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Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale

Hoppin Frog Barrel Aged Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale
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RATINGS: 5   MEAN: 3.7/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.18   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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Turbo Shandy Citrus Ale aged in bourbon barrels

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1668) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2014
Draft at the tasting room. Tried side by side with regular shady. Pours a bit cloudier and a touch darker but not much. Slightly less tart and acidic. Slight oak and bourbon notes. Slightly creamier body. Similar but smoother

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
sturmthis (608) - Ohio, USA - MAY 17, 2014
On tap. Pale yellow color with little head. Smells like a whisky sour. Very sweet beer that tastes boozy. Crazy shandy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 22, 2014
Sample at the Hoppin’ Frog Tasting Room. The beer pours a clear yellow-gold color with a minimal white head that disappears quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus and bourbon. Medium-bodied with a sweet and sour character of tart citrus, subtle whisky and malt. The finish is fruity with an oaky vanilla and citrus aftertaste. Not sure if whisky sour character was the goal of this one, but it certainly turned out that way. Not a huge fan of the regular version, but I enjoyed this for what it is. Pretty good overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JaBier (5011) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2014
Half pint at the tasting room on 4/5/14. Clear gold pour (vs. the yellow of the non-barrel version) with a thin white head. Aroma of lemon, malt and slight whiskey. Malt and lemon flavor with slight oak and alcohol before a smooth, tart finish. Gotta admit, thought aging this kind of beer in a bourbon barrel was gimmicky and just an overall bad idea, but I really enjoyed it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brigadier (3095) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2014
On tap at brewpub
Ever had a whiskey sour made with middle shelf liquor? That is what you get in this wonderfully aged experiment that should not work yet somehow was one of the best beers on tap. If not for the price per pint I’d have had no issues downing two or three.

Aroma / Appearance - An ivory head accompanies a semitransparent base. The only real difference in appearance between this and regular turbo shandy is a lack of obvious carbonaton. Sweet simple syrup, whiskey, lemons, oranges, and a very mild vanilla kick are nearly the exact profile of a true whiskey sour.

Flavor / Palate - Lemon, 7UP, and a shot of alcohol sparkle on the tongue. The lower ABV nature of this makes it tempting to drink very quickly as it goes down as smoothly as a 4% ABV fruit beer. Much better than the regular Turbo Shandy this is a beer that would be another success if bottled.

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