Edgar IPA - Bullfrog Brewery

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Edgar IPAEdgar IPA

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Ratings: 234
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 29
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: woodychandler on 12-29-2004

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Photo of jakester
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Arrives a hazy, deep orange with a 1" head of orange-tinted foam that drops to a nice coating and a ring. Some carbonation evident. Some lacing on the glass.

Smells of strong lemony/grapefruity hops, maybe pine needles, and sweet caramel malts. The arome is very enticing.

At first you taste rich sweetness, which quickly gets blasted away by a powerful bitterness. Then you get ripe grapefruit and fresh pine. Delish. This is a huge IPA, with a good deal of caramel-y malt sweetness for balance. This is definitely a keeper. The aftertaste is a very long grapefruit.

Mouthfeel is sweet/bitter. Hop resins coat the tongue, only to be washed away by a pretty good carbonation bite. Lips stick together from sweetness. A nice long warm, yummy finish.

This is one of the best IPA's I've ever had, although it really could be a small DIPA. Chock full of hops, with a huge malt presence, and the alcohol to back it up. A winner.

Photo of rudylaw
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FooFaa for lugging this 750ml with him from PA to GTOM! Always a great day meeting another BA in person!

Pours a hazy copper with a giant, three finger head. I smell hints of citrus and pine, but to be perfectly honest, I'm not getting a whole lot here. Time to drink the damn thing...

Lemons upfront. Puckering lemons, grapefruit, orange and a bit of band-aid. I'm also heeding the below reviews and letting this warm up. We lose the band-aid taste and start to pick up some floral hops as well as kiwi perhaps?

This is most definitely an east coast IPA. I'm not getting bruised with hops, but moreso getting caressed with balance. The mouthfeel is terrific, for an IPA (not sure about this being a DIPA)... fairly creamy and goes down dry. No problems finishing this on another scorcher in Chicago.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above-average hopped IPA, like a 1.5 IPA not a double. The best beer in their lineup. Here the aggressive carbonation of their entire lineup was suitable. Good bitterness,citrus, hop resin, they got it all in there, pine hop aroma. Nice lace.A decent IPA.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Standard pour reveals a massive, 4 finger head that collapses quickly to a point and just stops. Good retention. Head is white, creamy, and a bit coarse on the sides of the glass. Beer is a cloudy reddish-orange. Lacing is patchy but ample.

S: Nose is light hoppiness, strong cane sugar, clementine, and a creaminess that reminds me of warm sweet condensed milk.

T: Boozy opening that really surprises me. Afterwards, cane sugar, citrus, deep brown sugar and caramel middle. Slightly hoppy finish with a deep citrus fruitiness. Also a bit smokey and charred on the finish.

M: Medium bodied and light carbonated but it really jumps on the tongue. Mouth is coarse, and very vibrant. Finish is present, but fades quickly and is not overwhelming.

D: A rather standard example of a DIPA. The creaminess is a welcome surprise here and sets Edgar apart from the others. A unique brew that is worth seeking out.

Photo of mikey711
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pint glass today.

A: A very rich copper with a lacy off white head. NO cloudiness at all. Head could be a little frothier, but still very good.

S: Floral, earthy, spicy, and a touch of citrus. Not much sweetness in the smell.

T: Extremely spicy, but not just alcohol. Maybe a bit of corriander or the slightest hint of all spice. Plenty of earthy or floral notes in this as well. There is a very good sweetness present as well.

M: Slightly creamy and the bitterness is very smooth.

D: A bomber would be no problem two would be too much.

Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub on 12/27/08.

Pours a clear gold with a 1/2 finger or so of brite-white head. Thin creamy retention yields some good looking spotty lace. The aroma is earthy and floral with a touch of pine and spice to it and a thick smelling mix of citrus and caramel behind it.

The taste is similar with a more earthy and peppery hop profile that posesses a bit of a resinous edge to it and is well balanced by a tangy backbone of citrus, caramel, and bread. Finishes with a nice dry lingering bitterness that hangs in the mouth for a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm carbonation that accentuates the hop profile and keeps things moving across the palette.

A classic IPA from the PA brewpub scene. Well balanced, full flavored, and incredibly quaffable for 8% ABV, a visit to the Bullfrog should always start with a glass of this.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful deep translucent coppery-sunset orange with a foamy by nature ivory colored head that was 2 fingers high and remained sturdy and true for a good 4-5 minutes. A feverishly strong showing of macro bubbles livens up the appearance while a moderate patchy lacing sticks around the glass upon the heads demise.

S: The nose was much lighter then anticipated especially with the strong visible carbonation presence I was expecting much more. The aroma was more sweet and sticky carmalized grains then hops with just a modest showing of soft freshly cut pine wood and semi-dry grapefruit notes. Overall was bit disappointed by the lack of strength here especially considering its label of a 2x ipa.

T: The flavor was freshly squeezed lemons and wet grapefruit peels offering up a decent mouth puckering experience and bitterness. The malting was sweetly toasted grains that balanced well against the moderate strong hoppiness. The finish finds an increasing bitterness of wet lemons and lightly dried pine needles that grows 3-4 seconds after the swallow before making a abrupt and fairly clean exit. Overall a nice balance of sweetly toasted grains and wet lemony hopping that finishes out with a big burst for a grand finale that makes you aware of its 2x nature. The hops didn't immediately strike me at first as being abundant until the beer warmed up a bit to its proper temp I feel (around 55f) when I really noticed the hops taking charge so I would definitely let this warm up a bit before consumption to enjoy.

M: medium-full consistency with a slightly creaminess and a light carbonation presence. The mouthful finishes out with a burst of semi-dry grapefruit and pine hopping teasing the tongue.

D: Good drinkability with a good balance of malts and hops makes this a easy and enjoyable downer. Again let this warm up to truly appreciate how it was meant to be experienced.

Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery one week ago.

A: The cork took a bit of working before it popped with a vengeance, spewing IPA all over the counter. After managing to get it into my glass, the IPA looked a dark amber orange color, dark enough to be opaque. The vigourous carbonation yielded a sizeable head that laced lightly around the glass.

S: The nose is pretty heady, full of hops and a near-equal amount of malt. The hops are both citrusy sweet and spicy, with a touch of heat.

T: There is a nice citrusy kick upfront before the ale turns spicy hot. The heat has alcohol backing it up, adding more heat to the mix. Caramel malts are strong enough to stand up to the hops, giving the ale a near-barleywine body. The ale needs to warm up, otherwise it comes across as a boozy mess. As it is, the ale seems much heavier than 8%.

M: The mouthfeel runs all over the place before settling down. The spicy citrus hops really kick it up.

D: At first I wasn't down with this but the more I sip on it, the better it gets. Give it time (that seems to be a theme with some BF brews, that they are much MUCH better warmer).

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bullfrog Brewery...

A - Orange/yellow colour that was slightly cloudy.

N - A lot of grapefruit and some floral hops. Definitely had a big IPA nose to it.

T - Citriusy hops and some pine. Bitter with a nice, smooth finish.

M - Medium body with a bit of chew.

D - A very good IPA. This beer should be widely distributed. It is an excellent example of the style.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA.

This one pours a slightly dark orange, with a creamy, foamy one inch head, and a large amount of lacing.

This one has a big herbal and piney aroma, with some grapefruit, pineapple, and orange.

This one surprised me in how tasty it was. This almost tastes like a citrusy milkshake, really thick fruit flavor, with a good herbal and piney component. There is really no malt character noticeable here.

Like mentioned before, this has a milkshake-esque consistency and mouthfeel. It's not quite as thick as an actual milkshake, but it's definitely got a nice creaminess to it.

A really nice and well constructed IPA here.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With much thanks to a kind NY BA, I am able to enjoy a growler of this beauty. Served cold and poured into multiple pint glasses, this one was consumed on 06/19/2009.

The pour was wonderful. Nice honey colored amber with great clarity to it. A nice two inches of white, sticky foam rises up from the bottom of the glass to sit nicely on top for a good long while. Rich citrus hops welcome me in. Very bright with loads of pineapple notes right up front rich. Rich bready middle runs across the palate before a sharp bite of grapefruit and long drawn out dryness smacks the palate and lets you really just revel in how good an IPA can be. Smooth, mellow, even carbonation, this was a wondeful and quite drinkable, very fresh IPA.

Overall I am not familar with the regular offerings from Bullfrog, but hot damn we have a winner here for sure. This was a wonderful example of how light, complex, and fruity a good IPA can be. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again and again. Simply superb in every way. They should be proud of this offering.

Photo of blackie
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a growler at the brewpub for PACK v. Dook

a: poured into a piraat chalice, producing only a light coating of carbonation, the beer a lightly hazed medium-golden in color

s: pungent aromas of juicy tropical hops, passionfruit pulp and red grapefruit juice, orange, pineapple, light caramel malts add a dose of sugar and provide a subtle base to let the hops do their thing, fresh - just a great aroma

m: carbonation low, body ranging to the lighter side of medium

t: fantastic tropical fruit juice hops are the centerpiece here - passionfruit, red grapefruit, vibrant green hop cones, pale malts with a light caramel flavor, big assertive bitterness of young pine provides a knockout finish

d: drinkability isn't a problem - it's strong, but the hops presence is top notch and the bitter finish keeps things rolling

Photo of largadeer
2.54/5  rDev -37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml shared by HopHead84. Thanks, maybe :(

A: Semi-hazy amber with a lasting eggshell-colored head that leaves sticky lace around the rim of the glass.

S: Mineral/metallic, extremely so. Fruity as well - peach and mango come to mind. Light crackery sweetness forms the backbone. This would be decent if not for the harsh metallic overtones.

T/M: Cardboard-like oxidation and a healthy dose of metal. Herbal, grassy hops try to dominate the metal and oxidation, and almost succeed through sheer astringency. Medicinal, bitter, oxidized finish. Yeah, probably one of the worst IPAs I've had. Blah.

Photo of weeare138
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy amber with a soapy off white head that has decent retention. Nice sticky lacing is left on the inside of the glass.
Smell is of orange, pine, malt albeit a bit weak for a Double IPA in my opinion. Definitely not bad though.
Taste is citrusy, piney, malty with plenty of hops coming through.
The mouthfeel is bitter, sweet, acidic but not fully balanced on the malt end. Just a little too much hops outweighing the nice maltiness hidden in the background.
Drinkability is good for this brew.

Photo of Phatz
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Woody Chandler for sharing the growler.
What a great beer. This beer is right on the fence between IPA and DIPA. At 8% ABV it is big for an IPA but it drinks so easily you would never know the alcohol is there making it hard to believe it's a DIPA. It has very solid characteristics but with out being extreme.

Appearance: Dark orange color with a nice three finger beige head and some sticky lacing.

Smell: Initially bold (to a degree) hops but then it settles into a solid but easy to accept pine citrus and sweet malt balanced aroma.

Taste: Very easy! This is big for an IPA but not too extreme in my opinion. It has a very nice bold crisp grapefruit hop presence that does not shy away from your palate and it is immediately followed by a lip smacking caramel sweet malt character. The sweet and bitter attributes teeter-totter but leave you with a delightfully sweet dry aftertaste that lingers. The ABV is completely hidden.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth. It has plenty of hop prickles and carbonation but also has a strong malt backbone giving it a solid slick center. Added together it is very creamy and easy to drink.

Drinkability: Certainly a standout feature of this beer is its approachability. I would categorize it as gentle (small) DIPA that is quite dangerously easy to drink. Watch out that 8%ABV is still there.

Hope this is helpful.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass.

A- pours orange with no head at all. Not sure if that's because it sat around for awhile before it was brought to me (which is what I'd assume) or what, but not impressed to start

S- super duper aroma of citrus hops! Not sure if this uses citra or if I'm getting tomahawk out of this, but dear god is it powerful

T- slight bitterness and mostly citrus...a decent bit of orange in this one

M- a little syrupy, but not overly so

D- it's not bad. Doesn't really do anything to put itself head and shoulders above the pack, though. Give me a pour with a decent head though, and maybe the rating could get bumped a little bit

Photo of ppoitras
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler obtained via Growling at the Moon from mday. Thanks for the opportunity.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head is quickly down to an uneven film, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is skanky pine, biting hops in its raw state.

Taste is sweet for a moment to start, a peek of citrus, then back to the hops, with pine and earthiness strong and dominant. Some lingering numbness after the swallow. Hops burps are quick and biting. Mouthfeel is rough and tumble but grows on me, and drinkability is good, drawing me back, daring me to think I can tame this one down in my next glass.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.37/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another goody from Bullfrog on tap at 6 & Save in New Kensington, PA.

Poured into a tulip a clear golden-orange with a slight white ring & dusting, some lacing at the top but not down through the rest of the beer.

Floral aromas up-front, light citrus essence, pine. Typical IPA smells but very pure & clean, a pretty smell.

Taste is sugary at first without being "malty" or syrupy, very smooth in the middle with a strong hop bite at the back of the tongue in the swallow. The bite is herbal & piney but without being overly bitter.

Feel is very smooth as well, coating the mouth without being sticky. Leave a thin, sweet residue.

A good drinker for being a stronger, complex IPA. I could go for another one, sure.

Photo of BeerCon5
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a bright orange color with a pretty small amount of white fluffy head.

The scent is of strong citrus, and notable piney hops.

The taste is of strong citrus, orange peel, very dry and bitter hop presence, some peppery notes also.

Full body, smooth and dry, moderate to high carbonation.

This was a pretty good IPA, very strong flavor, and relatively easy to drink.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma citrus, pine, orange, mango, faint resin & malt. Taste sweet malt, tropical fruit, light pine, lemon zest, & resin bitter finish.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper color with a nice white head.

S: Fairly hoppy leaning more toward floral and spice, but nothing too overwhelming.

T: A nice bitterness, but not as much as I would expect from an (D)IPA with this much alcohol. The hops that are present are quite nice, but nothing too overwhelming.

M: Medium-bodied with a hefty dose of carbonation.

D: Very, very drinkable considering the high abv and substantial hop presence.

Photo of AtlasBrew
4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Edgar IPA (7.5% ABV)
Named after Edgar Allan Poe, this double IPA is a crowd pleaser.

Color: Copper with a thin white head.

Aroma: spicy citrusy hops

Flavor: Sweet malty flavor, accompanied by a sweet citrusy hop flavor which is overpowering. Bitter in the middle with semi-dry finish.

Overall: A very drinkable and smooth IPA. One of my favorites and definitely among the best I've ever had. It makes me wanna brew my IPA...guess I better get that kitchen finished!

Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is named in response to Poe's story, "The Hop Frog". Also, it seems different from the other IPAs listed for Bullfrog, so I feel justified in adding it as a new entry.
It is cloudy yellow in color, which is not a great look for an IPA. However, as I lean in to take a whiff, it becomes almost painfully apparent that this is a for-sure IPA. Some hairs burned up in my nostrils, but no worries, cauterization is good. Yow! The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel with a great tang on the tongue. The citrus/grapefruit flavor absolutely abounds - in the mouth, on the finish, in the aftertaste. Wonderful.

Photo of Rifugium
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear copper color with a foamy cap of white head that retained well and left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus and pine hops, toasted grains, splintered wood. Taste was pretty subdued for a DIPA, pine and citrus hop qualities, toasted grains, mineral, and a somewhat metallic bitterness in the finish. Light-medium body. Nothing too memorable here.

Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bullfrog Brew Pub.

Poured a medium amber/orange color with a small sized off white head. Nice hoppy, citric aromas Tastes of the same citrus and some pininess. Medium bitter and lightly sweet finish. Nice balance.

Notes from 08/01/04.

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Edgar IPA from Bullfrog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.