Hoppin’ Frog / De Molen Super-Charged Saison IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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3.55/5 rDev +2.9%
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.
10-28-2013 20:06:30 | More by WVbeergeek
2.8/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
06-04-2013 00:46:25 | More by weonfire
2.8/5 rDev -18.8%
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.
10-27-2012 02:33:37 | More by prototypic
3.85/5 rDev +11.6%
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!
11-06-2012 02:37:36 | More by emsoud726
4.43/5 rDev +28.4%
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.
09-22-2012 21:42:14 | More by bluejacket74
3.68/5 rDev +6.7%
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!
11-06-2012 01:03:22 | More by EgadBananas
4/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
09-18-2012 18:37:49 | More by cnbrown313
2.55/5 rDev -26.1%
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.
10-08-2012 18:37:59 | More by chanokokoro
3.98/5 rDev +15.4%
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.
09-21-2012 21:48:47 | More by movingtrain
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