Hop Harvest 2009 | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Deuane on 10-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by mymrnngjckt:
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Aurants in Duryea. A deep copper color beer with a two fingers of foam. Smells of grapefruit and pine. Taste is excellent. The same smells come through in the taste. The ample carbonation and deep flavors really come through in this beer. One of the best hop harvest ales I have had by any brewery.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the brewpub on 10/2/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a thin wispy head of brite-white foam. This stays relatively rich around the edges, leaving back some creamy looking swathes of lacing. The aroma is straight up HOLY CITRUS! This is just dripping with fruit flavors, along with floral and herbal hop accents. Some caramel and bread add extra sweetness to the nose, but this really is all about the citrus notes.

The taste starts with a moderately aggressive spicy and piney hop bite, before being evened out by that same ridiculous amount of tropical citrus, and to a lesser extent, toasted bread. Really nice balance here between the bitterness and tanginess in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp prickle to the carbonation. Hop oils make for a much slicker foundation underneath, keep this moving easily for the size of it.

Wow, the Simcoe and Chinook hops really did wonders here, turning a normal ESB into a fresh American Hop-Bomb of epic proportions! This is seriously probably the best hoppy creation that I've had from these guys yet. Well done!

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.63/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A huge thanks to my man Frank for sending me this gem as an extra none the less! Generosity above and beyond! Served cold and enjoyed with the family on 10/11/2009.

The pour was perfect for the style. Rich and dark amber in color with a huge foamy head of white that cascaded down the sides of the glass with huge amounts of foam all over the place. Aroma is just divine, huge hops all over the place, rich beyond words and just intensely fresh. Tons of orange and grapefruit notes are all over the this from the get go. Dripping with freshness and resin that is just second to none. As I take a sip it literally made my lips stick to the inside of my mouth, so much resin you could just feel it. Rich caramel and buttery notes trying to come through mid palate but they quickly get smacked back down by tons of rich citric hops immediately. Just superb here really. Rich medium to full feel with a tremendous amount of stickiness, I could have drank this one all day long and would have been a very happy camper to say the least.

Overall one of the best harvest ales out there by a mile. I would have to say if you haven't made it there to try it you need to and now. It is just that good.

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Photo of Deuane
4.42/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep copper with a thin light tan head that held strong and left ringing lace.

S-Citrus pop with undertones of fresh cut grass. Slightest hint of malt sweetness in the background.

T-Sharp, crisp, citrus hop pop with lighter notes of herbs, hay and grass in the background. A present but almost undetectable base of lightly sweet caramel malt supports a boat load of hops!

M-Medium-light body super sharp and crisp with long lingering hop bitterness.

D-Wow! So drinkable and tasty. This one ranks up there with my favorite bottled harvest ales from Southern Tier and Founder's. Excellent hop profile makes this easy drinking for sure!

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Photo of Slatetank
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I reviewed this back in September when it was released, but it got deleted so ...
According to the Bullfrog site : "A truely American original, this beer starts out as a straightforward E.S.B. and is then transformed with a huge dose of sticky, wet hops fresh from the Yakima Valley. This year I used a blend of Simcoe and Chinook hops at a whopping rate of 4.3 pounds per barrel suspended right in the serving tank so as it's served more of their goodness oozes out! Yes it's true...I LOVE HOPS! 6 % ABV"

A - A dark cherry juice looking ale like copper w/ thin pale head which creates good lace, very hazed

S - intense pine aroma w/ mild 'cattiness' and citrus notes w/ ruby red and blood orange. The scent of red plum plays into the esters of yeast as well, very juicy nose

M - A bitter feel w/ tasrt citric notes and an acidic mouthfeel w/ mild carbonation and light sweetness. The texture is very astringent w/ drying light alcohol in the finish

T - An intense fresh squeezed simcoe and chinook flavor - 4.3lbs per barrel! It oozes out w/ resinous bitter flavor. The taste has a pleasant grapefruit peel and mild apricot tart taste w/ dry pepper and mellow toasted notes in the background. The overall flavor of green hoppiness has moisture sucking resinous hop soaked almost oily results. There is a nice sweet edge w/ plenty of malt back but dry overall flavor as it the the most 'West Coast' tasting beer I have had from Bullfrog.

D - Better in some ways than double Simcoe since it is dry w/ plenty of simcoe flavor that seems more upfront. The flavor is bitter, more so than edgar as a result of the finishing hops in the serving tank. A very dry drinkable bitter w/ malt flavors of an ESB, but twice or triple the hops! Excellent - possibly my favorite Bullfrog next to Beekeeper.

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Photo of corby112
4.2/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy copper/dark amber color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a thin off-white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring that coats the glass ith lacing.

Nice florl hop aroma with some resinous dank hop oils, citrus peel, grapefruit, slight pine, subtle alcohol and a caramel malt backbone.

Chewy resinous mouthfeel with a bitter earthy hop blast up front with some nice floral notes. Very dry with a very chewy, piny presence with some dank hop resin, lemon peel and grapefruit. There is also a nice caramel malt backbone that provides a nice balance to the extremely dry bitter pine hops without taking away from those flavors. Very good!

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Photo of ffejherb
4.47/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bullfrog on 9/26/09.

A - Hazy burnt orange/copper-colored body with deep amber hues and a slim light tan head that reduced to a patchy film but produced swatches of sticky lace all around the glass.

S - Pungent waft of fresh, wet cone hops, which impart a slightly earthy, herbal character. Some citrus fruit notes are also present. Simcoe hops? Sure smells like it! Malt presence suggests sweet, burnt caramel. A hint of alcohol also creeps into the mix.

T - Wet hops... lots of 'em... with a caramel malt backing and a sugary sweet base. Hops offer herbal notes primarliy, but also hints of citrus and earthy qualities. Mild alcohol notes appear in the backend, then follows with a spicy bitter finish.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and sticky mouthfeel. Carbonation is spot-on. Mild alcohol warmth envelopes the palate. Finishes with a dry, lingering assertive hop bite.

D - A complex and extremely tasty harvest ale, this Bullfrog brew is brimming with fresh hop flavor. This is easily one of the better harvest ales I've encountered in my travels.

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Hop Harvest 2009 from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.46 out of 5 with 7 ratings