Red Frog Ale
Blue Frog Grog & Grill

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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #1,015
Ranked #45,363
3.4 | pDev: 12.35%
Blue Frog Grog & Grill
California, United States
Red Frog AleRed Frog Ale
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kaseydad from California

3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at my local Fuddruckers. And a bomber to boot! Kinda shocked to see it since most have the "standard" craft selection. Gave me a plastic cup to pour it in. Grrrr..

Pours a cola colored ale with an almost one finger off-white head. Light ring around the glass as the session continues.

Smell is malty with a touch of hops. Getting some whiffs of fruit combined with the malt. Nothing special here. Slight boozy aroma? A bit of hops in the swallow.

The taste is malty followed by malt. Maybe a touch of caramel.

Flat mouthfeel.

Overall I paid $7.25 for the experience and will not revisit this. Nothing that wows in any sense. Still open to trying other styles to support a local brewery though.

Nov 03, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The 2013 brewing of this has a new label and seems to be an improvement over some of the earlier years. It's the standard Red/Amber stuff but less murky and leafy. This pours a lovely coppery amber color in the big New Belgium snifter. Pleasingly spritzy on the tongue with plenty of bubbles and lacing in the glass. Some grainy aromas with a spicy hint.

Flavor of warm malty flavors with an herbal hoppy taste. Some aromatics with hints of pine and resins. Tangy and even a little hot. The sudsy mouthfeel lasts to the end. A moderately bitter finish. A better than average Red, though less hopped-up than some might like. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

Oct 19, 2013
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klkatz from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The aroma was malty... a little woody.
Color was a nice dark amber. Rated well...
The mouthfeel is deceiving in that it starts out a little agressive and then wimps out... silly frog.

Tasted malty... i got a strange water sensation at the end of my sips... not sure what that is about.

I think the problem with this beer is that it's not sure what it's supposed to be. I'm not sure what it's supposed to be.. and for that it confused me.

Aug 07, 2012
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Offa from California

3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Red, big tan head steadily shrinks to lasting thin foamy top.

Aroma is fermented plums, grapefruit, pine bark, sweet caramel. It is fairly sweet and perfumy, but not overly so and is a very nice version of a definite west coast character.

Taste is fermented barley, plums with light grapefruit-orange and a dry finish of toasted barley and leaves. It is faintly winy, juicy, an balanced bitter-sweet. Feel and character are overall well rounded.

May 10, 2012
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laituegonflable from Australia

2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an Imperial Red Ale colour; a bit paler towards the edge. Head is beige, nice and foamy with small visible bubbles, thin crown retaining but lace is gorgeous. Light bead, clear body. Looks good.

Smells weird. Very fruity, with raspberry mixing with pear and peach. Tart, fruity, kind of fresh and enjoyable but oddly tart; needs more malt to back it up. Bit meh, but still, I'm intrigued.

Taste is also very weird. Fruity and tangy, with an acetyldehyde flavour upfront, then blackberry and packham pear, with little more towards the finish. Bit bitter at the back, but it's all sort of organic fruit notes; mildly tart but mostly sweet, almost entirely bland and uninteresting.

Bit bittty in the mouth, little bit of tartness to it. Not great.

Yeah, a bit weak and uninspiring, but mostly just odd.

Jan 02, 2012
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mikechance from California

2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A --- nice deep red color with a decent head

S --- Not picking up much of anything.

T --- not much taste and a little sour.

M --- decent body, but lightly carbinated

O --- Not impressed. It's not horrible, but lacks anything memorable. Seems to be made for the masses rather than trying to find a samll niche.

Nov 23, 2011
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lacqueredmouse from Australia

3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very deep amber colour, probably with hints of red to it, but it's subtle. Head is extremely foamy and rocky, it's solid enough that it forms pits and mounds on the top of the beer. I almost want to post a photo of it with my review; it's quite unique. Lacing is minimal, but clumpy. There's not a lot of it hanging around, but it leaves extreme stickiness when it is there. Pretty decent look.

Unfortunately not a lot on the nose. Some malty grain, quite a wholesome character, but missing something. Some fresh hoppiness, but not a lot. A little seltzer water, and a subtle twang of acidity. Not that bad, but not that great either.

Taste is similar. Big notes of roasted grain, with minimal hop character, and a slightly odd cherry pip acridity through the centre. Finish is dry and empty, with just more soda acidity, and a light capsicum flavour - not the spice however. Something to the pleasant grain notes, but it feels like it's off kilter from the style. Mouthfeel is smooth enough, but the carbonation is a little too pronounced and it ends up rather bloating.

Not bad, but not that exciting either. Becomes a little tiresome to drink more than a little of, especially with the overt carbonation. But it's pleasant enough, and has some nice characters. Just doesn't live up to my expectations for the style.

Oct 30, 2010
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TheJollyHop from California

3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber with a dark orange hue and tan head.

Floral citrus hops upfront, loads of fresh baked bread and caramel malt sweetness. Very malty nose that is anchored by the citrus hops, which I felt could have been a little more prominent.

Taste mimics the nose quite well with caramel/sugar sweetness first noticeable with a clean and crisp bitterness. Slight orange taste as well. Very well balanced even if fairly one noted. Sweet aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is good for the style with a medium degree of carbonation and a light body; definitely enhances the drinkability.
Overall very quaffable with no lingering harshness.

Apr 11, 2010
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glid02 from Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle purchased from BevMo in Long Beach, CA.

Pours a clear amber color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of lightly toasted caramel malts with hints of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy caramel malt flavors up front are joined by floral and slightly earthy hop flavors. These flavors carry through to a slightly muddled bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's a bit on the thin side but with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass but I'm not too sure about another.

Overall this was an alright amber but I prefer them with richer malts or more hops. This one is right in the middle and does neither exceptionally well. Still, it's not a terrible beer and I wouldn't turn one down if offered.

Aug 20, 2009
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GRG1313 from California

2.67/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a dark clear amber with a thick pillowy white head with thick lacing. Looks great.

Big assertive perfume nose of bananas and apricots with tones of pineapple. Nice nose. All around beautiful and promising.

Very thin mouth feel and body. The nose promises much more than the mouth delivers. Thin body, thin flavors although with a hop character and finish. This one is all nose. Very short finish. Wouldn't try this one again.

Jul 18, 2009
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Seanstoppable from Canada

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in a recent trip to California.

Poured into a mug a darker red, with about two fingers of long lasting creamy head. Head left a good amount of lacing on the glass throughout my drinking experience.

Smell was somewhat malty with a tinge of hops.

Taste started out malty, but also had some hoppyness at the end. A very good balance between the malts and hops.

Feel was a bit bubbly, and the overall taste was quick to disappear, which was somewhat disappointing.

Overall, very smooth and mellow. Maybe not the greatest red out there, but certainly a decent one.

Jul 17, 2009
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Overlord from California

2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dark amber-reddish brown. Two or three inches of foam rapidly dies down to a thin off-white crust.

Smells like ... I should have bought an Alesmith IPA instead of trying this. A weak pine hop scent, maybe some ... I don't know, that's about it.

Taste has a weird metallic/earthy tinge to it I don't care for. The malts make an appearance, but the caramel just tastes off. Not a strong tasting beer. The hops contribute some weak citrus notes, almost like overripe grapefruit mixed with pine.

Mouthfeel too thin.

Done with this brewery.

Jul 06, 2009
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Brewsmith from California

3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From a 22 oz bottle purchased locally poured into an imperial pint. Piney and citrus hops with a little sweetmess from the malt in the nose. Deep brick red color with a small, tight tan head. Flavor is very toasty in the front with bread crust-like flavors from the malt. Balanced slightly to the bitter. A fairly straight forward and easy drinking amber. Maybe a little too long on the shelf, though.

Jun 05, 2009
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Genghis22 from California

3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No Bottle on Date

A - Pours a reddish brown with a big foamy off white head. Slightly hazy, but not quite opaque.

S - Sugary malt with a hoppy backbone. Hints of apple, fig and molasses. The nose is sweet, but not overly so, the hops bring it back in balance.

T - The roasted malts play nice on the tongue, providing initial sweetness. The hops make their presence known and firm up this beer. There is a drying effect on the tongue and the aftertaste is slightly bitter.

M - Medium bodied with high carbonation. This one is almost overly carbonated. Seemed to get better as the beer warmed up though.

D - This is a nice easy drinking beer, that has the sweetness of an Amber, but the hop presence of a good Red Ale. A solid brew to kick back and relaxe with, I could drink a couple of these.

May 27, 2009
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Troyone from California

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

Noticed this in BevMo and had a double take since I recognized the name. I've been to their Brewpub and Grill in Fairfield and liked their beers.

Pours a brick red watery color with some carb action and not a lot of yeast susupension, from what I can see. Minimal off white head.

Has a vanilla caramel malt aroma with some hop esters in the background.

Has some what of a salty grapefruit flavor with an odd malt taste. The balance seems to be off. There are some English Tea notes in the flavor.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and watery.

I had this at the Brewpub and it was good there must be something about the bottle or bottling that alters the balance. This taste something like Red Seal in a bomber.

Feb 07, 2009
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jspruit from Denmark

3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got this 22oz bottle from Redmond's in Ranelagh knowing that it was new to the shelves.
Pours a amber copper color with a 1.5 finger foamy white head. Sticky lacing stays throughout the drink as it goes down.
Smells of hops, biscuits, and a bit light fruit notes. Very inviting.
Tastes similar to the smell but with a bit more maltiness and bitterness in the hops. Some bready and yeasty flavors come through that are present as it finishes.
Well balanced, although not perfect, and a bit dry for me at the short end. NIce body though and filling.
Tastes more like a red ale than an amber ale too me based on previous ambers that I've tried. I will plan on trying other beers from this brewery before coming back to this one for now.

Feb 01, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle enjoyed after a long day walking around Disneyland!

Poured a deep and clear orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of caramel with some citrus. Tastes of caramel, light citrus, and biscuit. Malty. Nothing earth shattering, but enjoyable for what it is!

Dec 04, 2008
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Frog pours a clear, deep copper colored body beneath a 1/2" head of off-white foam that holds well and leaves wide rings of sticky lace about the glass.

The nose is clean, and suggests a caramelish malt that's tinged with an edge of sweetness. Some apple-like fruitiness is also present, and behind that there's some floral and grassy hops. It's fresh and inviting.

Across the palate it's medium-light bodied with a moderate carbonation that gives just a gentle tingle to the tongue.

The flavor is as the nose suggests, with the yeasty fruitiness standing out. It's malty, yeasty/fruity, and then hoppy. There's a nice caramelish balance to the malt, teetering between light and dark, sugary and bready, and lightly toasty. There's also a hint of darker roastiness that sometimes appears. The bitterness is perfectly balanced, as are the flavors as they quickly cross the palate. It finishes fairly short with some lingering maltiness beneath grassy, floral, and leafy hops.

Very nicely done, and quite drinkable.

Sep 27, 2008
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bbothen from California

3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle poured into Piraat snifter.

A - Pours a deep copper/dark red/rust color with a big fluffy 2 finger head. Looks nice.

S - Sweet maltiness, fruit, cherry or grape, mild hop aroma. Malty sweet dominates.

T - Tastes like a standard red ale. Sweet malt, biscuit flavors balanced by a slight hop presence.

M - Medium bodied, but too carbonated for me.

D - Average. If I was at the brewery I'd order something else.

Glad I tried this. Nothing memorable. Nothing bad about the beer either. Middle of the road.

Jun 21, 2008
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tmitch75 from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark for the style, but pretty clear, with a thin off-white head. Lots of lace.

Malty sweet with a good citrusy hop smell. But it does smell a little watery.

Sweet biscuity honey up front balanced out by resiny strong hop bitterness.

Too watery on the palate with smooth frothy texture.

Pretty drinkable. This was a hard one to review but I do like it and would try it again.

Tasted from a 22oz bomber on 4/21/08. Purchased in Tahoe.

Jun 06, 2008
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GaryF72 from California

3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall glass.
I enjoyed the aroma of the beer and its pleasant, effervescent mouth-feel. Though it's not outstanding in anyway, it is very good and worth the $3.50 for the bomber on sale at Bevmo. It went really well with the homemade Mexican food my wife made. Pretty good stuff.

Jun 04, 2008
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Zorro from California

4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear beer that is darker than red and is more of a mahogany brown with a dark tan/light brown colored head. I would have to stick with my observations and call this a shade of brown.

Smell is sweet and malty with lots of fruity aromas. Lots of fruity esters from the yeast and some woody aromas from the hops used. Fairly neutral hop blend is used all I can pick out is some Fuggles and no citrus or pine at all.

The taste starts out woody but a little sweet and a faint patent malt flavor. Taste starts out sweetish and fruity but quickly changes to woody and bitter. Flavor is something like a mellowed out Brown Ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Picture of a straight 4s beer. No weaknesses but no outstanding parts either. Probably would order this if at the brewery.

Mar 20, 2008
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stephendr from California

4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle - color of amber , with a thick tan head –pleasant nose of cookie , malts , slight spruce and floral – taste of baking chocolate , resin , rough hop (weird for 31 IBUs), cinnamon , slight citrus , and orange - body is slightly rough , and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of orange , slight lemon/lime , malt , and smooth

Aug 15, 2007
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JayTheFinn from California

4.14/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow, this was a surprise! I picked up one of these on a fluke while at the Cap N Cork in LA. I love it!

A - Not a very inspiring pour. The head disappears very quickly.
S - Malty hop mix. Interesting sweet grape scent!
T - Strong hops overlapping sweet grapey, malty flavor. Good mix. Great taste!
M - Medium to full. Little bitterness from the hops.
D - Very tasty. Went down smooth and easy.

Jun 18, 2007
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DogFood11 from California

3.79/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle with some silk screened looking graphics. Just started seeing this beer pop up at my local haunts. Poured into a stemmed pils glass it forms a sea foam sturdy tan head. Amber body. Rocky lace left behind.

There are some lighter underlying fruitiness throughout. The theme though is some roasty malts that is eventually cut down by some astringency and bitterness. Mouthfeel is thin at first until it sharpens up towards the end. After being dissapointed in their DIPA this was a nice comeback effort and I've regained my interest in sampling further offerings from this brewer.

Notes: This reaches a nice balance with enough snap to keep you coming back for another pull. Solid.

Jun 14, 2007
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