Sunday, February 27, 2011

Blue Frog IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Fairfield, California
Price: $4.29 per 22 oz

This is the first beer I've seen from Blue Frog, and the price was right, so I had to have it. Like many California microbreweries, I'm assuming this one started out as a good restaurant and the customers started demanding the ability to buy the beers in stores. On first smell and taste, I could tell this was a NorCal IPA, and upon investigation, I found that Fairfield is about halfway between San Fran and Sacramento. I do love the painted bottle that reminds me of Left Coast's bottles. They did put the original gravity on here, which I think is a bit pretentious considering that its an almost meaningless number to pretty much everyone (we were actually having a conversation about this a week ago and how douche-y it is). The IBU's are sitting at 60, which is why I assumed this was NorCal since most San Diego IPA's are well into the 70s if not beyond. The bitterness is there, but definitely a bit subdued. There is also a considerable about of maltiness in here, which is an interesting take on an IPA. I think the subdued nature of this would allow for copious consumption of this, and thats a +1 in my book. I would love to see what else they put out.