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Undead Ed | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by koopa on 09-21-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by regspeir:
Photo of regspeir
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold with a one-finger head with average retention for the style. There is some yeast obvious in the pour. Nose produced the expected funkiness, bananas, some citrus and pale malt. Taste has the brett ever-present, interplaying with citrus hops and some funk for sure. End moves to a pleasant, dry, mildly bitter finish. Body was medium with ample carbonation. This was surprisingly interesting and I look forward to retying this soon.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle poured into a tulip.

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a thin light head. Nose is very funky and a bit hoppy, nice.

Taste is a bit funky, sweet, fruity and bitter. A really good beer and it reminds me of Lawson's bretzilla. If you can find this, drink it!

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Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the brewery via a friend.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a 1.5-finger white head. The head recedes slowly into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing. The second pour results in a slightly darker color due to the yeast.

Smells very good. Tropical and citrus fruit hops backed by a crisp pale malt aroma all intertwined with a light funk. The funkiness and hop aromas play off each other very well.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors make way almost immediately for bright hop flavors and hints of funk. As with the aroma the hop flavors consist mostly of citrus and tropical fruit however there's a bit more herbal quality than the smell intimated. The brett flavor intensifies midway through the sip and carries through to a solidly bitter and slightly dry ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with active carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glasses quickly and could polish off another bottle without a problem.

Overall this is the best Brett IPA I remember having (not the most overdone style in the world, but still). Certainly worth a shot if you see it around.

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Photo of Sammy
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from the brewpub. An IPA with interesting funkiness. Funky aroma. Lots of foam on medium body. The bitterness is there, but affected. Not like anything else. I think the abv is up at 8%. Satisfying, soft above average mouthfeel and complexity that was most dangerously drinkable with supper.

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Photo of Photekut
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of mikey711
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange with a half in layer of head. It almost looks like a pint of caramel syrup. Really not much lacing of note.

S:A slight mix of hops and fruity brett. It is neither strongly one way or the other. Very light aromas but very pleasant

T: It starts out with a pine hop taste and then its some sour funk. Then the next sip with funk followed a hoppy finish. It is like this beer couldnt make up its mind what it wanted to be. I rather enjoy it though. The flavors go pretty well together and it is actually somewhat refreshing

M: A bit rubbery as the tartness of the brett lingers more so than the hops.

D: It is fairly easy to sip and I will have no problem finishing the bomber. While flawed in some areas, it tasted great to me.

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Photo of akorsak
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tenderbranson for sharing this 750 mL corked and caged bottle. It has close to a year and a half under its belt.

A: The IPA is orange hued, a hazy color, has large head. Over three fingers of off-white head came with the first pour, although moderate lacing followed.

S: Two observations: brett isn't as strong as I expected and the hops fell off like I expected. A bretted IPA raises an interesting conundrum. Do I drink it now or later. In this case, the brett has been slow to emerge while the hops have moved towards barleywine territory.

T: The hoppiness, which isn't a strong suit of Edgar to begin with, has fallen off. The citrusy flavors have gone syrupy, mixing with the malts to get thick. While I expected that fall-off, I was expecting that the brett would step into the void. The bretty dirtines

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another gem from Bullfrog I was lucky enough to pick up lately. This is what I chose to kick off the Halloween party with. Served chilled and poured into a snifter, consumed 10/31/2009.
Well after I pried off the cork and the cage I was expecting good things to be honest, but there was only a hiss and no pop to the cork, so I knew I might be in a bit of trouble. Dark amber in color with no head at all, maybe a few bubbles in and around the sides, but nothing to write home about for sure. Aroma was interesting. There was a definite hop presence to it, nice resin like pine notes, with a light hint of citrus bouncing around in here as well. Nicely done I will admit here. As it warms some nice tart notes come out, light barnyard funk and a hint of sour, but the play off between the sour and the hops mutes them both slightly. Each sip seems to be a little different then the one before and I find this very intriguing I have to admit. Nice touches of sour apple flavor mixed with hints of grapefruit up front, though warming turns it more in the direction of a pine resin like flavor. Rich notes of buttery flavors playing off of the funk make for a very interesting mixture of tastes. L;light body and nearly flat for me really I think took some away from this.
Overall this was a good try, but I think I may have gotten a bad bottle because the complete lack of carbonation killed it for me. If it had a little bit of pop I would have moved this one up into the excellent category.

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Photo of largadeer
2.3/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to Andrew for the rare Bullfrog tick.

Cloudy and copper hued, well carbonated with a thin cap of lasting head.

The nose is almost entirely musty brettanomyces. Pineapple and dirty socks, a hint of solventy alcohol. There isn't much left in the way of hops on the nose.

The palate is astringent and harsh. Booze and grain husk, bretty fruitiness (pineapple and mango). Medium in body with an intensely bitter herbal hop finish.

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Photo of wedgie9
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from bottle obtained in a trade. Pours cloudy orange with a thick beige head that lasts for quite a while but finally leaves heavy lace. I really like the nose, with heavy brett funk, light sour fruitiness, some hops, and an almost plastic band-aid aroma. The flavors are a little bit closer to a traditional IPA with the brett underlying. There is good citrus and malt flavor with a bitter finish, but the brett ties it all together. It is fairly full-bodied and somewhat sticky with somewhat lower than average carbonation and a long bitter/funky finish.

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Photo of calcnerd
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice orange copper color with a very large white head that sticks around for some time and really clings as it goes down. Nose is a pretty good dose of fresh citrus hops alongside some really earthy, funky Brett. The taste is a bit more subdued, with some of the bitterness balancing out the Brett a bit. Still quite funky, but more restrained. Nice, dry and slightly bitter mouthfeel. One of these days I'm going to have to finally make it up for a Bullfrog bottle release. I'm sure I won't be disappointed.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Mike for sending me this quite some time ago. I figured I'd let the "wildness" take over a bit more before opening it.

A: The cork is very difficult to coax out of the bottle, but eventually the pour is orange with a thin off-white head.

S: Very fruity and brett forward on the nose. The tropical fruit hop character is still there, but there's a ton of hot alcohol aroma coming through. Some old gym socks (not in the good, Drie Fonteinen way) and a sort of solventy/chemical note too.

T: When you get the hop flavor, the taste is enjoyable. Unfortunately, that's only a small portion of it. Those flavors are of grapefruit and pineapple as well as mango. Some earthy funk along with grass and straw. Again, a harsh alcohol and chemical character.

M: The body is medium with an intense carbonation and a very dry and astringent finish.

D: Unfortunately let down by Bullfrog on this one; this beer was really all over the place. The wild IPA idea is one that interests me, but I'm not sure how well it actually works.

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Photo of portia99
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared with several people, courtesy of nonstick. Poured into a Portsmouth goblet.

A - Pours a yeasty, pale golden orange color with a thin film of white head on top - good staying power and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Very good.

S - Wow! This smells great (my first impression is that it really reminds me of the Midnight Sun 3767, which I thoroughly enjoy). The brett really worked wonders on this...tons of funk, horseblankets, general yeastiness, spicy...overall a sweet aroma with some lemony and orangey citrus too. The funk overpowers the hops completely, but I'm not missing them here. Can't wait to get my first taste.

T - Hops up front...fairly bitter. Lots of bitterness from the brett too along with the requisite funk that comes with it...quite yeasty character overall (I did get the last bit that was poured out of the bottle, so maybe yeastier than typical). Still sweet and a bit of fruit, but much of the crisp, citrusy notes from the aroma are subdued or missing. Still quite good, but the aroma blows away the flavor...makes the flavor slightly disappointing by comparison.

M - Somewhat thin in body with carbonation levels lower than expected. Has a smooth, somewhat velvety feel on the tongue. Lasting bitterness and brett after the swallow along with a slight drying sensation.

D - Good effort on a brett infused IPA. I think if I hadn't had the 3767 already, I'd rate this higher, but this pales in comparison. Enjoyable and I wouldn't mind having more.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +22%

Photo of Deuane
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Deep copper with a thick off-white head. Head reduces a bit and leaves thick ringing lace.

S-Fruity hop notes with the sharpness of brett. Somewhat mellow but then the more you inhale the more interesting it gets!

T-Sharp spicy hop pop up front with the following of lightly sour brett notes. Light sweet biscuit body follows and then finishes DRY!

M-Medium-light bodied, sharp, crisp and SUPER dy in the finish. Almost like a Brut Champagne in the finish.

D-Yep--a hoppy, bretted, dry, crisp and refreshing brew that works very nicely. Maybe a bit too dry in the end but....overall and nicely done beer.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Mike and Nathan, I got to try this last night.

The pour is solid, a hazy orange with a dense white head that leaves no lace, rather disappointing in that aspect. The nose? Well, I hated Edgar, and surprisingly, this is a little better. Still loaded with crystal malt sweetness up front with a big pine bitterness. I never really got the comparison of amarillo hops and cat pee until this beer, it has a dank, pungent aroma. The Brett really hasn't had time to produce any funk. What it has done, however, is chew through all the sugars, leaving a beer that opens with a moderate bitterness, a lot of caramel and crystal malt flavor, but no real sweetness. Interesting and unique in that aspect, this beer was fun to try. Very dry on the finish with a surprising amount of residual bitterness (considering the fact that it was cellared at the brewery for 4 months before release), there are flavors of the malt character without really much sweetness. This beer really is the paradox of having a medium body with a very dry finish. Carbonation is ample. While interesting to try, it definitely wasn't much fun to drink very much of

This beer is pretty much spot on for an East Coast IPA, and has precisely the characteristics I do not like

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Photo of stakem
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing on 2/13/11.

This brew pours a hazed to cloudy copper color with a finger of big bubbly yellowish stained head that holds fairly decent. A webbing of lace forms along the glassware in a sticky pattern. A light swirl strengthens the cap.

The aroma of this brew is very orange-like. It forms a scent that is both rind-like and sweet at the same time from a combination of caramel malty sweetness. A light touch of sulfur and grassiness emerge as the brew warms up.

The taste includes the light sweetness of caramel malt which is slightly familiar and barleywine-like. A light touch of sulfur is evident along with a bit of brett'd funk. It is modestly bitter with orange rind flavors on the back end with an increasing amount of fusel alcohol character.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. Quite drinkable and bold in alcohol with a pleasant contrast of residual sweetness verse rindy bitterness. Overall a pretty good offering that is outside the box. A hop head would hate this brew, someone looking for serious funk would also be disappointed but for what it's worth it's a pretty good brew.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.57/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2


The cork was impossible to remove without the aid of a corkscrew. When I finally got it out the beer poured near flat into my snifter. Very strange for a Brett beer! It's orangish amber.

The nose is of caramel malt, candied grapefruit, earthy hops, and wet leathery Brett.

The flavor is powerful wet leather and musty Brett with moderate hop bitterness. The hop character is earthy with notes of grapefruit and orange. The malt reminds me of sugary caramel. The Brett and bitterness seem to clash. Not entirely pleasant. Also, alcohol maintains a distractingly prominent presence in the flavor, which is not a positive.

The mouthfeel is very disappointing. It's flat and syrupy. I expected effervescence from a Brett IPA, or at least moderate carbonation. Syrupy and near flat is certainly undesirable and cannot be overlooked.

The combination of clashing Brett/bitterness and the flat/syrupy mouthfeel made this one unpleasant.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with oglmcdgl, thanks for the shot.

Ed is orange with some bright copper in there. On top a billow of a pillow of a head with 2 fingaz of off white ivory foam, creamy.
Not much lace.

Smell is a brett bomb, it's bugged out. Small traces of grapefruit ans some small pale malt.

Brett brett and more brett, a ton. Some grass, a touch of citrus, hay and more brett.

A medium bodied beer with some carb pop the bump though is brett just sitting on the palate forever afterwards, it just stays. Itks huge.

I think this is a fresh bottle, a great ipa that is masked under a brett blanket. Don't think I could drink a whole bottle of this, half was kind of a chore. Tasty, big on the bugs, to much. I liked it.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a lightly hazed deep amber color with a creamy off white head.

S-the nose has notes of sweet tangerine assertive hops as the brett is softly integrated behind being slightly leathery.

T-this has a malt presence the nose did not have, earthy malts play role as the leathery brett lies behind. the back end adds the hops, light citrus aspects with a soft bitterness.

M-this has a full syrupy body with a light carbonation and soft clean finish.

D-well balanced ipa with a nice refreshing citrusy finish and well integrated brett presence.

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to Kegatron.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a nice big, fluffy white head.

Scent of funky brett, fresh bread, citrus, and more bread. A very bread forward scent, the citrus and light sourness play together nicely.

Taste of bread, brett, some citrus, and finishing tart with more brett. Not nearly as good as the scent, this one falls a little flat in the taste.

Mouthfeel is medium light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this cellared bottle from '09- poured chilled into a taster and refilled.

The color is vibrant apricot with gentle haze and thick rocky light beige cap with sticky lace and good head retention- the bead is tight. The smell is fruity and bretty with mild spice notes and earthy hop underlying the mild medicinal odor. The hops have been usurped by some funk from the wild yeast added. The feel is dry and bitter with some sugar , but comes off as dry spicy and warming with moderately high carbonation and slight alcohol influence on the palate -brett dominates.

The flavor has a strong spice qualtiy with earthy hop flavors in the initial taste and lots of brett tinges interlaced among the slight caramel malt flavors. The light drying effect from the dank astringent hops and alcohol is augmented by the funkiness from the wild yeast. The hops continue to provide the bitter flavor however most of the citrus notes from the original beer are lost. I liked this - a good take on wild IPA, but I bet it would have been more enjoyable fresher - the funk and hops work well in this beer overall

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Photo of gford217
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Barleydine for this one.

Pours a brilliantly clear golden amber with a frothy white head that recedes very slowly and leaves a small cap and some patchy lacing.

The aroma is an interesting combination of citrus hops, lemons and oranges especially, bready malts and a solid shot of earthy funk as well. Despite the barnyard presence, I can certainly pick out the IPA in the nose.

The taste is slightly more bretty than the aroma, with the dominant flavors being a musty earthiness throughout. There is some juicy citrus hops underneath the funk but it's tough to pick anything specific out as the brett starts to take over.

The mouthfeel, as mentioned, is dry, funky and wine-like with a bit of hop bitterness as well. It's got lots of carbonation, almost effervescent.

This is another decent sour from Bullfrog, and I like the fact that they mixed up things with brett on an American style liek an IPA. Very drinkable and refreshing.

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Undead Ed from Bullfrog Brewery
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