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The Target: Hoppin’ Frog Frosted Frog

Brewed by: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Akron, Ohio USA
Style: Christmas/Winter Specialty Spiced Beer
ABV: 8.6 %

Commercial description: The essence of Christmas is captured in this very bottle you are holding. Perfectly blended spices compliment Frosted Frog’s rich malt flavors, creating the ultimate Christmas experience. Celebrate the holidays as you savor this very special seasonal offering.

APPEARANCE (4/5)

Pours opaque brown with some amber highlights. Minimal head and decent retention and lacing.

AROMA (8/10)

Aroma is beautifully festive. Now the first whiff…man, they weren’t kidding about the spices. Strong cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in the nose. A bit of bready malt in there too.

FLAVOR (17/20)

Taste was similar to the aromatics, though not as intense. The ginger is more dominant than the cinnamon that was so strong in the aromatics. The combination of the two gives this beer a decent balance. You’ll either love or hate this because it’s heavy on the spice. It starts out with some apple-cider sweetness and cinnamon, then a nice amount of malt supports a takes over and lets the graham cracker and other spices take over.

MOUTHFEEL (5/5)

Drinkable and medium body that is nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down to just the right level. It’s not quite thick enough to be creamy, but that’s not a big knock on it. It has a nice feel. This is tasty stuff that’s deceptively strong.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (7/10)

Very drinkable and solid winter warmer. At times the spices got a little over whelming which results in a bit of palate fatigue. Not something I would generally drink in mass quantities but a great holiday brew that really delivers the Christmas spirit.

FINAL SCORE (41/50)

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Summer Indulgence – Hoppin’ Frog Turbo Shandy Infused with Strawberries and Raspberries

This is a delicious and refreshing summer treat.

  1. What you’ll need: a bottle of Hoppin’ Frog Turbo Shandy (22 ounces), the bEER infusEEr, 3-4 fresh strawberries and 4-5 fresh raspberries and a refrigerator.
  2. Slice up strawberries and raspberries. You don’t not need to chop or slice too fine.
  3. Put fruit in the bEER infusEEr.
  4. Fill the bEER infusEEr to the 20 ounce line.
  5. Place strainer in infusEEr and secure the lid tightly.
  6. Place bEER infusEEr in the refrigerator for 10 minutes.
  7. Take the remaining Hoppin’ Frog Turbo Shandy and pour into a glass. Drink it while you wait for your creation.
  8. Take the bEER infusEEr out of refrigerator, open lid and pour. You do NOT need to shake. In fact, I would encourage you not to.
That’s it folks!!! It’s just that easy. Of course, you may use another shandy or IPA or whatever. Experimentation is the fun part!
 
Look for more recipes coming soon. How about Hoppin’ Frog Turbo Shandy infused with mango and papaya? Southern Tier Mokah infused with a cinnamon stick a whole vanilla bean?

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Beertography and Review: Hoppin’ Frog Hop Heathen (and Eric’s Pick of the Week to boot)

Brewed by: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Akron, Ohio, USA
Style: Black IPA
ABV: 8.8%

Commercial desciption: An uncivilized amount of american hop spicyness along with a chocolaty mix of dark roasted flavors.

Picked up a Hop Heathen the day it was released from the brewery…it doesn’t get much fresher than this.

APPEARANCE (3/5)

Pours a murky, muddy dark brown with some milk chocolate highlights when held up to the light. It almost appears gritty. A careful pour results into a modest two finger creamy tan head with moderate lacing. Not the world’s prettiest beer but that’s not the point.

AROMA (10/10)

This is one of those beers that captures your attention right away based on the wafting aromas present during the initial pour. It’s one of the most complex noses I’ve come across. Waves of subtle pine interplay with a more complex aroma of a bright, acidic coffee similar to a fine Kenyan AA. This is followed by a roasty caramel and just a hint of tobacco. Simply amazing!

FLAVOR (18/20)

After experiencing the aroma,  I take my first sip with great anticipation….a damn it doesn’t let me down! The first thing I detect is a smooth milk chocolate. The milk chocolate sweetness exits upon the first bitter bite of those beautiful hops. The hops just sit there mid palate begging to stay a few seconds longer. Then comes the big finish of roasty coffee and subtle smokiness, which completely dominate the palate until the next sip.

MOUTHFEEL (5/5)

Mouthfeel is dead on for this style. A soft level of carbonation plays perfectly into a creamy and slightly sticky mouthfeel.

OVERALL IMPRESSION (10/10)

Overall, I can’t say enough good things about this beer. I’ve had 2-3 other black IPAs and was left with the thought that maybe it’s just not my style. Then the Heathen came into my life. The aroma and taste are so complex I could see having a slightly different experience with each bottle. Another world-class offering from Hoppin’ Frog.

FINAL  SCORE (46/50)

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Beertography and Review: Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher

Brewed by: Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Akron, Ohio, USA
Style: Russian Imperial Stout
ABV: 9.4%

Appears pitch black. One of the thicker beers I’ve had in some time. A was able to get a very small 1/8″ head even with an aggressive pour. It reduces to a thin ring almost immediately. The lacing consists mainly of the syrupy thickness coupled with the thin brown head, if you can call it that. The syrupy thickness sticks to the sides of my glass more than the head itself.

This is one of those beers that capture your attention right away based on the wafting aromas present during the initial pour. Dominate roasted oats, malt, and mild chocolate finishing with a wood smoke. As the beer warms, the smoke is followed by some booziness at the end of the inhale. The roasted oats really shine here.

Tastes of roasted oats, oats and more oats attack the palate quickly. I also get some dark fruits, dark coffee, chocolate, barley, molasses, a hint of vanilla and wood smoke. Sweetness adds to the complex flavors. Hops are present, but take a back seat to the deep roasted oats and smoky character of this beer. Alcohol warmth is welcomed at the finish. This is one tasty beer.

Mouthfeel is heavy on the tongue. Moderate carbonation with a smooth, creamy texture even though you can feel the thickness of this beer completely coating everything it touches from sip to swallow.

Overall: One of the best Imperial Oatmeal Stouts I’ve ever had. Hoppin’ Frog has quickly become one of my new favorites. Well done!!!

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