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RATINGS: 405   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.84   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Hop Dam has been a long time in the works, and its design required us to build a large stainless steel hop dam for our kettle, just for this beer! It was worth all the effort, because this beer is extremely hoppy and very satisfying, using 50% more hops than our Mean Manalishi Double IPA, which was voted Best Double IPA In The World by the US Beer Tasting Championships. Hop Dam is 10% alcohol by volume, and really hoppy, with a bitterness level that is very high but refined and therefore refreshing – its like kissing a hop!! Along with all the standard hop additions, it is also mash-hopped, first-kettle-hopped, and dry-hopped!!! Hop Dam is a 100% American-style IPA, dominated by the top-rated, assertive and refined Amarillo hops, along with lots of aroma and flavor from Columbus, and Cascade, and the wonderful Summit hops – the very special dwarf hop plant picked by hand, and sought-after for its great flavor and aroma. These hops work great together, and make Hop Dam TRIPLE IPA our new standard for hoppy beers!! It will be available for only a few months, so get Hop Dam while it lasts!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beermearjay (33) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - MAR 15, 2014
Bottle into Teku glass. Beautifullllllll dare I say any more? Strong sap, pine, spicy and some citrus coming through. Sticky, warm, spicy, malt coming through, nicely bitter feel ramping up as it lengthens with a slight burn, accentuated by the beechwood bacon, burger liberally sprinked with tabasco. Extremelely nice triple IPA, would like to compare with a fresher bottle though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
tectactoe (2060) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2014
Bottle: Thanks, Alex! Completely opaque, light-copper & swampy brown; muddled, murky, & topped with a sightly off-white cap that retains surprisingly well. Aroma is super sweet & super malty up front; caramel, toffee, & residual sugars with hop notes taking a back seat... Sticky citrus, pine, & florals. Warmth just brings out more malty sweetness, including mild notes of butterscotch. Taste is just as expected, malty to the core; caramel, toffee, sweet toasted bread, only with some lightly citric & earthy hops buried underneath. Sticky, coating caramel malt aftertaste. Far from undrinkable, but even farther from what I want my DIPAs to taste like... Way too much malt & sweetness, not nearly enough hoppage.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Concealer (810) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 2, 2014
Tap, hope and pie. Cleavr reddish gold with a thin off white head. Aromas of pine, resin, spice and light citrus. Flavor is pine resin, spice, and light citrus. Medium bodied, lingering bitter pine resin.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SudsMcDuff (5894) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 1, 2014
22 ounce bottle .. . deep orange yellow .. medium sized head, lacing is solid .. . dirty sap and pressed leaves .. . mild mouth for the abv, decent but would love a fresher bottle .. . . homeless

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HIGHB4LL (612) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 23, 2014
On tap at Choice City Butcher. Appearance: finger of slightly off-white head, lasts, dark straw yellow, clear. Aroma: floral, light bread, resin. Palate: light-med body, bitter lasting finish, sticky texture, soft carbonation. Taste: bitter bitter and bitter. Overall, it is a triple IPA, so you are not looking for balance here and you do not get it. Very good for what it is, could not drink a pint of this I do not think, but very memorable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
twgordon (39) - Oklahoma, USA - FEB 15, 2014
With it's almost mild aroma, I was initially nervous that this was another hop bomb. Further from the truth I have rarely been. First bite is ultra bitter hops, with a smooth finish usually reserved for your standard IPA. If you're a bitter, hop fan this is a beer to try. Bomber to glass. Color is great, very little head. At 10% abv, this hopaholics dream will sneak up on you.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JonMoore (1881) - Loughborough, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - FEB 5, 2014
Bottle - slightly hazy amber colour with large off-white head. Aroma has citrus hops, pineapple, pine and malts. Similar in the taste, full bodied, smooth. Very well balanced with a very nice and long bitter finish. Well hid alcohol. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
McNeillR (1249) - SCOTLAND - JAN 31, 2014
Golden dark varnish and hazed with floating...hops? Sediment? Looks fucken wild nonetheless. Neat fluffy ringed head with the thinnest off white film. Nose is like someone has taken what’s going on in the kettle when all the hops are added, scooped it into water balloon and put your nose out now joint with it. It’s jarring, pine stabs to the nostril sweet. Increibly sweet, but too much.
Initial taste is like someone has melted a dozen boxes of sugary cereal bars. Cornmeally rather than malty, Elderflower and oily. There’s a decent shunt of carbonation here, keeps this sweet floral tight knit vibe on top of what is hefty bitterness. That bitterness could be much worse, but there’s a weird grassy and earnest vibe dices this up enough.

There’s real split level in the hop boost here. A wee bit, at least initially, it’s like drinking the syruppy but articulate piney pineapple hop overflow. Then a massive concentrated hop quench, the initial taste a mere sweet heft malt impression.
You can’t really have much hop for the finish here, but it’s not quite the palate whiplash I was expecting. The almost clinical and medicinal hopness wanders off to a jasmine, floral and lightly aluminum tussle. Linger is cooling but a dirty bitterness that doesn’t ruin the next sip... How they’ve managed to keep such damaging edge to the Hop oils and not let it over concentrate the bottle to get to the UK has to be applauded. A different beast from any Triple I’ve had yet.
I was totally dosed by the Hops to the ABV, like drinking a redacted wine, there was very little burn at any stage. My drinking pardner said this was more noteable than Unhuman Cannonball but I forgot I was even drinking beer after this coated my palate.

Bottle, Beers Of Europe, Cheers LONick

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fritz123 (1040) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
Draft at the Hoppin Frog tasting room. Tulip. Pours an orange-copper with a mean white head. Head lasted some time and lacing was awesome. The aroma was powerful hops (no kidding) and citrus/pine. The taste was orange, lemon, pine, resin, floral and malty. The balance was well done and the alcohol profile was held in check by the balanced malts/hops. Finish is bold with the hops lingering for quite some time. Not very bitter at all. One of the best Doubles/Triples IPA I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdb288 (559) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 30, 2013
Bottle. Minimal white head, copper color. Assertive hop bitterness. Caramel and warm alcohol. Clean flavor. Deceptively smooth and easy to drink.

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