Salamander Slam | Frog Level Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Frog Level Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
froglevelbrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop flavors are moderately high and floral to citrusy. The malts add complexity and give the beer a pleasant flavor, a golden color, and support the hop aspect. So, take a hike! If you love the smell of the woods after a fall rain, let our English India Pale Ale (IPA) take you there. The only thing missing are the bugs!

Added by Rifugium on 05-31-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
57
Reviews:
14
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
9.36%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Kappakoosh
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Photo of HamdenHector
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: cloudy - lots of sediment floating; deep bronze in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; OK lacing;

S: earthy, caramel, tropical fruit, a little floral;

T: an odd combination of earthiness, floral, and funk; very mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied' moderate carbonation;

O: can say's it's an English IPA - I don't get that at all; nothing on the can suggests it should be funky;

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Photo of FUwolfpacker
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of JMC_TM
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of BigGingDrinker
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of dvmin98
3.26/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Mini growler bottle? Pretty handy little thing. Makes you want to chug chug chug.

A: Drank straight from the mini growler...couldn't resist

S: Some mild floral hops and orangey citrus notes

T: Not overly hoppy. Some bittersweet flavors with a fruity finish.

M: Decent carbonation, with a dry finish, good body.

O: Overall, I like it, but I think I like the bottle more than I do the beer. This will be a handy one to keep around and pour from my kegs.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.29/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a somewhat murky dark amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that doesn't retain long before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and nearly no surface foam. Not-so-resilient lacing leaves tiny specs behind.

S- Surprisingly bright given the appearance with some mild citrus notes and a toasty malt character. After some short sharp sniffs, a vegetal kind of green pepper quality comes through.

T- Innocuous flavor of toasty malt and faint hops. Next to no bitterness or even really any hop flavor at all. The hop flavor that is there is vegetal and unappealing. Easy to drink but no fun at all to do so.

M- Also a letdown. Limp, low carbonation. Body is leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Jeez. Either I got a bad can or this beer is not good.. One of the worst IPAs I've had in a while. Very average and uninspired, even for an English take on the style.

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Photo of NCJEFF77
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of EN27
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Irish57
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 67couple
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of baklo
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of OldhouseRecs
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.52/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium golden honey in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and hints of copper + apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/orange rind and floral hops over the top of pale, grainy, and caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of pale, grainy, and caramel malts with just a hint of sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of floral and citrus/orange rind hops which imparts a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades fairly quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness int he finish.

O: A decent IPA but nothing special, easy to drink and refreshing. I'm not sure that I would grab it again but it certainly was not offensive - there are just a lot of better NC options available at the same price.

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Photo of dhesington
3.54/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kell50
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MasterRigger
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ncstateplaya
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

How exciting! Two great beer people, Ray & Cornelia (or vice versa), know of The CANQuest (tm) & routinely send me beers housed in aluminum cylinders as a result. I kid you not, it pays to advertise! I always look forward to the arrival of one of their packages and this was a VERY pleasant surprise. Merci beaucoup!

From the CAN: "Hop flavors are moderately high and floral to citrusy. The malts add complexity and give the beer a pleasant flavor, a golden color, and support the hop aspect. So, take a hike! If you love the smell of the woods after a fall rain, let our English India Pale Ale (IPA) take you there. The only thing missing are the bugs!"; "Proud Veteran Owned Business"; "Be a Level Head!"

Frogs? Salamanders? Wot, not geckos? When I was on Diego Garcia, the superstition was that if a gecko was crawling around the room during fornication, pregnancy was sure to result!

Hoping not to get pregnant from drinking their beer, I forged ahead with the Crack! I really don't trust an inverted Glug from a pounder CAN & so I employ(ed) a gentle Glug, instead. I raised two fizzy fingers of tawny head that held in much longer that I had CANticipated. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose was odd, like a professor once told us of Modernist Literature: "Not better, not worse, just different." Imagine baking bread with CANteloupe or honeydew. That was both the smell and taste! I really liked it, especially after yesterday's CANslaught of citrus & pine. It was a very different flavor profile and one that I CAN imagine as being off-putting for the AIPA fans, but it should be remembered that this is an EIPA. The melon scent/flavor CAN also be CANstrued as "earthy", which is fine for the style & may even be driven by the malt or a CANbination of the malt & the hops. Either way, it was a nice ChANge of pace. The relatively high ABV CAN be a CANcern, but I have resigned myself to the CANQuest (tm), which ocCANsionally requires imbibing. The finish was semi-dry, since I could not really decide where the malt ended & the hops began, or vice versa. Either way, it was not so dry as to be classified as "Dry", dig?

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3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a tallboy into a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, muddled, brown coloring with a filmy, low profile, white head. Aromas of tangy caramel, tart citrus, sweet tropical fruits, and bitter resinous hops notes. Flavors are tropical fruit forward, with pineapple in the spotlight, and a tangy toffee and caramel backbone. Hints of pine and dank hops bitterness, with floral highlights, bubble gum sweet, and a citrus blast of grapefruit and tangerine at the end. Effervesced feel from the carbonation, with a citrus tart and bitter aftertaste. Dry, slick, slightly astringent finish. Not bad.

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Photo of oberon
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mantooth
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsshuck
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Salamander Slam from Frog Level Brewing Company
3.74 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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