Tip Hop Spruce White IPA – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Tip Hop Spruce White IPA – Dead Frog Brewery, 6.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-left label:

A juicy white IPA brewed with fresh picked spruce tips and Simcoe hops to provide a tropical pine aroma, followed by a crisp, golden malt profile.

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, spruce tips, (and wheat malt…?)

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  • Style: (flavoured – spruce tip) White IPA
  • Taste: Crisp off-dry short mango-orange malt disjointed spruce-pine bitter hop
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5 CAD – 650 ml., August 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours virtually clear golden orange with a smallish dissipating head, ringed retention with a large island, lots of singular fast steady micro streams.

Nose: mango-orange laced with a bit of spruce, medium bright and clean. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp, bitter undertones, orangey malt impression

Mid-palate: micro bubbles, orange, slight mango, (lvl-3-sweetness), spruce/pine greenness,

Finish: numbing soft bitter hops, residual grainy barley malt and disjointed hop oils

Summary: The entry is decent with its crispness and tropical fruity profile but I don’t really like the dull disjointed bitter hop finish. The greenness just lingers on for too long.

French Oaked Stiff Stout – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Beermaster Series French Oaked Stiff Stout – Dead Frog Brewery, 6.5% ABV, 650 ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)


on the front-right label:

French Oaked Stiff Stout – A full flavoured, smooth stout combining roasted barley and chocolate malts aged on toasted french oak to create a rich, textured beer with a finish so stiff you’ll never forget it!


  • Style: (French oak aged) Stout
  • Taste: Sweet roasted barley malt cocoa background oak
  • Where I got it : Legacy Liquor / Vancouver
  • How much: $6 CAD (after 10% off) – 650 ml., March 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: worth a go

Visual: (cellared for 5 years). Pours a very dark brown with no head, super thin ringed retention, micro bubbles surfacing here and there. Visually not much happening.

Nose: marshmallowy roasted thick barley malt. (lvl-7)-pungency

Attack: slight thick-light crisp, dense sweet barley malt impression

Mid-palate: oak undertones, (lvl-7-sweetness), molasses, roasted thick barley malt, cocoa-dry chocolate, slight sour boozy

Finish: wet young oak, residual clean sweet barley malt

Summary: It’s slightly too sweet and dull straight out of the fridge but the roasted barley cocoa vanilla flavours emerge as it warms.

Reina de Fuego – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

Reina de Fuego Mexican Chocolate Porter – Dead Frog Brewery, 6% ABV – 34 IBU, 650 ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-I appreciate that they list they specific hops and malts used in the brew.


on the front-left label:

All hail the queen of fire. A smooth and sweet, medium bodied porter featuring flavours of chocolate and toffee, with a light hint of spice and chili pepper heat on the finish

Hops: bravo, northern brewer

Malts: 2 row, cara munich III, chocolate, crystal dark, midnight wheat

Ingredients: water, malted barley, hops, yeast, Mexican chocolate, chili powder


  • Style: (flavoured – Mexican chocolate, chili) Porter
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.10 CAD – 650 ml., March 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

Visual: Pours jet black, slightly slick and thick, dissipating bubbles, singular fast micro streams here and there.

Nose: dark sweet caramel barley malt mixed with some chocolate. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: light slick, soft dull CO2 crisp, sweet dark malt impression

Mid-palate: thicker oily viscosity, (lvl-5-sweetness), medium dark chocolate, thin-body dark caramel medium roast barley malt

Finish: cocoa, long lasting creeper chili throat heat

Summary: The flavours and textures are all over the place leaving a chaotic impression of net effect. Luckily, I’m a fan of weird beers but the compounding lingering heat isn’t balanced; Only weak Mexican chocolate (weak cinnamon as well) and thin-bodied barley malt are present. Slightly interesting, but not recommended.

The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire – Dead Frog Brewery (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

The Obsidian Dagger IPA Noire – Dead Frog Brewery, 6.5% ABV – 50 IBU, 650 ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer*)

-I appreciate that they list they specific hops used in the brew


on the front-left label:

Sparks fly when bold and beautiful tropical hops meet a brazen and daring roasted malt base. The hop flavours and aromas of a powerhouse IPA are balanced perfectly with the depth and intricacy of a complex dark ale in an unforgettable experience.

Hops: centennial, columbus, galaxy

Malts: pale ale, cara 60, biscuit, chocolate, carafa II, special B, roast barley

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  • Style: Black IPA / Cascadian Dark Ale
  • Taste: Grapefruit hopped bitter deep roast bitter sweet barley malt dark chocolate
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $5.50 CAD – 650 ml., May 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: go get it

Visual: Pours obsidian black with a decent-sized 2cm lasting super foamy head, thick fine lacing, barely visible bubbles here and there.

Nose: a bit toasted malts (lvl-2)-pungency

Attack: almost slick-crisp, immediate hop presence

Mid-palate: background bittersweet roast, micro-tingly, sharp grapefruit bitter, (lvl-4-sweentess)

Finish: peppery, hop oil citrusy tang, dark chocolate, lingering off-dry deep roast bitterly hopped

Summary: Lots going on here with citrus bitter hops, deep bittersweet roasted malts, creamy tingly smooth mouthfeel, and lots of length and good depth. Overall well constructed.

Red Dragon Imperial Red Ale – Dead Frog Brewing (Aldergrove, BC, Canada)

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Red Dragon Imperial Red Ale – Dead Frog Brewing, 8% ABV, 50 IBU, 650ml., (Aldergrove, BC, Canada) (*local BC Craft beer*)

on the front-left & right label:

“Don’t be fooled by the inviting tropical citrus aroma… This is a monstrous dark red ale with massive helpings of hops and malts. A robust and rich malt base is perfectly balanced with tropical citrus flavour and aroma provided by hearty helpings of citra dry hopping. The way of the dragon is one of perfect balance between malt and hop. Hops: Citra Malts: Pale Ale, Cara Amber, Munich, Cara 20, Special B IBU: 50 Recommended Glass: Hollowed out skull of your enemies”

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  • Style: Imperial Red Ale
  • Taste:
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.30 – 650ml., May 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: sure, worth a taste

Visual: Pours auburn with a small 3mm head, a thin layer of retention, bubbles and bubbles everywhere.

Nose: malts with bright tropical mango-pineapple-orange. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp-slick, subdued hops, resin, biting

Mid-palate: cream-fizzy mouthfeel, (lvl-5)-sweetness, (MAIN) toffee malts, mango, pineapple, grapefruit, light toasted

Finish: malt heaviness, 90° turn sharp bitter hoppy finish.

Summary: Good body and crisp flavours. Overall satisfaction is there but wishing for a bit more punch in the tropical flavours. Stealth ABV.