Red Frog Ale | Blue Frog Grog & Grill

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Red Frog AleRed Frog Ale

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

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Talisker on 02-16-2007

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Photo of GRG1313
2.67/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of mikechance
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of Overlord
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of Brewsmith
3.09/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of bbothen
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.16/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red Frog Ale" from Blue Frog in a 22 oz bomber. Purchased at BevMo in Sacramento. The Bottle says OG 13.5 Plato, 31 IBUs, 6% Alc. by Vol. "Red Frog Ale: A little aggressive, at times wild, but like any good red head should be... always dependable. A generous addition of hops late in the boil and after fermentation help balance this beer’s malty profile. Enjoy with your favorite red head, brunette, baldy, or whoever. Just Enjoy It!" This differs from the Red Ale, which had a totally different description and a higher alcohol content. It poured from the 22 oz bottle a very dark amber that was reddish-brown. It raised a nice fat off white head that dropped fairly quickly and left minimal lacing. Interesting nose that is complex with malts, caramel and a touch of hops. Mouthfeel was a bit dry, and flavor was typical for an amber with a malty and somewhat sweet taste that is usual for the style. Finish slightly bitter, which contrasts with the sweet taste to start. I have commented before that ambers are hard to do well so this one to me is another one to add to the list of near misses. Drinkable, but unremarkable.

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Photo of rallison
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Having never seen anything from this brewery, and my girlfriend being a red ale lover, I decided to pick this up. Wasn't bad...but nothing too special.

Basically, this is your standard red ale. Hops are slightly more aggressive than some of your boring brewpub versions, with a definite lean toward the piny, but only barely keep it from being fully boring. Malts and carbonation are relatively sharp.

This is just not memorable. Not bad, but in a week, I'll forget anything about what this tasted like - aside from it being boring.

Overall, not recommended - and at $5/bomber, there are many better choices.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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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.

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Photo of Talisker
3.47/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Red Frog Ale" from Blue Frog in a 22oz bomber. Purchased at BevMo San Francisco.

Bottle says OG 13.5 Plato, 31 IBUs, 6% Alc. by Vol. "Red Frog Ale: A little aggressive, at times wild, but like any good red head should be... always dependable. A generous addition of hops late in the boil and after fermentation help balance this beer's malty profile. Enjoy with your favorite red head, brunette, baldy, or whoever. Just Enjoy It!"

Pours a crystal clear reddish brown, medium head, some lacing throughout. Nose is complex - probably the best thing going for this beer - led by an English style malt, very tiny bit of caramel. Taste follows up appropriately - very dry malt, English-style hops, sort of dryish thin water texture reminscent of ESBs. Not enough sweetness for the style, the hops tend to dominate and dry out the finish. Doesn't make for an easy return to the glass.

Much more like a traditional ESB than an American Red, and a little dry even for the former style. My first from Blue Frog, and doesn't live up to the brewery's reputation.

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Photo of hopdog
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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!

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Photo of klkatz
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Troyone
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of TheJollyHop
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Offa
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of Barleywhiner
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle, the color was brown with a reddish tint. There was a thick head that formed after the pour and stayed around for a while. I thought this beer tasted pretty clean for an ale and it was definitely different than I was expecting. Not a whole lot of sweet malt flavor, actually the hops were more prominent than expected, but I was not disappointed by this, a very well balance beer. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but overall a very drinkable beer. I'm not really to much of a red ale fan, so maybe that is why I like it, a little pricey though.

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Photo of jspruit
3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of FacistCannonBall
3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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