Brewery: Issaquah Brewhouse
Description: Rogue Ales celebrates American Craft Beer week with a special tapping of a new American Craft Beer each day. All taps plus our cask engine will be will be pouring American Craft Beers, and daily tasters of our American Amber Ale will be available. Stop by for lunch and enjoy a Hoppy Meal, that’s a beer of your choice for only $2.00 more with your meal.
Tours: Brewery tours will be done daily at 2:00pm and finished with tasters of Issaquah Brewery Ales
Wednesday’s beer just happened to be Issaquah Brewhouse Sour Frog. While those around me pulled some of the best bitter-beer-faces ever, I tend to think the sour ale class of beer is quite good now that I have had some quality sour ale… the first being Monk’s Cafe Flemish Sour Ale. To ensure I had a good frame of mind for this review, in fact, I picked a bottle out of the fridge that I had acquired at Malt & Vine the other day and I am enjoying it this very instant.
I will say that Sour Frog definitely had some of the similar characteristics of Monk’s Sour Ale. They both have strong vinegar smells. They both had similar heads. They both had the sour ale taste and flavor. Where they were different, though, was in the intensity. The Monk’s Sour Ale is a darker beer, dark amber, in fact, where the Sour Frog is on the lighter side. The Monk’s Sour Ale is also much stronger in flavor and leaves a fine sour aftertaste just on the back of your tongue, where the Sour Frog neglects the after taste to some degree.
Both are fine ales, but for my taste, I am more drawn toward the Monk’s Cafe Sour Ale. It would be #1 on the list of sour ales so far with the Sour Frog coming in a moderate second.
JBB6 Rating: Middle of the Road