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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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 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 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 ClockworkOrange
2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
1.89/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
2.85/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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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 BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of jdklks
1.57/5  rDev -45.7%
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).

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Photo of ffejherb
3.06/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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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 trevormiller
2.07/5  rDev -28.4%
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!

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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 xhcadamx
2.93/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bought at the Blue Frog Brewpub in Fairfield

A - Cloudy apple juice with a tightly bubbled head. I have never seen a DIPA look like this before.

S - Has a faint cider smell. Maybe some hops. Very lacking for a DIPA

T - Bitterness, carmel malt, biscuit, citrus, and a little yeast. Different but good for a DIPA

M - lots of carbonation and pretty smooth and silky.

D - I have no problem drinking this bottle but I wouldnt grab for another

This beer tastes similar to DFH 90 MIN IPA but only half as good.

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Photo of popery
2.71/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A mediocre DIPA with an unforgivable lack of hop flavor. DIPAs need to do exactly one thing right: provide a huge hop experience. Sure, it's nice for the beer to be good otherwise, and I imagine you need to know what you're doing in order to highlight the hops properly. However, it doesn't mean much if you fail to provide a big hop flavor, and Blue Frog's DIPA misses the mark in exactly this way. It's not a horrible beer, but particularly compared to other DIPAs, it's just not very good.

At any rate, it's a nice looking beer with a strong head and good orange color. Unfortunately, it begins to lose points when you bring the glass to your nose. There are some lingering oily hop notes, but they're weak and seriously underwhelming when compared to the giants of the style that have, in my opinion, some of the finest smells in the beer world. The taste is a similar but worse failing. The hops are relatively weak compared to what you would expect from an 8% abv DIPA. For me, it even seemed a bit stale with acrid yeast notes coming through. My bottle was pretty fresh from the store, and while it may have sat on the shelf for some time, I haven't had similar problems with other beers. Of course, I would prefer to taste it fresh as possible at the brewery, but if a beer is that perishable, maybe it shouldn't be distributed in this manner at all. There is some citrus flavor and it's not particularly hard to imagine a good version of the beer being produced. So, I guess I just wish them luck with improving the character and richness of the beer in the future.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a mess. Cloudy orange with a frothy off-white head. Grassy, piney hops, oats, cereal, and grapefruit in the nose. Caramel and citrusy hops are prevalent, but there is also a lot of soap and a metallic bitterness. Finish is earthy and wheaty. Not worth the price.

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Photo of fostwal
2.21/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a clear amber color and the smell is not very impressive. Actually it is a rather light caramel and a unique scent that I couldn't place. What really counts is the taste. The label boasts that the beer was overloaded with everything from malt to hops. It definitely is packed with flavor. Though, not all of them are good. The maltiness and hopiness do not work well together. You really have to let this beer breath like a bottle of wine. Even after that, the first sip is not impressive and the aftertaste is very bitter. The carbonation is about average. Overall, its an ok beer to drink, though for $9/750ml, there are much better options.

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Photo of jjayjaye
2.12/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy dark amber color with a huge pale off white head that resists fadig. I've got to smells like as$. I mean i wanted to puke when i stuck my nose in it. The mouth feel is medium to full bodied. The flavor mirrors the nose..i couldn't keep it in my mouth long enough to describe it. I get some honey, and biscuit malts but the total package is a big let down. Amen, for the bottle art..most redeeming characteristic. i recommend avoiding this one.

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Photo of Beer-Zombie
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 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 barleywinefiend
2.13/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Picked this up at Oak Knoll Liquor and wish I hadnt. There was a nice list of ingredients on the bottle. To bad I couldnt taste any of them. Other reviews had the same experience as I.
Poured with a deep yellow, light gold with a small white head.Nose was citrus hops and nothing more. Taste was citrus hops and lots of CO2. BAD! Mouthfeel was much of the same, CO2 with a metallic taste. Something went wrong with this batch or bottling went array.

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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 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 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 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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