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Hoppin' To Heaven IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hoppin' To Heaven IPAHoppin' To Heaven IPA

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BA SCORE
86
very good

423 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 423
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 21
Gots: 25 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: klewis on 11-08-2006

68 IBU
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Ratings: 423 | Reviews: 227
Photo of Ryan_Klink
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Too much sediment for my taste, but overall a decent American IPA. I will need to try again and pour more carefully the next time.

Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear, copperish body with gushing head and lace patches everywhere. Aroma is mostly citric hops and a little bit of spice comes from the hops. More of a dry, citric based spicy IPA as the sweet and bread malts are minimal at best. Decent sipping IPA although the hops are not the most flavorful.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy off-white head that settles a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediement are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus fruit, candied citrus zest, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of biegaman
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hoppin' To Heaven does indeed have a bright, angelic shine and puffy white clouds for head. It's not all sunshine, however, as the beer's orange tone is actually quite muddied. The storm of sediment brewing at the bottle's bottom was easy to spot; a slow, mindful pour kept most at bay but some degree of murkiness looks like it was inevitable.

The aroma, true to the beer's name, is pure heaven. A pure, clean, and concentrated maltiness is sprinkled with the floral scents of a wet spring meadow as well as zestful, tropical notes of freshly sliced citrus fruits. I got so carried away smelling it I ended up with foam on my nose! (Honestly)

American IPAs presuppose that the hops will overwhelm, if not ravage all other elements of the beer. But this malt bill is putting up one hell of a fight. Crunchy caramel, butterscotch, and custard were the first flavours to hit my palate - the pine needle, over-ripe citrus, and damp grass ones of the hops followed after (though these are what ultimately see the taste out).

Nonetheless, the pudding and baked sweetness have staying power, like a note on the guitar sustained through distortion at the end of a song; the orange rind, pineapple skin, and grapefruit pith have worthy competition. In fact, the malts also restrain the alcohol percentage (6.8%) to being formidable only on paper. If you believe in "sessionable" IPAs this, surely, is one.

There's a ton of great beer made in Ohio - and Hoppin' Frog offerings are among the most worthy of being shipped, smuggled, guzzled, or lugged in suitcases. And at a time where I've begun to find American IPAs somewhat monotonous I can't quite explain my exhilaration with Hoppin' To Heaven. But I'm leaving the scores as they stand. This is about as divine as the style gets.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; bronze colored; 3 finger off white head that receded quickly to a think cap; moderate lacing;

S: caramel malt on top of dank earthy, piney hops;

T: reversed from the nose; piney hops dominate the caramel malt until the finish, which is mostly the caramel malt;

M: medium bodied; slightly prickly carbonation;

O: This was OK, but I would have liked more hops;

Photo of Jonny41
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle serving thanks to shandycan
Golden orange hue
Great smell not overpowering got initial piney notes
Taste was a little weak at first but got surprisingly better as It warmed, citrus, pine not over hopped.
At first I was quite disappointed but after half a glass things got better, during warm up flavors started coming out nice mellow pine citrus notes good aftertaste and finish a little flat in the middle but not over hopped or bitter, reminded me of wachusetts larry, but for the price comparison not as good.
Would gladly drink again but might not buy.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

a lovely bottle of ipa really. maybe a tad on the expensive side at ten bucks a bomber, but i find myself almost thankful that this isnt stronger in abv, i like it where it is, and am happy to pay for good ipa. orange glowing color with a rising almost nitro looking off white head. some small pieces of yeast dance around in suspension, but i pay them no mind. the nose on this is west coast style, more resinous than bitter, with a nice citric hop oil complex and enough pale malt to give it legs. the flavor is similar. not particularly nuanced hop profile, a little sweet and fruity, lots of sappy oil, i like a simple ipa sometimes, and this is keenly refreshing. medium body is just right in all seasons, and the bubbles are ample. glides down with a long sticky finish. if this was 7 bucks a go, it would be a regular in my fridge. good weekday ipa.

Photo of BierJager89
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy opaque orange with a foamy white head.

S: Orange, some peach, maybe some tropical fruit in the nose.

T: Peach, orange and tropical fruit with a bit of bready malt that comes through in the finish.

M: Medium bodied and a bit smooth for an IPA, which is nice.

O: Delicious. Definitely recommended, definitely worth a try. body could have perhaps been a bit better and tropical fruit and peach could have been more prominent, but it was very tasty.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy golden orange color with a 2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, orange peel, orange rind, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Damn nice aromas with big citrus hop presence with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of grapefruit, orange peel, orange rind, tangerine, lemon zest, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, citrus rind, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of citrus hop flavors; with a moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent IPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of Hendry
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The comical artwork that features a frog on steroids holding up a hefty mug of beer is certainly amusing enough, but is this $10 bomber worth the $$?

Pours a murky amber orange hue with beastly carbonation,and a tall soapy white head that lasts for a spell, lacing is quite good.The chunky sediment at the bottom of the bottle was wholly unattractive, and downright nasty looking (I usually enjoy unfiltered IPAs).

Aromas are of sweet bread and melon with a touch of hops hiding beneath.

Taste is equally as malty as the nose: despite the bragging about the hop content on the label, the malts are winning this battle with a technical KO! Only the slightest amount of hop bitterness bringing up the rear, with the sweet malts lingering about the palate like an unwelcome houseguest. Carbonation is aggressive, bordering on prickly.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly chewy feel from the steep malt bill. Not an overly dry finish here, not the most inviting by any means.

Overall, a very disappointing $10 bomber with big promises for a hop bomb that is just another malty mishegas.The massive chunky sediment at the bottom of the bottle was a major turn off. The frog on the bottle has got huge stones to ask for a ten spot on this bomber, and I doubt many will return with so many better choices for the $. This frog is another turkey!

Photo of braugon
3.54/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Lots of floaters, huge frothy sea foam texture head, copper in color

N: malt, molasses, dark honey

T: Sweet malt, grapefruit, chinese five spice

M: Creamy, big up front, dry hoppy finish

O: Glad to finally try it, not sure how fresh it was. Enjoyed the heavy complex nature of this ipa, would like to try it on tap

Photo of kylehay2004
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head on a hazy copper body with nice lacing. Aroma is near perfect with lots of grapefruit, very tangy and hoppy, nice toasted malt presence and very full on the nose. Very complex flavors and hop profile with citrus hops of grapefruit and pineapple and earthy hops on a well balanced caramel malt base. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Full flavored, complex and well balanced, what more could you want from an IPA. Now just work on the price.

Photo of AgentMunky
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Huge head, heavy lacing.

S: Great American hops. Grapefruit, pine, and spicy-fresh grass.

T: Solid IPA. Light, spicy, strongly citrusy. I like it.

O: Very drinkable, very pleasant. I would have a few more of these and will seek one out.

Photo of mpedara429
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours out a cloudy amber color with 3 fingers of barely off white head. Great retention. Heavy draping lacing all the way down.

S: Ruby red grapefruit and dank pine.

T: Similar to the smell with some earthy tones.

M: Medium carbonation in a medium creamy body. The creamy body was a shocker for an IPA, but actually fit well. A little warming sensation as well.

O: Tastewise, it is average, but the look and mouthfeel are exceptional and make this beer unique.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper color with huge off-white head in TEKU glass.

Smell is very floral with caramel and malts coming through stongly as well.

Taste is heavily malt forward for me. Lots of caramel and some copper-like metallic taste too. Grassiness and musty too. Very bitter finish. Not my favorite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with heavy carbonation.

Overall this was o.k. Probably wouldn't buy again, though.

Photo of mooseo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into tulip.

A - Clear copper amber with a gigantic white head.

S - Citrus zest, burnt caramel, pine needles.

T - Roasted caramel malt, grapefruit, pine, black pepper.

M - Smooth and creamy, medium bodied, high carbonation. A little dry.

O - A really flavorful, balanced American IPA. Nice spicy hop character with lots of roasty caramel malt. Very drinkable, no alcohol present.

Photo of RyanCMcGovern
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz Bomber poured into a Pilsner Glass

Appearance - Dark amber with 2 fingers of sticky head, lingering on the edge of the glass

Smell - Strong hop notes as soon as it hits the glass, citrus notes as it warms up in the glass

Taste - Mellow hop character giving way to citrus and a slight taste of alcohol which surprised me

Overall - Price doesn't match quality but a middle of the road IPA, would return to this beer to give it a second chance

Photo of BrownNut
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 to tulip. No idea how old it is. DATES, DAMN YOU. GIVE US DATES.

A - Medium amber, big off white head that sticks around and winds up a lasting film.

S - Yeasty malty biscuit, hint of caramel, minor hop presence

T - Pleasant. Pretty balanced. Restrained hop character - not really getting specifics like pine or citrus or whatever, aside from just a whisper of something vaguely fruity at the end. I get so few of the things others mention that I have to think mine is older and faded. A little honey on the exhale and mild hop tang left behind.

M - A little soft and ending just barely dry. It goes for a bit and then tapers off quickly, which is a neat thing.

O - I'd say this is a well done and balanced ale that's good for any time. Nothing too complex and straddles the line between beers you drink as an event to think about the beer and those beers you drink in situations where you're not really thinking about the beer and just want to enjoy something of basic quality. I think it would go nicely with just about any savory meal without competing. I wouldn't turn it away but I wouldn't say there's much to make it stand out or to buy it again over something new.

What if this beer is really great fresh and I have to give it a ho hum rating because it's old and faded? If it had a date I would know whether I was being fair in my rating. Without it, you get what you get, Hoppin' Frog. I won't buy this again. If it had a date, there'd be at least a 50/50 chance that I'd want to find a fresher one and try again.

Not that it factors into my ratings at all, but it's time to get new artwork and typefaces. This looks like a Microsoft Word clip art special.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma is full of of that wonderful combination of piney resin and fresh cut citrus. There is a nice sweet component to the beer as well which I really like, it rounds it out nicely.

Beautiful beer! It has the wonderful color of honey, which includes all gradients of honey from light to dark. The head is a billowy off-white pillow that leaves a pleasant lace on the glass.

The taste is a bit more subtle than the aroma. It is a bit more malt-forward than expected, but it still has the firm bitterness of an IPA. Flavors are more citrus than pine.

Moderate carbonation with a body that was a little thinner than expected, but it held up well. Slightly dry finish on this one rounds out the experience with some lingering taste of hops on the palate. I really enjoyed this one, though, it didn't take me to heaven.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a thick, rocky white head that lasts forever.

S: On the nose, aromas of lemon, grapefruit, caramel, biscuits, and tangerine are most readily apparent. I was expecting something that smelled a bit more bitter and resinous, but this is pretty nice.

T: Notes of tangerine, grapefruit, blood orange, caramel, biscuits, lemon, and fresh herbs wash across the palate. The finish is bitter and fruity with tangerine, grapefruit, and blood orange flavors.

M: Medium-bodied, firm, and relatively dry, though like many American IPAs, it turns a bit sticky on the finish. Carbonation is spritzy. Alcohol presence is relatively subdued.

O: This is a rock solid American IPA that separates itself from the crowd by downplaying the resinous qualities so typical of the style. In other words, those who are looking for a hop bomb might be somewhat disappointed.

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle courtesy of Doodler. Thanks!

Appearance: Cloudy orange/amber. 1/2inch head after a decently aggressive pour. Not the prettiest thing in the world.

Smell: Heavy on the malt. Grapefruit citrus, but every time I bring this to my nose, I get a sweet caramel backbone. Not terribly impressed here.

Taste: The body is a lot more impressive than the nose. As much as I expected this to be a citrusy malt bomb, it comes through with dried pine on the front of the tongue. Some orange and grapefruit.

Sadly, however, it seems to be less complex and interesting as it warms up. Knocking this one down a couple points.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a good amount of carbonation and some good stickiness on the back end. No complaints here. Going to drink the entire bottle by myself.

Overall: Good stuff and I'd be glad to drink this again. I do wish there was more to the nose, however. It would elevate the beer quite a bit.

Photo of yesyouam
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog Hoppin' to Heaven IPA is a pretty clear amber ale with a few particles in it. The dense, bubbly, off white head thins to a film and stays put. It leaves fancy lacing on the glass. It has a strong citrus aroma-- the kind you can smell from across the room. It's fresh and leafy. It has a soft, fluffy, medium body with a dry finish that leaves the tongue feeling a little singed. This is a big, fruity, juicy IPA. It's mostly grapefruit but there are almost hints of pineapple and peach. It gets more bitter as the taste goes on. It goes from fruit to pine resin. It's not really sweet or dry. This is all about delivering maximum hop flavor. The malt takes a back seat, but it's strong enough to support things. It gets a little peppery at the finish. The black pepper flavor lingers with with pine resin for a little while after the swallow. Yeah, this is a bang-up IPA. This is treading into double IPA territory.

Photo of peabody
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very clear light amber to weak ice tea color with very little suds. Lacing is here in abbundance.
Smell is a little citrusy but the alcohol takes over.
Taste is very warm for a 6.8%. Some grapfruit rind and very little else.
Mouthfeel is very clean. Would be a good drink with a steak.
Overall this one is a bit one sided. Needs a tad more diversity in the flavor dept.

Photo of bobhits
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly on the darker ruby side of the orange IPA color. A nice tall head, medium to large buttles so not much staying power. A bit of lacing is left over. It also looks fairly thick so expecting double IPA like malt.

Zesty citrus hops followed by a lot of sweet candy malt. Has a touch of a red in the nose.

A very complex fruity beer. Grape fruit, tangerines, lemon, perhaps apricots...there could be hints of melon here but not standing out. This one has enough hops to give it a bite and far more malt flavor than expected. The caramel and cracker malt is rather powerful.

Really creamy and thick. This is really off for an IPA and is far more in lines with a double IPA. The alcohol has a decent drying effect, but the creamy malt back really is the showcase here.

I'm not sure what to say about this one. 9 bucks for a bomber puts the price rather out of line with the rest of the beers on the market. That said really tasty and full flavored IPA. Don't go looking for the hop dominated weak malt backed normal flavors of an IPA. Instead this one goes the dogfish 90 minute route only there are actual hops in this here for flavor instead of just aroma.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly thirst quenching and sensible throughout, this pure and focused IPA makes for an effortless and quick session.

Hop to Heaven pours with a golden-copper color that takes on orange-like tones. The fairly gentle pour allows for a mild creme of foam to form above the beer. With good staying power and moderate lace, the beer's hazy appearance round out the very common IPA appearance.

Milde-than-usual aromas of red grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple rest just slightly ahead of a moderate caramel and graham cracker base. Lightly fruity aside from hop character, a mango and appricot scent seems to soften and enrichen the hop sharpness.

Much more flavorful than the muted aromas suggest: the juicy hop character of ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, and appricot commands the zesty beer while softer caramel malts provide just enough support, not to allow the IPA to become all fruit juice. Mild alcohol flavor dries out the malt sweetness in finish for an efforless taste that's just a knotch off from classic ales like Two Hearted Ale.

Medium-full for an IPA as the caramel malt base provides a creamy and bready-sweet texture to start. A quick procession to crisp and zesty fruit acidity and then on to a terse finish of dry malt and crisp bitterness yields a clean closure that allows a quick return to the tumbler.

Perhaps a bit more balanced than most and more popular IPAs, but the slightly higher malt flavor and the light restraint of hops brings the beer a little more in line with American Pale Ales with IPA strength. A delicious beer that's slightly under-valued.

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Hoppin' To Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 423 ratings.