Fresh Frog Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 34 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by cameraman:
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
01-18-2010 19:08:20 | More by cameraman
More User Reviews:
4.1/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
11-25-2011 01:39:22 | More by RoyalT
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
01-22-2012 18:44:51 | More by dogfishandi
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
11-13-2011 13:25:42 | More by Brenden
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
05-20-2012 04:06:50 | More by Sammy
4.33/5 rDev +9.3%
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
01-08-2012 03:39:12 | More by dirtylou
3.55/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
04-06-2012 14:19:41 | More by WoodBrew
4.22/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
11-27-2011 07:19:16 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
03-06-2012 16:15:51 | More by Brent
4.43/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
02-25-2011 21:03:55 | More by Jesse13713
3.98/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
11-17-2011 03:46:35 | More by DavoleBomb
4.08/5 rDev +3%
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.
12-06-2011 23:05:45 | More by CFHMagnet
Fresh Frog Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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