Pale Ale - Dead Frog Brewing
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3.64/5 rDev +6.4%
341 mL bottle from the LCBO; this is the last review of the 6 brews contained within the BC Craft Brewers Guild sampler, which is currently available at select stores (dated May 23 2013). The bottle looks pretty cool - a little Sleeman-esque, although I've never been big on the 'clear glass bottle' thing. Served well-chilled.
Pours a clear amber-orange colour, topped with two fingers of frothy, foamy off-white head that erupts to the top of the glass. Kind of looks like marshmallow fluff as it slowly dies away, leaving lots of sticky lacing behind. Very nice. Nothing special to report on the nose - pale malts, leafy hops, some weak citrus and metallicity - and that's about it. At first I thought maybe the prodigious head was just covering some of it up, but nope; this is just the way it smells. Passable for a pale ale, I guess.
Tasty stuff, with more of a malt bent than the other pale ale that was in this sampler. Bready malts and caramel start us off, leading into some mild lemon and bergamot orange citrus. It dries out toward the finish with some pleasant grassiness, with a slightly fruity aftertaste that leaves a bitter, citric feel behind on the palate. Medium-bodied, with a mild bite from the carbonation and a smooth, almost creamy mouthfeel - but to be fair, I poured this rather aggressively, so there was a lot of head and probably a lot of lost carb. Potentially sessionable, as this one scratches most of my pale ale itches.
Final Grade: 3.64, a B grade. Dead Frog Brewing's Pale Ale isn't an attention-grabber, and I knew from the second I saw the less-than-impressive aggregate score that it probably wasn't very hoppy - but this is still an enjoyable, well-balanced pale ale that I could see myself picking up again, should six-packs ever become available here. Give it a try if you're looking for a maltier pale ale - it's a respectable inclusion in this sampler pack, which I highly encourage all readers to purchase while it's still available.
09-29-2013 14:50:16 | More by thehyperduck
3.26/5 rDev -4.7%
From the BC Sampler Pack at LCBO. 341 clear glass bottle no freshness date, into tulip glass with a frothy head of creamy off-white foam. Colour is a reddish amber brown, with lots of carbonation. Retention is pretty good with good lacing. 3.75
S – first thing is skunky malts, I guess a running hazard of the clear bottle. Caramel, pears, lemon, maybe some nuttiness, most hop aroma seems to have dissipated, this is mostly malty with some light citrus fruity tones and a bit of a floral character. 3
T – caramel breadiness, a lemon rind citrus, bit skunky again unfortunately, musty grains come through, hay like, what bitterness there is is mostly aged citrus, some grapefruit, maybe light grassy notes. Not much is sticky out to really recommend it, light acidity toward the end, finishes slightly acidic and lingering herbal note. 3.5
M – lots of carbonation, a light body. Has a sort of sour malt profile that I sometimes associate with more mainstream craft brews. Texture is mostly just carbonation and the light malt body. Easy to drink nonetheless. 3
Drinkable, but pretty standard and boring, malts are grainy and sour. There is nothing in the way of hop presence. It has more body than an AAL but otherwise there is little to recommend it other than the fact it is beer. Won’t seek it out again, hoping this was a stale bottle.
09-12-2013 02:30:11 | More by mick303
3.14/5 rDev -8.2%
Clear glass 330 ml bottle from BC Craft sampler 6-pack.
It spewed when I popped the top and poured a one inch yellowish fine head. An orangish amber colour. Excellent lacing.
Musty grain aroma.
Tastes of barley grain and hay bitterness. Floral notes. Bitter grassy aftertaste that lasted over an hour.
An OK APA but falls way short of hops.
08-30-2013 03:56:31 | More by ssmack
3.08/5 rDev -9.9%
Single clear bottle from the BC Craft Beer mixed pack.
Poured into a nonic. Caramel amber, visible carbonation, about a half inch of foam. Good lacing, nice retention.
Nose is sweet malt, caramel, and mild citrus hops. Very faint.
A half decent, though overcarbonated, pale ale. Not much to this, really. Sweet, mild grassy hop finish, with caramel and a bit of bread.
Thin, carbonation is far too high.
Nothing much to see here folks.
08-17-2013 18:23:43 | More by JohnnyBarman
3.2/5 rDev -6.4%
341ml Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - part of a mixed 6 pack for $13
Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size off white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, caramel, light hops
Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and grassy hops. There is also a bit of a metallic flavour and some grains.
Overall - An above average beer but far from exciting. Perhaps a good gateway beer to get others into craft,
08-14-2013 00:42:56 | More by spinrsx
3.35/5 rDev -2%
On-tap at the Original Joe's in Abbotsford, BC.
This beer appears a clear medium orangish brown colour, with one finger of soapy off-white head, which leaves some sparse droopy lace around the glass as it quickly abates. It smells faintly of pale biscuit malt, and equally tame soapy, floral hops. The taste is a stronger, more assertive biscuit malt, and floral, weedy hops. The carbonation is fairly noticeable, and the body medium weight, and generally smooth. It finishes sweet and bready, some biscuit edge still evident.
An adequate pale ale, but it could very well do with a swift dose of hops, any kind.
07-02-2011 06:35:17 | More by biboergosum
British Columbia (Canada)
3.58/5 rDev +4.7%
First one I've tried since backwoods became Dead Frog. I enjoyed a couple pints of this on the patio of the Greek restaurant at Crescent beach.
Deep-bronze/amber with an off-white head. Very thin ring of retention, very little lace.
Grainy biscuit, citrus & rind in the aroma & flavour. Modest bitterness.
Light to moderate body, doesn't seem as big as it is. An easy drinker.
I can see this as a bit of a transition brew. There's some nice pacific northwest flavour here, but not too much for the average drinker (and the bitterness seems relatively light for the style). I'd session this.
07-31-2009 21:01:25 | More by Derek
2.5/5 rDev -26.9%
Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of dry caramel malt with light dry hops as well. Taste is dominated by not overly complex dry caramel malt with very little hops apparent. Body is about average with good carbonation. Standard pale ale with little character but no flaws as well.
06-12-2009 02:53:08 | More by Phyl21ca
Pale Ale from Dead Frog Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.