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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

422 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 422
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: 422 | Reviews: 227
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 JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Solid IPA. Pours a hazy orange color into a pint glass. Good size slightly off-white head, good retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops with a little floral hops thrown in.

Tastes good as well. Piney and floral hops up front. Mild biscuity malts but a short brake on the hops and bitterness. I had it with a corned beef dinner and it went down real nice.

Hoppy bitterness takes over again at the end. Mouthfeel is plenty rich for an IPA, a little oily and resinous but overall very crisp and nicely bitter.

Drinkability is good. The hops are pronounced but not overwhelming. The balance is nice and the beer is overall light enough to encourage mass quantities despite the 6.8 abv. Very nice

Photo of BARFLYB
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Capone'e in a pint glass. I always pass this up at the store because alas, there is not a bottling date on the bottle. Hey, craft brewers, if you want me to buy your expensive bombers(especially IPA's) put a date on it, or it's getting passed up.

This frog looks the IPA part with a golden look to it. There's not to much else, this one is pretty much golden with a loose cap of white foam on the top that disperced quickly, no lace. Smells include citrus with oranges and tropic fruit with a small amount of pine and bready hops. This is a well balanced IPA, not overly hoppy, not terribly malty. It's pretty str8 forward, citrus and bread in the end. The feel is probably my favorite part, it just went down all to easy. A lighter side of medium, with ample carb for the style and coming off the tap. I probably would have not enjoyed this as much in a bottle, I think the tap version probably made a run of the mill IPA a much better experience, and that's why I ordered it.

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I asked themedievalist to pick me up something I haven't tried yet to go with the enchiladas she was making. Good choice!

A: Damn near perfect in my book. Nicely hazy, radiant golden orange color. It's got a big, soapy head that settles into a cap and leaves big sheets of lacing. So far so good.

S: Fruity and bitter. Nice citrus hop character, with some caramel malt and a fairly strong bread presence.

T: A bit subdued for me, but not bad. The hop bitterness doesn't quite reach the levels suggested by the scent. The caramel is pretty held back, too. There's a nice lemon flavor that wasn't in the smell. Not too strong and not too complex, but nothing's off about it.

M: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A beer in the middle.

D: Decent if unexciting. There are better options out there. It is real purty, though.

Photo of billab914
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a hazy light amber/gold color with a huge foamy head almost overflowing from the glass. Very good head retention and lacing on the glass.

The aroma is full of spicy, earthy, citrusy hops. The taste has a little more resiny pine flavors but is also big on the citrus and the slightly spicy and earthy American hops. The finish is bitter with some slight malt flavors peeking through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is pretty good, it was a good tasting hoppy IPA that showcases the American hops used pretty well. Good drinking and tasting IPA that I'd buy again if the price was reasonable.

Photo of adamette
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at Save-On Tobacco & Beverage for $7.99 a few weeks ago into my Cooperstown Beverage Trail pint glass. No observed "best by" date.

A Clear, light orange body under an appropriately abundant white head that sticks well to the inside of the glass. 3.0

S Bitter, grapefruit hops but not in an extreme way. 3.5

T Nice grapefruit hops taste that is balanced by a subtle citrus sweetness that lingers into the aftertaste. I do not taste the 6.8% ABV mentioned on the label. 4.0

M Medium feel, bolstered by the grapefruit bitterness and a minor syrupy quality. This is average for the style in my opinion. 3.0

D It was easy to finish the bomber within about 10 minutes. 4.0

Notes: A worthy example of the style from a local brewer. I think that this is overpriced, however, as there are better or equivalent examples of the style at lower price points.

Photo of bosox941827
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomb bottle into imperial pint glass.

A - Orange-y amber color, fairly typical of an IPA in my opinion. What's not typical is the tremendous, foamy head I got off a medium-rough pour. Way rocky and hung out for quite a while and a bit remained all the way down the glass.
S - Not much insight to the flavor - a bit of citrus and malt.
T & M - Some interesting stuff going on here... The malts play a back-up role here as you might expect, lending some supporting sweetness but otherwise not distinguishing themselves. The hops are another story... Right off the top there's a distinct citrus-y flavor, that I can pinpoint as lemon and orange rind. That citrus flavor lingers through mid-palate. At the end of the palate, there's a distinct fruity, sourness, not dissimilar from a Guinness, that really hits the sides of your tongue. Not as tongue-dryingly hoppy as other IPAs, but still has a decent hop punch (full disclosure: I am a full-on hophead). Alcohol reveals itself a bit at the end. Mouthfeel is right-on with fairly low carbonation.
D - Pretty easy to quaff this; could see the fruitiness being quite nice on a summer day.

Quite a nice IPA; first try from this brewery and will try more from these guys.

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 laituegonflable
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly dirty orange colour with a light haze and deliciously foamy head, cream-coloured and extremely voluminous when poured, sinks unevenly but leaves nice specks of lace around the glass. Still at least an inch thick after writing this. Fantastic-looking IPA.

Nose is an appealing fruity bitter with lots of West Coast hop character - pineapple, apricot and steamed pudding, with a nice grassy bitterness lingering at the back. Maybe a slight vanilla character on the sweet part. Very appealing but sadly nothing out of the ordinary as far as complexity goes, just a standard IPA smell.

Taste is very tangy at first, right from the get go it blossoms out with citrus, passionfruit and some very floral characters. Mid-palate is quite sweet with cakey malt and some buttery notes. Bitterness comes through fairly early, slightly funky in its bitterness to be honest - some notes of rosewater mix with some herbal phenols and notes of pine resin and rubber. Basically there are some gravelly bitter notes here and there on the finish but also a residual sourness, that gives it a mild barnyard funk. Pleasant, if a little lacking.

Bit too much fizz on the mouthfeel, but the right fullness for the style, pretty good otherwise.

Overall, could be more bitter and less sour. Still very enjoyable.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow colour, with a deep orange hint in the deeper parts of the glass, with masses of carbonation feeding a frothy and sticky head of cream-coloured bubbles. Lacing is sticky, but not fine, and there's a great deal of cloudiness in the body. I like it, it's a really good look.

Nose is phenomenally fruity, with huge notes of pineapple, peach and sharper notes of pine resin and passionfruit. Some sweet but piquant citrus notes are in the fore as well, and the sweetness is very well rounded - there's very little hint of grassiness or harshness to it. It's more powerful than complex, but I love the characters on it. As fragrant as anything.

Taste is something of a let down, but the fruit characters are very pronounced here at least. Big peach and dried apricot sweet notes on the front palate, with a light dessication before a moderate bitterness to finish. I expected higher bitterness, and the cleansing bite of hop resin is certainly missing from this brew. Mouthfeel is round, but prickled with light carbonation.

You know, it's a very nice brew all up. The sweetness and fragrance are perhaps slightly too dominant without the bitterness to support it, but it's a very flavoursome and handsomely rewarding IPA. You've gotta like it for that.

Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of jampics2
3.16/5  rDev -17.3%
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
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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
4.01/5  rDev +5%
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
3.84/5  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
4.22/5  rDev +10.5%
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 +4.7%
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 drpimento
2.94/5  rDev -23%
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
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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
4.39/5  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
3.97/5  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 +17%
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
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
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
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Hoppin' To Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.