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Pale Ale - Dead Frog Brewing

Pale AlePale Ale

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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 14.62%

Brewed by:
Dead Frog Brewing visit their website
British Columbia, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A hop forward ale perfectly balanced with a full flavoured malt base.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: canucklehead on 07-28-2007)
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Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 14:50:16 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 02:30:11 | More by mick303
Photo of ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

3.14/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Medium feel.

An OK APA but falls way short of hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 03:56:31 | More by ssmack
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 18:23:43 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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,

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 00:42:56 | More by spinrsx
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-02-2011 06:35:17 | More by biboergosum
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2009 21:01:25 | More by Derek
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 02:53:08 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of IronDjinn

Alberta (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Comes in a clear bottle with the brewery's logo embossed onto the glass.

Pours out a deep rustic amber/nutty brown in hue, decent tight frothy white head with good retention.

Bready toffee malt, nuts, faint twiggy grassy hops and some detergent on the nose.

Flavour lacks a certain cohesion, the characteristics don't seem to mesh with one another. Almost tastes like a cross between a pale ale and a brown ale. Starts out with earthy toasted malt, yet the flavour gets washed out by the middle, while hops don't seem to make an appearance until well into the aftertaste, faint and herbal. A husky nutty character long into the aftertaste too.

Mouthfeel is a nice creamy medium body, smooth across the palate.

Impressive appearance and mouthfeel on this pale ale, the head lasts until the very end, however things don't get pulled together within the flavour department, which in the end leaves off giving just an average impression.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 22:19:06 | More by IronDjinn
Photo of elricorico

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy caramel brown with a half finger of beige head. Clear body. Decent head retention.

Toasty aroma with a herbal hop lean. Some citrus fruitiness as it warms.

Malts give a bready flavour with a touch of caramel. Hops finish the flavour with a touch of citrus. Well balanced, some may say too balanced for a pale ale, but it leads to a very drinkable beer.

Fair body for the style with a very soft yet lively carbonation. Nice and smooth to feel.

Would make for a very nice session brew. Nothing extreme about it, but everything is pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 03:25:38 | More by elricorico
Photo of allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at an airport hotel in Vancouver - an expected, and excellent offering.

A - Pours a hazy light brown with a creamy white head. Seemed to have a greenish tinge to the liquid, but maybe that was my tie...

S - Quite fruity and also yeasty with some citric hops.

T/M - Fruity and yeasty with a not-quite-cask-light softness. A little tart up front, moderate hop, and a light grainy undertone. Aftertaste is muted. Excellent balance.

D - Very drinkable, sessionable ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 04:28:03 | More by allergictomacros
Photo of canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Formerly Backwoods brewing, this interestingly monickered brewery is showing up in more and more establishments in Vancouver. Their pale ale is a very nice hoppy take on the style. Hop nose, orange gold body and fair head. Tastes somewhat like Blue Truck from Phillips this is perfect food friendly beer that has more body than most BC pale ale's.Worth ordering

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 16:48:54 | More by canucklehead
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