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Hoppin’ Frog Smashing Berry Dark

Hoppin’ Frog Smashing Berry Dark
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Formerly brewed at Hoppin’ Frog Brewery
Style: Fruit Beer
Akron, Ohio USA
Serve in Flute, Shaker


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 2.63/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.65/5   ABV: -
An abundance of fresh, natural fruit flavor makes this beer something special. You would think we picked the fruit moments before brewing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
lb4lb (2582) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2008
Bottle from miketd in trade. Thanks dude!
Pours almost black into my Stone Leviation tulip like glass, with a nice biege head. Smell is very fruity and reminds me of Capri-Sun and fruit roll-ups. Very fruity and sugary in an artificial, but still pleasant way. Taste is somewhat thin, but still fruity in a beer-y and sugary juice and chocolatey sort of way. Not particularly great, and smelled better than it tastes. Hoppin Frog makes some truly great beer, but this isn’t one of their better ones, even though I tend to like a lot of sweet and fruity beers. Still drinkable, though.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2008
Pours brown with a thin white head. Smells of berry syrup, some nutty malt. Tastes like kool aid mixed with wort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 28, 2008
22 oz bottle

The bottling issues for this must have been resolved over the summer. I’m always glad to try a new Hoppin’ Frog release even if it they don’t set the world on fire. Looking at the reviews of others it is very possible that this is a new recipe. Going against the grain I will say that this was actually an interesting experiment. Having said that buying another bottle is not in the plans.

Aroma / Appearance - The carbonated dark purplish body was unusual for a beer. It looked more like a soft drink than a beer. Fluid and very dark only a trace amount of light was able to filter through the glass. The nose wasn’t terribly rih but it held together well. Aspects of raspberry, salt water taffy, Hershey’s chocolate bars and other sweets melded into a liquid candy store.

Flavor / Palate - The first sip was like liquid raspberry jam. As it settled the texture of Hershey’s chocolate syrup appeared on my tongue. Next came a trace amount of sugary sweetness before a reasonable finish. The overall experience reminded me of a Lindeman’s lambic minus that disgusting artificial sweetness. If you tried this before I would try to get another bottle to make sure it is still the same beer. If you haven’t split one with a friend.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
Oakes (14844) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 8, 2008
Purply-brown colour. Syrupy and not much else. Blackberry, chocolate...boring...ultra sweet. Argh - fruit beer does not inherently have to such, but the brewer needs to make an effort.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
mcbackus (758) - Merritt Island, Florida, USA - APR 12, 2008
bottle courtesy of hopscotch: pours with a small dark head that is tan amberish slight haze hue. aroma is very fruity almost fruity pepples aroma some chocolate very light though and slightly sweet. falvour is very fruity but artificial very sweet sticky palate.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 5, 2008
Bottle... GIABMISGFAB... Amber ale with a slight haze and a small, creamy, lightly tanned head. Smells like Fruity Pebbles®. Medium-bodied with a whole milk mouthfeel. Syrupy sweet, cotton candy flavor. Finishes sweet and grassy. What the heck were these guys thinking? This one would do really well if legal drinking age was like 7 years old.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2008
UPDATED: JUN 4, 2008 Merritt Island Throwdown ’08: Bottle, courtesy hopscotch. Pours a dark red, with a thin white head, and thin sheets of lacing. Big fake raspberry aroma. Slight tartness, and some blueberry. It’s like kids cough syrup or something. Cotton candy flavor, hardy candy, dark candy, brown sugar...way too sweet and hard to drink. Thin-bodied, fruit is way too cheap and fairly tough to drink if you’re an adult.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2008
Aroma: initially nice berries, almost kriek-like in aroma, when gets little warmer still maintains berry-ness, but also gets grainy, maltiness--chalky and warty
Appearance: dark redish purple, small off white head, some lacing
Flavor: overly sweet grainy, malty, and warty,
Palate: graininess, like eating dried oats or dried raw wheat before made into flour, chalky berry aftertaste
Overall: awk

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
3fourths (8989) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 1, 2008
1st post!!!111 Pours a dark brown much like a porter, no purple or red coloring from what I can tell. Nose is pretty nice: perfumy, semi-tart blackberries, but it develops over time into more of a plasticy medicinal aroma, somewhat sharp. Flavor is overly sweet, candied all-purpose mixed berry flavoring, body is a bit thin and light, and the perfume and cream flavored plastic berriness comes through way too strong in the finish. It’s not a terrible beer, but it gets uncomfortable to drink at times. The texture resembles flour, a bit gritty, a bit chewy. Not really that good, overall. I think they can do better, but it was still a fun one to try.

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