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
Reviews by Tupperwolf:
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 bpfrush
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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 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 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 Beertracker
4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of Petorian13
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Tyrawlings
3/5  rDev -13%

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 hopmeister
3/5  rDev -13%

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

Non-existent head when poured, with a cloudy golden brown color. The smell was strong of honey. The taste was unlike other ales of this caliber, with hardly any fruity flavor, but more of a malty honey flavor. It was smooth and consistent throughout, and the drinkability recieved a 5 only beacuse I can't think of another beer I'd rather have on a hot summer day than the Bullfrog Ale.

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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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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 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 TasteTester
3/5  rDev -13%

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 jreitman
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(at brewery) Cloudy pale gold color and highly carbonated. Little to no citrus flavors present. Noticed some nutmeg and malt sweetness. Medium bodied and went down nice and smooth. A very easily drinkable beer for a warm summer day.

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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
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 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 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 beerpadawan
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

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 NEhophead
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A surprise on tap at the Willimantic Brewing Co.

Foamy bright white head with good retention. Some condensed and thin lacing with above average durability. Very crisp and clear golden in color.

Light lemon and pepper in addition to the primarily grain-driven aromas. Also a touch of floral hops.

The flavors going on here are a bit strange to me given the style. Moderate pine and lemon with a touch of pepper. This is joined by an almost chlorine tasting component. This might just be the result of the pine, lemon, and pepper flavors going on and it's not too pleasant. The good thing is that this ale's flavors are not very powerful.

Light bodied; crisp, clean, and even refreshing. Coats the palate well without lingering around too much.

Unfortunately, this is a Rogue to pass on. I would only recommend trying it if you're a Rogue fan and you haven't had it before. With that said, I won't be going back to this one based on the flavor and the fact that it really doesn't remain true to the style.

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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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