Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

613 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 364
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 28
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: klewis on 07-03-2007

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Ratings: 613 | Reviews: 364
Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant garnet tined amber under a thin persistent white foam collar, very fine bubbles.
S: Citrusy resiny hops over malt.
T: Big resiny citrus rind bitterness drives this beer with a distant malt background. The hops are aggressive and well done. The malt is moderately low and is not very complex.
F: Creamy smooth moderately full bodied and moderate carbonation.
O: A big hop driven DIPA.

Photo of jzlyo
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is pine, fruit and an undercurrent of malts. The flavor is citrus, grapefruit, an undercurrent of malts and a dryish and a smooth (for an IIPA) finish.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of brown sugar, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus fruit, citrus zest, and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between sweet brown sugar and citrus forward hop aspects.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of Mlucifer
4.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Second to none. My favorite APA so far.

Photo of remy28
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer, obviously a lot of hops and everything that comes with that. I found it to be balanced and drinkable, not everyone feels that way. The hops linger for about an hour on the palate. It is tamer than I thought it would be considering the IBU. In my opinion this is in the top 5 of the DIPA's I have tasted. Would buy again.

Photo of jdiamond
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Glad I tried it once. Don't need to again for the price.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into fluted glass
Aroma of citrus, mostly grapefruit, and some pine
Head average (4 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm layer
Lacing good with thick rings of small bubbles and a few stalactites
Body medium orange and hazy
Flavor very marked grapefruit with only slight bitterness. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl. Ends with slight grapefruit bitterness, no chalkiness, no alcohol afterburn.
Palate medium, slight oiliness, soft carbonation.

IMHO, a very underrated DIPA. Very nicely flavored with a good nose, this is an attractive beer.

Photo of Rizalini
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bomber into my Deschutes tulip.

A - Pours a murky golden brass color, with a finger of off-white head. Nice collar and spotty tan lacing as I sip.

S - Earthy and floral hops, wtih some butterscotch notes.

T/M - Big earthy hop profile, with a bitter pine aftertaste. Solid caramel malt backbone keepsthe big hop profile balanced. Very creamy mouthfeel, resinous on the tongue.

O - A very good DIPA. Very well balanced, but very hop forward. I think it was $7.99 at Binny's in Chicago, and if I could get this in Vegas, I would definitely buy this one again.

Photo of Hendry
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a fan of Peter Green, I can appreciate the spin on the moniker MEAN MANALISHI double IPA. The muscular and svelte frog on the bottle appears confident.

Pours a semi cloudy deep amber, small white head,average lacing.

From the description on the bottle I was expecting a hop bomb, but I smelled mostly sweet toasted malts with a touch of grapefruit rind & pith. They oversold the extreme hopiness factor on the label,but @ $13 for a 22 oz bomber, they have to sell something to get you to buy it.

Taste is overwhelmingly sweet toasted malts with prickly carbonation, and a dry bitter finish that was exceedingly average.

Mouthfeel was medium, and the lively carbonation has a bite to it, sweet malts coat the palate leaving you begging for the hops to kick in, but too little too late.

Overall, I'm glad I was offered a generous trade to acquire this bottle because I would be quite disappointed if I had dropped $13 for Mean Manalishi. Apparently the frog also has a large set of onions to be asking such a steep price, and I have to wonder how many repeat customers this pricey number will draw. Not bad, but tons of other great IIPA for far less money make this frog a turkey.

Photo of parejkoj
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light amber, nice lingering head. Haze as you approach sediment, plenty of yeast in suspension at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Expected more hop-derived aromas for a double IPA. There isn't anything pronounced, a bit of alcohol, a bit of resin and a bit of sweet malt. Would be nice to have more piney/citrus/resin aromas.

Taste: Not what I expected from a double IPA. Plenty of malt up front with decent bitterness at the end. Would be good to balance the malt a bit more or dry it out. I think drying it out would bring up the bitterness substantially.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Only problem would be noticeable alcohol that may be perceived as harsh to some people. Good carbonation, not overwhelming.

Overall: Pretty good. For a double IPA it could use more aromatics and a drier finish. But it's enjoyable. If you're someone who doesn't like floaty yeast chunks, keep in mind to leave behind the last bit of beer.

Photo of Lledd
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

22oz served into pint glass

A: Dark amber/medium orange color. Half finger head receding quickly. Some, but little carbonation. <3.75>

S: Predominantly funk. Meh. There is some citrus and malt but its all behind this musty smell. <2.25>

T: Musty malt. Over bready maybe? Burnt caramel? Bready Caramel - that's it, thats the malt flavor. <2.5>

M: Not bad actually. Creamy and nicely carbonated. <3.75>

O: Weird and funky. Must bready malt dominates, hops have no citrus or pine and barely shine through whatever they were trying to do with the malts. It's like someone took a DIPA and shoved in molding biscuits and an old lady. <2.25>

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bomber into 34oz mug; slightly cloudy orange with less head than I was expecting. I poured rather carefully, expecting your usual massive IPA head, but my slow pour only yielded a one-finger head that dissipated relatively quickly. Smell is hops and flowers and citrus, as you'd expect. A bit more pungent than most. Taste is sweet and smooth upfront, hops come into the end and demolish the sweetness with bitter and spicy flavors that almost go up your nose. A bit spiky in mouthfeel due to the insane hops, but this is a great DIPA. It has character. It might not be very well balanced, but it's worth a try.

Photo of morimech
2.73/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a lot of caramel with just a slight hint of citrus. No sign of alcohol.

Underwhelming hop flavor for a DIPA. Still very bitter however. I get a lot of caramel with some citrus. Slightly warming alcohol in the finish.

Big bodied but a touch undercarbonated. Not sure better carbonation would of helped the flavor, but it would of added to its drinkability. Just feels a bit lifeless on the palate.

No bottle date on the bottle. Have to assume it is as the brewery intended as I bought it in a reputable store a few days earlier. My score is being generous. I will stick with Hoppin' Frog stouts from now on.

Photo of pcguitarwzrd
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint glass. Would have used a snifter but didn't have one handy.

A: Deep copper, hazy, lots of sediment, thick, off-white sticky head.

S: Fairly malty aroma but the hops are there.

T: Rich caramel and bready malt, then the hops crash in. Lingering sweetness as well as astringency. Definitely on the sweeter end for the style, but I like that every now and then.

M: Moderate to heavy, somewhat syrupy and not overly carbonated.

O: I like this beer, I think it's a fine example of a DIPA, and would drink it again. I would probably not, however, buy it over Southern Tier Unearthly or Stone Ruination, both of which are at least as good and several dollars cheaper.

Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a snifter revealing a body that is a hazy orange going into some amber territory. The head is off white and sticks to the glass like crazy.

Lots of maltiness to this beer which I understand you need in a big IPA with so much hop character but a lack of a bottling date has me worried right off the bat. After a few min it is just too prevalent. Some slight grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and lime is buried beneath the malt. Not enough hop character though.

So much malt. Kinda kills this beer. I expect much more hoppiness in regards to bitterness with such a high IBU count on the bottle and flavor which people have posted reviews of good flavor. My bottle just lacks it. It does taste good but I only wish I could have this fresher. Slight citrus fruitiness and resinous pine buried beneath a mountain of caramel malt. Reminds me of the Emelisse Triple IPA in flavor. Malttt. And a touch of hop.

Its got a bigger body to it that is smooth and oily slick. The carbonation is there with some prickliness. While lacking in aroma and flavor the body of this makes it easier to drink while I sit in disappointment.

Succeeds more as a Barleywine…The messed up thing is the bottle was bought in Ohio around Xmas time and I drank it 1/4. Date your bottles breweries.

Photo of wvsabbath
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden copper tanish yellow, foamy 1 inch head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, caramel malts, grapes, spices, some alcohol, some lemon and floral notes, smells great.

Taste - Straight up caramel malt with pine and grapefruit hops. Lots of citric fruits are mix in as well, lemon, banana, pineapple. Added sweet sugars work well with the malts and bitter hops to taim down the bitterness this beer has. Slight warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed with malts, hops and sugars. Palate gets more hops then malts, lots of sugars and spices.The finish is sweet, malty, and bittered.

Overall - A nice malty dipa. Much more like hercules from great divine, or even unearthy from southern tier, big malt upfront, but a ton of bitter hops also. Balanced well, pretty much eveything comes out, in a big way. Drinks pretty easy being just over 8%. A great malty dipa.

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
3.21/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with very little head formation in tulip glass.

Heavy malt aroma with minimal hoppy citrus. Lots of caramel and hints of booze.

Heavy malt backbone. Too malty for my taste. Musty grapefruit rind bitterness. Just not enough floral or citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was a little disappointing. Too much malt character for a DIPA.

Photo of mattcrill
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very light caramel and orange zest aromatics. No esters or alcohol heat detected.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with "floaties". Kind of scary. Thick tan head that retains well. Effervescence noted in the glass.

Flavor: Strong malt backbone with crystal malt and caramel flavors abounding. Off-set by firm earthy hop bitterness. Pithy lemon and orange rind bitterness round it out. Balance is nearly even and dangerously close to malty. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Carbonation bites the back of the palate. Slight alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Pretty heavy for an IPA but not quite American Barleywine either. Not sure I'll have this again but it was enjoyable once.

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine resin, caramel, mango, orange rind, pineapple, floral, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, mango, pineapple, toast, and piney spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, pineapple, caramel, toast, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance as well. Minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a farly creamy, slick and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. Great hop flavor complexity and malt balance; very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with grapefruit with a big creamy white head. Aroma is huge grapefruits, orange peel, and piney hops on the nose. Lots of lacing. Flavor is a punch of bitter grapefruit on the tongue, some sweet malty backdrop, and a finish with just a hint of booze. Tastes similar to Maharaja but with more bite. Pine grapefruit notes dominate the flavor. An excellent DIPA and true to the style. I'm not really sure why this is so low on the ratings.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. No date, but Erin bought it 3 weeks ago in Akron, so at least its from the source.

Appearance: Dark orange-amber. Big thick head fades into a nice dollop of cream. Beautiful lacing, just beautiful.

Smell: Sweet citrus and some more bitter, pithy grapefruit hops. There is a surprisingly healthy malty aroma with caramel and a little toast-- almost barleywine-esque.

Taste: Tasty, bitter citrus hops with bitterness lasting from the front to the back. Good balancing caramel malt flavor, but a bit sweeter and darker than I prefer for a DIPA. Again, a bit like a barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Its very soft and creamy, with a big resiny finish that helps dry out the sweetness a bit.

Overall: This is a pretty tasty beer. For the third time now, its a sweet, barleywine-like DIPA with significant bitter hoppiness. Good, but there are many better, especially for $10.99.

Photo of JackieTH
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber-orange and clear with a minimal head, no lacing.

Smell is fairly non-descript. Slightly floral, but mostly devoid of much scent.

Changing directions 125 degrees, the taste is excellent. A juicy washing of resin and citrus pith hop, lightly balanced with a caramel malt. It's pleasantly bitter, with the hop bitterness lingering long. It's nice across the tongue. No sweetness, but very wet. Good amount of zing from the CO2 works with the hop bitterness. Medium firm body holds together.

Overall I got a little bit of trepidation reading some of the earlier reviews particularly from The Bros, but my experience was nothing like theirs. Manalishi doesn't seem over the top bitter and I have no idea where the 168 IBUs are hiding, but I find it less palate numbing than other high IBUS like 2011 or earlier Hoptimum or Ruination.

I think it's a tasty example of a DIPA and not aggressive on the ABV.

Photo of microbrewlover
1.8/5  rDev -52%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a three finger head which lasts a long time and lacing which stays on the glass throughout. That is the first and only thing good about this beer.

The smell is of hops and nothing else. I can not even tell if the hops are floral or citrus.

Oh my God, this is horrible, the hops are present but not tasty. I am not kidding when I tell you that this brew tastes like brown goo.

The mouthfeel is 'gooey'. Some hops cling to the tongue but they do not feel good.

I hate to say it but this is gross; avoid.

Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from Buffalo. 168 ibu's! are you kidding me? Wow. Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber ruby colour. Tastes very bitter with some pine and slight floral hops coming through, with a very nice malt backbone. I was numbing down my expectations of this one with how its been rated and I was nicely suprised. A very good quality IIPA.

Photo of BostonHops
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber served in a snifter.

pours a deep caramel/amber tone with orange highlights. much darker than you typically see in a DIPA; foamy 1" head demonstrates excellent retention and lacing.

potent bouquet of hops in the nose. fruity (citric, maybe some apple), with pine and also floral characters. i do get the suggestion of a malty backbone.

interesting flavor. big hoppy bitterness out front but by mid-palate i get the fruit - again citrus, apple - pine, and toasty maltiness. hmm... i like it. more bitter than i tend to look for in my DIPAs, but other than it it's very tasty. not your garden variety DIPA, which is nice.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. bitterness fatigues the palate in short order, so drinkability suffers a bit. the only other thing i'll mention with this one is that it's somewhat cost-prohibitive, especially for what it is.

originally reviewed: 03-14-2011

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.