Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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5/5 rDev +33.7%
I attempt to rate each beer according to its specific style, and it is rare a beer scores a 5.0. The Hoppin' Frog Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A is well deserving of the full rank, though, for this Imperial IPA. The beer poured from the 22 fl oz bottle a gorgeous red color with a hefty two fingers of creamy white head that left lace throughout the entire pint. The smell was just as the labeled promised, a hefty hit of citrus and spicy hops. A very slight caramel note could be sensed in the aroma if you could get past the wafting hop oils. The smell was true to the flavor. A kick of citrus and spice and all things that are hoppy nice bites the tongue instantly and lingers after your sip. As the hops fade, a subtle caramel sweetness mixes nicely and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The mouthfeel was well rounded and this beer had a nice drinkable texture without feeling watery.
This beer is a treat for anyone who considers themselves a hop-head. If you are on the fence with hops, this will definitely make up your mind one way or the other, but it leaves no room for interpretation. I enjoyed that this Imperial IPA was balanced with the malt body, but clearly focused on the hops. The mix of citrusy and spicy varieties made for a nice rounded beer, and this one is a definite must-try for someone looking to say they have had a real hop-bomb. Enjoy!
12-25-2007 05:27:49 | More by DevilDogBeer
5/5 rDev +33.7%
Quite simply one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Pours a dark cloudy amber with an amber/beige head. The aroma is dominated by the hops providing a scent of pure bitter earthiness. Also, there is a very slight citrus aroma that is very hard to detect because of all of the hops. This beer is extremely bitter but is balanced out nicely with a nice amount of sweet citrus flavor. This is a hop head wet dream 165 IBUs. What?! Criminaly underrated.
12-01-2008 09:03:08 | More by corby112
4.9/5 rDev +31%
This is an incredible Double IPA. Poured it into a Delirium tulip glass. The beer develops a healthy size head, laces nicely down the glass. The beer is extremely hoppy, having an intense citrus taste, which sticks around in your mouth long after drinking it. All the hops creates a sticky mouthfeel, which is what I like about Double IPA's. This makes me want to try Hoppin Frog's Triple IPA!!
04-18-2010 02:04:35 | More by sudz9382
4.88/5 rDev +30.5%
The colour is deep red-amber. The two finger pale beige head sinks slowly, leaving a very nice lacing. The liquid is almost clear.
The smell is very strong and very hoppy. Butter, toffee, raisins and mixed dried fruits, bitter herbs, hints of green apples a touch of detergents. It is clean with a very inviting bitterness.
The taste is... oooh so delicious! Buttery malty sweet notes of cookies, a robust and powerful yet very elegant bitterness and a fascinating blend of organic flavours: Raisins, ripe apples, chocolate truffles, rosewater, raw potatoes, sweet almonds, butterscotch... I can go on forever! The aftertaste is creamy with an well crafted background bitterness that increases in the finish, where it is supplemented with a warming note of alcohol.
The carbonation is fresh and medium strong. The small bubbles quite mild. The liquid is mid-smooth.
This is one hell of a beer.
09-27-2009 18:19:09 | More by bark
4.85/5 rDev +29.7%
Appearance – This is a beautiful, dark, brownish-orange in color with a gorgeous white head that left some great lacing and cool pits on top of the liquid.
Smell – This is as good as a DIPA can smell. The hops are a perfect blend of pine, citrus, and light leaf. There’s a little extra something though in the hop profile. Maybe it’s just the extraordinary balance, but the pine-citrus aroma is in a class all by itself. It forms this funky, pungent, floral aroma that is so resiny that it makes your mouth water. Literally.
The malt backbone is no slouch, either. The caramel is rich and sugary and plays well with the big hop profile. There’s a big yeast toasty aroma as well which manages to again mate perfectly with the hops. This is a symphony for sure.
Taste – The hoppy floral character mixes perfectly with the super-sugary malts. This could not be a better balancing act. The hops are fresh, resiny, and laced with citrusy goodness and the malts, heavily toasted, supply a yeasty, biscuity structure that really is the only possible flavor that could play well with the hops. This is big beer flavors perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel – This is full-bodied, very slick and oily in between the cheeks, with a moderate dryness, somewhat bitter, and incredibly pleasing in the mouth. The carbs are just enough to give this a fluffy feel. The bitterness is complex and equality contributed by the malts and hops. Again the balance here is the key.
Drinkability – For my money this is one of the best, easy-drinking big DIPAs that I’ve ever had. It is so big and so powerful yet perfectly balanced. I enjoyed the big malt balance but again it’s not malt-leaning by any stretch. They just did an awesome job of mixing the best hop profile imaginable with the best malt profile imaginable. I hate to give a beer a 5.0 and say it can’t get any better but this beer really just couldn’t be any better.
11-25-2011 02:58:36 | More by RoyalT
4.85/5 rDev +29.7%
22oz. bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into an imperial pint.
A: Very deep orange, almost on the bronze side. Glows hazy in the light. 2 1/2 fingers of strong rocky head with great retention. Nice lacing throughout. This is what a DIPA should look like.
S: Huge floral, citrus, and piny hops with just an edge of peppery zing. Grapefruit and some spicy phenols. Malts are at a nice level, bring in enough caramel and butteriness(lol?) to round things out. Nearly perfect.
T/M: So damn good. Bitterness is just perfect. Doesn't destroy you but does it's job. Hops are mostly juicy grapefruit and very crisp. Malts are just like the nose describes but adds a bit more depth with some buttery biscuit taste. Mouthfeel is a drinkable medium with a nice creaminess. Can be a bit sticky at times but nothing to really nit pick about. Finishes a comfortable dry with a bit of lasting bitterness.
D: As far as DIPAs go, this is about as drinkable as it gets. I'm so very happy this turned out better than their single IPA(though it wasn't terrible at all) and that it's readily available to me.
12-17-2007 01:44:16 | More by pwoods
4.85/5 rDev +29.7%
Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this impressive double IPA appears bright red, with hints of gold at the outskirts. Nice lacing as the mild head dissipates. Smells of strong hops as any delicious IPA should. Accompanied by scents of pine, citrus, and a touch of malt. Tastes delicious -- great hop flavor throughout. Starts off much more bitter than it finishes. A few hints of citrus in the taste, but the hops are certainly the focus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and refreshing at the finish.
I love double IPA's, and this beer does not disappoint. Only beer I've had better than this in recent memory is the Goose Island Imperial IPA.
03-04-2008 23:07:46 | More by churchillps
4.83/5 rDev +29.1%
I don't know why people aren't liking this!! Fantastic thick and fruity aroma full of figs and dark cranberries, taste is hoppy and complex! The taste is fantastic and the 168 IBUs are blended brilliantly. One of the best IPAs I've ever had.. I was expecting to open this page and see A+ all over. In a way I'm glad people seem to not like this... MORE FOR ME!!! I'm buying lots more and and enjoying it!
01-13-2010 03:16:11 | More by prsguitarsr4me
4.8/5 rDev +28.3%
Lightly cloudy, amber in color, with an off-white head that fades into a persistent foamy ring. The label claims that the beer rates 168 IBU (is there any way to independently verify this?), and this bomber has plenty of fragrant hops in its aroma. The resiny goodness of grapefruit zest and pine needles are present in abundance along with a definite hint of lychee fruit. The malts are there somewhere in a buttery background, but the hops are dominant. In the mouth, the malts make their presence known despite the intensity of the hops. The hops are fresh, biting, and delicious and are clearly the star of the show, but the malts keep it from being a solo performance. The aftertaste lingers in the form of a mouth-coating citrus zestiness well after the sip has made its way down the throat. The taste sticks around long enough to make you nod in approval at drinking such a fine brew, and as it fades, it reminds you that you can do it all again with the next sip. Highly drinkable and highly recommended.
04-17-2008 21:23:04 | More by dholway
4.78/5 rDev +27.8%
Strong aroma is richly hoppy and evergreen with a firm undertone of grapefruit. It pours a beautiful clear copper with a thick, fine-bubbled, fairly persistent head. Richly hoppy flavor has a hint of grapefruit and is only a teensy bit bitter - in fact, there is a whisper of honey sweetness. Texture is lively and fizzy, fairly dancing in the mouth and leaving the lips a-tingle. A must for IPA lovers.
05-09-2010 22:26:37 | More by Cyberkedi
4.75/5 rDev +27%
Dark amber color, slightly cloudy with a 1-2 finger head that sticks around while leaving its thick lace clinging to the glass.
Smells like someone just let go a hop bomb... woodsy, fruity, piney, citrusy hops, all of em packed in there. Theres a super-nice spicy woody earthiness when you get your nose down in there that makes me think saaz on steroids. Some sweetness and a bit of alcohol coming out also.
Intense hop layers interwoven with rich malt flavor. Can feel the thick hop oils almost like a wet-hopped IPA. Lots of woody earthiness with a deep sweet and spicy hop finish that is surprisingly well-balanced while still definitely being hop-dominant.
This stuff is awesome, way underrated- I think too many people want a completely "balanced" DIPA that, in my opinion, comes off as more of a hoppy barleywine- well, this will never be mistaken for a barleywine (partly due to smallish abv) and it rocks! Hop Heads rejoice!
12-08-2007 04:14:18 | More by BeerZack
4.7/5 rDev +25.7%
Bottle to pint glass; pours a deep orange to amber color with a thin but ample head. Notes of grapefruit and pine really stick out, and the hop bitterness is superb. The bitterness lingers and grows more intense through the finish. Unlike many DIPAs, the emphasis seems to be on balancing the hops with malt rather than the reverse. This makes this beer seem much less sweet than the bulk of DIPAs.
12-27-2009 17:30:00 | More by dsw4b
4.6/5 rDev +23%
Acquired from nlmartin courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.
A: The beer is a bright orange color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is loaded with floral hops and fruity citrus with some caramelized malt.
T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness, then a strong citrus sweetness follows. The malt character is not too heavy, but is hearty enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.
M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.
D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, I could certainly drink this beer for a long time. So far, after having this beer and BORIS The Crusher, it appears as though Hoppin’ Frog Brewery does the big beers very well.
11-04-2007 01:02:24 | More by TheManiacalOne
4.6/5 rDev +23%
I'm not looking for balance in a double IPA, what I'm looking for is the hop goodness, and this one has it in spades. Slightly cloudy orange/amber with a decent head, and wonderful aromas of piney and citrusy hops that perfume the room when you open the bottle. The taste is even more intense, with resinous, sticky hops that aren't just bitter- there is a whole lot of earhy and citrusy flavors with some nice, sticky pine in the finish, and just enough of a sweet malt background to hang the whole hoppy shebang from. Clean and a bit tannic and bitter in the mouth. but in a refreshing way- not thick. I really enjoyed this for what it was- a nice slam of hops where the hoppy goodness can really be enjoyed. Layers of various hop flavors make this hophead happy.
02-04-2009 22:09:40 | More by Georgiabeer
4.6/5 rDev +23%
Heck of a pick up from the sterling Sun Singer. This impressed from when I cracked open the bottle, bursting with rich, citrusy hops. Clear amber-bronze body that is a sight to behold is topped by two fingers of white froth. The lacing is tremendous, leaving curtains of lacing on the reliable DAB mug. A bit more durability on the froth would make this a five.
The nose is just that. Bursting forth right out of the cap, citrusy hops and caramel malt invade the nose. The smell of Mean Manalishi wreaks of DIPA--big, bold, citrusy, and durable. Outstanding nose.
I am usually loathe to score the nose higher than the taste for good beer, primarily because the two are so closely related. But here, the connection between mouthfeel and taste draws the taste score slightly downward from the smell--though it's rated primarily on its merits. The taste is excellent, without question. Lots of grapefruit, lemon, melon, and some orange peel combine with some caramel stickiness, though a bit less than I'd like. Complexity emerges, though more would push this over the top. I'm fond of the mouthfeel, but believe that the texture woudl be better served with some more caramel. That is, a bit more malt would fill up what is a very good, but sometimes slightly thin, taste and mouthfeel.
Still, this is a delight for hop lovers, who are not short-changed. This is an easy beer to love an thoroughly enjoy, and one of the better DIPAs, I've had in a while. Very delicious, I won't pass this by as I had so often before. Terrific.
04-29-2008 04:46:34 | More by Gehrig
4.6/5 rDev +23%
This DIPA pours a deep, luscious orange/copper with lighter golden/amber highlights. The light tan head holds well and leaves some nice uniform lace. Nothing spectacular, but I pretty sure nothing would have prepared my for the assault it would put on the rest of my senses....
I hadn't heard a lot about this brew and it didn't seem to have the kind of buzz that many of the other great IPA's and DIPA's did, however I would put it right up there with some of the best. In any case I was pleasantly surprised and taken off guard by how impressive it was.
Heavy pine and citrus are all over the nose. Sweet orange, grapefruit, and lots of caramel malt. Sticky, bitter hops are huge as well. Essentially candied fruit and mouthwatering hops.
Thick resinous hops; sticky and bitter. The hops contrast well with the tangy, juicy citrus fruits. Again orange and grapefruit. The malt backbone is very pronounced; toasty sweet grain. Bright, sweet and bitter. Its hard to balance something with such intense flavor components, but this brew manages it very well.
Full bodied but with a bright, crisp mouthfeel. Very bitter and slightly dry in the finish. Big and flavorful. Not terribly complex, but what this DIPA does, it does insanely well. It delivers one of the biggest doses of hops out there without focusing too heavily on satisfying only hard-core hop heads. An absolute must try. As I said, I put it up there with some of the best of the style.
Thick resinous hops smack you in the mouth
12-16-2007 04:42:28 | More by letsgopens
4.55/5 rDev +21.7%
"Come sneakin' around tryin' to drive me mad
Bustin' in on my dreams making me see things I don't wanna see"
-The Green Manalishi (with a two-pronged crown)
mr. karm must be a fleetwood mac fan.
A- pours a thick hazy semi-translucent orange-amber-brown, starts dark right under the cap then lightens to nearly golden at the bottom. like a murky dark honey, it's topped with a subdued ecru-beige head that just screams that it's loaded with malt and hops. spitbubble lace forms in sheets and waves, and a constant pile of foam stays floating on the top.
S- smells brewery fresh, tons of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, passionfruit, and mandarin orange. tropical hops lead the way with some toasted caramel malt sweetness following close behind. a pronounced earthy resinous character seems to rise from this beer in a vapor and my eyes close half-way as i enter some sort of a hop dreamland. nice woodsy aromas also, like rich aromatic dried out herbs or high quality reefer. a somewhat rye-like tartness comes through also near the end this mean motha seems to round out all aspects of my aroma receptors.
A- very complex so i'll have to go through this in levels: at first a very spicy, earthy herb taste, like fresh pungent thyme crushed in the palm of my hand along with newly toasted malt. immediately following is that rye tartness and though doubtful, it wouldn't surprise me if rye was an ingredient the taste is so similar. next up (just when i say "168 ibu?") the intense bitterness kicks in with intense grapefruit peel and orange pith, unripe blood orange, sweet kumquat rind, and mandarin/clementine mixing in the back. the hop bill is incredibly citric and creates a very nice mix of bitter citrus flavors. woodsy bready flavors come out next, rounding out all the hop intensity into a manageable citrus/pine finish.
MF- rich and nearly full-bodied, the amount of malt and hops in this thing are entirely noticeable. seems like a magic nap elixir, as the hop's sedative qualities begin to take effect. viscous and oily at times, not in a bad way, it's not an alcohol dryness per-se, but a resinous plant astringent feel that dries the inside of my cheeks as i try to re-moisten them with more manalishi, but to no avail. perfect carbonation gives the feel of thick fermenting pineapple juice and the dryness makes this bomb ALMOST a thirst quencher, which i usually do not look for in imperials.
D- a little too drinkable. i don't know if that's a good or bad thing. it could get dangerous. equally perilous is that i now know that the freshest beer i've ever had is just 30 min away from my house. and in the near future, hopefully at my bar. for a double ipa, this one goes down way to easy.
04-14-2008 19:47:57 | More by hustlesworth
4.5/5 rDev +20.3%
Pours a pure bronze with a couple fingers of white head. SMACK! Full piney hops, citrus rind and grapefruit in the nose. SMACK! Taste is huge. Juicy hops, big grapefruit, rind, orange and perhaps a hint of spice. Malt is not even a backbone. If you want balance, take that weak stuff somewhere else. This is meant to be a big bad DIPA. Some pineapple shows up as it warms. Feels medium in the mouth with a puckering bitter finish that lingers on the tongue well after the sip. No A.B.V. shows up anywhere. Im a hophead through and though. Im puckering in delight with every sip.
09-08-2007 02:15:10 | More by franksnbeans
Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 579 ratings.