Drunken Frog IPA | Court Avenue Brewing Company

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Court Avenue Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by BuckeyeNation on 12-30-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear orangish amber when the pint glass was full; perfectly clear amberish orange when the glass was about half full. The buff colored cap was exceptionally small to start and quickly fell to thin lily pads of surface froth. In spite of the fact that there was almost nothing on top of the beer, each upending of the glass deposited a generous amount of lace in rings and small sheets.

The nose was pretty hoppy, although even more power would have been great. I'll guess Cascade +/- another of the 4-Cs, since grapefruit and lemon zest were far and away the major actors. It was hard to tell about malt from the aroma alone, but I really didn't appreciate anything but hops (foreshadowing).

Bitter. Even though the hop load seemed generous, it tasted like the considerable bitterness had as much to do with a lack of malt support as it did with the brewer's free hand with the hops. I love hoppy beer, but I prefer a little more malty sweetness than was provided here. I still have to give the brewer credit for ladling the hops on thick and heavy since I get so little of that sort of thing in this town.

Despite no hint of sticky sweetness, some caramel flavor was in evidence from what I have to believe was the use of caramel/crystal malt. The flavor was, again, dominated by a tongue prickling amount of white grapefruit pithy hoppiness. In one sense, I'm glad the carbonation was on the generous side since the hoppy burps were incredible. Evidently, malt support isn't necessary where burps are concerned.

While the beer was incredibly well-mannered in terms of appreciable alcohol, it tasted to me like the ABV was bumping up against the state maximum. The finish was surgically clean and absolutely bone dry, and the mouthfeel was a fraction too thin and a fraction too bubbled.

Frogs are amphibious creatures. Court Avenue Drunken Frog IPA is both wet and incredibly dry. Coincidence? Make no mistake, this is a bitter beer and will probably only be enjoyed by those whose palates are warped enough to find that sort of thing appealing. Since a bitter buzzsaw of a beer is just what I needed tonight, I'm overlooking a few faults. Drunken Frog still has a lot of HOP left in those legs.

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Drunken Frog IPA from Court Avenue Brewing Company
3.95 out of 5 based on 1 ratings.
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