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

412 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 412
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 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.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 received in trade from raznug... Darrell hooked me up.. and this one was a fantastic Extra!! I am sharing this with a buddy.. Troy is really digging it.... Mine is poured into my shaped SA glass.

3 finger head sticks around forever.. great lace and retention.. the brew is pretty much clear golden amber.. very pretty...

I am getting a ton of floral and fruity hoppiness of this one.. it honestly is reminding me of Sculpin out of the gates.. very floral and mildly citric.. smells great. Troy says it smells like "Sativa".. come on.. you know what I'm talking about :-)

Great but balanced bitterness out of the gate meshes well with some more than present pale malts and some minor (afterthought) caramel malts.. very nice and sorta unexpected hoppiness all throughtout the mid palate.. again is very floral... I like it and it is very different than most American IPA's..

The body is spot on for the style.. but the carbonation is very high.. it's not horrible, just very abundant... sorta burpy. I'm curious how fresh this bottle is.. I like it a bunch, but the carbonation seems outta whack for sure.

Darrell.... thanks for the super trade and for the beer that I NEVER thought I would be able to try.

4/4/4/4/3.5

Photo of saintwarrick
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy amber with a foamy white head, lots of floaties on the second pour from the bomber. Aroma is very piney and citrusy, lots of hop resin and hop oils, with grapefruit hints and brown sugar Taste is bitter up front, very hoppy and thick, lots of citrus notes throughout. A hop-bomb that doesn't try to be anything else. A hophead's delight here, but still very drinkable as any alcohol stays warming is hidden.

Good stuff, but I go for more of the balanced IPAs.

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.

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.

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

(From notes)

A - Marigold-orange color; poured with a thinner eggshell colored head. Decent retention and OK lacing

S - Citruisy and floral hop aromas dominate, and a degree of sweetness comes in as well (presumably from the malts)

T - Very much mirrors the aroma; great hop bitterness that is more grapefruit combined with flowers

M - Thinner MF, which is a bit disappointing as something just slightly 'bigger' might have carried the flavors a bit better for me. A tad oily with barely noticeable carbonation

D - Well enough here, but not the most drinkable IPA I've had. Just a touch too sweet for me and drives down the drinkability

Overall, a nice example and I think I will check this out in bottled form for comparison...jury is still out on this one for me.

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

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint

Pours a copper/orange body with a mountainous, ecru cap that rose a good two fingers and slowly subsided to form a thin head over the top of the beer. Chunks of sticky lace coat the inside of the glass.

A pretty even aroma of caramel, grapefruit, toffee and some pine needles. A pretty balanced aroma, which is OK, as long as it delivers on the hops later on.

More of the same here. White grapefruit and pine resin with a sweet, sticky caramel/toffee presence. The sweetness leads off with the bitter grapefruit agonizing your palate in the finish. Just slightly too balanced for my taste.

As much as I had to talk myself into liking this beer overall, the mouthfeel is really where its at. Medium body, silky smooth and a bittersweet, sticky resin coating the mouth.

The sweetness is almost syrupy at first, but the bitterness from the grapefruit flavor really give this a stark contrast. However, the extremes balance each other so much, that this is an easily quaffable brew.

Photo of magnj
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - Amber body with 1 finger off white head.

s - Big hops aroma but already I can smell a sweet malt backbone which is a little toasty.

t - Rich sweet malt up front and then spicy citrus and pine hop flavor in the end. The malt profile is unique but I can't put my finger on it. There is some kind of malt in there that is not in a typical ipa...maybe a small amount of roasted malt or something like that. I liked it but not sure I'd have it again unless I saw it on tap.

m/d - Nice feel considering how sweet it is. Dries up nice in the end. Very drinkable but sharing this bomber with a friend. Wasn't highly drinkable on a 90+ degree day, it was a little too rich for the weather but not their fault.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy still orange body, topped by a level thick three finger slab of dense whipped froth. Good lace.

Nice big assertive citrus aroma heavy on the orange comes out of the bottle from across the table.

Taste kicks off with a solid slather of semi-sweet malt down the center of the tongue. Then the hops explode to create a mouth covering fruity tingle, with a solid but not overpowering bitter bie at the swallow.

Mouthfeel is a tad to the light size, not a flaw, but not a real assest either.

Delightfully drinkable. Goes down too quick, give me more.

A juicy fruity bitter IPA withbalance. If its not heaven, its a nice stop along the way.

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22-oz. bomber into a pint glass at ohoove's.

A:Poured a hazy, golden amber color with an orange-tinged center with brighter yellow edges. There were a few yeast-leavins left floating around, but the bone-white, two-finger head of foam and clingy lace made up for that blemish.

S: Smells fairly clean, with a sweet malt aroma and a spiced, citrus hop aroma.

T: Taste is not overpowering in terms of hop bitterness, and is actually a little sweet, which enhances the grapefruit flavor and smell cast by the hops. Malt taste is clean and light, leaving a bittersweet slick in my mouth.

M: Mouthfeel is fairly clean and smooth with a little clinging resin and bitterness in the finish.

D: Not a bad IPA, but sort of mediocre in terms of what else is out there on the craft market. It's worth a pick-up, is a good session IPA and won't kill your palate for other styles later on.

Not quite clean and malty enough to challenge New England IPA, not balanced and dry hopped to contest the West, this Ohio IPA lays just beneath the surface of the huge gap represented in between.

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - slightly hazed orange color with a fluffy off-white head that hung around and left lots of lacing behind.

S - mild citrus hop aroma.

T - citrus hops and a sweet tea malty taste, good balance of bitterness and sweetness.

F - medium bodied with a smooth feel.

D - it's very easy to drink this tasty brew.

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

A - Poured a copper color with a big off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of pine and citrus hops upfront then a decent amount of malt

T - Theres a good balance in the taste with this one the citrus hops dominate but with a good backing of malt

M - This beer has a smooth body with medium carbonation to it

D - I enjoyed this IPA quite a bit as it wasn't one of those supper unbalanced hop bombs just a good enjoyable IPA worth trying sometime

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.

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a thick consistency. Lots of sediment floating around. Not a whole lot of head, but some good lacing.

S: A very hoppy smell, with traces of malt.

T: Tasted of sharp hops, with a tinge of malt and some citrus. A big, robust flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable IPA. Granted, it reminds of other very beers of the style, but still very easy to like.

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

A - Pours murky copper, .5 inch near white head, reduces to disk. Some clumpy head left, and some lacing.

S - Mostly pine, followed by deep sweet malt.

T - It's a pretty even match, but the hops definitely are dominant over the malt.

M - Fairly thick and coating, balanced to point, but a little raw.

D - Nice one, have no worries with a 22 or 2.

Photo of nc41
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber. This one is tough. Squeezed in between the citrus bombs and IPA's like Two Hearted. At first sip a very average brew. light citrus nose, average head at best. Medium body, but full flavored, with a light citrusy finish. Somewhere in between something else is going on that is very interesting,It's different in a very significant way, but it's so well mannered and balanced I can't describe it. It's there though. Also very expensive at 10 bucks per bomber. maybe not an every week brew, but definitely a sleeper that grows the deeper into the glass you get.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Grandwazoo
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

Photo of TexIndy
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Risser09
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

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

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

22oz bottle

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.

Hoppin' To Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 412 ratings.