Fearless India Pale Ale - Dead Frog Brewing
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
3.69/5 rDev -1.9%
My IPA fixation shows no sign of letting up anytime soon, and this one hails from a BC brewery that has yielded some pleasant surprises thus far. This brew is a very nice dark red-amber hue with a robust tan head featuring great retention. Gorgeous visual presentation. Alas, the hop bill led me to expect some pretty massive tropical notes on the nose, and while there was a detectable tropical musk like passion fruit or guava, the hops were more on the earthy-spicy side. This is a malt-forward IPA (scope out the malt bill on the label ... Special B in an IPA??), with potent biscuit and toasted crust flavors along with some lighter fruity plum notes, with the flavor hops struggling a bit to shine through ... I do get some grapefruit rind, blackberry and raspberry, a little melon. The bittering hops do a better job of keeping up, and this one gets quite piney, tannic, and woody as one proceeds. Whew. Mid-range body with some chew, a tad prickly, and with a dryish toasty body followed by a crisp medicinal finish. Fairly potent stuff. Majorly malt-forward to my palate, coupled with dried pungent citrus rind spice and a floral booziness. Although I like more prominent flavor hops, this sort of brew keeps the IPA world diverse and the aficionado on his or her toes.
02-21-2014 04:12:59 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
650ml bottle. Hang ten, duuude! Shark sez what now?
This beer pours a crystal clear medium golden amber colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, rocky, foamy ecru head, which leaves some consistent droopy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly slips under.
It smells of grassy, piney hop bitterness, a much milder (relatively) generic citrus rind acridity, soft grainy malt, with just a bit of caramel sweetness, and some middling underlying alcohol notes. The taste is bitter spruce tips, a semi-sweet, kind of perfumed floral essence, some pale grainy maltiness, with a slight white bread kicker, and a flailing citrus rind character, in danger of being sucked into that rising booze warmth.
The bubbles are rather interesting in this affair, as they foam up Belgian Bottle Reconditioning-style (no Youtube sensation, this) at first, and soon settle into a dull hum of edgy support, the body a wavering medium weight, and mostly smooth, a thin astringency - hop-borne, natch - gumming things up a wee bit. It finishes off-dry, the grain still able to pull a fast one, with the liquored-up flower and citrus bowl providing a nuthouse lifer's version of balance.
Huh. Not the citrus hop bomb I was anticipating, but interesting for that alone. The awkward slip into something more weirdly comfortable, i.e. the rather warm floral alcohol bit - somehow works against, and with, my internal laws of beer physics. Anyhoo, a decent IPA, with enough of the unexpected to make you actually earn that marketing pap 'Shark Bait' badge.
11-08-2012 04:39:30 | More by biboergosum
3.3/5 rDev -12.2%
650ml bomber bottle, reasonably priced, Canadian brewer, how can I resist (regardless/in spite of previous brews)
A - clear and bright golden copper, respectable head settled at a finger leaving plenty of lacing sticking to the glass as it did
S - dry grass and light orange citrus, pale grains and a touch of butterscotch, with just a faint hint of some type of adjunct
T - strong with grapefruit citrus and some woody plant-like hoppiness, mild grains and sweetness provide some balance, a touch of piney bite to finish, but something about the flavours are compartmentalized and don't quite gel into a singular brew
M - medium with a decent carbonation and an healthy hop bitterness that lingers much like a DIPA which this is not
O - I probably should give this 3.5 on taste but there is just something about the way it drinks that seems like deliberately defined stages rather than a whole brew, something like the whole is less than the sum of the parts if that makes sense, a fair offering worth a try but i'm not fully sold ... maybe I need another
11-02-2012 04:49:08 | More by joemcgrath27
British Columbia (Canada)
3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
Appearance. Pours a clear, deep amber-gold with two+ fingers of thick, off-white head that leaves some good lacing.
Smell. Caramel malts and some piney, citrusy hops and a little booze. Oranges and a little grapefruit really come through.
Taste. Big piney and citrus hops, slightly tangy. The malts are there, but not backing the hops quite enough leaving the taste a little bit thin. Lots of nice hops though.
Mouthfeel. Well below medium body, again not suporting the big hop taste. Medium carbonation.
Overall. Like citra, it seems like Dead Frog is almost there, but still lacking in the overall finished product. Nice hops though!
12-02-2012 03:44:04 | More by Rutager
British Columbia (Canada)
4.26/5 rDev +13.3%
Clear gold with a white head, some retention & lacing.
There's a nice hop aroma (though not over-powering) with plenty of depth: dank, tropical fruit, pine.
Really solid bitterness, without being harsh. There's some really nice hop flavour here, with plenty of depth, but it doesn't have as much punch from the finishing hops as something like Red Racer.
Smooth, moderate body has a relatively crisp finish.
This one really comes together. It's not a brute, it's just a really nice beer. I'd LOVE to try it unfiltered. Although there's some really good flavour here, it does seem as though some has been stripped away.
05-17-2013 03:59:16 | More by Derek
3.85/5 rDev +2.4%
Props to my bro for sending this gem my way...
A - Pours a nice copper colour, thumb of head with solid retention and nice sheeting lacing.
S - Slightly metallic, raw citrus rind, hints of iced tea and pine.
T - Much like the nose, with citrus rind and earthy pine, surprising bitterness, touch of metallic caramel and spruce.
M - Medium bodied, smooth and dry on the finish.
O - Probably one of the best from Dead Frog with loads of flavour and heavy citrus hop bitterness. Happy to see the direction they're moving and would definitely looking forward to their next release.
12-14-2012 01:51:20 | More by andrenaline
3.89/5 rDev +3.5%
341ml bottle poured into tulip 26/10/13
A clear light copper with lots of bubbles feeding a large three finger foam that quickly falls to a pinkies width and then stays there leaving lots of random lace on the way down
S juicy fruit chewing gum, spruce, lime rind, tangerine, lychee, spicy hops, faint caramel, smells pretty solid
T more rind, faint booze, spicy almost peppery, lots of citrus and a little corn flake, tastes pretty good but I preferred the nose by a hair
M medium bodied, soft carbonation, a nice bitter snap with just a little grit and heaps of rind lingers hard
O I didn't expect much but this turned out to be a solid brew that I'd drink again, a strange mix of tropical, spicy and rindy hops but it works
I could drink this one again, not mind blowing but a respectable IPA and its not overpriced like so many beers I've had as of late
10-27-2013 05:00:00 | More by wordemupg
British Columbia (Canada)
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
IMHO the best beer yet from Dead Frog . A solid very hoppy IPA that is totally balanced and rich on the mouthfeel ( tastes a lot like Switchback from Lighthouse). This should be in 12oz bottles in a six pack as a beer like this could move Dead Frog out of the minors and into the top tier of BC brewers.
11-04-2012 04:30:09 | More by canucklehead
3.8/5 rDev +1.1%
650ml bottle pours a pale amber color with a 2 finger white head that has some good retention and leaves some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is bold with citrus and tropical fruits and mild caramel notes. Taste is an in your face punch of grapefruit hop bitterness with some passion fruit and caramel malty sweetness. Medium bodied with some nice carbonation leaving a nice tingle on the palate.
12-20-2012 06:36:17 | More by Serge
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