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

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89
very good

88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 11.03%
Wants: 14
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: OldSchoolGamer on 10-30-2009)
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Reviews by RoyalT:
Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into snifter

A: very dark copper colored very little head nice little ring around the glass left great retention on the glass it's clingy

S: smells like honey, melon cantaloupe, honeydew, a little toffee on the finish

T: very smooth overripe fruit with the honey use cantaloupe taste, a very little pine on the finish but finishes like a nice fruit

M: it coats the mouth but doesn't cling too much nice feel lingering aftertaste

O: very good beer, really wish I would have grabbed another wet hopped with Citra as far as my tastes buds can tell. Very beautiful honey and sweet cantaloupe taste reminiscent of GLBC Alchemy Hour. if you get a chance get this in you.

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.33/5  rDev +8.5%
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

Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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.

Photo of hooliganlife
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of wroywel
4.5/5  rDev +12.8%

Photo of wellsnb
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Magery
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mkirkland80
3.75/5  rDev -6%

Photo of BeastLU
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of jivex5k
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of Dolph1979
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Tyrawlings
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of nollie77
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Jesse13713
4.43/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very natural looking brown with awesome transparency. It has this sort of pink grapefruit look to it as well. I've never seen a beer that looks like this before. Very clear and golden brown/pink. One finger of head with great lacing.

Smell - Hints of pink grapefruit right away. Slight lemon and hops. Very natural smelling and raw as the name suggests. Light fruits and grassy hints in the nose as well.

Taste - An amazing tasting beer. Purely fresh. Some of the most delicious hops I've ever tasted, but no real bitterness to it. It is slight, but nothing in terms of bitterness as I expected from an imperial pale ale. A very concise malt consistency. The taste is hard to describe; it's just unique and delicious.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - I drank this bomber in no time at all. The hints of light fruits, specifically pink grapefruit, hops and malts made this beer complex and delicious. It certainly 'hops' in your mouth. Light bodied, crisp and consistent. Not watery at all. I almost didn't pick this up; but decided to tag it on to the end of my order at the Hoppin' Frog brewery. I'm more than glad that I did.

Photo of eorwar
4/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.98/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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