Nephilium (1308) - Ohio, USA - JUL 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow... this starts with a scent that is pine and citrus, and demanding to be inhaled. It pours a reddish amber with a fluffy off-white head that fades to a thick dusting with a ring of bubbles around the glass. The taste of this beer is fabulous. Strong hop presence, just a touch of malt to hold it together. Seems a bit thin in the palate for my tastes in a DIPA, but overall a great beer at a good value.
adrian910ss (2317) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear ruby amber color with a medium beige head. Nice hoppy aroma with flroal undertones and hints of pine resin, grapefruit and freshly mowed grass. Taste is floral with very hoppy and piney flavors as well as strong hints of grapefruit. Excellent !!
sloth (2443) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - JUL 28, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber shared by eaglefan, thanks Brian. Small light tan head, good retentention with spotty lacing. Clear, amber copper hued brew. Nose is big, hoppy with pine, citrus and cedar. Malt?
Body is mediumly full, lightly resiny and assertive on the palate. Aggressive hop flavors, kinda raw, pine, citrus, grapefruit, faint peach and some pencil shavings. The malt shows as it warms, faintly caramelly and lightly sweet, i think? They,re pretty well doused in hop goodness. Finish is hoppy, hoppy, hoppy!! Biting and lasting. WOW! Thanks again Brian, was looking forward to this one and was not dissappointed!
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JUL 27, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Almost red/ coppery pour, very thin white head. Aroma is grapefruit. Flavor is a ton of grapefruit really a lot of bitterness from this one and not so much on aroma and flavor which I would like. The resiny bitterness really just rules tihs beer kinda overiding anything else in it’s way, some crystal malt sweetness is there but not a lot. Dry bitterness sucking the life out of my tongue. Really I know it’s suppose to have a lot of hops but this is just straight cascade in every way and the bitterness is just too much. I love Hoppin Frog but I want more complexity and flavor.
eaglefan538 (2843) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUL 27, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2007 Bottle via trade from nolankowal, shared with slob. Pour is a nice copper color, early off-white head, thinned quickly, but came back nicely with each agitating swirl later. Aroma was strong citrus and grapefruits, light pine too, almost no malts at all (YUM!). The flavor was strong grapefruit citrus hops, piney hops, a nice strong bite, another nice dIPA example where the malts don’t end up balancing out all the extra IBU’s. Other flavors were orange rinds and very light caramel malts. The body was nice and full. Nice one, HF, and thanks to John for this bottle! Re-rate, 8/07, second bottle (up against Lake Erie and Moylander) provided by crizay: even more solid of an opinion of this thing, citrus / grapefruit hops very prominent. No tea bags, pure dIPA fun. Thanks, Chris!
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 30, 2007 Very dark, nearly translucent amber pour. A very red-tinged and dark double IPA. A very thin beige head forms and actually has a little bit of retention, but eventually gives way to what seems to be an extremely oily onslaught. The aroma is exceptional, what a shocking display of hops this is. Notes of pine, grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pineapple and orange excite with their individual nuances. Ample malt resides here as well, heavily toasted, sweet and wrought with caramel apple underpinnings. This smells fresh yet resiny, strong but inviting. Alcohol is decently shielded from escaping the glass. If I leave my nose in the glass long enough I am transported to a leisurely stroll down a quiet city street, a street lined with flowerpots full of fresh blooming flowers and shaded walkways. The flavor is a twisted departure from such a relaxing nose. Lopsided, though not in the typical American styled fashion of DIPA. Caramel maltiness is torturously burned to a point that it seems grossly over-attenuated. Sweetness is medium-high but it’s wrestled from a formidable position in the flavor by harsh acidity and buning ethanol notes. Hops are mostly piney and highly bitter, lacking depth of complexity or any memorable personality. The wonderful fruit scents aforementioned are now enveloped by brash caramel and burned grain tastes. The finish is sweetened with caramel, drying afterwards to leave resiny pine notes and grapefruit peel behind. The hop bitterness, coupled with burned malt, is really annoying and just kills the drinkability. Medium bodied mouthfeel with gaping watery pockets. Carbonation is mild all the way to heavy, uncontrolled and erratic. This started off wonderful but ultimately is a mess. The hop bitterness is enormous, but somehow is downplayed in authenticity and enjoyment by so much burned caramel and a mismanaged body structure.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - JUL 26, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly hazy copper/red with a smallish bubbly white head. Big, big grapefruit hop aroma initially. Tons of sweet citrus to back it up as well. Just a touch of some spice in there too. The taste is as you would expect, monster hops. Definitely get alot of bitter grapefruit hop flavor, with a nice citrus fruit backbone. Just a huge, bitter mouthfeel that is just relentless in its aftertaste flavors. Bitterness is left on the palate, along with just a hint of some cinnamon or brown sugar. The alcohol is masked pretty good, although its not a huge beer. Well done.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via secret santa! Pours a dark amber color with a smalish tan/yellow head that quickly settles. Aroma is grapefruit, pine, mango, caramel. Flavor is huge pine, peach, mango, grapefruit, caramel, floral hops. Palate is medium bodied, medium-light on the carbonation, extreme bitter finishes. This is a very good IIPA, just not at the level of the upper eschelon brews, imo.
MI2CA (1340) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - JUL 23, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Indiana Microbrewers Festival from a bottle - Aroma is strong citrus and grapefruit hops. Pours cloudy dark orange with a medium head. Flavor starts with a blast of grapefruit hops but is balanced out by fresh caramel. Palate is smooth and tart. Very nice IIPA.
Lowe1983 (1343) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUL 22, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a darker amber color with a light tan head. Lots of citrus and pine hops right away on the nose with a decent presence of caramel and sweet malts. Flavor starts off a little sweeter with the caramel and sweet malts but the hops come out very strong on the finish. Has a delicious bitter, lingering flavor. Another great Hoppin Frog brew.