El Rojo Diablo | Bullfrog Brewery

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El Rojo DiabloEl Rojo Diablo

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by CoolJosh on 05-01-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 27
Reviews by Floydster:
Photo of Floydster
2.87/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750 ml bottle shared by Dyan in the parking lot of Lost Abbey last Saturday, thanks for bringing this and it was nice meeting you man, sampled from my Stone tasting glass, reviewed from notes on my cell phone, color is a golden orange with a small amount of red tint, one inch bubbly white head that disappeared immediately, no lacing either, aroma consists of jack cheese, nail polish, orange peel, other citrus, stale hops, peach, red wine, caramel, and black pepper, flavor starts off with a sour apple flavor that is almost spicy, middle has lots of oak and vanilla, finish is dry with leathery fruits, cannot even tell what they are because this beer is so muddled, wild yeast is prominent in the flavor but too much other stuff going on to allow this to be enjoyable, funky, dry, and odd mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, way too much carbonation, taste foes not go away, overly aggressive, could barely get four or five ounces down, weirdness causes it to be heavy, not much alcohol in the flavor but it is still harsh because of the all the misplaced tastes, worst beer I have had from Bullfrog, very happy I did not end up trading for any of this, surprised to see there is much interest in this beer period, would not drink again, not recommended

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Photo of CaptinRedBeard
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of jtladner
1.25/5  rDev -61.3%

Photo of nickd717
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle shared by bring on BA.

Pours medium amber with a small off-white head.

Aroma is bretty funk, slightly sweet malt, and fruity/grape skin notes.

Flavor is a little weird - pale malt, nail polish, red wine, brett, and faded hops. Not sure where this one is going.

Mildly tart on the palate with medium body.

Overall, this is an average American wild ale at best. A reason why I don't put much effort into seeking out Bullfrog's absurdly rare beers.

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Photo of bum732
2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

Photo of emerge077
3.87/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Re-sampled thanks to Russ. Enjoyed a bit more this time, and didn't get the lemon/chemical off notes as before. Definitely strange & unique, with some green herbals showing through.

Thanks d0b for sharing this one! Reviewed from notes.

Pours a glowing opaque orange with a thin skim across the top. The nose was a little odd to say the least, but after awhile the lemon pledge/chemical notes blew off and it resembled and aged Belgian pale. Lots of herbs, alcohol, and wood. Dusty and herbal, some fruity tartness, and drying hoppiness in the finish. Some cherry/peach pit or general stone fruit element. Some tart crabapple with muddled herb & spice elements. It seemed to be all over the place, and the complexity didn't work in its favor ultimately. Still it was interesting to try, thanks again Dave for the opportunity.

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Photo of largadeer
1.75/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks a bunch, Barry. This was a treat.

It's a murky rustwater color, nicely carbonated and topped by a finger of white foam that quickly disappears.

Huge wine barrel aroma, very vinous, oaky, rubbery. I pick up a bit of solvent beneath the onslaught of barrel, and a hint of faded hops.

Astringent and rubbery on the palate, oaky, overly vinous, quite tannic with harsh plasticy phenols. Bubbly mouthfeel, nicely carbonated but again, this is quite astringent and difficult to drink. I've had this a few times now and it has yet to impress me, mediocre at best.

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Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of weeare138
4.12/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy dark orange with a small white collar. Spotty bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of citrusy hops, funk, vanilla, pineapple, peach, and red wine.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with a mineral water flavor that pulls through with the funky fruitiness.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, sweet, tart, fruity, semi-dry like some red wines.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of hopdog
4.54/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of weeactuallybroughtsomegoodbeer6969 (thanks!).

***Not a gusher, but a slow creeper that kept creeping out of the bottle once opened***

Poured a medium and hazy amberish color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of frunkiness, leathery, citrus, floral hops, and grapes. Tastes of funkiness, citrus, vinous, and hoppy. The bitterness and sourness played well together.

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Photo of markasparov
1.25/5  rDev -61.3%

Photo of womencantsail
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The pour is a hazy burnt orange color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: The nose has a lactic tartness to it which goes along nicely with the fruitiness in the background. The funk is mild, but there's a nice earthy component to the beer along with some good oak aromas.

T: The flavor was not quite as intriguing as I had hoped. The beer is very earthy and tannic with plenty of oak character. The fruit has seemed to drop off a bit and the tartness is not as pronounced as I would have thought.

M: The body is medium with plenty of carbonation and a very dry finish with perhaps a bit of alcohol warmth (not sure where that came from).

D: Another "interesting" beer from Bullfrog that didn't quite hit the mark. Yet another "I'm glad to have tried it" beer.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Deuane
4.37/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a backlog review. This bottle was shared on the release day, 5/1/2009, with CoolJosh, Treyrab, SierraGS and Ashley. Props to my long time BFB friend, Big Chef Ron, for hooking us up with a gratis bottle!

A-Slightly hazed, golden-hued copper with a thin white head. Head stuck around surprisingly long before reducing to a thin veil that left spotty lace.

S-Not surprisingly a big punch of cabernet sauvignon tartness/dryness with subtle notes of vanilla and oak. Additional warming time lead to noticable lemon zest and a nice spicy hoppiness.

T-Lots of cab sav grape notes take the forefront with a lovely oak dryness following. Hop bitterness in the finish with a spicy/floral character.

M-Medium bodied with PLENTY of long lingering astringency and bitterness.

D-A really solid brew, but I think too much of a good thing would spoil you! All that grape/oak/hop dry bitterness astringency would become a bit hard to handle through the course of an entire bottle. I am glad to have had the opportunity to share this one with well deserving and appreciative friends!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Many, many thanks to Devin for cracking open his bottle last night. jac5084 was kind enough to give me one, I'm saving that to share with a friend

El Rojo pours a mildly hazy reddish light amber with a decent sized head with good retention. On the nose, this is a very unique and interesting beer. The hops really do jump out, with a bright, citrus dry hop character, behind which there's a prominent red wine character, grape-y and vinous. Mild funk is noticeable, though this isn't puckering by any stretch of the imagination. On the palate, this beer does fall apart a little, as it has great flavors that just aren't held together well enough. Hop bitterness is reserved, and it's mostly the dry hop flavors that open things up, with the cabernet backbone and the mild sourness and funk. The finish is a little drying, a little tannic (I can't tell if that's the wine or the barrel) and there's a zing that I can't quite put my finger on. These character coupled with the higher carbonation makes for a unique, interesting palate. Would I drink a whole bottle? Probably not, but I'm VERY glad I got to try this.

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Photo of orangesol
3.92/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks once again go to Deuane for this one. I had one of these about a year ago and didn't care for it very much. This must have been one of the "good" bottles.

A - Pours reddish brown with a stark white one finger tall head leaving spotty lacing down the glass.

S - Smells of earthy funk, vinous red wine, lightly toasted caramel malt, dulled tart fruit, and some dry oak tannins. You can really tell this was in a Cabernet Sauvignon barrel.

T - Starts off with a big dose of vinous red wine from the Cabernet Sauvignon barrels slowly giving way to a mix of brett funk, apples, caramel malt, dulled earthy hops, and lots of dry oak tannins. It is very dry but the light tartness helps to ease it a bit. The finish is pretty dry with a touch of tartness, lingering for some time.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Dry, tart, feel with plenty of dry oak tannins lingering through the finish.

O - Not too bad. I have had better from Bullfrog but this was far from terrible. If you go into it without any expectations it isn't too bad but if you do, then you might be let down big time.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my snifter. The beer appears dark orange with a large frothy white head. The retention is great.

The nose has nice wine like characteristics. The beer has tannins, oak, a certain woodiness in the aroma. Other aromas are of spices, grapes, blackberries, and blueberries. Earthy notes are present, with citrus in the background. The berries are quite prominent. The nose has a low level of tartness.

Blackberries, blueberries, grapes, and tannins are present in the flavor. Tartness is at a medium level. There's no doubt that it tastes interesting. The Amarillo hops impart some citrus notes and a medium level of bitterness to the woody, oaky wine notes. I get a lot of vinegar in the flavor, a bit more than I bargained for, and quite a bit of acidity. It would be nigh impossible to drink this entire bottle yourself. As I said, the taste is interesting and definitely experimental, but it's not all that enjoyable. The hop bitterness doesn't work well with the wine barrels. The two seem to clash with one another on my palate.

The beer is medium boded with a medium level of carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and chalky.

An interesting beer from Bullfrog, and one I'm glad I was able to try, though not one of their stronger offerings.


I tried this again courtesy of Dyan at the Christmas in July Tasting and it had gotten even worse. The taste is an utter mess.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.82/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mughugger for this birthday beer! -aged 7 months, sampled on two separate occasions - poured chilled into my willybecker from the corked caged bottle

A - The appearance is murky like chill hazed tea w/ lemon juice. The head is rocky beige and full of un-uniform bubbles. The bead is fine and sublte lace clings

S - A slightly woody aroma w/ sour fruity accent and mild yeast ester which gives a mild funk and mellow citrus note. The nose has vinous notes, mild ruby red and gentle caramel elements w/ sweet fruity tinge

M- A bit funky in the feel up front w/ moderate carbonation and mild acidity w/ mellow bitterness + woody element which hints at roasted malt. The feel has a mild toasted and sour tinge in the finish

T - The tase has more funkiness than sour, though both are present w/ a fruit taste which seem berry like and citrus at the same time it is sweet w/ mild tanginess of red grapefruit and bitter orange w/ lemony tinged flavors. The ale is hopped and taste is slightly salty w/ a mellow bitter citrus peel taste and the malt is lingering in the back w/ mild woody earthy roasted accents. The dry flavors of wild yeast and malt are also texture elements just a bit strong drying bitter/sour as it finishes, could use more malt sweetness perhaps the brett dried it out.

D - A basic sour ale for me in that it doesn't transport to a taste you might enjoy repeated samples of. The beer isn't boring, it just ranks low since there are so many other more complex/flavorful examples of this style

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Photo of gford217
3.72/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Joshua for this bottle.

Pours a hazy amber with a one-inch beige head that recedes to a collar fairly quickly and leaves no lacing.

The aroma is nice with an interesting combination of sour fruits, floral hops and lots of woody tannins. I'm definitely getting the cabernet in the nose and some earthy, cheesy funk as well. It's more a slightly sour IPA than an actual sour in the nose.

The taste seems to have all the same individual ingredients but just doesn't seem to come together quite as well as I was expecting. There is a big prickly sour kick up front that mixes with some citrus tartness. The sweetness of the dark fruits are present in the middle and the finish is dry and vinous with the wine barrel really coming through.

The mouthfeel is dry and wine-like with soft carbonation and a bit of funk, but not a ton.

This is a decent effort from Bullfrog and I definitely like the creativity they continue to put into their beers. Looking forward to trying the other BF beers I have.

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Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one from the cellar to get in the Bullfrog spirit before our visit tomorrow. Thanks to Deuane for this one too.

A-Crystal clear honey amber with lots of frothy off white head but no real lacing.

S-Some definite musty funk, some vinous characteristics, very nice.

T-Oakiness rules the day along with some red wine tannins. Not terribly funky, though the mustiness from the nose really impacts the flavor, adding some nice depth. This is vastly improved from the first bottle I had almost a year ago.

M-Medium bodied, very dry, a bit astringent.

D-I was not sure how this was going to work out since I did not care for the last bottle I had, but time has been very kind.


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Photo of CoolJosh
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've got to hand it to the people at Bullfrog, they make some great stuff. I drove at to Bullfrog today with fellow Ba's treyrab and Ashherb17. As we were walking to the restaurant, we coincidently ran into fellow Ba's Deuane and his wife Carolyn aka SierraGS. The five of us enjoyed an incredible meal and a few rounds of some of the finest beer that can be found in Central PA. Of the beers tasted at the brewery, this beer easily took the cake.

Split amongst the five of us. El Rojo poured a very shiny golden copper that was fairly hazy. The beer, itself, was very still with little to no visible carbonation. This was expected as it was aged in cabernet barrels. Floating atop the body, rested a thin layer of white head.

As I dipped my nose into the glass, I came across a plethora of sweet red grapes that gave way to a semi grassy scent. I also picked out small touches of vanilla, and light components of raspberry as well though I feel I had to search a little bit too hard for the latter. Oak scents rose out of the glass nicely, in addition to some incredibly smooth lemon funk. Of the four beers that I have had from Bullfrog, I have noticed a consistency in their remarkable wild yeast strain.

The smell preluded the matching taste. Again, tons of sweet grapes and a nice dry oak flavor. Everything that was noted in the scent gave way to a remarkably similar taste. Incredibly fresh, crisp, and clean. Bravo Bullfrog!!

Edit: This beer has aged horribly. Just popped open a 2 and half month bottle. The smell was of overly tart lemon, mixed with cough syrup. Taste is a mirror image with way too much going on. Really messy.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

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