Hoppin' Frog / De Molen Super-Charged Saison IPA



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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 327   ABV: 10.9%
U.S Meets Europe S.I.P.A. - Collaborating with De Molen Brewery in the "Green Heart" of The Netherlands, we have created a wild and inventive recipe that is a unique blend of the best from both worlds! A super-charged Saison I.P.A. is born, featuring kilos of American hops to add a crazy twist to this European-style ale. The fruity, spicy flavors of this malty Double Saison are nicely complimented by an abundance of late and dry-hopping with the finest American hops.

This is the Hoppin’ Frog version, for the De Molen version go to that brewery’s page.

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back (2204) - Holstebro, DENMARK - FEB 19, 2013
Kobber klar skum hvid hvid kort Citrus grape brød frugt alc peber Bitter meget sød meget Olie livlig

cubs (10693) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle @ home via trade with Veldrid. Thanks! Pours a hazy reddish orange appearance wit ha small tan head. Smells quite strong: rich orange citrus, bread, grapefruit, mild herbs. The flavor is quite strong and fairly boozy with notes of orange, mango, citrus, lots of bread, and bitter hops. Not what I was expecting and the strength is a bit overwhelming.

Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 2, 2013
Bottle, pours a nice light black, the flavour is funky and harsh, it just tasted a bit unfinished like something was missing, it wasnt easy to drink. I was hoping it would be good because both these brewerys are great

LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber with a thin white film a top.

Aroma: Candied orange, spicy yeast, nice herbal hops.

Taste: Vanilla, spicy yeast, candi sugar, mild herbal hop. Alcohol well integrated. Drank more like a 8% beer than nearly 11%.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied , modest carbonation.

Overall: For me, this was a Belgian Double IPA. Too sweet/not dry enough for me, but otherwise not shabby.

JStax (7130) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Pours a translucent copper color with a white head of foam that quickly dissipated. Aroma is a really nice, earthy, floral, fruity hop profile. Taste is super sweet, and not all that pleasant. It’s drinkable, but the taste isn’t quite where I would like it to be.

osu97gp (678) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 19, 2013
Pours a clear reddish brown with a small off-white head. Aroma of yeast, banana, citrus, and toasted malt. Flavor of sweet caramel, citrus, pineapple, and caramel malts.

Lubiere (14133) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2013
A hazed amber IPA with a thin off white head. In aroma, loads of citrus orange pulp, and floral hops. In mouth, a sweet prange juice with light hops, not bad, but a bit too sweet. Tasted Dec. 15 2012.

tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2013
Bottle, courtesy Brigadier, thanks! Pour is darker gold/copper with a big off-white head, little retention/some lace. Aroma is belgo yeast, citrus, orange candy, booze. Taste is very sweet, light bitterness, pine, citrus, medicinal notes. Palate is syrupy, sticky, sweet finish. Not a saison - closer to a Belgian barleywine like Gulden Draak.

mcberko (18583) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 21, 2012
22 oz. bottle, sent from jmikolich (thanks a lot, Jim), pours a clear bronze / copper with a small tan head. Aroma is fairly alcoholic, with Belgian yeast, candied sugar, citrus hops and some cosmetic qualities. Flavour is exceedingly syrupy, with very medicinal notes of cough syrup, paint thinner and alcohol. This is pretty nasty, with a disgustingly syrupy quality and medicinal tones. What the hell were they going for? Gross.

chanokokoro (138) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2012
22 oz. bottle poured into a short stemmed tulip/snifter. Although the side of label states this is brew a "malty Double Saison" it surprisingly pours amber with orange hues topped with an off white two finger fluffy head and more closely resembles a Double IPA than a saison. The aroma of toffee, citrus, and biscuity notes dominates. Opens with extremely sweet caramel, bitter lemon and orange rind, a hint of spice and finishes extremely sweet with a piney, citrus rind bitter edge. Low carbonation, full, syrupy body. Overall, this beer is disjointed and has little, if any, cohesiveness. This isn’t surprising as this brew was billed as a "Saison IPA" on the front label and then a "malty Double Saison" on the side of the label. There were very few characteristics that I would attribute to a saison present including the lack of any farmhouse yeast influence. The biscuity aspects reminded me of an old ale. The extreme sweetness of this brew just didn’t work with the other aspects and brought me to the verge of a drainpour. Unfortunately, Super-Charged Saison IPA joins the long list of collaborations that just didn’t deliver.

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