Hoppin' Frog Brewery -- already known for producing many, big hoppy beers -- announced Wednesday that it's releasing the "hoppiest beer we have ever made." Hop Dam Triple IPA will be available starting Friday and Saturday (Dec. 13-14) at the Akron brewery.
"And at 10.0 percent alcohol by volume, this is MY kind of winter warmer!!" brewer and owner Fred Karm said in an email.
The seasonal brew, first released in 2010, will be available on draft and in 22-ounce bottles for $13.99 when The Tasting Room opens at 5 p.m. Friday and noon Saturday.
"Brewing Hop Dam Triple IPA required us to build a large stainless steel hop dam for our kettle, just for this beer!" Karm said. "It was worth all the effort, because this beer is extremely hoppy and very satisfying, using 50 percent more hops than our Mean Manalishi Double IPA!! Hop Dam has a bitterness level that is very high, but refined, and therefore quite refreshing. Along with all the standard hop additions during the boil, it is also mash-hopped, first-kettle-hopped, and dry-hopped!!! Hop Dam is a 100 percent American-style IPA, dominated by the top-rated, assertive and refined Amarillo hops, along with lots of great aroma and flavor from the popular Columbus and Centennial hops. These are some of my favorite hops, and they work great together, making Hop Dam TRIPLE IPA our new standard for hoppy beers!!"