The Big DIPA | Blue Frog Grog & Grill

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The Big DIPAThe Big DIPA

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

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Talisker on 04-21-2007

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 69
Photo of stumac
4.6/5  rDev +59.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Very good beer for such a little brewpub...

pours a vibrant orange color with a white head....the nose is floral hops and pale malts...the taste has a great malt taste!...chewy, powder chocolate, floral hops....very smoothe hop taste....seems more malty than hoppy....delicious

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Photo of supermanjace
4.15/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look, I am not the expert that so many of the reviewers here are, but I did read the bottle. Maybe that is my mistake. I picked this bad boy up at the WeHo Bevmo this week, after not finding my first choice Double IPA. I came back to read the reviews here, and I was crushed. Everyone seems to hate it. Fine fine, you'll probably call my review one from the school of lowered expectations exceeded. Perhaps, but my wife agrees, and she is a beer drinker too.

Look, is it a perfect double? Absolutely not. Is it pretty good, and absolutely worth a try, you're damn right. Here's the problem: it's overpriced. Yes there are more fermentables from the mash, and maybe that cost a brewery marginably more, but to charge almost twice a regular IPA for a double (despite the name) is insane. But let's remove that and judge the beer on its merits.

It tastes good. It's 8%, but the alcohol is not overpowering. It's there; you feel it, but it's a very drinkable beer. I think the bottle, and a good portion of the reviews I have read across the net have mentioned it's biscuity tones. I wouldn't expect this, but I do enjoy it. Likely an aspect of its tremendous hop profile, I think it's the mouth's reaction to this. I enjoy it personally. Each sip sits with me. Each smack of the lips reminds me I like it.

The color is a good light amber; cloudy. I think it's bottle conditioning has caused this one to be less clear than something like a Ruination. That's not a weakness to me, as much as a byproduct of bottling the way they did. How clear are your homebrews?

I smell a nice citrus-like nose.

I love IPAs, and I look forward to the time when i can try a 90 or 120 minute from dogfish head, but for now, i think this is an enjoyable entry. here's been the key for me: serve it warmer than you would like. I love a cold beer, but have really enjoyed the hell out of the one at room temperature (well, likely colder, but not by much). Maybe give it a try, and see if it doesn't change your mind-- if you can get it on sale or for the cheap.

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Photo of ccrida
4.03/5  rDev +39.4%
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.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
3.83/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BIG huge head from this Dipa!! Nice orange amber color. The nose has fresh mint and citrus aromas.
The taste is very intense with fresh orange and lime citrus flavors. The malt backbone is faint but just enough to hold the hops in check. I detect a minty cilantro taste. with a hint of clove. The mouthfeel is med. body. This brew would be great with some spicy south western dish. HOT green chile!! The drinkabilty would be rated higher if the malt content was higher. Very good ipa with a unique profile. A must try.
at $8.99 you could wait if your on a budget!

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Photo of stoutfiend27
3.73/5  rDev +29.1%
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...

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.72/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

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Photo of broken22
3.72/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Sampled May 2007
Pours with a three finger thick, pale tan colored head that sits atop a hazy, light amber colored brew. The aroma is interestingly hoppy; a mix of thin orange juice and fresh pressed apple cider; this beer is very fruity and not necessarily just because of hops. The cider note is quite prominent, and certainly uncharacteristic.

The cider flavor continues in the flavor, though it mixes with some citrus notes a bit more than in the aroma. A mix of pine, menthol and a touch of astringent bitterness adds a balancing note to the sweet, weird fruitiness. What an interesting beer, certainly it has aspects of a lightly hopped IPA, but the cider flavors are quite a bit unique and I wonder where these flavors come from.

Ultimately though this beer is just a bit too divergent to be a great IPA. When you consider that this is a double IPA, well this is just a touch on the weak side. As a beer without a label, this beer is not half bad, it is just not a Double IPA. Still it is quite drinkable, and even enjoyable in its own right.

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Photo of watchnerd
3.6/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Poured a cloudy amber color with a modest head and trace lacing.

Aroma was subdued, but the citrusy smell of West Coast IPA hops was there, although not as strong in your nose as in other specimens.

Taste of citrus hops and alcohol esters. Not much yeast detectable, nor particular bitter, so most of the hops must be going into the aroma. But, overall, fairly quaffable.

The 8% ABV isn't exactly hidden given the alcohol taste evident, but it's not in your face, either. Fairly drinkable for a highish ABV ale.

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Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev +23.9%
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

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Photo of stephendr
3.56/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle- color of translucent copper , with a wonderful off white head - nose of mint , malts , hops , slight resin , cookie , and slight alcohol , and – taste of malts , hops , slight resin , lime zest , and slight alcohol - body is medium , semi sweet , and with high carbonation – aftertaste of malty , raw hops , and citrus- good beer but not sure if it is worth $8

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This big ol' DIPA in a corked and caged 750, sent as NO BS BIF 3 from the great one - Soloman420. Many thanks again.

After 10 minutes prying that death cork out, she poured a clear amber with a massive head of thick ivory. Plenty of piney citrus in the aroma - west coast style for sure. Subtle notes of woody pine mix in with the quaff. Tasty brew, but not as lip smacking juicy as I've come to expect from the CA. brews. This would be a very nice English IPA, as the 8% is non-existent in the taste along with the wood resins.

Needs a big more ummph and piney/citrus hops to reach <BIG> DIPA status, but still very nice and I enjoyed every drop.

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Photo of Durge
3.47/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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).

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Photo of WillClark
3.27/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 750ml into a fancy pants wine glass, it pours a murky gold with a decent head that presented some stone fruit and a yeastines that reminds me more of a Belgian golden than a double IPA...which is the same feeling I get when I imbibe. The mouth feel doesn't have the big floral feel, nor the "double" bitterness that you'd think came with a DIPA. It's kinda funky, kinda syrupy, and totally confusing.

It's ok. Nothing to get excited about here folks.

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Photo of scottoale
3.26/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml. cork/caged brown bottle with gold and white silk-screened full wrap label. It pours an orange-gold with a small white head that slowly builds.

The smell is sweet flowery citrus and a slight piney hop. The taste is much the same with a notable bubblegum flavor to it. More sweet than hop bittery, the hop residuals at the end of the bomber did have a bit of bite.

Light to medium in body, the mouthfeel a bit watery thin with some tingle on the tongue from the carbonation and hops. Definetly worth a try, but it's not as BIG as it's label suggests.

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Photo of russwbeck
3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of Onslow
3.23/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am extremely surprised of the low low scores of this beer, i mean its not the best IIPA around but it was very decent... here we go, Pours a bottled honey colour, with some decent head ... is very balanced (abit strange in an IIPA) is very smooth ... glad to try!

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Photo of weeare138
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at The Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa, CA...
Appears a hazy orange toned amber with a small, off-white head that quickly fades out. Streaky spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of herbal, earthy, citrus, and bitter grapefruit.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with nothing more coming through other than some herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slick, oily, hoppy, earthy, and bitter in the swallow.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a hazy, orange-gold body with a thin, fizzy white head.

Smell: Aroma of biscuity malts, orangey citrus, and good ole fresh, clean soap.

Taste: Biscuit malts with a toffee-like sweetness. Citrusy, soapy hop flavors. Medium bitterness. Bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A very fine presentation with the corked 'n' caged bottle, but what awaited me inside, well...

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Photo of ChillMike
3.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Went to Bevmo today, didn't even have an intention on picking up any beer, but this caught the corner of my eye, and there is NO way I can turn down a Double IPA. So let's check it out.

A: Pours a very murky dark orange color, almost an unfiltered look? It's accompanied by a massive bright white frothy head that is slow to fade away, leaves a very small bit of lacing around the glass. 4.0

S:The first thing I notice is a decent amount of caramelly malts (hmmm this is an IPA right?), also accompanied by hints of piney malts, chocolate and coffee. That's all I'm getting out of this, not bad but not what I'd expect from a double IPA. 3.5

T:Ummm ok, I'm still not buying that this is an IPA. It tastes way too much like a belgian....sort of like a poor impression of Chouffe Dobbelen IPA Tripel. That out of the way let's see the first thing that hits me is a sweet bubblegum flavor, very smooth toffee, caramel malts that lead way to some bitterness, and it leaves a very pleasant aftertaste. 3.0

MF: A little bit watery and I did expect it to pack more of a punch to the tongue, it's rather light. It's not bad for a beer, but it is average for what claims to be a double IPA. 3.0

D:See this category is a bit hard to judge, because I was expecting a ballsy hit you in the face with hops DIPA, unfortunately it's closer to a Belgian Ipa more than anything, and on that level it does fairly well....sooo I'll go 3.0

Overall I have to say I was disappointed, only because this really (to me) is more of a Belgian IPA, and not a DIPA...I donno. A bit disappointing

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up in a trade a while back and just got around to trying it over the weekend. The bottle looks great with the 750ml Belgian style bottle coming with a full cork and cage. The frog on front warning that this was going to be a monster, but we shall see.

Appearance - This one poured out a very nice orange amber. Very cloudy with a ton of haze and suspension to it. A huge head of at least three inches in height rose up over the top pretty much immediately. It hung around for a good few minutes before becoming rocky and cratering. Even then it took another few minutes before it decided to finally let down to a half inch layer that crossed the top throughout the entire session. Copious side glass lace throughout. It really had the look of a big Belgian as opposed to a BIG IPA. Nevertheless, we shall see.

Smell - The aroma followed along with where the look was going. I picked up almost no hops off of this one. If there were some, there was extremely light, more of a side effect if anything. This was a Belgian, with tons of grains present, and what hops there were being more like a hay or grass then anything else. Some light yeast aromas, but very bland in nature, and somewhat earthy No real big anything going on here.

Taste - The flavor was a Belgian Pale all the way, and not even that good of one to be honest. It was mostly grain with some light yeast notes, nothing really extravagant or different here. Some light peach maybe way in the back. There was a slight bit of hoppiness in the finish, maybe some grass like notes, but again nothing really insane or crazy here, just some nice hop notes. I was not really impressed here, as even if this was trying to be a hopped up Belgian it was a pour job at it, just too much grainy yeast flavors.

Mouthfeel - Way over carbonated for the style. It was literally exploding with carbonation the entire time. Huge amounts of bubbles rippling throughout it were the main cause for concern here as was the overwhelming head that would not fade. Just overblown for me.

Drinkability - The only thing it really had going for it was the look and the fact the alcohol was completely hidden here. There was literally no trace of it to be found which was nice, however it was too carbonated to really be drank the way the style is supposed to.

Overall, this was not a Double IPA, I think it was an attempt at a hopped up triple, but that did not go right either. Not the worst thing I have ever had by a long shot, just not something I would care to try again. I think I will pass on this one if it comes by.

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Photo of jdense
3.13/5  rDev +8.3%
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?

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Photo of largadeer
3.06/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - An amber-colored ale with great clarity and effervescence. Head retention is very solid.

Smell - An even balance of hops and sugary malt. Notes of tropical fruit (banana, mango), spice and a bit of lemon rind. The sweet, fruity aroma really comes out as the beer warms.

Taste & mouthfeel - Fruity, pale malt with overtones of banana and spice. Faintly mineral/metallic. Citric hops come through mid-sip and slowly leave an oily, lingering bitterness on the palate. I'm assuming that a Belgian yeast strain is used here; it has a fruity, sugary character that is distinctly Belgian.

Mouthfeel - Fairly light-bodied, but with a slight oiliness from the hops. Ample but gentle effervescence from bottle conditioning.

Notes - More of a Belgian-style IPA than a West Coast hop bomb. Not bad overall, but somewhat mislabeled.

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