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Hop Dam – Hoppin’ Frog Brewery

It’s the first Saturday of the 2013 college football season, so I figured I’d open a good one for review… at least I hope it’s good.  For the SEC fans wondering where I got this one, I picked it up out of Hopjacks Filling Station in Pensacola, FL.  Hop Dam comes to us out of Ohio from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery.  Seeing as how there aren’t any good football teams that come out of Ohio, I’m hoping that their beer makes up for it!  I kid, I kid… I can’t resist throwing in some SEC jabs at our friends around the Ohio State territory.  But seriously, we’re always happy when you guys come down to New Orleans for a BCS game.  We’re always glad to take your money, show you a good time, and lick your tears of sadness after the loss to the SEC 😉  Before I reviewed this beer, I had the feeling it was going to be a good one because of the review that Travis did a couple of weeks back for another Hoppin’ Frog beer, B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher, found here.

 

From the Brewery:

Hop Dam

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!  10% a/v | 94 OG (22.5 °P) | HIGH IBU

I grabbed my trusty Dogfish Head IPA glass and went for the pour.  This one pours a nice golden dark orange color.  It had about a one and a half finger head which dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.  A ring of lacing and foam remains around the top of the liquid, with a fine lacing sheen across the top of the brew.

 

The nose on this one was heavy piney hops, some floral hops, a slight grapefruit smell, and a bit of a toffee sweet smell.  The high alcohol level is apparent in the aroma as well.

On first taste, it was a hops, hops, and more hops!  If you could make sweet, sweet, love to a hop, I”m guessing it would be a lot like drinking this beer.  In this case, that isn’t a bad thing.  I got a ton of piney hops with a malt profile that really came in well to balance out the extreme hops. I got some fruity hops on the backend, maybe a little grapefruit flavor as well, along with some slight toffee and caramel flavors.  In other reviews I’ve read for this beer, people have mentioned a hint of mango, but I’m not picking that one up.  After the first smell of Hop Dam, I was really surprised, but for a 10% ABV, the alcohol taste in this brew is really well hidden.

This brew won’t be for everyone, but if you’re a diehard IPA fan, and you love some serious hops, you should hop on down to the nearest store that carries this, and pick one up, highly recommended!

It’s the first Saturday of the 2013 college football season, so I figured I’d open a good one for review… at least I hope it’s good.  For the SEC fans wondering where I got this one, I picked it up out of Hopjacks Filling Station in Pensacola, FL.  Hop Dam comes to us out of Ohio from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery.  Seeing as how there aren’t any good football teams that come out of Ohio, I’m hoping that their beer makes up for it!  I kid, I kid… I can’t resist throwing in some SEC jabs at our friends around the Ohio State territory.  But seriously, we’re always happy when you guys come down to New Orleans for a BCS game.  We’re always glad to take your money, show you a good time, and lick your tears of sadness after the loss to the SEC 😉  Before I reviewed this beer, I had the feeling it was going to be a good one because of the review that Travis did a couple of weeks back for another Hoppin’ Frog beer, B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher, found here.  

From the Brewery: Hop Dam 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!  10% a/v | 94 OG (22.5 °P) | HIGH IBU

I grabbed my trusty Dogfish Head IPA glass and went for the pour.  This one pours a nice golden dark orange color.  It had about a one and a half finger head which dissipates slowly and leaves nice lacing.  A ring of lacing and foam remains around the top of the liquid, with a fine lacing sheen across the top of the brew.   The nose on this one was heavy piney hops, some floral hops, a slight grapefruit smell, and a bit…

Hop Dam


Appearance – 85%


Smell – 87%


Taste – 89%


Mouthfeel – 87%



87%

Tasty!

If you love serious hops, don’t avoid this one, it will be right up your alley. Well balanced taste, and for a 10% ABV, goes down smoothly.

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