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Sour - Gose
Ranked #320
Ranked #33,851
3.75 | pDev: 11.47%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
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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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monkist from Hungary

4.46/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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
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Sabtos from Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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Myotus from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

enjoyed thanks to whiskeykid, poured chilled in a tulip

The color is slightly hazed golden with white head. The aroma is spicy with coriander dominant yet lightly sour aroma with a nice balance of wheat in the smell. the feel is very good with tangy light body with citrusy tangy and mostly dry finish with moderate carbonation.

The taste is very good with a light malt flavor and some spice from the coriander with salt present in the taste and mild sour element alongside the malt which is juxtaposed by the yeast flavor which provides some sourness. This is a very good Gose, not what I expected from an imperial yet very easy to drink for the strength.

May 17, 2015
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UrbanCaveman from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at ~45 degrees F.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yet nigh luminous straw gold, and forms a relatively thin, rather short-lived head of white that leaves virtually no trace of its existence as it dies. Despite the lack of head, tiny bubbles can be seen streaming continuously from the bottom of the glass, joined by an occasional large bubble.

Smell: Citrus leaps out of the glass, orange and tangerine, underlaid with something herbaceous. There's more sweetness than tart or funk to the aroma.

Taste: Scratch that about sweetness - while this is not quite as sour as some other goses, it is still fairly tart. The citrus as promised by the nose pops out straightaway, slightly tart orange and tangerine flavors, which are quickly joined by a combination of sea salt and herbal qualities - notes of savory and thyme, possibly even a hint of rosemary. The aftertaste lingers for a bit as a slightly bitter orange sprinkled with herb salt.

Mouthfeel: A bit more full than one expects for a gose, this borders on being medium-bodied. The carbonation level is noticeably prickly.

Overall: An enjoyable gose, though neither quite as sour nor as salty as one might hope for. Still, it does make for a refreshing citrus beer, without dragging along ridiculous levels of hops.

Mar 18, 2015
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cavedave from New York

3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Big thanks to UcDru for this Gose, a new favorite style.

Pours a turbid dark straw with a quick to leave finger of white foam and visible streams of lively carb. evident through the murk.

Light/med.smell is sweet and wheaty grain, light saline, rounded yeasty tart, hints of citrus.

All the flavors of the aroma are in the taste, now joined by an herbal component that makes it a complex and tasty treat. The citrus now is apparent as a lemony orange peel thing going on that is quite nice, as it doesn't overpower.. Subtle tart and salt are just right to make this an unexpectedly delicious beer.

A bit overcarbed, even for a gose, with a bit of a carbonic bite from it, otherwise it is standard for style despite the unorthodox ABV, with a bit of herbal in the finish that hides the alcohol well.

Recommended. Despite the high ABV this is definitely more of a traditional Gose than are many of the sharply citric, and quite popular, ones on shelf today.

Feb 18, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

L - It is straw colored and hazy. It had a couple inches of fleeting eggshell head. It leaves no lacing.

S - The aroma is tart citrus. It smells lemony and refreshing.

T - The taste follows the nose. It has a tart lemon flavor. I don't pick up on the salt. It reminds me of Lemonheads candy.

F - Moderate, low carbonation.

O - It is not a bad tasting beer. It is light and refreshing. It has enough tartness to keep me interested in the entire 22 ounce bottle.

Jan 14, 2015
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bluejacket74 from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Unibroue tulip, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about a half inch off-white head that fizzled away quickly. There's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is on the weak side (but it's not bad), the brew smells like lemon peel, white grapes, green apples, wheat/grainy malt, lime, and a bit of salt. It tastes like lemon, salt, wheat/grainy malt, citrus peel and some earthiness. I think it's more salty than tart, I expected more tartness out of this. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit coating with low/moderate carbonation. Overall it's decent and I'm glad I tried it, but at $8.99 a bomber I wouldn't buy it again. I can't say I've had many Gose ales, but I thought most of if not all of the other ones I've tried were better than this was.

Dec 30, 2014
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a weizen glass
A: Pale yellow with a hint of brown, a bit hazy with a fair number of tiny bubbles
S: Lemon/grapefruit, sour grape, a bit of coriander
T: Sour but balanced by some sweetness. Reminds me of lemon drop candy. Add a touch of wheat/coriander and you've got this beer
M: Light-bodied, sour but also a bit sweet
O: I prefer my sour beers to be sour. This is tasty but I think the sweetness is a bit of a detractor. Not bad though, I hope Hoppin' Frog makes more sours in the future

Dec 20, 2014
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superspak from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours hazy bright golden color with a 1-2 finger foamy white head with solid retention, that reduces to a spotty lacing cap that lingers. Some light spotty lacing on the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of tart lemon, lime, tangerine, pear, apple white grape, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, sea salt, herbal, straw, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of tart lemon, lime, tangerine, pear, apple, white grape, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, straw, grass, sea salt, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of fruity/earthy tartness/spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, tangerine, pear, apple, white grape, coriander, clove, wheat, bread, herbal, straw, grass, sea salt, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a good malt/tartness/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and slightly acidic/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice gose style. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth and crisp to drink. My only real complaint is that this is obviously not soured with lactic acid bacteria; more likely acid malt or regular acid, but is a very enjoyable and balanced offering otherwise.

Dec 10, 2014
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B33R-G33K from Ohio

3.9/5  rDev +4%

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a Belgian ale glass.

Excellent drinkability, solid flavor (if a tad underwhelming), and a fair price for what it is. My only complaint is that I wish it were more tart, but that's just how I prefer my Gosé's. Would recommend to a friend and would buy again.

Nov 07, 2014
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addiwilliams from Virginia

4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Very impressive. My first Gose, but this far exceeded My expectations. Reminds me of the salty sweet tartness of a matgarita, mixed with the body and mouthfeel of a delicious unflitered wheat ipa. Good stuff!

Nov 06, 2014
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riemster from Ohio

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Hoppin' Frog. Orange-yellow brew with minimal white head.

Smells like lemon, lime and grapefruit juice.

Taste starts off with the salt and continues to linger into the aftertaste. Fruit juice! The usual suspects are there, but I also get something similar to a dry white wine. Dry, crisp and slightly tart. I find this to be less tart than Westbrook Gose. Definitely more tart than Anderson Valley Gose though. I don't get any wheatyness or that wheat grain after taste that I mostly find in Anderson Valley and to a lesser extent Westbrook.

Great drinkability. I wish it was more tart (personal preference), but it sure does go down smooth and makes you want more. The salt coats your mouth. Carbonation is perfect for this type of beer.

To answer the question on every one's mind. Does this come close to Westbrook? Yes, it does. Is it better? No. At least for my personal tastes. King Gose Home is a great beer and I'm excited Hoppin' Frog decided to experiment with it. Salty, sweet and slightly tart. Well done.

Oct 29, 2014
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