October 4th, 2012 Add A Comment
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Super-Charged Saison IPA

Posted by Kyle
2012 batch, from a 22 oz. bottle, served in a tulip glass
RateBeer: 85 / Beer Advocate: N/A / Untappd: 4 caps

LOOK

Warm, ruby-brown hue, off-white head, little-to-no lacing.

SMELL

Very sweet aroma, dark fruits, hints of yeast.

FEEL

Thick. Syrupy. Matches the nose, but not in the right way.

TASTE

Really sugary-sweet. Too much. A tiny kick of hops at the end, but not enough.

OVERALL

I had really high hopes for this beer. I read about it shortly before it was released. I even watched the video of Hoppin’ Frog in Europe making it. Unfortunately, it didn’t live up to my expectations. I was anticipating a really traditional saison dryness — almost puckering-ly so — with a huge hop kick at the end for more pucker. The name ‘super-charged’ fooled me. The candy sweetness of the beer is overpowering, and really hurts the drinkability. It’s more of a hearty, wintery saison mixed with an IPA, rather than a crisp, summery saison. Those two styles just don’t mix well. I have to imagine, though, if this beer were to age for 4-6 months, it would come out a little more balanced and closer to what I had in mind, but for now, it’s just too much sweetness for me to handle.

Rating: 2.25 out of 5

Spotted: Weiland’s Gourmet Market
  • Style Saison/Farmhouse Ale
  • ABV 10.9
  • IBU 60
  • Origin Netherlands

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