Dread Double Red Ale
Bullfrog Brewery

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
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4.2 | pDev: 4.76%
Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
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koopa from New Jersey

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes...growler sampled on 7/5/10 with beerloco in upstate NY.

Appearance: Pours a dark iced tea to deep copper...almost crimson. The crown is 2 fingers, off white, shows moderate retention, and medium lace.

Smel: Toffee, lightly sweet caramel, but mostly a bready malt with lots of hops - citrus, grapefruit, and some floral notes.

Taste: Well balanced (for my hop driven taste buds) with a nice doughy/bready malt and a hint of toffee.

Mouthfeel: Really nice medium body with a good amount of soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Loving it! Totally sessionable.

Aug 01, 2011
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stakem from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes taken on 7/8/10.

On tap at Al's of Hampden served in a pint glass and a bit colder than ideal. This brew appears a hazed amber brown color withal thin whisp of white head that doesn't retain all that well. No lacing appears on the glass.

The aroma of this brew is fruity and sweet from a combination of floral hops and caramel-like malty sweetness.

The taste of this beer upfront has a floral and fruity hop character much like the nose led on. However, the flavor turns to pine that is quite resinous and lingering in the finish. The light grainy malt sweetness exaggerates the flavor of caramel to balance out the bitterness of the hops.

Medium bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation. Overall quite drinkable and enjoyable. As it warms, the hop bitterness perks up a bit and the alcohol comes out a bit more.

Sep 07, 2010
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bullfrog Brewery on 6/27/10.

A - Hazy but menacing deep reddish, copper-tinged liquid with a finger's width of creamy beige foam on top that left a splash of lace around the rim of the glass.

S - Bold hop aroma with citrus at the forefront, plus resin and pine notes, giving the hop character a bit of complexity. Aggressive hop nose is balanced with some sweet caramel and toffee notes.

T - Intense hop experience with citrus notes and pine accents, although there is a huge caramel malt presence as well. The flavor also incorporates a hint of alcohol warmth, although it never becomes overbearing.

M - Pretty full bodied with a thick, robust texture. Finishes dry and bitter on the palate but with some residual sweetness to balance.

D - Intense but insanely drinkable for an Imperial Red that's bordering 8% ABV. Hoppy, yes, but also very well-balanced and flavorful.

Jul 03, 2010
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akorsak from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub during Foofaa's birthday dinner.

A: The double red ale is cuprous, an amber brown color that, despite its darker hues, retains its clarity. The ale arrived with little head and what was there quickly disappeared. A thin circle of lace rings the mouth of the glass.

S: I really like the intense hop profile that wafts out of the glass. It is citrusy and oily, quite rich when fresh off of the tap. A caramel nuttiness pairs nicely with the hops, never getting in the way of the nose.

T: Each sip offers more balance, more malty flavors to stand out. The caramel and nutty flavors are strong, not quite syrupy, and are a nice base for the imperial amber's hoppiness. The citrusy grapefruit flavors are oily, strong with a peppery finish. The hops are a mouthful, nicely bitter. The finish showcases more caramel flavors with just a kiss of hops to liven things up.

M: Lotsa hops here, oily and thick. The mouthfeel has both an excess of caramel malts and those hops. And they bite at you.

D: With so many good offerings on tap, it was difficult to stick with just this one. A nice imperial red though, plenty strong with the hops.

Jun 28, 2010
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Deep reddish-copper with a thin light tan head that held on and left spotty lace.

S-Subtle at first but with a bit of warming it really blossoms. Sharp citrus zip with a nice backing of sweet caramel and biscuit malts. Very similar the Iron Hill-Lancaster Big Red Wibby.

T-Rich and malty with nice toasted notes and a BIG blast of citrus hop goodness. Very balanced and oh so tasty. Nice sharp spicy bite in the background. An interesting finish of sweet one time, dry the next.

M-Medium bodied quite smooth with a fruity zip and good lingering bitterness.

D-Oh yea! Malty and hoppy a balance love fest! Very tasty and easy to drink. The hop characteristic I love with a rich malty base that doesn't overwhelm. Nicely done!

Dec 21, 2009
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LSUExplorer03 from Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Great color! I love a redish, amber look on a beer. Pretty
decent head retention, which kept the wonderful smell
locked in!

S - Exceptional smell! The first aroma to hit my senses was a
deep, earthy hop scent, followed quickly by something

T - Delicious! The taste directly parallels it's smell! The first to
hit my palette was the intense earthy hops. Then while
swallowing, that sweet, welcoming after-taste takes over.

M - Good mouthfeel; medium, to thick body

D - Exceptional drinkability! If it weren't for the several other
that I really wanted to try while visiting the brewery, I
would have ordered another! I would definitely
recommend this beer!

Mar 15, 2009
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the brewpub on 2/14/09. The board indicates that this is a Double Red Ale.

Pours a hazy deep amber with a finger of foamy, yet firm, light tan head. Settles down into a wispy retention that comes back to life when swirled, leaving solid swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is a bit subdued at first but then starts to open up nicely. Big West Coast hops that smell like Amarillo or Cascade with a solid underpinning of tangy citrus, caramel, and bread.

The taste is similar, with a big assertive mix of citrus, caramel, and toasted malts up front that gives way to that same assertive West Coast hop character. While big in nature, this doesn't peel the tongue or anything, probably a tribute to the good balance of it. I'm actually picking up more lingering bitterness from the toasted grains than I am from the hops, but there is still a light dry lingering feel that sticks around. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with an easy and creamy carbonation despite the heavier flavors involved. I'm not sure of the ABV of this but it seems around in the 7-8% range. If it's any higher than that, than it's hiding it's heft that much better. Very nice.

This was good. I know that the Bullfrog has done a variety of Amber Ales before but this was the first time that I've seen them put on an Imperial version of the style. Packed with flavor and an easy feel, despite the size, this is an easy recommendation.

Feb 16, 2009
Dread Double Red Ale from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 8 ratings