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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

424 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 424
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.04%
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: 424 | Reviews: 227
Reviews by kinger:
Photo of kinger
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My initial impression was just another well crafted IPA, seemed rather typical. I took my time enjoying this bomber and after a little time this beer blossomed in my imperial pint glass. Initial aroma is wonderful but it really intensifies as it warms up. An amazing bouquet of floral hops and thick malt, it's a treat just to sniff the glass. Nice dark copper pour, real rich dark copper. Sizeable light tan head, and tons of thick lacing. Thickest creamiest mouthfeel I've ever had from an IPA, I heard the brewmaster is using tons of malt in his Hoppin' Frog brews and it is evident here. Smooth taste very malty at first leading way to some nice hops both floral and fruity. A tinge of grapefruit, lemon, and orange are soon overcrowded by semi-sweet malt and some nice spicy hops. Not as bitter as some of the other top shelf IPA's but this is one of a kind.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of braugon
3.54/5  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

Photo of ExtraStout
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of blitz134
3.22/5  rDev -15.7%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of Duster72
3.23/5  rDev -15.4%
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!

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.27/5  rDev -40.6%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.92/5  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.

Photo of pwoods
3.63/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.93/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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!

Photo of Sammy
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citrus hoppy aroma. Grapefruit colour with a good head. Very drinkable citrus all of orange-lemon and grapefruit, slightly bitter-pucker aftertaste. Good balance, with sugar,a bit sticky and satisfying finish. Fresh.Appropriate carbonation.

A good iPA, thanks Aofoxxy.

Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and caramel with a good dose of citrusy hops.

T- The taste starts out with a touch of malt with the citrusy hops quickly coming in and creating a nice lingering bitterness. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. A little watery, I think it could use just a touch more carbonation.

D- Overall, this is not a bad IPA and one that I wouldn't mind having again.

Photo of polio
4.85/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing!
As soon as i took a sip of this beer it became my favorite.
This beer smells so sweet and hoppy.
Drinking this beer is everything i love in beer. It is sweet, and you can taste the hops. i love IPAs and this embodies everything about an IPA that i love.

Go try this beer and love it.

Photo of tempest
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Mad Mex - Oakland, served in a large snifter glass.

Amber body with a slight haze and white lacing. Big grapefruit and tangerine aroma, with a perfume and floral edge. Very nicely balanced. The flavor is full of juicy hops with a touch of biscuit grains that reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The aftertaste could use a little more of a kick and more flavor. Overall though, this comes off as a very tasty, sessionable IPA. It's up there with Two Hearted Ale for me.

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm sure I reviewed this before, but the database says no...

Pours an effervescent apricot with 2+ fingers of pearl head.. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruit & floral hops, some breadyness

T: Grapefruit, a touch of biscuitty malt, & then herbal & piney hops. Grapefruit, lemons & a touch of grassy hops as this warms along some grainy bread & a some rough piney hops as well. Finishes herby & bitter with subtle breadyness; almost pulled the 4.5

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, smooths into creamy texture.. Great balance

Fantastic drinkability, a very nice addition to the Kansas market!

Photo of Gmann
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a small dense head that dissipated into a sparse cap with some light lacing. The aroma is of juicy orange citrus, with some light pine, and a sweet bready malt. The taste is more bitter. More of a resin and pine hop flavor, a tad harsh, with a sweet bready malt that smooths out the brew. Some citrus notes in the end. The ale has a nice moderate body with soft carbonation that leads to a silky feel; overall bitter on the palate but enough malt sweetness to balance. A nicely hopped AIPA, a bit of a harsh bitterness brings down the score for me but the bready malt helps balance.

Photo of CDBeerDisappear
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy copper in color with visible yeast, not much head, modest lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with some floral aroma behind. I didn’t perceive the taste as overly hoppy but I offered a taste to my wife who said it was very bitter and daughter who shook her head, puckered her lips and almost spit it out. In my book those are two very high endorsments. To my hop jaded palette it tastes kind of sweet with a good amount of hop presence. The mouthfeel is a little thin but I will definitely drink it again (especially since the brewery is about two miles from where I work, gotta support the local brewer)

Photo of moz9
2.8/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Severely disappointed with this beer, I had moderate hopes after hearing good things about it.

A--A reddish hue which from sight did not bode well for the IPA that I was expecting.

S - Hard to put a finger on, but the hops were there, but overshadowed by a spicy/sweet smell, again not what I would expect in an IPA.

Taste - As with the smell, the citrus and bitter taste I was expecting was overshadowed by the presence of a spicy and sweet taste and did not taste good at all

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery

Drinkability - Very disappointed with this beer. It is not a traditional IPA, and while that would be fine--it was not good at all. I would definitely not drink this beer again.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a medium orange with a touch of marzen highlights. On top sat a well maintaining (4-5 minute) beige foamy capping that descended around the perimeter leaving a towering centerpiece structure. A near full sheet foamy bubble wrap covering is left for a lacing upon its slow demise. There was a good deal of micro speckled turbidity floating about in the drink while a heavy display of effervesce rushed to the surface.

S: The nose was standard ipa of fresh pine hop cones, woodsy and fresh in nature with a fresh dried tropical fruitiness of pineapple. The overall strength was somewhere between light and medium, never really impressing, but still enough to give a gentle appreciation which was smooth and wet.

T: The beer opens up with a tangy dried tropical fruitiness (pineapple) with a bright wet citrusy grapefruit hopping backed against a semi-sweet caramel malting. A dry bittering and flowery citrusy hoppiness soon moves in quickly changing the direction of this beer from sweet malts and wet citrus to a drying hoppy nature of that certainly gives this beer a bite while flexing its muscles. Dry pine needles with a dry grassiness, medium in strength also contribute to the overall dryness which was further aided by a dry toasted malting. The finish concludes with a soft fade of dried citrus-grass with a quick sharp sweetness of caramelized grains.

M: foamy and fizzy, almost expanding in your mouth the longer you hold it. An edgy flowery texture and a lingering stay of dry toasted malting and bitter citrus sticks around for a few.

D: Drinkability was good delivering the necessary hop fix when expects per style. Good enjoyment and wont disappoint. Despite the 8.8% abv and good showing of bitterness this beer was surprisingly easy and smooth going down making for a good experience and one worthy of repeatability and future purchases. A tamer version of their Manadali 2x.

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Hoppin' To Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 424 ratings.