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Turbo Shandy | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Turbo ShandyTurbo Shandy

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Beejay on 06-26-2010

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 176
Photo of Siggy125
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle to pint glass. Traluscent yellow in color with tinges of lime green. Just a couple of bubbles of carbonation upon pour, then zero head, lacing, etc..

Smells of sour candy citrus and not much else. Maybe some light notes of yeasts.

The taste was a bit surprising. Lemon and lime citrus in flavor. A bit of sweetness on the palate, then sourness on the back end. I'm having trouble finding any "beer" in here. The 7% abv is very well hidden.

If you're looking for thirst quenching beer to pound on a hot day, look no further. This drinks like refreshing lemonade blended with 7up. Not really my style, but I think HF hit the intended target when creating this brew. Very unique.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. I can't locate any date codes. Dig the label art, like all the Hoppin' Frogs..

Pours a hazed, lite, lemon-yellow. A fine, white head bubbles up if you pour heavily, but most of the time a small ring washes around the glass. Smell is a pleasant, citrus-fruit *bomb* - straight lemon & lime. Tastes good too, layers of balanced, not-too-sour lemon and a very mild malt underneath. Honestly, this tastes like Sprite (though not as carbonated). Smooth, flat, fruity feel. Finishes tart, the 7% ABV is hid splendidly. Refreshing indeed, and by *far* the most intense lemon-infused beer or shandy I've tried. Well done.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a light hazy yellow color. The head is a little fizzy and it vanishes pretty quickly. The smell is strong with citrusy lemons. It smells highly refreshing for the summer season. The taste is very lemony. The beer taste more like a lemonade than a beer. The mouthfeel is light and slightly carbonated. Overall this beer is a decent summer beer, I wouldn't drink more than one of these. Pretty sweet all around, worth drink on a really hot day.

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Photo of stakem
2.77/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bomber split with the family during a cookout and poured into a cervoise. This brew appears a hazed color of lemonade but with a dark yellow to orange coloration. There is no head formation despite lots of fizz and rising bubbles of carbonation to the surface. A swirl does nothing for the appearance.

The smell of this brew is very fruity with hints of lemon zest and pulp. Tons of fruity sweet indications fill the nose. There is a minor fruity malt or alcohol inclusion through the middle but the lemon remains dominating. As it warms, a light amount of sulfur is evident which mixes with a smell that gets somewhat more like grain but that is stretching it.

The taste of this brew is like lemony candy. It is very sweet with some zest, rinds and pulp addition but without the expected bitterness associated with that arrangement of ingredients. Very candy-like across the board like lemon and a bit of limes and a touch of orange. Despite the brew warming up, it doesn't have any more depth of flavor beyond that which has already been described.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light to modest amount of carbonation. It is easy drinking initially but it goes downhill fast. This is just overly sweet candy alcohol with almost an oily feel to it. The stage was set perfectly for this brew to be enjoyed. Chilled down appropriately on a hot summer day along the pool, even shared with people who don't necessarily like beer that tastes like beer... Finishing a bomber of this by yourself would be a real task. 4 people had but 4 or 5 ounces and each one struggled to finish off their share. While initially it was an interesting citrus beverage, the drinkability here is among the worst I have had.

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Photo of MeanGene
4.36/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bottle from Kruegel's Deli in Wilkes-Barre, PA. I'm a big fan of Hoppin' Frog and was eager to try their spin on a summer shandy. While I've enjoyed this style in the past (Leinie, Saranac, etc.) this was easily the best bottled shandy I've had. At about 7% abv, it was substantial yet very tasty. Mouthfeel was good...not too cloying and it was very refreshing. For the $7.99 price (relatively low for this brewery) I'd definitely purchase it again!

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Photo of BeerImmediately
4.06/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with no head over a cloudy yellow body. Plenty of carbonation at the onset.

Lots of lemonade and lime in the aromas, with some yeasty qualities in the back.

Tangy and sweet citrus flavors, like an lowly carbonated Fresca. Grassy hop quality, but mostly lemonade-quality coming thru ... as advertised. Pretty cool that they can give this ale such a shandy replication.

Mouthfeel is pretty juicy and light, with just a touch of carbonation. Hard to believe this has as much ABV as some doppelbocks.

I really enjoyed this one, as fruity beers go. Perfect alternative to the "malternatives".

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Photo of Deuane
3.89/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracked open at a summer cook out, figured the perfect situation. I see I am in the minority as I found this one to be VERY tasty.

A-Hazy golden straw yellow with a very thin white head that vanishes to nothing. Disappointing for the fact that it does not resemble beer.

S-Sweet and tangy lemon and lime zest with a touch of grassy hops and a bit of biscuit malt. Nothing over the top here but it nice.

T-Punch of lemon zest up front with an augmenting dash of lime in the back. Biscuit malt adds a balance of sweetness with a light touch of grassy hops and a subtle hint of honey.

M-Light bodied but not thin. Sharp, crisp and refreshing. This one comes off exactly like I would expect.

D-Come on people this is suppose to be a Shandy--which is a beer/lemonade mixed drink. This one has the lemon/lime zing up front with a light, sweet biscuit malt chaser. I could do without the 7% ABV though. Make this a 4-5% easy drinker and this one could be the ultimate summertime BBQ accompaniment!

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Photo of beergod1
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well....I had to make sure this wasn't a lemonade, because thats all I tasted, It was good lemonade, but I do prefer some Beer flavor with my Lemons. That being said.
It poured a cloudy yellow with minimal head. low carbonation. lemon on, in and around the nose. little bitterness before some strong citrus notes of lemon and a slight graininess, some lingering sweetness that isn’t overwhelming but doesn't work for me. It is still refreshing, but dammit, I want Beer. (7% abv...who would have thunk)

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Photo of hosehead83
2.26/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass. Almost flourescent yellow in color, with a very thin "now you see it, now you don't" head of foam.
Aroma-Sunkist orange soft drink
Taste-Sunkist with some malt thrown in. Cloyingly sweet and just about undrinkable to my hop-head tastes, even on a 90 degree day. Maybe over ice or with a shot of rum. Not for everyone.
Especially me. I do enjoy other Hoppin' Frog brews however, just not this one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.32/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with about a 1/4 inch white head that went away pretty quickly. No lacing whatsoever. The brew smells like lemon/limeade made with some kind of sugar substitute. It tastes the same way to me, mostly like some kind of lemonade with lime flavor and sugar substitute, maybe like a diet lemonade drink. It sure doesn't taste like good lemonade. After a while it just gets harder and harder to finish this bottle. Mouthfeel/body is light, and it has decent carbonation. Overall, I just don't care for this brew. I've had worse but I certainly won't buy this again, especially for $6.99 a bomber.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.44/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a super hazy yellow color with just a few white bubbles for a head. Head is gone in a flash and there is now lacing left behind.

S- This smells just like lemonade.

T- Not really a whole lot going on here. A tiny bit of pale malts and lemons. Alcohol is hidden well.

M- Super light in body and quite a bit of carbonation.

O- This beer actually isn't too terrible. I thought for sure I'd hate this one. This would be awesome on a hot day after mowing the grass. I might pick up another bottle just to do that.

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Photo of biggred1
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazed blonde with no real head, just a film on top. The aroma is big-time lemon and no beer smell at all. This must be an attempt at an artisan hard lemonade, it succeeds on that front and is pleasant enough to drink if you like lemonade. Full bodied for lemonade and sweet. Way better than Mike's lemonade but this is not really beer to me.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.24/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of pint glasses.

Pours a hazed gold, almost a straw color, with a very thin bright-white fizzy head. This rapidly dissipates, leaving back no real retention or lacing to speak of. The aroma smells like Sprite. No kidding. Lemon, lime, and sugars. Maybe just a smidge of some hop activity rounds out the edges. That's about it though.

The taste is basically the same. A lot of lemon, a splash of lime flavor, and a good bit of sugary malt sweetness. Low to no bitterness is present. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and while the overall feel has a heftiness to it in the mouth, the carbonation still keeps things lively in the mouth with a sharp and effervescent carbonation. That 7% is well hid, with that aforementioned heftiness of the body being the only tell-tale giveaway here.

I've never had a shandy before and I'm not quite sure if I'm quite behind the concept, but this overall wasn't too bad. I think what hurt it the most for me was the "turbo" part, as some more lightness to the body would have matched up with that crispness of the carbonation and helped deliver more of a refreshing feel. I must say that I did enjoy this much more than the Smashing Berry beers!

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Photo of kwjd
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with some bubbly white head that dissipates quickly with no lace whatsoever. Smells like sweet lemon with a hint of beer almost. This does hide the 7% abv well. It really is a substitute for a vodka/wine cooler instead of what I typically think of a beer. One of the better shandy's I've had though.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.41/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"We are living in a world today where lemonade is made from artificial flavors and furniture polish is made from real lemons."

--Alfred E. Neuman

Haystack yellow with fuzzy lemon peel highlights and a 7UP-like crown that fizzed into the atmosphere inside of five seconds. No head and no lace results in an appearance that is nothing like beer. Wait, this is shandy. It still doesn't look good.

The aroma is a tough call because it's pleasantly lemony and I'm a lemonophile. Trouble is, it smells nothing like beer. Wait, this is shandy. It should still smell like beer, even if only a little.

Turbo Shandy is the best hard lemonade that I've ever had. Granted, this makes about three total. It has the right amount of sweetness, the right amount of lemon flavor, the right amount of pale maltiness, and the right ABV to deliver a solid flavor punch without crossing the line into 'shot of grain alcohol' nastiness.

On second thought, the smell score deserves to be above average, especially given the style. There really isn't much to say regarding the flavor profile. It's an incredibly simple combination of pale malts and lemon, with the proportions right where they should be.

The mouthfeel is light-medium and isn't as fizzy as expected. The bubbles are actually well done. The sugars give it a stickiness that lightly coats the mouth and tongue after each sip. Like lemonade, just not to the same extent.

Turbo Shandy is a pretty good summertime (non-beer) beverage, as long as you know what you're getting into. Again, this is what all hard lemonades should taste like. If this offering is the replacement for Smashin' Berry Ale and Smashin' Berry Dark, then it's a smashing success.

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Photo of Sammy
3.42/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lemon coloured body, no head, active carbonation. Middling or less mouthfeel. Its a decent lemonade, the taste has some dish soapiness to it. Not too sweet, but some residual malts. Nothing special, but worth a glass for its drinkability.Neutral aroma.

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Photo of MayorAdamWest
4.45/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber in a Sam Adam's glass.

A - Mountain Dew yellow. Absolutely no head. Constant stream of bubbles.

S - Sweet lemon, no hops to speak of. Candy sugars?

T - Candy like sweetness on the sides of the tongue, with a trailing bitterness down the back. Intense at first, but this fades and the sweetness becomes more predominant as you drink. Dry maltiness, maybe pilsner malt and white wheat?

M - Effervescent and dry. Tingling on the tongue. Leaves your mouth watering.

D - Excellent! I'd love to have had one of these on those 96 degree days we had in August. Sweet and tart with a wonderful dry finish. I think this beer gets a bad wrap because of the fruitiness, but for what it is aiming for it is exceptional.

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Photo of Florida9
2.93/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazed out dull lemon yellow. Absolutely no head, not even the slightest inference of a possible head. Just some extra fizzy effervescence while pouring the beer. No lacing.

S: Sweet lemon, like lemonade, but not quite as fresh or citrusy as actual lemonade. There is a metallic ting as well.

T: Slightly sweet light malt base. Artificial lemon flavor and the metallic aroma makes a presence in the flavor as well. Odd, metal aftertaste. There is a little yeast as well.

M: Thin and fizzy

D: Overall this is an easy drinker: Sweet, lemony, thin. I would say it is refreshing, but it really just isn't. From my standpoint, this one resembles a flavored malt beverage more than a beer.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The beer smells exactly like lemonade. The taste is identical with a ton of sweet lemons and not too much else. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not sure how this compares to other shandy's, but it tastes like lemonade. Since I like lemonade, it gets a good score.

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Photo of tedsox31
2.28/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass. The color is a pale yellow with a thin head of foam, which quickly dissipates.

The aroma is somewhat of sweet malt, and then an overwhelming sense of lemon(ade).

The taste is weird. The lemonade is very present up front, with a little bit of grain mixed in as well. I think the weird thing about it is that the grain and the lemon taste do not seem to go well together.

The mouthfeel is effervescent and a bit thin. The lemon taste lingers on my tongue.

For me, this beer was not very drinkable. I found the lemon and grain taste to be slightly off-putting, and there wasn't enough else going on to keep my interest.

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Photo of prototypic
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Turbo Shandy pours a light gold color. It's slightly hazy, and looks slightly copper or bronze when held to light. Carbonation looks to be very light. The bubbles disappear so quickly that no head ever develops. None. Zip. Nada. Disappointing. Lacing was likewise non-existent. Eh. Below average.

The nose is rather average. It's light and isn't very aromatic. Lemon seems to be the most prominent scent throughout. It's a little earthy and grainy. It smells sweet. The malt base is easily noted. It smells like mostly pale malt to me. Other than that, it's mostly on lemon blast. Alcohol is blended well and goes unnoticed for the most part. It's alright.

The flavor is very average. The sweet malt base is sturdy and perhaps a little too sweet. Citrus lemon is strong in the mix. It is reminiscent of lemonade. This particular 'shandy' is a little more beer-like due it the wealth of malt. It seems to take the edge off of the strong lemon flavor. Having said that, it still doesn't taste great. There are some ancillary earthy and grainy notes to round it out. Alcohol is a little noticeable, but is masked pretty well. Finishes sweet and lemony.

Turbo Shandy has a light body that leans medium. It feels smooth due to the lack of bubbles. But, the lack of bubbles is not a good thing. It needs more. Drinkability is very average, and that's probably a little generous. The combo of strong sweet and lemon grows tiresome quickly. A bomber's a little much to be honest.

Meh. Turbo Shandy is not Hoppin' Frog's greatest idea. If you're into 'shandy' beverages, then perhaps this might be your thing. It is more reminiscent of beer than the usual, but still isn't enough like beer for me. Too sweet, too much lemon, and not enough bubbles. Unless you're into all things shandy, skip it.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta bear the style in mind. Pours a hazy straw gold, very little lace and quickly fading head.
Smell is oranges with a slight wheat/caramel backbone. Interesting.
Taste is Orange Crush with a bit of malt instead of the overpowering sweetness. I'm seriously waiting for the caffeine buzz to kick in. That's really all there is to say about it. Much more like a soda than a beer. Light carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel make it drinkable on a very hot summer day. Not sure what else I'd do with it.

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Photo of ABOWMan
4.01/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that this ranking will really stand out as abnormally high, but once you read through my evaluation, I hope you'll see that there is hope for this "style" of ale.

A: Poured from the bomber a cloudy, golden-ocher color which was quite cloudy. What little head there was, dissipated quickly. There was no lacing evident during my session.

S: The aroma was of fresh lemon, grapefruit and citrus peel.

T: Sour, sour, sour. I'm not talking the Flemish sour here, I'm talking citrus sour. No hop bite, no malt that I could discern, just fresh lemonade sour without sugar. At first, I though what the hell ... what's got in to Hoppin Frog. This is highly unusual for them to produce I don't adore let alone have a tough time drinking. Then I looked up "Shandy" and better understood what I was sharing with my friend. If by now, your still reading, then I'll pass along a serving suggestion that turns this beer from a somewhat unpleasurable experience to one of utter refreshment. SERVE OVER CRUSHED ICE! What a difference. Light, crisp and refreshing are key descriptors. Palate cleansing would be another. Just like a mid course sorbet to freshen ones palate for the next ale!

M: The high citrus undoubtedly knocks down the carbonation, but the addition of ice seems to help rectify this somewhat. Still, would liked to have had some more "liveliness on my tongue.

D: Without ice, not a chance. With ice, this becomes a very refreshing citrus flavored ale.

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Photo of jampics2
2.48/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cracked a bunch of 22oz bottles of this at a tasting I had this weekend. Sounded like a refreshing choice, plus it's fun to pimp the home team to beer newbies :)

Straw colored fizzy beer. At least I think it's beer, it may not be.

Smell is lemonaide and some sweetness that smells like 50/50 soda or Squirt soda.

Taste is really, really bad. Not offensive, but just misses the boat completely. There was a 40oz malt beverage I used to drink in high school called "White Mountain". Apparently Fred and the frogs bought the rights and decided to name it Turbo Shandy. At least White Mountain was just $3.99 a 40oz. Lemon and sweet malt but there's an artificial character. Just an abomination of a "beer". Or, maybe it's not a beer after all.

Mouthfeel is light body and fizzy. OK, I guess. Overall, this was drinkable but not enjoyable. Some people loved it. I was not one of them. This was a total miss for me.

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Photo of emerge077
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Turbo Shandy! Perfect choice after a hot July bike ride.
Heard about this earlier, and couldn't resist curiosity when I came upon this questionable beverage today.

Poured into a large tapered Spaten glass. Served cold. A fizzy swarm of bubbles rose to the surface, but couldn't generate much of a head at all. After a minute, all that's left is a wispy white skim. Some slow, ascending bubbles visible. Super clear pastel yellow.

Smells a little like hard lemonade/Sprite with lemon zest. Not too excited about it, as it seems sort of artificial.

Tastes like a 50/50 blend of lemonade and pilsner. There's the lingering taste of pilsner malt in the aftertaste, and sweet/tart lemon in the forefront. Flavor isn't as artificial as the smell, and it has some astringency that suggests natural ingredients. It's a simple mix, nothing overly sweet or lacking to me. It has the suggestion of "beer", mixed with lemonade like a traditional radler. The higher abv kick is hidden, which is the real attraction I guess. It's easily quaffed, and is very quenching without being sugary.

Yes this is a novelty, but I can think of many worse ones that don't have the utter sessionability that Turbo Shandy does. Far better than Steigl Radler and Summer Shandy. Good crossover potential for those who "don't like beer".

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Turbo Shandy from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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