Frog Hop Fresh Hopped Pale Ale - Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

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Frog Hop Fresh Hopped Pale AleFrog Hop Fresh Hopped Pale Ale

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12 Ratings

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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 11.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 10-26-2010

Brewed with fresh hops locally hand-picked at Purple Frog gardens within 24 hours of the brew. Intense citrusy cascade hops and green grassy notes dominate the flavor and aroma. A single batch is brewed in September when the hops are ready to harvest.
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Ratings: 12 | Reviews: 5
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber.

Hazed pale golden brew, white lacing dresses the glass. Light biscuity doughy malt nose has a fresh cut grass edge from the fresh hops. Smooth with a lighter body. Modest hop bitterness though the flavor ranges from lemon zest to fresh cut grass to a uniform leaf flavor that stays with the palate. Good malt base, yeast has a showing as well. Fruity, grassy and nutty semi-dry finish.

Clearly expected a bit more hop presence here, but this is a good example of a fresh hopped ale yielding towards balance rather than dominance.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a huge, fluffy white head.

Smell: Grainy aroma with hints of citrus, pine and grass.

Taste: Similar to the nose there is a nice graininess with hints of citrus and pine. Nice slight hoppy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: A very well balanced fresh hopped pale ale. Very easy to drink. A perfect beer to introduce to someone who is new to the wonderful world of hops as it is slight in its bitterness and well balanced.

Photo of andrenaline
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another score from my trip to Montana.

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden colour, finger of bright white head with some retention and random sporadic lacing.

S - Not the hop scent I was hoping for, more of a grassy pilsener scent, bready biscuit malts with a touch of caramel on the finish.

T - Underperformed in this catergory... The hops are faint at best, and the flavour is more reminiscent of a euro lager than an APA. Grassy hops and biscuit malts dominate the flavour, and a bitter sourdough bread lingers on the tongue.

M - Medium bodied but finishes a little too dry for my liking.

D - Overall, rather disappointing. I realize that this may have been past its prime and the hops may have lost their peak flavour, but this is a very weak APA. I would not recommend this to any hop head, though it is easily drinkable if you're into euro lagers.

Photo of JEdmund
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light orange, fine head formation, some lacing.

Faint aroma for a pale ale, but especially so for a fresh hopped ale! What's there is as much malt as hops. Hops are fruity.

It has a nice flavor and it's fairly subtle. Hops still aren't as juicy/wet as I'd expect for style. But that aside, I do enjoy its easy drinking clean profile and finish. Hops present a bubble gum-like flavor but they finish more herbal. No complaints for body and carbonation.

Overall it’s just a bit too light to keep my attention, and the fresh hop quality was really lacking. What’s there does taste good, so drinkability is fine.

Photo of chugalug06
3.94/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very crisp light yellow pilsner color. Bright and nicely fluid foamy head. Decent lacing. Great clarity

Faded grapefruit and apricot. Grassy. Clear and crisp. Very light, I would like a bit more aroma

Very light and palatable. Very easy drinker. Nice smooth blend of flavors. Dryness is present without being overwhelming. Carbonation is slightly prickly. Sweetness is much more dry.

A very bright and fresh IPA, lots going on here in a very subtle way. Highly recommended @ $6/22oz. This should be a seek and destroy.

Frog Hop Fresh Hopped Pale Ale from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
81 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.