shigadeyo (3287) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
8/13/2009: Hoppin’ Frog Smashin’ Berry Dark Ale... Aroma: BERRIES... from a mile away! Smells like black cherry Kool-Aid, but fresher and not powdery or really that artificial. Appearance: Dark ruby brown (cola), transparent; fleeting off-white to beige head. Flavor: Uh, definitely smells better than it tastes! The flavor is weak (although the berry is definitely there!), thin, and watery. The powery fruit (black cherry, with powdered raspberry) sticks in the throat and is almost gagging! Very dry. Palate: Medium-light, thin. Overall: Not that much different from the non-dark version. This one is somehow different from than the other, but I’m not sure how. It looks obviously looks darker, but other than that, it is just sweeter with the same berry-like punch.
22 fl. oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Thanks Tom! Rating #19 for this beer.
Tmoney99 (11900) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 14, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Jungle Jim’s.
Poured clear reddish brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate dark berry aroma. Medium body with a thin smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium fruity sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
Drinkable soft beer, but only worth having once.
Braudog (6014) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - AUG 2, 2009
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
22 oz bottle. Dark red-black with barely a whisper of a head. The aroma is starkly berry-laden, sweet and woodsy. The drink, however, is one of mere restrained berry flavors within a sweet malt beer. This doesn’t have much of a body to it, and instead comes across like a watery fruit syrup or children’s cough medicine. Could be much better. (#3624, 8/2/2009)
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2009
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Amber/brown body with a filmy stagnant head and spotty lacing. Black berry and raspberry in the aroma with some toasted malt and a very offsetting medicinal scent. Too distracting from the berries and malt. Light bodied and sticky sweet with a real empty finish. Cough syrup, concentrated berry juice and cardboard round out the bad flavor. Not very good, glad it was free.
daknole (10279) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JUN 21, 2009
1.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Weird ass beer. Tastes like an amber mixed with berry kool aid. Simple as that. I wouldn’t recommend this one.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JUN 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lots of berries on the aroma. It seems very essence-y, almost like now and laters or something, but I like that smell so it works for me. A touch of roasted malt sweetness underneath akin to brown ale. Pours dark brown with no head, and some red hues. More berry sweetness in the flavors, crunch berries, fruit soda, and some dark malt, light roast. Really it works, I like fruity pop like grape and strawberry soda, and I like beer - this seemed to comingle very well and didn’t come across as off putting or gross IMO.
Lowe1983 (1389) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - APR 14, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a brown color with a tan head. Very strong berry aroma on this one and that’s about it on the aroma. Strong berry flavor at the beginning with a hint of nuttiness. Flavor dies down at the end for the most part and has some low carbonation.
MrBunn (2572) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 16, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a thin brown with little head and aromas of berries... that’s it... just berries. Flavor is better than Smashin Berry, but still a little bit too much on the berries. There is a bit of dark malt that peeks through the raspberry/blackberry/strawberry patch, but this is still overly berried and comes across as too artificial.
osu97gp (677) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a thin white head. Aroma is very sweet and fruity almost like a fruit punch. Flavor is just like the aroma, but could use some more depth. Its not horrible, but is definately missing somethin.
joekinty (263) - rockledge, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2008
1.1 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
taste tooo artificial overly sweet like cereal not impressed doe not excite me like the other great beers that they brew