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Lift Bridge Hop Dish

Lift Bridge brewery started in 2001 during a poker game. The players that fateful day discovered their mutual love of brewing and the rest they say is history.  Their beer portfolio currently consists of around a seventeen regular, seasonal, and limited release beers.

Now being an IPA, you really need to try it to get a good feeling on what the beer is like.  So let’s get into the beer a little.

BEER INFO:

Beer:                    Hop Dish

Brewery:              Lift Bridge Brewery, Stillwater, MN

Beer Style:           India Pale Ale (IPA)

ABV:                     7.5%

IBU:                      75

Color                    Amber

Their Hop dish IPA is part of their regular or “Flagship” series. The name is playful reference to the Minnesota hot dish tradition. In fact they call out that the Hop Dish beer is created with a “pot-luck of seven hop varieties”.  

What did we think?

We pour our IPAs into a glass to unleash the full aroma of the beer. The beer pours a rich amber color and will produce a nice foamy head when poured. The beer was easy to control and we were able to regulate just how much foam we had by adjusting the angle of the glass. The head quickly recedes leaving only the body of the beer. When you breathe in the fragrance of the beer, the first thing that jumps out at you is a light malt smell.

First impression is that the Citra hops jump out at you right out of the can. The initial bitterness from the Centennial hops lightly hits the back of your tongue followed by a refreshing citrus finish to the beer. 

Now this beer is defiantly not over the top hopped if that is what you are looking for. Lift Bridge has a great line up for all of your “hop” needs. Hanover Wine and Spirts carries the complete “Flagship” line-up: Farm Girl, Getaway, Chestnut Hill and Crosscut.

Not a one and done beer, you can sit back and enjoy a few of them, but be warned at 7.5% ABV it will sneak up on you! The Beer Guys from Hanover rate this a must have beer in your refrigerator. A great beer for those days when your neighbor stops over unexpectedly, on your deck on a sunny day or for your next “beer” potluck. You betcha!  @liftbridge

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