feel: Medium-full body that is pretty smooth with relatively low carbonation. Fairly dry finish.

Overall: While this is definitely a good beer, IMO, it is not as great as recent, great hoppy MN beers from Summit (Saga), Indeed (Day Tripper), Brau Brothers (HopSession) and Steel Toe (Size 7), plus the "old" standby Furious.

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Photo of deebo
3/5  rDev -23.7%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of MNMike
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%
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 bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warmbier804
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep copper amber orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger off white head with very good retention. Leaves a lot of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A grassy and citrus hop forward aroma that is fairly balanced by the malts. Grassy and earthy hops along with citrus orange, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. Floral with some hints of pine resin spice. A very noticeable malt presence with hints of sweet caramel, toffee, biscuit, and yeast. A pretty balanced overall aroma.

Taste: Like the smell previews, a mix of grassy and juicy hops with a solid balance of malts. Upfront is a taste of citrus orange, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. Earthy hops with a very grassy and floral taste. Also some spicy pine resin in the mix. Solid bready malt presence with notes of caramel, biscuit, toffee, and yeast. Hops and malts are pretty balanced here.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Fairly juicy and chewy. Has a fairly dry finish.

Overall: A pretty good IPA. Not quite in the West Coast style as there is more of a malt balance here. A pretty solid mix.

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Photo of moundbz
4.33/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IndiaPaleViking
3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
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 jpbebeau
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of sgttibbs
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of richkrull
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Shawner
4/5  rDev +1.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

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

Photo of Beerontwowheels
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

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Hop Dish IPA from Lift Bridge Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 73 ratings.
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