Hoppin' To Heaven IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
A: Nice frothy white head, lots of lacing, plenty of carbonation rising through the beer, mostly clear deep orange color. Looks tasty.
S: Big bold hop aromas, grapefruit, some fruity esters from the alcohol.
T: Well balanced, not as much of a hop bomb as some modern IPAs, it is not super complex or flavorful and can best be described as a solid example of the style. Can taste the alcohol somewhat and there is a good dose of bitterness.
M: Lots of carbonation, plenty of lingering bitterness, a little more watery or thin-bodied than ideal, but pretty good.
D: Fairly easy drinking, but would probably tire of it after a couple.
Definitely a solid IPA, not my favorite but very good, I would recommend giving it a try.
05-31-2008 21:53:00 | More by Phenom
4.25/5 rDev +11%
A - Dark orange in color. Big frothy head with excellent lacing. Darker in color than many IPA's.
S - Grapefuit aroma and a little sweet malt coming through. More malt than many IPA's have.
T - Not the hop bitterness slap in the face that I prefer in IPA's but very interesting tastes. Definitely a grapefruit bite up front but quickly answered with a caramel sweeteness.
M/D - Full bodied. Very creamy. Excellent IPA.
05-17-2008 11:24:17 | More by ckeegan04
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
Poured into a pint glass from the 22 oz. bottle.
Appearance is a light amber or orange, semi-cloudy with wee floaters. Had nice head which dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves nice lace on the glass.
Smell is good, fresh, and what I would expect, citrusy and piney hops.
Taste is good, and pretty well-balanced.. but nicely bitter, which is the most important quality to me. Hops linger on the palate, which is also important. Also I taste toasty malts which ride along with the hops during the initial part of the sip/swallow.
Mouth feel is kinda thin for an IPA. pretty clean but something tastes a little abrasive on the aftertaste.
Drinkability is good. Not the greatest IPA in the world but not a bad choice at all for a regular IPA. Would love to try it on draft.
05-12-2008 04:14:58 | More by roan22
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
Another smashing beer from Hoppin' Frog. Becoming one of my top 3 breweries. I hope some of their stuff starts appearing in six packs. This beer is "hoppin" with hoppy bitterness. Nice malty backbone to even out the flavor. Great lacing, great head on the brew. Piney on the nose. Great sample of the style.
05-10-2008 23:08:31 | More by bigdeuce
3.8/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
05-04-2008 23:24:29 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Pours a slightly cloudy light yellow and orange with a small 1/16 inch head. Below average lacing. Nicely carbonated with a super sweet flowery hoppy citrus smell. The hops balance lightly with the malts and finishes with a lovely sweetness with a tad of bitterness. This is not a disappointment. Recommended!
05-03-2008 22:32:34 | More by ATLbeerDog
3.25/5 rDev -15.1%
Received 22 oz bomber from bergands in a trade.
Poured into a pint glass, with a nice amber color and thin white head on top, very sticky, it lingers as I drink.
Smells sweet and piney, with just barely the hint of hop aromas.
Tastes smooth; not too much bitter and just enough malt.
I can taste a little fruitiness.
Definitely not the best IPA i've ever had, but definitely worth a try. Highly drinkable, I'd like to try it on tap.
05-02-2008 23:51:37 | More by MeLikeBeer
2.93/5 rDev -23.5%
22 oz. bomber bottle that has a picture of the Hoppin' Frog's symbol, a green and white frog hopping up and down with a pint of beer in his hand. With this label, the pint of beer is a red color. To the far left of the label is where they put the barcode, brewery's address, and the US government warning. To the far right of the label is where they have a brief summary about the beer, another picture of the hopping frog, and this is where they list the beer specifications of 6.8% ABV, 68 OG, 18 FG, and 68 IBU's. Hoppin' Frog doesn't date their bottles and this one is no different.
Appearance: When poured into a standard Victory Brewing pint glass, this Hoppin' Frog is a dark reddish amber with a small tint of tangerine orange. The head of foam was about 3/4 of an inch to about an inch in height and beige in color. It had really good retention that left behind a small beige film and spider webs of lace around the glass. Not too shabby of an appearance.
Smell: This IPA had a toasted malt based aroma that featured more lightly toasted malts, spicy hops, a touch of sweet caramel, and then it suddenly ends with a pinch of pine and juicy fruits. This IPA aroma was mostly malty than hoppy and it was basically just an OK IPA aroma.
Taste: The taste starts off lightly toasty with toasted malts and a small pinch of sweet caramel. After the caramel leaves the tongue, in come the dried citrus hops, a dab of grapefruit, and a few pine needles toward the back. I noticed that toward the end of the beer's life, the hops become really heavy with the flavor of grapefruit. It was more dry than and hoppy and it was just the appearance and aroma, it was OK.
Mouthfeel: The label said it was rich and full bodied, but mine was more medium bodied with an aftertaste of dried grapefruit, pine, and citrus hops. This slightly hoppy aftertaste doesn't bother to stick around for very long.
Drinkability: In the big world of IPA's, this one can be missed. There are much hoppier and cheaper IPA's out there. This one had enough dryness to it, but not enough hops or any other flavors. Like I keep saying, it was just an OK IPA. Not bad, but not all that good either. One is more than enough for me.
05-01-2008 20:58:00 | More by AltBock
3.43/5 rDev -10.4%
Poured a cloudy amber, topped with a large, rocky, off white head. Decent lacing, no legs.
I can smell the hops from a foot away, pine and grass, some citrus - lemon? Not much sweet in there. Anticipation...
And let down...Taste really doesn't compare to nose for me. Grassy bitterness, with a crackery middle. Touch of caramel. Bitterness does stick around pretty well.
Medium body, medium to high carbonation. Fairly dry.
As mentioned above, aroma got me excited, but taste failed to deliver. OK, but better IPAs out there.
04-30-2008 18:29:19 | More by
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
A-Clear copper with a medium off white head. Foam didnt leave lace it left a coating of thick shaving cream, very nic!color.
S-Dominated by sweet caramel malts with low floral/ citruy hops.
T-Mmmmm....much better on the tounge than in the nose! A nice initial hop bite up front, then a wave of lemon citus, then malty sweetness.
Overall, very nice balance with the hops being the star. A lovely astringent aftertaste to boot!
M-Medium body with a lovely dryness. I really like the way this beer finishes.
D-I really enjoyed this bottle. I know HF makes solid brews and was glad to see this one didnt falter. I really like the lemon zing from this one! A totally solid, straight forward American IPA, well done Fred!
04-28-2008 22:19:55 | More by Deuane
4.58/5 rDev +19.6%
got it fresh from the brewery today and got to meet fred karm, the man with the plan.
A- nice sticky looking orange-ish ivory head is a real intricate lace maker. retention is good and it settles to a nice thick chunky bubbly disk that just hovers a brilliant slightly hazy bright orange brew with golden highs and rising bubbles.
S- possibly the freshest ipa i've ever had, this fact is very evident in the nose. toasted citrus, tangerine, red grapefruit, white lilies, and mandarin orange jump right out with a good dose of toasted malt playing accompaniment. a little hazelnut and some aromatic resinous wood notes, not quite pine and not quite cedar, but something in-between. whatever it is, i like it and the floral citrus hops are outer space.
T- tastes is much like the smell- very fresh. amid the solid hop party, there are layers of pale and toasted barley, and grain husk dry-field summertime drought tastes. taste is very natural, rustic, and herbal. white grapefruit zesty bitterness presides the whole way through but is still kept nicely in check by gentle earthy hops. white flowers still hang in the back and become more pronounced in the dry spruce finish.
MF- very crisp and bracing, decent amount of malt makes for a nice medium body and medium level carbonation creates a velvety feel. resinous hops make for a dry astringent finish like mouthwash.
D- its crispness and freshness adds a quality that is also REfreshing and for any hop lover, it will be hard to put this one down. after visiting the small brewery and smelling all the malt in the air, i can easily envision this beer from start to finish and that seems to add to the appreciation i already have for small batch brewing. hearty enough for cold weather, yet cool enough for a hot summer night by the grill.
04-14-2008 18:37:48 | More by hustlesworth
3.63/5 rDev -5.2%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber bottle into a Stone IPA glass.
The aroma is filled with sweet malt scents including toast and toffee. There is also a floral hop note and just a hint of citrus.
The beer is a fairly clear amber color with a 1/2 white head that disappears after a short time. Lacing is left along the glass.
The taste is dominated by sweet caramel, toffee, and toast with a medium finish. There is some hop bitterness present with a lemon-rind quality.
The mouthfeel is surprisingly full with moderate carbonation. This is a fairly drinkable beer, but it borders on being too sweet. I would prefer more hop flavor and complexity.
04-13-2008 03:10:11 | More by westweasel
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
Good starting head that forms a egg shell white rocky foam dome. Leaves excellent lace. The color of the beer is amber with a slight orange hue. Very cloudy for the style.
Excellent fresh hop nose of grapefruit and pineapple.
I believe that this is one of the better IPA's I've had in a while. Good malt base with enough crystal to make it complex. But this flavor is brief, the hop takes over in a big way, particularly in the swallow. The aftertaste is all hop pellet and lasts a very long time. This is a full beer without any oily alcohol smells or flavors. Potentially a new favorite, or at least in the top five American IPA's!
03-22-2008 20:12:04 | More by smcolw
4.18/5 rDev +9.1%
On-tap at Mad Mex - Oakland, served in a large snifter glass.
Amber body with a slight haze and white lacing. Big grapefruit and tangerine aroma, with a perfume and floral edge. Very nicely balanced. The flavor is full of juicy hops with a touch of biscuit grains that reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. The aftertaste could use a little more of a kick and more flavor. Overall though, this comes off as a very tasty, sessionable IPA. It's up there with Two Hearted Ale for me.
03-20-2008 02:18:12 | More by tempest
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Hoppin' Frog's IPA pours a deep orange-amber color with a thick and fluffy off-white head that features a big popcorn-looking burst in the center. The head slowly diminishes and there is a thin sheet of lacing on the glass. Floral aroma of fresh hops, citrus and some herbs. Medium-bodied and a little creamy with flavors of floral hops and earthy malts primarily, with touches of herbs, spices and citrus in the background. The finish is soft and sweet with malt and toffee and leaves a lingering hoppy bitterness behind. Enjoyable all around.
03-14-2008 20:42:46 | More by Dogbrick
3.58/5 rDev -6.5%
Big thanks to miketd for the bottle.-
Rich but transluscent copper with a lasting off white foamy head. Smell is not as hoppy as expected initially, and more of toffee sweetness, as in an ESB, plus a touch of floral hoppiness. Somewhat of a cantaloupe melony nose after it warms too. Carbonated body, with a more malty than average taste for an IPA, with some light hops and a creaminess to the body despite the slightly bubbly carbonation. A touch of light pepperiness to it as well. Nice IPA overall.
03-02-2008 16:38:28 | More by JDV
3.28/5 rDev -14.4%
To begin with, this pours too dark, not a big problem for me. Then the offensive part: this smells like a barleywine, not a double IPA. The taste is very bitter, but not nearly enough citrus. It's all bitterness with no flavor, except maybe some ... coffee?! Interesting. It's noticably undercarbonated. I expected that I would not love this beer, but it was disappointing, even so. If anything, it does have a pleasant aftertaste, a hint of what could have been if things were better balanced.
02-22-2008 06:20:00 | More by boogles
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
02-14-2008 21:36:17 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a nice deep amber with a solid head in my Goose Island tulip. Quite a cloud of swirling sediment present.
The smell is the biggest knock on this one for me. Nothing really jumps out, perhaps some light pine but nothing that draws me in. This is not a big deal, because the taste is smooth, even, and very drinkable. This brew drinks very nicely and isn't heavy.
Expect an even, smooth, and clean beer with this one. Definitely worth a try for the IPA lover.
02-08-2008 00:13:12 | More by mixylplik3
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
A very serviceable, sturdy IPA. Good golden-to-amber color with a decent, foamy head as I poured from a 22oz bottle. Stronger on the hop aroma than the bitterness, though I can't peg the aroma hops used. It's got a decent malt character, which balances well with the strong hop flavor. It's got a little whiff of grapefruit. Not, perhaps, the best IPA ever made, but not one I am in the least disappointed by.
01-30-2008 00:42:21 | More by Seanibus
3.93/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
01-18-2008 21:34:11 | More by RblWthACoz
2.7/5 rDev -29.5%
Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small hop presence and somewhat watery. In the taste, piney hops and somewhat malty, hops actually kind of light. A mainly smooth, small bite and a medium body mouthfeel and a small dry hop aftertaste. Kind of light for an IPA, not too big in hops.
01-18-2008 17:50:36 | More by OWSLEY069
4.13/5 rDev +7.8%
Pours a burnished copper with good clarity and bronze highlights. The biege, semi-dense three and a half finger head holds exceptionally well and leaves big stubborn patches of lacing.
Caramel, dark crystal, dextrin and a hint of toasted nut make up the malt-side of the aroma. Of course, the fragrant american hops in the nose are the dominant scent: mostly cascade citrus and grapefruit chinook, but some tropical fruit aromas like mango and tangerine and faint semsimelia suggest something like summit or amarillo. Some pine needle and slight grassy notes in the background.
Toasty and caramel sweet upfront, the flavor develops into dark crystal malt and dextrins with a hint of roast. This very smooth transition from pleasently sweet to bracing bitterness is completed by a semi-dry aftertaste rich with american hop character. Orange and grapefruit rind, fresh cut grass, and evergreen resin come to mind. Aggressively hopped but not abrasively bitter.
Medium in body with mid-range carbonation. A formidable mouthfeel that allows some residual sweetness to meld with lingering hop oils, but crisp enough to prevent cloying. Some dark caramel and minty pine/grapefruit are found in the finish, but not so much that they ruin the drinkability. The flavor and physique of this beer sit at the stronger end of the IPA spectrum, good news for NE Ohioans bored with Goose Island and The Commodore.
01-10-2008 07:58:55 | More by PBRstreetgang
4.25/5 rDev +11%
22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee SPirits, Sturbridge, MA.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head lingers well, with sticky lacing. Aroma is pungeant pine hops character. Taste continues where the nose left off, but there is enough malt to hold it all up. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth, and drinkability is scary easy. I'm a sucker for a good IPA that doesn't try to just bitter me to death.
01-01-2008 20:39:58 | More by ppoitras
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
Nice to see this brewery make it out to Massachusetts. Poured in to a Samuel Smith pint glass a beautiful orange color, with a large white head, and crazy sediment all over the place. This is exactly the way an IPA should look IMO. Aroma has traces of resiny, oily hops, pine, mint, slight citrus, and a bit of vanilla. Taste reveals what appears to be a very mild, balanced IPA. The hops seem much more aggressive in the smell than in the flavor. Flavors I did detect were pine and some slight citrus fruit (lemon and orange). Mouthfeel is light to medium, which is sort of surprising considering the ABV. Although I tend to like really hoppy IPA's, the balance on this one is admirable. If it were in sic packs, it might make a good session brew. Cheers
12-27-2007 01:49:56 | More by jamie2dope
Hoppin' To Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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