CheersMate (1313) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 10, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Purchased at Binnyís Beverage Depot in Chicago. This had a golden orange/yellow appearance. The head eventually faded away. Smells of orange and lemon citrus. Itís very pungent, almost to the point of seeming artificial and gimmicky. The taste is of orange citrus, and alcoholic lemonade. Itís rather nice, and there is a great use of the citrus flavors, but again this seems a little on the fake side. I donít know, at times it feels as though Iím drinking beer, and at other times it seems as though Iím drinking spiked lemonade. I get what they were going for but this is a little too sweet, and needs to mellow a bit. The texture was decent; lots of carbonation.
Rastacouere (6153) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2010
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dirty looking yellow, cloudy, with sparse carbonation and no head from the beginning. Quite a poor sight. On the nose, itís pretty hard to smell anything else than lemonade. In mouth, the malt actually grabs a lot of room and round out the palate (itís 7% after all, even though you notice none of the alcohol). It also brings a fair amount of sweetness, which is alright since the lemony tartness cleanses it up pretty well. Now I think lemonades are a fine summer drink, but I was hoping we would expand on the lemonade concept here and paying 7-10$ on 660 ml of lemonade is obviously not the sweetest deal. Of course it does have this cerealic side that no lemonade approaches, but its thicker body and so-so balance between the biscuity, crackery malts and the lemon is not all that successful. I find that it lacks the bursting freshness that I require of drinks that aim at refreshment. Also, whatís with the biting small-bubbled carbonation and absence of a head/ugly appearance? Considering the brewer behind the beer, I was expecting something more akin to.. I dunno, Gumballhead? hopped up lemon beer. Interesting idea, but something Iíll be happier having behind me.
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
thick yellow appearance with minimal head. low carbonation. lemon to the nose. little bitterness before some strong citrus notes of lemon and a slight graininess some residual sweetness that isnít overwhelming but detracts from the refreshing purpose of the brew. an interesting concept, but not fully conceived.
riversideAK (5738) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - AUG 3, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is of lemonade - like Mikes hard, with a soft light grain note underneath - generic beery I would say. Pours almost still looking yellowish golden - not unlike a cider. Flavors of lemonade, mikes hard, some sugars, lightly tart and tangy, with a light beery finish. Not bad, interesting actually, quenching like lemonade. Would be nice on a hot day, but one bottle would be more than enough.
MrBunn (2535) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 25, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. So Iím a little skeptical going in... Iím thinking of some bad shandy experiences from macro producers and hoping that Hoppin Frog delivers something better than expected. Pours a fairly headless light gold with aromas of lemonade and sugar. I guess itís OK, but Iím still not convinced. First thought after the initial sip is that it is remarkably sweet. Almost like an overly sweetened lemonade or something. Heck, you could have confused me and said there was no alcohol in this and Iíd have bought it. Itís not bad, but I doesnít do it for me.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - JUL 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like grapefruit mixed with 7up, and not in a bad way. Lemon and grapefruit mixed in such a way that the whole thing is rather like a Soda...but again, In a good way. The body is a bit more full than Iíd like but it is good. Enjoy this in the pool like Iím doing and youíll have no complaints.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - JUL 20, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz. bottle via trade with miketd - Pours a hazy straw color with a 1/2 finger thick white head that lasted about 30 seconds. Faint spotty lacing. The aroma smells like Tang. I kinda like it. The flavor is like a Mimosa. Again, I kinda like it. The alcohol is well hidden. It doesnít smell and taste like a beer most of us beer dorks are accustomed to. However, I think this beer has a place. This beer would sell like hot cakes here in AZ during the some. I like it for what it is. Thanks Mike.
alexsdad06 (6701) - Ohio, USA - JUL 19, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99. Pours a hazy golden amber color with a small fizzy white head. The aroma was so over the top citrus that it didnít even resemble beer. The flavor was sweet artificial citrus, more juice like than anything and quite acidic. The group thought it was alcoholic Tang. It also reminded me of the old wine coolers circa 1990. In any event, I am glad I didnít spend the 8 bucks for this one.
Headbanger (3500) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2010
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 20, 2010 22oz bottle 7/19/10 (Binnyís Downers Grove)-42į in Flute-Pours a clear yellowish golden with small white ring. Aroma of lemonade and malt. Taste of the same. This light bodied brew is another typical shandy but a decent one at that. Would expect more from Hoppin Frog but a decent lawnmowing drink.
b33r (699) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2010 Light, cloudy gold color with no head at all. Very carbonated with STRONG citrus flavor. Itís so strong it will blow you away. Maybe a little too sweet, but still tasty. Iím not sure if this is good or bad, but I like what Iím drinking.