b33r (721) - 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. It’s so strong it will blow you away. Maybe a little too sweet, but still tasty. I’m not sure if this is good or bad, but I like what I’m drinking.
phaleslu (7546) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. bottle from Jungle Jim’s. Pours a cloudy light orange color with a small eggshell white head. One whiff of this reminds me instantly of some of the European-style citrus sodas like Aranciata San Pellegrino and Orangina. In fact, the flavor and body aren’t unlike those, either. Orange-lemon citrus that leans more toward those sodas than orange juice with some sugar. Light-bodied, with a lot of carbonation and a soda mouthfeel. Some tartness and tang to it. Not bad, but not even close to anything I’ve had from Hoppin’ Frog in the past and an interesting shandy (are many other shandy-style beers like this?).
HonkeyBra (3730) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Umm. Ok, a "Shandy" from Hoppin Frog. Not really sure what that means and the only other "Shandy" I’ve had was from leinenkugels and that was terrible. Pours a bright, clear golden with a small white film. Aroma of lemonade and dusty malt. It almost smells like you just dusted something with pledge. Flavor is carbonated lemonade with a bit of a weak wheat base ale. Little thicker on the palate than your normal summer beers, and it does hide the alcohol well. So does a vodka lemonade. Or many other beers I could have bought for 8 bucks a bomber.
17thfloor (2436) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 6, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pours a duller clear light rust color with basically no head. Aroma of lemon pine-sol, bit of fruit. Flavor is syrupy medicinal lemon with a corse gritty malt finish, hides alcohol well though, of course lemon is good for that. Watery with a light stickiness with low carbonation, leaves a syrupy feeling.
barak316 (107) - Elyria, Ohio, USA - JUL 5, 2010
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured a very murky orange with no head. Smells of a dank orange with almost a Belgian hint of yeast. Tastes like a watered down OJ with a slight fizz. Leaves a fowl aftertaste that is almost impossible to remove. This would definitely be great after spending 3 hours cutting the grass so you could pound it withouthaving to really taste it. Not great but I sure have had worse.
Tmoney99 (11918) - 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 (3250) - Clevelandish, 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 (1036) - 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 (5485) - 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.