Issaquah Bullfrog Ale | Rogue Ales

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Issaquah Bullfrog AleIssaquah Bullfrog Ale

Brewed by:
Rogue Ales
Oregon, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-14-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 29 | Ratings: 39
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.19/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber, made the trip back with me to Florida from a liquor store in Delaware. Not sure of the age of the bottle. Weird yeasty sediment in the bottom of the bottle. Not the usual looking sediment but more like very large chunks of yeast, abnormally large. Never seen chunks like this before in the bottom of a beer. Assuming the bottle has some age, since the beer is not listed as a "current" beer on Rogue's website. Some sweetness in the nose, honey-like. Low carbonation, not picking up any hops in the nose or taste. Some orange taste, maybe coriander, little bit of sourness. Smooth finish. Not a bad beer at all but certainly not exceptional by any means.

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Photo of Pencible
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clear gold with white head. It smelled like bready yeast with lemon and orange hops, and a bit of caramel malt. It tasted like bready yeast and lemon hops, with sweet caramel and barley malt and some sour cherry. It was somewhat thick with some carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this had a decent flavor and body. It was very easy to drink, but was otherwise not very noteworthy. I really only tried this beer because it was on a big sale, and I probably won't every try it again. Not that it was bad, but it was quite average and forgettable.

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Photo of mempath
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle...bought somewhere near Milton DE on Rt. 1 (great little store!)...pours light straw with decent whitish head...some nice lacing...wheat-citrusy notes in the nose are pleasant but nothing real special...taste is as expected in a pale wheat but a little more tart...more slight herbal sweetness...high carbonation make this crisp and very drinkable...but unchallenging. worth a try. better with food i imagine.

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Photo of Floydster
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle that was also an extra in an early trade and I cannot remember exactly who it came from, thanks again for this brew, also split with Scott last night, poured into my Russian River pint glass, color is very light, bright clear yellow, small 1/2 inch soapy white head, no lacing or retention, smell is quite weak with minimal wheat, lemon juice, grass, and honey, flavor was light but flavorful compared to the smell and look of it, grassy accents and citrus first, which fade into wheat in the finish that is really chewy, mouthfeel is thin but fitting for its style, chewy and grassy, thin bodied, high level of carbonation, could drink a few more glasses of this no problem, although it is light, it could go down easier for its style, decent pale wheat beer from a cool Oregon brewery, glad I tried but will not go out of my way to have it again, probably worth trying

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Photo of Slynger
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bullfrog pours a lightly hazed golden-tangerine color, with a fuzzy lid of off-white.

Light nose of wheat, lemon drops, and some herbal hops.

The flavor is better. Nice wheat malt base to go along with light amount of lemony citrus, and a solid herbal, tea-ish, grassy, lightly spicy, hoppiness. Nice smooth medium body with pleasant, fuzzy-tingly carbonation.

This is a very nice APWA, different from most I've had. I like the change up, and enjoyed this one very much. Great summer brew.

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Photo of GregBlatz
4.52/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Purchased this at the local homebrew shop, in the 22oz bottle. I love Rogue ales, and recognized that this was brewed by Rogue for Issaquah, though I'd give it a try. Bottle print gave no hint as to the style of the beer.

Color is golden/orange with a slight cloudiness that becomes more hazy as you reach the yeast in the bottom of the 22oz bottle. Head is pure white and rocky at first, but settles down to a mild lace after a few minutes.

Smell is citrus and extremely tart. Smell also reveals the wheat grain.

Taste is very interesting. I was expecting another hop dominant ale from Rogue(which is alright by me), but this seems to be very different. The first thing that hit me was a very strong tart/sour taste, followed by typical wheat bread flavor. This beer is very 'thin', I would imagine a modest OG for this beer, as it is very refreshing.

My immediate impression is that this is very good impersonation of a Berliner Weisse. The tartness and sourness of this beer just make me think that this was soured in the Berliner tradition using lactobacillus to bring out the flavor that stands out amongst traditional German wheat beers. BTW...their website makes no mention of this.

Very refreshing, I could knock several of these out on a hot summer day.

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Photo of brentk56
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale honey color with a modest head that laces poorly for the style

Smell: Vaguely yeasty with some lemon and herbal elements

Taste: Opens bready and the flavor expands in a lemony direction by mid-palate, almost a lemon thyme aspect to the flavor; after the swallow, it gets yeasty, with some wheat bread elements, and an underlying herbal hop presence

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink but not particularly memorable; a tough style to get excited about

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked up this bottle a few days ago at the brewery in Newport. Poured into my mug a cloudy yellow color, thick white head that settled fairly quickly. Smell is of wheat bread and yeast, low aroma hop presence. Hops come through a bit better in the taste, slightly fruity. Mouthfeel is very moist, soft on the palate. Very crisp & refreshing, would make a great summertime beer. I would have no trouble tossing back a few of these. It's nicer than a full blown Hefe.

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Photo of bobsy
3.02/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Sampler at San Francisco Rogue Public House. Ach! This is a disappointment. Visually we have a golden body with a rocky white head. Dry bready aroma is probably the best part of the beer. The flavour has wheat and citrus, but doesn’t really work for me, and seems somewhat thin.

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Photo of
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Clear, light gold with lots of orange tones in it. Small, white, medium bubble head. Very still, almost looks flat.

Smell was oranges and honey. Overall, smells very sweet. Clover. Earthiness, almost some Belgian funkiness. Mild in that you really have to inhale to get the aroma.

Taste was nicely balanced. Oranges and honey seemed to be the dominant flavors. Maybe a light wheat bread for the middle. Touch of phenol/alcohol. Grassy/herbal bitterness at the finish.

Medium in body. Medium to low carbonation -- could pick up and it wouldn't hurt. Dry.

Pretty good. It's probably not worth the price, but it is tasty. One of those odd beers where it seems like I was complaining about it all through the review, but it worked out to be better than the sum of it's parts.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly dusty haystack gold. Spirited bubbles zip up to an impressive looking eggshell colored cap that is as attractive as expected. Rogue knows a thing or two about head creation and lacing. They almost never let me down and haven't done so here.

Bullfrog smells like a Czech pilsener more than an APWA due to an abundance of Saaz hops. I'm used to beer of this style smelling wheaty and faintly hoppy and... well, just not very impressive at all. The typical Saaz character is on display, especially lemongrassiness. Mt. Hood and Horizon are also in use.

Yep, pilsener it is. I understand that my impressions have everything with the type of hops used, but then they're my impressions so I'm sticking with them. Pale and wheat malts provide an adequate enough body, a smidgen of sweetness and almost no flavor. The Pacman yeast doesn't add much to the party either.

This froggie is all about the hops and is probably a better beer for it. A pleasant bitterness gathers steam throughout the mouthful, never venturing close to IPA territory, then lingers a bit on a finish that is exceptionally clean and crisp. Drinkability is right up there and should be directly proportional to the outside temperature.

I'm becoming more and more impressed with the mouthfeel as the ounces pass. What started out as light has, with warming, morphed into light-medium at least, maybe even medium. The carbonation is expertly done. It's peppy and invigorating without going overboard into annoyingly fizzy.

I really had no idea what to expect out of Issaquah Bullfrog Ale. In the end, it's an APWA with delusions of pilsenerness thanks to an abundance of Saaz hops. So what if it's simple and straightforward. It's also well-constructed beer that is as refreshing as it is delicious. Rogue needs to give this one much wider distribution.

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Photo of NCSUdo
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy gold with small head. No lacing and little head retention. Very, very average looking.

S: Unremarkable, some oranges, not a whole lot there though. Small amount of malt, very little hints of piney hops.

T: Some oranges, decent hop bitterness for finish, relatively dry. Orange flavor which borders on band-aidish, nothing holding orange/flower-like taste together with the bitterness. Taste could be much better. This brew is probably something that is served with fruit a lot which might not be a bad thing. Even a slight alcohol/solvent and medicinal character creeping in.

M/D: Crisp with high carbonation. Good mouthfeel and drinkability despite taste. Light body.

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Photo of clvand0
3.83/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Says Issaquah brewery with a Rogue cap. Hm.. Pours a cloudy light orange color with a small head that falls quickly and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has some citrus and spice with yeast and a hint of alcohol. The flavor has some citrus and a little bit of spice and also shows its alcohol level, but it's pretty mellow and easy to drink. The body is thin/medium and the drinkability is pretty good.

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Photo of younger35
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank this bomber out of a 24oz Styrofoam cup that I got from a gas station on our way up to a golf tournament.

Appearance- Pours yellowish amber with a huge billowy soft head that leaves rings of lacing down the side of the cup like rings of a tree. Can’t really see much else since it’s in a Styrofoam cup…
Smell- Soft doughy malt hides behind very fresh, grassy hops. Very light and crisp with nothing really overpowering anything else.
Taste- Starts very fruity with a tartness like a green apple. Slowly fades to a more lemony bitterness that stays on the palette for quite some time before allowing the subtle malt to come through. A sweet caramel maltyness finishes the beer covering all traces of alcohol. Kind of odd given the style.
Mouthfeel- Slick and kind of tongue puckering. Mild to medium carbonation.
Drinkability- Given that it’s supposed to be some sort of wheat beer I think it’s a little odd, but overall not a bad beer. It’s a little to tart for my everyday tastes but I’m sure this would go great with some mild cheeses. A different yet interesting offering from Issaquah/Rogue.

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Photo of PhiloPsych
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is hazy, dark yellow--pretty typical for a Hefeweizen (maybe just a bit darker and more orange than average). Not much head and not much aroma to speak of. Crisp, clean mouthfeel and a somewhat yeasty flavor. Banana and a bit of butter. Quite nice--the aftertaste especially is very nice. Maybe a bit less wheat/bread flavors than other Hefeweizens. Rogue does good work and this is no exception. (Actually, I am a bit confused as to the brewery credit for this beer. It is listed here on BA under Rogue and Brewers on the Bay. I thought these were different. Then the bottle says Issaquah Brewery. But the cap said Rogue. How does this all sort out?) The ABV is a mystery, apparently. It's not listed here and not given on the bottle, either. Seems like a drinkable brew to me, though. Very nice overall.

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Photo of atsprings
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale orange with a thin head that diminishes to a ring. The aroma is slightly strong with sweet fruits and bubble gum notes. The taste is a good blend of sweet fruits, wheat and some bubble gum. The beer is rather crisp and refreshing. This is an enjoyable hefe.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 5-16-07

Pours a clean golden color, with a big white head that stays an absolutely constant 1/8 inch.

Smell is very clean with a little sweetness, and kind of corny.

Taste is good, very spicy. Lots of piney hops follow a subdued but present malt backbone. Good bitterness on the finish with a huge helping of sweet and sour lemon peel flavor.

Mouthfeel is decent, big carbonation adds to the spiciness.

Drinkability is good, very spicy and flavorful but still quite refreshing. This beer is definately not a hefe weizen, I would call it a pale wheat ale. It fits this style very well and is a good summer beer.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
2.46/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Golden with a small white head. No retention or lacing.

Smell – Light orange and lemon smells along with some yeast.

Taste - Some light lemon and orange here but its short. There are some yeasty tastes along for the ride but nothing is very potent.

Mouthfeel - Clean and light bodied.

Drinkability – I expected more from Rogue, but this definitely goes down smooth. I probably won't grab another one of these anytime soon, but if it's available I'd drink it.

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Photo of sacfly
3.69/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz, did not see a date, but 088D11555 stamped on the side of the bottle- whatever that means.

Pours a hazy golden color with a very thin head of white bubbles. Head was gone in an instant. Odd for a wheat… Aroma is light grain and hints of lemon. Flavor follows suit. Lemongrass with a mild but strong bitterness. Easy drinking. I could see this being a winner after cutting the grass on a hot summer day. However, it’s March 3rd and there is still snow on the ground. I wish I had some sort of clue before I opened the bottle as to what style this was. Should have looked online first and saved this one for later.

Above average for an American wheat beer but a bit pricey. Just saw this is listed as a Hefeweizen? Hardly. Expect zero banana and clove. Just lemony hops. I rated it as an American Wheat.

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Photo of kgotcher
3.86/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very fizzy hazy pale straw color with a big white head.

Aroma is very yeasty. Light maltyness but that yeast really takes over.

Taste is very different from the aroma. Good maltyness and a bit of hoppy spicyness. Slightly crisp feeling. Still has a bit of yeastyness but nothing like the aroma. Flavor is lacking any of the European Hefe banana or clove. Has a much more clean finish with a bit of citrus or lemon.

I like this beer, not a typical Hefe, a bit more of a malty body and a smooth flavor. Bigger, bolder and super yeasty but very drinkable.

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Photo of Tupperwolf
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What an incredibly odd bottle of brew sits before me. I'm determined to 'collect 'em all' when it comes to Rogue and its subsidiaries, so I was happy to try this offering from Issaquah in Washington, the state in which I now reside. I picked this bottle up at Bottleworks in Seattle - it was the first one in the case, and as I put it in my basket I noticed a scrawling silver on the side which appears to be a signature in silver Sharpie. Checking the other bottles, it turned out this was the only bottle which appeared to sport a signature; Maybe I've stumbled across the winning bottle in some lottery nobody's ever heard of? :)

Upon popping the plain silver top, I notice wording around its edge - the cap is marked "Bottled by Dr. Pepper Bottling Co, West Jefferson, NC" - and if that isn't weird enough for a beer from WA, it's also marked "Twist Off."

The cap is definitely not a twist off.

So, anyway, I pour this into a pint glass before I even realize it's a weizen beer - I'd have used a more appropriate glass, had it been labeled as such - and it pours a very bright, sunny soft gold, extremely clear... whoops... It's a weizen... Okay, i get out my big weizen glass to get the yeast in there :P

Replacing the beer in the big glass and pouring in the yeast reveals a cloudy yellow, with lightly rising bubbles. The head is thin but soft and fluffy, nice-feeling on the upper lip, and leaves soapy lacing.

Slight cramel mixed with bananas and a hint of clove - All the proper weizen scents are there, at least in an American style, though they're not exactly bursting with energy - very soft.

Soft wheat and banana, very soft tartness from alcohol and a bit of bite from hops in the finish.

A little tart, smooth, and crisp, with an acidic finish.

Average American wheat beer all around.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear yellowish straw with almost no head. The smell has a real refreshing lemon and wheat aroma.The taste is crisp and clear with a lemon presence that makes this a real summer favorite. The m/f is light and well balanced. I had this on tap at Eli's last night and I was a little disappionted,yet this isn't bad. I just thought a hefe weizen from Rogue would be a little better.

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Photo of xoqx
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I mis-ordered here, thinking I was getting a strong IPA, but I ordered a wheat beer instead. Damnation, as one might expect with a hefeweizen, this beer arrived with a lemon in it. I can’t believe people this serious about beer [Rogue] would do that. I took it out as soon as it arrived and I think it had minimal influence.

Appearance - This beer is golden with an off-white, minimal head exhibiting zero retention and light lacing. The total lack of retention struck me as odd.

Smell – There are smells of light citrus, yeast. Not a lot.

Taste - This beer is pretty pedestrian, especially coming from such a great brewer. It tastes grainy and its hops come across as citric in taste. There’s some lemony taste, which would not be surprising for the style even if my beer hadn’t been sullied with fruit, but it’s hard to tell what’s a natural ester and what lingered from the lemon. The finish was short and unremarkable.

Mouthfeel - The mouthfeel is clean, and light-bodied.

Drinkability – This is amongst the most boring and insubstantial of Rogue’s offerings.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

08/26/05- Purchased at the Rogue Publik House in San Francisco, CA

Presentation- 22oz undated bottle poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Strong 3/4 inch creamy head with better than average lacing. Golden, and slightly clouded pour.

Smell- Rather hoppy for a hefe at first note. Maybe some light corriander and lemon, but just a touch if even that.

Taste- Huh? This taste very similar to the Golden Ale I just had from Rogue. Very hoppy, lots of lemon rind, but little corriander or cloves or any other hefe quality.

Mouthfeel- Fairly creamy and average carbonation.

Drinkability- Perfectly fine and tasty beer, but I find it hard to believe this qualifies for a hefeweisen. Way to much hop action going on here and not enough spices. Tasty, but catagorized wrong IMO.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Rogues Pub on the Newport harbour.
Ok beer to look at pale orange and slightly hazy small head .
Aroma is pleasant and slightly above par for the American wheat ale..there are hints of orange peel and coriander but they are faint.
The taste is farly pedestrian, some sweet malts at the start some citric fruitiness and thats it.
Quite bland and uneventful on the palate.
Its drinkable enough but very boring for a Rogue beer.

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