Hop 'N Gator (mixture of lemon-lime Gatorade and beer)

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by bookerandy, Jun 24, 2012.

  1. bookerandy

    bookerandy Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Indiana
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    Apparently Dr. Robert Cade also created this odd pairing in 1969. Any of you old timers on the site try any of this?

    "Hop'n Gator Beer was put on the market by the Pittsburgh Brewing Company in 1969. It was developed by Dr. Robert Cade who also invented Gatorade. Hop'n Gator Beer was a mixture of beer and Gatorade with about 25% more alcohol content than standard beers. It may be true that a lot of jocks drink Gatorade and a lot of fans drink beer, but this combination fell on its face."


    Read more: http://www.bukisa.com/articles/20573_beers-that-fell-flat#ixzz1ygaig47S
  2. markmiller

    markmiller Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2010 New York
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    Hmm...it's like a gatorade shandy right? Yeah, that don't really sound like something I'd ever go for.
  3. thirstygator

    thirstygator Initiate (178) Mar 29, 2012 Florida
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    Haven't had it but it sure makes a great avatar for a Gator fan!
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  4. bookerandy

    bookerandy Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Indiana
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    It does make for a perfect avatar for you! I was trying to find more on this, but I think it was retired a long time ago. Looks like it went through a revival after it's retirement, but no obvious staying power.
  5. bookerandy

    bookerandy Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Indiana
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    Gatorade Shandy is exactly what I was thinking the description should be as well. :slight_smile:
  6. UCLABrewN84

    UCLABrewN84 Poo-Bah (12,433) Mar 18, 2010 California

    Hey, a tick's a tick right?
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  7. TheBeerSnob

    TheBeerSnob Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2012

    The '69 vintage of hop'n'gator is drinking excellent right now
  8. gatornation

    gatornation Poo-Bah (3,670) Apr 18, 2007 Minnesota
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    i brew i would cherish ISO
  9. Sneers

    Sneers Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2009 Pennsylvania

  10. KingforaDay

    KingforaDay Defender (657) Aug 5, 2010 New Jersey
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    I had read that this beer had been brought back about 5 - 6 years ago but believe it never caught on again and was discontinued. Never had it but can't be any worse than some of the flavored wine coolers out on the market. Either way, I thank you for my new avatar.
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  11. bookerandy

    bookerandy Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Indiana
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  12. Dan1

    Dan1 Initiate (0) Aug 26, 2012

    I just tried some concoction from AB.... bud light lime-a-rita.... Googled Hop'nGator and found this site. I was age 17 in 1969, I couldn't stand the taste of beer, I was working in the beverage dept of a super market, when a beer salesman brought in some samples of "hop-n-gater". I had not given any thought to Hop'Gator for a long long time... Anyhow, I started drinking that strange brew and was reminded of it when I tasted this lime-a-rita from AB. Lucky for me, my tastes have improved over the years.
  13. robinsmv

    robinsmv Initiate (0) Jun 24, 2010 Florida

    Welcome to the site
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  14. RKPStogie

    RKPStogie Initiate (0) Nov 4, 2011 Minnesota
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    Why anyone would combine Gatorade with beer is beyond me
  15. podunkparte

    podunkparte Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2009 Washington

    To try to make money. Pretty simple.
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  16. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    I guess it won't be long until someone combines Red Bull & Beer [if it hasn't been done already - it seems that the older you get the less you hear about stuff].
  17. bookerandy

    bookerandy Initiate (0) May 6, 2012 Indiana
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    Well, kinda
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  18. cavedave

    cavedave Poo-Bah (2,412) Mar 12, 2009 New York
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    They can call it Bull Crap.
  19. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,257) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    The TTB and FDA essentially banned the addition of caffeine in beer (malt beverages) as an adulteration/unsafe food additive back in 2010. As noted in a post above re: AB's "B to the E", there were a number of other FMB's on the market at the time that contained caffeine - Miller's Sparks, along with popular brands like Four Loko and Joose, as well as Rhonda Kallman's Moonshot of Beer Wars fame.
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  20. howopeeps

    howopeeps Aspirant (244) Mar 7, 2011 Ohio
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    My mom said she liked to drink the back in college in the early 70's. Says summer shandys are
    Close to it
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  21. hinemk76

    hinemk76 Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I loved that stuff...
  22. Mothergoose03

    Mothergoose03 Poo-Bah (2,149) May 30, 2005 Michigan
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    I'll admit to being old enough that I tried it when it was first released. Seems to me it was a Gatorade flavor with a tartness and carbonation, and totally unexciting.
  23. CruisaC

    CruisaC Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2010 Ohio
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    I've heard rumors of a return of the Hop'n Gator aged in 5-hr energy barrels...
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  24. Nutwood

    Nutwood Aspirant (232) Jun 30, 2012 Kentucky

    Back in my more abusive days I used always drink Gatorade for the hangover. Seems like putting the cart before the horse, or the cart inside the horse, or something.
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  25. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    Can I get that in the fruit punch flavor?
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  26. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Defender (637) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado
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    Yeah, I remember the segment on Beer Wars now. Seems I need a memory jolt from time to time.
  27. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,257) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

    There was an urban legend around that time that mixing alcohol with Gatorade "gets you drunk quicker", so that may have been part of the thinking behind the product. There was a move by a few others brewers at the time to create what today would be called Flavored Malt Beverages - besides Pittsburgh's Hop'n Gator there was also National's Malt Duck and Lone Star's Lime Lager. Those products were marketed in hopes to stem the loss of some of the youth market which brewers felt had gone to the then-popular sweet, "pop" wines like Ripple, Boone's Farm and Bali Hai. Part of that popularity might have been influenced by the general opinion of dope smokers that cheap sweet wine "paired" better with marijuana than beer.
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  28. azorie

    azorie Initiate (0) Mar 18, 2006 Florida

    I remember the original Gatorade it was terrible thing to taste. orange with a hint of battery acid and electrolytes, was a lemon lime also? but mixed with beer yuckie.
  29. libbey

    libbey Initiate (0) May 18, 2008 British Indian Ocean Territory

    You sir are a living, breathing, drinking, beer encyclopedia.

    Thank you again for sharing some of your knowledge.
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  30. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (5,702) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    I just did, for shits and giggles. Equal parts of Gatorade Lemon Lime and Newcastle Summer Ale. Not bad.
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  31. DarthTremens

    DarthTremens Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2012 Pennsylvania

    well a pilsner or any lager really and lemonade are pretty damn good so I don't see why this wouldnt be good as well. its all about the rattler!
  32. tyrsis

    tyrsis Disciple (321) Mar 13, 2009 California
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    Sounds like an awful version of a Radler. Do not want
  33. roscoehnj

    roscoehnj Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2007 New Jersey

    Drank this a couple times in the early '70s as a teenager before developing a taste for beer. Didn't think it was so bad then but it sounds awful now.
  34. BlackBelt5112203

    BlackBelt5112203 Initiate (0) Jan 2, 2012 Michigan
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    You don't have to be an old timer to have tried this. I went to college in Pittsburgh and I remember first trying this stuff at the first frat party I ever went to. I thought it was awesome, but that's cuz I was a dumb college freshman. A few of my buddies and I bought a 24 pack of bottles later that year and played beer pong with it. None of us got even close to drunk. It was like playing beer pong with soda. We tried finding it sophomore year just for old times sake and we couldn't find it. I know Iron City got sued by Gatorade and it ceased production, so maybe that was in 2007? We definitely could get some in '06.
  35. Cavmanjohn

    Cavmanjohn Initiate (0) Dec 31, 2012

    I was hoping that the product was still around? It was offered at Seven/Eleven stores in the Atlanta, GA area back in the late 1960's & early 1970's. The label had a gator sitting in a lounge chair with an umbrella sipping the brew.
    I really liked it but it was best served really cold. Had a fruity taste to it.
  36. sunkistxsudafed

    sunkistxsudafed Initiate (0) Apr 30, 2010 New Mexico

    it's a raddler of sorts...
  37. soughtbygod

    soughtbygod Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2011 California
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    no its "Red bull crap"
  38. jRocco2021

    jRocco2021 Disciple (351) Mar 13, 2010 Wisconsin
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    A long time ago they used to make this stuff called Beer I'd be curious how it tastes, anyone ever had this?
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  39. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Devotee (467) Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    i believe Sparks is as close to the idea that has been invented. It's a energy drink malt beverage if my memory serves me right
  40. NickyDee21

    NickyDee21 Devotee (467) Dec 23, 2011 Pennsylvania
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