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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Dough77 (821) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - MAY 11, 2010
And now I feel like I’m underrating what I thought was a very mediocre(at best) beer. So over the top hop. So sweet. So cloying. Truly a mess. And I am pretty sure it was about as fresh as one could expect a beer to be. Aroma had potential, smelled like one of my favorite styles with that big bursting citrus fruit nose that can’t be missed, but it just got ugly quick after that. Pass.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - MAY 10, 2010
Hop damn indeed. This is a bomb of sweet, resinous hops with a full body to back up the flavor profile. I really love this brewery and the brewer but at $15 a bomber this is just not accessible enough.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - MAY 9, 2010
Bomber, and a pricey one at that at a whopping $14!!! But, I couldn’t resist the idea of a "Triple" IPA coming from one of the best breweries out there. Here we go. For lack of proper glassware, I’m pouring this into an oversized wine glass. It takes a high agressive pour to stir up a head on this, but once its there, the beer looks beautiful. Great deep copper color with an orangish/reddish hue and a big creamy pillowy offwhite head with a slightly orange tinge. The head is dense and long lasting and leaves great lacing. The aroma is outstanding. Very fresh and juicy with mostly citrus notes and some resinous piney notes underlying it. There is also a subtle malt presence in the aroma to that lends it a very smooth and creamy, almost vanilla-like finish on the nose. The flavor is outstanding as well. Where as the aroma is more citrusy, the flavor is more resinous and piney. The bitterness subdues the alcohol flavor, but the heat is certainly noticeable, but not overly so, given the huge abv. It has a slightly sweet malty presence upfront, but as the maltiness gives way to the alcoholic warmth, the hops take over and last through a long and dry finish. Some IIPAs are really sweat, so as to drive up the abv, but this one is nice and dry and really allows the hops to shine as they should--though I wish the citrus had a bit more of a presence in the flavor. The gravity of this beer certainly shines through its mouth feel. It is heavy, full body, almost syrupy, and coating, which works interestingly with the beers dry resinousness. Overall: this is a damn good beer. I am excited to take down a whole bomber tonight, but were I to buy it at a bar I would much rather had an 8 to 12 oz draft pour. Regardless, I must conclude that Hoppin Frog has done it again!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2010
Aroma was sugary malt and citrus hops. Kingpin and I thought there was a slight staleness to the hops and we were surprised to see it was only a couple of months old. We did not see the saetiment warning,and was surprised to see ,a ton of setiment floating in the glass,flavor is very sweet malting and an overload of bittering hops,flavor hops really dont shine. Loved the bitterness,but the triple hopping should have a better fragrance. Still not bad,thanks Kingpin

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wavers1 (877) - Notown, California, USA - MAY 5, 2010
pours a hazy orange with lots of ruby red. ruby red also makes an appearance in both aroma, and even more so in taste. citrusy, piney, yumminess. the alcohol is pretty well hidden, strong bitterness in the finish and aftertaste helps. a tasty huge beer, tons of malty sweetness, tons of hops. could be a lil more balanced in the hop profile, not enough floral notes and too much amarillo bitterness, tons of grapefruit there. nice stuff, reminds me of hopsickle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (3025) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 5, 2010
Bottle from a trade with phaleslu. Pours slightly hazy orangish color with eggshell color head. Citrusy aroma of oranges and grapefruit. Flavor is pretty bitter with grapefruit and some sweet maltiness. Medium body with aboveaverage carbonation. Thanks Peter.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
beernovice39 (3125) - Montana, USA - MAY 4, 2010
Hazy deep orange pour with tiny tannish head, lacing. Scent of hops of course, taste is wonderfully hoppy! Sad this is $16.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
johntreeter (126) - Greenwood, Indiana, USA - MAY 1, 2010
I could give the standard rating with color, head, mouthfeel and all, but this beer is all about hops! The best aroma I have had the chane to enjoy. Citrus and a piney resin dominate to a point of exotic pleasure. The flavor mimics the aroma so as your not let down and teased. The bitterness is massive, yet not harsh. If this beer was sampled fresh from the brewery it would be the ultimate hop head experiance. I hope to have that chance!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAY 1, 2010
Bottle shared by alexdsdad06. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Medium to heavy sour citrus and earthy hop aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy smooth bittesweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.This is a standout beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - APR 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours amber with thick white head. Nice lacing. Aroma of huge grapefruit hops. Taste has tons of piney hops. Piney resin in the finish. Minimal malt balance in this brew. The balance does not bother me because this is one big hophead beer. All hops all the time and I love it. My tongue is burnt now. Very good.

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