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

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Ratings: 91
Reviews: 39
rAvg: 4
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 14
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: OldSchoolGamer on 10-30-2009

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev 0%
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 Brenden
4.07/5  rDev +1.8%
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
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
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
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
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
4.32/5  rDev +8%
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 -11.3%
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 mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Brent
4/5  rDev 0%
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 Jesse13713
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
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 DavoleBomb
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

Photo of CFHMagnet
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of cameraman
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is poured a medium amber color, with a soft but sustainable head about two inches high, off white in color. A strong hoppy aroma bursts from the glass with a lot of complex fragrances. Those scents run the gamut from floral and grassy, to a citrus and lemon scents, then finishing with light pine fragrance. The taste comes out fairly well balanced, starting with a bread and malt flavor; then halfway the bitterness starts to grow. The bitterness brings grapefruit and other strong citrus flavors, then finishing with a grassy taste that lingers on the palate. A thin mouthfeel at the front of each taste, gradually gaining weight as it crosses the palate. The feel finishes slightly thinner than a medium bodied. Overall the color is inviting, the aroma is strong and impressive. The flavor was not what I expected, but that is not a bad thing. It is balanced with a hearty malt backbone. Though my expectation was more hop flavor, it still brought enough hops to the table. The feel maybe the only shortcoming, but it is still very drinkable.

Photo of OldSchoolGamer
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a pretty exclusive beer from Hoppin Frog, which is their take on the Harvest Ale. Only released at the brewery, this is one stellar beer that needs better distribution. Here is my review:

A: Pours a nice amber color. Very clear with a nice and creamy head. Lacing is excellent, and the head sticks around nicely.

S/T: The aroma is very grassy hops. Not overpowering in bitterness as the malt is right behind the excellent hop presence. The taste is great. Very balanced and complex. Upfront, you get excellent hop flavoring. Its a good mix of grassy and citrus hops. Maybe some orange and lemon in there. Nice and resiny. Then the malt kicks in with an excellent nuttyness to it. A little sweetness in the finish. With such a strong hop presence, its amazing how little bitterness there is in this beer. Truely unique and excellent.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Very creamy and smooth. Like I said before, very little bitterness. Finish is slightly dry. Drinkability is excellent. Finishing a whole bomber shouldn't be a problem. Quite sessionable for being 7.8%ABV.

Another great beer from a great brewery. I am actually enjoying this one more than their flagship IPAs. With only 45 IBUs, this is one almost anybody can enjoy. I hope this one gets a permanent spot in the Hoppin Frog rotation. Fred Karm is the man.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Photo of ms11781
2.95/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev 0%
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!

Photo of superspak
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of mcyphert
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I loved it.... and I'm not the biggest IPA fan. Great hoppy smell and taste without being overly bitter.

Photo of tburkhart
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Hoppin' Frog today, so I figured I may as well drink it today.

A- pours a crisp golden with minimal head. Nice carbonation rising up from the bottom of the glass.

S- grassy, floral hops. One of the hoppiest smelling bees I've had in a long time.

T - very well balanced with the hops shining through.

M -the hops stick around in the after taste.

D- extremely drinkable.

A very well brewed beer by the crew at Hoppin' Frog.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.35/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.54/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a hazy, kinda dirty orange and brown color with no head and no lace.

S- Pretty big and bright floral and citrusy hops with a caramel malt backbone.

T- Lots of very bright and fresh hop character of floral, citrusy, and leafy hops. There was a very nice and pronounced sweet caramel malt backbone that complemented the hops very well.

M- Very dry and refreshing, medium boy, soft carbonation, and very smooth.

O- This is an incredible IPA bursting with fresh hops. This beer packs a big hop punch,but the malt backbone is really outstanding and makes this beer special.

Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Dark orange with a slight brownish tint. Lingering two-finger head
S: Lots of fresh hops. Pine/citrus in particular. A bit of pepper/spice and a hint of caramel malt buried towards the end
T: More fresh hops. More citrus than the nose with less pine influence. Still a bit of spice/caramel. Very fresh tasting
M: Medium-bodied, crisp/fresh
O: A fine beer that shows fresh hops at their best

Photo of tut2528
2.37/5  rDev -40.8%
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.

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