Hoppin' Frog / Amager (Bryghus) Frog Hops From Amager | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Stinkypuss on 01-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
80
Reviews:
20
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.41%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
10
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 80 |  Reviews: 20
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

peculiar but well executed beer here, a wheat malt based hoppy stout, highly unconventional, but satisfying. i like these international collaborations hopping frog gets up to, they are all so well done. this one pours dark inky black, clean looking, not much sediment or anything, not much light either, and a big off white head with great retention. a wildly hoppy nose for a stout, robust and bitter, more intense bitterness than even the barley malt, which is deep and dark consistent with other amager stout types. they do something special with grain, seem to extract a great deal of flavor and intensity from it, decidedly danish, from what i know about that brewing culture. the hops are weird, there is a fight on the palate for bitter dominance, a clash, still smooth in texture, but the flavors are not all the way compatible. the wheat smoothes this right out, and the alcohol is a little exposed, but it fits in well. very strange beer, unlike many others I've ever had. i don't love it, but i appreciate it.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The fine brewers of Amager and Hoppin' Frog hook up for a love beer that is bold, robust, full of character and one that doesn't shy away from American influences.

Its heady pour billows with a sandy-tan froth that errupts from its ominous black body beneath. Its pour is silky, smooth and lush to the eye while its head character struggles to stand through the later portions of the session and trickles with random lace above.

Its rich aromas abound with lavish dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate, burnt caramel and an off-smoke scent of burnt embers. Lightly of pine cones and bark, these spicier tones are backed by burnt toast, roasted walnut and a milky yogurt-like twang.

To taste, its the culmination of burnt sugars, french-press coffee and bitter chocolate that frame the beer's robust and lavish taste. Its bready-sweet underpinnings are of the same charred toast, nutty and woody flavors of the nose. Its finish is deeply bitterness, seemingly of pine needles with their slight sappiness.

Full bodied, the beer's lower-lying carbonation allows its velvety malt textures to brush against the palate with a silky smooth sensation. Fuller and richer than drier American stout but not as brazen or viscous as Imperial stout, Frog Hops to Amager lands right smack-dab in the middle and highlights its chcolate wheat character perfectly. Finishing warm, roasty and spicy with hop dryness the ale echoes with chocolate and char.

Without overstating any sense of complexity, the stout is focused on chocolate, coffee and hop bitterness. Its a straigh-forward taste and texture that's dangerously drinkable yet greatly rewarding to the taste buds.

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Photo of brentk56
3.87/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a fudge chocolate color with a buoyant head; nice retentation and lacing

Smell: Chocolate and caramel with herbal hop elements

Taste: Chocolate and caramel, up front, with the wheat bread and herbal hop elements kicking in at mid-palate; the wheat intrudes further, after the swallow, providing an unusual twist to the double stout style

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The wheat brings an unusual element to the flavor profile and I can't say that it was a stroke of genius; not a bad beer but not something to re-visit as a concept

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled in December 2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a small dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, wheat, toast, coffee, orange zest, floral, pine, and roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of roasted malt notes with a good amount of hop presence; and good strength. Taste of cocoa, dark chocolate, roasted malt, wheat, toast, light coffee, light smoke, floral, light pine, and roasted earthiness. Fair amount of roasted pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, wheat, toast, roasted malt, light pine, floral, and roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with a good amount of hop presence; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice imperial stout. All around nice balance and complexity of roasted malt flavors with moderate hop presence; and quite smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Boone757
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of vfgccp
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.28/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The beer is near black with a half inch of dense beige head. The aroma is more Danish than American, offering rich, roasted, dark malts and chocolates with a hint of smoke. A delicious beer. These two breweries both make great imperial stouts, so it's no surprise that this collaboration turned out well. Smooth on the palate with soft carbonation. A delicious beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark pitch black body with a tan head forming thick, nice chunky lacing great textures. This thing eats light there's no ruby highlights to speak of. Aromatics offer up dark chocolate roasted malts, big earthy herbal hops the Chinooks stand out with herbal pine, Tomahawk adds some alpha acids but I couldn't have picked those out. Very drinkable herbal, pine, and slightly citrus peel hop bitterness on the palate, it's quenched a bit by the dark roasted malts and even lets up a bit with the wheat additions the bottle says it's an imperial wheat stout. With each sip the bitterness really comes out, there's a ton of hops in this brew, I'm okay with it but it brings out more of a black IPA then an imperial stout, hop pellets left behind on the palate with each sip. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied soft flowing carbonation creamy smooth texture, bitter dry finish from the high alpha acid hop additions. Overall a beer I'm glad a gave a try, but not something I'm seeking out routinely.

The picture of this beer is the one brewed and bottled in Denmark and imported by the Shelton Brothers, there is also a different label that is brewed in Akron. It was retired under Amager's beer listing, and it said it was a duplicate entry. However there should be two different active versions out there.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.07/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

HOPPIN' FROG / Amager
European Tour Series : Edition 3/3
Chocolate Wheat Imperial Stout

LOOK: 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Pours an oily dark brown. Ominous tan brown head. Leaves a sheet of foam lace.

SMELL: Chocolate malt aroma, sweet smelling. Chocolate banana. Mostly chocolate.

TASTE/FEEL: Richly malty with a delicate smoothness. Rich creamy feel. Smoke, tar and chocolate are all well represented with an ashy finish. The wheat is downplayed but adds to the sweetness. Roasty and bitter, with an earthy, piney dry hop bite.

OVERALL: Enjoyable, smooth as hell, American Stout Beer. Complex stuff, the flavors evolve.

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Photo of BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Tasted with friends at Olbutikken store in Copenhagen. Just amazing. Superb mouth feel and flavor. Creamy, rich, decadent.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

Photo of mattmarka1
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Sabtos
3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Out of a bomber at the taproom--it had just been killing me this being one of the only beers I hadn't tried of theirs, and considering it likely will never come back out again I had to get it and share it with the table.

Black with a shy tan head--roasty, chocolatey, and nutty. All in all not that that off from BORIS, just not on the same level.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Brenden
3.84/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is dark and thick, with big stout heft to it and no light allowed in. A nice brown head crowns it, heavy and thick, about one finger in height. Retention and lacing are both good, testifying to substantial character.
The flavor's got a little more strength than the smell, but it follows accurately. There's lots of roast and lots of leafy hops, too. It's a well-balanced big beer that remains malt-heavy but has lots of support. Plenty of chocolate on the heavier, more bitter end but with a touch of caramel support ease against a certain light toastiness.
It's pretty dry and close to full-bodied, surprisingly not as heavy as it looks. As it goes, a little harshness builds up in the back of the throat.

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