Frog Island Amber Ale
Michigan Brewing Company

Frog Island Amber AleFrog Island Amber Ale
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American Amber / Red Ale
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3.23 | pDev: 9.6%
Michigan Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Frog Island Amber AleFrog Island Amber Ale
Reviews: 4
Photo of shivtim
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My bottle doesn't say anything about Dark Horse or Stoney Creek, it just says "Ypsilanti, MI." Weird.
Anyway, it pours out a copper, mostly clear color. Quite bubbly. Decent foamy 1-thumb white head. Smells like mild hops. Gentle taste of slight hops with a mild malt background. Quite straight-forward. Mouthfeel is average. Seems like a decent session beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.77/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: No useful information (does mention brewed by Dark Horse)

Aroma: Nose is floral and citric. Flowers are a bit lilac and iris, citric is grapefruit and lemon peel. There is an underlying worty element too, over sweet malt.

Appearance: Hazy copper orange glass shows lots of carbonation streams feeding an oversized sticky white head that clumps and laces. Last pour dumped a load of particulate matter into my glass. Looks mostly like yeast clumps, but some dark flakes as well.

Flavor: Hops are first, they come across as a little leafy and earthy in the taste with a palate smacking dry bitter. Malt has a slightly cola sweetness to it, edging on under attenuated but not really crossing that line. There's a slight metallic finish as well.

Mouthfeel: Over carbonated and fizzy. Medium light body (think the carb level really pushes this toward a lighter feel) and a fairly dry finish.

Overall Impression: Not a great beer, but not a bad one. I'd like to see a lower carbonation level, a little less malt, or more attenuation of what's there, and the hop schedule moved more toward the aroma end rather than the bittering end of the boil.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My bottle of Frog Island Amber Ale indicates that it's contract brewed by Dark Horse, not by Stoney Creek (now closed) or Michigan Brewing Company (as noted above). Since I wasn't about to add another listing, here goes...

Oktoberfest orange with a fine cloud of yeasties that are being buffeted by bubbles that are zipping up to a pale caramel colored cap. I like the 'dirty' look of the beer, the rich creaminess of the head and the fact that it's gracing the glass with a considerable amount of lace.

Even though the label says 'It's the hops!", I don't appreciate much hoppiness in the nose. I do appreciate toasted, bread crusty malt with an earthiness that makes me think 'Munich malt'. FIAA smells like a marzen-amber hybrid to me. Here's hoping the flavor has a little more going for it.

This is a pretty good amber if you like them more malty than hoppy. I like them to favor hops. Or, at the very least, to be balanced. The flavor profile is dominated by steely caramel, well-toasted whole grain bread, a hint of orange peel and an earthiness that could be coming from any number of sources. It sounds unpleasant, but each time I upend the glass, I'm reminded of a leaf fire on a crisp Autumn afternoon.

The mouthfeel is fine and dandy. It stops short of impressive, but there's really nothing wrong with it either. To be more specific, the beer is medium-bodied and is appropriately carbonated.

While Frog Island Amber Ale is well-crafted, it isn't really my thing. All the more surprising that it went down as easily as it did. It's probably worth a look if you can find a single.

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Photo of Phatz
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little research indicated that this beer is contract brewed now by Michigan brewing company and not by Stoney Creek.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a tan head that fades fast and no notable lacing on the walls of my SA BL glass.

Smell: A reserved malty nose gives slight whiffs of caramel and slight grassy hop buried deep in some stale bread. Slight sour fruit note.

Taste: A bit of butterscotch diacetyl and caramel segway into the fruity center that is both sweet and tart with a floral grassy bitterness and some pepper spice to finish.

Mouthfeel: It is light, and yet there are enough malts in the thin body to give it a nice slick attribute across the tongue.

Drinkability: The feature of the beer is an easy drinker that is quite approachable and likely a suitable transition beer for many.

Hope this is helpful.

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Frog Island Amber Ale from Michigan Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 4 ratings