Hotcakes with hop syrup, please: Hoppin Frog – Hop Dam Triple IPA – 94
I’ve found a second beer worthy of slathering all over a steaming pile of pancakes (Founder’s Breakfast Stout is the first). I knew this would be a serious IPA since it came from Hoppin Frog and it was $16 (!!) a bomber.
This stuff pours out with a heavy viscosity that is almost syrup like. Serious body here. Not much head to speak of due to the heavy handed dose of hops. But there is a thin layer of a tan head that sticks to the side of the glass. It pours a deep amber, copper color that is pretty opaque save for a few carbonation bubbles and yeast particles lighting up the glass. Excellent presentation.
The aroma is bold hops with a slight scent of booze. Very heavy pine and grapefruit hop smells. Apparently they used Amarillo, Columbus, Cascade, and Summit in the mash, boil, and the. Dry hopped. This boatload of hops is self evident.
The first sip brings a heavy oil coating mouthfeel. Like the pour, there is a very heavy body full of syrupy hop resin. You get some up front passion fruit flavor that finishes with some pine and bitterness. There is also a solid malt body with a touch of sweetness to balance the hop assault. The IBUs are listed as “high” but it really isn’t overpowering and I found it to be extremely balanced. The ABV is well masked with it clocking in at 10% from a 1.094 OG.
You’re not going to chug it but you also don’t have to sip it from a snifter. It’s a dream beer for the hopheads out there. The price seemed extreme at first but when put in perspective to others in this league it’s pretty reasonable. You probably won’t drink it on a regular basis, though.
All in all it’s another Hoppin Frog home run. Worth the buy!