Gifts are really nice. They are even nicer when you aren’t expecting them.
A number of months ago, and I mean a number of months, I was contacted by a representative of Great Northern Brewing Company. They asked if they could send me some samples of beer. Who am I to turn that generous offer down? So I gave my address but in the following weeks I saw nothing. Eventually I just forgot about the communication until last week.
A box arrived and was placed in front of me with a return address saying Great Northern on it. I opened it to find a bottle of Frog Hop Fresh Hopped Pale Ale and a sticker in it. Well I guess they didn’t forget about me after all. So of course I decided to drink it as soon as I could.
The brew arrives in my nonic pint glass a slightly hazy orange color. A fluffy white head sites on top of the liquid and leaves a small amount of lacing on the glass as it disappears.
The nose has a definite citrus aroma to it, mainly oranges. Some slight hop scents are rounded out with a biscuit like smell.
The taste again was very citrus in nature with plenty of malts to balance things out. I must say I’m a bit surprised by how much in the background the hops are.
It’s a really easy drinking beer. The 5% ABV makes it such. And I found myself done with the 22 oz bomber quicker than I normally expect. But I would be a bad writer if I didn’t say I was slightly disappointed. The hops just were not as present as I typically like in a pale ale. Maybe I am spoiled with super hoppy pales like Dale’s and Sierra Nevada.
And I definitely don’t want to come off as ungrateful for the nice gift I was presented with. That is not the case at all. I actually enjoyed drinking this beer. Like I said it went down really easy. I just saw fresh hop on the label and I guess got this notion in my head that I would be smacked int he face with hops. And you know what maybe it is the hops that they used that just gave off a more subtle and more citrus flavor. Obviously they are proud of what they make as they should be.
So a big thank you to Great Northern for sending this my way. And if you find yourself in Montana you should stop in and check them out.
Grade – B-