Barley Mowat 

Dead Frog Fearless IPA

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Dead Frog Brewing is perhaps best known for crafting horrible fruit/beer combinations that should never have existed outside of the mind of a madman–and a madman who can’t brew particularly good beer, at that. I’m talking about their Mandarin Orange Amber and Pepper Lime Lager, specifically, but there are plenty of other examples out there.

Or perhaps they’re better known for starring on The Big Decision, a Dragon’s Den spin-off that focuses on small businesses facing bankruptcy.

Either way, their reputation precedes them, and that reputation is not exactly stellar. But, could there be hope? I had completely written off this brewery, and wasn’t expecting much when I took a sample of their new IPA at the BC Beer Awards. Tasting that made me loudly proclaim “THEY’RE NOT DEAD YET!”

Is their most recently bottled IPA release as good as the massively hopped IPA I had at the BC Beer Awards? Nope. It’s better.

Fearless is a huge, Cascadian-style IPA. Massive hops and tropical fruit aromas dominate the nose, but a smoother malty body backs it up. It’s as well balanced as Cascadian IPAs get (aka so heavy to the Hops side of the scale the bottle almost falls over).

This beer is such a great IPA, in fact, that I am wondering how it would stack up against the reigning big boys of BC Hop Madness. How does it taste when Fat Tug, Red Racer and Switchback are all in the room? I’ll be doing a blinded IPA tasting in the near future, and will definitely inform y’all of the results.

Until then, go out and buy this great beer from Dead Frog. Please do it. They need the money.

Coles notes:

Brewery Dead Frog
From Aldergrove, BC
Name Fearless
Style Cascadian IPA
SOA Now Bronze
SOA Potential n/a. Not a cellaring beer.
Drink Now. Please.
Number of good beers they’d have to brew to make me forget Pepper Lime Around 200.
Availability Widely available at LDB and LRS
Cost $4.99-7.00 per 650ml bottle.
Similar Beers Driftwood Fat Tug, Central City Red Racer IPA, Lighthouse Switchback
Chuck says It goes down fast and good. If we buy enough maybe they’ll make more.


See? Breweries with bad track records CAN produce good beer.

Written by chuck

November 18th, 2012 at 3:27 pm

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  1. *cough* call me for the blind IPA tasting *cough*

    chuggins

    18 Nov 12 at 17:05

  2. Know what? I read this review last months ago and thought “Hmm, if Barley Mowat likes the new brewmasters at Dead Frog, maybe I should stop being such a snob and give them another go.”

    I was unable to find a bottle of that IPA to try, sadly.

    So here I sit, with a glass full of their Christmas Beeracle in front of me, which I bought today, thinking of this review and hoping (though skeptical) that it would be good.

    It’s not.

    It’s terrible. Probably worse than GIB Winter Ale. The only redeeming factor is the alcohol content, which I am hoping will let me forget about how bad it is.

    You should review it so I can have revenge and you can make fun of it on the Internet.

    Tim

    18 Dec 12 at 20:27

  3. @Tim – Challenge accepted! You’re the second person to give the same comments on the beeracle so watch out Dead Frog, I’m gonna drink your beer!

    chuck

    18 Dec 12 at 20:33

  4. […] are indeed different.  Although I have yet to try Fearless IPA, I have heard great things from trusted beer geeks.  I am not a  fan of the recently released Winter Beeracle, but it is clear that the quality of […]

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