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The Big DIPA - Blue Frog Grog & Grill

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The Big DIPAThe Big DIPA

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BA SCORE
70
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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
Brewed by:
Blue Frog Grog & Grill visit their website
California, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Talisker on 04-21-2007)
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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev +3.8%

t0rin0, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blurry apricot with lemon peel highlights and way too much carbonation. The pillowy crown was four fingers after a fairly gentle pour, and isn't shrinking very rapidly. Good thing it has a wonderful texture and is doing a pretty good job in the lace department.

The nose is passable at best. It isn't pungent enough, but at least there are no off-aromas that sneak past the hops. The lineup includes Galena, Summit, Liberty and Cascade. The result is an orange and lemon citrusiness, along with an underlying herbal-earthy vibe.

The Big DIPA... isn't big. In fact, it's one of the weaker beers of this style that I've had in quite some time. Although the bottle is fresh, it tastes like the hops have been mellowing over the past year or so. How is it possible to get a claimed 83 IBUs with such weak hop flavor? And almost no bitterness!

The malt tastes primarily pale, with a hint of something slightly toasted. The grapefruit and orange zest flavors are akin to a scantily hopped APA, not a DIPA. And certainly not a 'Big' DIPA. To be fair, there is a moderate bitterness that accumulates on the tongue over time. No appreciable alcohol makes it an easy drinker... if you don't need much flavor.

Despite initial fears, the mouthfeel isn't too buzzy. In terms of size, it's big for an APA and small for a DIPA. That's another reason why it drinks so easily. Since drinkability is more than 'ease of', the score will stay right where it is.

Blue Frog's The Big DIPA comes in an impressive, silk-screened, wax-dipped 750 ml bottle. Trouble is, none of that matters when the contents of the bottle fail to impress. I hate to be too hard on this 'little' DIPA, but it really does need a lot of work before it can be taken seriously.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 18, 2009
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.

mikesgroove, Apr 25, 2008
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.

GRG1313, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-gold body with a thin, fizzy white head.

Smell: Aroma of biscuity malts, orangey citrus, and good ole fresh, clean soap.

Taste: Biscuit malts with a toffee-like sweetness. Citrusy, soapy hop flavors. Medium bitterness. Bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very fine presentation with the corked 'n' caged bottle, but what awaited me inside, well...

ChainGangGuy, Jan 31, 2008
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.

largadeer, Dec 19, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a three finger thick, pale tan colored head that sits atop a hazy, light amber colored brew. The aroma is interestingly hoppy; a mix of thin orange juice and fresh pressed apple cider; this beer is very fruity and not necessarily just because of hops. The cider note is quite prominent, and certainly uncharacteristic.

The cider flavor continues in the flavor, though it mixes with some citrus notes a bit more than in the aroma. A mix of pine, menthol and a touch of astringent bitterness adds a balancing note to the sweet, weird fruitiness. What an interesting beer, certainly it has aspects of a lightly hopped IPA, but the cider flavors are quite a bit unique and I wonder where these flavors come from.

Ultimately though this beer is just a bit too divergent to be a great IPA. When you consider that this is a double IPA, well this is just a touch on the weak side. As a beer without a label, this beer is not half bad, it is just not a Double IPA. Still it is quite drinkable, and even enjoyable in its own right.

Gueuzedude, Jun 13, 2007
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.

weeare138, Aug 16, 2007
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.08/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Picked this up at Oak Knoll Liquor and wish I hadnt. There was a nice list of ingredients on the bottle. To bad I couldnt taste any of them. Other reviews had the same experience as I.
Poured with a deep yellow, light gold with a small white head.Nose was citrus hops and nothing more. Taste was citrus hops and lots of CO2. BAD! Mouthfeel was much of the same, CO2 with a metallic taste. Something went wrong with this batch or bottling went array.

barleywinefiend, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
2.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange with a thin head and little lacing. Smell is mostly alcohol with a hint of earthy bitterness. Taste is dry, a little thin, and a little hot. There is a slightly harsh graininess and a tad of sweetness and citrus hops on the finish. Lacks power and a real hop profile. Medium bodied and fairly spritzy. At $8.50 for the cork and caged bottle, this is a disappointment.

Georgiabeer, Sep 09, 2007
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.

Zorro, Jun 11, 2007
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of harpus
3/5  rDev +3.8%

harpus, Jan 02, 2013
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.

GarthDanielson, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint,
The Big DIPA No. 3 is a clear pale bronze with a large, creamy light sand head leaving lots of gorgeous lace.

Smell is malty, with a pretty strong, minty hop aroma. It reminds me of EKGs, which is unusual for a Cali DIPA, but they pulled it off, as noble hop beers that are over-hopped often come off too leafy to me. There's also the stemmy bite I note in the taste.

Taste is also rather malty, with spicy, resinous hops, with a sharp bite that I can best describe as stemmy, like wood, maybe a little bit of peanut butter, a taste I've come across in Alpha Dog. And like that beer, this one didn't taste to great to me on first sip, but won me over quickly.

Mouthfeel is creamy and dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. From the previous reviews, I had low expectations, which I thought were validated by the first sip. But I'm glad I stuck with it, as it had a lot to offer, albeit from a different perspective from it's interstate brethren. And I can't think of anything more Californian then that. Overall, a good DIPA, a nice change of pace and a pleasant surprise.

ccrida, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Durge
3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew looks clear and amber colored with a full head of white froth and a nice sheet of lacing is left behind. The aroma brings a deep nutty barleywine-like idea with a full, sweet herbal hop. Very thick and highly delectable. The flavor offers much less sweetness and turns more to leafy/grass bitterness. I find this to be pretty acrid and perhaps a bit one-dimensional. The hops dominate and eventually mellow enough to offer a little more balance with a thick rye biscuit dry bite and a semi-sweet toffee complement. It's medium bodied with a tingly feel and fair drinkability. It grows on you but is a little harsh at first. In the end it's a quality brew but I would like the intensity mellowed just a bit with a little more sweetness. I recommend giving this a try but it isn't quite in my DIPA wheelhouse.

Durge, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of popery
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A mediocre DIPA with an unforgivable lack of hop flavor. DIPAs need to do exactly one thing right: provide a huge hop experience. Sure, it's nice for the beer to be good otherwise, and I imagine you need to know what you're doing in order to highlight the hops properly. However, it doesn't mean much if you fail to provide a big hop flavor, and Blue Frog's DIPA misses the mark in exactly this way. It's not a horrible beer, but particularly compared to other DIPAs, it's just not very good.

At any rate, it's a nice looking beer with a strong head and good orange color. Unfortunately, it begins to lose points when you bring the glass to your nose. There are some lingering oily hop notes, but they're weak and seriously underwhelming when compared to the giants of the style that have, in my opinion, some of the finest smells in the beer world. The taste is a similar but worse failing. The hops are relatively weak compared to what you would expect from an 8% abv DIPA. For me, it even seemed a bit stale with acrid yeast notes coming through. My bottle was pretty fresh from the store, and while it may have sat on the shelf for some time, I haven't had similar problems with other beers. Of course, I would prefer to taste it fresh as possible at the brewery, but if a beer is that perishable, maybe it shouldn't be distributed in this manner at all. There is some citrus flavor and it's not particularly hard to imagine a good version of the beer being produced. So, I guess I just wish them luck with improving the character and richness of the beer in the future.

popery, Dec 05, 2008
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

hopdog, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of ffejherb
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into half pint. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a clear golden/amber body with sparse carbonation and frothy off-white bubbly head that deposited subtle lacing on the glass.

S - Pretty muted hop presence for a DIPA, but I do detect some suggestions of citrus, floral and perfumy hops. Malt character is grainy and sweet with hints of caramel.

T - Initial flavor is sweet and not very hoppy. I get some citrus and floral notes, but the hop flavor is lacking. This definitely comes across as more malty and sweet.

M - Light to medium body, a little thin and watery overall, with a slight oily texture. Slightly dry with mild hop bitterness on the palate.

D - I didn't find this to be very DIPA-like. While it is decently drinkable, it certainly isn't very memorable. I would rank this more as a pale ale on the hoppiness scale. Not overly impressed with this one, especially since there are dozens of amazing DIPAs produced in California.

ffejherb, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This big ol' DIPA in a corked and caged 750, sent as NO BS BIF 3 from the great one - Soloman420. Many thanks again.

After 10 minutes prying that death cork out, she poured a clear amber with a massive head of thick ivory. Plenty of piney citrus in the aroma - west coast style for sure. Subtle notes of woody pine mix in with the quaff. Tasty brew, but not as lip smacking juicy as I've come to expect from the CA. brews. This would be a very nice English IPA, as the 8% is non-existent in the taste along with the wood resins.

Needs a big more ummph and piney/citrus hops to reach <BIG> DIPA status, but still very nice and I enjoyed every drop.

Vancer, Apr 13, 2008
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.

Deuane, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev +3.8%

jenray, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Overlord
1.63/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Off the top of my head, the worst "DIPA" I've ever consumed.

Pours a light orange-y gold. Big white foam head.

Smells like ... wow, almost nothing. Huh? Some skunky malt, maybe a whiff of pine ... just a whiff, mind you, and a weird rancid citrus tone. But, it's incredibly muted. At first blush, smells like nothing.

Overcarbonated, underflavored, absolutely nothing going on here. I actually drainpoured half a bottle. OF A DIPA! Crazy. Fetid malt, watery, a bit of citrus and pine, but off and medicinal. This was truly abhorrent.

Overlord, Nov 15, 2010
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.

nickd717, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of beerpadawan
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

beerpadawan, Aug 27, 2012
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The Big DIPA from Blue Frog Grog & Grill
70 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.