Deuane | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Deuane on 03-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 22 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by Irish212:
Photo of Irish212
3.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this on Growler at Al's of Hampden. I work with "Deuane" so I had to try this one.

A: Pours a smooth dark orange/"burnt Sienna" color, no head.

S: A very stong hop smell like i had just rubbed my hands with hops at a brew tour. :-)

T: VERY VERY strong citurs taste, smacked with a solid bitterness at the end.

M: Smooth with a hoppy bite.

D: Not my favorite style, but a solid beer all the same.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of CaptinRedBeard
5/5  rDev +15.7%

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

On tap @ Al's of Hampden (Enola, PA) on 4/5/10. Served in a tulip glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber, topped with about a ½ finger of slightly off-white creamy head. This retains with some frothy richness around the edges, leaving a hefty cascade of rich spotty froth and oily residues in its wake. The hops in the aroma are just unbelievable. Just pure hop oils up the nose here, like a glass of grapefruit juice with pine needles and a dash of pepper thrown in. The hops are just so bright, fresh, and strong here, with some sturdy backing notes of sweet biscuits along the back. Going deeper reveals extra tropical fruit character, along with a pang of heat but it just adds some additional zip to the flavors and doesn't' get distracting at any point.

The hop levels are just as ridiculous as the aroma was, with resins, BIGTIME bitter grapefruit, and a heady deep spiciness that pummels the mouth. This is literally just DRIPPING with hops. Despite the huge hop profile though, there is just enough of a sticky backing of tropical fruits, caramel, and bread to keep things in check. I mean there is literally just like a quick blink of balance (yet it still somehow works) before the hops tear through the backend of the profile, that's how strong and bitter this is. Just a continuous hop presence here. The finish is intensely bitter with rinds and spice, contributing to a deep lingering piney dryness that sticks in the mouth. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with some sharpness to the carbonation up front that then gets slick and creamy in the back of the throat as you swallow. And that 10% ABV is dangerously hid. There is enough present to give this some beefy warming power and helps add the perfect amount of intensity to the flavors but the alcohol itself never gets stinging at all. Just spot on feel here that really helps make this beer.

I believe I remarked "This tastes like a glass of grapefruit juice set on fire!" upon first sip and I don't think that I was too off the mark. The blast of citrus (and the hops in general) here is just off the charts, yet still somehow remains balanced and this stays remarkably drinkable for the size. This beer is overly assertive, brash, and pretty damn unapologetic about it, yet you still find yourself coming back for glass after glass. Sound familiar....?

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Photo of akorsak
4.15/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to, well, Deuane for sharing this growler of Deuane.

A: The DIPA (in drinking it, it came across as an imperial red, but that's just me), is copper red, translucent, with a head that neared one finger in size.

S: The nose is heavily hopped, brimming with thick citrus bitterness. As the ale warms, flowers begin to come through as well.

T: For as strong as the hops are, the caramel malts refuse to shy away. The result is a chewy ale that isn't afraid of either the hops or malts. Citrus and pine are so concentrated that they are oily in each sip, a boldness that comes through even though the growler is 2 weeks old. Near the finish, a peppery burst cuts into the citrus, heat to see the sip away. As I wrote in my notes, "Formidable."

M: The mouthfeel is oily, resiny from the excess of hops added. The fact that it is so well balanced is amazing.

D: Very drinkable. It comes across as so powerful now that I can't imagine the citrus blast when it was first tapped.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this one at the bar at Bullfrogs.

A - Poured a medium abmer colour with a creamy white head.

S - The nose was piney hops with a hint of citrus. Not as strong a nose as I expected from a DIPA.

T - Bitter hops - piney and floral with a hint of citrus. The bitterness was balanced off with a good amount of malts.

M - A medium body with an excellent creamy finish. A very smooth overall texture. The nitro tap makes this moutfeel as good as it gets for a DIPA.

D - A very good DIPA. A little too much pine for my liking. I would have like more of the citrus to come through on the palate. But still an excellent DIPA.

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Photo of weeare138
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Capone's...
Appears a copper toned amber with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a light cap of fluff. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of caramel, heavy citrus, herbs, cut pine, and flowers.
Taste is of the aromas with a heavy blast of caramel backbone standing up to the heavy handed hopping of the brew.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, chewy, resinous, with an oily, hop-filled finish.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice caramel color with an off white head. even just looking on for the appearance, I can smell the massive dose of hops coming forward. Loads and loads of citrus hops with a good deal of pine. Hints of caramel malt in the background. Taste is all hops with the citrus nearly entirely taking over. Dry and resinous on a medium body, this was absolutely delicious and if I weren't driving, probably would have stayed all day to continue drinking this.

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Photo of John_M
3.85/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's the other day.

Deaune pours an orange amber color with fair head retention and OK lacing. The nose wasn't very impressive initially, but improved as the beer warms up. There is some nice light bitterness in the nose, and some earthiness, but not much else. The beer is more impressive on the palate, and the beer has some impressive bitterness, and is on the dry side. The beer is light and fairly well balanced, with the alcohol surprisingly well hidden. It's noticeable, but there's no way I would have guessed this as a 10% abv.

I thought this a very solid effort, and a beer that was increasingly enjoyable the more I consumed. Love the long, dry, bitter finish. Very nice.

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Photo of Deuane
4.72/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A special sixtol put on CO2 so friends and I couldget some growlers filled. Had to enjoy a pint of it though to get a fresh glass and document the difference side by side with a nitro poured glass.

A-Bright, clear golden kissed with a medium off white head that reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lacing.

S-An orange hop attack up front with lighter notes of pineapple, tangerine, mango, grapefruit and pine. Touch of light caramel sweetness in the background. A more pronounced aroma profile than on nitro, not surprising.

T-Much of the same with a HUGE amount of orange and grapefruit rind up front with sweeter tropical fruits supporting in the background. Light touch of balancing caramel malt sweetness comes in late

M-Medium bodied, quite sharp and crisp with LONG lingering hop bitterness.

D-Like I have to comment! This is great via the nitro delivery and well, for a hop freak like me even BETTER via CO2. The hops absolutely EXPLODE out of the brew on your palate and immerses you in a tidal wave of citrus and tropical fruit hops!

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Photo of orangesol
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on nitro at Bullfrog in Williamsport.

A - Pours a gorgeous orange/amber color, no carbonation, and a one finger, creamy Guiness-like head.

S - Very oily and hoppy smelling with pronounced pineapple, juicy citrus, pine, and a very mild malt background.

T - The flavor hits the tongue with the exact nuances in the aroma. Has a very small malt background which leaves a ton of headroom for the hops to work their magic in this beer...and they deliver the goods! Fabulous amounts of oily hops, some grapefruit bitterness, small amounts of pine goodness, and a whole lot of orange citris throughout the entire sip. The flavor ends with bitter orange rinds and a fair amount of lingering pepper bitterness. The peppery nuances gradually subside and leaves the skeleton of tangy oranges.

M - Very smooth and leaves the mouth coated with a metallic, orange peppery coating. Medium body.

D - Yes- very much so!

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer but considering it's nitro, I would have much more preferred some carbonation. That being said, I actually like the Edgar way better. Put some CO2 in this, Bullfrog!

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Photo of number1bum
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at AuRants in Duryea, PA. Served with it were more Deuane in my mouth, Deuane in you, Deuane this, Deuane that jokes than you could possibly stand. Cream of Deuane soup coming soon.

Served on the nitro-tap it was an orange amber color, taking a few minutes to set up and eventually having a perfect inch of creamy beige head. Kept a beautiful lace and left some very nice clingy stick on the sides of the glass.

Smell was citrusy with some juicy sweetness and more bitter grapefruit pith. Just a bit of sweetness there. Not a super strong nose but nice.

Taste also consisted of grapefruity hops, some sweeter orange. Quite fruity. A bit of caramel sweetness to provide some balance. Good amount of hop bitterness in the finish. Good balance but lots of hop flavor as well. Where's the 10% in this? Don't taste any alcohol at all.

Mouthfeel was very creamy as you would expect from the nitro tap. Just so smooth.

This was a pretty damn nice DIPA from Bullfrog. The nitro gave it an exceptional creaminess as you'd expect, but I also wonder if it didn't quite allow the hops to shine. Lots of flavor in this beer, but almost a bit muted for a DIPA. I'd like to try this same recipe on CO2. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed Deuane and would consume him again. Even Stef, who was 3 Deuane's deep, couldn't get enough and wanted to go back for more. Good stuff.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.05/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

9oz snifter at Capone's on sunday for brunch and than another one two days later. I need to start finding new hobbies. Short bar review.

Deuane looks the part of a DIPA, bright orange with some brightish amber spots as well. Not much of a head just a faint cap of off white head on top of the beer. no lacing. Smells like hop juices just squeezed into it. Smells of citrus and those familiar fruits with a pine backing and some sweet/pale? malts. you know the drill. The taste is in DIPA fashion too with more of the same that I typed above. I guess the citrus is way more pronounced than the pine. I get grapefruit and orange/tangerine, caramel in the back. Feel is above medium and the carb is kind of tamed. The hop juices or oils if you will are really in the feel, I can just feel it oozing down. Very oily. A very good DIPA from a solid company, I just think one snifter at a time will do though, it's a bit high in alcohol, although you would not tell that by tasting Deuane, it's a citrus delight.

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Photo of callmemickey
3.97/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at capones

A: Dark orange-amber body. No head. No skim. No lacing.

S: Most dominant element is some bitter grapefruit. A little pine and a noticeably caramel malt base.

T: A near mirror reflection of the nose. Grapefruit, caramel and a little pine. Dank.

M: Oily and resinous. Moderate body with lighter carbonation. Bitter but not particularly tight in the finish.

D: A decently dank brew, but not anything noteworthy (besides the name and the name sake). I've had better from Bullfrog so I was a bit underwhelmed.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this on tap at Brass Rail Deli in Campbelltown - served chilled 10oz pour in a snifter -taken from notes:

A - A dark amber that borders on copper w/ thin quick settling head w/ tiny bead and gentle haziness - lace is sporadic

S - The smell - whoah! This is a totally different beer fresh and on tap! I am so glad I got out to Brass Rail before it kicked. The hop notes are huge, dank and run from citrus to rind and bitter grapefruit smell w/ mild pine and spice. The IIPA has a light ester of alcohol and bitter berry

M - The feel is substantial and emits a texture which has some chutzpah and is more juicy than bitter- the hoppiness has a gentle yeast twang guiding it along w/ carbonation in the moderate range and acidity is moderate too - the finish is dry with lingering hoppy goodness on the palate

T - A lovely fresh flavor of juicy hops like a flavor crystal expands across the palate with flavors that are orangy and tangerine with rind notes adding that mild tart not quite sour edge to the citrus w/ ruby red acidic flavor and light pepper w/ slightly grassy Imagine Nugget Nectar but more alcoholic - like 10% vs 7.5% w/ the same mild caramel note w/ toasted edge of malt in the peripheral flavor w/ mild alcohol under all the full hop flavor which stays fresh til the end

D - I found myself drawn to the fresh pour of this like an Imperial Red, but the amped up super hoppy kind - very very tasty on tap I had to grab a growler to share with my bandmates from the homebrew club it is that good - someone who is not a hophead in the group remarked " I don't normally like really hopped up beers, but this is very good!" I think you will agree this is a testament of Bullfrog's skill with west coast style hoppy ales

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Photo of sholland119
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one on tap at the brewpub release in the company of Deuane-the person and other friends.

A-Beautiful pour. A crystal clear copper amber with a huge, creamy off white head. Not much lacing but that's ok.

S-Sweet and hoppy. Pineapple and tangerine sweetness, a bit of pine and a blast of grapefruit rind.

T-Again, delicious with an eye opening amount of flavor for a nitro pour. Grapefruit and orange rind dominate with the sweeter tropical fruits taking a bit of a backseat here. A bit of booze as the beer warms but still remarkably well hidden fo a 10% ABV.

M-Medium bodied, very light for the ABV. Creamy and smooth.

D-Sure. Yes please. Smoothness of the nitro enhances the drinkability while not tamping down the flavor.

Nitro has never been my favorite delivery method for IPAs, for DIPAs even less so. This beer has changed my mind, or at least opened it.


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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.33/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Bullfrog. Served in an upside down pear shaped glass - cool glass. Appears a hazed rich honeyed copper color with a good 2 fingers of creamy off white nitro foam. Aromas and flavors are a plethora of citrus fruits. Orange, tangerine juice, peel, and pith, some tropical fruits. Nice caramel backbone makes its presence know, but there's no doubt the hops are the star here. Ultra smooth and creamy thanks to the nitro pour. Alcohol heat is MIA. Dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of koopa
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Consumed at Capone's in East Norristown, PA on 4/18/10.

From notes....

Appearance: Slightly pale iced tea to copper. No head or lace.

Smell: Loads of juicy simcoe like hops, grapefruit notes, wet grass, and a nice candied orange meets maraschino cherry note.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: Undercarbonated.

Drinkability: Goes down easy.

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Photo of Hophead101
4.06/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had the opportunity to kick the keg of 'Deuane' at the Brass Rail on 4/9/10.

pours a beautiful clear copper orange color creating a distinctively superb head that was frothy and off white in color. The head stuck around for quite some time and was followed by some great lacing to further compliment and round out the appearance of this brew. The smell was a bit lacking for a hop bomb of a beer - some hoppy buttery smell - but nothing crazy. The taste of this beer was quite nice. One of the better DIPA's I've had in a while. Very hoppy in taste, buttery and a full mouth coated feel. This sucker is very drinkable and the ABV is hidden and sneaks up on you. A very well made and great tasting DIPA by our friends at BullFrog.

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Photo of oglmcdgl
4.1/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at my buddy matts joint in norristown in a 9oz snifter.

A- filled to the tippy top so no head to be had. Deer dark orange that glows when lit from behind. Even with a good swirl after a few sips no head at all.

S- rip a ruby red grapefruit in half stuff you craw in it and your not even close. Its like doing a line of grapefruit zest, and I like it. Slight caramel malt hit behind the mountain of hops.

T- well did I mention grapefruit yet. Sweet ruby red grapefruit topped with turbinado sugar set on fire creme brulee style. Sappy conifer hop oil that balances out things with some bitterness. The malts make a bigger show as it warms.

M- full body and lite carb. It leaves the viscous fluid on the palate for a bit before washing it all away with a nice mild finish. A tad oily but good stuff.

D- 10 abv is expertly hidden and it never get cloyingly sweet. Bullfrog did right by this one and that's cool as hell to have a beer named for you, way to go Deuane that's some baller shit.

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Photo of SierraGS
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Served in a a 14-oz tulip-shaped goblet, this beer is golden copper with a thick,foamy white head.

S - Slight malt aroma, and heavily scented with sweet citrus from the dry hopping.

T - Sweet on the tongue; slightly bitter, Dry hopped with Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo in three different additions, this is a real hop bomb!

M - I'll agree with Deuane on Deuane being medium bodied and extremely smooth. The nitrogen really does it justice - the smooth nature balances the flavor out quite a bit. It is certainly dry in the finish!

D - I'll disagree with Deuane on Deuane on the "poundable". It's extremely drinkable in a sipping sort of way. It's so citrusy and smooth.

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Photo of ffejherb
4.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to FooFaa for sharing a growler on 3/23/10. Bullfrog tapped a CO2 version the day after "Deuane Day".

A - Emerged from the growler with a curious orange glow and half an inch of creamy beige head (I'm surprised the head wasn't bigger... that would have been fitting, eh?) that reduced to a swirly patch, leaving spotty lace around the glass. Not as "lovely" as the nitro version.

S - Pungent fume of citrus and pine, definitely much more than the nitro version, giving this brew a West Coast vibe. Caramel malt adds some sweetness to the aroma. Alcohol presence really opens up as the liquid reached room temperature. Definitely smells better than Deuane on nitro (as well as Deuane, the person, on a hot summer day after taking off his Crocs... "I don't wear them outside, Ffej... only inside!").

T - Very sharp citrus-forward flavor with a smack of grapefruit and pineapple backed by sweet caramel malt. A hint of pine is evident as well. Finishes with a grainy malt presence and alcohol notes with a slight perfumy character.

M - Medium bodied with moderate bristly carbonation and lots of residual hop oils on the palate. Finishes with a sharp hop bite and alcohol warmth on the tongue.

D - Deuane in a bottle? OK, a jug is definitely more fitting. Where the nitro version suffered, the CO2 version prospered, earning extra points in the aroma and flavor categories. However, the appreance wasn't as pleasing, and the mouthfeel was a bit thinner with the nitro version. With that said, I'll take a smellier, tastier Deuane than a Deuane that's prettier and feels better in my mouth.

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Deuane from Bullfrog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.32 out of 5 with 22 ratings