The Big DIPA
Blue Frog Grog & Grill

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,142
Ranked #49,053
2.91 | pDev: 23.02%
Blue Frog Grog & Grill
California, United States
The Big DIPAThe Big DIPA
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Solid amber color, respectable clarity. 1/3" off white head. Aroma was caramel and barley. Where da hops at man?

Taste, also lacks hop flavor. Mouth feel too. Maybe the bitterness is there, but the hop flavor, it is devoid of. Cool malt bomb man, now get the fuck outta my face.

Nov 09, 2016
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2.57/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

A...a very hazy orange color. Off white, small head with good retention.

S...alot to be desired here, a little bit offputting actually. Unpleasant for what I expect in a dipa

T...malt forward. A little sweet. Hops come at the end. Doesn't fit the style.
I decided to eat my dinner with it to pair and, while eating spicy taco sauce this becomes quite nice.

M...nice carbonation, med body.

O...doesn't fit the style. This beer is all malt and yeast. The smell gets worse a the glass empties. This is a very poor example of a double ipa. Pairs well with spicy food but thats it. I am pretty disappointed, paid 6 bucks for this 22 oz.

Oct 24, 2012
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russwbeck from Virginia

3.23/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Very clear amber pour that hints towards orange. A few fingers of white head build up, and lace nicely down the side of my Deschutes Tulip.

S: Big malty aroma actually, mix that in with some grapefruit and hop bitterness. Can't say I was expecting this, certainly a big aroma, just not one typical of a Double IPA.

T: The maltiness follows on the taste. A ton of caramel, that is sort of fighting against hop bitterness instead of working with it. The two just don't work well together in this at all. Some fruits try to help, but fall short.

MF: Light body with a low carbonation. Decently drinkable, if only it tasted better. Dry aftertaste.

O: I wanted this to be a lot better. Flavors don't mix, smell is odd. Just a miss.

Jan 19, 2012
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broken22 from California

3.72/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love frogs. Hopefully I love this beer too.

Nice bottle presentation. The label is cool and the cap is sealed in wax. Score points for that I guess. This beer is a nice orange amber color. This beer came foaming to life during the pour. Made spider webs on the side of my glass. It did finally die away leaving just a little island of the mountain that was. The beer has a nice smell to it. It seems to have a nice mix of hops and malt scents. The flavor is very similar to the smell. The beer has a nice bitterness from the hops and sweetened up by the malt. I really don't get any stand out flavors other than what I already mentioned. The flavor for me is kind of standard for this type of beer style. The overall mouthfeel is nice. Maybe nicer today because it is hot and the beer is cold. No it would be fine any day. The beer is very light on the palate and with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a great beer to just drink with food because its not too dominant. I guess for this company it works well since they are selling food too. Try one for yourself. I bet that many people could drink and enjoy this beer.

May 03, 2011
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Seanibus from California

2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy golden with a slight head. The aroma is slight but malty. The flavor is confusing - more pale ale than IPA, let alone DIPA. There is lots of toast and roasted nuts, a little earth, and a surprising lack of hops - hardly any flavor and a slight bit of bitterness. There is some grass as the beer warms, but still fairly mild. The mouthfeel is dry and a little tannic. The overall effect is puzzling and disconcerting.

Feb 24, 2011
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

1.28/5  rDev -56%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a shot glass. The beer pours a dark, cloudy amber-brown with no head. Very malty nose, almost overly sweet, with no trace of hops. Odd for a DIPA. Very sour initial flavor, with no real presence of hops here, either. Disappointing. Malty backbone with no other flavors to balance or blend. Very flat in mouth, with an almost syrupy consistency. Not a pleasant drink. Not much good to say about this one, so I'll just wrap it up.

Jan 21, 2011
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Arbitrator from California

1/5  rDev -65.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. From notes.

I don't think I've encountered a worse DIPA, except for the 1 year old 90 Minute IPA alfrantzell received as an extra.

A: Pours an orange-gold body with big foam head.

S: Very weak aroma of citrus, possibly some pine. There's basically no smell.

T: Muddle malt presence with some bizarre orange peel thing going on. Tastes like bad homebrew.

M: Watery, lacking in flavor, overcarbonated, muddled malt AND hop presence.

D: I kind of like Blue Frog because they allow me to point at something and prove I'm not a ridiculous homer. Don't pay for this. Just send it out in one of those mail schemes where you send a dollar to everyone on the list and you become wealthy in 2 weeks.

Dec 18, 2010
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Overlord from California

1.64/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Off the top of my head, the worst "DIPA" I've ever consumed.

Pours a light orange-y gold. Big white foam head.

Smells like ... wow, almost nothing. Huh? Some skunky malt, maybe a whiff of pine ... just a whiff, mind you, and a weird rancid citrus tone. But, it's incredibly muted. At first blush, smells like nothing.

Overcarbonated, underflavored, absolutely nothing going on here. I actually drainpoured half a bottle. OF A DIPA! Crazy. Fetid malt, watery, a bit of citrus and pine, but off and medicinal. This was truly abhorrent.

Nov 15, 2010
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Durge from Connecticut

3.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This brew looks clear and amber colored with a full head of white froth and a nice sheet of lacing is left behind. The aroma brings a deep nutty barleywine-like idea with a full, sweet herbal hop. Very thick and highly delectable. The flavor offers much less sweetness and turns more to leafy/grass bitterness. I find this to be pretty acrid and perhaps a bit one-dimensional. The hops dominate and eventually mellow enough to offer a little more balance with a thick rye biscuit dry bite and a semi-sweet toffee complement. It's medium bodied with a tingly feel and fair drinkability. It grows on you but is a little harsh at first. In the end it's a quality brew but I would like the intensity mellowed just a bit with a little more sweetness. I recommend giving this a try but it isn't quite in my DIPA wheelhouse.

Nov 09, 2010
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pigdog from California

2.84/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

bomber poured into a Stone ipa glass

a-clear amber color , very little head that quickly dissipated

s-malty and slightly sweet with some light hops, the smell is actually quite nice

t-malty with a little bit of spice, slight orange zest, hops are missing in action, a mild sweetness with a fairly boring and flat aftertaste

m-light and dry, little carbonation

d-drinkable if you want a dipa with very little hops, not so drinkable for me because I was expecting the opposite

overall-the golden wax sealed bottle with golden hops on the front and a description stating it's "packed with way too much malt, borderline too many hops" was enticing, but a huge letdown. There's definitely too much malt, because the hops barely make it to my taste buds, or they forgot it was a dipa. It wasn't bad, but I won't be drinking this again.

Aug 08, 2010
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Beerandraiderfan from Nevada

2.26/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Man, I was hoping to love this one when it came out. I used to live in Fairfield. But alas, being a homer can only get you so far. Amber appearance, lots of clarity. Aroma was just malt smelling, where's the hops in this dipa man?

And then the taste, not to beat a dead horse, but "where's the hops man?" Tastes like some cheap homebrewer skimping on hops calling it a DIPA. I mean, yeah, you see a lot of IBUs and hops claimed in this beer, but don't tell me, let me taste it, for which I do not. Disappointing all around.

Aug 04, 2010
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jdense from Oregon

3.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased at Whole Foods Hollywood District PDX, poured into trusty Piraat Tulip 1.20.10.

Hard pour resulted in 1 finger white semi-rocky head, medium dissipation with significant lacing. Clear orange amber body, some carbonation visible. Minimal hop presence in the nose, a bit of spice, but dry bready malts predominate-the most mediocre smelling DIPA I've had. The taste is pretty sweet up front, grapefruit, meyer lemon, pears, but not much bitterness upfront or on the backend, more sweetish than bready malts. Decently smooth mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable for ABV, but for the price and style there are too many other alternatives to this unremarkable tasting beer. I'll pass next time-and the waxed cap, come on, why bother?

Jan 21, 2010
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stoutfiend27 from North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wax sealed bomber poured into chalice...

a-clear copper haze..crystal...small very fast fading head....light cap of foam...nice level of bubbles...chunky lacing..

s-malty and sweet..very little hops present in the nose..surprising for a brew labeled as a dipa....reminds me of blithering idiot in the nose...

t-sweet and overly malty...not a true dipa at this point but i dont know the freshness...maybe a change of pace...hops def present themselves with a sting...taste more like a barleywine...not a bad thing but hurts this when rated to style...finishes sweet

m-oily and thick....borderline syrupy....clings to the mouth forever...carbonation is good...and warming from the alcohol which is present..

d-suffers a bit from the syrup feel but i will have no trouble getting through this bomber...a little warm

overall a nice change of pace..not what i expected but not a bad thing...this is a good brew..maybe it has some age on it and the hops have faded...if listed as a barleywine i would have given it higher marks...a good brew that i have to thank james for...

Nov 22, 2009
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ccrida from Oregon

4.03/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into my Samuel Smith's imperial pint,
The Big DIPA No. 3 is a clear pale bronze with a large, creamy light sand head leaving lots of gorgeous lace.

Smell is malty, with a pretty strong, minty hop aroma. It reminds me of EKGs, which is unusual for a Cali DIPA, but they pulled it off, as noble hop beers that are over-hopped often come off too leafy to me. There's also the stemmy bite I note in the taste.

Taste is also rather malty, with spicy, resinous hops, with a sharp bite that I can best describe as stemmy, like wood, maybe a little bit of peanut butter, a taste I've come across in Alpha Dog. And like that beer, this one didn't taste to great to me on first sip, but won me over quickly.

Mouthfeel is creamy and dry, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. From the previous reviews, I had low expectations, which I thought were validated by the first sip. But I'm glad I stuck with it, as it had a lot to offer, albeit from a different perspective from it's interstate brethren. And I can't think of anything more Californian then that. Overall, a good DIPA, a nice change of pace and a pleasant surprise.

Oct 18, 2009
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jeffjeff1 from California

3.72/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was ok. It was really strong.

Appearance- golden color, good head, good lacing

Smell- very hoppy

Taste- very hoppy, very strong

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- It was ok. I would drink it again. Didn't realize it was from Fairfield until I got home. That was the day I met Dan Aykroyd at Bevmo.

Oct 13, 2009
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ClockworkOrange from Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A corked 750ml bottle, over-packaged if you ask me. Poured into a shaker glass. Appears a hazed copper color with about a finger or so of bone white foam. Minimal retention and no lacing to speak of. Nose and flavor are of a good dose of caramel malt, toasted bread, some citrus and floral notes, but really nowhere near enough to claim itself a DIPA. Smells much better than it tastes. Medium in both body and carbonation. Don't care if this ever passes my lips again.

Oct 08, 2009
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nickd717 from California

1.89/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle from BevMo.

A - Hazy golden color with a white head.

S - Apple, sweet malt, and mild floral hops. Hops are incredibly muted for a DIPA though. This is WAY off-style.

T - Apple cider, caramel malt, mild citrus hops, alcohol, and Velveeta cheese. Hops really don't have much presence for what claims to be an 82 IBU "big DIPA."

M - Medium-bodied and rather uninteresting with average carbonation.

D - Well, not really drinkable, because it's just not very good.

Overall, this is more like a cheese cider than a DIPA. Cheese cider is of course not a real style, and this beer is a good example of why it shouldn't be. Overall, a fail. If you're looking for a beer in the bottom of a good style, then ding ding, Johnny, we've got a winner.

Sep 04, 2009
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Deuane from Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Golden hued copper with a medium off-white head that left decent lacing behind.

S-Light notes of floral and citrus hops initially with backing support from sweet biscuit and some caramel malts.

T-Overly sweet upfront and not hoppy at all. with some warming citrus/floral notes come through but by then it is too late. This one is a disappointing sweet malty mess to me. It's not "bad" simply not good.

M-Medium-light body with a decent hop bitterness and dry finish.

D-The BIG DIPA, really? Maybe big in the malt department...but one would not expect this coming from a CA brewery. A beer I can safely say I didn't care for all that much. I think I will pass on ever having it again....except I would be curious to try it fresh on draft to see if this is what they are truly aiming for.

Aug 18, 2009
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GRG1313 from California

3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tasted again a year after prior review; tasted 07/10 - color the same; head thicker and more full than a year ago; flavor profile has not changed but opinion is that beer is very drinkable and somewhat complex. Sweet front palate of coffee/malt that goes to an appealing bitter grapefruit. Very drinkable and quite nice. Big fresh coffee bitter finish. Impression has improved from a year ago.

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Pours a bright orange amber color with a thin white head.

Pleasant citrus-grapefruit nose with nice hints of lime. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, as are the flavors.

Flavor of simple grapefruit with no real character or style. A short pine/grapefruit finish.

A beer that is somewhat one dimensional but acceptable and drinkable-just not out of the ordinary.

Jul 26, 2009
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

2.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blurry apricot with lemon peel highlights and way too much carbonation. The pillowy crown was four fingers after a fairly gentle pour, and isn't shrinking very rapidly. Good thing it has a wonderful texture and is doing a pretty good job in the lace department.

The nose is passable at best. It isn't pungent enough, but at least there are no off-aromas that sneak past the hops. The lineup includes Galena, Summit, Liberty and Cascade. The result is an orange and lemon citrusiness, along with an underlying herbal-earthy vibe.

The Big DIPA... isn't big. In fact, it's one of the weaker beers of this style that I've had in quite some time. Although the bottle is fresh, it tastes like the hops have been mellowing over the past year or so. How is it possible to get a claimed 83 IBUs with such weak hop flavor? And almost no bitterness!

The malt tastes primarily pale, with a hint of something slightly toasted. The grapefruit and orange zest flavors are akin to a scantily hopped APA, not a DIPA. And certainly not a 'Big' DIPA. To be fair, there is a moderate bitterness that accumulates on the tongue over time. No appreciable alcohol makes it an easy drinker... if you don't need much flavor.

Despite initial fears, the mouthfeel isn't too buzzy. In terms of size, it's big for an APA and small for a DIPA. That's another reason why it drinks so easily. Since drinkability is more than 'ease of', the score will stay right where it is.

Blue Frog's The Big DIPA comes in an impressive, silk-screened, wax-dipped 750 ml bottle. Trouble is, none of that matters when the contents of the bottle fail to impress. I hate to be too hard on this 'little' DIPA, but it really does need a lot of work before it can be taken seriously.

Jul 18, 2009
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jdklks from Maryland

1.57/5  rDev -46%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A- Golden amber with a fizzy white head that dissolves itself quickly.

S- Honestly, its pretty tough for beer to smell bad. This is pretty damn bad. Maybe because I was expecting it to smell like a DIPA and it smells more like an under-hopped amber ale.

T- Like the smell suggested, this is no DIPA. It has about as much flavor as a coors light and a similar aftertaste. I can't even describe what I'm tasting because the flavors aren't pronounced enough.

M- Overcarbonated and not thick enough for a DIPA.

D- Not sure if I'm even going to get through this one. It might be my second-ever drain pour (the first being Bud American Ale).

May 17, 2009
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ffejherb from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle into half pint. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a clear golden/amber body with sparse carbonation and frothy off-white bubbly head that deposited subtle lacing on the glass.

S - Pretty muted hop presence for a DIPA, but I do detect some suggestions of citrus, floral and perfumy hops. Malt character is grainy and sweet with hints of caramel.

T - Initial flavor is sweet and not very hoppy. I get some citrus and floral notes, but the hop flavor is lacking. This definitely comes across as more malty and sweet.

M - Light to medium body, a little thin and watery overall, with a slight oily texture. Slightly dry with mild hop bitterness on the palate.

D - I didn't find this to be very DIPA-like. While it is decently drinkable, it certainly isn't very memorable. I would rank this more as a pale ale on the hoppiness scale. Not overly impressed with this one, especially since there are dozens of amazing DIPAs produced in California.

Mar 22, 2009
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htomsirveaux from Texas

3.28/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle tried 3 Jan 2009.

Poured in a Blue Frog pint glass. Corked bottle is nearly impossible to open, had to fight with it for a good 5 minutes, thought it was going to break off in the bottle. Large tight yellowish head, quickly dissipating. Well carbonated. Slightly cloudy orange gold color. Aroma has odd scent of lemon, butted carrots, caramel and resin. Quite caramel sweet upfront which transitions to a bittersweet hop finish. Some cider/apple flavor in finish as well. Ethanol noticeable throughout but quite warming in finish. Medium body.

Large disparity between me and A on the (total)score, which is unusual (she liked it better). Would not get again at this price (~$9, Ledgers).

Feb 13, 2009
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trevormiller from California

2.07/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

750 mL corked bottle - fairly difficult to get the damn cork out.

A: A pretty bottle with lots of sediment on the bottom - neat! Pours a cloudy medium amber color with a decent head.

S: Phew! Weird! My immediate impession was Macro Lager, oddly enough. Sort of a sour, off smell.

T: Sort of a spoiled sour cherries caked in yeast taste. Not good.

M: Good mouthfeel, oddly, until it goes down. Then, you're left with a sour chalky burn at the back half of your mouth. Instead of wanting more, I wanted some water to rinse it out.

D: None.

I almost feel like this beer was just labeled wrong ... maybe it's more of a saison or some other variety of sour beer. This tasted nothing like any IPA I've ever had. No thank you!

Feb 04, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle shared courtesy of weeare138 - special thanks to Tom for verifying with the Brew Pub that they bottle beer (inside joke there).

Poured a medium amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel. Tastes of caramel, pine, citrus, and tropical fruits.

Notes from 8/15/07

Dec 17, 2008
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Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 69 ratings