Karminator | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Extremely rich and malty German-style lager, so intense it's named after our founder! Karminator Dopplebock has a traditional double-bock flavor, brewed with an over-abundance of the absolute highest quality imported Munich malt to create an irresistible toasted barley flavor, with hints of caramel & toffee. A lot of care, time, and know-how has gone into creating this complex, memorable, and majestic lager.

Added by deuce9259 on 04-05-2013

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Photo of olradetbalder
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of deuce9259
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with Jdobe13. Poured from 22oz bottle to tulip.

A - Pours almost no head. Transparent deep red amber. Minimal lace.

S - Sweet nose, rich carmel malt, hint of dark fruit. Get some brown sugar as well as the alcohol.

T - A little dark fruit, tart, possibly raisin. Definitely brown sugar, as well as carmel, toffee and fig. Taste the alcohol, but its not overpowering.

M - Warms the cheeks. Somewhat thin (probably due to the abv). Finishes with just enough carbonation and sweet character.

O - It’s very smooth and tasty...as are most of the beers HF puts out. Classified as an Imperial Doppelbock Lager, I can't say that I've had too many in this arena. Would recommend to any fan of the style if it is available.

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Photo of N_Overholt
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of SomethingClever
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle poured into nonic pint

A: reddish brown hue hazy coloring almost no head with an aggressive pour

S: malty bready sweet Carmel

T: very nice sweet on the tongue follows the nose bready malty little toffee and Carmel

M: very soft feel not as chewy as some other doppelbocks light carbonation

O: this is a solid beer I like that it's not sickly sweet like Great Divides Wolfgang but I'm disappointed it's not as heavy on the tongue. if you like doppelbocks you will like this.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mlockman
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Delicious doppelbock! No alcohol on the palate, just rich and tasty, high-quality German malts.

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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours copper/caramel with 1+ finger of fluffy cream colored head. Great lacing & slightly better than average head retention

S: Brown bread, woody hops, herbal hops & faint pine

T: Follows the nose, caramel & toffee, some leafy hops & dryness up front. More leafy hops, brown bread & woody hops as this warms. Finishes with leafy hops, dryness, faint brown bread & fainter caramel

MF: Medium body, moderate carbonation. Body thins a bit as it warms

Had higher hopes for this one, worth a try, especially closer to the release date I am sure...

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Photo of DOCRW
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a lager glass, the appearance was a ruddy dark amber color with a finger’s worth of white foamy head that dissipated at a moderate pace. Left some stringy sliding lace. The aroma had some sweet and roasty nuts, dark bread - somewhat sweet, moderate amount of earthiness, light sweet wood, toast, caramel/toffee malts, sweet grains and a little bit of dried leaves. The flavor moderately blended the sweet to the roast with an ample amount of earthiness riding in on the background. Aftertaste was dark breads and grainy sweetness. Light dark bready sweet sort of finish. The palate was medium bodied with a fair sessionably smooth aspect to it. Carbonation and ABV both felt good. Fairly smooth to the tough along my tongue. Overall, really nice doppelbock that I would have again, preferably in the Autumn or early Spring.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of LostandBound
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear dark reddish amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that quickly died down, leaving some patches of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits are present in the nose—raisins seem to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of raisins and caramel malts with slight hints of brown sugar.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This doppelbock feels a bit lighter in body compared to some of the other beers in the style, so it isn't nearly as filling but is rather drinkable. It does a very good job at hiding the alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Drew26
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Sabtos
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark scarlet, minimal head, fair amount of lacing.

Karminator was one of my first craft beers, and really launched me into this world. I'm only now just rating and reviewing it, after having had it a number of times. It is definitely near and dear to me, one of a kind.

Flavor and aroma profiles, as with all Frog beers, are outstanding.

Extremely prominent caramel, malt, and raisin characteristics are featured in this brew, as well as a touch of cherry, even fresh, bright grape. Toasted pumpernickel is featured, but the yeast and lager notes aren't as strong on the forefront as I remember, but this is a righteous beer nonetheless.

At this point in my beer life cycle, it's sweeter than I remembered, but my palate has become more accepting of the bitter flavors some craft beers gravitate towards.

Thinner than some of their brews, but still more robust than about 99% of their competitors. Soft, but with a slight kick of carbonation on the palate, and a semi-dry, but chewy finish.

Totally delicious, maybe not exactly on the same track as true German doppels, but Frog is always pushing the envelope with big, bold flavors.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Duwey
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Craigory
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of Ohiovania
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been aging this one for just over 2 years.

Looks normal. Smells of light caramel and tons of concord grape.

Strong bready and fruity flavors dominate with slight caramel going in and out.

mouthfeel is nice. Overall I could take or leave this one and probably would age again.

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Photo of HollyHops
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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Karminator from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 64 ratings