India Pale Ale
Blue Frog Grog & Grill

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IPA - American
Ranked #7,052
Ranked #48,081
3.06 | pDev: 17.65%
Blue Frog Grog & Grill
California, United States
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 37 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.82/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Comes in yellowish, 1/2" white head. Aroma wasn't hoppy, was almost barnyard saison like. Weird.

Taste strives for balance despite the direction of getting away from that over the last few decades. Really underhopped is the takeaway here. Not only that but its a little hot for what it is.

Apr 20, 2016
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.07/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: Clem’s Bottle House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $4.99
Purchased: April 13, 2013
Consumed: April 17, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey golden bubbly color with two fingers of off-white bubbly head. Decent amount of semi-layered spider web lacing on the sides. Very good retention on the top all the way down.

Very malty smell right from the beginning. Got earthy, grainy and bready malts mostly. Mixture of grass and resin hops. Some sour fruit as well.

Tasted an even stronger version than the smell. Still heavy on the malts but with a big bitter finish. Earthy and grainy malts. Grass hops mostly, but maybe even a bit of rye hops. Reminded me a bit of iced tea.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long malty finish.

Nothing too complex about this beer and it wasn’t so tasty. I wouldn’t try it again.

Apr 18, 2013
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DovaliHops from California

3.21/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost-clear amber color with a small white head. Scent is lacking here...not a good hop profile for an IPA. Too malty. Some grain and a good amount of malt. Some bread as well. Taste is just as lackluster... maybe a little better. The hops appear in the flavor, yet they don't stand out as they should. I could understand that a brewery may want to not "overuse" hops and see that as "trendy"...but let's be honest...IPAs NEED HOPS! This beer has the same amount of hoppiness as a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Although this is a solid-tasting beer, it is not going to be able to compete with a majority of the IPAs out there. Mouthfeel is light bodied and slightly undercarbonated. Overall, I like this beer. However, this brewery needs to step up their game in order to compete with the beer buyers and craft beer lovers out there.

Oct 12, 2012
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Drinkerofales from California

3.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy, the color of orange and gold. A small head dissipated quickly to leave good lacing.

Smell is sweet and some floral hop undertone, kind of backwards.

The flavor at least has some hops, piney and mildly abrasive, with a grapefruit pith ending.

Feels immediately of the hop bite with a lot of carbonation, and a touch of booze.

Kind of lacking here, even the label says "You shouldn't taste hops in your sleep". WTF? I want to taste hops in my sleep. It's an f'n IPA, bring on the hops. They kind of wimped out here, and they don't get what it's about.


Jan 14, 2012
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ElGordo from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a slightly cloudy golden color, topped by a very thin layer of creamy head. Aroma of pale malt with a touch of honey and some nice, citrusy hops with some grassy notes.
Palate is Nicely balance between pale malt and assertive hops. Notes of honey, grapefruit, orange peel, and a touch of grass A slightly harsh bitterness comes through on the finish and lingers a bit. Body is smooth and a little light for the style. This is a nice, refreshing IPA that's a bit on the light side, but still flavorful.

Dec 03, 2011
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coastiefish from Oregon

3.27/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Note this bottle is redesigned, updated from the picture here on BA.

Shared a 22oz with a fellow patron at the bottle shop.

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pretty clean inviting orange copper. No head.

S - Hard to tell in this envrio..

T - Nice clean finish, the carbonation bites at the end, not so much the hops being bitey, thats nice.

M - Good clean, finishes clean. Good body, substantial.

O - It was fun to try this one. I've had it years ago with the old label (not sure when they remade it)
It doesnt stand out as a go to IPA. It really lacks a strong hop profile, something that makes it pop.

Aug 17, 2011
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chumba526 from Oregon

3.11/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears hazy reddish orange with a large off white head.

It smells floral and a bit citrusy. I get a toasty and caramel like flavor as well.

It has a syrupy taste to it. There is a bitter flower like quality to the beer. I also get a caramel like malt quality. I also get a bit of a sweet bread like flavor. There is a bit of an orange like flavor as well. This is a bit of a malty IPA but it ends with a pretty bitter taste.

The mouthfeel is smooth. There is a moderate low carbonation to this beer.

The drinkability is ok the beer is a bit sloppy: the malt qualities don't blend perfectly with the hop quality but overall I could drink two or more glasses of this.

Overall not my favorite IPA but a pretty good one. I think it is fairly unique though it is a little rough around the edges. This is slightly better than average.

Mar 10, 2011
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Overlord from California

2.21/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

POurs a pale gold. No real head, just some white crust.

Smells like grain alcohol, some pine hops, and a bit of sweetness.

Taste is overly alcohol, but with some pine, maybe a splash of rotting citrus. Actually ... and this is going to sound weird ... kind of like a hopped up malt liquor, frankly,

Eh. Mouthfeel is too flat.

This isn't horrible, nor is it very good.

Dec 18, 2010
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Docer from Washington

4.15/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Snagged up a bottle at Bottles NW in NE PDX!

- Pours a nice bright yellow and west coast orange.. only slightly cloudy... fluffy white head, and still leaving a nice thick pancake on top ..

- Bitter pine hop notes, floral ... light caramel malts... very hidden scent.. masked beneath...

- Nice balanced citrus hops, bitter as hell which I love... lemon zest, grassy.. caramel, thin sugars, not overly sweet... light bready notes... very well balanced... loving it.

- Medium to light bodied, very bubbly carbonation.... keeps it going... slightly zesty and watering... maybe a bit chewy..

- Overall this is one great underrated IPA... I am a big fan, and I bet this is killer on tap... very well balanced, and drinkable.

Oct 22, 2010
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snaotheus from Washington

2.67/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug

Pours nice, golden orange with a big fluffy pale head. Lacing is pretty. Smell is bland, but malty. Slight citrus and pine odors.

Taste is a muddled maltiness, very little hops noticeable. Surprisingly mild and hollow tasting. Sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and full and not too shabby. Drinkable, not necessarily unpleasant. Won't look for it again, but won't turn it down if it's offered to me.

Apr 17, 2010
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scottfrie from California

2.22/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 22oz bottle into Sierra Nevada Hop glass.

A: Pours light amber-golden liquid with fuzzy bubbly carbonation. Head quickly disappeared leaving no lacing.
S: Citrus hops, sweet malt backbone, sweet fruits and some slight roasted malts as it warms. There is also this weird melted plastic rubber tire smell that is a bit off putting.
T: Mild hoppiness, some soda like sweetness, and faint malt. Finishes with a nasty sour skunkiness mixed in with a mild bitter aftertaste.
M: Thin and watery. Not much flavor. Light carbonation and a dry finish.
D: Too watery. Not enough hops or flavor. Couple this with the nasty aftertaste and you got yourself a pretty bad IPA.

Feb 04, 2010
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

3.18/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Looks a little lighter, advertises itself as a balanced ipa in a sea of unbalanced, which is never a good sign in conjunction with a kind dark yellow poor, little head but little bubbles.

Smell has a little undesireable funkiness, but nothing bad enough to take points away. Taste, mildly pleasant. It is indeed, not a hop monster, comes as advertised, balanced between bitter, hoppy and malty. Mouthfeel remains uncomplex, but seems to get better with time. Drinkability is high as result.

Dec 25, 2009
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chickencoop from California

3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted this at a beerfest and enjoyed it, picked up a bottle to fully enjoy it, and was very pleased. Poured deep amber, with a nice fothy head. Smell was citrusy, but also a bit boozy. Taste was a typical IPA, but finished a bit boozier than I prefer. This is a good NorCal IPA, and impressive coming out of Fairtucky, but I thought it could have been a bit more balanced. I would still recommend.

Dec 12, 2009
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber courtesy of petecz. Served in a standard pint at 48 degrees. Poured a hazy, orange-straw gold with a loose, half inch white head the quickly dissipated into a swirl and a bubbly band around the perimeter of the glass - no lacing present on this one. Mild nose - some hints of grapefruit, as well as a sweet quality. Taste consistent with nose - starts out sweet, some citric acid in the middle and a slightly medicinal or resinous quality at the back. Mouthfeel was light-medium with a light background carbonation - a little bit of a watery feeling. Easy drinking IPA. Not a hophead's dream and not hitting all of the elements of a classic IPA, but I found it to be pretty enjoyable, with a well-hidden abv.

Oct 18, 2009
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle procured at the brewpub. Poured into a shaker on 8/15/09 and shared with friends.

A - Clear golden body with moderate carbonation and half a finger of off-white head that transformed into a thin film and spotty lace.

S - Faint citrusy and perfumy hop character with a bit of sulphur. Malt character is sweet and caramely. Not much else is going on here, unfortunately.

T - Mish mash of hops, although the flavor is largely perfumy with just a pinch of spice. Sweet caramel malts balance the bitterness throughout. Some citrus creeps out in the backend as the liquid warmed up. Finish is bitter, but is accompanied by a slight sourness that is a bit off-putting.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a kind of syrupy texture that comes across as thin and watered-down. Mild bitterness with a slightly metallic feel in the finish.

D - M'wah IPA that is definitely forgettable. While it wasn't horrible, it falls just short of average in the grand scheme of things.

Sep 06, 2009
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MisterClean from California

3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Snagged from a judging.

A - Pours light golden with 3 fingers of bright, white fluffy head. Dissipates slow and leaves beautiful lacing. Would be perfect, but the head is a bit light for the style.

S - Wow this one already smells tangy and sweet. Notes of honey, citrus and light grapefruit.

T - Honey, lots of citrus, grapefruit, bittering hops, and slight alcohol. There is kind of a funky aftertaste. Almost sour, may be infected.

M - Moderate bodied, dry, and light alcohol. Hop dominated as well.

D - Not bad, but some items need to be fixed with this beer. There was some grains at the bottom of the bottle and it tasted slightly sour. Nick may want to check the bottling line.

Sep 02, 2009
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this ale w/ tenderbranson69, FooFaa, ffejherb, brewslut, poured chilled into a pint

a deep golden appearance bordering on honey amber w/ good clarity and a 1/2 inch of pale cap. The bead is fine and moderate lace adheres

S - A mild floral nose w/ subtle herbal hop notes, moderately fruity, but a generally mild aroma overall

M - Mild (again) citrus acidity w/ sweet mixture of texture w/ a light spice. The texture is crisp and medium bodied w/ a semi dry finish

T - A found the taste to be average for an IPA, just too much woodiness which seemed out of place, or could be the amount of malt detracting from the citrus taste the hops provide. The flavor is somewhat mild and inoffensive as it finishes with subtle herbal and a sour fruit note

D - The sweet dry effect of the IPA is pretty good, but overall the flavor fails to impress. It is worth a try and certainly better than average, but I would probably pass on a second sample.

Aug 16, 2009
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Spikester from Oregon

3.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with a one finger white head and copious lacings. Aroma of floral hops. (the wife said it smelled like soap) Taste is bitter leather hops with a fair amount of sweet malts. I have to agree this is a middle of the road IPA but very drinkable nonetheless. The 7%abv puts it at the upper level of abv for this style. The hop character is a bit unusual for a left coast beer. Pretty decent overall.

Apr 20, 2009
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Cresant from Kentucky

2.5/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 22 oz. brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada hops glass. No date. The very effervescent, huge head audibly sizzled. Off-white and lumpy, it left loose soapy lace. The body was a murky golden brown.

Smell was detergent-like hops. Piney. Bready grain.

Taste was a quick bite of hops which shifted to a green lingering bitterness. Balanced with some malty sweetness. Flavors seemed a bit faded.

Mouthfeel was thin to medium in the body and carbonation. I wouldn't seek this one out.

Mar 20, 2009
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StJamesGate from New York

2.88/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale yellow with a rocky white head that fades fast. Big skunky nose. Simple stingy, resin hops with some biscuity malt and hard candy esters followed by some late hop toastiness. Thin in the mouth. Long sour end.

One note beer; nothing to write home about.

Feb 20, 2009
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atis from Finland

3.38/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this one Dublin.

Pours clear golden with large and long-lasting head, forms dense and patchy lacing. Aroma is strong floral perfumy hops, some hints of honey, also seems to be rather fruity. Taste is citrusy hops, some pine with light bittery aftertaste. Light mouthfeel, could feel warming aftertaste towards the end of the beer.

This was the first time I tried American IPA and I found this beer to be quite ok.

Feb 10, 2009
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xhcadamx from Maine

2.85/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on draft at Blue Frog Brewpub in Fairfield

A - very light for an IPA - almost straw color but a little darker but not by much. No head at all no lacing.

S - faintly of hops some citrus some pine a little malt.

T - Underwhelming for an IPA. Citrus upfront then some pine a little toffee/caramel malt

M - Kind of thin as were the other beers I tried while there

D - With many other GREAT IPAs in the world I will definitely pass on this one again.

Dec 14, 2008
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cjgator3 from Florida

3.14/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber

A- Pours an amber color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lace.

S- The aroma is very faint even for Pale Ale standards, let alone an IPA from California. There is some malt along with hints of citrusy hops.

T- The taste has a little more flavor than I was expecting based on the weak aroma, but it still leaves a lot of flavor to be desired. The is a pretty good malt backbone with some citrusy hops in the finish. Not bad, but definitely not up to IPA standards. Tastes more like a Pale Ale.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a pretty good amount of carbonation.

D- Decent brew, but not exactly what I was expecting out of a West Coast IPA. In the brewers defense, the bottle does state that "This handcrafted IPA is the cure for the over hopped, unbalanced IPA's out there."

Overall, Blue Frog IPA is pretty decent brew, but there are many better IPAs out there to buy this one again.

Aug 19, 2008
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barleywinefiend from Washington

2.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First off the picture is wrong. That is for the IIPA not the standard. The Blue Frog IPA poured a light golden with some good carbonation and head that held its own. It stuck around as I finished the bomber. Taste was a little citrus, floral and even soapy it seemed. Different for sure. taste had some citrus, slight hops but not hopped out of this world. had a slight twang/bitterness on the end of the soapy, light and thin bodied IPA. Decent job.

Mar 22, 2008
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Zorro from California

2.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A clear golden colored ale with a very slight amount of orange to it. Small white head.

Smell is sweet and even a little soapy smelling from the hops. Fair amount of C style hops and reasonable pine and grapefruit aromas.

The taste starts out neutral and a little bitter with a bit of grapefruit and woody aftertaste. There is a little floral taste here but mostly this is woody and bitter.

Mouthfeel is OK.

I can drink this but it is by no means the equal of just about any IPA. Not even up to the standards of most Pale Ales. At $5 for the bottle this is nothing but a rip-off imitation of real beer avoid it.

Mar 22, 2008
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