The Big DIPA | Blue Frog Grog & Grill

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The Big DIPAThe Big DIPA
The Big DIPAThe Big DIPA

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

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 56 | Ratings: 69
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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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 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 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 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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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 Georgiabeer
2.83/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange with a thin head and little lacing. Smell is mostly alcohol with a hint of earthy bitterness. Taste is dry, a little thin, and a little hot. There is a slightly harsh graininess and a tad of sweetness and citrus hops on the finish. Lacks power and a real hop profile. Medium bodied and fairly spritzy. At $8.50 for the cork and caged bottle, this is a disappointment.

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Photo of WetCoaster
2.54/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My, saw this at BevMo and could not resist. Very nicely packaged -- caged and corked, no less -- DIPA. Appears to have potential.

Appearance: Slightly hazy egg yoke orange. Head needed a bit of coaxing, but a creamy, moderate berg with fairly good retention and what appears to be lively carbonation.

Smell: Hmmm... uh... well, you kind of have to look for it, but I find a bit of of typical citrus, herb, a bit of bread and yeast, slightly cardboardy malt bill. Meh.

Taste: What is going on here? This is the second DIPA in as many sittings with this profile. Super herbal -- almost pilsner -- hops, a bit metallic, with a thin, dry papery malt bill and an almost salty yeast finish. No fruit from the hops, no body from the malt. It's overly spicy, tight, sharp, shrill -- it just ain't no fun.

Mouthfeel: Again, no picnic. A bit heavy on the carbonation, a bit light on body or hop oil smoothness. And, again, meh.

Drinkability: Quite pricey and, bluntly, just not that good. It's a great bottle, but it needs to be filled with a better beer.

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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 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 Stoneman78
2.03/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Initially sold-out at the La Jolla BevMo, so I thought it would be good enough to pick up when re-stocked.

a- clear orange hue, thin watery head that is mostly diminishing, slight lacing
s- subtle aromas of citrus and pine resin, strong alcohol and biscuit malt presence but noticeable lack of hop aroma!
t- initial sweet flavor with grainy malts, like other reviewers I could not detect any noticeable hop flavors, quick and stingy finish
m- watery and thin, overly carbonated
d- ugh, not very drinkable. a very unbalanced and poor quality beer that has no redeeming characteristics of its stated genre. its sad to say, but I could only finish half of this bomber before pouring out the rest. Oh well, more room for better beers!

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Photo of Westsidethreat
2.61/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pumpkin orange color that’s rich and cloudy. Linen colored head with medium and large bubbles. As the head dissipates it leaves lacy swirls on the glass.

S: Not much smell, just some very faint pine, shellac and mineral essence.

T: Harsh and acidic, all I taste is paint thinner mixed with resin. The mouth is filled with bitterness like an unripe pineapple. Some faint pine is the only real hop characteristic found.

M: Medium body, with large sharp bubbles.

D: :drainpour:

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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 Zorro
2.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I gaze upon this beer and I see a clear copper colored ale with a tall off-white head.

The smell is sweet and a little herbal with a little noticeable ethanol in the scent. Hops are pretty much missing for a DIPA.

The taste begins neutral in sweetness and with a little herbal taste. WHERE ARE THE HOPS? I have had quite a few of the super IPA class beers and they all had lots of hops, except this one. Mildly fruity taste and a little herbal but this isn't a DIPA.

The mouthfeel is thin.

It doesn't taste bad; this just isn't remotely a DIPA. This could be an average Belgian Strong Pale Ale, but it isn't a hop bomb by any stretch of the term.

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