Fresh Frog Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Fresh Frog Raw Hop Imperial Pale AleFresh Frog Raw Hop Imperial Pale Ale

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of superspak
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, Fall 2015 vintage bottling. Pours slightly hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of citrus/tropical/grassy hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with great stregnth. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/grassy hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial pale ale style. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/grassy hops and moderate dark/bready malt flavors; and very smooth to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.27/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Chill haze amber with a thick, off-white head.

Smell is corn, grapefruit, wheat, cucumber, bubblegum, and light wood. Whoa--these fresh hops are certainly delicate!

Flavor is light, not a sock to the face like some of their other IPAs. I get apple, cucumber, sweet pepper, and I don't know, maybe graham. I detect no alcohol, whatsoever.

This beer, most recently released this week in October 2016, is really smooth, light bodied, and easy to drink. There is no bitter bite whatsoever, and because it is such easy drinking and pilsner-like, a pint of this was gone in 2 minutes. No joke. But not that it was delicious, just that it was light and sort of confusing. I spent too much time trying to find those fresh hops--but I really don't have experience with fresh harvest hops in my beers to know what the experience is really like.

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4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

didn't realize this was classified as an APA. had on tap at gallery 121 in Massillon ohio. hazy orange appearance. dank earthy smell. taste follows. very good. will def buy more.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.86/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Hoppin' Frog Brewery in Akron, OH.

This one pours a dark orange-ish amber, with a foamy, long lasting head, and a good amount of sticky lacing.

Smells pretty hoppy, as expected, some pine, marijuana, candied citrus, and caramel malt.

This is slightly messy, but still tasty anyway. The malt character comes through a little bit too strongly for me, but the hop flavor is definitely strong, with lots of pine and dank qualities, and some candied sweet citrus, grapefruit and pineapple, mainly.

This is medium bodied, slightly syrupy, with a moderate level of carbonation.

Not too bad, but not amazing.

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Photo of ONUMello
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a DFH IPA glass
A: Dark orange with a slight brownish tint. Lingering two-finger head
S: Lots of fresh hops. Pine/citrus in particular. A bit of pepper/spice and a hint of caramel malt buried towards the end
T: More fresh hops. More citrus than the nose with less pine influence. Still a bit of spice/caramel. Very fresh tasting
M: Medium-bodied, crisp/fresh
O: A fine beer that shows fresh hops at their best

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22 oz poured into snifter

A: very dark copper colored very little head nice little ring around the glass left great retention on the glass it's clingy

S: smells like honey, melon cantaloupe, honeydew, a little toffee on the finish

T: very smooth overripe fruit with the honey use cantaloupe taste, a very little pine on the finish but finishes like a nice fruit

M: it coats the mouth but doesn't cling too much nice feel lingering aftertaste

O: very good beer, really wish I would have grabbed another wet hopped with Citra as far as my tastes buds can tell. Very beautiful honey and sweet cantaloupe taste reminiscent of GLBC Alchemy Hour. if you get a chance get this in you.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.54/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured a hazy, kinda dirty orange and brown color with no head and no lace.

S- Pretty big and bright floral and citrusy hops with a caramel malt backbone.

T- Lots of very bright and fresh hop character of floral, citrusy, and leafy hops. There was a very nice and pronounced sweet caramel malt backbone that complemented the hops very well.

M- Very dry and refreshing, medium boy, soft carbonation, and very smooth.

O- This is an incredible IPA bursting with fresh hops. This beer packs a big hop punch,but the malt backbone is really outstanding and makes this beer special.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.81/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an unfiltered orange with little foam and a bit of lace. Aroma of pungent grapefruit and leafy hop. In the taste, fairly bitter and coarse hoppy flavor and some citrus. Nice semi toasty malt backbone supports a good wet hop character. Nice bitterness and citrus. Medium bodied with a strong carbonation. Overall this is a solid IPA.

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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very good fresh hop taste, almost vegetable. Very drinkable for a hop fan, but not in a DIPA mode with 45 IBU. Good for an IPA. A little citrus taste. Might have been better in the first couple of months.Thanks Steve for hooking me up.Fuller mouthfeel.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.36/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: A one finger, medium looking off-white head with very good retention forms on top of a perfectly clear, burnt orange body. Zero carbonation evident. Head fades to a ring and splotchy wisp sticks to the sides. Nice wisp remains until the end and leaves some decent lacing down the glass. Good looking brew.

SMELL: Medium nose of pale malts, honeydew melon, grapefruit and citrus notes. Hoppy and fruity, though a little too mild to be impressive, unfortunately.

TASTE: Pale malts, honeydew melon sweetness, and plenty of citrus notes up front. Grapefruit and lemon flavors with a nice, hoppy finish of citrusy bitterness. Mild yet lingering aftertaste is hoppy with plenty of bitterness, caramel sweetness and melon notes. Very balanced and drinkable, though not overly forthcoming in flavor.

PALATE: Medium body and medium but prickly carbonation. Semi-creamy on the palate, but goes down fine and finishes slightly dry. Decent here.

OVERALL: A perfectly drinkable and enjoyable beer, but not overly memorable. Well balanced flavor, but both the nose and palate would need to be a little more aggressive to make this one worth mentioning. Enjoyed this one, and it’s worth checking out if you can find it at a reasonable price. Recommended.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a wonderful golden copper with a thin off white head. Has a wonderful aroma of fresh picked hops right off the vine. (not overwhelming of citrus or pine resin but quite nice.) taste is very balanced between malt and hops. While not as bitter as a traditional DIPA/IMPA it is quite enjoyable. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Coonass_Connoisseur
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a fine beer. Hopheads, like me, will enjoy it. Big hops flavor but without the alcohol afters you experience with many imperial I's. Full bodied all the way through but very well balanced; an achievement that the brewer should be proud of as many who try for this fail. Very nice to drink; interesting mouthfeel. Would recommend it and would drink it again. Among favorite ales in recent memory.

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Photo of tut2528
2.37/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

pour is a nice deep golden/amber, typical IPA. About one finger's worth of head formation that dies down quickly leaving a thin lacing.

S: hard malt complemented by huge sugars with orange, hops and slight tinge of alcohol

T: very flat and huge grass from start to finish... a mixture of pine and floral hops with a strong sweet character (honey)

Overall, I'm extremely disappointed in this brew. It honestly resembles an IPA that was not consumed while it was fresh (flat, sugary, tinge of hops). I'm a fan of Hoppin' Frog, but this one misses the mark.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A big entry in the American Pale Ale category - lots of hops and a solid malt base have this beer knocking on the double IPA door. Straight away the hops pop with citrus and a background of pine. Slides a little toward the sweet side with barest stickyness to the malt. A little bit of raw hops oils emerge toward the finish, but play well with the rest of the party.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pure, simple, and delightfully playful- Hoppin' Frog's fresh-hopped ale delivers a surprisingly 'bright' flavor that tilts the beer decidedly to the citrusy, bitter, and drier side.

The beer opens as most well-crafted IPAs do: a bright orange/copper glow with the most modest hoppy haze, froathy and firm head formation of cottony white foam, stubborn retention and with the signature lace of hoppy ales.

Zesty aromas of oranges- both pulp and peel, sweet grapefruit, and a subtle leafy, grassy character. The soft backdrop of caramel malts deliver the light support of honey with a floral and almost perfumy nose. With little influence from yeast, the beer's aroma is dominated by bright hoppiness and light malt.

Flavors carry over from aromas very well. With a no-frills approach, the beer showcases very well the hop character of ruby red grapefruits, freshly zested oranges, and tangerine. The light complexities of mangos and appricots deliver a softer hop side as a great juxtoposition to the slight bite of freshly cut grasses and herbal components. Again, the slight support of honey suckle and caramel aid in creating a sweeter citrusy mix. The sweeter and zestier fruit taste develops into a pleasantly dry bitterness in finish. There's no other influences on taste, which leads to a simplified and focus of taste that makes the beer very drinkable, crisp, and refreshing.

Medium bodied to start, the beer's abundant carbonation creates a creamy effect that releases at mid palate and ushers in a transition to crisp, dry, and refreshing finish. Mild alcohol warmth and slight hoppy bite steers away from astringency but does offer the slight vegetal bite that extends from the mild grassy, leafy hop bitterness.

The dedication to the hop cone makes this IPA very clean and focused- it's truly a showcase of hops but without over doing it. Well done Hoppin' Frog; this is a very drinkable and enjoyable beer!

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Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter. no bottling date.

pours out fairly clear, just a little bit of light sediment. a nice deep copper- orange color, about one fingers worth of slightly off white head. some decent head retention and some nice webby lace. looks good.

a nice clean aroma. resinous, pineapple and other such tropical fruits. a little peach, grassy, minty and floral hops as well. just a hint of some light malts behind the hops, almost unoticable.

lots of pine resin and tropical fruits, also some grapefruit citrus, grassy and floral hops. slightly woody a nice light caramel malt kind of rounds things out, but this is totally a hop forward beer. finishes with a nice lingering
bitterness. just a hint of alcohol heat noticable.

a nice clean feeling medium bodied. juicy, resiny feel.

a pretty decent offering. not really sure the freshness on the bottle, but it still has lots of solid hop flavors. i could see drinking this again. i look forward to more hoppin frog stuff as this was my first.

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Photo of beergod1
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber to copper color with massive white to off-white head. Aroma is sweet and floral with a huge floral hop nose and notes of caramel, honey, grapefruit, citrus, and pine. Flavor is sweet and has a nice bite with notes of citrus, grapefruit, pine, honey, caramel, and floral hops. Medium body with a hop finish. I can taste the freshness, compered to just regular IPA's. Similar to a Harvest ale. A whole 22 oz. Beer would be a little too much I think.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.32/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, secret santa 2011

appearance: served in a tyranena nonic pint, nice full amber-orange body, 1/4" white foam with some webbed lacing

smell: nice dry hop presence, pine, tangerine and other mild citrus

taste: pretty unique - like drinking a bouquet of fresh flowers, dandelion greens, bright citrus flavors - tangerine, blood orange, white grapefruit. Very green, a touch tropical and quite delicious

mouthfeel: oily, medium body, low bitterness

overall: good stuff

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Photo of hosehead83
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz. "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper color, with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-A boquet of juicy citrus hops
Taste-Fresh, leafy hops, white grapefruit,citrus rind. Rather muted bitterness, understated and easy-drinking, nice hop flavor and clean finish. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of raznug
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a copper color with barely any head that leaves quicker than it appeared.
Smell: There isn’t as much aroma as I expected but there is enough piney and resin notes that let you know it is a pale ale.
Taste: The first sip threw me for a loop because, I have to keep reminding my self that this isn’t an IIPA it is an Imperial Pale Ale. I got malt followed by hops quickly there after with the first drink and as it warms the flavors tend to melt together and make it even better tasting.
Mouthfeel: I love the way this beer flows around the mouth and palate it is easy drinking enough that I can drink the whole 22 oz. bottle but thick and sticky enough that the flavors hang on the palate nicely.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A moderate pour yielded a finger of head on top of a beautiful copper colored body. Head is cream colored, dissipates in minutes, and clings to the glass nicely, good lacing.

The nose is a hop heads delight. Pine and mandarin oranges are paired with a slight aroma of grapefruits. I also get a floral tone and a bit of malt in the background. Smells fresher than a frog.

Pine and grapefruit are the easiest detectable hop flavors, beyond them there is a nice general bitter, but it kind of melds with a nice floral quality. Sugary sweetness and malt are strong flavors once the beer washes over the tongue.

Medium-bodied beer, it starts out nice and bitter, then comes into a strong sweetness. The end is dry and bitter, but not as much so as it could be. The sweetness in between is a little much for the style though.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear copper amber with golden highlights and a dense creamy off-white head. total lace monster.

S- bright, fresh, and hoppy...but not too hoppy. pine, orange, and grapefruit and balanced by sweetish malts, nutty, toffee, and marshmallow.

T- absolute loads of hop flavor without any overwhelming bitterness, this truly is an 'imperial' pale ale, not an IPA. very pleasant and very well balanced. pine, grapefruit, mango, lemony grassy things, bitter orange, cookie like malts, maybe like a carapils, brown sugar, toffee, some nice hard water taste, hops become earthy and resinous in the finish. no trace of alcohol.

MF- full and juicy, but not too over the top. about the same body as a quality IPA of the same color, with below medium carbonation to enhance that feeling. and resinous on the face.

D- another good flavorful brew from the frog, this could easily be called an IPA, but people would probably say it's not bitter enough. the full alpha oil flavor from whatever combo of fresh hops they used comes through beautifully and the balance nestles everything together. aww you guys are cute. all balanced and nice and stuffff.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.27/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

clear amber with an ample white head about two inches tall. This faded and left behind a ton of lace. Good visible carbonation.

Very hoppy, lots of very sweet citrus flavors. A touch of sugar and some malted grains in the backend of it. Very nice, and very hoppy. Had a very clean, cut taste. Not much of an aftertaste here, just straightforward hoppy pale ale. Nice grain fresh cut grass in the back. Silky smooth, albeit a little thin, but very smooth. Again very clean and refreshing, light.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is a gorgeous, clear brownish-orange in color with a nice, white head that showed great retention.

Smell – The dry-hopping is clearly evident here. The hop profile is very floral with some light pine but very, very fresh as sold on the label.

Taste – The hops, which I guess are locally-grown, are big at the taste as well. They impart a very different flavor though than hops from the PacNW or East Coast so tamper expectations for something different. The flavor is very raw and nasty and will be especially appreciated by the hard-core hopheads who are always looking for something a little different.

This beer is very floral in its flavor. If you’ve ever eaten fresh flowers you got the idea, and actually the leafy notes are similar to dandelion greens. If you can pick up the malt base then kudos to ya but I find it hard to identify. I can’t stress enough how fresh this beer tastes which is exactly how it is billed on the bottle.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied ale is only slightly bitter and has mild carbonation.

Drinkability – I found myself drinking this in gulps and fantasizing about this beer out of a keg or even better yet on cask.

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Photo of ms11781
2.95/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

Pours a clear deep orange/amberish color with a nice finger of off white foam. The head settles in as a thin cap and leaves ok lacing.

Nice hop aromas in the nose. The full spectrum of hop aromas are pretty well represented here, some better than others. Nice citrusy and grapefruit aromas are mixed with some earthy and floral characters and a touch of pine. There is a definite malt sweetness that seems pretty substantial as well.

The taste starts off with huge citrus hops before a sharp, almost sugary sweetness takes over and kind of puts a damper on each sip. There is slightly bitter finish that comes with some piny hop character but it's tough to find through the odd sweetness.

Medium body with a medium carbonation. Has a medium mouthfeel. The sweetness seems to make it feel a bit fuller than I imagine it's intended to be but it's still in the medium range.

I'm not sure if my palate was off, this beer was off or if the beer was intended to taste this way. The appearance and nose are good but somewhere in the middle of the taste a sugary-like sweetness takes over. Perhaps it's from the malt but I've never had a pale ale, or imperial pale ale, that has a pronounced sugary flavor. Sweet sure, but not like this.

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