Hopped-Up Goose Juice
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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IPA - American
Ranked #4,657
Ranked #26,064
3.82 | pDev: 11.52%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Hopped-Up Goose JuiceHopped-Up Goose Juice
Notes: American hops dominate this Rye I.P.A, creating an assertive citrus and passion fruit character. An old-world flavor from rye malt adds the perfect compliment to Goose Juiceā€™s big, satisfying hop flavor and aroma. Originally home-brewed by our beloved brewer Goose, its wonderful combination of flavors inspired us to brew this specialty I.P.A.

60 IBU
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Semi-opaque copper pour with massive fluffy white head. Crazy retention and lacing.

S: Rye... whiskey notes, caramel malts, and fruit juice. Kind of medicinal in a frontier sawbones sort of way.

T/F: Biscuity grains and caramel mix with fruit juice for some sweetness. The rye is sharp, bitter, and pungent and gives it a whiskey/boozey feel to it. Citrus and tobacco underneath... all of that followed by a huge dose of tropicals. Earthy... medium in body. Sticky and oily on the tongue. The finish is citrus and rye.

O: Not a bad beer but kind of a bizarre melange of flavors. Fruity and tropical... sharp rye grains, sweet, bitter, and boozy..... and if you'd told me this had been barreled for a bit I would have believed you. Definitely one worth trying.

Nov 22, 2017
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weakascheese from New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Dear Hoppin' Frog,

Stick to stouts.

Oooh, did I just say that? Yeeeaaaah. So it's not my favorite IPA. It's not my favorite rye IPA.

I get a little excited about the style. Naturally I got little excited about this beer. My excitement was short lived.

It's... uhhhh... bitter. Hoppy? Some rye?... maybe? Sort of medicinal.

I love you Hoppin' Frog, but aside from the pretty color... this one's a no-go from now on.

Oct 18, 2016
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schoolboy from Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this today at the best Giant Eagle (Rocky River). Nice one.

It is a cloudy dark yellow with reasonable fizz. There is a cool WAY hoppy pine arom. This stuff is resinated.

The taste is a tangy hoppy thing. Completely over the top. The malt profile is there, but hidden by hops. Sometimes I don't like such one dimensional brews, but this one is pretty decent. The aroma builds too.

This is a highly recommended Hoppin Frog. I give those guys blind faith for all their previous great brews. They deserve it. Try it. I will buy it again.

May 27, 2016
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WestmontStorm from Illinois

2.19/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

As an IPA, it's just ok. The amount of sediment in the non-dated bomber I had was abnormally high. Like a glass of orange juice with pulp. The head on this brew was like the foam at a DIY carwash and never went away. The flavor was not really good enough to get past the feel. So many great beers in this world right now. I recommend taking a pass on this one.

Mar 29, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Amber with a dense, beige, two finger head.

Smell is orange, pine, Trix, and very pungent, rotting preach! Peach is all over this. I get a hint of broccoli occasionally.

Taste is fruity Trix, with super dank, sweaty peach again! Some pine as well.

Really dense, fluffy soft feel.

Holy shit this is way better than I remember it, and it is now one of my favorite IPAs of theirs.

Dec 15, 2015
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-Spiegelau ipa glass. No bottling info.

A: Swirling effervesce within a orangish-red colored body of generally good clarity. A two finger, foamy beige head sits undisturbed for quite some time. Nice dark coloring, solid foam capping and a very good sheet coating for lace creates a tempting visual.

S: The passion fruit hoppiness is strong and perfumy upon first uncapping. Sweet tropical (pineapple-berry) notes combine with a wet grapefruit juice, kiwi, and tints of mango. Very good maltiness blends in with juicy citrus-pine that are dripping wet along a sweetened fruitiness. Very good initial scent that has a moderate duration and fresh and wet fruit nature.

T: The toasted rye is well played here in the flavor department, deeply toasted golden brown bread with a peppery flair. Toasted grapefruit citrus peel is flavorful, as with some fresh juicy pine hop oils. Passion fruit, mango and a hint of wine barrel (yes i'm aware its not aged but still has the winey barrel flair) along with some spicy citrus toast. A bit of pear-grape yeastiness teases near the finish with a peppery woodiness and dry hopping encore.

M: Nice weight on the mouthful, slight carbonation, chewy depth. Oily hop resins and toasted warmth round things out.

O: Love how the alcohol, hops and malt all play off one another in perfect harmony. Perfectly orchestrated, very little abv% detection, toasty warm malting, oily hop oils and tropical fruit all combine for an aptly named drink. Solid outstanding rating all around.

Oct 09, 2015
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Cyberkedi from Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Strong aroma has a woody - and decidedly rye - overtone, along with malty and subtle fruity notes. It comes out of the bottle a dark, somewhat hazy amber with a very thick and rather persistent pale wheat head. Scrumptious flavor has a malty core and a strong woody rye overtone, plus more than a hint of fruit, equally apple and orange with a touch of banana; and a hoppy undertone. Texture has firm, smooth body and plenty of sass and fizz. Let this goose juice you!

Apr 15, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is yeast, rye, citrus and fruit/candy. The flavor is citrus, fruit/candy/sugar, slight hop resin notes and a mildly spicy/slight heat in the finish.

Jan 23, 2015
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buschbeer from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 FL. OZ bottle
Served in an oversized wine glass

L - It is deep amber, almost rust colored. It has a nice, rocky, two inches of beige head that leaves plenty of lacing on the side of the glass.

S - It smells perfect for the style. I get a nice balance of spicy rye and citrus from the hops.

T - The taste is just as great as the smell. The rye and citrus flavors compliment each other nicely. This is not an in your face hop bomb, but a well crafted ipa that is smooth and flavorful without beating your taste buds into submission.

M - Silky smooth with a medium feel.

O - I am impressed by this beer. This is the first IPA that I have tried from Hoppin' Frog. I am almost convinced that they can do no wrong. They are just a little pricy compared to other great Ohio beers.

Dec 14, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a large fluffy creamy 1+ finger head that fades pretty slowly, nice soapy lacing as well, a hazy reddish orange beer.

Nose pretty much what I expected, some spicy rye out front with the spicy grassy hops, bit earthy and herbal notes, with candied orange peel as well, and touch of a citrus note. That leads to sweet malts, candy like, caramel and notes of toffee, with a touch of a fruity rye component as well.

Taste brings more malty sweetness, caramel and candy syrupy out front, with a little sweetness and bready grainy notes. Then into rye, a candy rye flavor, with a mild spicy note and some mild fruity rye characters as well. Into hops, with a touch of a citrus fruity note, some candied orange peel, a mild spicy hop with some earthiness to it as well. Fair bitterness that ramps a bit on the finish. Finish attempts to dry but is still sticky and mildly sweet even a touch syrupy, bit more candy malts, caramel, touch of spicy rye, some spicy earthy hops, and a little fruitiness lingering.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb.

Overall meh, it's a basic malt forward caramel syrupy sweet rye IPA, with at least decent rye, but the sweet malts and nothing special by way of hops, this is a fairly boring beer that I would probably not get again.

Aug 10, 2014
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Greywulfken from New York

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: dark thickly clouded amber ale with a solid few fingers of foam above

S: muted citrus amid the dry rye spice; some suggestions of dank herb

T: rustic and rugged rye, edged with spice, matched to the dark pith of a pale citrus fruit; presents some earthy and muted "brown" flavors, with a watery brown sugar sweetness

M: medium-light body, some tickle of spice and carbonation, mellow bitterness

O: nothing I'm particularly fond of, nothing that I didn't like. a decent entry into the field. Perhaps fans of rye ales and IPAs, and the mellower, darker IPAs would like this more than me.

Jun 06, 2014
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t8dd from Illinois

4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Was expecting a over-the-top hop blast given the name. But turns out to be a very well-balanced IPA. Tons of sweet malt to go with piney/citrus hop flavor and aroma. Didn't get the anticipated spice from the rye though. Overall a very nice IPA. Would drink again and recommend highly. If you are expecting tons of hop bitterness you will be disappointed.

May 25, 2014
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insaini11 from Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I wish I had the beer infront of me so I could give the full description, but I'll give you my first impression. The name "Hopped-up Goose Juice", when I read it out loud I had to try it. Hell of a name for a beer, I love saying it. I didn't examine the color of the beer as I did with the smell and taste. Smell was absolutely amazing, reminded me of some"stankey danke dank"(marijuana), smell was Subtle though, very sweet smell. The taste was great as well. I remember the taste being like having a mouthful of smoke after hitting a freshly packed bowl. Taste of it lasted through out and never lost its flavor. I suggest it to those who favor a more lighter tasting IPA. You can't go wrong with trying a mouthful of flavors, don't associate marijuana with it, it was just the first impression it had on me so get it, twist it and have a dab at it.

Mar 28, 2014
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msquared36 from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Medium pour yields a foamy, root beer float-like head. Orange and hazy. Tiny bubbles continuously flow from the bottom of the pint glass.

Fruity aroma of light citrus and berries.

Mild bitterness up front. Follows with a citrus taste unique to IPAs, a lemon-lime crispness.

Expected more noticeable carbonation based on the appearance. Fairly smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer. Refreshing and drinkable. Not particularly complex, but tasty.

Feb 15, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

$9.99 at Giant Eagle
Bomber at 45 degrees into goblet
Aroma strongly citrus
Head average (3 cm), creamy, off-white, mostly diminishing
Lacing fair
Body medium orange, hazy
Flavor begins lightly sweet, with the rye slightly overbalancing the hops (60 IBU). Rye spiceyness is evident throughout. No alcohol, no diacetyl tasted. Ends slightly sweet with no chalky astringency.
Palate medium, slightly oily, carbonation lively.

Overall, a nice interpretation of a hoppy rye ale, but not worth the 10 bucks.

Jan 28, 2014
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crnipeter from Slovenia

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours deep coppery with orangeish hue topped by an inch of stable beige head weaving thin yet firm laces on the sides.

Fruity aroma of mango & passionfruit, some caramel sweetness, restrained onion (sulphur) notes and a spicy touch probably provided by the advertised rye.

No component is overdone when it comes to the flavor: spicy rye nicely mingles with the fruity hopage and sweet malt base; far from being overly bitter and lacking harsh woodsy character in the finish that ruins IPAs too often.

Creamy and kind of oily with soft carbonation.

Dec 28, 2013
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Ryan011235 from Ohio

2.87/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

On tap in a 12oz glass at Studio 35 on 9/22/12

A) Hazy, sunset amber color with pineapple juice highlights at the base. Thin head with a smooth layer on top. Impressive, solid lace.

S) The aroma has a lot of orange and some soapy hops. Hints of pine. It is matched with toasty rye bread.

T) Ooh, this is chock full of aspirin bitterness which masks orange and pine hops. Toasted, dry rye with a decent bready finish.

M) Medium body with hop prickliness and zesty carbonation. It becomes a bit slick with warmth but finishes dry over time.

D) Not the best. The rye becomes more prominent over time, but on the whole it is dicey.

Oct 19, 2013
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It smelled of pine, grapefruit and toasted caramel. Tasted of orange, pine and sweet caramel/toffee.

Sep 12, 2013
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micromaniac129 from Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had this at the Blue dog and it was an excellent choice on my part.
Came in a stemed tulip with a firm moderate head. Orange amber in color with some haze.
Aroma was fresh citrusy hops.
In the taste everything worked well bold citrusy maybe even a bit dank hops. Sweet malts and sutle hints of rye which i didn't even notice until I was nearly finished.
Drank smooth with a dry semi bitter finish.
Very good I enjoyed it immensely.

Aug 09, 2013
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gillagorilla from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bomber poured into a Burley Oak snifter

I didn't realize that this was a year old IPA, since I was in FL and pretty much picking up anything outside my distro like Hoppin' Frog and CCB, and I didn't check this one out first.

A: Nice solid copper color with a swell head that leaves decent lacing.

S: Rye all the way with a bit of pine.

T: Rye, again. It is a nice melding of rye and pine, the rye comes on first followed by the classic IPA pines with just a single note of citrus that you have to pay attention to catch.

M: Quite crisp and coarse, even throughout. Prickly.

O: This probably would have been much better fresh with more citrus notes, but maybe not since I have found that rye is quite good at masking hop flavors. Anyways, it would have tasted different, but even only at 7% and a year later this is still quite good, probably because the rye flavor is so strong and potent, which holds up well over time.

Jul 12, 2013
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PorterLambic from Florida

3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, dirty grapefruit color with a light tan head. Little lace but good retention.
Smell is hops, rye, malt and floral notes. Better balance than I expected.
Taste is hops, floral, rye, a light citrus and grass. Good balance here.
Light effervescence, smoother than I thought it would be. Clean with a dry finish. Very drinkable.

Jun 25, 2013
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Chaney from District of Columbia

3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served in a DFH globe.

A: Poured an extremely murky orange/amber color with tons of little yeasties floating around. The head was about 1/2 finger or so.

S: Almost smelled like an American Barleywine (ala Bigfoot). Intense pine center with sort of a caramel undertow. Potent stuff!

T: Odd. It didn't quite have the hop sting that I was expecting and it had kind of a soapy quality that wasn't pleasant. Tons of rye and no real hop bite on the end.

M: The prickle is fine, but the rye, pine sap bitterness was somewhat off-putting. Splotchy lacing.

O: While this wasn't without its merits, I didn't really care for this overall. Actually, I don't think I've liked any of Hoppin' Frog's IPAs.

Jun 19, 2013
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.42/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$9.99 for a 22 oz bottle. Brewer does NOT use freshness dating. A healthy pour into a chalice.

I know this is an American IPA, but the combination of the spicey rye and the hopped up bitterness is too much for me. It does not have to be an evenly balanced beer, but I believe some more sweetness would provide a little contrast and make this a much more drinkable beer. An average beer. Not bad, but one that I will probably pass by in the future considering the availability of so many above average beers. Maybe a candidate for a future re-review.

A - Pours a clear amber, with a 2-finger off-white dense head, well carbonated, good head retention and good lacing.

S - Resinous hoppy notes with a slight malty sweetness.

T - Carmel and spice. Very bitter in the finish (back of the tongue).

MF - Light to medium bodied, creamy with a sharp finish.

Jun 18, 2013
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da_beers from Florida

4.36/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Acquired in a trade, poured from a 22 oz. bomber.

A - Hazy golden straw mixed with a little amber, had a nice two-finger head and decent lacing.

S - Sweet malts, rye, a sweet orange and tropical fruit scent really comes through the end. Almost a sticky pineapple smell, too.

T - Smooth wave of flavors, hints of orange, finishes with hops and rye and an incredible breadiness.

M - Medium body with an amazing aftertaste that makes you want another sip, very drinkable.

O - Probably my favorite Rye IPA I've had. Great flavor wave and drinkability for a rye.

May 08, 2013
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

4.08/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hoppin' Frog Brewery - Hopped-Up Goose Juice - 1pt 6fl oz "bomber"

Look - Pours a hazy caramel amber with an ever so slight reddish-brown tint. Nice soapy head with sticky fresh lacing.

Smell - Bitter citrus and resin hops with faint caramel malts and bready rye.

Taste - Smooth malt and hops together blended nicely. Bready rye comes in after and sits on the sides and in your throat. A little gentle on the palate, wanted it to "kick" a bit more. The hops are more like the "smooth fruits" like the melons rather than the grapefruit style that usually gives these types of brews a stark contrast to work with on the taste end. It just was not here.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied, not overly sticky and not boozy at all. Good drinkability. Super smooth tasty rye. Again here same with taste, it's smooth and good but no "oomph".

Overall - Good rye AIPA, commpare to Founders Red's Rye PA for a punchier version, although that one is technically a "Rye Beer" and not an AIPA, it still has several similarities with all the key enhancements most might be looking for. The Goose Juice is super smooth, which I believe was their point, so in that regard it is a great brew.

May 07, 2013
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