Red Frog Ale - Blue Frog Grog & Grill
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3.48/5 rDev +2.1%
22oz bottle enjoyed after a long day walking around Disneyland!
Poured a deep and clear orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel with some citrus. Tastes of caramel, light citrus, and biscuit. Malty. Nothing earth shattering, but enjoyable for what it is!
12-04-2008 14:42:33 | More by hopdog
4/5 rDev +17.3%
Red Frog pours a clear, deep copper colored body beneath a 1/2" head of off-white foam that holds well and leaves wide rings of sticky lace about the glass.
The nose is clean, and suggests a caramelish malt that's tinged with an edge of sweetness. Some apple-like fruitiness is also present, and behind that there's some floral and grassy hops. It's fresh and inviting.
Across the palate it's medium-light bodied with a moderate carbonation that gives just a gentle tingle to the tongue.
The flavor is as the nose suggests, with the yeasty fruitiness standing out. It's malty, yeasty/fruity, and then hoppy. There's a nice caramelish balance to the malt, teetering between light and dark, sugary and bready, and lightly toasty. There's also a hint of darker roastiness that sometimes appears. The bitterness is perfectly balanced, as are the flavors as they quickly cross the palate. It finishes fairly short with some lingering maltiness beneath grassy, floral, and leafy hops.
Very nicely done, and quite drinkable.
09-27-2008 03:27:14 | More by NeroFiddled
3.08/5 rDev -9.7%
22 oz bottle poured into Piraat snifter.
A - Pours a deep copper/dark red/rust color with a big fluffy 2 finger head. Looks nice.
S - Sweet maltiness, fruit, cherry or grape, mild hop aroma. Malty sweet dominates.
T - Tastes like a standard red ale. Sweet malt, biscuit flavors balanced by a slight hop presence.
M - Medium bodied, but too carbonated for me.
D - Average. If I was at the brewery I'd order something else.
Glad I tried this. Nothing memorable. Nothing bad about the beer either. Middle of the road.
06-20-2008 23:30:00 | More by bbothen
3.83/5 rDev +12.3%
Dark for the style, but pretty clear, with a thin off-white head. Lots of lace.
Malty sweet with a good citrusy hop smell. But it does smell a little watery.
Sweet biscuity honey up front balanced out by resiny strong hop bitterness.
Too watery on the palate with smooth frothy texture.
Pretty drinkable. This was a hard one to review but I do like it and would try it again.
Tasted from a 22oz bomber on 4/21/08. Purchased in Tahoe.
06-06-2008 04:29:58 | More by tmitch75
3.95/5 rDev +15.8%
Poured into a tall glass.
I enjoyed the aroma of the beer and its pleasant, effervescent mouth-feel. Though it's not outstanding in anyway, it is very good and worth the $3.50 for the bomber on sale at Bevmo. It went really well with the homemade Mexican food my wife made. Pretty good stuff.
06-04-2008 03:13:36 | More by FacistCannonBall
4/5 rDev +17.3%
Clear beer that is darker than red and is more of a mahogany brown with a dark tan/light brown colored head. I would have to stick with my observations and call this a shade of brown.
Smell is sweet and malty with lots of fruity aromas. Lots of fruity esters from the yeast and some woody aromas from the hops used. Fairly neutral hop blend is used all I can pick out is some Fuggles and no citrus or pine at all.
The taste starts out woody but a little sweet and a faint patent malt flavor. Taste starts out sweetish and fruity but quickly changes to woody and bitter. Flavor is something like a mellowed out Brown Ale.
Mouthfeel is good.
Picture of a straight 4s beer. No weaknesses but no outstanding parts either. Probably would order this if at the brewery.
03-20-2008 03:21:25 | More by Zorro
4.03/5 rDev +18.2%
22 oz. bottle - color of amber , with a thick tan head pleasant nose of cookie , malts , slight spruce and floral taste of baking chocolate , resin , rough hop (weird for 31 IBUs), cinnamon , slight citrus , and orange - body is slightly rough , and with medium high carbonation aftertaste of orange , slight lemon/lime , malt , and smooth
08-14-2007 23:03:51 | More by stephendr
4.18/5 rDev +22.6%
Wow, this was a surprise! I picked up one of these on a fluke while at the Cap N Cork in LA. I love it!
A - Not a very inspiring pour. The head disappears very quickly.
S - Malty hop mix. Interesting sweet grape scent!
T - Strong hops overlapping sweet grapey, malty flavor. Good mix. Great taste!
M - Medium to full. Little bitterness from the hops.
D - Very tasty. Went down smooth and easy.
06-18-2007 01:22:02 | More by JayTheFinn
3.83/5 rDev +12.3%
22oz brown bottle with some silk screened looking graphics. Just started seeing this beer pop up at my local haunts. Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a sea foam sturdy tan head. Amber body. Rocky lace left behind.
There are some lighter underlying fruitiness throughout. The theme though is some roasty malts that is eventually cut down by some astringency and bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin at first until it sharpens up towards the end. After being dissapointed in their DIPA this was a nice comeback effort and I've regained my interest in sampling further offerings from this brewer.
Notes: This reaches a nice balance with enough snap to keep you coming back for another pull. Solid.
06-14-2007 02:42:17 | More by DogFood11
3.3/5 rDev -3.2%
Having never seen anything from this brewery, and my girlfriend being a red ale lover, I decided to pick this up. Wasn't bad...but nothing too special.
Basically, this is your standard red ale. Hops are slightly more aggressive than some of your boring brewpub versions, with a definite lean toward the piny, but only barely keep it from being fully boring. Malts and carbonation are relatively sharp.
This is just not memorable. Not bad, but in a week, I'll forget anything about what this tasted like - aside from it being boring.
Overall, not recommended - and at $5/bomber, there are many better choices.
05-22-2007 06:47:18 | More by rallison
3.18/5 rDev -6.7%
Red Frog Ale" from Blue Frog in a 22 oz bomber. Purchased at BevMo in Sacramento. The Bottle says OG 13.5 Plato, 31 IBUs, 6% Alc. by Vol. "Red Frog Ale: A little aggressive, at times wild, but like any good red head should be... always dependable. A generous addition of hops late in the boil and after fermentation help balance this beers malty profile. Enjoy with your favorite red head, brunette, baldy, or whoever. Just Enjoy It!" This differs from the Red Ale, which had a totally different description and a higher alcohol content. It poured from the 22 oz bottle a very dark amber that was reddish-brown. It raised a nice fat off white head that dropped fairly quickly and left minimal lacing. Interesting nose that is complex with malts, caramel and a touch of hops. Mouthfeel was a bit dry, and flavor was typical for an amber with a malty and somewhat sweet taste that is usual for the style. Finish slightly bitter, which contrasts with the sweet taste to start. I have commented before that ambers are hard to do well so this one to me is another one to add to the list of near misses. Drinkable, but unremarkable.
04-08-2007 17:19:34 | More by rkuhnel
3.88/5 rDev +13.8%
Poured from a 22oz bottle, the color was brown with a reddish tint. There was a thick head that formed after the pour and stayed around for a while. I thought this beer tasted pretty clean for an ale and it was definitely different than I was expecting. Not a whole lot of sweet malt flavor, actually the hops were more prominent than expected, but I was not disappointed by this, a very well balance beer. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but overall a very drinkable beer. I'm not really to much of a red ale fan, so maybe that is why I like it, a little pricey though.
03-01-2007 05:15:33 | More by Barleywhiner
3.45/5 rDev +1.2%
"Red Frog Ale" from Blue Frog in a 22oz bomber. Purchased at BevMo San Francisco.
Bottle says OG 13.5 Plato, 31 IBUs, 6% Alc. by Vol. "Red Frog Ale: A little aggressive, at times wild, but like any good red head should be... always dependable. A generous addition of hops late in the boil and after fermentation help balance this beer's malty profile. Enjoy with your favorite red head, brunette, baldy, or whoever. Just Enjoy It!"
Pours a crystal clear reddish brown, medium head, some lacing throughout. Nose is complex - probably the best thing going for this beer - led by an English style malt, very tiny bit of caramel. Taste follows up appropriately - very dry malt, English-style hops, sort of dryish thin water texture reminscent of ESBs. Not enough sweetness for the style, the hops tend to dominate and dry out the finish. Doesn't make for an easy return to the glass.
Much more like a traditional ESB than an American Red, and a little dry even for the former style. My first from Blue Frog, and doesn't live up to the brewery's reputation.
02-16-2007 05:20:35 | More by Talisker
Red Frog Ale from Blue Frog Grog & Grill
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