Beer Review: HOPPIN FROG / DE MOLEN SUPER-CHARGED SAISON IPA

Beer Review: HOPPIN FROG / DE MOLEN SUPER-CHARGED SAISON IPA

Publisher: DAN Beer Reviews
Genre: Belgian Strong Ale
Print Length: Not specified
ISBN: Not specified

Crafting a cross-continental union, Hoppin’ Frog Brewery and De Molen Brewery birthed the Hoppin Frog / De Molen Super-Charged Saison IPA โ€“ a fusion of American boldness and European finesse. This collaboration, dubbed the “U.S Meets Europe S.I.P.A.,” promises a wild and inventive experience, blending the best of both brewing worlds.

A Symphony of Flavors

The Hoppin Frog / De Molen Super-Charged Saison IPA opens with a hazy amber pour, crowned by a thin white film. The aroma introduces itself with notes of candied orange, spicy yeast, and a pleasing herbal hop bouquet. The creators’ dedication to a unique blend is evident, with kilos of American hops infusing a crazy twist into this European-style ale.

Tasting the Fusion

Delving into the taste, the beer unveils a profile dominated by vanilla, spicy yeast, candi sugar, and a subtle herbal hop presence. Despite its robust 10.9% alcohol by volume, the integration is seamless, tricking the palate into perceiving a milder 8% strength. However, a critical palate might detect a flaw in the sweetness, deeming it too pronounced and the dryness lacking โ€“ a departure from the reviewer’s preference for a drier finish.

The Full-bodied Experience

In the realm of mouthfeel, the Super-Charged Saison IPA stands as a full-bodied creation with a modest level of carbonation. This amplifies the beer’s presence on the palate, creating an immersive experience that, for some, might echo the characteristics of a Belgian Double IPA.

Final Verdict

The Hoppin Frog / De Molen Super-Charged Saison IPA presents itself as a bold experiment, successfully blending the characteristics of two brewing powerhouses. While the sweetness may deter those inclined towards a drier palate, the overall experience is far from shabby. This creation, bordering on the Belgian Double IPA territory, emerges as a commendable effort in the world of transatlantic collaborations.