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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
Sour - Gose
Ranked #196
Ranked #23,642
3.73 | pDev: 11.53%
Aug 15, 2021
Aug 07, 2014
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Notes: When the King was crowned, fans in his home town of Akron were excited and proud! But his departure left a sour taste in their mouths, making Akron salty about losing their King, and wanting to forget. Now, to honor his return and share these sour and salty feelings, we have brewed a beer to express these feelings in flavor, which was a nearly forgotten style itself! This rare Gose style beer is refreshingly sour and salty, and was nearly forgotten - now its making a come-back, and so is our King!

In today's fast-paced world, its often difficult to find the quality that discriminating people deserve. For those who search for this long lost, undying commitment to the very best, let it be known that one beer wil not be compromised - Hoppin' Frog!
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4.05 by Danzifer from Ohio on Aug 15, 2021
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4.46/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by monkist from Hungary

I've been wanting to try something from Hoppin' Frog for a long time but they were all way too expensive for me to just pick one up off the shelf at Csak a Jó Sör in Budapest, Hungary. Then when I finally gathered enough courage (and cash, of course) to buy one, I was unable to find the right one for me there at that shop, as I was looking for a Sour or a Farmhouse or the like but all they had was Porters and Stouts...
But then when I found this (Imperial!) Gose at Beerlovers in Vienna, AT, I knew immediately that this was the one that I was looking for! Just like the princess and the frog in the fairytales, only that I'm not a princess and not even a female... anyways.
I wasn't disappointed by this beer, needless to say. Although I never had an "imperial" gose before, I could guess that it signals the amount of materials put into the brew and hints at the 6% ABV, fairly high for a gose. Some might say that this was not as salty or tarty or funky as a normal gose would be, but for me this Imperial Gose ALE was just great. It had all that a gose had, including the apple cider-like aroma and the sourness, slight herbal and citrusy tones, but at the same time it also managed to be a perfect ALE - let us not forget that this was on the label too! So I enjoyed pouring the next the glass again and again from this 1 pint 22 fl. oz. bomber, a sign that it was really pleasant, easy to drink and exciting.
Hoppin' Frog proved to live up to the expectations for me, I hope our paths cross each other again in the future when this King of the frogs Gose Home. Read the rest of the story on the label...

Dec 04, 2018
3.75 by StoutBruin2 from Tennessee on Aug 04, 2017
3.83 by Eman17 from Illinois on Jul 23, 2017
4 by a77cj7 from South Dakota on Jul 03, 2017
3.89 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jun 06, 2017
4 by Hellpop65 from Kansas on May 21, 2017
3.62 by Zazzi82 from Tennessee on May 19, 2017
3.52 by jaydoc from Kansas on Mar 18, 2017
3.3 by BubbleBobble from New York on Dec 21, 2016
2.79 by Brian29 from Ohio on Oct 23, 2016
3.69 by goblue3509 from Pennsylvania on Aug 15, 2016
3.56 by thatoneguymike from Georgia on Jun 14, 2016
3.42 by Beer-Ed from Netherlands on Jun 12, 2016
3.64 by RPM3334 from South Carolina on Jun 06, 2016
4.19 by leprechaunandfatman from Ohio on May 15, 2016
3.7 by mattboyer182 from Indiana on Apr 29, 2016
3.9 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania on Apr 27, 2016
3.81 by KAP72 from Illinois on Apr 04, 2016
3.75 by Kevinpitts from Illinois on Apr 02, 2016
3.68 by jjd315 from Pennsylvania on Feb 28, 2016
4 by sposter4 from Pennsylvania on Feb 15, 2016
3.85 by stompilator from Texas on Jan 28, 2016
3.77 by Gregf51 from Ohio on Jan 04, 2016
4.22 by Liberatiscioli from Pennsylvania on Dec 29, 2015
3.61 by chrismattlin from Ohio on Dec 24, 2015
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4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sabtos from Ohio

This doesn't look far off from their Turbo, light blonde/yellow, but differentiates itself with a tart, slightly salty nose, and lemony lime flavors that are not quite on the sour side. An easy-drinking yet still substantially bodied Gose, this also works quite well in taproom blending.

Unlike other Frog bottles, this one does not age well and develops an array of ugly and dark but heavy and quickly settling floaters. It can also develop flavors of cinnamon apple, mead, and iced tea, which aren't bad, but are a bit of a departure from when it is fresh and on draft.

Dec 18, 2015
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Dec 05, 2015
4.05 by REVZEB from Illinois on Nov 18, 2015
4.3 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela on Oct 31, 2015
3.5 by gregcordle from Ohio on Oct 13, 2015
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4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into a snifter
$ 11.99/bomber ($ 0.545/oz) at Giant Eagle, Hermitage, PA
Aroma – light perfume and a salty sea
Head small (< one cm, aggressive pour), white, fizzy/frothy, quickly gone leaving a two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing - none
Body medium yellow, cloudy
Flavor begins mildly sour with a perfume and salt aftertaste; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.5, Overall 4.25

Oct 06, 2015
3.65 by xJMFCx from West Virginia on Sep 20, 2015
3.73 by FaradayUncaged from Michigan on Sep 12, 2015
3.64 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania on Sep 12, 2015
3.67 by wickerman from Pennsylvania on Aug 29, 2015
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3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Tsar_Riga from Indiana

A - Golden yellow, clear, and slight white head that fades quickly. No lacing.

S - Sour acidic note, typical of style, and a bit of alcohol. Touch of spice.

T - Fine bright acidic grain notes, sweet line, and a quick close.

M - Low carbonation, quick finish without burden.

O - Quite good flavor. Appreciate a bit more carbonation.

Aug 29, 2015
3.97 by Eziel from Ohio on Aug 22, 2015
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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Myotus from Texas

Shoutout to Eziel for this trade!
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a weizen glass.
LOOK: Pours with a finger and half worth of white foam that shrinks down to a line after two minutes. Straw yellow in color with a moderate amount of hazingness. Ascending bubbles are hardly there. Lacing is very low and spotty.
SMELL: Strong aromas of coriander and wheat combine with mild aromas of salt and lemony zest. A hint of lime and orange peel hides behind the other prevalent aromas.
TASTE: Strong wheat and coriander flavors meet in the initial taste. Mild salt and lemony zest flavors enter immediately after followed by mild lime and subtle orange peel flavors as initial flavors persist in flavor strength.
FEEL: Medium-bodied with a hint of carbonation (I love that). This goes down incredibly smooth and finishes incredibly crisp.
NOTE: This was great! But this could use more salt.

Aug 19, 2015
3.65 by sludgegnome from Pennsylvania on Jul 17, 2015
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