STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - AUG 14, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle - color of amber , with a thick tan head –pleasant nose of cookie , malts , slight spruce and floral – taste of baking chocolate , resin , rough hop (weird for 31 IBUs), cinnamon , slight citrus , and orange - body is slightly rough , and with medium high carbonation – aftertaste of orange , slight lemon/lime , malt , and smooth
after4ever (6111) - Brier, Washington, USA - JUL 16, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22. Thanks, Foolish_Mortal! Pours deep dark brown with a medium-thick moussy tan head. Lots of webby lacing on the way down. Big biscuity nose, some caramel and other malt sweetness there too. Medium body and carb, restrained flavors on the attack--nice but a bit subdued. Biscuitier and biscuitier as it warms up. Pleasant but undistinguished.
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 5, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A much better beer compared to the blue frog. Heavy appearance in the glass with small heading. Nose was lightly sweet with a hint of caramel. Average flavor with the ordinary suspects found from a red ale.
hapjydeuce (932) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 15, 2007
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bomber from BevMo. Never heard of this brewpub, just showed up on the shelves in my area. Pours a hazy medium brown color with red edges. Foamy head with moderate lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty with a decent load of dry hopping, but nothing spectacular. Flavor is mostly a roasted malt with caramel and a nutty finish that is compensated by the hops bitterness. Crisp finish on the palate. Not bad, but I have had red/amber ales much better.
mjg74 (2491) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 24, 2007
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from BevMo, La Mesa. Dark cherry pour. Sweet syrupy aroma with a fair amount of malt and stick hops. Pretty decent bitterness with a bit of a malt backbone. Not outstanding, but a pretty solid amber.
realale420 (399) - west covina, California, USA - MAY 20, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle poured an amber/red color with small off white head. Aroma was dark caramel malt and some toffee notes. The bitterness was on the light side with more of a hop flavor. Finish was sweet with caramel malts playing a big part.
beerguy101 (5278) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 9, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This amber pours a dark copper color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is malt, caramel, toast and some hops. A medium bodied amber. Malts are caramel, biscuit and sweet. Hops are earthy and a touch citrusy, Very lively carbonation. Touch of a hop bite for an amber, it still has that big sweet malt profile, but it has some hops to it. I had a child hood Dr Seuss flashback while drinking this beer.. (1 beer 2 beer Blue Frog Red frog), but I digress. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
hayduke (3344) - Eureka, California, USA - APR 7, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Red Frog Ale" from Blue Frog in a 22oz bomber. Purchased at BevMo in Sacramento.
The Bottle says OG 13.5 Plato, 31 IBUs, 6% Alc. by Vol. "Red Frog Ale: A little aggressive, at times wild, but like any good red head should be... always dependable. A generous addition of hops late in the boil and after fermentation help balance this beer’s malty profile. Enjoy with your favorite red head, brunette, baldy, or whoever. Just Enjoy It!"
This differs from the Red Ale, which had a totally different description and a higher alcohol content. It poured from the 22 oz bottle a very dark amber that was reddish-brown. It raised a nice fat off white head that dropped fairly quickly and left minimal lacing. Interesting nose that is complex with malts, caramel and a touch of hops. Mouthfeel was a bit dry, and flavor was typical for an amber with a malty and somewhat sweet taste that is usual for the style. Finish slightly bitter, which contrasts with the sweet taste to start. I have commented befpr that ambers are hard to do well so this one to me is another one to add to the list of near misses. Drinkable, but unremarkable.