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Hoppin’ Frog Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale

Hoppin Frog Frogs HollowRather excited to get my hands on Hoppin’ Frog Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale. I am a fan of pumpkin spice beers, and Hoppin’ Frog is one of my favorite breweries.

All the familiar spices are in the aroma. Perhaps cinnamon is the most aggressive. Light body, big taste of pumpkin first before the spices kick in. They’re milder than expected, but it definitely works. Cinnamon and clove stand out the most. Bit of heat from the ginger.

No surprise, it’s great. Definitely top tier of pumpkin beers!

 

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Hoppin’ Frog Cafe Silk Porter

Hoppin' Frog Cafe Silk Porter

Hoppin’ Frog Cafe Silk Porter

I enjoyed Hoppin’ Frog’s Silk Porter quite a bit, even if I did find it a bit on the harsher and not silkier on the end of the porter spectrum, so I’m curious how the addition of more coffee will influence the flavor with Cafe Silk Porter.

From the first smell, the extra coffee is evident. In fact, that’s all I smell. Thankfully, there is enough going on in the flavor, including chocolate and toffee, to balance things out. The texture is quite smooth and creamy. Finishes dry and slightly bitter. I am surprised how much the other flavors come through considering how strong the coffee aroma is.

I actually like this better than the regular Silk Porter. The texture is smoother and the coffee flavor is wonderful.

Grade: A

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Hoppin’ Frog Frosted Frog Christmas Ale

Hoppin' Frog Frosted Frog

Hoppin’ Frog Frosted Frog

With outstanding Christmas Ales such as the offerings from Great Lakes and Thirsty Dog already coming out of Northeast Ohio, how will Hoppin’ Frog Frosted Frog stand up?

Nearly no head on this. Pours on the brown side of amber. Warm pumpkin pie spices in the aroma. Tastes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange peel. Enough malt that the spices don’t get too wild. Body might be a little light. As it warms, the cinnamon become the most prevalent spice, but there are enough of the others to balance. Hefty booze at 8.6% ABV

Another amazing Winter Warmer from Ohio here. Wonderful!

Grade: A

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Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Outta Kilter

Hoppin’ Frog Barrel Aged Outta Kilter

As a big fan of the standard Hoppin’ Frog Outta Kilter, I am definitely curious to taste how the whiskey barrel aged version will differ.

The color is similar. I think if you sat a glass of each next to each other, you wouldn’t be able to tell a difference. The whiskey barrel aging is evident before the first sip with a delightful aroma. Whiskey, vanilla, smoked peat blend extremely well. Some heat from the 8.2% ABV, but I don’t think as much as the original version. Just as it should be with Scotch ales, there is little to no presence from the hops. A twinge of bitterness at the end is all that is noticeable. Incredibly smooth and really coats the mouth with a delicious layer of whiskey goodness.

The barrel aging definitely adds flavor and texture, even if it does subdue some of the complexity of the non-barrel aged version. But if you like whiskey and Scotch ales in general, get it if you can!

Grade: A

 

 

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Hoppin’ Forg B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal Imperial Stout

Hoppin Frog BORIS

Widely regarded as both one of the best Oatmeal Stouts as well as one of the best RISs, this Bodacious Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout is not for the weak-palated.

Pours a creamy deep coffee that looks silky smooth. Floating on top is the darkest head you’ll ever see with incredibly tight, Guinnessesque froth. Smells of bittersweet chocolate, charred oak, and sweet toffee. Remarkably smooth as it coats the mouth. So many interweaving flavors including currants, sweet malt, deeply roasted malt, some char and smoke. Exceptionally well balanced. Oatmeal comes more in the texture than it does the flavor.  The 9.4% ABV is surprisingly restrained. Not hot at all, just a pleasing warmth after the swallow. 60 IBUs, as well, but it doesn’t feel like nearly that many.

Amazing flavors, outstanding balance and complexity, delightful texture. It’s no wonder Hoppin’ Frog B.O.R.I.S. is a multiple GABF Gold Medal winner

Grade: A+

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Hoppin’ Frog Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch Red Ale

Hoppin' Frog Outta Kilter

Now this is how a Scotch Ale should look, smell, and taste!

Hoppin’ Frog Outta Kilter Wee Heavy Scotch Red Ale (could that be a longer name?) pours an alluring mahogany and the nose is straight up boozy.

That is rather pronounced in the flavor, as well, and there is no attempt to mask the 8.2% ABV. Sweet malt, caramel, vanilla, and whiskey come through. Not much hops character at all, just like this style should be.

I really like what Hoppin’ Frog has done here. Big flavors, true to the style, a very high quality beer. I have had four beers from Hoppin’ Frog, and all have been very good to great.

Grade: A

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Hoppin’ Frog Mean Manalishi

One of the absolute highest IBUs you will ever find, here is Hoppin’ Frog Mean Manalishi Double IPA.

Hoppin' Frog Mean Manalishi

The hops nearly knock you out with the smell, with a white head that doesn’t quit. I like the deep copper color, but the amount of sediment has me a little concerned.

This is definitely a hop bomb with pine, grapefruit, and some spice. Long, insanely dry, and bitter finish. Some pucker factor

If I’m honest, the 168 IBUs (yes, 168) had me thinking this one would literally be a tough one to swallow. And while it’s huge and hard hitting, it’s not as “mean” as I expected.

Worth trying just to say you’ve done it. It’s an experience.

Grade: B

P.S. This Judas Priest song is, in fact, required listening while imbibing Mean Manalishi

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Hoppin’ Frog D.O.R.I.S.

A Double Oatmeal Russian Imperial Stout sounds quite inviting, doesn’t it? It’s Akron’s Hoppin’ Frog D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer! Even though Akron isn’t that far away, this is the first I can even remember seeing anything from Hoppin’ Frog.

The first thing that stands out is the color. Black as tar and exceptionally thick with the darkest brown head I have ever seen. Smells of wood and alcohol. The taste? Well, it’s so complex it’s going to take a while to get through this! Starts with hops and bittersweet chocolate, a wallop of hop bitterness, hint of sweet, then a burnt finish. It’s past roasted into burnt, and normally that wouldn’t work, but it really does. A bit of alcohol late in the finish. A lot of RISs I have had feature some sweet currant flavors rather prominently, but this doesn’t. The most surprising taste really is the burnt finish, but I’m digging it.

Rather expensive at more than $10 for a 22 oz, but it’s great!

Can’t forget the 10.5% ABV, either.

Grade: A+

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Hoppin’ Frog Silk Porter

Hoppin' Frog Silk Porter

Perhaps best known for B.O.R.I.S. and D.O.R.I.S., don’t overlook the other fine brews from Hoppin’ Frog, like the Silk Porter.

While it is an Ohio brewery, Hoppin’ Frog can be hard to find in this part of the state. And it’s kind of a shame, because I’ve been very impressed with everything of theirs I have had.

Silk Porter pours just like a porter should; inky black and just a trace of head. Full nose lets you know you need to get ready for an assault of flavor. Lots of roasted and toasted malt, some bittersweet chocolate. Even a bit past roasted into charred. A dry, chalky, woody finish. Is that chicory?

The name, I think, is a bit misleading. It’s not as creamy and silky as other porters. In fact, it’s more harsh than most. Mind you, that’s not a bad thing. Very solid beer, here

Grade: B

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