Edgar IPA | Bullfrog Brewery

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Edgar IPAEdgar IPA

Brewed by:
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of largadeer
2.54/5  rDev -37%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

750ml shared by HopHead84. Thanks, maybe :(

A: Semi-hazy amber with a lasting eggshell-colored head that leaves sticky lace around the rim of the glass.

S: Mineral/metallic, extremely so. Fruity as well - peach and mango come to mind. Light crackery sweetness forms the backbone. This would be decent if not for the harsh metallic overtones.

T/M: Cardboard-like oxidation and a healthy dose of metal. Herbal, grassy hops try to dominate the metal and oxidation, and almost succeed through sheer astringency. Medicinal, bitter, oxidized finish. Yeah, probably one of the worst IPAs I've had. Blah.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.06/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into imperial nonic. I had to use a rabbit corkscrew to get the cork off the bottle. A nice pop, which is always nice to hear.

A - Pours copper/rust in color with a creamy/off-white head that pretty fulffy. Some nice, sticky lacing along the sides of the glass. Very nice to look at, that's for sure.

S - Slight bitterness on the nose, but nothing near overpowering. I get some sweetness but everything is very faint. Not much of an aroma really...wish there was more.

T - Much more bitter then the nose. A nice mix of bitterness and subtle sweetness (bananas or something like that...dunno). Along with the bitterness, is a aftertaste with a "tang" to it. Like HopHead84 said below, there is a metallic/mineral characteristic that sticks with you and I find that unpleasant.

M - Light - medium bodied, good carbonation, nice frothy head. Very smooth, clean, and refreshing.

D - It's good, but the mineral/metallic notes hurt the drinkability on this. If those could/would go away, it would be a much better IPA.

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Photo of ccrida
3.26/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm very thankful to johnmichaelsen for bringing this for me. However, the $16 dollar price tag he paid for it at a bar also makes me thankful for no longer living in PA! Poured into my large gulden draak tulip, Edgar is a chill hazed orange with a large off-white head leaving thick foamy lace, big chunks, very nice.

Smell is somewhat but not overly hoppy, an unusual blend of aromas, some nice lemon notes compliment the pine, but there's a strong yeastiness that seems out of place and is distracting.

Taste is ok, not too hoppy though, kind of yeasty bread dough, more bitterness then hop flavor. While the alcohol is fairly well hidden, the general flavor profile is frankly more akin to a pale ale to me...maybe I'm just getting jaded with all the Portland IPAs, but this one falls short.

Mouthfeel is pretty dried out by the alcohol, the only real indication of it, it's also pretty thick. Did I mention it's yeasty?

Drinkability is OK. Inoffensive but boring. Factor in the price and availability, and I can't see myself ever having this again by choice.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.35/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/27/08. On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear light orange with a small white head. Aroma of lots of citrus (orange peel) with slight bitter piney hops. Flavor is bitter citrusy hops. A little astringent and the malt/hops is not balanced. Too bitter for me although still rather drinkable.
7/4/7/3/14 (3.5/5)

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Photo of Rifugium
3.46/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a clear copper color with a foamy cap of white head that retained well and left some lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus and pine hops, toasted grains, splintered wood. Taste was pretty subdued for a DIPA, pine and citrus hop qualities, toasted grains, mineral, and a somewhat metallic bitterness in the finish. Light-medium body. Nothing too memorable here.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Big Thanks to Avalon68 for providing this in trade. Frank is a great trader!

Good looking IPA. Ultra creamy head that I can get to rise about a ½ inch above the top of the glass. It slowly begins to fall over itself over time and melts away. The beer is a hazy amber color. Some nice lacing.

Aroma is soft, perfumy and of light citrus.

Definitely an east coast IPA. Pretty well balanced. There is a bit of an alcohol bite here. Bold bitterness at the end. Initial short burst of sweetness gives way to some black pepper. After this the alcohol and grapefruit hop bitterness kicks in. The aftertaste is decidedly grapefruit to me. Perhaps a touch too hot for a regular IPA vs. a DPA. I notice it's an 8% ABV. But I've had higher % DPA's with less alcohol flavor present.

Fairly smooth mouth feel that is only interrupted by the moment of black pepper. Medium body.

Pretty good IPA, glad I had the opportunity to try one. I notice that only 3 previous reviews have been from the bottle. Looks like this has a pretty small distribution in this format. Glad to have had the chance to enjoy.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at the brewpub on a recent trip with the family. I was bummed I could not to try it on tap.
Pours an almost clear orange amber with a good sized fluffy white head that sticks around for a while. Earthy citrus hops dominate the aroma while the caramel that is deep beneath tries to find a voice. Slight mineral almost phenolic aroma puts me off a little. Taste is a slightly astringent citrus grass and earth hoppy kinda thing with wisps of sweet malt buried beneath. Mouthfeel is sticky, body is medium, carbonation is ample. Not a bad ipa, the slight astringency turned this one for me.

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Photo of 57md
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw in color, Light-bodied and a tad wanting in the malt department. Dry and modestly hoppy. I would have pegged this as an IPA but certainly not a DIPA.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

It was comical to watch largadeer struggle to open this bottle. Now, onto the review. This pours dark honey orange with a huge off white head and great retention. Some thick lacing is left on the glass.

The peach in the aroma took me unawares. Surprisingly, the aroma isn't grapefruit dominated, which seems to be the case with most new IPAs I try. Other citrus notes are apricot, orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Some metallic notes are evident, as well pine and an almost balancing caramel malt foundation.

The flavor is herbal and mineral hops. The bitterness is astringent and slightly unpleasant. Notes of apricot and grapefruit are apparent. The malt is caramel and slightly sweet. I can't seem to shake off the lingering mineral, metallic, and herbal notes. The finish is rough bitterness with some citrus.

The beer is light medium bodied with good carbonation and a sticky mouthfeel. I really liked the aroma but the metal, minerals, and herbs wore on me. Finishing the bottle split two ways became a chore near the end.

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Photo of bmanning
3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head.
Aromas of apricots, grass, toffee, and smarties candy.
This is a very different tasting IPA than most. It is very resiny with unripe peaches and coconut. The flavor is good except for a rubbing alcohol aftertaste. This IPA is very hot and would pass for 12%, not the stated 8%. Overall this is not my favorite east coast style IPA and I don't think I will buy this one again.

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Photo of Aenema
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, dark amber / honey, nice one-finger white head, sticky lacing.
Smell - Lots of resin.
Taste - Much like the nose, lots of resin though it has a slight hint of caramel malts. Lots of bitterness throughout, yet not too much hop flavor.
Mouthfeel - Smooth, slightly sticky feel. Moderate carbonation, medium-bodied.
Drinkability - Fair amount of bitterness throughout without a great deal of hop flavor limits the drinkability of this one. Still enjoyable.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.66/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a pint glass.

A: Standard pour reveals a massive, 4 finger head that collapses quickly to a point and just stops. Good retention. Head is white, creamy, and a bit coarse on the sides of the glass. Beer is a cloudy reddish-orange. Lacing is patchy but ample.

S: Nose is light hoppiness, strong cane sugar, clementine, and a creaminess that reminds me of warm sweet condensed milk.

T: Boozy opening that really surprises me. Afterwards, cane sugar, citrus, deep brown sugar and caramel middle. Slightly hoppy finish with a deep citrus fruitiness. Also a bit smokey and charred on the finish.

M: Medium bodied and light carbonated but it really jumps on the tongue. Mouth is coarse, and very vibrant. Finish is present, but fades quickly and is not overwhelming.

D: A rather standard example of a DIPA. The creaminess is a welcome surprise here and sets Edgar apart from the others. A unique brew that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of BTPete
3.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750 cork and cage to a Portsmouth tulip. Bottle picked up at release of Hoblonium P-38.

A: Copper amber color. Big head and a nice lacing.

S: Hoppy (obviously) though I thought it was piney and spicey.

T: Once again hoppy and bitter. The bitter remained in my mouth afterward but not unpleasant. Not balanced but I don't believe it was meant to be, it is a DIPA.

M: Higher carbonation and medium bodied. It was very active in my mouth.

D: Very hoppy and bitter but certainly not a bad thing. I still couldn't drink an entire 750 on my own and was shared. I would drink again and this was not my first bottle.

A note of bias is that I did drink this a few weeks ago vs. Cigar City Humidor (Cedar) and Lawson's Chinooker'd and I thought the Lawson's was money. This review was from tonight and not against any other IPA's though.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An above-average hopped IPA, like a 1.5 IPA not a double. The best beer in their lineup. Here the aggressive carbonation of their entire lineup was suitable. Good bitterness,citrus, hop resin, they got it all in there, pine hop aroma. Nice lace.A decent IPA.

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Photo of akorsak
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A 750 mL bottle purchased at the brewery one week ago.

A: The cork took a bit of working before it popped with a vengeance, spewing IPA all over the counter. After managing to get it into my glass, the IPA looked a dark amber orange color, dark enough to be opaque. The vigourous carbonation yielded a sizeable head that laced lightly around the glass.

S: The nose is pretty heady, full of hops and a near-equal amount of malt. The hops are both citrusy sweet and spicy, with a touch of heat.

T: There is a nice citrusy kick upfront before the ale turns spicy hot. The heat has alcohol backing it up, adding more heat to the mix. Caramel malts are strong enough to stand up to the hops, giving the ale a near-barleywine body. The ale needs to warm up, otherwise it comes across as a boozy mess. As it is, the ale seems much heavier than 8%.

M: The mouthfeel runs all over the place before settling down. The spicy citrus hops really kick it up.

D: At first I wasn't down with this but the more I sip on it, the better it gets. Give it time (that seems to be a theme with some BF brews, that they are much MUCH better warmer).

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful deep translucent coppery-sunset orange with a foamy by nature ivory colored head that was 2 fingers high and remained sturdy and true for a good 4-5 minutes. A feverishly strong showing of macro bubbles livens up the appearance while a moderate patchy lacing sticks around the glass upon the heads demise.

S: The nose was much lighter then anticipated especially with the strong visible carbonation presence I was expecting much more. The aroma was more sweet and sticky carmalized grains then hops with just a modest showing of soft freshly cut pine wood and semi-dry grapefruit notes. Overall was bit disappointed by the lack of strength here especially considering its label of a 2x ipa.

T: The flavor was freshly squeezed lemons and wet grapefruit peels offering up a decent mouth puckering experience and bitterness. The malting was sweetly toasted grains that balanced well against the moderate strong hoppiness. The finish finds an increasing bitterness of wet lemons and lightly dried pine needles that grows 3-4 seconds after the swallow before making a abrupt and fairly clean exit. Overall a nice balance of sweetly toasted grains and wet lemony hopping that finishes out with a big burst for a grand finale that makes you aware of its 2x nature. The hops didn't immediately strike me at first as being abundant until the beer warmed up a bit to its proper temp I feel (around 55f) when I really noticed the hops taking charge so I would definitely let this warm up a bit before consumption to enjoy.

M: medium-full consistency with a slightly creaminess and a light carbonation presence. The mouthful finishes out with a burst of semi-dry grapefruit and pine hopping teasing the tongue.

D: Good drinkability with a good balance of malts and hops makes this a easy and enjoyable downer. Again let this warm up to truly appreciate how it was meant to be experienced.

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Photo of cps98
3.78/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A – Pours a hazy orange with a nice 2 finger off white head.

S – Lots of pine and some citrus notes.

T – Very smooth IPA, not overly bitter. Malt and hops play nicely together.

M – Medium bodied with really nice carbonation which added a little CO2 bite.

O – Really nice IPA that I found very drinkable, will get a growler of this again next time I am up that way!

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Photo of rudylaw
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to FooFaa for lugging this 750ml with him from PA to GTOM! Always a great day meeting another BA in person!

Pours a hazy copper with a giant, three finger head. I smell hints of citrus and pine, but to be perfectly honest, I'm not getting a whole lot here. Time to drink the damn thing...

Lemons upfront. Puckering lemons, grapefruit, orange and a bit of band-aid. I'm also heeding the below reviews and letting this warm up. We lose the band-aid taste and start to pick up some floral hops as well as kiwi perhaps?

This is most definitely an east coast IPA. I'm not getting bruised with hops, but moreso getting caressed with balance. The mouthfeel is terrific, for an IPA (not sure about this being a DIPA)... fairly creamy and goes down dry. No problems finishing this on another scorcher in Chicago.

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Photo of Rhower
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the outstanding "West Reading Tavern", served in a Pint glass

A - clean with a very light hue - appeared like a highly-filtered Pilsner in the glass - three finger head that retained through the final quaff.

S - this is the highlight of this beer - I likely appeared to be huffing this as the super-clean pine and citrus notes burst from the glass before every sip

T - back-of-the-mouth bitterness. This leaves no doubt it's an IPA with a grapefruit-forwardness that slaps the tastebuds from start to finish

M - my least favorite aspect of this beer; the mouthfeel is very thin. It contradicts the intense hop flavor as it pulls away from the balance of what would otherwise be an exceptional beer.

O - the atmosphere for drinking this craft offering was perfect - sipping a cool brew at the West Reading Tavern gives way to a definite opportunity to fully "experience" each beer. That said, I wanted more body on this one - I appreciate what's happening with the hops, but somehow felt like I was drinking a standard american light lager that had been sent for a "hop" makeover.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with an amber color and a modest head that retains well and leaves some lace behind

Smell: Piney aroma with some caramel underneath

Taste: Opens with an unusual toffee flavor that hides that bitterness until after the swallow, when the piney elements overwhelm for a time; at the finish, the balance returns and the bitterness gives way to the sweet toffee, which picks up a vanilla character at the close

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: After a while the sweetness of the malt backbones verges on cloying; otherwise, very nice

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Photo of weeare138
3.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy amber with a soapy off white head that has decent retention. Nice sticky lacing is left on the inside of the glass.
Smell is of orange, pine, malt albeit a bit weak for a Double IPA in my opinion. Definitely not bad though.
Taste is citrusy, piney, malty with plenty of hops coming through.
The mouthfeel is bitter, sweet, acidic but not fully balanced on the malt end. Just a little too much hops outweighing the nice maltiness hidden in the background.
Drinkability is good for this brew.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.85/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat-three-finger thick, lightly amber tinged, light tan colored head. The bere is a orange blushed, light amber color that shows a fairly clear, copper-amber hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of dried orange peel, tangerine, lychee, and tangelo zest. There is a backdrop of subtle toasted pale grain, a hint of citrusy spruce tips, and just a wisp of pine needles. If you like fruit focused hop aromatics then this is certainly the beer for you, it is perhaps a bit simplistic in its focus, but this hop head finds it quite appealing.

Lightly sweet tasting up front, but the beer quickly foams up with a ton of froth as it hits my tongue; perhaps that is a bit of an exaggeration, but it is definitely a little over-carbonated. The finish has a distinct, bubble gum note to it that really lingers on the tongue with the characteristic artificial flavors found in Bubble Yum. Tropical fruit flavors (really a mix of lychee and apricot) up front mix with notes of kumquat zest, tangelo peel, and candied grapefruit zest. The beer has a nice bitterness in the finish that provides a nice bite as well as some menthol and astringent hop notes. Digging a bit deeper into the flavor notes of pine become more noticeable as does a hint of hemp oil, and an herbal, hint of chive; these last couple are quite subtle in the flavor. There is just enough malt to be noticeable here, it does play a supporting role, but notes of caramelized crystal malts, a touch of biscuit like malt and a sweet, medium fullness in the body. This last is a bit heavier than I would prefer in a West Coast IPA, but this is not one of those and is still light enough to be fairly drinkable.

The aroma is a bit simplistic in its straight forward hop fruit character, the flavor though is a bit more complex in its hop notes; either way this is a beer that any hop lover will enjoy. Having said that I find this a little lacking somehow, the hop character could be a touch more integrated, and there is a touch more crystal malt than I might prefer. Still, this is quite a tasty brew, one which I am happily consuming at the moment.

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Photo of JAXSON
3.87/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From summer 2009 notes.

This is sublime on tap. The bottled version is a bit clunkier and malt-forward. The bottled version is heavy in the caramel malt, which is actually really tasty but makes it more cumbersome than I would like for the style. The tap version glimmers wih bright, piney hops to play more with the caramel base, which was exceptional. Bottled version had improved tremendously since the release, as there was initially a pretty nasty ethanol, chemical heat that persisted throughout.

I guess my notes were a combination of a few different entries. This was an example of a bottled IPA actually improving sitting in the bottle for a few weeks, as this gassy chemical quality relly took over the ultra-fresh bottles.

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Photo of hopdog
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Bullfrog Brew Pub.

Poured a medium amber/orange color with a small sized off white head. Nice hoppy, citric aromas Tastes of the same citrus and some pininess. Medium bitter and lightly sweet finish. Nice balance.

Notes from 08/01/04.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow pine hops. In the taste, grapefruit rind hops and a lighter malt presence. A hop bite, with a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry grapefruity citrus rind hop like aftertaste. Mellow nose, but big hops in the flavor, I can dig it.

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