India Pale Ale | Blue Frog Grog & Grill

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Blue Frog Grog & Grill
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Oxymoron on 08-07-2006

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of MisterClean
3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.72/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
2.5/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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Photo of StJamesGate
2.88/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of atis
3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of xhcadamx
2.85/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.14/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.86/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
2.97/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
2.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Honey-colored, a little light for an IPA. Head is pretty modest at a half inch, despite a vigorous pour. Leaves some thin lacing.

Smells like melting plastic. No hoppiness, a hint of maltiness. Not good.

As far as flavor, this beer doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't taste like an IPA either. Closer to a pale ale, with a toasty maltiness that overrides the weak hoppiness. The plastic from the aroma is nearly gone in flavor but there's a little bit there.

Mouthfeel is fairly good, with appropriate carbonation and body. A little high on alcohol and there's not enough flavor to justify it. Not impressed at all.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fat Frog. The IPA pours a lighter amber color that was a little lighter then typical IPA’s. The lacing was good and so was the head. Better then the others I tried at the Frog.

The smell is light and has more of a pale ale essence, even if it wasn’t in California. The taste is very sub par as well. Some hoppy flavor is balanced with the basic malt and toffee taste. Centennial if I missed my mark. There is a light floral finish as well.

The body is light and a bit watery. Overall this is a rather basic IPA. Nothing bad but rather basic.

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