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Hoppin’ Frog / De Molen Super-Charged Saison IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Hoppin’ Frog / De Molen Super-Charged Saison IPAHoppin’ Frog / De Molen Super-Charged Saison IPA

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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 24.42%


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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  10.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: MasterSki on 09-15-2012)
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hoppin' Frog collaboration brew European tour series - 1 of 3, it's a super charged saison IPA at 10.9% ABV. Pours deep caramel amber with big beige head forming thick, thin speckled lacing left behind in my chalice. Aroma has citrus, pine, and deep seated caramel bready malt notes. Fruity notes, big sweet caramel malts blended to the ninth degree, deep dark fruit sweetness this is a big beer, with a smooth refined alcohol finish. Sweet spicy dark fruits plum and raisins with pear juice hit me up front with a note of spicy herbal hops, big citrus, and mild pint hop bittering aspects. Mouthfeel is the disappointment with too much residual sweetness cloying finish, that weighs down each sip a bit too much to make this truly palatable. Carbonation is ample but in no weighs resembles any type of Saison especially one brewed by Brouwerij de Molen. S.I.P.A has been done way better in America, this is just too sweet, maybe with another year of age, but by then it will lose it's hop character. The yeast in the bottom of the bottle is plentiful I'm about to dump it into my glass to see what changes. It becomes much cloudier with a hazed amber mahogany hue, the aroma is much more bready with yeast additions. Flavor wise more balanced with spice and less residual malt sugars, still as that cloying sweet finish that has scored this beer lower scores than most Hoppin' Frog products. Overall look at the beer and alcohol level brewed to a level of quality that I trust but the finished product is not what a supercharge Saison IPA is supposed to be, even if they made up a style.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 20:06:30 | More by WVbeergeek
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weonfire

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Reddish brown, pencil thin thickness of white/cream head, dissipates to a ring around edge, hazy, opaque, lots of sediment, great carbonation rising

S - lemongrass, carmel, malt

T - sugary lemongrass, sweet carmel, boozy, bready, earthy

M - Full body, nice carbonation, hot

O - Dislike this greatly. Overly sweet, malty sugar. Almost no citrus, hot hoppy - don't find the 'IPA' at all. terrible taste. I love Hoppin Frog - but this I will recommend to avoid.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 00:46:25 | More by weonfire
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BeerNotes

Ohio

2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

A: Warm, ruby-brown hue, off-white head, little-to-no lacing.

S: Very sweet aroma, dark fruits, hints of yeast.

T: Really sugary-sweet. Too much. A tiny kick of hops at the end, but not enough.

M: Thick. Syrupy. Matches the nose, but not in the right way.

O: I had really high hopes for this beer. I read about it shortly before it was released. I even watched the video of Hoppin’ Frog in Europe making it. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations. I was anticipating a really traditional saison dryness — almost puckering-ly so — with a huge hop kick at the end for more pucker. The name ‘super-charged’ fooled me. The candy sweetness of the beer is overpowering, and really hurts the drinkability. It’s more of a hearty, wintery saison mixed with an IPA, rather than a crisp, summery saison. Those two styles just don’t mix well. I have to imagine, though, if this beer were to age for 4-6 months, it would come out a little more balanced and closer to what I had in mind, but for now, it’s just too much sweetness for me to handle.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 18:15:50 | More by BeerNotes
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Amber color, lingering 1/2-finger head.
S: A bit sweet with citrus/pine hops up front, along with a hint of caramel and herbs.
T: Also sweet, herby, reminds me a bit of Cow-Tail candy with the caramel/sweetness, along with herbs and citrus/pine hops.
M: Smooth, first and foremost. I like the mouthfeel. Medium-bodied, with a long finish full of herbs.
O: Very herby. Not quite as intense/structured as I expected, a little one-sided with the herbs. I like the smoothness, and enjoyed it overall though probably would not search for another bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 20:39:51 | More by ONUMello
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nrbw23

Ohio

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a really dark murky reddish brown color with pretty much no head. A few tannish colored bubbles pop up.

S- My first thought after smelling this one was oh no. Very sweet and yeasty. A tried a couple sips and decided to let it sit for a minute or so. Came back to this one thought this was a Beligan IPA. Still pretty sweet and yeast. A bit of tropical fruits.

T- Very different for sure. Very sweet and yeasty. Follows the nose well. It grew on me a bit as I sipped on it but still nothing I'd drink on a regular basis.

M- Medium in body and carbonaton.

O- Not as bad as I expected but nothing I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 22:21:15 | More by nrbw23
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emsoud726

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As a word to the wise, let this one breathe.

When I first cracked this bottle, I almost immediately got an over-the-top sweet, candy sugar-meets-saison scent. Ok, nothing wrong with that, right?

The bottle poured out a hazy caramel color. Also ok for a collab Belgian, double IPA. Minor head, but nothing out of the ordinary for a high-alcohol beer.

The trouble was the taste fresh out of the fridge. It's just plain too sweet. The candy sugar flavor is too in your face and the fruity depth so familiar to strong Belgians literally exemplifies the word "cloying." The taste just sticks with you and you wonder, quarter of the bottle down, whether or not it's going to be worth it to finish the rest.

LET IT WARM UP A BIT. Just as with any good Belgian, the flavors mellow and open up after about a half hour of breathing. Once this beer lets itself relax, everything smooths out and becomes incredibly drinkable.

Once again, I don't know if I'd consider this either a DIPA or a Saison. There are hints of each, but I'm hardly going to swear off Fantome Saison/Saison d'Erpe Mere or Firestone Double Jack in favor of this. But as it opens up, this beer makes for a pretty solid Belgian strong. Not for the impatient, but still very tasty at the end of the day!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 02:37:36 | More by emsoud726
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark auburn colour, with a tan coloured head. Aroma is earthy hops, some citrus and pine resins. Also, some sweetness, spicy yeast notes. Most of the aroma is somewhat subtle, but nice. The taste is similar, with piny bitterness, and earthy, somewhat musky yeast notes and biscuits. It's got a heavy feel to it. Definitely full bodied. Definitely more so than a Saison, and an IPA as well. Slick. It's a pretty good brew, glad to have tried it. Thanks to JM03 for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 01:03:22 | More by EgadBananas
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prototypic

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Super-Charged Saison IPA is a copper color. There’s not any Saison haze in this one. Crystal clear. Backlighting gives it more of a scarlet look. It’s a nice color. The head is slightly off-white and stands just over a finger tall. Retention is pretty good. It holds steady on the surface for quite a while. Lacing was sticky and moderate in volume.

The nose is above average, but not by much. It’s not very aromatic. More strength would easily improve it. What is here is interesting. It definitely smells sweet and sugary. The malt base is a mix of caramel and biscuity scents. It’s just okay. It does have some fruity hop notes. Grapefruit and pineapple are noted. They smell rather subtle. Belgian yeast is there. It smells mostly spicy. There are some herbal, earthy, and grainy notes that linger throughout. Alcohol is definitely there, but it doesn’t smell 10%+ strong. It’s alright. Needs work.

The flavor is actually below average. I really want to like. I’m trying, but it’s just not happening. It starts out with an extremely sweet, sugary flavor. If you’re not into sweet beer, don’t even try this one. It does taste like a mix of caramel and biscuit-like flavors. Light hop flavors of grapefruit and pineapple are noted. They taste alright, but aren’t bitter at all. Belgian yeast is very pronounced. It’s spicy at its core. Earthy, grainy, and herbal notes round it out. Alcohol is definitely there, but isn’t warm or hot. The Saison and IPA elements simply seem at odds. Finishes sweet. Very sweet.

Super-Charged Saison IPA has a medium body. Carbonation is light and soft. It actually has a good feel. It’s easily its strongest feature. Not an easy drinker though. It’s big…and not all that tasty.

I had high hopes for this collaboration between and Hoppin’ Frog Brewery and Brouwerij De Molen. It’s disappointing. The Saison and IPA elements seem to clash, and the flavor never fully comes together. Its biggest problem is that it’s far too sweet. That needs to be toned down a lot if this is ever brewed again. Eh. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 02:33:37 | More by prototypic
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Ruby tan/brown with a red tint. Creamy brownish 2 inch head with lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Very floral/earthy hops, spices and yeasts. Lots of pine, grape, orange with a malt backbone. Nice mix of bitter and strong dry hops. In the finish a wine-like aroma comes out.

Taste - First sip is very sweet, yeasty and very saison like. Lots of spices and sugars. After the first wave of sweetness, the bitter hops come in and tame down the sweetness, slighty. Alcohol warmth comes in at the finish. Tons of floral fruits, orange, grape, pineapple, lemon, bubble gum and belgium sweet yeasts. Malts are also present, caramelish and bold, adds a little more balance to this over the top beer.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets slapped with sweetness at first. After mouth adjusts, more hops, malts and spices come out. Palate gets tons of sweet yeasts and sugars, then bittered by hops and malts in the finish. Some warmth from the booze also hits mouth. Aftertaste is dry, bitter and warm.

Overall - A nice, over the top strong beer. Tons of flavors, has everything, sweet, bitter, malts, belgium yeasts. Its a nice beer, might be a little much for some but, anyone thats a hoppin frog fan already knows what there famous for. Tasty, worth a drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 20:50:58 | More by wvsabbath
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chanokokoro

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle poured into a short stemmed tulip/snifter

Although the side of label states this is brew a "malty Double Saison" it surprisingly pours amber with orange hues topped with an off white two finger fluffy head and more closely resembles a Double IPA than a saison. The aroma of toffee, citrus, and biscuity notes dominates. Opens with extremely sweet caramel, bitter lemon and orange rind, a hint of spice and finishes extremely sweet with a piney, citrus rind bitter edge. Low carbonation, full, syrupy body.

Overall, this beer is disjointed and has little, if any, cohesiveness. This isn't surprising as this brew was billed as a "Saison IPA" on the front label and then a "malty Double Saison" on the side of the label. There were very few characteristics that I would attribute to a saison present including the lack of any farmhouse yeast influence. The biscuity aspects reminded me of an old ale. The extreme sweetness of this brew just didn't work with the other aspects and brought me to the verge of a drainpour. Unfortunately, Super-Charged Saison IPA joins the long list of collaborations that just didn't deliver.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2012 18:37:59 | More by chanokokoro
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Fitwitchik

Ohio

4.85/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter.

Solid amber brew with a cascading head. Loved the show!!

Smell of sweet hops

Taste is incredible. Like a caramel IPA. Belguim yeast, nice malt, perfection of hops.

Feels creamy in the mouth. Nice balance with carbonation with the fluid.

Probably one of the top 10 beverages I have ever tasted. Can NOT believe this will be a one time brew. Will be hunting down another asap.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 22:48:57 | More by Fitwitchik
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle, $11.99 in Columbus. The label description: "Collaborating with De Molen Brewery in the Green Heart of the Netherlands, we have created a wild and inventive recipe that is a unique blend from the best of both worlds. A super-charged saison IPA is born, featuring kilos of American hops to add a crazy twist to this European style ale. The fruity, spicy flavors of this malty double saison are nicely complimented by an abundance of late and dry hopping with the finest American hops."

It pours darker than your usual saison, WAY darker than your usual IPA, a murky and nearly opaque dark orange color. Little to no head on top, another unusual point for either a saison or an IPA. Could be too much "double" involved...

Very sweet and yeasty aroma, lots of spicy esters and some very noticeable citrus. My first guess would be Belgian IPA, kind of similar to Chouffe Houblon. Same with the taste too, it immediately evokes memories of the last Houblon I had (way back when, not something I've returned too very often). Actually I think this is a bit TOO sweet for my tastes, it gets tiring sort of quickly. Drinkability suffers as a result, this was a bit of a chore to finish all 22oz.

An interesting collaboration, not really something I'd recommend though.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 22:10:10 | More by TurdFurgison
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very sweet and spicy, it smells like citrusy hops (tropical fruit, grapefruit), sweet oranges, caramel, and Belgian yeast. The taste is also mostly sweet and spicy, the brew tastes like caramel, citrusy hops, toffee, sweet spices, oranges, and a bit of peppery spice. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's creamy and slick with moderate carbonation. I'm not really sure if I'd call this a Saison or an IPA, I just think it's a pretty good Belgian-style ale. Too bad this is just a one time brew, I know I'll buy another bottle the next time I see it. $11.99 a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 21:42:14 | More by bluejacket74
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movingtrain

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

While at my local beer store yesterday, my usual guys could not talk highly enough of this beer...so, I had to grab one.

The bottle I picked up sets this beer at 10.9% ABV, a collaboration with De Molen. Saison meets IPA...interesting. I am curious about this beer...was it blended?

As soon as the cap is cracked, a huge aroma of candied citrus and sweet caramel bursts forth. This is quite the aromatic creation.

In terms of appearance, this beer lacks in carbonation--very limited head, and not much going on to make this beer move. Color is a cloudy amber/copper.

As stated before, the aroma on this beer is potent. Getting in a bit closer reveals a bit of earthiness, sour grapes, bitter apple, and grapefruit peel. There is a sweetness in there, as well...almost like holiday caramels--the aroma here is worth it alone.

The flavor here is big, as well. It has some big floral notes, hints of clove, lemongrass...but mostly this beer circles around its hop profile--big and citrusy. A good malt bill seems to be keeping it in line, though, as under the giant hop profile, there rests a very palatable, almost caramelized sugary sweetness. Which might be the downfall of this beer--its underlying sweetness.

The beer seems like it's trying to be a nice, dry Belgian, but then it is pitting itself against a huge American IPA--it's a collision of flavors that does work well, but maybe not at this monstrous of a level. The beer is very thick on the palate--meaning, it sticks around. In the end, there is a peppery-sweetness left, giving the beer a bit of an identity crisis.

Overall, this is a good, interesting beer. It could benefit from a bit more of a carbonated lift on the palate, and perhaps a more cohesive balance between styles. But, in terms of flavor, one thing is for sure--this one is a giant.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 21:48:47 | More by movingtrain
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kawilliams81

Yukon (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a dark copper with a 1" light tan head. Small half inch wall of lacing remains on the glass.

S- sweet toffee, big citrus and spices (wouldn't be surprised if this was De Molen yeast strain)

T- Wow! Super sweet caramel and toffee, brown sugar. Big citrus, mainly oranges, nice spices and slight bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Syrupy and slick feel.

O- didn't know what to expect but was pleasantly surprised. Very sweet but has nice citrus and spice balance.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 01:13:25 | More by kawilliams81
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cnbrown313

Illinois

4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a bomber for $12.99, poured into two Belgian style tulip glasses.

A - Pours medium / dark golden brown. 1 1/2 fingers of off white head that hangs around and leaves nice lacing.

S - The smell is sweet and biscuty. There is a little bit of a citrus hop smell, but not like your typical IPA or IIPA.

T - The taste is sweet like caramel upfront. Then, I get a little bit of a lemon flavor, followed by citrus. Finally, there is a little bit of alcohol warmth at the end. But, I expected that from a beer that carries a 10.9% ABV. All in all it is very well balanced and surprisingly easy and to drink.

M - Medium body, with a slightly sweet and syrupy texture.

O - It would be hard to categorize this beer or compare it to any other I've had - so that makes it difficult to rate, but I thoroughly enjoyed drinking it! When I saw that they labeled this a "super charged IPA" - I thought "I should drink this sooner rather than later to enjoy the fresh hops." But in hindsight, it would probably be even better aged for a little while.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 18:37:49 | More by cnbrown313
Hoppin’ Frog / De Molen Super-Charged Saison IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.