The Big DIPA 3
Blue Frog Grog & Grill

The Big DIPA 3The Big DIPA 3
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,088
Ranked #45,203
3.36 | pDev: 13.99%
Blue Frog Grog & Grill
California, United States
The Big DIPA 3The Big DIPA 3
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.62/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

So after the debacle that was the big dipa #1, I was intrigued by the idea of redemption when this appeared at the 2010 BIsto double ipa fest (first time I had it), perhaps this brewery saw the error of its ways and decided to change up the recipe, and this time go with a double ipa that has hop flavors and aroma, as opposed to a malty alt like beer. A guy can dream. . .

Pours another substantially darker SRM than your average dipa. Still leans to the amber/auburn end of the spectrum. Like, darker than orange for sure. 1/2" off white head. I mean, even if it looks malty for a dipa, it does hold up appearance wise for the most part. Aroma, shit, here we go again, a smattering of old school bittering hops up against a solid crystal and toasted malt combo.

Taste is another blast of bittering C hops with a earthy, heavy malt presence. Caramel and toffee. No I'm not describing an old ale. Seems like one of those super long boil lots of high alpha acid bittering hops and lots of malt, but little in the way of hop flavor kind of beers.

Dec 21, 2018
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Clem’s Bottle House in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: April 13, 2013
Consumed: April 26, 2013
Misc.: Wax on the bottle cap

Poured a dark caramel amber cloudy color with two fingers of khaki white gluey head. Very good amount of white foamy layered lacing on the sides on the way down. Very good retention on the top as well.

At first smelled a mix of wet, cascade hops and earthy grainy malts. Lemon tries to come in there. Also got some rye hops. Some caramel malts as well.

Tasted pretty much what I thought it would after the smell. Earthy, grainy, bready malts with cascade, rye and herb hops. Not as bitter as anticipated. Faint sour fruit notes as well.

Medium body. Oily-to-creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, slightly bitter finish.

Much better than the Blue Frog Grog & Grill IPA and overall better than I thought it would be. I still probably wouldn’t get it again.

Apr 27, 2013
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lordofstarside from Nevada

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber I picked up at the total wine in Roseville, CA last month. Really trying to go into the review with an open mind, but seeing the scores it's going to be hard. Bomber to a pine glass, no freshness date

Pours a dark gold with two fingers of foam. Good retention thus far, good transparency and carbonation. So far so good

Aroma of hops and a highly grained malt. Some citrus esters are able to break through, but the real noticeable thing here is the strength of the malt

And now the moment I've been worried about: the taste. Pretty big hop profile melds well with all that malt. Some of that citrus is detectable, however blinded by alcohol in the finish. Pretty one diminishable.

The first thing sticking out for the feel is how boozy this thing is, not something I thought I'd worry about at only 8.4% It's sticky with a dry finished, but as far as drink-ability goes, unless your palate is seasoned to liquor I wouldn't want much of this

Overall this beer is better than I thought, but still mediocre at best. Don't be fooled by the wax cap, there is nothing special going on here

Mar 12, 2013
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kojevergas from Louisiana

2.91/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Acquired 2 days ago at a local SoCal bottle shop which had just gotten this in. Cost was $4.99. 8.4% ABV confirmed. 105 IBUs. 22 fl oz brown glass bottle with waxed over pressure cap served into a New Belgium stem-goblet in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given its current ratings.

Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger beige colour head of fair cream, nice thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention for the high ABV. Body colour is a fairly vibrant clear translucent amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Standard fare for the style.

Sm: All I really get is toasted malt. No hop notes. Caramel. Very wrong for the style. Smells more like a winter warmer than a double IPA. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Toasted malt. Light floral hops. Caramel. Rich amber malts. Horridly put together for a double IPA. Balanced as a winter warmer, but ultimately rather underwhelming. Lacks complexity and subtlety. No yeast character. A bit of alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Thick. Chewy. Overcarbonated. Doesn't really suit the flavour profile.

Dr: Drinkable but underwhelming. Awfully done for a double IPA. It drinks like a badly done winter warmer. I wouldn't get it again. Hides its alcohol decently.


Feb 10, 2013
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dannydetox from California

2.74/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

maybe i had a really old bottle, but this beer did not taste like an IPA at all. poured a pleasing coppery-amber tone with quite a foamy head. smell was nothing but malt; caramel and hints of chocolate. couldn't find any notes of citrus, pine, flowers or grass. mouthfeel was smooth with no alcohol heat. across the palate i got more malts, maybe even a speck of toffee in there. finish had some dryness, but i did not detect any of the alleged 105 IBUs of bittering purported in the ale. as an imperial amber or red the big dipa would have scored higher, but this doesn't have the characteristics of a double ipa.

Jul 24, 2012
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AgentMunky from New York

3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass.

A: Two fingers of frothy head top an amber-brown, translucent beer.

S: Yeasty and not nearly as hoppy as it smelled on the pour. Some onions?

T: Hrm. Creamy-thick, with lots of herbal-dry hops. Something akin to Simcoe, but not quite? Some sweet citrus with molasses malt. I'd be curious to know the provenance of these hops. Interesting balance, with a floral/spicy yeast to shake things up.

M: Dense, excellent, and impressive. Lightly drying, especially on the astringent aftertaste.

O: Props for being interesting, compelling, and absurdly drinkable for 105 IBUs. I would have again. Recommended and underrated.

OG: 18 degrees Plato
IBU: 105
ABV: 8.4%

Jul 05, 2012
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Drinkerofales from California

3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden amber with orange highlights. The head is almost white, fluffy and huge and leaves behind some good lacing.

Smell is of sweet malt and some piney hops, malt being the bigger smell. A hint of booze to round it out.

Taste has more hops than the smell, tropical fruit, an lots of sweet malt, with a big bitter aftertaste.

Feel is creamy and smooth? what? There is a touch of hop bite, but not quite enough.

I liked this beer, lots of flavor, just not as much hop all around...


Jan 13, 2012
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coldriver from Texas

3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a slightly cloudy medium amber. Good fluffy head and lacing. Aroma is nutty caramel and some piney hops. Taste is citrusy hops and a little apricot, kind of sweet and syrupy. Alcohol is present and provides a nice warming effect as I drink this on a January afternoon. Finishes fairly wet, a little flat and pasty on the tongue. Far from the best Imperial IPA I've ever had but it was worth a try.

Jan 08, 2012
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nanobrew from California

2.67/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is an okay DIPA, a little boozy, and a little flat (not talking about carbonation) in most characteristics.

Appearance: deep orange, almost red. Nice white head that is fairly stable

Smell: Hmm, smells good, but with a DIPA one would expect hops on the nose not the malts to dominate

Taste: again, hmmm. Not much here, it taste less malty than it smells. There is a slight citrus hop profile, but not intense at all. I am drinking this bomber by myself, so it is taking me a while to get through it. The longer it sits the more profound the alcohol comes through (and it wasn't hiding in the beginning). Honestly I feel this beer taste okay, but has no depth to it.

Mouthfeel: Thin, which is normally good for an IPA/DIPA, but this is a different kind of then, almost watery bland. Still not wretched, but not good either.

Overall: For the price it isn't bad. I think I paid $5 for the bomber, but not one I will be going back for. For having "105 IBU's" I wish they would do more late additions/dry hopping, the aroma and taste off the hops were missing. Who knows, maybe it was an old bottle, but I have no way of telling since there is no bottle date. But since I have not seen this beer before at a store I frequent I felt it had to be fairly new.

Aug 26, 2011
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mactrail from Washington

3.68/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear amber in the tall tulip, rather nice lacing. A big hoppy nose, and plenty of bitterness, but it has a mellow character that make this a pleasant drink. Quite spicy after a few sips. More of an intense flowery nose. Orange peel and tangerine seem to emerge out of the bitterness. Some resiny flavors in a winey mouthfeel. Fruity and flavorful with a strong acidic aftertaste. A different sort of big IPA and quite pleasant.

Aug 25, 2011
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Vanlingleipa from California

3.76/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting beer - DIPAs often balance malt/halt balance through strength, sweet roasted malt, intense hoppiness. This brew works in the opposite direction.

Poured in a pint glass - honey colored brew with a small nose, little aroma of hops...

...and that's because the hops infusion is mild. Scale of 1 to 10, about a six, about the same mouth presence throughout the swig. The malt is not overly sweet, in fact, works pretty harmoniously with the hops. Altogether, quite a refreshing DIPA.

Aug 09, 2011
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.57/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taken from notes on 4.19.11

22oz bottle, dipped in Gold wax, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a hazy orange with a creamy head.

S - Pine and grass.

T - Creamy pine, but very mild.

D - Sticky and sweet, too sweet for a DIPA.

O - Why do we need a waxed DIPA? Smell is inviting, but taste is lacking.

Jun 02, 2011
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SeaOfShells from California

2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. Bomber into Duvel tulip

A: Typical DIPA. slightly cloudy with a fingers worth of off white head sitting on top. Decent head retention and decent lacing.

S: Are there hops in this beer? A very faint hop presence exists, but you have to dig to unearth it. Very malty and biscuity. Perhaps I had an old bottle.

T: Again, very little hop taste. Huge bready, malty notes. Hop characters are there, but it's more bittering than anything else. This is a below average "Double IPA". There is a lingering bitterness on the back of the tongue, but otherwise it tasted, to me, like New Belgium's Fat Tire.

M: Medium to light bodied, with decent carbonation. Nothing to write home about

O: I'm glad I split this with a friend. At close to $8, and a beer calling itself the Big DIPA, I expected a hop bomb. I got nothing even resembling an IPA. Again, maybe I had an old bottle. I'll have to give it another try to be sure.

Apr 26, 2011
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ebrauser from Utah

2.93/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber hue, with a white head that leaves scant lacing on the sides.

Smell: Little hop resins and big malt sweetness. THis nose is biscuity and earthy, without a lot of hop bouquet.

Flavor: Big bodied, and with a belgian type dubbel flavor.Heavy earthiness and nuttiness supported by fragrant, but not bitter hops. Candied fruits and yeastiness finish if off, but it requires a little bigger punch of hop bitterness for me to call it an imperial ipa.

MF: Heavy and sticky, and quite sweet though nothing overpowering. I'm glad I tried it, but this isn't the imperial I will be reaching for every time.

Apr 03, 2011
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Hatzilla from California

3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy amber pour with a one inch slowly dissipating head.

S - Some honey, malts and a touch of citrus.

T - I get a lot of honey, bready malts, some earthy hops and a good dose of orange rind.

M - Medium carbonation, smooth mouthfeel - Not oily for a DIPA.

D - Drinkability is just average for this beer. It doesn't taste like a DIPA - Closer to a malty IPA. 8.4 ABV is not noticeable, but this beer lacks the hop punch that will keep me from revisiting it.

Feb 01, 2011
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Docer from Washington

3.87/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a bottle of this at Bottles in NE PDX... Loved their regular IPA... easy A on that one...

- Poured from a wax dipped bottle into a tall French pint mug... a lightly cloudy golden and straw caramel colored brew.. very bubbly... a nice white ring and subtle bits floating about..

- Herbal skunky hoppy IPA... nice subtle sweet malts, caramel, grain, bready... and more hops...

- Nice grainy brew with a big pine and citrus punch of hops... bitterness rides behind with a huge hit of aroma hops and flavor hops.... slightly sweet, nice all grain notes... roasty husks... light sugars and caramel, big pine, floral, and citrus hops... this is a hoppy monster.

- Medium bodied to almost slight light. Rather syrupy though and a touch sticky.... meaty.

- This is a bad bot of a DIPA... grainy, didn't sit in the primary too long... full of flavor, grain, and sweetness... not so strong, but the hops are delicate and wonderful. Certainly a nice beer that I even think could turn out different with a little age on it... never thought would say that with a DIPA... and the wax didn't toss my mind.

Oct 26, 2010
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DovaliHops from California

3.84/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The bomber has gold wax over the cap. Why does an IPA need to be wax dipped??? Pours a slightly murky golden-apricot color with a somewhat small white head. The aroma is very fruity and hoppy with a bit of a malt backbone. You can definitely smell that this is going to be a malty DIPA. It tastes pretty much like it smells. Originally, I get that typical west coast flavor with the piney notes, the hops, the grapefruit...but then it ends with a slightly malty finish. Not as much as I expected though. The alcohol is not very well-hidden in this one, and the bitterness seems to be a bit overwhelming rather than enhancing to the beer. Overall, I really enjoy the taste though. It's been a while since I've had a DIPA. The mouthfeel is a pretty good, and drinkability is fair.

Sep 17, 2010
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours clear gold with a half inch head of white. A solid skim coat remains for the duration with nicely torn lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a light blend of pine, grapefruit, and husky malt. The hops are subdued for the style and far from pungent or floral.

Medium bodied with a crisp, tacky mouthfeel. Slightly gummy.

Bright pine sap, grapefruit pith, and caramel malt start the palate. A decent enough level of resins and bitterness, but not chock-full-'o fresh hops. Hints of toffee and a trace of wet paper keep the hops subdued also in this malt-forward brew.

Finishes with a mildly lingering bitterness, pine-rubbed grapefruit, and a bit of citrus zest.

This one's tasting a bit beat up. Either that or it never was too hopped up.

More hops please and dry up the malt.

Aug 17, 2010
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StJamesGate from New York

3.19/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an active amber gold with clingy snow white carpet and cathedral lacing. Sour mash malts and orange bark hops on the nose, with a disturbing rotting berry scent underneath. Chocolate malts with orange cake and tropical fruit mush, cherry cough drop hops with some skunk but no real bite. Light and fizzy without much burn.

What's all this chocolate doing here - in a black IPA, maybe, but in a DIPA? And where's the hop kick? Not even enough bitterness for a regular California IPA.

Blue Frog continues to be unimpressive.

Jul 26, 2010
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chumba526 from Oregon

3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer appears a light golden brown color with about an inch of white foam.

The smell is dominated by caramel malts, grapefruit and orange flavor.

It tastes of caramel and brown sugar due to the malts. An orange peel flavor is also apparent. A citrus like bitter flavor is noticeable but strikes near the end and is covered up by some sweetness. Hops are noticeable in this beer but malts also share the stage with them equally.

The carbonation is moderate low. The drinkability is ok it is a quite heavy beer so I don't think that I would want more than a glass of this.

Overall a decent DIPA that is not a hop bomb but it is very nice and well balanced.

Jul 12, 2010
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womencantsail from California

3.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The pour is amber in color with a touch of white head on it. There is a bit of lacing on the glass as well.

S: The nose is quite nice with notes of grapefruit and pine. The citrus is quite juicy and fresh, and there is a sweet caramel malt behind it.

T: Unfortunately, the flavors completely miss the mark, here. I found the beer to be overly sweet and bready without much citrus hop flavor nor bitterness.

M: The mouthfeel is decent enough: medium in body with a moderate carbonation.

D: I don't know why I even bother with these guys anymore. I was really hoping this one would be good after smelling it, but the flavor was a complete let down, as usual.

Apr 01, 2010
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