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Brewed by Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Mirboo North. Vic., Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip

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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.07/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.94   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
A new take on an old classic, the Hoppy Frog combines the best British malts with French hops to create an IPA with a difference.
The well regarded Maris Otter made up the bulk of the malt bill to replicate the golden ale that sailed around the Cape of Good Hope to quench thirsts in India.
Multiple French hop varieties including brand new Triskel, were used in generous additions. The result is a unique floral aroma with pleasing lemon overtones and a gentle yet assertive bitterness.
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2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Niksko (338) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 2, 2013
330ml bottle.
Pours a clear deep golden with a fine off white head.
The first thing that strikes me about this beer is that there isnít a huge hop aroma. Thereís a little mandarin and lots of sweet toffee.
Taste is more mandarin and lots of sweet toffee, a bit of graininess on the mid palate and a moderately bitter, slightly piney finish, and just the faintest hint of biscuit.
The body is medium, but disappointingly thereís a bit of wateriness on the finish and the finish doesnít last long.
Iím just not convinced by Grand Ridge as yet. This beer is alright, but I donít really like the sweetness, thereís not that much complexity and the wateriness ruins it.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (1029) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours a hazy golden amber, with a small off-white head, which neither lasts too well nor leaves too much lace. The aroma is predominantly biscuit malt, with some light floral and lemon hops notes. Moderate sweet lemon and floral hops up front lead into biscuit and faint caramel malt in the mid-palate. Citrus blossom hops appear in the finish. This beer really lacks enough hops presence to be considered an IPA; it tastes more like a biere de garde, and is overall pretty underwhelming.

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lunkie (1404) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - MAR 31, 2013
Hop malt aroma. Murky amber colour with poor head and lacing. Malt hop herbal flavour. Smooth palate. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mkel07 (3391) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JAN 15, 2013
330ml bottle from Slow Beer. Initially pours a little flat looking but a small head of foam slowly forms. Dull orange in colour with a very modest aroma, itís quite hard to detect any aroma at all actually. The full flavour of this beer saves it somewhat as it is quite hoppy, as you would expect given the name. Itís a little bit hit and miss for me.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours a light golden amber with smallish tan coloured head. Floral hop aromas and some light sweet caramel. Sweetish upfront with light bitter finish. Medium to light mouthfeel. Not to bad though nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gam (3242) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 16, 2012
Small head weak carbonation deep gold pour aromas fruity earthy sweet the flavou5rs woody honey grape malt resiny touch honey to toffee touch nice finish aftertastes of honey grape hppy fruit lasting bitter okay

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Maris (989) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 14, 2012
From a 330ml bottle on 14/12/2012. Pours a clear deep golden with a medium head. Has a big, sweet toffee and caramel aroma. Flavour wise, the toffee dominates, but there is also more caramel, a little butterscotch and a good dash of nuttiness. It finishes with a quite pronounced, long, slightly tart hop bitterness. This really is something quite different - not very much like either an American or English IPA. A very nice, quite distinctive drop.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (1943) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 18, 2012
Pours amber with a small head. Nose shows caramel, pine, apple pie, toffee and nutty notes. Also a vague lemon custard character, reminiscent of sorachi ace. A bit wierd. Some similar nutty notes as flavours, along with some grapefruit and light spicy notes. Perfectly enjoyable, not completely sold on Triskel though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hawthorne00 (2436) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 8, 2012
UPDATED: APR 7, 2013 Bottle. Clear amber with a small white head thatís soon a coat. Aroma of flowers, slightly puddingy lemon, herbs, biscuit. Low carbonation. Light biscuity malt, flowers, lemon. Finishes dry and quite bitter with some herbal/ medicinal notes. Intriguing. English tasting apart from the hops, which are very different but somehow not jarring. [3.4] And second time around itís more why not, but why? than intriguing.


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