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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
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U.S Meets Europe S.I.P.A. - Collaborating with De Molen Brewery in the "Green Heart" of The Netherlands, we have created a wild and inventive recipe that is a unique blend of the best from both worlds! A super-charged Saison I.P.A. is born, featuring kilos of American hops to add a crazy twist to this European-style ale. The fruity, spicy flavors of this malty Double Saison are nicely complimented by an abundance of late and dry-hopping with the finest American hops.

This is the Hoppin’ Frog version, for the De Molen version go to that brewery’s page.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a thin white film a top.

Aroma: Candied orange, spicy yeast, nice herbal hops.

Taste: Vanilla, spicy yeast, candi sugar, mild herbal hop. Alcohol well integrated. Drank more like a 8% beer than nearly 11%.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied , modest carbonation.

Overall: For me, this was a Belgian Double IPA. Too sweet/not dry enough for me, but otherwise not shabby.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JStax (3237) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Pours a translucent copper color with a white head of foam that quickly dissipated. Aroma is a really nice, earthy, floral, fruity hop profile. Taste is super sweet, and not all that pleasant. It’s drinkable, but the taste isn’t quite where I would like it to be.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
osu97gp (663) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Pours a clear reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of yeast, banana, citrus, and toasted malt. Flavor of sweet caramel, citrus, pineapple, and caramel malts.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (10453) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
A hazed amber IPA with a thin off white head. In aroma, loads of citrus orange pulp, and floral hops. In mouth, a sweet prange juice with light hops, not bad, but a bit too sweet. Tasted Dec. 15 2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
tastybeer (1781) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pour is darker gold/copper with a big off-white head, little retention/some lace. Aroma is belgo yeast, citrus, orange candy, booze. Taste is very sweet, light bitterness, pine, citrus, medicinal notes. Palate is syrupy, sticky, sweet finish. Not a saison - closer to a Belgian barleywine like Gulden Draak.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
mcberko (7074) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle, sent from jmikolich (thanks a lot, Jim), pours a clear bronze / copper with a small tan head. Aroma is fairly alcoholic, with Belgian yeast, candied sugar, citrus hops and some cosmetic qualities. Flavour is exceedingly syrupy, with very medicinal notes of cough syrup, paint thinner and alcohol. This is pretty nasty, with a disgustingly syrupy quality and medicinal tones. What the hell were they going for? Gross.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
22 oz. bottle poured into a short stemmed tulip/snifter. Although the side of label states this is brew a "malty Double Saison" it surprisingly pours amber with orange hues topped with an off white two finger fluffy head and more closely resembles a Double IPA than a saison. The aroma of toffee, citrus, and biscuity notes dominates. Opens with extremely sweet caramel, bitter lemon and orange rind, a hint of spice and finishes extremely sweet with a piney, citrus rind bitter edge. Low carbonation, full, syrupy body. Overall, this beer is disjointed and has little, if any, cohesiveness. This isn’t surprising as this brew was billed as a "Saison IPA" on the front label and then a "malty Double Saison" on the side of the label. There were very few characteristics that I would attribute to a saison present including the lack of any farmhouse yeast influence. The biscuity aspects reminded me of an old ale. The extreme sweetness of this brew just didn’t work with the other aspects and brought me to the verge of a drainpour. Unfortunately, Super-Charged Saison IPA joins the long list of collaborations that just didn’t deliver.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2012
22 ounce bottle
As far as collaborations go this one is not bad. I think it was just the fact that the resulting beer is a bit over the top. I can pick up on the contributions of both De Molen and Hoppin’ Frog as I sip it. Perhaps the second (an imperial stout) will be better balanced.

Aroma / Appearance - The semi-clear coppery body is the tone of someone who has spent a week on the beach developing a deep tan. The frothy head looks like spittle from the end of a can of whipped cream. Candy sugar, lemons, and grapefruit provide a kick of Belgian influence. Powdered sugar poured over a plate full of French toast rises from the glass. This is not subtle.

Flavor / Palate - Maple syrup and candy sugar brighten the palate. It is borderline too much. Grapefruit and cinnamon contribute to a heavy mouthfeel. The ABV here does not even attempt to be gentle. This works out fairly well but I know of better US / Europe collaborations in the same price point.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nephilium (1410) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2012
Slightly fruity aroma, with a hint of the hops right at the beginning. Pours a clear reddish-amber, with a full white head. I’m not quite sure what to think of this, it has the mouthfeel of an IPA, with caramel malts sweetening it. The Saison side just seems to exist with some spice notes at the very beginning. There is a touch of alcohol heat in the finish as well. This is a confusing beer, that doesn’t really match well to the Saison side of the equation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
22 oz. bottle via trade with fatknitty - Pours a hazy amber color with a small off white head. Light spotty lacing. Aroma is esters and spice. Flavor is sweetened toasted malt, esters, spice, and floral hops. The esters linger in the finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but not overbearing. Medium body. A nice beer. Thanks Joe.

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