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Thirsty Frog Red Ale | Anheuser-Busch

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Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed exclusively for Carnival Cruise Lines.

Added by FosterJM on 11-28-2011

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Reviews: 6 | Ratings: 36
Photo of lechap
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've enjoyed this ale several times on a couple of Carnival cruise ships. Most recently in December, 2015 aboard the Elation. A 19 oz. glass cost $5.95 plus gratuity. Probably the best alcohol buy on board the ship. Anyway, since I'm a lover of red ales this is much to my liking. Pours a nice head with lasting lace, drinks like most good ales, and is not too hoppy (which I especially like). Only problem is it not being available on all Carnival ships and usually at only one location on the ship. Makes for a long walk for a refill. I saw them changing kegs once and noticed the keg was labeled Anheuser-Bush so I made the assumption this is really Budweiser's American Ale under a private label.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

tap on Carnival Valor

Pours a clear amber red with a white lacing for a head.

Smells of bready malts and some mild caramel. No real hop presence.

Biscuity malt flavor with brown sugar and, again, no real hop representation.

Medium body with sharp tingles of carbonation.

Surprisingly not bad, especially for an AB beer. Honestly didn't mind drinking these, better than the alternatives which were pretty much all macro lights. Decent ale.

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Photo of Ford
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap on Carnival Triumph.

I figured this was probably AB brewed and now I know.

Decent beer...better than Bud, BL, Coors and Lite by Miller...

Without doing a side by side it reminded me a bit of Killians Red...

Drank two of these on the ship... obviously they don't really have any craft beer on the boat. I did finally find Shiner Bock bottled.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on the Carnival Valor, one of a few (bartender says 3 as of right now) ships it is available on currently.

A: thin head minimal lacing on an amber with orange/ crimson tints and clear body.

S: light on the nose, sweet malts and maybe a slight earthy hop note.

T: all sweet caramel malt. No other notes or hops really.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Served ridiculously cold. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: about the standard character for a red or amber ales you can have. Highly drinkable but barely memorable besides the fact that it is the best beer I have ever had on a cruise ship. Not a very difficult feat

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Photo of bigolbeerbelly
2.94/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank a couple of pints of these on the Carnival Magic. Took some notes for reviewing.

Poured a very nice red, had an amber head that had qualities typical of an american lager. Very frothy, disappeared quickly, did not leave any lacing.

Smell was of corn and malt

Taste was very malty but had a very interesting spicy aftertaste. Almost a belgian spice.

Mouthfeel was very light similiar to budweiser or coors original

Not a beer I would buy again.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

960th Review on BA
Draft to 19oz Balloon Pint
On board Carnival Paradise 11/25/11

App- A medium light brown with some garnet and amber highlights running throughout. Only a small 1/2 in head formed(I say bad pour by the bar staff) with a huge wall of stickly lace and cling all the way down the glass with a ton of bubbles floating up.

Smell- The nose doesn't flatter this beer at all. Very run of the mill and more AAL which makes sense due to the contract brewer. A little bit of malts and wheat are detectable. Not offensive as most but creeping downward a bit.

Taste- A lightly sweet amber with a bit of grain and wheat behind it. A little bit of lemon surges past the back of the tongue. Much of a one dimensional beer without a good pop behind it but for a contract beer, better than most.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a very bubbly medium carbonation level. A good malty grain note on the finish.

Drink- For a cruise ship this was a fine offering for a full 19oz pour at 5, compared to a bottle of BL or Coorse for 6.25 a 12 oz. My boat did have Boddingtons and Bass for the imports which was nice to see.

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Thirsty Frog Red Ale from Anheuser-Busch
3.35 out of 5 based on 36 ratings.
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