Hoppin' To Heaven IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
The bomber bottle of Hoppin' to Heaven, served chilled in my DFH shaped pint glass, is orange-tinted copper-gold with a creamy cap of ivory foam atop. As the head recedes into a soap-bubbled sheet, fine tracers of lacing are left behind on the glass.
The aroma is tangy and pungently citrusy with a rich, brown sugar-sweetened blast of fragrant orange blossoms and fruity caramel.
The taste is rich with toasted dark caramel and a bit of semi-sweet, tangy grain, but is neutralized and dried to near dustiness in the finish by a significant bitterness that slams the door shut on an otherwise mostly-sweet drink. Spicy-sweet dark caramel re-emerges swallow after swallow, the succulent malt body making attempt after increasingly-futile attempt to retake command of the drink from the bitter, drying hoppiness.
The drink is surprisingly fullish-medium in body, especially so for a 'single' IPA, and is just a bit undercarbonated for my liking. It's plenty drinkable, though, and a new arrival here in North Carolina. Welcome, Frog!
02-26-2009 18:03:21 | More by cvstrickland
3.45/5 rDev -9.9%
Yellow amber color with slight haziness and huge thick head
Clean hop and spice nose with no noticeable malt aromas
Malt comes through more on the taste, with some smokiness and caramel apple. Bitterness grows but is not drying. Overall a very nice if not overly complex IPA...but expensive!
02-10-2009 23:55:35 | More by Grandwazoo
4.38/5 rDev +14.4%
Poured from a 22oz bomber that I brought back from Indy. No dating info. Was a deep orange amber color - very opaque. Tons of carb in center of glass feeding the foam. Excellent lacing that sticks around. It had a large light beige head that very slowly settled to a thick carb fed foam.
The aroma was very pleasing. Citrus and spicy hops with caramel malt backbone. Some pine resin as well as it warmed up. The taste was solid. Good moderate hop bite that doesn't shred your tongue. Starts off with a good malt base and then the hops kick in. Get the bite and then the tongue resets for the next drink. Large amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Almost too much as I had to burb after almost every drink.
Overall, an excellent AIPA from a really good brewery. I've had this and B.O.R.I.S from them lately and both were outstanding. Gonna have to find some more of their beers. Highly recommend. If available here, I could see couple bottles a year of this in my rotation. Will need to get more on next trip up north.
02-10-2009 02:39:57 | More by TexIndy
4.45/5 rDev +16.2%
Light ruby, deep copper with a great head that goes down to a thick foam after the initial pour. Nice carpet of foam sticks for a bit after each sip. Orange minty zest of hops hits the nose first. While a warm baked bread hints here and there help to balance the scent a little bit. Bready sweet with a hint of cane sugar. When the hops mix with the toasted sweet mlt, it makes me think of a citrusy mojito. Mint, sugar, and some grapefruit and lime. Great tasting IPA, sweet, a little sugary and fruity palate. But pleasantly bitter and citrusy. This is a very flavorful and drinkable AIPA.
02-09-2009 01:54:07 | More by scruffwhor
3.2/5 rDev -16.4%
Do all frogs go to heaven? Pours a mostly hazy reddish orange color with some amber hues through out. A light fizzy foam when poured and quickly died out. No real lace to speak of.
The nose is kind of mix between herbal and floral. More on an East Coast side, but limited overall. To start the hops have more of a lavender but this blends with a odd rose and hibiscus yeast thing. Its closer to a soap than a beer. As it warms there is some citrus but limited. Some lighter toasted and sweeter caramel notes but mostly a sweetness.
The taste is more on par but still limited. The malt comes out and blends well with the hop/herbal thing. Some generic sweetness with a light toasty/bready flavors. Some minor caramel as well. Not much on the hop bitterness would have like a bit more balance. The finishing hops are more defined vs the nose. Some pine and citrus notes come out. The herbal comes out and seems more like a yeast thing than hops. Some chalkiness in the finish, but mostly clean with some hints of alcohol.
The body is closer to moderate with a sweetness that lingers. Carbonation is light which adds to the sweetness. Overall, the herbal thing is really a big distraction. It's like a boarder line Belgian Golden and an IPA but neither wins out.
02-05-2009 17:42:12 | More by Oxymoron
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
22oz bottle poured into a snifter - Fridge temp - 2008
Appearance: Pours a cloudy, very cloudy, rusty copper brown color with a nice 1.5" ivory head. It shows great retention and lots of webbed lace. The surface is craterous and spongy.
Smell: Bold, bitter and sweet citrus aroma is immediate. Grapefruit and lemon are huge. I get a glimpse of base malt, but not much.
Taste: Bitter citrus of grapefruit is powerful and dominating. Base pale malt is sweet but gives way to all the bitterness. Lingering bitterness and burning alcohol.
Mouthfeel: Quite bitter for an IPA, but it's nice and welcomed. Medium body, ample carbonation and a little bit of alcohol.
Drinkability: Pretty good, although there are better IPAs out there. Yummy and completely worthwhile. Worth seeking out.
02-02-2009 12:59:53 | More by Risser09
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
22oz. bomber into Imperial pint glass on 2/1/09.
A - Poured a clear amber/orange body with vigorous carbonation and mammoth three-finger rocky alabaster head that finally receded to about half an inch of foam and deposited thick, sticky lacing around the glass.
S - Dark caramel malt aroma with citrus, herbal and earthy hop notes and a hint of alcohol twang. Malt also takes on a toasted grainy character to complement the earthy hop notes.
T - Begins with a mélange of herbal and earthy hops with a splash of citrus fruit complemented by some sweet caramel malt and toffee notes. Finishes with a toasted, slightly charred grainy malt character and more earthy, herbal hop bitterness.
M - Medium body with syrupy texture and fairly prickly carbonation. Finishes with a lingering hop bitterness and slight astringency on the palate.
D - Hoppin' to Heaven is certainly a more malty affair than its DIPA counterpart, Mean Manalishi. This one falls somewhere in the middle of the IPA spectrum for me. Sure it's drinkable, but it's also nothing to write home about.
02-01-2009 21:36:48 | More by ffejherb
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Poured from a 22 oz bomber. Good copper color to the beer. Poured with a white head and left a small collar throughout. very drinkable beer with hints of citrus. I enjoyed this beer. I would drink this beer again. I enjoy hops and this beer had the flavor for me.
02-01-2009 06:53:00 | More by Ummagum
4/5 rDev +4.4%
in memory of my uncle who passed away this morning.
The beer pours a carrot orange brown color, slow rising carbonation and a small beige head. Fresh hop nose booming with bright fruit notes, slightly herbal and grassy as you sniff for longer. Woo hops, bam bites you right up front, spicy, bitter grassy hops then move into a sweet caramel malty body and a late blast of fruit before finishing into an ultra bitter aftertaste. Medium bodied and full of tiny carbonation bubbles, Hoppin to Heaven is damn drinkable and a definite winner for those who crave the bitter side of IPAs.
01-15-2009 20:13:35 | More by ATPete
4.1/5 rDev +7%
This one poured a cloudy amber color with a fair spatter of clumpy off-white head and similar lacing. The aroma is a certain floral hops and nutty malt. The taste is more wheat and malt but still with that floral/herbal touch. A medium bodied sweet but mellow ipa, very drinkable, medium bodied brew. Melon and orange mixed in with mild wheat malt. A decent blend.
01-14-2009 05:00:56 | More by Durge
3.55/5 rDev -7.3%
Pours a very hazy dull wheat golden color. A 4cm head develops over a pint pour. Lots of floaties in this pour - even of the first 16oz. A trail of foam is left with each sip.
A pretty nice floral hop aroma dominates. There's a little sweetness on the nose as well. Definitely inviting like I usually find an IPA to be.
There's a nice hoppy flavor to start this beer off - but it quickly gives way to the malt backbone and some fairly biting (given the short hop flavor and unexciting malt profile) bitterness. The finish is pretty long, but mostly dominated by the bitterness. On the breath the flavors like the floral aroma are present.
A medium-bodied beer with just a little syrupiness to it.
The bitterness slows me up a bit on this beer. But I usually find IPAs pretty easy to drink.
01-05-2009 00:08:58 | More by jpiper
4.2/5 rDev +9.7%
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!
12-24-2008 13:13:45 | More by jwc215
3.88/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
12-20-2008 00:21:40 | More by Gmann
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
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.
12-16-2008 03:07:09 | More by kinger
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly. Some mild lacing develops.
Smell: some citrus, caramel, and fruitiness sweetness are mild on the nose.
Taste: caramel, mild citrus, fruit sweetness, decent bitterenss, and a bit of breadiness makes up a mellow IPA. This is a bit thinner than expected on the malt presence.
Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. A bit dry at the finish. Thinner side of a medium bodied beer. Aftertaste is short.
Drinkability: decent IPA, but not one I would want to make a session beer. Worth a look.
12-07-2008 20:03:04 | More by Gavage
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Bottle. Pours a murky orange with a small, thick white head. Aroma of grassy and citrus hops. Flavor of light grassy hop bitterness followed by citrus fruits, grapefruit and hops. Very hoppy but well-balanced too. This is an excellent IPA!
11-25-2008 03:50:03 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.95/5 rDev +3.1%
Hazy deep orange fading to gold, nice cap of fine creamy off-white.
Very balanced. Solid pale malt base, light caramel/toffee. Candied lemon and grapefruit balance with a modestly bitter finish featuring a touch of booze. Medium-full body is slinky smooth and a solid amount of carbonation, lightly creamy.
This is a nice ipa.
11-23-2008 05:55:19 | More by Slynger
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours slightly cloudy toward the bottom, a solid orange amber color with a HUGE stiff light maple orange head that decomposes slowly leaving 3D lacing, like an ice cream float. The smell is certainly hoppy, with a bright piny grapefruit character, but its 'off' a little. It has a somewhat unnatural plastic-like ester bit to it. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is better than medium bodied and tangy with a spicy note that lingers appropriately. The flavor is mirrored in the nose. Its tasty, refreshing, piny and has considerable more content than your average macro-thingy. I'm getting some of the alcohol in the nose but otherwise well integrated. A fine drinker...i'd choose it over many an InBev option.
11-12-2008 23:38:38 | More by jjayjaye
3.83/5 rDev 0%
This beer pours a reddish amber with a 1 fingered white head and some lacing. The smell is very muted but what I get is some citrusy hops. The taste has a nice toasted malt flavor to it, but the hop flavor seems very small. The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with a nice carbonation level. A very drinkable brew this beer disappeared rapidly.
10-31-2008 19:52:24 | More by Biggness
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
A- Pours a nice golden amber color with a slight haze. Forms an off white colored head and leaves some nice layered lacing.
S- Big bold hop aromas, grapefruit, some fruity esters from the alcohol.
T- Well balanced, not as much of a hop bomb as some. Could pick up some nice caramel malts that balanced it out nicely. A light touch of alcohol in the finish.
M- High in carbonation, plenty of lingering bitterness, a little more watery or lighter in body than normal but still pretty solid.
D: Easy drinking definitely a solid IPA. Worth a shot for sure.
10-29-2008 02:03:51 | More by nrbw23
4.18/5 rDev +9.1%
Cloudy cider orange body with a thick brick of off-white foam; clouds of lacing and excellent duration leave me impressed right away. Good, hopped nose with no shortage of caramel malt. My initial impression is that the nose is sweet and floral, yet the smell becomes a bit harsher, more bitter as the beer proceeds. Good complexity.
This is a good, complex IPA--sweet to start, somewhat bitter and spicier later, lots of malt in between. I like the prominent citrus component, plenty of orange, melon, and a bit of lemon. I didn't expect such a malty IPA, yet here it is, smoother and creamier than I expected, resulting in a great mouthfeel.
This is one good, delicious IPA. Hoppin' Frog has again produced a gem of a beer, one fine IPA that shouldn't disappoint.
09-06-2008 22:24:40 | More by Gehrig
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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
08-17-2008 01:08:29 | More by brentk56
1.7/5 rDev -55.6%
Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.
Pours a nice red-orange amber with a two finger off-white head.
Aroma is florally, kind of like lavender, followed by some citrus. A little bit of malt in the background maybe, but mostly soap. Not quite sure what to make of it - never smelled an IPA like this.
Taste is like the aroma. Still getting that lavender or whatever it is. Maybe a bit of chemical-like stuff towards the end. Soapy. What the hell is this?
Mouthfeel is alright, what it should be.
Not sure what the hell is going on with this stuff. Really funky taste overall. Wish I hadn't spent 9 bucks on a bomber of this. I hope it was just a bad bottle or something cause this tastes pretty shitty overall.
EDIT: I emailed them about the bottle to see what might have happened. Two months later and no response.
07-06-2008 08:05:48 | More by roadhouse
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
22 ounce bomber. Great appearance: creamy, thick lacing and a decently thin head. Orange-amber color that's pretty murky. Aromas were somewhat weaker than expected but still pretty citrus-like and sweet. Taste has a good citrus, sour flavoring. Mouthfeel is exceptionally strong: great, slightly bubbly, carbonation. Overall, a great IPA.
07-04-2008 02:59:49 | More by fitzy84
3.68/5 rDev -3.9%
From a 22 oz bottle. Pours a nice copper color. Nice head and some lacing. Not a long lasting head. Nice mouthfeel with some body. A bitter finish but not too assertive. I would like a little more body, more bitterness. A little weaker than I had expected.
This is a pretty good APA but very expensive here in PA ($65 for a case of 12 20 oz.!).
I much prefer the Bear Republic Racer 5, which is about $20 less per case.
06-14-2008 00:26:00 | More by johnrf
Hoppin' To Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 396 ratings.