Hoppin’ Frog Brewery doesn’t sell its beers in six-packs. But with the Akron brewery celebrating its 10th anniversary this week, the Akron Beacon Journal asked founder and brewmaster Fred Karm to put together a list of six Hoppin’ Frog beers that he feels define the brewery. He also provided an explanation on why he chose them.
B.O.R.I.S. The Crusher Oatmeal-Imperial Stout
B.O.R.I.S. is our best known beer. It is synonymous with Hoppin’ Frog — it is dark, rich and delicious, and was one of the four original beers for us, and our first medal-winning beer. Almost immediately after it was released, B.O.R.I.S. became our flagship beer, and was (and still is) rated a perfect 100 on RateBeer.com — the world’s largest beer-rating website. B.O.R.I.S. is continually requested by distributors around the world, and has lead to distribution in 24 states and 17 foreign countries so far.
Barrel-Aged D.O.R.I.S. The Destroyer Double Imperial Stout
D.O.R.I.S. is the big sister of B.O.R.I.S.. It is very dark, very rich and flavorful, and was rated the Best Beer In Ohio for 2015 by RateBeer.com. And when aged in bourbon barrels, D.O.R.I.S. becomes more complex, extremely satisfying and masterfully balanced with the familiar vanilla and whiskey characters of the barrel.
Mean Manalishi Double IPA
Released in 2007 during our first full year in business, this extremely assertive IPA had so much hop bitterness, flavor, and aroma that it immediately became the go-to beer for many hop lovers. Now produced as a seasonal beer each year, the well-balanced malt presence makes Mean Manalishi a great example of how much hop character can exist in a beer and still strike the perfect balance with the malt.
Gangster Frog IPA
Our most popular IPA over the last three years because of the great hop character from the famed Citra hops as well as other hops, Gangster Frog has now become our year-round IPA. With many levels of citrusy hop flavor and aroma, this IPA really delivers a great hop experience with very little malt flavor that tends to balance and sometimes shadow the hops.
Infusion A: Peanut Butter Chocolate Coffee Porter
When it comes to great flavor combinations, this intensely flavorful beer was the best of all our infusion towers we created in our Tasting Room, and thus earned the name Infusion A. With a nice, smooth beer base of our Silk Porter, flavors and aromas of peanut butter, chocolate and coffee swirl around your head, and leave you in beer nirvana.
Killa Vanilla Extraordinary IPA
If any beer could, this beer will open your eyes to Hoppin’ Frog, where we apply our engibeering knowledge to create new innovative beers like this, sometimes the likes of which are seldom experienced. The wild combination of flavor and aroma of this vanilla bean IPA is awesome — these are two great tastes that most beer lovers would think don’t mix, but when done right, really do taste great together.