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Edgar IPA - Bullfrog Brewery

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Edgar IPAEdgar IPA

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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 9.43%
Wants: 29
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery visit their website
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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Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 82
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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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4/5  rDev -0.7%

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5/5  rDev +24.1%

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 Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I was at the brewpub I made it a point to try this one as my last brew before I left. I noticed a bunch of the workers wearin the Edgar shirts, So I figured it must be pretty good. The beer poured out as a really nice looking copper color. The head was strong looking and white, the beer had a killer lacing to it. The smell was very hoppy and was very inviting. The taste was piney and tingled the tongue on every sip. The mouthfeel was smooth and prickly. Overall very enjoyable IPA. Would love to have it again one day.

Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Poured into a Stone pint glass a cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice three-finger foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is pretty hoppy, with a slight malt note, lots of citrus and pine notes. The taste is nice and hoppy, slightly sweet, with some maltiness thrown in, a really nice citrus/pine note. Medium Body, with a very nice bitter/dry finish. This is my first Bullfrog brew and it's pretty tasty, will seek out others for sure.

Photo of mvanaskie13
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a standard pint glass; nice, crisp pale copper color, light head and lacing.

Smell is light malt sweetness, hint of biscuit and good hoppy bitterness notes of pine and lemon, with a hint of grassiness.

Taste is so well balanced, a big punch of lemony and piney bitterness, followed by a nice lightly biscuity malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel is just right, good balance of flavors on the tongue and good carbonation.

Overall, very well done, a nice and tasty ipa.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Darrell for sharing a bunch of growlers from Bullfrog Brewery, a really nice selection for a non distributing brewery!

A: Nice bright orange to straw color with a ring of bubbly white head, not a lot of lacing.

S: Beautiful open grassy and citrus hops, lemon grass, biscuit breadiness, and some nice subtle sugars as well.

T/M: Nice taste following the smell but not with as much burst as I hoped. A palate crushing bitter back is great, with lots of citrus bitters and grass. Very subtle grain front and semi sweet middle without too much complexity, some tropical flavors add in nicely.

O Good, a very encouraging introduction to this brewery.

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by durwoodx. Thanks Darrell!

The beer is clear and bright orange with a small head and minimal lacing. The aroma is primarily of candied citrus fruits. The flavor brings more of the same. The beer is very hop forward, with little malt presence. The feel is a bit sweet and sticky and coats the palate with a lasting bitterness. Overall, another solid beer from Bullfrog.

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 Hojaminbag
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Edgar IPA has a clear, copper-colored body and a small off-white head. A head with OK retention leaves a few scraps of lacing.

The aroma has a lot of fruity hops with just a bit of malt behind it.

Edgar IPA has a pretty interesting hop profile. Pretty fruit, with some grapefruit zest, apricot, some orange and other citrus flavors. Underneath that is a hint of grass and some pine. A moderate amount of bitterness accompanies these flavors, especially in the finish. The malt base is in the background, and certainly doesn't challenge the hops for control of the flavor, but it does supply some light caramel sweetness and a little bit of biscuit.

Somewhat light bodied, on the high side of the carbonation scale.

Edgar IPA is a solid IPA that is definitely worth a try if you stop at the Bullfrog.

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 jzeilinger
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice, clear, vibrant orange color with tight, small carbonation flowing up at a nice steady pace, and a thin white ring around the top.

S - Smells like a HUGE basket of overripe tropical fruit. The aroma is dripping with oranges, papaya, grapefruit, and pineapple - just amazing in the nose. Smell is very up front, zesty, pungent, juicy, and aromatic. There's also a touch of pine mixed in, but not very much.

T - The tongue is met immediately with a juicy, fruity goodness and a touch of yeasty, bready malt underneath. After the sweetness rolls around the tongue some bitter grapefruit sets in to finish things off and leaves the mouth coated with a metallic/citrus/peppery coating. Grapefruit bitterness is next to last before some heavy orange migrates into the picture to linger in the mouth for a nice finish. There's a little bit of lemons mixed in with all the frutiness as well.

M - Heavy medium body, a little yeasty and frothy for an IPA, and the alcohol presence leaves a slight bit of effervescence in the back of the throat.

D - Dangerously HIGH. I would have given this a (5) but with 8%, you can't really have too many of these, but they go down oh so easily!

Always loved this beer, just an excellent IPA from another great PA brewer. I've had it on tap, in the growler a few days after it was filled, and in the bottle. By far, the fresh tap version is best, growler second, and the bottle totally loses any pungency and frutiness from the hops. It's an awesome IPA but I wouldn't recommend the bottled version IF you're trying it for the first time. If I could have a steady supply of this beer, there would always be an Edgar on tap here at home. Love this beer!

Photo of JAXSON
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From summer 2009 notes.

This is sublime on tap. The bottled version is a bit clunkier and malt-forward. The bottled version is heavy in the caramel malt, which is actually really tasty but makes it more cumbersome than I would like for the style. The tap version glimmers wih bright, piney hops to play more with the caramel base, which was exceptional. Bottled version had improved tremendously since the release, as there was initially a pretty nasty ethanol, chemical heat that persisted throughout.

I guess my notes were a combination of a few different entries. This was an example of a bottled IPA actually improving sitting in the bottle for a few weeks, as this gassy chemical quality relly took over the ultra-fresh bottles.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 5/28/10 at the brewpub.

Served in a pint glass Edgar appears a very cloudy orange color with a bit of hop break floating around in the glass. The creamy head fades fast to just a lace atop the brew. Aroma is slightly muted from what I was expecting but what is evident is citrus notes minorly reminescent of grapefruits with a floral aspect about it as well. Taste is pleasantly hoppy with a good backing of sweet malty goodness to counter the bitter hops tasting minorly citrusy and somewhat herbal. Also picking up on some grassiness before the bitter, slightly resine-like finish that is quite warming from the alcohol that just starts to show itself in the back. Medium feel with a light level of carbonation. Overall quite drinkable and very good.

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

Had this beer on tap at the brewery on a recent trip back to PA. Poured from the tap to a pint glass and the review is from notes taken on 7/16/2010.

Appearance: Pour is an orange/coppery color and it starts with a 1/2 finger white head that fades to a bubbly, creamy and uneven skim; body is very cloudy and it's a little difficult to get a good reading on the carbonation, but it looks to be moderate; spots of lacing are left holding randomly to the sides of the glass.

Smell: Smell is very juicy and citric (lots of orange peel and straight up orange) hoppy bitterness; a mildy sweet malty presence that carries a touch of honey to it; the nose is big and robust, and absolutely delectable!

Taste: Very solid! Lots of the citric and juicy hops right up front, followed by a bit of a toasty graininess that leads into a bit of that honey sweet maltiness; the aftertaste returns to the rind-like bitter ness of the citric fruits; the flavors in this beer are huge and wonderful!

Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and creamy with a thicker body and soft carbonation; a semi-dry stickiness is left all over the palate; the gums are left a little tingly and the belly is left warm from the higher ABV.

Drinkability: Amazing scent and flavors -- this big IPA has solid balance and a thick and sticky mouthfeel, what's not to like? ABV would catch up to anyone after a while and it does lower it a bit, but this beer is still amazing and should be drank in the highest quantities available.

Photo of Aenema
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, dark amber / honey, nice one-finger white head, sticky lacing.
Smell - Lots of resin.
Taste - Much like the nose, lots of resin though it has a slight hint of caramel malts. Lots of bitterness throughout, yet not too much hop flavor.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, slightly sticky feel. Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied.
Drinkability - Fair amount of bitterness throughout without a great deal of hop flavor limits the drinkability of this one. Still enjoyable.

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

A hazy copper color a little bit of white lacing

S kind of a tight nose lots of bitterness little bit of lemon

T very nice balance of hops and malts lots of citrus

M thick body for single ops nice coronation

D I enjoyed this beer I do like the wild version a little more

Photo of thain709
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The body was a golden orange color with a creamy white head...the head showed some retention becoming a wispy cap...nice lacing

S - A very interesting nose...a mixture of citrus, pine, floral, and herbal hops all at once...you can pick up on the pine notes with hints of grapefruit, orange, and lemon zest...a hint of spiciness...I like it

T - The hops are pretty evident in the flavor...they have a strong bitterness to finish the beer but they are sweet up front...I think the caramel malts help add to that sweetness...the finish is bitter but nothing too big

M - Medium bodied...nice lingering bitterness and rather crisp

D - I didn't realize this was 8% so the alcohol is hidden...a great nose with good hop flavors on the palate...a nice IPA

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 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 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 ccrida
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm very thankful to johnmichaelsen for bringing this for me. However, the $16 dollar price tag he paid for it at a bar also makes me thankful for no longer living in PA! Poured into my large gulden draak tulip, Edgar is a chill hazed orange with a large off-white head leaving thick foamy lace, big chunks, very nice.

Smell is somewhat but not overly hoppy, an unusual blend of aromas, some nice lemon notes compliment the pine, but there's a strong yeastiness that seems out of place and is distracting.

Taste is ok, not too hoppy though, kind of yeasty bread dough, more bitterness then hop flavor. While the alcohol is fairly well hidden, the general flavor profile is frankly more akin to a pale ale to me...maybe I'm just getting jaded with all the Portland IPAs, but this one falls short.

Mouthfeel is pretty dried out by the alcohol, the only real indication of it, it's also pretty thick. Did I mention it's yeasty?

Drinkability is OK. Inoffensive but boring. Factor in the price and availability, and I can't see myself ever having this again by choice.

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Edgar IPA from Bullfrog Brewery
90 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.