Tmoney99 (9598) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 3, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured cloudy orange color with a minmal frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate to heavy tang citrus aroma. Medium to full body and a smooth texture with flat carbonation. Medium to heavy infused orange sweet flavor with a medium to heavy tart sweet finish of moderate duration. My expectation where not met.
Brigadier (2605) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - JUL 1, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650 ml bottle
The only thing turbo about this particular release is how quickly I decided it was not worth a revisit after taking the first sip. Too heavy for a summer blend and too citrusy for normal beer it has very little balance and seems just a bit over the top. Time will do this no favors either. Overall I appreciate the experiment but taking a shandy up a notch is probably something that should never be done.
Aroma / Appearance - The short lived white head sinks into a mandarin orange body that could easily be mistaken for dirty tap water. The scent of Sunkist spiked with a generic pale ale does not inspire much confidence. Nor is it terrible. It simply just leaves you feeling like "so what is the big deal?". The result is a muddle of oranges, lemons, and a grab bag of Jolly Ranchers.
Flavor / Palate - Carbonated orange soda from the local grocery store’s generic brand fizzes against a malty base. The wheat in the finish seems like an afterthought that does not quite mesh. The mouthfeel is simply too dense for the intended purpose and interferes with enjoying the beer at all. This is too heavy for a warm summer’s day and too bland for other occasions. Overall this is a beer that could be greatly improved with some tweaking and rebalancing. Unless you have to try every Hoppin’ Frog beer give this batch a pass.
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bomber bottle that just came out on the market. Side note, I actually stopped into Hoppin Frog Brewery in Akron, OH as they were making this beer before it even came out. Hoppin Frog makes some of the best beer I’ve ever had from Boris the Crusher to Doris the Destroyer. Really neat to see their tiny little wearhouse that is the brewery. Amazing they make such fine beers out of that place. Now, this is a unique ale to say the least. I wouldn’t necessarily call it a "fruit ale" like ratebeer describes it. It’s full of citrus flavors and strong, strong aroma of lemon. Poured a hazy yellow/gold color. Like I said, HUGE aroma of lemon. Taste is all citrus. Oranges, lemons, ect. Not really even a beer flavor to this thing but completely refreshing on one of those 95 degree midwest days. I enjoyed it.
fiver29 (1025) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 27, 2010
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle pours hazy dark golden color with a fizz. Aroma is lemon and malt. Fizzy mouthfeel. Flavor is what I expected. Malt with some lemon flavoring. Perfect on a hot summer day.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JUN 25, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sample at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 6/25/10. Hazy yellow, thin white head. Aroma of lemon, malt and orange. Flavor is mostly sweet lemonade with malt and a bit of tartness and bitterness in the finish. Refreshing, but not quite beer.