Thai P.A. | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by akorsak on 06-19-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by mymrnngjckt:
Photo of mymrnngjckt
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub on 7/2/10. Ours a couldy golden color. The smell is heavy on the ginger with notes of basil and a subtle citrus smell. The taste is very spicy. The smells really come out in the taste. Very well carbonated and that produced a pleasant mouthfeel. As this beer warmed up, the spices came out more. I liked this beer a lot, so much so, that I picked up a grolwer to go.

Great beer. Seek it out if you can.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A growler filled at the brewpub on 29-Jul-10.

A: The Belgian IPA is golden yellow, a paler hue that refuses to give up its translucence. Each of the first two pours yielded a finger-to-two of white craggy foam that left webs of lace all around the glass.

S: The IPA offers a quick blast of boozy heat before yielding to the Thai spices. Ginger root and lemongrass stand out, bitterly sweet aromas against the sweet lime leaves. A rich, complex nose if ever I've smelled one.

T: The ale, a week in the growler, has lost some of its effervescent buzz. On the bright side, the Thai-inspired flavors pack more of a punch. Ginger root, not the pickled sweet sushi version, has nice zing. Paired with the citrusy lime leaves and mildly tart lemongrass, the flavor profile gets muddled but remains vibrant. Each sip is a treat, a refreshing dose of spices that is unlike any other IPA, Belgian or otherwise, that I've ever had.

M: The spices, lush and sweet, are the shining star of the Belgian IPA. The sweet lemongrass, citric lime and pungent ginger are a brilliant trio to pair together.

D: Unfortunately I had to share two glasses (they were small) with ksak. I really dig the flavor profile in the ale, a stroke of genius pairing all these flavors together.

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Photo of sideshowe
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of stakem
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Sam Adam's perfect pint glass. This brew appears a very hazed golden color with 2 fingers of white head. Solid retension power from the cap of foam that sits atop this brew and lacing appears all over the glassware. I don't know why I noticed this but the bubbles of carbonation that rise to the surface from the etching on the bottom of the glass move very slowly through the body of this brew. Significantly slower than what I am use to seeing...interesting.

The smell of this brew initially is a bit perplexing which is comical because the first time I tried this I was asked what my thoughts were and my immiediate reaction was "wow this is different from any other IPA I have had before." When the growler was popped open, I initially smelled things more in line with belgian yeast than anything else. A noticeable amount of phenols, clove and a bit of lime. After getting a full pour of this, right upfront it smells like a mixture of lemony and citrus hops along with a spicey aroma I am not familiar with in any other IPA I have ever had. As I take more whiffs there is the unique spiciness brought forth by the contribution of the ginger.

Taking a sip reveals another completely perplexing experience of the senses. Upfront there are flavors reminescent of belgian yeast, clove, lemon, lime, ginger, bready malt sweetness, bitter rind of (insert any unidentifiable mixture of bitter rind here: grapefruit, lemon, orange, etc.) There is really a lot going on with this brew. Upfront is has both the belgian style phenols but also a mixture of flavor reminescent of a spiced wit and light sweetness that changes drastically to bring you back to the perspective that this is a bitter ipa that has a quite dry finish.

The feel of this brew is medium to light with a moderately low level of carbonation. Being poured from the growler was quite deceiving, it initially looked flat and I was disappointed but as soon as it hit the glass the carbonation came out of solution and provided a nice layer of foam atop the brew and a subtle prickly feel of carbonation across the tongue. Super drinkable with a ton of complexity for 7%. I don't know if I would consider this beer in the style of an "American IPA" it is more of a belgian style IPA and more noteably my favorite one to date.

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Photo of number1bum
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for sharing a growler of this.

Poured a cloudy orange-tinted golden color. Off-white head kept pretty well, with a thin lace but some decent stick on the sides.

Smell was really impressive, with lots of herbal aromas going on, as you'd expect. They all worked together really nicely though, which maybe was a dicier expectation; basil, ginger and lemongrass were all apparent. Light citrus and some sweetness too.

Taste was also very herbally, with lots of ginger, plus the basil and lemongrass doing their thing as well. Some citrus flavor and a modest bitterness fit the PA portion of the title. Some malt sweetness provides good balance as well. Like the smell is comes together really nicely. Tasty stuff.

Mouthfeel was very creamy and smooth; a really nice slick, oily feel to it with a good amount of carbonation.

I was looking forward to trying this and it did not disappoint. Really tasty and different. A great change of pace and well worth trying if you enjoy IPAs, or even if you don't.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.96/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the brewery.

A-hazy deep orangish amber color with a thinner slightly off white head.

S-the nose is extremely floral with lots of herbal spice to it, notes of a belgian yeast, light citric aromas behind.

T-this odd spicey herbal taste dominates, not a fan of this spice but definitely present, citrus hops and a light resignous pine note comes in towards the back.

M-smooth and creamy on the palate, medium bodied with strong carbonation.

D-the spices seem to dominate and the hop flavors take a backseat. they don't work well together for me and seem to play against each other.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks very much to tenderbranson69 for picking up and sharing this growler w/ me! poured chilled from the growler into a willybecker.

A - A hazy golden with tangerine accents and rocky thick 1 1/2 inch cap of eggshell. The bead is fine and the lace clings to the glass and appears like baby swiss -the retention is very good.

S - The smell is definitely not a common ipa aroma - it has earthy and grainy odors with moderately high spice elements. The ginger is most noticeable, but a light yeast ester gives some slight phenolic notes w/ mild citrus from the lemongrass. The kaffir lime leaves make it seem astringent in the aroma, but it comes of like a wit not an ipa in the aroma which is strange, but good

M - The feel is intense to say the least. I am glad I knew what I was getting into. The texture of earthy yeast and mild spice is quickly usurped by the bitter and astringent textures with mild hop bite and herbal tea like astringency which is augmented by a mild sweetness from the malt. The finish is dry and bitter but the carbonation is in the moderate range

T - The taste is really good with a lot of depth from the ginger and hop interplay. The lemongrass gives the reedy tea-like asringent lemony flavor and the hops and kaffir lime leaves join forces to add bitter assertiveness to the mildly sweet and toasty malt. The yeast flavor is more restrained and it has similarities to a wit with the light creamy feel under the myriad of other flavors created by the hops and spice. The taste has tropical notes from the ginger and the spice is very clean so much so that is borders on 'minty'. I really enjoy the tangy citrus zest flavor that lingers after the ginger and hop bite recedes - a very unique and pleasurable beer!

D- I could handle having this occasionally on a warm summer night - the spiciness is not overboard and the bitterness is balanced by some mild malt sweetness. I think this would go well with pad thai or maybe green curry. I think it is very smart of Terry, the brewer to combine thai spice with an IPA which traditionally goes well with spicy asian food.

Second growler taste -edit 7/24 - A - 4.5
S- 4 T- 4 M - 4 D -4.5
A - a very beautiful beer in the snifter- radiant and resplendent golden fuses with amber highlights and rocky cap of light cream is well retaining and the lace sticks very well. The ale is only slightly hazy and the bead is fine

S - The smell lets you know you are in for a treat with both creamy wheat maltiness and spices blended with pine and ginger earthy and mild floral and citrus odor with mild tropical accents all making a complex and very full-on aroma

M- the feel is bitter, but not American IPA bitter, more of an Imperial Wit with all the spice, highly effervescent and wheaty smoothness leading to mild sweet middle and gentle drying and astringent finish

T - I will repeat what I infer from the blend of spice and malt flavor that even if this does not have half wheat in the malt bill or Wit yeast it has the flavor of a very strong wit with peppery notes from hops and mild sweetness without the intensity of your average IPA bitterness-wise. Just enough to make you think 'ahh, yeah it is bitter.' the flavor is really balanced and very toasted malt taste with light nutty notes accented by a mild lemony tinge from the lemongrass. I really enjoy how the ginger gives a clean woody, almost minty effect as it finishes

D - A Frankenstein beer, yeah a mix of spice, hops, smooth malt and light herbal notes mixes with gentle fruit in the yeast for a top-notch beer, Ipa or Imperial Wit take your pick

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Photo of bacher468
4/5  rDev 0%

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

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

A - Cloudy melon-toned orange liquid with a milky white head that diminished to a thin veil but yielded a thick but delicate web-like curtain of bubbly lace.

S - Aroma elicits an Asian flair with ginger notes, exotic herbs and spicy yeast, the latter of which gives it a Belgian twist. Earthy hops, a splash of citrus (lemongrass?) and a slight waft of alcohol round out the equasion.

T - Flavor is quite spicy but with an earthy hop bite. The spicy, herbal character persists throughout. The sharp bitter finish incorporates moderte alcohol warmth and citrusy notes, but is accompanied by a toasted grainy malt character.

M - Medium bodied with an oily texture and mild carbonation. Finish is dry, spicy and quite bitter on the palate.

D - Thai PA is quite the little exotic brew here. It's yeasty, hoppy and spicy... and flavorful. The grainy malt presence provides a nice counterbalance to all of the bitterness and spiciness.

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Thai P.A. from Bullfrog Brewery
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