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RATINGS: 418   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (7482) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 31, 2010
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2011 Bottle shared by Kevin, thanks! Pours a cloudy orange with lots of visible yeast sediment and a white head that laces nicely. Aroma has a good amount of grapefruit and pine hops with a hint of backing onion and caramel. Flavor begins with grapefruit and pine but finishes with a bit of onion and dankness. Bottle. Pours a hazy grape-fruity gold with a thin white head. Aroma has strong citrus notes with an underlying pine hop. Flavor begins with citrus and a hint of floral, but the pine hops tend to grow towards the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DialSquare (3123) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 31, 2010
Bomber from Andersons in Sylvania. Orange brown pour with a thin light tan head. Aroma is vegetal, citrus, caramel and a little boozy. Taste is a hop bomb with apricot, booze, grass, citrus resin, pepper and light caramel malt in there somewhere. Has a long metallic vibe in the finish - little bit medicinal. Kind of like chewing on some alcohol soaked flowers. Strange one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2010

4/29/2010: Hoppin’ Frog Hop Dam Triple I.P.A... Aroma: LOTS of hops (mostly grapefruit and orange peel); green, leafy hops in the background. Appearance: Transparent golden color with a dense, light beige head; limited visible carbonation; suspended sediment as you get closer to the bottom of the bottle. Flavor: Hops, hops, hops (almost to the point of being leafy/green/plant-like)! Lots of great hop flavor, but the bitterness level is not what I had hoped, but it does stick around on the palate a bit more than I probably realize. Palate: Medium-bodied; soft and smooth cask-like mouthfeel. Overall: Mean Manalishi is more crisp and distinct, but this one might have just a bit more bitterness in the presentation.

22 fl. oz. bottle (10.0% alc./vol.; 94 OG; High IBU) shared by alexsdad06. Thanks Brad! Rating #96 for this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
douglas88 (6704) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 25, 2010
Bomber thanks to Mike. Pours a deep copper hue with a small white head. The aroma is sweet hops, tea and fruity. The flavor is rich tea/herbal hop cones. Mildly bitter and rich fruity hops. Pretty nice. Different.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
LinusStick (2920) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2010
A delicious IIPA! This will be an easy rating. Aroma: All citrus hops. Nothing else. Pour: A nice dark gold with a lot of sediment! A nice surprise and a big plus! Taste was all hops. Very little malt to deter the hops onslaught. If you are looking for a well balanced beer, look elsewhere. If you want a beer that isn’t afraid to be called bitter and will kick you in the teeth to do so, pick this up. Nice carbonation rounds it out. It’s not a west coast hop bomb but this would be our version in the east and a good one at that

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
after4ever (6474) - Brier, Washington, USA - MAY 22, 2010
22. thanks mike! pours crystal clear medium amber with bright gold edges. loose tan head. big piney resin nose. creamy medium dense body. lively carb. grapefruit, pine, and orange peel on the mid palate, along with toasted caramel. long grapefruit finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAY 22, 2010
22oz bomber shared with my neighbor (22oz of 10% beer is too much for me). Awesome! Nice hoppy aroma. Some phenolics at a low level. Is there a connection between brief exposure to high temperatures after bottling and phenolics. I know it can come from higher temperatures during normal fermentation. Medium bitterness. Perceived sweetness, but finishes dry. Easy to drink. Very good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
22oz. bomber. Pours a slightly hazy orange golden with a large off-white head that leaves a great coat of lacing. Aroma is powerful hops, with pine/resin, sharp citrus, grapefruit rind and a little floral in there for good measure. Flavor is a huge bite of grapefruit rind, pine, oily resin, citrus zest, and only the slightest bit of caramel malts if you’re really looking. This bad boy is all hops that does a decent job of maintaining just enough balance to keep it from being a total tongue scraper. Nice stuff, but like just a bit more balance and hops diversity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Bomber pours a chill hazed orange amber body with a medium sized beige head. Abundant patchy lacing is left on the glass. Pungent aroma of pine resin, grapefruit, and florals on a caramel background. Resinous hop presence on the tongue. Taste is sharply bitter and biting, with a plethora of hop impressions. Leafy, pine, grassy, and herbal, but the grapefruit stands front and center. Just enough toasty caramel to add a suggestion of balance. Alcohol is well hidden considering the potency. Very clean, overall.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (9200) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 15, 2010
Bomber from Bruisin’ Ales.Smells and tastes pure grapefruit juice hops. Most pleasant well done DIPA. Big head that takes a while to settle.

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