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Trunk Island Pale Ale - The Frog & Onion Pub

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Trunk Island Pale Ale
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Ratings: 24
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 18.56%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Commonly referred to as IPA, this highly hopped brew is packed full of flavor with sharp bitter finish. British soldiers serving in the far flung colony of India would appreciate this ale, which can be enjoyed with a variety of meals.

(Beer added by: lordofthewiens on 07-08-2010)
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Reviews by CorvetteMike:
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On a cruise from NJ to Bermuda the ship was docked at King's Wharf in the Royal Naval Dockyard. Stopped into the Frog and Onion Micro Brewery. Purchased a 5 glass sample.

A: Orange color wilt small amount of carbonation 1 finger head.

S: Caramel taste with slight hops presence.

T: Light caramel taste, some malt, and a slight citrus presence. Well balanced.

M: Medium body, slight carbonation, drinkable, and enjoyable.

O: Enjoyable, drinkable, my favorite of the five samples. Would purchase a full glass on a later trip.

CorvetteMike, Sep 07, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The former North Rock Brewing Company is now Dockyard Brewing Company, and is located at The Frog and Onion Pub. This beer was originally described as a strong dark ale, but the menu at the pub states it is an IPA.
In an imperial pint glass the beer is a dark amber color with a moderately sized white head that left a bit of lace.
It had a floral aroma, and a bit of sweet malt.
Very pine taste, lingering. Bready.
A pretty nice, average IPA.
Easily drinkable especially on a warm summer day after shopping forever.

lordofthewiens, Jul 08, 2010
Photo of tigg924
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, reddish brown, 1/2 inch head, medium carbonation

Smell: small hops, malt, and sugar

Taste: a malty start, some nut, with a hoppy earthy finish

Mouthfeel: smooth, light bodied, sweet start with a slightly bitter finish. Next to no carbonation can be felt.

Drinkability: I could session this. This is the best of North Rock's beers. It does have some bitter taste, but it is not overpowering. It is a bit light, like all of North Rock's beers.

tigg924, Jul 22, 2009
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

stereosforgeeks, Jul 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

socon67, Jun 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

avisong, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Dockyard in Bermuda.

Pours dark copper, some foam, some stickiness. Toffee/caramel in the nose, but very light. Taste is a more bitter malty beer. Hop sticks throughout with a bitter aftertaste,

Carbonation way too light for an IPA. Need more bite.

KTCamm, May 24, 2012
Photo of jsausley
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

A mediocre pale ale with significant effervescent and yeast flavors. It pours golden clear and has a decent malt and hop body but is lacking in any strong and defining characteristics.

jsausley, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of PhillyStyle
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

23oz at the Frog & Onion, April 13, 2009:

A: The beer appeared a clear amber color with a thin white, light head that was pretty well retained. The beer had some carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

S: The beer gave off a light aroma of mainly hops and not much else, but again, this was very light. Also a hint of pine.

T: The flavor was light, a little bitter and a light malt/bready flavor to it. I believe the menu stated that it was an IPA, but I would agree that it is more of an English Pale Ale.

M/D: The body of the beer was light, with a light bitter aftertaste and decent carbonation. The beer was enjoyable, but not really memorable. Easy to drink, but again as with the other beer that I tried, it would not be a staple beer if it was readably available. Average at best.

PhillyStyle, Apr 30, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Jersh67, Jun 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

CBPAS, May 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

MNBeerNE, Nov 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mdube0378, Feb 18, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

inspektor, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Pando
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Pando, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer at both the North Rock Brewing Company and at the Frog and Onion (where it is brewed).

The menu described this beer as essentially an IPA. I was dubious of this often made claim.

It pours a pale copper with active carbonation and a smallish, clingy head with good retention. The aroma is citrusy with a bit of pine and sweetish malts. There are also some hard to describe sherry aromas that are probably yeast related. The taste is hoppy for a beer at a tourist bar catering to Heineken drinkers (Im sorry if I sound like a beer snob, I am a beer snob). Citrusy herbal hops get humbled by a doughy rye bread maltiness. Banana and passion fruit esters abound. The finish is bitter and shortlived. The mouthfeel is prickly with active carbonation.

A decent English Pale Ale, could have a more complex, fresher malt profile.

I talked to the brewer at North Rock, he said this beer is brewed with Magnum and Glacier hops and that he brews all the beers by himself at Dockyards (in the Frog and Onion).

CAMRAhardliner, Dec 07, 2008
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

YeastInception, May 19, 2013
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3.4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6 oz. pour, sampled at The Frog & Onion (The Dockyards/Bermuda).

All North Rock beers are now being brewed by Dockyard Brewing Co., on premises of F&O. NRBC then sells them at their South Road pub under the same names.

Description (from menu): "Commonly referred to as IPA this highly hopped brew is packed full of flavour with sharp bitter finish. British soldiers serving in the far flung colony of India would appreciate this ale, which can be enjoyed with a variety of meals". ABV not listed.

A: Clear auburn orange with modest rising carbonation. Dots of lace cling on the glass; head is a creamy ivory, dropping with a sudsy ring.

S: Mild toasted grain (caramel), but virtually no hops.

T: Modest bittering, definitely a milder English Pale ALe. Light caramel malts with an oddly tangy citrus. Flavors aren't robust but are in balance.

M: Lasting grassy, slightly medicinal hop bittering. Medium body (especially compared to several other thin offerings by this brewery), gentle carbonation, clean finish.

D: Nothing to get too excited over, but easy enough to drink, flavorful and balanced. Sessionable - I'd estimate ABV is around 5%. I'd drink it again.

msubulldog25, Apr 21, 2008
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4.75/5  rDev +42.2%

jbexphys, Jul 20, 2013
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3.86/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draught @ Hog Penny: This one poured a hazy, orangish light copper color. There was just a wisp of an off-white head on it. There was some lacing. The nose was quite good, and a little different from a typical IPA. There was a mix of floral, grapefruit and piney hops. Not as upfront as we are used to in an American IPA. The taste is nice. The hop bite is subdued. Get some caramel malts, biscuit, touch of mild fruit. Nice.

Boto, Aug 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
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3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the Frog & Onion in Bermuda: Pours a clear, pale amber color with a wispy off-white head. Balanced malt and hops in the nose. Medium, smooth body with a moderately sweet malt and fruit flavor, along with some hops. The finish is mildly malty with a fruity aftertaste. As with the other North Rock beers it is passable.

Dogbrick, Oct 11, 2007
Photo of Kooz
2.17/5  rDev -35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on 6/8/11, but just found my notes now; didn't want to try to guess and enter without them.

Amber with some head that dissipated quickly but left a sticky lacing on the glass. Smells of hops--no other notes. Tastes sharp and hoppy; not much depth. Too sharp. There is no body to the beer. It had a nice aftertaste, but a harsh finish. I wouldn't order this.

Kooz, Jan 16, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

morebeergood, Apr 03, 2014
Trunk Island Pale Ale from The Frog & Onion Pub
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