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Hoppin' To Heaven IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
87
very good

411 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 411
Reviews: 224
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 20
Gots: 23 | 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 jampics2
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

About 12 oz poured into a pint glass.

Nice copper orange color, looks promising.

Minimal hops in the nose, caramel and toasted malt.

Taste just isn't enough. Not enough hops. Caramel malt is pretty one dimensional. Oxidation is starting to settle in.

Prickly carb just doesn't do it for me.

Easy to drink if you dig under-hopped IPA's, but to me it just tastes like the shell of a promising beer. I'd try it again if Fred could promise I'm tasting a fresh bottle, but for now, I'm done with this. Freshness date your bottles, please - it'll do more justice in the end, I fear this bottle, which was just purchased, may be a year old.

Photo of kbeals
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received from kryptic in a trade. Been sitting on this one for awhile, so I figured I better drink it up.

A- Pour into a pint glass reveals an amber colored brew. Plenty of creamy white head that lingers for the entire session. The lacing looked like shaving cream on the side of the glass; it was that good.

S- Plenty of citrusy hops along with a sugary sweet smell, maybe honey?

T- Grapefruit hops up front follwoed by the honey taste detected in the smell. The beer nearly tastes like green tea and honey, very interesting.

M- Light-medium body, prickly mouthfeel.

D- Very drinkable, a great beer to just relax with.

Thanks again Mike!

Photo of Jeffo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at De Bierkoning in Amsterdam.

From a bomber into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a bit 3+ finger thick tight off-white head with great retention. Perfectly clear with higher active levels of carbonation. Burnt orange in color. Head slowly fades to a thick foam cap that stays and leaves lots of nice lacing down the glass. Looks great all the way.

SMELL: Decent strength nose of pale and toasted malts, citrus grapefruit and hints of lemon. Some floral notes too.

TASTE: An interesting spin on this one. Hops and esters seem to come out up front, with bitter grapefruit and some citrus lemon. Some sweet malt shows up in the middle, caramel mostly, with some pale and toasted malts and biscuit as well. A good dose of bitter floral hops finishes it off. Beginning and middle seem backwards. Aftertaste is bitter-sweet with lots of pine and grapefruit notes. Pretty good.

PALATE: Medium body and medium carbonation. Creamy smooth on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes rather sticky and mouth-coating. Not bad.

OVERALL: A very balanced IPA with a good amount of malt sweetness to balance the nice hop profile. Glad to have found this one. A fuller palate would help get this one over the hump and accentuate the taste profile better. Non-the-less, a good beer I'll have again.

Photo of robbyc1
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An average looking IPA, with off gold clear look, decent head.

The nose reveals huge grapefruit esters, Cascade I think, with a slight note of malt to balance.

Yes the malt holds up to the hops, with a bitter finish that lingers, offputting from a drinkability standpoint. Good mouthfeel, this is a solid IPA, but with so many better ones out there I'm afraid it won't get selected by me anytime soon.

Photo of wenkalman
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had been waiting patiently to find this beer, so when I saw it on the shelf at Curtis Liquors in Cohasset, MA....I had to get it. And it was worth it.

Poured from a 22oz bomber...into a standard pint glass.

A - Poured a nice unfiltered golden brown. It had a nice head that was slightly off white, and thick. Good lacing.

S - Smells floral and citrusy, like you would expect with an IPA.

T - Well balanced, with a real hop kick. Rockin 68 IBU's but at times I thought it was higher. Loved the bitter back end.

M - Nice and smooth. Low carbonation which I enjoy with my IPAs.

D - Very easy drinking. Its a sipping IPA and that again is what I like. I enjoyed it.

I would recommend this to friends....as a matter of fact, I already have.

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.

Photo of drpimento
2.9/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting ambivalence here. Most of the characteristics are pretty good except for the flavor where it gets taken down a good peg or two. Tastes like oxidized hops there. Poured with a giant foamy frothy textured head and a ton of lace. Aroma was american ipa. Flavor is same except as modified above. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is ok.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 11/1/09

A - Moderate amber color & slightly cloudy. Poured just shy of a two finger head. Billowy, with good retention that starts to thin out around the midpoint. Solid lacing.

S - Restrained aroma, likely due to the solid cap of foam. Nevertheless, pungent floral hops shine through. Biscuity malt in there, too. The nose has something soapy about it.

T - Stringent hop bite upfront - bitter pine with citrus notes a la grapefruit, orange & lemon. Intense & spicy. Malts come across as very dry yet not-quite-burnt bread.

M - Toward the heavier side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation. The finish is dry with a pronounced lingering bitterness. There is some resiny grit on the backend, as well.

D - All in all, it tastes good & is enjoyable enough, though it is likely too brash for a session beer. The "soapy" characteristics of the beer threw me at first, but the whole of the beer won out in the end.

Photo of CHickman
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy amber brown in color with a 1 inch cloudy off white/tan head; aroma of floral hops, citrus, pine and sweet malt, with the sweetness and hops dominating.

Tastes of floral hops, citrus/orange peel, pine, sweet malt, caramel, light spices and either grass or rye mixed in towards the end. Starts out with the malt sweetness, then cuts over to the hop and fruit flavor which dominate the smell, and then the bitter pine and caramel come through with a hoppy ending. The beer has medium carbonation and is very thick and sticky, with a sweet lingering malt and hop finish that's on the dry side. Nice lacing that sticks to the glass.

A very nice IPA that is a nice balanced experience with good hop and malt flavor throughout. Brew went down smooth and was complex enough to make you think about what you were tasting besides the malts and hops, but it was a tad too sweet which is my only knock on this beer. The alcohol trickles through as it warms, but it's very faint. Overall a very good beer, a definite recommendation to try.

Photo of Duhast500
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a cloudy deep orange with quite a bit of foamy brownish white head with some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit citrus with a bit of a funky hop flavor to the nose. Some nice earthy flavors are coming out a bit and givinbg this beer a bit of a floral feel.

The taste is pretty citrus flavored with a hint a lime but pretty lemon flavored with some nice rye malt flavor. Some floral hop bitterness but not too strong. A great tasting beer.

The feel is a bit light with some easy drinking hopiness this beer makes for a great well balanced beer.

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

A - This beer poured a reddish orange color that produced a nice, fluffy white head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aroma produced by this beer was a great mix of caramel malts blended with pale malts and a blast of grapefruit, orange, and piney hoppiness

T - The taste of this beer was a surprise to me, I was expecting a lot more caramel malty flavor, but this beer had subtle pale and caramel malty characteristics and a generous amount of orange, grapefruit, and piney hoppiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - Well, this beer did win best IPA, I think Masala Mama and Bells Two Hearted was better, still coming in third in an IPA race is not bad, great beer

Photo of nick76
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is very much to style with both citrus and pine hops. It's also very malty with a hint of yeast. The appearance is orange gold with a large foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter, clean finish. The palate is smooth but not thick. Overall this is a very good IPA.

Photo of aubuc1
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark golden color with a thick lacy off white head.

A very light sweet citrusy hop aroma and a biscuity match, but not what I expected.

Taste is somewhat bitter but then a biscuity taste with a slight hoppy undertone. Not too exciting.

Good mouthfeel and very easy drinking beer, but not what I expected from an american IPA or from Hoppin Frog.

Photo of Gtreid
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear, orange, copper color. The pour produced a quarter size off white head, that left some streaky lace.

A: Good amout of citrus hop aroma. I get orange, grapefruit and some pineapple. Very high amount of sweetness from the malt as well.

T: I get the same citrus hop profile. The malts balance it well, almost too well. I wish the hops would have shinned a little more in this one. The beer finishes dry and bitter sweet.

M: Medium body, and a little creamy. Just a bit too resinous.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is nice, and at 6.8% could have a couple. The big drawback on this beer was the price. Nine bucks for a 22 oz'er. Waaay too much. Would rather pick up a six'er of Two hearted for just $2 more. Skal.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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.

Photo of GClarkage
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 hosehead83
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
Cloudy, orange-amber with a nice off-white foamy head
Aroma-Piney hops, citrus and faint malt
Taste-Smooth and clean-Hops show up early and then meld into a bit of a malty finish. This would be a nice warm-weather IPA. It's easy drinking with a relatively lower ABV than a lot of IPA's. Certainly worth a try!

Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden amber orange with a two finger frothy off-white head that lasts throughout leaving chunky rings of soapy lacing throughout the glass.

Sweet citrus hops dominate with some nice floral and grapefruit notes. Slightly piney with subtle caramel malt background. The smell of this beer makes me salivate.

The flavor and mouthfeel of this beer live up to the aroma. Wonderfully bitter citrus and floral hops wih hints of grapefruit, orange peel and pine. Sweet caramel malt backbone provides an excellent balance without taking away from the hop dominance. Creamy medium body makes this ber extremely quaffable. I'm finding it hard to set my pint glass down and write this review. The 6.8 ABV is undetectable and I have to stop myself from pounding the whole bomber.

Although a lot less btter and hoppy than it's brother Mean Manalishi this is another amazingly smooth, well balanced easy drinking IPA from Hoppin Frog

Photo of Shaw
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely deep copper in color with a sticky head that quickly turns into a thin layer of foam.

Very strong citrus and earthy hop aroma.

The taste is -- no surprise -- very hoppy. Big hop flavors mix with a honey sweetness and earthiness and finish with big bitterness. The flavors are so big I'd almost describe this as a Double IPA.

A slick and oily body, thanks to the hops.

Overall this is a very nice hoppy IPA. An Ohio beer that reminds me of California. Though at $9 per 22-ounce bottle, this isn't a beer I'll be buying often.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

a: light caramel amber color with nice 1/2" head with fair retention, reduces to lacing rings

s: clean citrus hop aroma, light caramel

t: fairly well balanced ipa, sweet caramelized malt balanced well with slight citrus hop and very light piney hop

m&d: slightly chewy mouth, decent carbonation. Very drinkable beer,

Photo of GJ40
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH shaped pint glass. Purchased at Peace Street Market in Raleigh.

A - A deep golden color (almost amber) with a slight haze and yeast chunks starting around mid pour. A nice creamy beige head with good lacing as the glass empties.

S - A rich blend of sweet, earthy malts and piney, citrusy hops.

T - A rich flavor with many facets including an earthy, almost smoky malt presence and a rich grapefruity hop flavor and bitterness. This is certainly a balanced IPA and much different from the west coast hop bombs I normally surround myself with but I like it a lot.

M - A creamy, substantial consistency with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Loads of flavor but still goes down easily. A solid offering from the frog.

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased from Charleston Beer Exchange and poured into a standard Bass imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a huge frothy head that leaves a ton of lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: I am picking up a bit of spice along with quite a bit of malty sweet aroma. I am not picking up anything in the way of hops though.

T: This one seems more like a Pale Ale than an IPA to me. It has a lot more malt sweetness than hoppiness. The hops only seem to impart a soapy like flavor in the finish. It surprises me that this has such a a weak hop presence since Mean Manalishi is so amazingly over hopped.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation level that makes it feel smooth in the mouth.

D: This one goes down relatively easily since it really isn't really bitter at all.

Photo of wiseguy142
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normal pour gets about 2/3 head and 1/3 beer. Slightly annoying considering that the head lasts forever. Otherwise good blood orange color. I guess I'll just wait a couple minutes before drinking this one.

Light cascady floral hop aroma. Nothing too overpowering. Slightly sweet in the nose and attractive but overall pretty mellow and attractive.

The floral hop character surrounds a tasty, but unremarkable malt backbone. It's sort of like what happens to all of my homebrews if I let them sit around for a year. Nothing really stands out, but the flaws are masked and they're generally tasty.

In the end though it's not a thin watery annoying IPA that has some solid flavor going for it and is enjoyable. Just don't want to have to pay the pricetag for it again.

Hoppin' To Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 411 ratings.