The Big DIPA - Blue Frog Grog & Grill

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The Big DIPAThe Big DIPA

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 2.89
pDev: 23.88%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Blue Frog Grog & Grill visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: Talisker on 04-21-2007)
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Reviews by fostwal:
Photo of fostwal
2.2/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a clear amber color and the smell is not very impressive. Actually it is a rather light caramel and a unique scent that I couldn't place. What really counts is the taste. The label boasts that the beer was overloaded with everything from malt to hops. It definitely is packed with flavor. Though, not all of them are good. The maltiness and hopiness do not work well together. You really have to let this beer breath like a bottle of wine. Even after that, the first sip is not impressive and the aftertaste is very bitter. The carbonation is about average. Overall, its an ok beer to drink, though for $9/750ml, there are much better options.

More User Reviews:
Photo of magictrokini
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a mess. Cloudy orange with a frothy off-white head. Grassy, piney hops, oats, cereal, and grapefruit in the nose. Caramel and citrusy hops are prevalent, but there is also a lot of soap and a metallic bitterness. Finish is earthy and wheaty. Not worth the price.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.23/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Man, I was hoping to love this one when it came out. I used to live in Fairfield. But alas, being a homer can only get you so far. Amber appearance, lots of clarity. Aroma was just malt smelling, where's the hops in this dipa man?

And then the taste, not to beat a dead horse, but "where's the hops man?" Tastes like some cheap homebrewer skimping on hops calling it a DIPA. I mean, yeah, you see a lot of IBUs and hops claimed in this beer, but don't tell me, let me taste it, for which I do not. Disappointing all around.

Photo of InfernoBoss
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of IntriqKen
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I wish I had read the review before mine before I picked this up.
Oh well...let's see how I feel about it. Fill date on my bottle is less than 30 days ago.

Pours a cloudy orange with a large craggy slightly off-white head that surprisingly doesn't stick much but does hang around a while.

Aroma is fruity hops and an unfortunate sour butter smell.

Sharply bitter citrus hops hit the tongue first with very little of the malt sweetness you would expect from a DIPA. Hops are definitely present however along with a strong alcohol....both elements missing from the previous reviewer's bottle. Flavor continues with the bitter citrus peel hops as you continue with your drink. I can't really identify either the type of hops nor even the kind of citrus I'm tasting...probably a blend of several.

Aftertaste is drying and sort of nice....especially for a DIPA since there is absolutely NO sticky, sweet residue.

Mouthfeel is comfortable but a little thin.

Not world-class...not great...but not too bad either. And (probably due to the high ABV) I am enjoying it more the more of the 750 ml I consume. Not worth the high price, however.

I may come back and re-evaluate my scores when I uncork the other bottle I bought.

Photo of nickd717
1.9/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from BevMo.

A - Hazy golden color with a white head.

S - Apple, sweet malt, and mild floral hops. Hops are incredibly muted for a DIPA though. This is WAY off-style.

T - Apple cider, caramel malt, mild citrus hops, alcohol, and Velveeta cheese. Hops really don't have much presence for what claims to be an 82 IBU "big DIPA."

M - Medium-bodied and rather uninteresting with average carbonation.

D - Well, not really drinkable, because it's just not very good.

Overall, this is more like a cheese cider than a DIPA. Cheese cider is of course not a real style, and this beer is a good example of why it shouldn't be. Overall, a fail. If you're looking for a beer in the bottom of a good style, then ding ding, Johnny, we've got a winner.

Photo of flayedandskinned
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of GRG1313
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted again a year after prior review; tasted 07/10 - color the same; head thicker and more full than a year ago; flavor profile has not changed but opinion is that beer is very drinkable and somewhat complex. Sweet front palate of coffee/malt that goes to an appealing bitter grapefruit. Very drinkable and quite nice. Big fresh coffee bitter finish. Impression has improved from a year ago.

* * *

Pours a bright orange amber color with a thin white head.

Pleasant citrus-grapefruit nose with nice hints of lime. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, as are the flavors.

Flavor of simple grapefruit with no real character or style. A short pine/grapefruit finish.

A beer that is somewhat one dimensional but acceptable and drinkable-just not out of the ordinary.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a trade a while back and just got around to trying it over the weekend. The bottle looks great with the 750ml Belgian style bottle coming with a full cork and cage. The frog on front warning that this was going to be a monster, but we shall see.

Appearance - This one poured out a very nice orange amber. Very cloudy with a ton of haze and suspension to it. A huge head of at least three inches in height rose up over the top pretty much immediately. It hung around for a good few minutes before becoming rocky and cratering. Even then it took another few minutes before it decided to finally let down to a half inch layer that crossed the top throughout the entire session. Copious side glass lace throughout. It really had the look of a big Belgian as opposed to a BIG IPA. Nevertheless, we shall see.

Smell - The aroma followed along with where the look was going. I picked up almost no hops off of this one. If there were some, there was extremely light, more of a side effect if anything. This was a Belgian, with tons of grains present, and what hops there were being more like a hay or grass then anything else. Some light yeast aromas, but very bland in nature, and somewhat earthy No real big anything going on here.

Taste - The flavor was a Belgian Pale all the way, and not even that good of one to be honest. It was mostly grain with some light yeast notes, nothing really extravagant or different here. Some light peach maybe way in the back. There was a slight bit of hoppiness in the finish, maybe some grass like notes, but again nothing really insane or crazy here, just some nice hop notes. I was not really impressed here, as even if this was trying to be a hopped up Belgian it was a pour job at it, just too much grainy yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel - Way over carbonated for the style. It was literally exploding with carbonation the entire time. Huge amounts of bubbles rippling throughout it were the main cause for concern here as was the overwhelming head that would not fade. Just overblown for me.

Drinkability - The only thing it really had going for it was the look and the fact the alcohol was completely hidden here. There was literally no trace of it to be found which was nice, however it was too carbonated to really be drank the way the style is supposed to.

Overall, this was not a Double IPA, I think it was an attempt at a hopped up triple, but that did not go right either. Not the worst thing I have ever had by a long shot, just not something I would care to try again. I think I will pass on this one if it comes by.

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.7/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was ok. It was really strong.

Appearance- golden color, good head, good lacing

Smell- very hoppy

Taste- very hoppy, very strong

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok. I would drink it again. Didn't realize it was from Fairfield until I got home. That was the day I met Dan Aykroyd at Bevmo.

Photo of rallison
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased for about $9...I sure hope this is worth it...and based on the previous reviews, I'm worried.

A: Cloudy/muddy amber with a 3 finger semi-fizzy white head that does leave lacing.

S: Biscuity malts and a touch of hops. Hmmm, this is supposed to be a DIPA - where are the rest of the hops?

T: Biscuity malts with some kind of artificial tasting hops. When I had the first sip, I was wondering where the hops were. In fact, I thought this was pretty bad. But, as it's warmed up, the hops came out a bit more. They are still quite weak...pale to ipa level, but definitely not DIPA. Bummer.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Relatively carbonated.

D: Ehhhh, it's boring and not all that well made, so drinkability is not high.

Not recommended. Way too expensive for a mediocre beer. I'm 0 for 2 so far from them. I think I'll avoid anything else from them unless I hear something positive.

Photo of scottoale
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml. cork/caged brown bottle with gold and white silk-screened full wrap label. It pours an orange-gold with a small white head that slowly builds.

The smell is sweet flowery citrus and a slight piney hop. The taste is much the same with a notable bubblegum flavor to it. More sweet than hop bittery, the hop residuals at the end of the bomber did have a bit of bite.

Light to medium in body, the mouthfeel a bit watery thin with some tingle on the tongue from the carbonation and hops. Definetly worth a try, but it's not as BIG as it's label suggests.

Photo of largadeer
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - An amber-colored ale with great clarity and effervescence. Head retention is very solid.

Smell - An even balance of hops and sugary malt. Notes of tropical fruit (banana, mango), spice and a bit of lemon rind. The sweet, fruity aroma really comes out as the beer warms.

Taste & mouthfeel - Fruity, pale malt with overtones of banana and spice. Faintly mineral/metallic. Citric hops come through mid-sip and slowly leave an oily, lingering bitterness on the palate. I'm assuming that a Belgian yeast strain is used here; it has a fruity, sugary character that is distinctly Belgian.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light-bodied, but with a slight oiliness from the hops. Ample but gentle effervescence from bottle conditioning.

Notes - More of a Belgian-style IPA than a West Coast hop bomb. Not bad overall, but somewhat mislabeled.

Photo of weeare138
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at The Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA...
Appears a hazy orange toned amber with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out. Streaky spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of herbal, earthy, citrus, and bitter grapefruit.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with nothing more coming through other than some herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, oily, hoppy, earthy, and bitter in the swallow.

Photo of xhcadamx
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bought at the Blue Frog Brewpub in Fairfield

A - Cloudy apple juice with a tightly bubbled head. I have never seen a DIPA look like this before.

S - Has a faint cider smell. Maybe some hops. Very lacking for a DIPA

T - Bitterness, carmel malt, biscuit, citrus, and a little yeast. Different but good for a DIPA

M - lots of carbonation and pretty smooth and silky.

D - I have no problem drinking this bottle but I wouldnt grab for another

This beer tastes similar to DFH 90 MIN IPA but only half as good.

Photo of Zorro
2.2/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I gaze upon this beer and I see a clear copper colored ale with a tall off-white head.

The smell is sweet and a little herbal with a little noticeable ethanol in the scent. Hops are pretty much missing for a DIPA.

The taste begins neutral in sweetness and with a little herbal taste. WHERE ARE THE HOPS? I have had quite a few of the super IPA class beers and they all had lots of hops, except this one. Mildly fruity taste and a little herbal but this isn't a DIPA.

The mouthfeel is thin.

It doesn't taste bad; this just isn't remotely a DIPA. This could be an average Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but it isn't a hop bomb by any stretch of the term.

Photo of stumac
4.65/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer for such a little brewpub...

pours a vibrant orange color with a white head....the nose is floral hops and pale malts...the taste has a great malt taste!...chewy, powder chocolate, floral hops....very smoothe hop taste....seems more malty than hoppy....delicious

Photo of jdklks
1.55/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Golden amber with a fizzy white head that dissolves itself quickly.

S- Honestly, its pretty tough for beer to smell bad. This is pretty damn bad. Maybe because I was expecting it to smell like a DIPA and it smells more like an under-hopped amber ale.

T- Like the smell suggested, this is no DIPA. It has about as much flavor as a coors light and a similar aftertaste. I can't even describe what I'm tasting because the flavors aren't pronounced enough.

M- Overcarbonated and not thick enough for a DIPA.

D- Not sure if I'm even going to get through this one. It might be my second-ever drain pour (the first being Bud American Ale).

Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138 - special thanks to Tom for verifying with the Brew Pub that they bottle beer (inside joke there).

Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, pine, citrus, and tropical fruits.

Notes from 8/15/07

Photo of trevormiller
2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL corked bottle - fairly difficult to get the damn cork out.

A: A pretty bottle with lots of sediment on the bottom - neat! Pours a cloudy medium amber color with a decent head.

S: Phew! Weird! My immediate impession was Macro Lager, oddly enough. Sort of a sour, off smell.

T: Sort of a spoiled sour cherries caked in yeast taste. Not good.

M: Good mouthfeel, oddly, until it goes down. Then, you're left with a sour chalky burn at the back half of your mouth. Instead of wanting more, I wanted some water to rinse it out.

D: None.

I almost feel like this beer was just labeled wrong ... maybe it's more of a saison or some other variety of sour beer. This tasted nothing like any IPA I've ever had. No thank you!

Photo of GarthDanielson
1.25/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a shot glass. The beer pours a dark, cloudy amber-brown with no head. Very malty nose, almost overly sweet, with no trace of hops. Odd for a DIPA. Very sour initial flavor, with no real presence of hops here, either. Disappointing. Malty backbone with no other flavors to balance or blend. Very flat in mouth, with an almost syrupy consistency. Not a pleasant drink. Not much good to say about this one, so I'll just wrap it up.

Photo of Stoneman78
2.03/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Initially sold-out at the La Jolla BevMo, so I thought it would be good enough to pick up when re-stocked.

a- clear orange hue, thin watery head that is mostly diminishing, slight lacing
s- subtle aromas of citrus and pine resin, strong alcohol and biscuit malt presence but noticeable lack of hop aroma!
t- initial sweet flavor with grainy malts, like other reviewers I could not detect any noticeable hop flavors, quick and stingy finish
m- watery and thin, overly carbonated
d- ugh, not very drinkable. a very unbalanced and poor quality beer that has no redeeming characteristics of its stated genre. its sad to say, but I could only finish half of this bomber before pouring out the rest. Oh well, more room for better beers!

Photo of stephendr
3.55/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle- color of translucent copper , with a wonderful off white head - nose of mint , malts , hops , slight resin , cookie , and slight alcohol , and – taste of malts , hops , slight resin , lime zest , and slight alcohol - body is medium , semi sweet , and with high carbonation – aftertaste of malty , raw hops , and citrus- good beer but not sure if it is worth $8

Photo of Deuane
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Golden hued copper with a medium off-white head that left decent lacing behind.

S-Light notes of floral and citrus hops initially with backing support from sweet biscuit and some caramel malts.

T-Overly sweet upfront and not hoppy at all. with some warming citrus/floral notes come through but by then it is too late. This one is a disappointing sweet malty mess to me. It's not "bad" simply not good.

M-Medium-light body with a decent hop bitterness and dry finish.

D-The BIG DIPA, really? Maybe big in the malt department...but one would not expect this coming from a CA brewery. A beer I can safely say I didn't care for all that much. I think I will pass on ever having it again....except I would be curious to try it fresh on draft to see if this is what they are truly aiming for.

Photo of DogFood11
2.73/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml brown bottle silk screened graphics and the corked and caged finish have a nice look. Beer needed a bit of force to get a decent loose bubbly white head. Light orange body with a touch of a chill haze.

Hmmmm. While I don't find many glaring flaws I don't find much to get excited about either. Seemed more like a weak amber ale than anything to do with a Pale, IPA or much less a DIPA. Good god man who comes up with the beer styles over at Blue Frog. There is an underlying slightly toasted but more bready malt base. Watered down candied fig and a drying hop presence mainly in mouthfeel and nothing more. Dissapointing to say the least.

Notes: Seeing a new beer sometimes gets the best of me. I thought about just picking up one but I picked up 3 and for the price I"m pretty much let down. If you like an overpriced boring watered down amber ale pick this up today!!

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The Big DIPA from Blue Frog Grog & Grill
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