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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

400 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 18
Gots: 18 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
68 IBU

(Beer added by: klewis on 11-08-2006)
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Reviews by GClarkage:
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3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08/29/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker off orange-amber colored pour. The thickest and mosr dense head I have ever seen in a beer. It was literally like cool whip. It was thick and a meal in itself. Is this normal? It's just odd. Lacing is therefore chunky and prominent.

Smell- Would have liked a bit more aroma, but what is gives you is a touch of pine, some grapefruit rind and a bit of other furity notes. SOme mild toasted malt as well.

Taste- Getting a bit more malt in this beer than hops. Some deeper roasted caramel malt flavor to go with a minor in some semi-bitter grapefruit hops. Migh have a touch of a stale flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a touch lower carbonation level. Light bitterness remains.

Drinkability- What an odd beer. Liked it, but wouldn't go out of my way for it again..this one might have been a bit old.

GClarkage, Sep 02, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Mean Manalishi awhile back and honestly was not overly impressed,I grabbed this (new to my area)to see if this was better.Poured into a imperial nonic a hazed burnt orange with chunkies and flaties swirlin about,a nice firm one finger head atop that settles into a creamy mass.Hop dominates the nose wich is expected in a spicy kinda way with some citric notes as well,a caramel/biscuit base is very prevelent as well.Flavors start out very good,citric with a bit of resin,caramel hold up well and lends flavor support.The problem with this beer was the abrupt finish it just seemed to have not much of a finish.Hmm not sure what to think,it has alot of things going for it and then abruptly ends,still not bad.

oberon, May 20, 2009
Photo of braugon
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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

braugon, May 27, 2013
Photo of ExtraStout
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown bottle served in a pint glass.

Looked to be clear and coppery,in a dimly lit area over a candle. 2" light tannish head with very good retention leaving thick lacing down the glass,covering the entire sides of the glass with clumpy rings of lace.

Very pleasing moderate hop aromas,very floral with spicy,citrusy aromas. Fruity with berry-like notes with burnt carmalized malt tones.

Vey clean first taste,very well balanced with piney,citrus rind and a touch of grapefruityness. Rich,carmalized malt tastes with somewhat of a burnt edge. Very leafy towards the finish with a resinious feel. Some hints of spice also noted. Finishes crisp,very sharp with some grapefruit bitterness.

Smooth,with a velvety feel. Goes down nicely,just too full bodied to drink more than a couple. A good ipa overall,definatly worth a try.

ExtraStout, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue II:

Hazy pale orange-amber color, head retention is up to snuff with a lively clinging lace. Orangey, heavy citric zest and grapefruit rind hop aroma, hint of raw honey and fresh baked bread in the back. Smooth with a mellow crispness in its medium body. Thick, oily and semi-pungent hop character drops a substantial amount of bitterness but more flavor, the sharpness comes quick and leaves quick, then the layers of flavor peel back. There is malt here, biscuity flavors are in the forefront. Slight maltiness or sweetness is there, but the bitterness smacks it down. Grapefruit rind, bitter orange peel, pine sap, herbal and a veggie leafy puckering tone that just pulls everything off the taste buds when it circles back to bitterness to the point of being semi-astringent. Finishes really dry with a trail of mineral and leaf.

This IPA is glove-off style, meaning the hop flavor jabs your taste buds here and there but it is ultimately the bitterness that comes around and finishes your palate off.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of blitz134
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from nlmartin. Thanks!

Fizzy off-white head composed of large bubbles. Reduced to a soapy layer that eventually disappeared. Clear, light copper color.

Caramel and some sweet bread malts in the nose. Mostly citrus hops with some bordering on tropical with some bubble gum and raw sugar. Fairly strong, but quite simple.

Pretty well balanced. Has a grainy, bread-like malt base. Citrusy hops and some piney notes. Hops are nearly as pronounced as the nose would suggest. Little hints of alcohol.

Body is a bit thin really with low carbonation. Overall seems a bit watery. Flavor lingers for a bit after the swallow.

Drinkability...ehh. Nothing overly noteworthy, but it goes down easy and it does taste like beer. Nothing wrong with it, just mediocre.

blitz134, Jun 16, 2007
Photo of Beaver13
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a hazy dark golden orange with a HUGE rocky creamy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is bubblegum and some caramel malts, with some fruity and floral hops. Tropical fruits come out as it warms.

The flavor is bready caramel malts, some sweet tangy bubble gum, and a little tropical fruit with a lot of burnt resiny bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, an interesting IPA. I like it more than the initial sip suggested. It's definitely not the usual blend of flavors I prefer.

Beaver13, Nov 29, 2010
Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

TTripp725, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of Duster72
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a two finger head. Nice retention and lacing. Aroma is typical IPA with piney, earthy hops. Taste is rather generic IPA with a decent balance of hops and malts. Lots of floral and earthy hops with hints of citrus. Mouthfeeel is good. Average drinkability.

Overall this struck me as a very generic IPA. Unfortunately it's $9 a bomber! This is a horrible value compared to the excellent IPAs I can get for $4. Points must be deducted for horrible value, sorry, Hoppin Frog!

Duster72, May 28, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a clear copper/orange body with a two finger beige head. Good retention with ample patchy lacing. Aroma is balanced with caramel maltiness and grapefruit and pine hoppiness. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is citrusy grapefruit hops bitterness with a note of lemonrind. Solid malty backbone serves up some caramel chewiness. Well balanced overall. Finishes with a grapefruit hops bitterness. I could have rated this one a little bit higher or lower. Solid and well made, certainly, but not outstanding.

merlin48, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle at Mad Mex in Robinson,served in a pint glass.

Looked to be clear and coppery,in a dimly lit area over a candle. 2" light tannish head with very good retention leaving thick lacing down the glass,covering the entire sides of the glass with clumpy rings of lace.

Very pleasing moderate hop aromas,very floral with spicy,citrusy aromas. Fruity with berry-like notes with burnt carmalized malt tones.

Vey clean first taste,very well balanced with piney,citrus rind and a touch of grapefruityness. Rich,carmalized malt tastes with somewhat of a burnt edge. Very leafy towards the finish with a resinious feel. Some hints of spice also noted. Finishes crisp,very sharp with some grapefruit bitterness.

Smooth,with a velvety feel. Goes down nicely,just too full bodied to drink more than a couple. A good ipa overall,definatly worth a try.

jcdiflorio, Dec 12, 2007
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of buyyourfreedom
3/5  rDev -21.7%

buyyourfreedom, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Cynic-ale, May 24, 2014
Photo of HeyYoMar
4.25/5  rDev +11%

HeyYoMar, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

ryser2k, Apr 19, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

BurgeoningBrewhead, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.23/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an orange beer with a massive amount of white chunks (yeast?) throughout it. If you left a beer next to one of those old school radiators for like, 3 years, this is what I'd expect it to look like. No bottle dating obviously, but it was an extra, so not like I had choice (and I feel bad for looking a gift horse in the mouth and all, but what can you do?).

Had a slight hoppy, but more yeasty aroma, give it some leeway and call it a belgian ipa I guess.

Taste, whoa, this is not good, no hop mouthfeel, just a gritty, yeasty, chunky, overcarbonated experience. Did not taste infected, just like it was aged a few years. Don't want to call it a drainpour, because the back half of the bottle was nice to cook the bratwurst in.

Love their stouts, despise their ipa's. . . is it a freshness thing? I dunno. When I go back to PA later in the year, I'll try and score a bottle and see what happens. Until then, I'm sticking with Boris and Doris.

Beerandraiderfan, May 09, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a slightly hazed copper orange glowing amber hue large sand tinted cream head forms thick with large bubbles. After a sturdy pour the head arose above the rim of the glass maintaining rocky dimpled textures. Head dwindles slowly leaving behind scant amounts of scattered lacing. Aromatics deliver floral, pine, and citrus like notes, what a fresh and snappy hop aroma. Hints of biscuit and slight caramel malts are evident but this is an IPA, so of course the hops shine. As it warms the citrus peel and fresh cut grass edges take over, really nice stuff. Flavor wise I was expecting a ton of hop bitterness and flavor but I'm quite shocked to find a large dose of malts and hops in balance with one another. Sure the bitter grapefruit peels with herbal hop notes, but sweet biscuit malts arise and bring a really evident bread like grist filled malt profile. Not much in the way of lingering bitterness here hop wave comes and finishes with mild hop bitterness yet remains balanced with sweetness as well. Mouthfeel medium bodied with even soft carbonation some sugary sweetness lingers in the finish weighing me down just a bit. Drinkability is solid good for an occasional bomber but I'd rather live off of BORIS the Crusher when comparing two beers from the same brewery.

WVbeergeek, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a warm reddish brown body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles and a thin creamy/bubbly head that fades to a ring pretty quickly.

S- This beer has a hop aroma of pine with a light pineapple weed note. There is a very light pineapple sweetness to it that comes through when it is warm.

T- This beer has flavors of pine hops that are a bit dark in character. There is a smooth herbal note to the hops that finish with a soft sweetness. The note of pale malt has a soft chalk taste to it with some biscuit notes and a light toasted malt hint aswell. The bitterness from the hops lingers after the finish with notes of dry grapefruit and it is the strongest part of the taste.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol or astringency in it.

D- This beer has big hops but not really that juicy taste that I usually expect form a big hoppy beer. This has a unique profile to the hops without the malt sweetness that boost the hop sensation.

rhoadsrage, Jan 18, 2007
Photo of pwoods
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz. brown bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into an imp pint.

A: Pours a deep orange that's slightly hazy. 2 good fingers of pearly white pillowy head. Lotsa of carbonation keeps the head up for a very long time. Nice lacing.

S: Big citrus and piny hops. A touch of spice(pepper) in the background. Not much malt coming through. Pretty standard but I like the peppery touch.

T/M: Crisp, refreshing hops. Grapefruit and strong orange rind. Bitterness is very controlled.. maybe a bit too much. Malts bring some sweetness to it. The 2nd half of the bomber was better, adding the yeast.. this beefed the weak body up a bit. Finish has a touch of drying effect but not enough bitterness to last.

D: Extremely easy to drink but the taste just isn't something that stands out. It's a bit on the expensive side, too.

pwoods, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev +4.4%

JonnyBeers, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of mdaschaf
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 12/3/10.

A: Pours a deep copper color with an a 2-3 finger chunky white head that lasts for a very long time and leaves some nice lacing. Scoring the appearance turns difficult because there are large chunks of floaties in this one.

S: Little bit of citrus and some pine, but much maltier than usual for the style and the alcohol is pretty obvious.

T: Has a nice tangerine flavor, but the alcohol is pretty present again, and gets stronger as the beer warms.

M/D: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with good carbonation. The tangerine flavor was really nice, but the alcohol presence was a real problem for me, making it tough to get through.

mdaschaf, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppin' Frog- Hoppin' to Heaven IPA

My first Hoppin' Frog beer.

A- Deep copper brown with a modest foamy head. Lacing left 1 big ring behind.
S- Sweet pine and citrus. Green hop pellets.
T- Big candy-like caramel malt with a big dose of grapefruit and pine.
M- Sweet and malty up front with a smooth citric and hoppy finish. Creamy, with just the slightest touch of dry bitterness in the end.

Overall- This 1 goes down quick and easy, I wanna party with this!

NJpadreFan, Nov 24, 2007
Photo of cclark67789
4/5  rDev +4.4%

cclark67789, Jul 02, 2013
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Hoppin' To Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.