Hop-Gasm | Bullfrog Brewery

20 Ratings

Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by akorsak on 09-24-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 15
Reviews by Reagan1984:
Photo of Reagan1984
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Avalon68 for sending me a growler of this awesome beer in a recent trade.

Well, this beer is just fantastic.

Pours with a nice creamy 2 fingers of head. The beer is a slightly hazy bright orange/amber color. Decent lacing

Aroma is just fantastic and may be the best scent I've ever encountered in a beer. Truth be told, I've kept the empty growler just to continue to enjoy the explosion of fruit/grapefruit scent. If this is what Citra hops are all about, then I am a BIG fan....

The flavor is an explosion of tropical fruit and grapefruit in your mouth. So fresh, it's hard to believe. Quite juicy and balanced nicely with a slightly bready malt background.

Smooth, oily, fresh mouth feel.. Fresh continues to come to mind here. The ABV is well hidden and snuck up on me. Be careful with this DPA

Just a fantastic beer.

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of mikey711
4.6/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

thanks to Leon for this growler

A: Bright golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that holds quite well and leaves very nice lacing. very good clarity with lots of rising carbonation.

S: Fresh pine notes mixed with some grassiness and then a big wave of grapefruit, mango, lemon and pine apple. the hops are very agressive and very present

T: It starts out with a tangerine and orange citrus note mixed with some bitter grapefruit. there is a nice pininess in the background and then another way of citrus

M: It is rather right but there is still a whole bunch of body present. no heat and very smooth

D: Hop Suey wishes it was Hop-Gasm. By far the best bullfrog beer that i have tired and an unbelievable DIPA that more people need to try. I am so happy that i was able to try some of this and much say this was one of the most pleasant surprises out there

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Photo of Kegatron
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ the Bullfrog Brewery (Williamsport, PA) on 10/23/10. Served in a footed Pils glass.

Pours a clear copper, with a ½ finger of creamy bright-white head. This retains with a soft frothiness around the edges, staying rich, and leaving back a good looking cascade of spotty lacing. Those Citra hops just blast up the nose with fresh and bright fruit flavors, with orange, tangerine, mango, and grapefruit all giving the nose a robust juicy feel. Pine and spice give this a sharp edge, while the bready and sticky feel of the malts hang on the sides and blend in really nicely with the sweetness of the fruit flavors. This is all wrapped up in a freshly floral blanket that has a bit of an earthy dankness going on with it as well.

The taste pretty much mirrors the aroma, with hops punching the tongue with notes of grapefruit and earthy rind. This actually isn't coming off quite as bitter as I would have assumed, being balanced by malty notes of bread and caramel and especially by that sweetness of those citric fruits. This is melds together to give the profile a rich and sticky tang which just coats the mouth that is honestly what's sticking out the out to me about this beer. Resins and spice linger fairly prominently on the tongue and roof of the mouth in the finish, as dryness hangs on the breath after each sip. The more this warms, the more I'm getting that "Wet Hop" character, as this leaves a lot of danky earth and herbal notes in it's wake. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp creaminess that expands out in the mouth but then softens on the edges some more towards the swallow. There is some alcohol in the body but there is just no way that this feels like a 9% beer, as there is a LOT of oily slickness present here that keeps this smooth and slippery across the palate.

They certainly do know how to do hoppy beers here at the Bullfrog and this was another great effort. I just didn't get a lot of that rampant bitterness that some other reviews have mentioned; with this instead allowing that robust tanginess of the fruit and malts to leave the biggest impression on me. Maybe it's the fact that this batch is already about a month old? Anyway, there is no denying that the body and drinkibility of this are both killer though. I still enjoyed this until the last drop left my glass.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A nice bright gold cloudy yellow in color.

S- Smell the hops and fruit notes.

T- A very nice flavorful taste of citrus notes from the hops and even a little grassy aftertaste but not to overpowering.

M- Very crisp and dry flavors of citrus and grass through out the sip.

D- Great beer from Terry. Very tasty and flavorful. Head down to Bullfrog and try this.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing like starting off a new beer with its first two reviews. This growler was filled yesterday and opened last night. My review is from today's pour.

A: The DIPA is a cloudy golden color, brighter yellows near the base and richer oranges near the mouth of the glass. A small head, maybe a finger at most, quickly dissapated. A thin band remains.

S: The ale is a kick in the nose. Intensely aromatic orange aromas, both pulp and rind, waft out and match up with black pepper. Alongside the orange, mangos and grapefruit run rampant. The citra takes the ale to a new level, although it gets credit for not blocking out the caramel malt base.

T: Syrupy sweet, the ale has more tropical flavors than you can shake a stick at. Orange, pineapple, grapefruit and mango all takes turns at the front of the line. The hop sweetness is met by a full caramel malt profile that is formidable. The result of both hop and malt sides is a huge beer, flavorful and lush. The citra-induced orange overload is a calming flavor on my tongue, smoothing out the heavy load of hops and malts. A fantastic East Coast DIPA. Long live citra hops!

M: Oily and sharp, this DIPA comes armed for bear. The fruity sweetness that jumps out in each sip is remarkable. Stunning.

D: Every sip reminds me that it is 9.2%, a whopper of an ale. Luckily the flavors are so sharp, so focused, that I don't mind the strength. A DIPA that I an enamored with.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.94/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

never in my life have i expierenced a beer this hoppy. that is saying alot but i think it is well deserved. a random box sent my way by the most generous of pa traders there is, i owe you one!

the pour is a dark amber in color with a tremendous amount of haze and cloudiness to it. really just an immensely full look to it but with minimal head, maybe a half finger that leaves just a touch of lacing down the sides.

aroma is what dreams are made of. this would be the be the care bear with a hop on its belly. incredible, just a massive amount of deep citra hops. i have had kern citra, this kills it. just insane sticky, citrus, orange, crazy hops. the flavor was even more intense. i have been at releases and chewed on hops that were not this intense. it was thick, sticky, and full of resin. just the most glorious thing i have ever tasted.

i cannot say enough about this beer. it was really the best tasting dipa i have ever had in my entire life. nothing compares to the fresh and fierce hops in here.

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Photo of rpstevens
4.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by straffordmilitia at a recent tasting. I tried this one right after Kern River Citra, and I have to say this one was my favorite of the two. Poured from a growler into a tasting snifter. The beer pours a vibrant orange with a bubbly one finger bone white head. As the head fades it leaves a lot of oily lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is all hops. Citrus notes of pineapple, mangos, orange peels are first and foremost. Beyond all the citrus there's some floral hops and a slight hint of pine, the hops balance the hops here, no malt in the nose.

The taste is even better than the nose. The citrus shines on this one, in addition to the pineapple and orange notes this one has a really juicy nectarine note. At the exact perfect moment there is a slight hint of sugared candy malt, that pulls the beer back from the edge. The finish is bitter pine and orange peels.

The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and awesomely hoppy. The alcohol is completely hidden and the finish is nice and dry, inviting me to drink more. I definitely enjoyed both glasses I had of this beer and would love to have it again in the future.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Bullfrog last weekend. Reviewed from notes.

Pours golden with a white head and some spotty lacing. The nose is really, really fresh with plenty of green hops. Citrus and a resinous leafy character. Just lots of greenness going on. Taste is green hops and very bitter with citrus and floral elements...mostly just straight fresh hops. Medium body and bruisingly bitter. Very clean and drinks quite well.

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Photo of nh2032
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of pvequalsnrt
5/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of augie
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of stakem
4.27/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap last weekend at the brewery and didn't bother taking notes because I got a growler to go. I guess I got really lucky because I was told that filling the growler kicked the last of this brew. I decided to open the growler today and share with friends.

Poured from a bullfrog screw top growler into a dogfish head "shaped" pint glass. Hop-Gasm appears a clear light golden color that is caught somewhere in between a light orange/copper. This is a fine looking brew that despite the glassware is a pleasure to look at. The creamy off-white head recedes slowly leaving some patches of lace on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is pretty much out of control with hops. While it sits in the glass, you don't even need to hover over top of it to smell the juicy oils of the hops radiating from this brew. Imagine someone having just consumed a pound of garlic walking up to you, taking a deep breath and blowing it right in your face. Take away the garlic, insert lupulin and you have a pretty good idea of how this experience is. Sitting around the table, all of us enjoying this brew, every time someone opened their mouth to talk, all you could smell was the character of the hops permeating. This brew smells of sweet tropical fruits, a little bit of pine, herbs, grass and a bit fusel indication of the alcohol.

The taste of Hop-Gasm is oily and boldly bitter with a blast of resinous hops coating the tongue tasting herbal, piney and lightly fruity with a touch of bitter rind-like flavors. The bitterness of the hops takes hold in the flavor of this brew and is a complete 180 from the sweet tropical fruits indicated in the aroma. There is a backing of toasted grain that does not provide any sweetness but gives a base for the bitter hops to play off of. The alcohol is very evident in the flavor of this brew compared to the minor role it plays in the nose. The mildly solvent character of the alcohol accents the bitterness of the hops.

This brew leaves a long lingering aftertaste of bitter herbal hops inside the mouth with a touch of alcohol that increases with the temperature of the brew. It is medium to full bodied with a moderately low level of carbonation. This is a bold brew that is not messing around. There is a slight degradation in the quality of this brew over just one week from the time I had it on tap until I opened this growler. In a way it is an interesting experience to get to notice that but still this brew is outlandishly hoppy.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I appreciated SamuelJackson45 sharing this growler at Stakem's. Poured from the swingtop Bullfrog growler into a small tulip.

A clear golden w/ thick cap of snowy white, the bead is tight. The smell of dank vegetal hop w/ lots of herb scents and floral mild leafy aroma bordering on piney w/ slight hint of tangerine and grapefruit. the feel has moderately high bitterness w/ moderate carbonation and a mild sweet edge, yet oily soft with all the fresh squeezed citra it contains the edge is mildly resinous and astringent w/ lots of tangy acidity as it finishes.

The taste is lovely bringing a mild floral flavor w/ citrus packed to the gills, a mild grassy compliment from the fresh herbal hops used. the slight sour tinge from the volume of hops w/ mellow tropical essence. The astringent taste plays off the malt well and suckers you into thinking the flavor is not bitter. The slight green tea-like element blends well with both tangerine and mild grapefruit notes. You get a light malt flavor in the background and slight alcohol in the flavor, but mostly the hops crush all other flavors in their wake.

Drinkability is great -a wonderful use of citra, the flavor and drink are equal to if not better than Deuane for me -a slightly more citrusy and 'lighter' feel than the predecessor, but very hop drenched and tantalizing all the same -Wow! Kudos to Terry and Bullfrog.

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Photo of mothman
4.37/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler shared by kbutler1.

Poured into tulip.

Pours 1 finger of white head. Fades down a bit, but good retention from there. Color is a clear golden orange.

Aroma: From the instant the cap came off the growler it smelt like weed. Dank fresh weed. Fresh floral hops. This thing is packing a punch. Absolutely no malts show. Pure hoppy goodness. Has some citrus flavors, but not that much.

Taste: More weed flavors. A floral hops taste as well. This beer is straight up liquid hops. Hardly any malts show here at all. Is is like drinking hop juice. Big hop resin feel to this one. Floral and piney.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but not over the top. Kind of smooth actually. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Only downfall about this beer is the lingering sticky bitterness it has in the aftertaste. Not bad though.

Overall, this beer is pretty bomb. It is dank and weedy with a massive amount of hops. I have never had a dipa like this. It is pretty drinkable as well. If you can get some of this, try it. It rocks.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler. Poured into a tulip glass. Pours a clear dark golden color with a fluffy 1 finger white head. Super danky, citrus rind and some florals. The nose is crazy good! Medium mouthfeel. Well balanced DIPA between both being sweet and hop forward, the hops aren't super overdone in a way that makes it too bitter. The alcohol warms from the inside and is evident but well incorporated. Nice lace. A very solid DIPA.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge thanks to Frank for sending me a growler of this one. Brought it to the monthly BA meetup at Goose Island where it was shared. I had many taster glasses worth.

A - Pours with a late-rising finger of creamy lightly tanned foam that settles to a thin cap and a few spots of lace. I initially thought the growler had gone flat, but thankfully this was not the case. The body is a slightly hazed golden apricot.'

S - Huge hop character contributes loads tropical fruits, a bit of dank, and a faint whiff of cat pee. The malt backbone is one of lightly browned sugar, and while present this beer doesn't smell overly malty.

T - The taste is surprisingly quite different from the nose. Huge tangerine, grapefruit and other citrus fruits fill the flavor, leaving a tiny bit of sugary malt in the periphery. There's less brown sugar character and more cookie to the malt. Ends with potent bitterness that builds after a few servings.

M - Soft medium body, low carbonation (I'm guessing from the fill), and a super dry enamel-melting finish. Alcohol isn't perceivable at all.

D - This stuff was really good. People kept coming back to me throughout the night asking me what it was and could they please have some more. I probably had way too much considering the alcohol. I can see why Frank is buying kegs of this stuff.

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Photo of gibby
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler graciously provided by avalon68, thank you so much Frank, I owe you one!!
Pours a very nice deep amber color into my dfh snifter glass. HUGE citra hop aroma of tropical fruit, orange, mango and pineapple. One of the best smelling brews I have ever come across. Taste mirrors the smell, massive hop blast with orange and tropical fruits. Excellent mouth feel and insane drinkability for close to a 10% abv. I can honestly say this was one of the best beers I have ever come across, period. I savored every sip of the growler and I wish BF was not 3 hours away b/c I would be heading up for some more of this. Very well done and absolutely worth seeking out if you love the hops.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.92/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Deuane for sharing this growler on 10/3/10.

A - Emerged from the growler as a hazy orange liquid with a swirly off-white head that reduced to a thin ring and dotted specks around the glass.

S - Opens with a smack of grapefruit, giving the aroma a fresh, sweet and juicy vibe. Very citrus forward, to say the least. A waft of alcohol swept in as the liquid warmed up a bit.

T - Like the aroma, the flavor is dominated by citrus fruit, especially grapefruit (the fruit and the bitter rind). Very West Coast-esque. The grapefruit character persists throughout, although there is a sweet malt base present, which helps to balance the aggressive hop character.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and subtle carbonation. A tad thin, perhaps. Finish is sweet and semi-dry with a moderate alcohol bite and not much lingering bitterness, actually.

D - HOP-gasm is Deuane on steroids, minus the "back-ne" and shriveled testicles. Good stuff with a bold grapefruit presence.

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Hop-Gasm from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.53 out of 5 with 20 ratings
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