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Hoppin' To Heaven IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
86
very good

397 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 397
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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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  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.

Sammy, Aug 28, 2007
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a full on thick head that sticks well and leaves plenty of lace behind

Smell: It's clear that there will be a lot of caramel malt in this IPA as the aroma is balanced between the caramel and the pineapple

Taste: Juicy at the outset, with plenty of orange pineapple juice that builds and is joined by less caramel flavor than I would have imagined from the aroma; by mid-palate, the bitter flavor has dominated and continues to do so after the swallow; the hop flavors lean toward citrus, but there is also a subtle herbal character in there as well

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: A very nice IPA that is worthy of this brewery's reputation

brentk56, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blood orange with brilliant Sunkist orange trim. The tight-bubbled cap is somewhere between pastel orange and light ecru and is a wonderful color match for the beer. It's beginning to lay down thick, sandblasted sheets of lace that will probably be around for a while (ultimately, the glass is coated with crustiness). This is a darker, richer looking IPA than is typical and is a lace monster in the bargain.

The color and the aroma lead me to believe that at least as much caramel malt as pale malt has been used. I like my IPAs to be almost exclusively pale malty, but we'll see how this configuration works out. It's hard to say what the hop bill consists of (Fred seemed to want to keep it a secret, which is fine). Juicy grapefruit is in the lead and indicates at least one of the C-hops. So far, so good.

Hoppin' To Heaven is good beer, especially if you like your IPAs and DIPAs to be both sweet and bitter with plenty of caramel maltiness alongside the hops. Although I've already stated my preference, I like what I'm tasting. The caramel and toffee-soaked white grapefruit chunks make me think of a baby DIPA more than a IPA. A minor, tantalizingly spicy alcohol bite gives that comparison even more credence.

As noted above, Hoppin' is both impressively sweet (especially early) and impressively bitter (especially late). I'm glad to see that a generous amount of ingredients have been utilized since that usually makes for better beer in the hands of a talented brewer... all else being equal. There's a generous amount of resinous pine sappiness as well and the 68 IBUs are beginning to slap my tongue around a bit.

The mouthfeel may be the highlight. It certainly isn't the biggest IPA mouthfeel that I've ever experienced, but it fits the rest of the beer like a velvet glove and is pure, silky bliss with each upending of the glass. Nothing says quality brewing like a quality mouthfeel. I truly believe that.

I was impressed with the small sample of B.O.R.I.S. that I had at the brewery several months ago, so it's no surprise that I like Hoppin' To Heaven as well. This is a quality IPA that I would gladly purchase by the boxful if I still lived in Ohio. Great Lakes is untouchable as the best brewery in the state, but Hoppin' Frog has a legitimate claim on the runner-up position. The scary thing is, Mr. Karm is just getting started.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

BEERchitect, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a very nice dark red amber, very hazy, with a nice billowing off white head. Head slowly faded leaving a nice residual lace down the side and streams of visible carbonation coming up from the bottom. Smell was mostly grain, with a nice pine resin hop charater to it. Smell was very clean and crisp. The taste was very nice IPA. Typical pine resin, and light citrus flavors, balanced well with grains and bread like tastes. A very nice dry bitter and long lingering finish. This was exceptionally smooth, went down perfectly, and was a fantastic session beer. Overall the nice balanced smell, great hoppy flavor, and execptionally smooth character made this a fantastic brew. It may not be the most complex IPA ever but I would be happy to drink one anyday.

mikesgroove, Mar 19, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +4.4%

kjkinsey, Dec 04, 2011
Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

spycow, Apr 28, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

kylehay2004, Apr 15, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

jaydoc, Dec 02, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, coppery body with a small, off-white head.

Smell: Spicy, somewhat citric-smelling aroma offset by a handful of pale malts.

Taste: Pale maltiness with a mild sweetness and a touch of toasted grains. Citrus, spicy hop character with a big leap of assertive hop bitterness. Dry, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's no Frogger, but for an India Pale Ale, it's pretty solid.

ChainGangGuy, May 05, 2008
Photo of Knapp85
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a amberish orange color, the head was thick and foamy. Has a really good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer was a little citric and had some floral notes also. The taste of the beer had a really nice balance of hops and malt I thought. The mouthfeel was pretty bubbly, yet smooth enough to drink pretty quickly. The aftertaste has a really nice hoppy bitterness. Overall I thought this IPA was pretty good. I would probably drink it again.

Knapp85, Jul 18, 2011
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 emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber tone into a pint glass. Webby lacing rings the sides, and a good 2-3 finger cascading head forms right out of the bottle. Not especially thick or syrupy, the texture is just right. Languid streams of carbonation drift up from the bottom of the glass.

Aroma is pine at first, but this dissipates in time, giving way to a lightly fruity apricot, and a more resiny aroma.

First sip is lightly bitter with the generous dosage of hops involved. Apricot again in the middle, with a light biscuity malt. Residual dry herbal hops in the finish.

Carbonation is smooth on the palate, very agreeable. It wasn't hard to finish one bomber, but at $7, two may be slightly cost-prohibitive for a session.

emerge077, May 31, 2007
Photo of zeff80
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a small, thin, white head of foam. It left behind patchy trails of lace.

S - It smelled citrusy and floral with a caramel maltiness.

T - This IPA has a nice roasted malt backbone to provide the sweetness. Citrusy hops give it a bitter kick to balance things out.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light to medium-bodied IPA.

D - Another good brew from Hoppin' Frog. This is a really easy drinking IPA.

zeff80, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 5/16/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste is very hoppy up front. Then the sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in next and there's a hearty malt character that brings a good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for an entire evening.

TheManiacalOne, May 19, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a full creme head that sticks around and leaves nice lace on the way down. Nose is hoppy, of course, but has a soapy edge. Overall fragrances are not very powerful and carry very minor pine character. Flavor is smooth. Balanced bitter tones with noticeable leafy and woody hop tones, though not firm or anywhere near overpowering. Seems like some alcohol is there as well. Feel is nice. Pretty full carbonation on a slick liquid feel. This is a nice drinker. More woody than most other things. I think this on cask would be interesting.

RblWthACoz, Jan 18, 2008
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 nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of white foam on a perfectly clear, copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Juicy hop aroma of grapefruit and pineapple with a hint of pine. Lots of sweet, toasted malt as well.

T - Equal parts malt and hops compete for dominance up front. Pine hops meet up with caramel malt and eventually overcome the sweetness with notes of basil and grapefruit. The finish is full of pine hop notes, balanced by dry, toasted malt that leaves a lingering note of grapefruit and light tobacco on the tongue.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, drinkable IPA. Assertive hops are kept in check by bready malt flavor that makes for a well balanced finish. Every bit as well made and drinkable as the IPAs from bigger names like Bells and Stone; however, with that sort of competition out there, this is going to have to get a lot cheaper and easier to come by for it to become a regular option for me.

nickfl, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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!

russpowell, Apr 01, 2010
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 21, 2014
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tulip. Beer is orange and slightly hazy, head is aggressive and gigantic. This is a continuation of my Black and Tan experience. Lacing high and carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is a little sulfurish with a strong citrus hop presence.

Medium body. Drinkability high, some sweetness up front but the hop flavor and bitterness are not as strong as I would have expected. Second taste, bitterness more there, some citric flavors coming up in the corners of the mouth. Its a good IPA. A repeat a recommendation but not my favorite.

drabmuh, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has your typical pale and light crystal malt scent along with a spicy/citrus hop aroma. It has a soapy aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a very bitter hop taste that goes down slow with a touch of warmth. There's adequate malt balance, but nothing that stands out. I find the hop character to be quite piney, to the point where it resinates in the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium/full bodied beer with good carbonation. This is your classic East Coast IPA. It's solid with the malt base, pale and crystal malts, along with a more spicy/piney hop arrangement. Not bad, but nothing I'd reach for again.

WesWes, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of mendvicdog
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

mendvicdog, May 05, 2013
Photo of jwc215
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a thin, well-retained head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus/grapefruit, tangerine, pine/resin. Some caramel/toffee is in the back.

The taste is of tangerine and grapefruit - some resin. Hoppy, but on the sweet side of an IPA. Toffee maltiness backs it up.

It has a smooth medium body with mild to medium carbonation.

Thin is a nice IPA - love the aroma here, especially. Very easy drinking, despite (well-covered) abv of just under 7%. Well-done!

jwc215, Dec 24, 2008
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Hoppin' To Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.