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Frog’s Breath is Delightful

I was recently provided a free sample of Coronado Brewing’s Frog’s Breath IPA.  I’m never going to turn down an IPA brewed in San Diego but I didn’t expect what I found inside this bomber.  After a long work week, I decided to take this new spring seasonal beer for a spin!

About the Beer

The beer itself came about as a Pro-Am collaboration with some Navy SEAL frogmen homebrewers and the CBC brewers. Personally, this collaboration holds a special place in my heart bringing together the military and homebrewing.  I have a great deal of respect for both so it was nice to see them get together.  Below are the vital stats on the beer itself and the guys behind it.
[column size=”one-half”]Malts: 2-­row, C-­15, Carahell
Hops: Centennial, Columbus, Wakatu, Sorachi Ace
Yeast: Cal Ale
ABV: 6.5%
IBU: 50[/column]
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How It Drinks

I pried the top off the bomber and was immediately greeted with a pleasant pungent lime peel aroma.  After pouring it into the glass I then got strong orange citrus and lime scents. It is obviously packing a heavy dry hop profile and the Kaffir lime leaves really punched up the aroma. It was pleasant without being overwhelming.

Also interesting with this beer is the fact that it is unfiltered.  There was a noticeable quarter inch of sediment that settled on the bottom bomber when it was in the fridge.  It pours a lovely hazy orange color and if you aren’t careful with the bottle you’ll end up with a glass full of floaters (don’t be scared though, it’s fine to drink).

The first sip yielded a mild upfront bitterness that then washed into a lightly spiced lemon flavor.  The late hop additions then washed an orange and lime flavor finish without a harsh bitterness.  It has a fairly high level of carbonation to help the flavors pop and give a little bit more bite as it goes down. There is a basic malt profile to help support the hops but there isn’t much to talk about here.  The hops and spices are the stars of the show here.  I’m not sure I can detect what spices are at play here but it works well with the variety of citrus flavors. Lots of lemon, lime, and orange.

It is very easy drinking and refreshing, with a moderately low bitterness that lingers in the finish.  It is probably one of the smoothest drinking 50 IBU IPAs that I’ve had.  This would be a great lawn mower beer on a hot day with all the refreshing fruit flavors, the mild bitterness, and reasonable ABV.  I would also recommend this to an IPA newbie since the mild bitterness will make it very approachable.

I walked away much more impressed than I thought I was going to be.  I figured it was a typical west coast IPA but this one was different and something I’ll be picking up again.  You should be able to find at better bottle shops in Ohio for about $11.

Beer Grade

90/100 – I recommend buying it!

Mike Stuart

Craft beer enthusiast and hombrew dabbler. Part-time writer, sometimes funny.

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