Dulles Airport Take-Off Tasting Tour: Sterling, Ashburn and more: Rocket Frog Angry Angry Alice Double India Pale Ale, Sterling, Virginia
Date: April 20, 2019
The Story— Rocket Frog is another of the seemingly endless breweries that stretch from Sterling to Ashburn, Virginia. It’s a non-walkable crawl, with a designated driver or an Uber App you can have a heck of a multi-brewery tour.
Rocket Frog is one of the most consistent breweries of the bunch. They do big in-your-face-beers particularly well, but even the oh-so session able Minotaur V American Blonde Ale was above average even among these above average breweries. We’ll feature their yummy porter in a future post.
Angry Alice is a big IPA. They take it up a notch with an Angry Alice Double IPA. We thought the IPA was the better of the two, but the difference in quality wasn’t much. We like the range of hop flavors in this version – no one is throwing half grapefruits at your face at a church carnival here. It’s quite moreish. In the defense of the Angry Alice Double IPA (at 8.8% rather than the tame-by-comparison 7% for the IPA), we bought a four pack and have been fighting over the last can of it.
The Beer— Rich, gently sweet, full fruits with some copper and lots of stone citrus — but all of them playing well in the sandbox.
Value —Good to fair. Another brewery that knows its beers are good and expects you to pay for value.
About these posts: We taste and evaluate over a thousand beers every year. The beers posted here rank in the top quarter of those tastings. Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.
For the next several weeks we’ll feature fun places to explore beer — and much more–a different destination each week. Our beers of the day will feature beers from this wonderfully wet destinations. This week we’re featuring beers in the Dulles-Sterling are of Northern Virginia. A caveat as always: the vast majorities of craft breweries may have a few beers that are usually available, but their most interesting beers are usual season or one-off brews that we may rave about, but you can’t find. Our specific beer descriptions can tell you what sorts of beers the brewery does well; if you don’t find the exact beer on tap, you’ll probably find something similar.