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Fresh Frog Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Fresh Frog Raw Hop Imperial Pale AleFresh Frog Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale

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73 Ratings
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Ratings: 73
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 11.39%

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: OldSchoolGamer on 10-30-2009)
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Photo of Stinkypuss


3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an unfiltered orange with little foam and a bit of lace. Aroma of pungent grapefruit and leafy hop. In the taste, fairly bitter and coarse hoppy flavor and some citrus. Nice semi toasty malt backbone supports a good wet hop character. Nice bitterness and citrus. Medium bodied with a strong carbonation. Overall this is a solid IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

10-11-2013 21:33:24 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good fresh hop taste, almost vegetable. Very drinkable for a hop fan, but not in a DIPA mode with 45 IBU. Good for an IPA. A little citrus taste. Might have been better in the first couple of months.Thanks Steve for hooking me up.Fuller mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 04:06:50 | More by Sammy
Photo of Jeffo


3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A one finger, medium looking off-white head with very good retention forms on top of a perfectly clear, burnt orange body. Zero carbonation evident. Head fades to a ring and splotchy wisp sticks to the sides. Nice wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: Medium nose of pale malts, honeydew melon, grapefruit and citrus notes. Hoppy and fruity, though a little too mild to be impressive, unfortunately.

TASTE: Pale malts, honeydew melon sweetness, and plenty of citrus notes up front. Grapefruit and lemon flavors with a nice, hoppy finish of citrusy bitterness. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is hoppy with plenty of bitterness, caramel sweetness and melon notes. Very balanced and drinkable, though not overly forthcoming in flavor.

PALATE: Medium body and medium but prickly carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Decent here.

OVERALL: A perfectly drinkable and enjoyable beer, but not overly memorable. Well balanced flavor, but both the nose and palate would need to be a little more aggressive to make this one worth mentioning. Enjoyed this one, and it’s worth checking out if you can find it at a reasonable price. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 13:24:32 | More by Jeffo
Photo of WoodBrew


3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderful golden copper with a thin off white head. Has a wonderful aroma of fresh picked hops right off the vine. (not overwhelming of citrus or pine resin but quite nice.) taste is very balanced between malt and hops. While not as bitter as a traditional DIPA/IMPA it is quite enjoyable. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 14:19:41 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of Coonass_Connoisseur

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine beer. Hopheads, like me, will enjoy it. Big hops flavor but without the alcohol afters you experience with many imperial I's. Full bodied all the way through but very well balanced; an achievement that the brewer should be proud of as many who try for this fail. Very nice to drink; interesting mouthfeel. Would recommend it and would drink it again. Among favorite ales in recent memory.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 01:47:55 | More by Coonass_Connoisseur
Photo of tut2528


2.33/5  rDev -41%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pour is a nice deep golden/amber, typical IPA. About one finger's worth of head formation that dies down quickly leaving a thin lacing.

S: hard malt complemented by huge sugars with orange, hops and slight tinge of alcohol

T: very flat and huge grass from start to finish... a mixture of pine and floral hops with a strong sweet character (honey)

Overall, I'm extremely disappointed in this brew. It honestly resembles an IPA that was not consumed while it was fresh (flat, sugary, tinge of hops). I'm a fan of Hoppin' Frog, but this one misses the mark.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 02:19:43 | More by tut2528
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big entry in the American Pale Ale category - lots of hops and a solid malt base have this beer knocking on the double IPA door. Straight away the hops pop with citrus and a background of pine. Slides a little toward the sweet side with barest stickyness to the malt. A little bit of raw hops oils emerge toward the finish, but play well with the rest of the party.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 16:15:51 | More by Brent
Photo of BEERchitect


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure, simple, and delightfully playful- Hoppin' Frog's fresh-hopped ale delivers a surprisingly 'bright' flavor that tilts the beer decidedly to the citrusy, bitter, and drier side.

The beer opens as most well-crafted IPAs do: a bright orange/copper glow with the most modest hoppy haze, froathy and firm head formation of cottony white foam, stubborn retention and with the signature lace of hoppy ales.

Zesty aromas of oranges- both pulp and peel, sweet grapefruit, and a subtle leafy, grassy character. The soft backdrop of caramel malts deliver the light support of honey with a floral and almost perfumy nose. With little influence from yeast, the beer's aroma is dominated by bright hoppiness and light malt.

Flavors carry over from aromas very well. With a no-frills approach, the beer showcases very well the hop character of ruby red grapefruits, freshly zested oranges, and tangerine. The light complexities of mangos and appricots deliver a softer hop side as a great juxtoposition to the slight bite of freshly cut grasses and herbal components. Again, the slight support of honey suckle and caramel aid in creating a sweeter citrusy mix. The sweeter and zestier fruit taste develops into a pleasantly dry bitterness in finish. There's no other influences on taste, which leads to a simplified and focus of taste that makes the beer very drinkable, crisp, and refreshing.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's abundant carbonation creates a creamy effect that releases at mid palate and ushers in a transition to crisp, dry, and refreshing finish. Mild alcohol warmth and slight hoppy bite steers away from astringency but does offer the slight vegetal bite that extends from the mild grassy, leafy hop bitterness.

The dedication to the hop cone makes this IPA very clean and focused- it's truly a showcase of hops but without over doing it. Well done Hoppin' Frog; this is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 21:31:48 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no bottling date.

pours out fairly clear, just a little bit of light sediment. a nice deep copper- orange color, about one fingers worth of slightly off white head. some decent head retention and some nice webby lace. looks good.

a nice clean aroma. resinous, pineapple and other such tropical fruits. a little peach, grassy, minty and floral hops as well. just a hint of some light malts behind the hops, almost unoticable.

lots of pine resin and tropical fruits, also some grapefruit citrus, grassy and floral hops. slightly woody a nice light caramel malt kind of rounds things out, but this is totally a hop forward beer. finishes with a nice lingering
bitterness. just a hint of alcohol heat noticable.

a nice clean feeling medium bodied. juicy, resiny feel.

a pretty decent offering. not really sure the freshness on the bottle, but it still has lots of solid hop flavors. i could see drinking this again. i look forward to more hoppin frog stuff as this was my first.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 18:44:51 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of beergod1


4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber to copper color with massive white to off-white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with a huge floral hop nose and notes of caramel, honey, grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Flavor is sweet and has a nice bite with notes of citrus, grapefruit, pine, honey, caramel, and floral hops. Medium body with a hop finish. I can taste the freshness, compered to just regular IPA's. Similar to a Harvest ale. A whole 22 oz. Beer would be a little too much I think.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 21:48:13 | More by beergod1
Photo of dirtylou


4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, secret santa 2011

appearance: served in a tyranena nonic pint, nice full amber-orange body, 1/4" white foam with some webbed lacing

smell: nice dry hop presence, pine, tangerine and other mild citrus

taste: pretty unique - like drinking a bouquet of fresh flowers, dandelion greens, bright citrus flavors - tangerine, blood orange, white grapefruit. Very green, a touch tropical and quite delicious

mouthfeel: oily, medium body, low bitterness

overall: good stuff

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:39:12 | More by dirtylou
Photo of hosehead83


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-A boquet of juicy citrus hops
Taste-Fresh, leafy hops, white grapefruit,citrus rind. Rather muted bitterness, understated and easy-drinking, nice hop flavor and clean finish. Certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 19:30:23 | More by hosehead83
Photo of raznug


4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a copper color with barely any head that leaves quicker than it appeared.
Smell: There isn’t as much aroma as I expected but there is enough piney and resin notes that let you know it is a pale ale.
Taste: The first sip threw me for a loop because, I have to keep reminding my self that this isn’t an IIPA it is an Imperial Pale Ale. I got malt followed by hops quickly there after with the first drink and as it warms the flavors tend to melt together and make it even better tasting.
Mouthfeel: I love the way this beer flows around the mouth and palate it is easy drinking enough that I can drink the whole 22 oz. bottle but thick and sticky enough that the flavors hang on the palate nicely.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2011 15:15:10 | More by raznug
Photo of CFHMagnet


4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yielded a finger of head on top of a beautiful copper colored body. Head is cream colored, dissipates in minutes, and clings to the glass nicely, good lacing.

The nose is a hop heads delight. Pine and mandarin oranges are paired with a slight aroma of grapefruits. I also get a floral tone and a bit of malt in the background. Smells fresher than a frog.

Pine and grapefruit are the easiest detectable hop flavors, beyond them there is a nice general bitter, but it kind of melds with a nice floral quality. Sugary sweetness and malt are strong flavors once the beer washes over the tongue.

Medium-bodied beer, it starts out nice and bitter, then comes into a strong sweetness. The end is dry and bitter, but not as much so as it could be. The sweetness in between is a little much for the style though.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2011 23:05:45 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of hustlesworth


4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear copper amber with golden highlights and a dense creamy off-white head. total lace monster.

S- bright, fresh, and hoppy...but not too hoppy. pine, orange, and grapefruit and balanced by sweetish malts, nutty, toffee, and marshmallow.

T- absolute loads of hop flavor without any overwhelming bitterness, this truly is an 'imperial' pale ale, not an IPA. very pleasant and very well balanced. pine, grapefruit, mango, lemony grassy things, bitter orange, cookie like malts, maybe like a carapils, brown sugar, toffee, some nice hard water taste, hops become earthy and resinous in the finish. no trace of alcohol.

MF- full and juicy, but not too over the top. about the same body as a quality IPA of the same color, with below medium carbonation to enhance that feeling. and resinous on the face.

D- another good flavorful brew from the frog, this could easily be called an IPA, but people would probably say it's not bitter enough. the full alpha oil flavor from whatever combo of fresh hops they used comes through beautifully and the balance nestles everything together. aww you guys are cute. all balanced and nice and stuffff.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 06:41:33 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear amber with an ample white head about two inches tall. This faded and left behind a ton of lace. Good visible carbonation.

Very hoppy, lots of very sweet citrus flavors. A touch of sugar and some malted grains in the backend of it. Very nice, and very hoppy. Had a very clean, cut taste. Not much of an aftertaste here, just straightforward hoppy pale ale. Nice grain fresh cut grass in the back. Silky smooth, albeit a little thin, but very smooth. Again very clean and refreshing, light.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 07:19:16 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of RoyalT


4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a gorgeous, clear brownish-orange in color with a nice, white head that showed great retention.

Smell – The dry-hopping is clearly evident here. The hop profile is very floral with some light pine but very, very fresh as sold on the label.

Taste – The hops, which I guess are locally-grown, are big at the taste as well. They impart a very different flavor though than hops from the PacNW or East Coast so tamper expectations for something different. The flavor is very raw and nasty and will be especially appreciated by the hard-core hopheads who are always looking for something a little different.

This beer is very floral in its flavor. If you’ve ever eaten fresh flowers you got the idea, and actually the leafy notes are similar to dandelion greens. If you can pick up the malt base then kudos to ya but I find it hard to identify. I can’t stress enough how fresh this beer tastes which is exactly how it is billed on the bottle.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale is only slightly bitter and has mild carbonation.

Drinkability – I found myself drinking this in gulps and fantasizing about this beer out of a keg or even better yet on cask.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 01:39:22 | More by RoyalT
Photo of ms11781


2.85/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear deep orange/amberish color with a nice finger of off white foam. The head settles in as a thin cap and leaves ok lacing.

Nice hop aromas in the nose. The full spectrum of hop aromas are pretty well represented here, some better than others. Nice citrusy and grapefruit aromas are mixed with some earthy and floral characters and a touch of pine. There is a definite malt sweetness that seems pretty substantial as well.

The taste starts off with huge citrus hops before a sharp, almost sugary sweetness takes over and kind of puts a damper on each sip. There is slightly bitter finish that comes with some piny hop character but it's tough to find through the odd sweetness.

Medium body with a medium carbonation. Has a medium mouthfeel. The sweetness seems to make it feel a bit fuller than I imagine it's intended to be but it's still in the medium range.

I'm not sure if my palate was off, this beer was off or if the beer was intended to taste this way. The appearance and nose are good but somewhere in the middle of the taste a sugary-like sweetness takes over. Perhaps it's from the malt but I've never had a pale ale, or imperial pale ale, that has a pronounced sugary flavor. Sweet sure, but not like this.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 02:04:38 | More by ms11781
Photo of DavoleBomb


3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Nearly clear medium orange color. Just over one finger of off-white, creamy head. Retention is just below average, but a tall ring of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Woohoo! This smells great. The essence of "wet hops" is found in this brew. Explosive hop flavor that presents itself in many ways - floral, citrusy (particularly mandarin orange), earthy, grassy, and even spicy. Below the hops, there appears to be the standard for the style - balancing neutral malt sweetness and some caramel malts.

4.0 T: The taste is nearly as good as the nose, but it is a little less "clean" whether from the hops, yeast, or a combo of the two. The hop flavors seem to meld together into an amorphous hoppiness rather than maintaining their individual qualities. Please, don't misinterpret me. This is still quite tasty. Hop flavor leans more toward spicy and citrusy with grassy and earthy falling a bit behind. Bitterness is moderate, but more toward the soft end. There's a small tinge of booze, but not more than you would expect from a 7.8% brew. The malts are mostly neutral though perhaps a touch biscuity. Again, some crystal malt.

4.0 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Good creaminess. A bit sweet on the finish.

3.5 D: Good beer, but the malt sweetness and the hop "sweetness/sugariness" (whatever you want to call it) becomes a bit trying over the second half of the bomber.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:46:35 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of Brenden


4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a pale orange color with a yellowish head that rests at about a finger in height. Retention is good and lacing is dropped in thin but plentiful patches.
The hops are a mix of pine and citrus on the nose with the leafy/green rawness I'd expect from it and a bit of grassiness as well. Malts offer a bit of balance and a touch of sweetness to cut the edge.
The same goes for the flavor. Malts balance well but not perfectly, and this beer shows plenty of pine and citrus bitterness with the grassy edge and rawness that many harvest ales boast. I'm sure the malts come out and mellow this beer a bit with age, but this is fresh.
The mouthfeel seems a little light, but a light creaminess adds just a little heft to it. Crispness is also light but present, and it's moderately carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 13:25:42 | More by Brenden
Photo of AJStank


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- Pours a nice orange color with around a half inch of head. Some lacing left on the glass but not a ton.

s- Pine notes along with some citrus as well. The hops are there, but not overpowering.

t- This is interesting. The hops are very noticeable in the smell of the beer and right away when you taste it, but the bitterness does not linger and you're left with a strong malt presence. It's not a bad thing, just unexpected.

m- Medium bodied, medium carbonation. For me, I could have used a little more carbonation here.

o- This is a good beer, not great, but good. I was not expecting such a strong malt backbone in this brew and was left wanting a little more bitterness. I'd have it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 02:20:33 | More by AJStank
Photo of dgilks


3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold colour with a creamy off-white head. Nice head retention. Great lacing.

Crisp frezh piney hop aroma. Nothing special but still good.

Rounded and malty with a distinct hop edge. Slightly fruity.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

A decent APA with some nice hoppy notes. For me the malt is a touch too bready and sweet.

Thanks to Will (futura123) for an enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 07:31:26 | More by dgilks
Photo of BarrytheBear


4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle that's been staring me down on meandering trips to the fridge. As stated in a previous post, I haven't particularly enjoyed Hoppin Frogs hop forward beers, despite BORIS and his barrel aged brother being pretty boss. On the precipice of a possible historic Blackhawks comeback and the subsequent implosion of the left coast of Canada...we digress.

Pours a healthy orange with a half inch white crown. Despite the healthy shout out from the glass, lacing from the hops is minimal. Looks pretty but gets dinged for its lack of beer on glass related carnage.

Pleasant slight sting of vaporous fruits

Tastes of very juicy Tang (that stuff still around?) and fresh pineapple. Pungent citric flavors, modest though present malt spine, and nearly no bitterness. Very hop fruit forward and quite enjoyable. I'm not sure when this was bottled, but there remains a healthy vibrancy here.

Very pleasant, medium bodied and coating with a long, pleasant fruit ladden finish.

This is by far the best non stout product I've ever had from this brewery. I would enjoy this regularly if possible and wish more breweries achieved this style in this manner. Very nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 00:27:24 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of superspak


4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Pours slightly hazy orange-amber color with a frothy 2 finger off white head with fantastic retention that reduces to a lacing cap that leaves some very nice lacing. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, floral, and some pine and spice. Taste of a ton of grapefruit, caramel, and pine. Sweet up front with the caramel and grapefruit flavors, finishes off very nicely with a bitterness of citrus and pine. The bitterness fades in after the finish and lingers for a bit. Very well balanced with the amount of bitterness and sweetness present. Alcohol is well hidden, only some slight warming noticed after the finish. Has a medium-full body with medium carbonation. Overall this is incredibly delicious, and the taste actually reminds me of some of my favorite Double IPAs. Excellent! I will be having this again in the future.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2011 02:18:54 | More by superspak
Photo of mryuk


4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered golden orange with a finger of bubbly head.

smell is fresh piny hops, some sweet and a bit of fruit.

taste is very bitter. it starts off with a hint of sweetness and finishes with strong bitter and hops. grapefruit and other citrus are present.

mouth is medium-thick with medium carbonation.

this was a pretty good beer. definitely enjoyed the unfiltered hoppyness aspect. will enjoy this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 00:04:25 | More by mryuk
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Fresh Frog Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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