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Hopped-Up Goose Juice - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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59 Reviews
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Reviews: 59
Hads: 257
Avg: 3.89
pDev: 23.65%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Greencoat on 06-15-2012

American hops dominate this Rye I.P.A, creating an assertive citrus and passion fruit character. An old-world flavor from rye malt adds the perfect compliment to Goose Juice’s big, satisfying hop flavor and aroma. Originally home-brewed by our beloved brewer Goose, its wonderful combination of flavors inspired us to brew this specialty I.P.A.

60 IBU
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Reviews: 59 | Hads: 257
Photo of viverlee
4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

No, I didn’t get a case of Westvleteren XII, but I did snag this limited-issue, better-than-expected Rye IPA from Akron.

STYLE: American IPA

ABV: 7%

LOOK: The kind of beer you want to drink. The kind of beer you need to drink. Orange and mellow maroon with a deceptively medium body that from some angles boasts a jelloy consistency. I wish there was more to the head that fizzles quickly as the carbonation, what there is of it, races to the top.

NOSE: Stinky cheese, heavy rye, dog park, and pent-up pine. A more sophisticated Rogue Dead Guy Ale.

MOUTH: It might be the mood I’m in. I don’t miss the hops, even though I was promised – indeed, induced by – an aggressive dose. It’s smooth, earthy, smooth. And I think I’m starting to fall for All Things Rye. There’s more here of course: grass, chives, and balance. The texture, among other things, will bring me back, somewhere in the fine line between wholesome and chewy. Excellent.

Beeradvocate Rating: 85

ratebeer Rating: 98

Hayward Abbey Rating: 91

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Photo of teromous
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Very hazy copper color, with lots of tiny carbonation bubbles visible under a ring-like eggshell white head.

S: Some hop aroma, but fairly subdued. It has a faint scent of pine and cat. Not a whole lot going on.

T: At first some of the pine-like hop character comes through, then it fades quickly leaving some bitterness and a light rustic bread flavor in the aftertaste. Not that bitter though.

M: The first impression I get from the mouthfeel is how wet it feels. It is medium bodied, and lightly carbonated. I would have liked it to be a bit drier, with more carbonation.

O: Overall the beer was pretty good, but nothing really stood out. The rye seemed to come through in the aftertaste, but the IPA portion of the beer seemed to be lacking a bit. It could have used a boost to flavor and bitterness. I did enjoy drinking it, but it felt very average.

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Photo of mikem0487
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into Ale Glass

A-Nice copper/amber color. Very well clarified. Thin pinky width white head. Moderate lacing going on. Head quickly dissipated and left a ring around the rim of the glass.

S-Hops are defiantly at the fore front of this brew. Citrus right up front and throughout the nose. Cutting through the citrus hops is a vanilla esque malt profile. Weird I am getting vanilla but it all fits well and is extremely inviting.

T-Hops are defiantly throughout the whole palate. Finishes with a astringent/bitterness. Not getting as much citrus as I did in the nose. Breaking through the hops is the slight spiciness you get from the rye I believe.

M-Great mouthfeel. Creamy and well carbonated.

O-If the taste was as good as the aroma this could have easily been one of my favorite RIPA's. I love my hops but to bitter throughout the whole palate. I would defiantly drink it again if I ever get the chance to drink it on draft. Good, could be Great!

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I just got back from a homebrewing class, so I’m feeling very appreciative of craft breweries – now that I have a little more insight about the brewing process, I’m beginning to realize how much thought goes into each beer I taste.

A: Tawny amber with a slight haze and a thick head of chunky tan cream. Leaves intricate lacing and a thin layer of smooth retention.

S: Big herbal hop character, providing a light, funky mustiness of old pine and dried lemon with grassy overtones. Rye gives nice balance, too: a blend of biscuit, dark spice, and wheat bread. A natural, aromatic nose.

T: Bold, spicy hops complement a full rye profile. A moderate bitterness characterized by spicy pine, grassy herbs, and mild passion fruit citrus blankets over a bed of bread and spice; notes of nutty grain and sweet, chewy granola linger along the sides of the tongue. Everything rolls over the palate with an earthy character. Aftertaste is citrusy, a bright end to a relatively dark beer.

M: Just the right fullness, just the right crispness – near-perfect IPA refreshment. Carbonation is fairly smooth for the style.

O: A benchmark for RyePAs: nice rye crispness, balanced American hoppiness, and a texture that’s rich and satisfying. You’d be hard-pressed to find something this enjoyable that’s truly within style. I love Hoppin’ Frog.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fantastic rye pale ale, the best new IPA I've had in a while. I love the hop profile here, particularly in the aroma- juicyfruit gum and a nice hit of lime, and in the flavor more of the same with some lush tropical fruit as well. The rye underlies it all with a dry spiciness that really brings the beer together. Excellent beer.

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Photo of JayQue
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this one. Poured a hazy orange color into a beer mug. Medium cream colored head with good retention and some lacing. Smell is tropical fruit citrus hops and rye sourness.. Not overpowering, but still pretty good.

Tastes good. The citrus hops and rye combination is a winner. There is enough caramel malt to provide some balance but this is still a predominantly a hoppy beer.

Mouthfeel is rich and crisp. Overall a good Rye IPA.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty hearty beer that stays rustic and earthy. The flavor profile doesn't really change courses much, but what is there is pretty well done. I do have to say that if this is a rye beer that it's much more earthy than I usually find rye beers. A pretty nice beer though. A good winter IPA for sure.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a deep slightly dense caramel body with a sticky light beige head that fades to a thin film.

S- The green ripe fruit aroma to the hops takes on a slight ether quality that grows in the finish.

T- The green tropical fruit and Christmas tree pine resin of hops is followed by a tart grapefruit pith hop note and some dry toasted malt flavor for support. There is a mellow bitterness to the more full hop pungency that lingers.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a gentle fizz with no alcohol heat

O- This beer has a nice full flavor to the hops with good complexity and little bitterness. There are some malt notes but they can't keep up with the hops.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Signature Ale glass.

A dull slightly orange amber body, but hints to murky/swampy brown making a somewhat two finger creamy head, and leaving just a small collar. Very large rings of lacing while finishing and consuming.

Nose is strange. A real weird mix of malt and hops, it sorts of an almost funky quality but nothing like a lambic, it's more of a manure funk if I could say that. Hits at lots of dank earth and soil, but not in a fun way. It's luckily not horrible.

Taste vastly improves from the nose. A real good juicy mouthfeel and palate. Thick hints of orange and citrus hop angles with a very strong malt presence. Almost maple syrup like in taste with a big finish with lots of palate coating richness. Good sweetness to this.

Overall this is quite interesting but I am not feeling like I would have this compared to other Hoppin Frog offerings. If I had this offered to me again I would still drink it, but I know I would pick many other beers over this if I had a choice.

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Photo of babaracas
3.28/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy reddish amber, once finger thick white head, settles to a thin ring, splotches of delicate lace on the glass. Smell: caramel, twangy, soft graininess, mild sweet citrus. Taste: sugared grapefruit, orange citrus, mildly spicy, fairly sweet. Velvety feel, nice. It's... decent, too sweet, hops not as assertive as one might expect from this brewery.

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Photo of nrbw23
4.32/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice darker copper with a nice beige colored head. Head has great retention and leaves some really nice layered lacing.

S- A really good smell of hops. Picking up a lot of citrus and tropical fruits. A good amount of spice from the rye as well.

T- Much more rye in the flavour than the nose. A great amount of rye spices. Quite a bit of tropical fruits. A nice malt backbone in here adds a bit of sweetness to it but very light.

M- Medium in both body and carbonation.

O- I really liked this one for sure, but hate the price.

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Photo of 5thOhio
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received from my brother-in-law.

Nice cream-colored head that fades to a skim of foam on the top, but then, I didn't do an aggressive pour. Attractive mottled lacing. Color is a deep orange copper, slightly cloudy.

Nose is spicy rye with floral/citrus hops. Good rich mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

Taste is wonderful, rye predominates with a strong astringency on the back end. Hops are overripe citrus/floral like the nose with a residual hint of sweetness. A little bit of alcohol fumes finish.

If you like rye IPAs, I'm sure you'll enjoy this winner from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy medium orange with a decently foaming off white head that laces. Smell is pine, orange pith, herbal mildly bready. Taste is similar..pith, grassy herbal and resin hop flavors, its medium in overall bitterness. There is a mildly earthy spicy character from the rye. It could use a bit more hop flavor and character to balance the rye, I get none of these tropical..mango et al notes others have mentioned. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Nothing too exciting here, solid Rye IPA but not otherwise remarkable.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating(bottled some time in June most likely). Pours fairly hazy orange amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with excellent retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some spotty soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of mango, orange, pine, rye, herbal, caramel, toast, floral, and citrus rind. Very nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of orange, mango, pine, caramel, rye, herbal, floral, toast, and citrus rind. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, mango, rye, caramel, toast, floral, orange rind, and herbal spiciness. Very nice balance of malt/hop flavors, with a great bitterness/sweetness balance as well. No cloying flavors or bitterness on the finish at all. Rye isn’t overdone either, just enough to make itself known. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent Rye IPA! Great flavor balance with good hop complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog Hopped-Up Goose Juice Rye IPA. Brewed and bottled by Hoppin' Frog Brewing Company, Akron, Ohio.

Clouded, amber/reddish hue, small off-white head.

Aroma: Boom! There's the rye, giving off the scent of whiskey more than merely malt. After that first blast, hops take charge. Beautiful. Good and grassy. Nice blend, a potent foreshadowing of drinks to come.

Taste: Bam! Now it's working in tandem, both sides hitting at once. Lush malt, nice and spicy rye, tasty as it gets. Here comes the grapefruit, here's the orange and lemon.

Time to take a break and hear their tale: "America hops dominate this Rye IPA, creating an assertive citrus and passion fruit character. An old-world flavor from rye malt adds the perfect complement to Goose Juice's big, satisfying hop flavor and aroma. Originally home-brewed by our beloved brewer Goose, it's wonderful combination of flavors inspired us to brew this specialty IPA. 7 % ABV. 73 OG, 60 IBU."

It's a damned tasty combo, a magnificent marriage of flavors. Might be my favorite RYe IPA so far. Single RyePA, might you. I have a fondness for Bittersweet Lenny's, still. This, though, might have no equal.

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Photo of Florida9
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Color is on the darker side of amber; maybe a light copper. Forms a rather thin off-white colored head, though what does form is fairly stable. Light lacing.

S: Aroma is very nice. Bready with lots of spicy rye and a bit of orangy citrus. Actually, this one smells almost like a nice loaf of peasant bread.

T: Taste is a bit unusual. Starts off with lots of peppery rye. In fact this is probably one of the most rye-forward beers I've ever had. Then there is a nice blend of orange and citrus, along with an earthy-peppery spicy quality reminiscent of arugula. Finish is earthy, almost dirty, and dry.

M: Medium bodied, but the body is too thin to hold up to the powerful flavor profile. Dry, with a peppery spiciness. Moderate bitterness. Medium carbonation.

O: An interesting beer. The hops are strong, but they are balanced by the strong rye profile. However, the rye is almost too much, as it dominates the beer. Would have liked to see a bit more body to round this one out as well.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a hazy golden color with a foamy white head on top. The head had a healthy retention as well as a strong lacing on the glass. The smell of the beer has a moderate amount of lemons and spice in there. Smelled refreshing to me. The taste was nice a floral, big citrus notes and bitter flavors all over this one. Really an interesting blend of things going on here. The mouthfeel of the beer is decent, it's was nicely carbonated with a crisp finish to it. Overall this beer is good, I would drink it again if the mood struck me for sure.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange-copper color with decent head. No lacing.

Smells of citrus hops, bready, and a little dish soap.

Orange hoppy taste with a spicy finish.

Cabonation is on the lower side of moderate, but still adequate.

An ok IPA, but another reason why I don't buy Hoppin' Frog much... they overprice for what you're getting.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Errl for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of rye and biscuit malt notes, as well as some orange from the hops. The flavor is similar. I get some dank hops, along with a load of rye and biscuit malt. I also get some orange citrus notes, as well as an earthy, iced-tea character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure of the best by date, but I think this bottle may have been a bit on the old side.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color with a solid one-finger head
S: Grapefruit at first followed by a big spice kick from the rye
T: Bold, spicy from the rye with almost a tannic bitterness. grapefruit pith, a hint of pine and cinnamon round out the finish.
M: Medium-bodied and spicy.
O: Very well made, they definitely know how to showcase the characteristics that make rye special.

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Photo of oline73
3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours a very cloudy orangish amber color with a half finger of off white head that fades and leaves some lace on the edge of the glass.

Smell: A bit milder than expected for the style. I'm getting the rye right off the bat. There is a mild citrus peel hop note behind the rye.

Taste: Rye hits your tongue right off the bat, definitely getting the spice note. Some citrus peel hops here too, but still behind the rye. The finish is bitter but not very strong.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive but delicate carbonation and a slightly slick finish.

Overall: I would have liked the bitterness to be a bit stronger. I liked the rye but more hops could have helped.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.27/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at my local Binny's. Served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - A gentle pour yields a finger-plus of creamy white foam that settles to a thin cap and splotchy lace. Mostly transparent copper-orange body.

S - Great aroma of rye and citrus hops, with a hint of burnt sugar, onion, and crystal malt.

T - Taste has a nice blend of bready malt, rye, and citrus hop flavors. There's a bit of earthy dankness in onion, but this is fairly fruity, with perhaps a touch of tropical flavors as well. Bitterness is low-to-moderate.

M - Medium body, with pleasant moderate carbonation. Dry, tannic texture from the rye malts, and only light residual hop oils and stickiness in the finish. Minimal alcohol presence.

D - I enjoyed this quite a bit, and it was less 'heavy' than the Mikkeller Invasion IPA I had yesterday even though they both have the same ABV.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to egrace84 for sharing this beer! Thanks elliot.

poured into duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: yellow orange bodied beer with 1 finger of off white head.

Smell: Really spicy with rye malts. Pine and grapefruit hops. This one smells a touch chalky.

Taste: Big oniony hops. Big rye notes. Finishes a touch sweet with lingering notes of pine, orange, grapefruit hops.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The ABV is noted and adds a touch of astringency to the beer profile.

Overall: Its okay. Its a bit rough around the egdes, but nothing to drain pour. Tame down the onions and rye; hide the ABV better and that beer would be insane. Not sure where they got the name goose juice from either...

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.5/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours hazy with an orange tan hue, gentle carbonation, and a light lacing ring.

S - The grapefruit aroma has an acidic pungency, there's in the spiciness from the rye, and some earthy quality the nose with light pine and caramel.

T - Grapefruit, pine, lightly bready caramel, spicy rye, and a light alcohol presence. Everything blends together for a balanced taste with nothing outshining the other. There's also some hints of orange and lemon zest buried deep below.

M - Medium body and gentle carbonation.

O - A decent IPA but nothing memorable. Had I tried this when it was younger I suspect my score would be higher.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Wes for this one!

A: Pours a hazy copper/amber color with a small white head on top, not much retention, leaving a thin white cap on top. Nice sheets of white lacing all around the glass.

S: Nice and piney with a little bit of citrus in the background. There is a bit of rye spice and a very resiny/dank aroma as well.

T: Piney upfront with a little bit of grapefruit underneath. There is a good bit of bready and caramel malt to balance the hops in this one. Slight spice presence, but not really heavy on the rye.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, surprisingly smooth and creamy.

O: Liked this one, its not out of this world, but it was easy drinking. Not sure I would have guessed that it had rye in it, but a solid IPA.

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Hopped-Up Goose Juice from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.