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RATINGS: 424   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.85   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fonefan (38685) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 17, 2010

Bottle 22fl.oz.

Clear medium to dark amber orange color with a average to large, frothy - creamy, good lacing, fully lasting, off-white to beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, caramel, heavy hoppy, orange, pine. Flavor is heavy sweet and bitter with a long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily and sticky, carbonation is soft, finish feel is light to moderate alcoholic. [20100609]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
WISEGUY572 (1374) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 13, 2010
This is a very solid example of what was once unique and is now becoming an over-worked style ... the in-your-face, up-your-nose triple IPA. Too much of everything. Dark clear but still not quite clear body with a tiny, late-forming and quickly vanishing head ... the body is almost too viscous for a head to form. Nose of caramel malts and bitter American hops. Taste is rip out your tongue bitter, balanced by too much malt and maybe too much alcohol, so that the combination actually works better than it sounds. A bit viscous in the mouth, but the hoppy bitterness helps with that too. Bitter finish. Competes with Devil Dancer and 120 Minute and a few others on the lunatic fringe. This is good. But you won’t need another for a while.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JUN 9, 2010
Small tasting/gathering last night of Seattle Beer Week 2010
Thanks Mike – Amber in color with a good head. Huge IPA hops in the nose. Wow this was a big Triple IPA tons of hops this will grow hair on your toenails.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JUN 8, 2010
22 oz bottle thanks to beernbourbon. Hazy orange and amber with a dense off white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of citrus, pine resin, bubblegum with light perfume and alcohol, smells like hop candy. Sweet caramel malt up front with a slowly building bitterness that finishes long and bitter. A thick medium body with average carbonation and a slightly dry finish. A great super hoppy beer, lots of flavor and aroma and a smooth bitterness that keeps the drinkability up. Thanks for another great beer Vince.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jeremytoni (3011) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JUN 3, 2010
From a bottle poured a slightly hazy amber color with a small amount of head. Strong hoppy flavor with a lasting aftertaste.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1377) - North Carolina, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Triple IPA, huh? Not sure what I am in for on this one. Thanks to KickbacksSteve for hooking this one up along with his hospitality. Pours a deep orange amber color with a slight antique white head. Smells of citrus and pine with maybe a subtle spice. The taste is a a full frontal assualt on your tongue. Starts with a nice sweet malt backbone flavor but quickly graduates to the extreme hop presence. I feel like my tongue is getting squeezed on both sides! Bitter grapefruit type flavors continues...until you take another drink. The mouthfeel is medium/heavy, probably due to the need to malt this bad boy up to balance the hops. Does the world need a Triple IPA, probably not, but it is a tastey brew nonetheless. Probably not something I would go crazy for but good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
deyholla (8034) - 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 (3355) - 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 (3246) - 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 (7185) - 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.

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