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Beer – #799 – Behemoth – Hop Frolic

Seven Hundred and Ninety Nine. An IPA, how peculiar. A Collaboration between the Beer Giraffe and some crowd in the US called LionStone Brewing, a family owned brewery operating in Geneseo, IL Good choice I’d say.

Hop Frolic IPA has a 2-1 Nelson Sauvin Simcoe hops

A fill station’s worth of 1 litre of the beer that is 6.2 % ABV and 64 IBU things, this is 4.89 standard drink units of beer.

Brewed by Behemoth Brewing Company in the style that is of  India Pale Ale (IPA) and they are in Auckland, New Zealand

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more frivolous than frolic a man hold a beer weird

A collaboration with LionStone Brewing. Big Nelson Sauvin and Simcoe. Pale ale malt base with a bit of rye malt to round it out

Lionstone has completed its first collaboration brew. We definitely went big rather than go home on this one by teaming up with our friends at the New Zealand based brewery, Behemoth Brewing Company, for an INTERNATIONAL collaborative! Introducing to you….Hop Frolic – a light bodied IPA with 50% New Zealand Pacific Jade/Nelson Sauvin hops and 50% American Simco hops for a big punch of citrus on the nose and palate.

So, what could possibly go wrong?

Burst of fruitiness escapes from a well carbonated fill, sweet sugary too. I need to pour before the cup runneth over. When I say cup i mean bottle.

Behemoth Hop Frolic copyA darker, and seemingly cloudy beer to pour, a deeper orange brown, deeper than usual. A smallish head that didn’t last the trip.

An interesting taste, a bit of forward rush a dip and a decent finish, I might have that wrong and have to try harder.

The aroma though, that is amazing, and it is the Nelson Sauvin, because I know because I really like that hop.

So whilst this isn’t over endowed with a full body and strong middle it is packed with a lovely balance of hop flavours and a nice drier note on the front and a lovely washed bitterness and slight tang at the back. Altogether a bit different.

It is conflicted though and I’m not totally settled on this. lI think it’s daily solid, but I think it is conflicted. If that makes no sense, me neither.

I like the sense of the tropical fruit notes, but I find that forward dryness unusual. I like the bitterness level, which is manageable but I also find the missing middle odd.

I’m pretty sure that I have no idea about the Mosaic hop, but on reflection and a quick google of my own blog it appears I’m onside with that too. Odd then that they seem to be at odds in this. Strangely odd.  Pretty odd too that I seem to have quaffed a fair amount whilst the contemplation went on.

I think I used up a a years worth of the odd in one paragraph there. Not deliberate but it seemed like the right word, and this is a pretty literal review, and sometimes I call it like I feel it, sometimes with regret and trepidation.

The pdubyah-o-meter rates this as 7 of its things from the thing. Arrrgh I’m so conflicted. It is ver good drinking, and totally enjoyable, and at the same time frustrating I’ve distilled it down to not enjoying the dip in the middle, not to be confused with no middle, or thin, This just needs a bit of lift or balancing there. He said as he found he’d drink it all.

The double dip review

  • Where did I get it? Liquorland in Forrest Hill
  • Am I enjoying it? I am sorely conflicted
  • Would I have another? As with many IPA beers there are others that might be more appealing, and I know that Behemoth have a couple of beers that I’ve to get to.
  • Would I share with a friend on a porch and set the world to rights? I don’t know that I could, all said and done, because there are better fuller beers. But if it was a splash and dash this would be a bit of alright.

Music for this: ” Twin Peaks” with an album called ” Down in Heaven  ” on the spotify player

Twin Peaks is a garage rock band from Chicago, Illinois.


India Pale Ale gets its name and unique style from British brewers who were making beer for export to India. This style has an intense hop flavor which was used to preserve the beer for the long voyage. India Pale Ale has a golden to copper color with a medium maltiness and body. The aroma is moderate to very strong. IPAs work especially well at cutting the heat of chili, vindaloo or Sichuan cuisine.


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