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Turbo Shandy - Tequila Barrel-Aged | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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4.28/5
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13 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,024
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
13
pDev:
6.31%
 
 
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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 6
Photo of akopczyk
4.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Zonian1
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mpolewan
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of superspak
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly hazy medium golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge lemonade, lime, lemon peel, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, melon, tequila, oak, vanilla, wheat, cracker, honey, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic balance of lemonade, citrus fruit, bready malt, tequila barrels, and light earthy hop/yeast notes; with big strength. Taste of huge lemonade, lime, lemon peel, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, melon, tequila, oak, vanilla, wheat, cracker, honey, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness, yeast/oak spiciness, and citrus tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemonade, lime, lemon peel, orange, grapefruit, citrus zest, melon, tequila, oak, vanilla, wheat, cracker, honey, light pepper, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Incredible robustness and balance of lemonade, citrus fruit, bready malt, tequila barrels, and light earthy hop/yeast flavors; with a great malt/tartness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Lightly drying from tartness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp/creamy/grainy, and lightly acidic/tannic balanced mouthfeel that is fantastic. Zero warming alcohol or barrel booziness for 7%. Overall this is an amazing shandy! All around incredible robustness and balance of lemonade, citrus fruit, bready malt, tequila barrels, and light earthy hop/yeast flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and insanely refreshing to drink for the ABV. Enormous citrus vibrancy, with perfectly balanced barrel notes giving nice tequila/vanilla flavors without any booze; and a nice malt backbone to pull it all together. A highly enjoyable offering, and best shandy I have ever had.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a becker glass

This beer pours amber in color with a slight haze. It is topped with an inch of white head that leaves a little lacing.

I smell the tequila right away. I also get some lime.

It tastes a heck of a lot like a margarita. I get tequila and lime along with some sweetness.

Medium, sticky mouthfeel with low carbonation

This is a refreshing and tasty beverage. It is also overpriced at $15.99 for a 22 ounce bottle. It is worth a try, but I won't be shelling out the dough for another bottle.

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Photo of gobuccos
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look is clear, kind of darker. Smell is mix of lemon and tequila. Taste is almost of a traditonal magarita. This would be a dangerous beer in large quantities as it is very easy to drink. Really good sitting on the patio on the first day of summer!!

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Photo of cjgiant
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle:
Actually had a sampler on tap and enjoyed the novelty of the concept and the easy drinking nature of it enough to grab a couple bottles.

The beer does have a brown aspect to it that dulls what looks like it would be a yellow body. Ends up looking a tad like a bruised banana. The head is not present itself impressively, but the soapy whiteness stays perched atop the body for a while.

The nose hits me with the tequila barrel - more on the barrel. First whiff I did have the impression of a tequila-heavy margarita, but getting into it, not quite so much. There is a lime and orange citrus note that combines with the wood, including the tequila well integrated and another note that I can't make out, but might be a little vanilla-like.

Taste starts out with citrus soda-like taste and feel. The tart pulp of orange/lime first, then a sweetness that runs to the edge of cloying before backing off. The tequila is noted at this point, but the alcohol component of it is a mere accent. The actual flavors of the liquor have a little more say, but they, too play into the shandy beer rather than become a unique component.

Still a very interesting beer to me, and highly drinkable with its light soda-like carbonation and refreshingly sweet citrus flavors. I recall noticing the tequila a bit more when we had it on tap, and I could use a little more in this tasting - but not much, as I really wouldn't want the spirit to take over the beer.

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Photo of Ohiovania
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jakecattleco
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of nrbw23
3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Drank some with the wife was utterly surprised by this one. Ugly gold color great mix of a shandy with a tequila but that comes up in the end. A great mix of the two with an odd sweetness that comes from no where.

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Photo of NMA
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Chackman151
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold with a little lace creeping up from a thin white ring.

Smells of lemon and cilantro--unexpected, but refreshingly unique.

This tastes powerfully of real, fresh, gooey sticky honey! We have no idea where this comes from, as we discussed with the bartenders and the brewers. We are talking about a strong, lemonade-style shandy being transformed into a honey-flavored beer here!

Once you reorient yourself to the unexpected but tasty honey characteristic, this takes on a sort of tea flavor, with lemon and honey working in tandem. If they decide to put more Turbo in tequila barrels, they may no longer have to hand make their John Daly beer cocktails, because this is scarily yet deliciously similar.

The tequila barrel treatment takes on a smooth, yet slightly stinging herbal element of tequila, and takes regular Turbo to a more sophisticated level, but it's still dangerously chuggable. You may think you are rehydrating yourself when drinking this, but needless to say, you are not, so beware!

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Turbo Shandy - Tequila Barrel-Aged from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.28 out of 5 with 13 ratings