A Dead Frog Roundtable

Now there is an image that should stick with you; however, this title actually alludes to a recent tasting of Dead Frog Brewery‘s Fearless IPA that I had with a few friends. Rather than write-up a review solely based on my personal opinions I thought it more equitable to solicit thoughts from others and compile them here for your reading enjoyment.

First a few stats courtesy of the very colourful Dead Frog website…

Our Fearless IPA is a hop forward India Pale Ale crafted with premium malts and hops from around the world. Zythos and Galaxy hops combine to provide a tropical fruit aroma while cascades and columbus provide a citrus-like bitter finish.

Ingredients: Water, malt, hops, yeast

Malts: 2 Row, Busquit, Cara 30, Special B

Hops: Cascades, Columbus, Galaxy, Zythos

IBUs: 77

First batch: September 2012

What we all thought of the beer…

Review #1 – Deep amber colour, clear -jewel like in the glass, good head retention. Strong floral hop taste that lingers on the tongue. A bitter ‘hoppy’ finish.

Review #2 – Mild hopped nose with lots of head retention and lacing that sticks to the glass. The head makes for a creamy mouthfeel. Bitter flavour, a bit metallic (citrus perhaps?), and a very bitter finish. After the beer is finished the lacing leaves a film on the glass. Not a repeat purchase.

Review #3 – Amber copper colour with excellent clarity and a bit of carbonation. Tons of cream coloured head and crazy head retention. Slight hop nose, floral and citrus hop flavours. A bitter finish that is pretty robust for an IPA.  I did not get the tropical fruit nose described on the bottle. Not a fan of the bottle design and pseudo untapped badge.

Review #4 – Beautiful amber colour with head that crowns the beer; the head stays a good long while. Hoppy aroma but not overpowering on the nose. First taste, hoppier than expected based on the aroma with a long lingering taste. Third and fourth tastes, like a full-bodied hoppy lager – lager feel and aftertaste. Head starts to look soapy. Flavours are bitter, soapy and a little acidic. Sixth taste, I couldn’t drink a whole bottle, a little ‘stingy’ harsh in the throat. At the end this was quite harsh as if the harshness accumulated as drinking moved along.

Final thoughts…

To be fair not all of us are hop heads so heed the reviews with the caveat that we may not only have IPA’s stocked in our fridges. As for me, well anyone who reads my blog will probably know I tend to favour the other end of the beer spectrum big, dark, malty and/or sour but this does not mean I do not have a place in my heart for the hop. In fact I almost always have a couple IPA’s on deck at any given time. Overall, a decent IPA but not my favourite hop profile so I do not think this would be a repeat beer for me.

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