Edgar IPA | Bullfrog Brewery

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Edgar IPAEdgar IPA

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by woodychandler on 12-29-2004

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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 Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

When I was at the brewpub I made it a point to try this one as my last brew before I left. I noticed a bunch of the workers wearin the Edgar shirts, So I figured it must be pretty good. The beer poured out as a really nice looking copper color. The head was strong looking and white, the beer had a killer lacing to it. The smell was very hoppy and was very inviting. The taste was piney and tingled the tongue on every sip. The mouthfeel was smooth and prickly. Overall very enjoyable IPA. Would love to have it again one day.

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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 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 Thorpe429
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a copper color with a nice white head.

S: Fairly hoppy leaning more toward floral and spice, but nothing too overwhelming.

T: A nice bitterness, but not as much as I would expect from an (D)IPA with this much alcohol. The hops that are present are quite nice, but nothing too overwhelming.

M: Medium-bodied with a hefty dose of carbonation.

D: Very, very drinkable considering the high abv and substantial hop presence.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub on 12/27/08.

Pours a clear gold with a 1/2 finger or so of brite-white head. Thin creamy retention yields some good looking spotty lace. The aroma is earthy and floral with a touch of pine and spice to it and a thick smelling mix of citrus and caramel behind it.

The taste is similar with a more earthy and peppery hop profile that posesses a bit of a resinous edge to it and is well balanced by a tangy backbone of citrus, caramel, and bread. Finishes with a nice dry lingering bitterness that hangs in the mouth for a bit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm carbonation that accentuates the hop profile and keeps things moving across the palette.

A classic IPA from the PA brewpub scene. Well balanced, full flavored, and incredibly quaffable for 8% ABV, a visit to the Bullfrog should always start with a glass of this.

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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 mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With much thanks to a kind NY BA, I am able to enjoy a growler of this beauty. Served cold and poured into multiple pint glasses, this one was consumed on 06/19/2009.

The pour was wonderful. Nice honey colored amber with great clarity to it. A nice two inches of white, sticky foam rises up from the bottom of the glass to sit nicely on top for a good long while. Rich citrus hops welcome me in. Very bright with loads of pineapple notes right up front rich. Rich bready middle runs across the palate before a sharp bite of grapefruit and long drawn out dryness smacks the palate and lets you really just revel in how good an IPA can be. Smooth, mellow, even carbonation, this was a wondeful and quite drinkable, very fresh IPA.

Overall I am not familar with the regular offerings from Bullfrog, but hot damn we have a winner here for sure. This was a wonderful example of how light, complex, and fruity a good IPA can be. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again and again. Simply superb in every way. They should be proud of this offering.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this growler at the Lancaster County Brewers October meeting. Poured chilled into my tasting glass.

A - A deep amber w/ light tan cap, lace clings well and the bead is fine with good clarity presented

S - A floral herbal nose w/ mild caramel influence and subtle citrus w/ tinges of alcohol in the nose.

M - A creamy feel w/ mild sweet middle. the citrus is noted throughout w/ mild astringent element and subtle alcohol texture

T - The taste has a subtle toast note but more sweet than most w/ mild grapefruit tinge and caramel malt edge w/ a hint of orange rind

D - A great east coast DIPA, very full flavored and smooth w/ good strength. I prefer a more dry texture, but this has all the qualities of a a great hoppy beer -plenty of flavor

A-4 S-4.5 M-4 T-4 D -4
re review on 5/9 thanks again to tb69 for sharing a growler of this w/ me. Poured chilled into a tulip pint.

A - the color is similar to bourbon with a light golden amber hue and green tea-like shade. The cap is white and comprised of densely packed tight bead. Lace is minimal and clarity is lightly hazed.

S - Strong sweet grapefruity hop odors, mild pine acccent and light malt odors that are sweet with a mellow alcohol presence in the background

M - A moderatetly bitter and astringent feel w/ light toasted grain quality and acidity is pronounced with bitterness level above moderate and it is carried into a finish that is dry w/ mild alcohol warmth

T -The flavor is full of hops and has an orangey taste w/ mild pepper and grapefruit w/ slight sweet flavor and balance of bitter and malty with only a subtle alcohol flavor and resinous citrus hop juiciness w/ mild bite

D -A sweeter American IPA with lots of citrus and strong alcohol toward the end of the pint which detracts slightly but the hops are there and qualifies well for the Imperial IPA style w/ high bitterness. I would probably only go for 1 1/2 pints, so share the growler. I find there are elements of the bottle I prefer in flavor while the dry feel in growler/draft is preferred

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Photo of woodychandler
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is named in response to Poe's story, "The Hop Frog". Also, it seems different from the other IPAs listed for Bullfrog, so I feel justified in adding it as a new entry.
It is cloudy yellow in color, which is not a great look for an IPA. However, as I lean in to take a whiff, it becomes almost painfully apparent that this is a for-sure IPA. Some hairs burned up in my nostrils, but no worries, cauterization is good. Yow! The beer has a very creamy mouthfeel with a great tang on the tongue. The citrus/grapefruit flavor absolutely abounds - in the mouth, on the finish, in the aftertaste. Wonderful.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler shared by durwoodx. Thanks Darrell!

The beer is clear and bright orange with a small head and minimal lacing. The aroma is primarily of candied citrus fruits. The flavor brings more of the same. The beer is very hop forward, with little malt presence. The feel is a bit sweet and sticky and coats the palate with a lasting bitterness. Overall, another solid beer from Bullfrog.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A – Hazy golden wheat with a fine, smooth bubbled head. Nice lace and ok retention.

S – Crazy tropical notes of passion fruit, mango and guava. Touch of green bell peppers. Strong pine notes as it warms.

T – Soft opening with a smooth ramp-up of grapefruit and orange. Herbal bitterness washes over the profile, cresting with pine and resin. Ends with alpha bitters and a light malty sweetness.

M – Medium full body with a nice lingering finish.

O – Firm bitterness and nice complexity.

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Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 5/28/10 at the brewpub.

Served in a pint glass Edgar appears a very cloudy orange color with a bit of hop break floating around in the glass. The creamy head fades fast to just a lace atop the brew. Aroma is slightly muted from what I was expecting but what is evident is citrus notes minorly reminescent of grapefruits with a floral aspect about it as well. Taste is pleasantly hoppy with a good backing of sweet malty goodness to counter the bitter hops tasting minorly citrusy and somewhat herbal. Also picking up on some grassiness before the bitter, slightly resine-like finish that is quite warming from the alcohol that just starts to show itself in the back. Medium feel with a light level of carbonation. Overall quite drinkable and very good.

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Bullfrog Brewery in Williamsport, PA.

This one pours a slightly dark orange, with a creamy, foamy one inch head, and a large amount of lacing.

This one has a big herbal and piney aroma, with some grapefruit, pineapple, and orange.

This one surprised me in how tasty it was. This almost tastes like a citrusy milkshake, really thick fruit flavor, with a good herbal and piney component. There is really no malt character noticeable here.

Like mentioned before, this has a milkshake-esque consistency and mouthfeel. It's not quite as thick as an actual milkshake, but it's definitely got a nice creaminess to it.

A really nice and well constructed IPA here.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Bullfrog Brewery...

A - Orange/yellow colour that was slightly cloudy.

N - A lot of grapefruit and some floral hops. Definitely had a big IPA nose to it.

T - Citriusy hops and some pine. Bitter with a nice, smooth finish.

M - Medium body with a bit of chew.

D - A very good IPA. This beer should be widely distributed. It is an excellent example of the style.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hojaminbag for this brew.

Poured into a Stone pint glass a cloudy dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice three-finger foamy white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is pretty hoppy, with a slight malt note, lots of citrus and pine notes. The taste is nice and hoppy, slightly sweet, with some maltiness thrown in, a really nice citrus/pine note. Medium Body, with a very nice bitter/dry finish. This is my first Bullfrog brew and it's pretty tasty, will seek out others for sure.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep golden color with a white foam. Aroma of grapefruit and green tea. In the taste, grapefruit hops, pine and pineapple also are present. Soothing herb, tropical fruit, pale malts. Medium bodied brew with medium to low carbonation. Overall this is a clean, east does west coast IPA.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Blue dog, served in a tulip ( a short pour at that). I did not want to drop the duckets on a bottle so im grateful to find it on tap.

A- Edgar holds a darker than your average IPA look with a mix of more medium hue copper and a touch of bright gold depending how you look at it. A nic3e frothy inch or more of head sat on top for a while, great retention, nice cap, decent lacing.

S- The smell is very inviting with a very pungent thing going for itself. I'd say this is more floral than overthe top citrus found in most west coast IPA's. Sure there is some citrus there with some grapefruit and other similar smells. Earthy and floral with some pine underneath.

T- Although this is generously hopped, they do not dominate, just enough to put a hold on your tounge for a bit. The floral scents come through in taste as well with some underlining pine. The malt really comes through in taste with some sweet caramel which I did not smell. Just a bit of bitterness on the end and a smudge of alcohol.

M- A very clean taste and a smooth ride except for the faint traces of alcohol. This one is a step down from medium bodied with a good amount of carb but nothing too much. Not the best balanced IPA but good enough for seconds.

D- I wish we could get more bullfrog down here in SEPA, although we do have at least a couple connections, but I would drink this on a weekly basis. The ABV is a tad high for a session beer but two pints would be fine with me. I need to find more bullfrog, it's calling me.

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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 John_M
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours a golden amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is prototypical DIPA, with a boatload of pine and dry citrus. It's perhaps a bit one dimensional, but there's no denying the intense, bitter aroma. The flavor profile replicates the nose in this very dry DIPA, and the level of bitterness is intense and nearly overwhelming. A bit more malty sweetness would probably do this beer some good, and the huge amount of bitterness, along with the noticeable alcohol, is just a bit much for me. Mouthfeel is otherwise medium bodied, with a fairly long, very bitter, slightly alcoholic finish.

An interesting beer and nice DIPA, but I didn't think it was anythng awe inspiring. Probably not something I need to order again.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy orange body with one finger head and a lace ring down the glass. Bitterly hopped is first impression I get in the aroma, with bits of citric and pine coming afterwards. Light to medium bodied, the hops are the star with minimal malt presence and the beer straddles between bitter citric and grassiness in the flavor department (even a tad piney at times). Clean finish and easy to drink as ABV is hidden.

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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 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 jzeilinger
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice, clear, vibrant orange color with tight, small carbonation flowing up at a nice steady pace, and a thin white ring around the top.

S - Smells like a HUGE basket of overripe tropical fruit. The aroma is dripping with oranges, papaya, grapefruit, and pineapple - just amazing in the nose. Smell is very up front, zesty, pungent, juicy, and aromatic. There's also a touch of pine mixed in, but not very much.

T - The tongue is met immediately with a juicy, fruity goodness and a touch of yeasty, bready malt underneath. After the sweetness rolls around the tongue some bitter grapefruit sets in to finish things off and leaves the mouth coated with a metallic/citrus/peppery coating. Grapefruit bitterness is next to last before some heavy orange migrates into the picture to linger in the mouth for a nice finish. There's a little bit of lemons mixed in with all the frutiness as well.

M - Heavy medium body, a little yeasty and frothy for an IPA, and the alcohol presence leaves a slight bit of effervescence in the back of the throat.

D - Dangerously HIGH. I would have given this a (5) but with 8%, you can't really have too many of these, but they go down oh so easily!

Always loved this beer, just an excellent IPA from another great PA brewer. I've had it on tap, in the growler a few days after it was filled, and in the bottle. By far, the fresh tap version is best, growler second, and the bottle totally loses any pungency and frutiness from the hops. It's an awesome IPA but I wouldn't recommend the bottled version IF you're trying it for the first time. If I could have a steady supply of this beer, there would always be an Edgar on tap here at home. Love this beer!

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