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Thirsty Frog Red Ale - Anheuser-Busch

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Thirsty Frog Red Ale
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Ratings: 22
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 16.17%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed exclusively for Carnival Cruise Lines.

(Beer added by: FosterJM on 11-28-2011)
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2/5  rDev -40.1%

pearljam118, May 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Gardmark59, Apr 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ThinkAgain, Mar 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

carlmoberg, Mar 02, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

LXIXME, Dec 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

branham1989, Sep 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

tap on Carnival Valor

Pours a clear amber red with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of bready malts and some mild caramel. No real hop presence.

Biscuity malt flavor with brown sugar and, again, no real hop representation.

Medium body with sharp tingles of carbonation.

Surprisingly not bad, especially for an AB beer. Honestly didn't mind drinking these, better than the alternatives which were pretty much all macro lights. Decent ale.

Cylinsier, Aug 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Mbpike, Jul 08, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

JoshFrierson86, Jun 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Hanzo, May 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Sparty55, May 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Gregwa, Mar 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

beernads, Jan 25, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

BRD14, Dec 16, 2012
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3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap on Carnival Triumph.

I figured this was probably AB brewed and now I know.

Decent beer...better than Bud, BL, Coors and Lite by Miller...

Without doing a side by side it reminded me a bit of Killians Red...

Drank two of these on the ship... obviously they don't really have any craft beer on the boat. I did finally find Shiner Bock bottled.

Ford, Dec 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

RWLawman, Aug 18, 2012
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3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on the Carnival Valor, one of a few (bartender says 3 as of right now) ships it is available on currently.

A: thin head minimal lacing on an amber with orange/ crimson tints and clear body.

S: light on the nose, sweet malts and maybe a slight earthy hop note.

T: all sweet caramel malt. No other notes or hops really.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Served ridiculously cold. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: about the standard character for a red or amber ales you can have. Highly drinkable but barely memorable besides the fact that it is the best beer I have ever had on a cruise ship. Not a very difficult feat

kylehay2004, Apr 30, 2012
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2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank a couple of pints of these on the Carnival Magic. Took some notes for reviewing.

Poured a very nice red, had an amber head that had qualities typical of an american lager. Very frothy, disappeared quickly, did not leave any lacing.

Smell was of corn and malt

Taste was very malty but had a very interesting spicy aftertaste. Almost a belgian spice.

Mouthfeel was very light similiar to budweiser or coors original

Not a beer I would buy again.

bigolbeerbelly, Apr 30, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

RKel888, Jan 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

WritersBlock, Dec 09, 2011
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3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

960th Review on BA
Draft to 19oz Balloon Pint
On board Carnival Paradise 11/25/11

App- A medium light brown with some garnet and amber highlights running throughout. Only a small 1/2 in head formed(I say bad pour by the bar staff) with a huge wall of stickly lace and cling all the way down the glass with a ton of bubbles floating up.

Smell- The nose doesn't flatter this beer at all. Very run of the mill and more AAL which makes sense due to the contract brewer. A little bit of malts and wheat are detectable. Not offensive as most but creeping downward a bit.

Taste- A lightly sweet amber with a bit of grain and wheat behind it. A little bit of lemon surges past the back of the tongue. Much of a one dimensional beer without a good pop behind it but for a contract beer, better than most.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a very bubbly medium carbonation level. A good malty grain note on the finish.

Drink- For a cruise ship this was a fine offering for a full 19oz pour at 5, compared to a bottle of BL or Coorse for 6.25 a 12 oz. My boat did have Boddingtons and Bass for the imports which was nice to see.

FosterJM, Nov 28, 2011
Thirsty Frog Red Ale from Anheuser-Busch
79 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.