Big Ed | Bullfrog Brewery

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Bullfrog Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by stakem on 04-13-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark orange color with some amber mixed in, hardly no lacing ring, and no carbonation. Looks sort of like the Dead Sea of beers...not alot going on.

S - Big ripe, spicy grapefruit, ornages, some floral and pine tang with the majority of the aroma coming from the grapefruit.

T - Big Ed has a big caramel malt back bone that's constant throughout to help hold down this massively hopped beer. Caramel malt hits the tip of the tongue with some tang, immediately, and up front with just a hint of roastiness (but not much). A second or two after the malt comes a slow, rolling waive of hops that are spicy and a little tangy. There's a warming sensation in the back of the throat and it leaves the mouth with a thick coating of citrus hopping that lingers on the palette like a thick blanket of tangy, spicy, citrus rind.

M - Thick, heavy medium body, and no detectable carbonation.

O - Pretty good, although I prefer the little brother, Edgar, over this one. It's Terry's farewll beer which is a sad moment but also a new chapter in his career as he introduces his brewing skills to Philadelphia. Big Ed is dryhopped with over 33 lbs. of Amarillo. WOW!!

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Photo of stakem
3.92/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Specifics about this brew pulled from the Bullfrog's website: Dry Hopped with 33 pounds of Amarillo hops Terry's farewell batch of Edgar goes out with attitude.

Thanks to Bryan for sharing this growler with me. Poured into a shaped pint glass, this brew appears a hazed color of orange with an off-white cap. It recedes quickly leaving spots of lace and a webby finger pattern about the glass. A swirl revives a few bubbles across the top leaving a thin film.

The smell of this brew is juicy with hops smelling like tropical fruits upfront. Specific scents of mango and orange are dominant with a bit of herbs and light catty to weed-like notes that get more intense as the brew warms.

The taste of the brew is modestly bitter with juicy hop characteristics tasting like orange rind which has quite a thick oily and resinous feel. The taste gets more catty and weed-like as the brew warms up with some minor toasted grain flavor and more or an herbal bitterness emerges instead of rinds.

This is a full bodied brew with a light amount of carbonation yet still prickly on the tongue. For more than 9% abv, the alcohol is quite hidden except for an increasing warmth across the back of the mouth and down the throat. A solid, enjoyable take on the style.

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Big Ed from Bullfrog Brewery
3.95 out of 5 based on 2 ratings.
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