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.
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!