I want to start this review of with a bit of a confession. Before this beer came out I had written off Dead Frog. After the trio of trainwreck beers that I reviewed of theirs earlier in the year I had decided I’d had enough. While I didn’t say it publicly, I made the choice not to include any other Dead Frog beers on leapbeer. That said, I never wished for them to go under, just that I wouldn’t be giving them my money or space on the blog. No sooner had I decided that, then these jokers go and make another hop forward IPA. When I read that it was coming out I figured, “Not on my blog”.
Then the reviews started to come in, and they were all positive. Not just on the Untappd entries, but bonified beer geeks were coming back with good things to say about this brewery. I swallowed my pride, marched down to the closest store that sold this (closest was still a 45 minute drive away), and picked up a bottle.
I shared this bottle with a couple of other people in an effort not to allow any of my prejudice skew the review.
So when you open this beer you’re immediately hit with citric hops. It tastes very bold, yet it’s not an overpowered hop bomb. There’s definitely some balance to the beer. While it hits you with a big bitter punch at first it follows with a nice malty finish. It was enjoyed by all at the tasting last night, including myself. It’s not a perfect IPA by any stretch, but it is light years ahead of the last Dead Frog IPA I had (Citra IPA in their Brewmaster Series)
Leapbeer #279 is Fearless IPA by Dead Frog Brewing
Brewery: Dead Frog Brewery of Aldergrove BC
Released: September 2012
Size/ABV/IBU: 650ml Bomber/6.5%/77 IBUs
Availability: Some Private Liquor Stores
Purchased @: Cascadia Liquor Store in Comox BC
Other Reviews: Rate Beer, Beeradvocate, Parting Glass Beer Blog & Mikes Craft Beer Blog
So what’s the fate of Dead Frog Brewing in the eyes of this beer drinker you may ask? I’m cautiously optimistic for them. I still have a bone to pick with their lack of marketing strategy when they changed the recipe of their pale ale. I *may* end up trying that, but I’m not laying down the cash for a whole twelve pack to try one beer. I’d rather wait til I see it in singles. The other gripe I still have with DF is how terribly they came across on the CBC show “The Big Decision”. I know I’m not the only person who was offended by this. The rumours I’ve heard is that they didn’t even get the investment from going on the show, so that makes me ask “Well then what was it all for?” Hopefully they can have a response.
While I can’t endorse other Dead Frog beers, a hop forward beer drinker will likely enjoy Fearless.
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