Frog's Breath | Coronado Brewing Company

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Frog's BreathFrog's Breath

Brewed by:
Coronado Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by HopHead84 on 11-05-2011

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I guess that Islander and Idiot IPA were too mainstream. Here's comes a twist; IPA brewed with spices and kaffir lime leaf. Thanks for the bottle Tina! On to the beer:

A little brighter than yellow, almost like a golden drop of sun. On top an inch of white patchy head relaxes. The aroma is modest, clean cut, spiced, tangerine, and a zest of lime.

The IPA base does show itself with tangerine and grapefruit notes, done in a clean way without hammering the complimenting spices and lime into the ground. The lime sticks itself out, providing a distinct accent to the beer. Something else sticks out as well, but I can't put my finger on it. It reminds me of tree sap. Anyway, the beer is clean, medium bodied, and a more than decent twist on the common IPA.

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thin layer of bubbles which leave some spots. The color is dirty gold with a mild chill haze.

Nice balance to the nose. All three elements of an IPA appear hear--alcohol warmth, mild grain and floral hop.

The malty base starts early and lasts throughout the tasting. The bitterness eases in, unlike most IPAs. The aftertaste is shorter and less bitter than most. Good body and bubbles.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a hazy pale yellow with good clarity of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grassy, floral, piney, earthy, citrus, spicy, yeasty, pilsner, toasted, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above with mild bitterness in the rear. Hop flavors balance off well with the malted barley.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, mild bitterness, medium bodied, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty nice AIPA. Revisiting this one on draft from time to time. I like the hop flavor quite a bit.

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Photo of kflorence
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden, copper in color with a small amount of head and lots of particulates. Carbonation looks average to mild. Head retention is pretty weak, quickly subsiding to a thin layer of creamy film. There is a little bit of oil left on the edges of the glass as you drink, but most of the foam doesn't stick. Not exactly a looker, but it does pique my curiosity. This may be the most particulates I've ever seen in a brew, which is slightly off-putting.

S: Very prominent Centennial hops with an earthy, grainy undertone and lots of citrus zest with notes of lime, honey and a tiny bit of alcohol astringency. Not overly aromatic at first, but opens up a bit as it warms.

T: Follows the nose pretty well. Citrus zest with notes of lime, orange and lemon. Some spiciness. Pretty well balanced with a bit of yeast and an earthy, buttery, grain that is hard for me to distinguish. Finishes with a lingering soapy, citrus hoppiness. Surprisingly tasty, the kaffir lime tangos nicely with the Centennial hops creating a very tangy, citrusy overtone that really pleases the citrus-hop enthusiast in me.

M: Medium bodied with less than average but lively carbonation that tickles the tongue and a good amount of chewiness. Finishes crisp and a little dry but not overly so and certainly not a palate wrecker.

O: Really glad to see more stuff from Coronado Brewing Company on the shelves in my local stores as they've always had a lot to offer but didn't distribute widely. I must say I had fairly low expectations for this one after the pour, but it was quite tasty and drinkable, which are perhaps the most important qualities. If you dig citrusy brews with a bit of balance, this one is for you. Cheers!

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but was recently released. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright gold color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, lime, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great complexity and balance of bright citrus hops and citrus peel spicing with moderate pale bready malt balance; and good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, lime, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, herbal, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good amount of pine and citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon zest, lime, orange peel, citrus rind, floral, grass, pine, herbal, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of bright citrus hops and citrus peel spicing with moderate pale bready malt sweetness; with a very crisp malt/bitterness balance and minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice citrus spiced IPA! All around good balance and complexity of bright citrus hops and citrus peel spicing with moderate pale malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Uillceal_Gwynlambth
2.14/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Truth in advertising. It tastes just like something called Frog's Breath should. Pale yellow color could be something else from a frog.

Extremely bitter hops with no flavor and with absolutely no body. To me it tastes like astringent.

A constructive comment: unless your idea of flavor is chewing on your lawn, don't bother.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I like this IPA, it's fresh, and not very malty. You get the orange and lemon peels from the start. Not hoppy, or bitter. But it's still nice. This is very session like. Better than I thought it was going to be. The taste and smell are close to the same, it's a nice dance between the two .

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, slightly hazed, golden coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and a whispy, uneven, sparse white head. Aromas of tangy tropical fruits, with a lime highlight, toasted grains, and a slightly resinous highlight. Very sweet and fruity. The nose is good, but I wish it were a little more substantive. Flavors are very lime heavy forward, both tart and sweet, with a toasted/cracker backbone. The citrus plays heavy throughout, but the lime absolutely shines. Piney notes towards the end, providing a bitterness in the tail-end of the palate. Very mid-bodied, with a dry end-feel. This beer stays crisp throughout. Tangy, sweet, and rich aftertaste, with a subtly building bitterness. Crisp, clean finish. This would be a great brew on a hot, summer day. Very tasty and very drinkable.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright copper color with white head and soapy lacing. Smells of melon, herb, and caramel. In the taste, pine sap, citrus and a bit of caramel toffee. Light bitterness but not sweet. Pretty solid flavor. The feel is light and very thin. An easily drinkable brew, though a bit mundane. Overall, this is a decent enough IPA, but lacking in body and overall fullness.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.69/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Pours slightly hazy and sunset sky in color. Topped with a one to two finger sized white head that is voth frothy and wispy, if that is possible. Some lacing is present and the head remains foamy and sizeable for a good bit of time.

Rrom here it kind of goes downhill for me. Aroma is sweet and malty with just a hint of hops. Even though this is rather low in abv, the alcohol seems to have quite an aroma. What hops that are present are earthy and slightly floral, but this is a very mellow IPA.

Flavor was pretty malty ans sweet and not my bag. Plenty of floral hop flavor with very little bitterness. This is almost like a British pale ale; low bitterness, kind of sweet, quite malty.

I wasnt a fan of this at all. I like my IPAs bitter and dry and this was the exact opposite. Definitely more of an Englsih or East Coast IPa than west coast or california. I would not have this again.

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Photo of Omnium
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Pours a nice clear gold yellow color 2 finger white head, medium fine lacing.
S - Definitely a nice lime aroma here, some fresh bread malt, a touch of pine, some floral and slightly medicinal traits to it.
T - Taste is somewhat subdued throughout, you get some citrus and lime in front then it fades fast to a biscuity type malt, some floral hop bitterness to it.
M - Decent feel, medium, some tart and kinda buttery texture.
O - Mildly complex with some good traits, but I'd like to see the lime really stand out in this beer.

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Photo of icehawk
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


 Appearance: Rose petals, citrus 

 Aroma: Golden with lacy white head 

 Taste: Slight herbal bitterness in the finish. 

 Palate: Medium body, a bit flat, dry finish 

 Overall: Flavors are fairly subdued, and the herbal bitterness is the main prominent element.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle. Nice ode to the US navy's frogmen, i.e. underwater specialists.

This beer pours a moderately hazy, and fine sediment-strewn bright golden yellow colour, with two fingers of flatly puffy, loosely foamy dirty white head, which leaves a decently scraggly array of stucco lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells quite strongly of complex citrus - mandarin orange, lime, a smidgeon of grapefruit - over a fairly sweet bready caramel malt, with some further floral and pine hop notes, and a hint of warming alcohol. The taste is also heavily beset by a sharp citrus zestiness - vegetal lime, orange rind, and lemon pith - but is quickly shored up by a grainy, crackery, and still bready malt backbone, with a rising boozy floral character, and subtle hints of pine forest floor detritus.

The carbonation is actually rather evident, at least optically, as there is a constant stream of rising effervescence long after the initial pour. On the tongue, the bubbles are lightly fizzy, and mildly spritzy at worst, the body a decent medium weight, the acerbic fruitiness taking too much of a toll on an otherwise admirable smoothness, I gather. It finishes off-dry, the malt still having skin in the game, which the zesty lime, orange, and lemon fruitiness continues to scrape away at.

A tasty fruit-forward, yet still competently bitter, IPA. Nice to try a version where the citrus notes are a wee bit different from the norm - as much as I like my grapefruit, mixing it up is good from time to time, and this one very much delivers on that. Worthy of a go.

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Photo of rand
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From 22 oz bomber to pint glass

I've been looking forward to trying this, Coronado's been making some good brew of late, and the guy at the bottleshop was raving about this.

The brew forms a small, wispy head on a fairly agressive pour that quickly dissipates. It's got a typical copper-tan color, clear, with little effervescence. The nose is malt-forward, surprisingly, with a toffee-sweet overtone joined by notes of citrus zest and floral hops. Little alcohol to speak of.

The palate is also malt-forward, a bit too much for the style. Hops are there but they're more earhty and floral than citrusy and piny. The added kaffir lime is distict, although not overpowering, and the zest pokes through. Alcohol is more apparent than the nose, but it's still fairly masked the brew's sweetness. A relatively light body leads to a short, sweet finish, with little lingering residue.

Not bad, but this would've been helped by more hop presence. The added lime and zest would have made a nice companion to a fresh hop bite.

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Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow color and a cloudy consistency. Lots of sediment. There was a half inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: A decent enough aroma of hops, citrus, and a floral element.

T: Tasted of citrus (a bit of grapefruit), the floral quality, a surprisingly low amount of hops, and a bit of malt. Not quite hoppy enough for an IPA. A pretty good flavor, if a little thin.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a somewhat slick finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is one of those IPAs that's certainaly drinkable, but isn't as strong as some others of the style.

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Photo of andyfrancis
3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Steady flow of bubbles rising through a pale golden body, with a fine, eggshell head.

Very faint wafts of floral and citrus hops hit my nose, with a just hint of cloves. A little bland for a California IPA.

Taste is much like the smell, with a little more lime and spice, especially on the finish.

Full bodied IPA, a tinge syrupy.

Overall, not bad, but I can't say I'd seek it out. I'd try a pint if I saw it somewhere, but probably won't get another bottle.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle acquired at a SoCal bottle shop. Served into a Mitchell's of Lancaster flared stem-tulip. Reviewed from notes taken last weekend. Cost was $11.00.

A: Pours a half finger head of white colour. Nice cream. Decent thickness. Average retention. Body colour is a clear yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Nice vibrance.

Sm: Light floral hop notes. Lemon citrus ester hops. Orange citrus zest. Pale malts. Light oily hop character. Ginger. Lime. Fragrant and perfumey. Quite appealing. Very evocative in terms of its hops. I'm very interested.

T: Lemon zest, lime, citrusy orange zest. Pale malts. Some oily hops. Lovely floral and citrusy hop character. Juicy. The lime is wonderful; this is not the artificial lime of your run of the mill Spanish or Mexican lager. Lightly nectary. Very balanced and enjoyable. I quite like it. Complex and subtle enough. No yeast character or alcohol comes through. Clean and crisp.

Mf: Clean, smooth, and wet. Good carbonation. Oily. Good thickness. Suits the flavour profile well. Refreshing. Approachable. Good presence on the palate.

Dr: Hides its ABV well. I quite like it. A surprisingly good brew from Coronado. I'd get it again, but not at the $11 pricetag I paid for it. Refreshing and very drinkable.


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Photo of HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Painted 22 oz. bomber served into a pint glass. The Frog's Breath pours a clear light gold in color and with a half inch of off white foam. A light carbonation from the bottom of the glass is just enough to keep a surface cap on the pour. A second and more robust pour yields better results as perhaps it was a bit too cold initially.

Offers a decent hop aroma wrapped up with a bit of lime in the delivery. Warming brings out more classic pine and citrus as the lime becomes more subdued. Not overly abundant and in fact a bit thin for an IPA however, yet fairly well integrated with spices.

Light sense of lime follows on the taste of this brew. Light citric bready character in the middle and a certain astringency on the finish that isn't really a hop driven bitterness. A decently lingering finish closes with another quick flash of lime infused grain. Lime surely trumps the lemon and orange zest added to this brew yet it remains subtle which matches a subtle hop character as well. Overall an easy drinking IPA though largely due to a lack of hop depth with just enough citrus and spice and malt to give it a plesant albeit interesting balance.

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Photo of Zorro
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden colored beer with a tall white colored head. Very pale for the style..

Smell is strong citrus. Strong lime and orange aromas. Decent amount of pine but this is very much a citrus scented beer. Checked the label I didn't smell the lemon.

Starts out grassy with a strong tea flavor. Lime and orange flavors. Grassy and mildly bitter. Not bad the infusion of IPA with citrus zest works.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer. Still I have had a better spiced IPA.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a dark gold with a light white head, some minor lace, solid head retention.

S: Notes of honey, citrus zest, an interesting inviting smell.

T: Pine and tangerines are what I'm getting with an intriguing note of lemon-lime midway through. Very floral and zesty, spring meadow like.

M: Medium-bodied, fizzy, soft carbonation for the style.

O: A good take on the IPA style, I like that they're doing something different here. Well worth a try.

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Photo of rawfish
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold with a small cap of dense white foam. Average retention that leaves some partial rings of lacing during the drink.

A floral bouquet of bright herbal tones and stock grapefruit and pine hops. I can sense the lime leaf and some rosewater and mint. Sweet malt but very hard to discern over all those hops.

Toasted white breadmalt with just a bit of caramel sweetness underlies the hops. Pine forward, resiny with tangerine, alpha acids really stick to the tongue and makes an astringent citrus pith flavor ramp up the bitterness as the finish is drying with moderate alcohol.

Average body, perhaps a touch over carbonated, I found myself battling with the bubbles quite often. Soapy and drying finish. You can feel almost every bit of that 6.5% ABV.

No excuses, this beer is fresh right now and honestly not my thing, the hops are assertive in the bitter category but not much else. The spices while applying a light pleasant nose get mixed in with the enormity of the pine and citrus hops and the soapy finish really gets annoying after half the bomber. Coronado's other crown series IPAs are much better.

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Photo of notchucknorris
2.86/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at O'Brien's

A: nice clear golden color with a thin bone white head.

S: Bready malt with some hop resin and something very herbal that reminds me of rosemary. Citrus as well.

T: Ugh. This just doesn't do it for me. A lot of pine hip bitterness with a ton more bitterness throughout and some biscuity malt as well. No particularly pleasant flavors to be found here.

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Photo of mmapes
2.65/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bomber into tulip glass. Poured carefully to avoid stirring sediment at bottom. Pours very pale, is gold in the glass. Smells bready, with a fruity high note.

Tastes very hoppy/piney. Really bitter. That's almost all you get. Long finish, which in this case is not necessarily a good thing. I have a friend who might like this style, but I like my hops more balanced. This one's a one-note wonder.

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Photo of mrkrispy
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened for #IPADay.

Pours a hazy lighter pale. Almost light lager looking.
Nice citrus and fruit-hop aroma. Smells like a great West Coast style IPA

Fruity, some pine and grassy hops, lighter to moderate bodied. Extremely light on the malt, which I prefer. Slight odd flavors of a spice and a almost-butter flavor I can't quite place. Almost like a fat or butter without butter flavor (not diacetyl).
I have noticed this in a few other IPAs recently also (Burning of Rome from Port OB). Some lingering bitterness.

A nice beer, quite drinkable although not a fan of the spice flavor.

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Photo of Dijeriduster
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Hammie's just after it was released.

A - Pale with a hint of colour from what I'd assume is crystal malts. White head was one finger.

S - Fruity with passion fruit and some less jarring citrus coming thru.

T - Nice hop forward IPA. Passionfruit came thru from the nose and overall fruity vs. dank.

M - Somewhat high carbonation but within style, nice and refreshing.

O - I thought this was a good solid IPA. I find Coronado's other IPA's to be on the thick and dank side so this was a welcome change. Interested to try it in bottles but I'd order it again for sure.

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