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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
84
good

582 Ratings
THE BROS
63
poor

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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 26
Gots: 42 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 07-03-2007)
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Photo of bigsquirrel
1/5  rDev -73.3%

bigsquirrel, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of juliusseizure
1/5  rDev -73.3%

juliusseizure, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of SjConroy
1.5/5  rDev -59.9%

SjConroy, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of kscaldef
1.6/5  rDev -57.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No head, slightly cloudy amber. Nose has citrus, pine, a hint of diacetyl and maybe banana(?). Very bitter and mouthcoating. Grassy taste and not much else. I generally like DIPA/IIPAs and there's nothing I'm enjoying about this. Drain pour. Wondering if this was a flawed bottle.

kscaldef, Apr 03, 2011
Photo of microbrewlover
1.7/5  rDev -54.5%
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.

microbrewlover, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
1.95/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.

A- Deep dark orange hue, very clear, just a bit of visible carbonation. Slightly under a one finger head, sticks around and leaves good webby lacing.

S- Lemon zest, apples, and biscuit. Get a faint note of pepper as well. It doesn't smell bad, but not how a DIPA should smell, imo of course.

T- Apple is the dominate flavor I'm getting, with a strong hint of lemons. Aftertaste is reminiscent of band-aids. Bit of biscuity malt. It is pretty bitter but not as bitter as I would suspect for 168IBU's.

M- Mouthfeel is light, borderline watery.

O- I obviously got an old bottle, and at 12.99$ a bomber it wasn't worth it at all. I had to drain pour this one, just not something I wanted to finish. I will not buy again unless Hoppin Frog starts putting "bottled on" labels.

YourMomDrinksBud, Sep 07, 2011
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

Travcofarms, Sep 23, 2013
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

jjf3792, Jul 19, 2013
Photo of Massbmx
2/5  rDev -46.5%

Massbmx, Feb 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

bobojuice, Oct 21, 2012
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2/5  rDev -46.5%

bigbeerfan, Sep 14, 2013
Photo of ToddT
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Amber color with a large off white head. Head is sticky and fades to a cap that leaves good lacing on the glass.

S- Hops, hops and more hops, an overload of pine and grapefruit. There is a sweet smell going on in the background as well.

T- Bitter wash of the hops takes over from beginning to the end. Nothing to balance this out just overwhelming bitterness. Finish is bone dry and astringent.

M- Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, has that oily hop aftertaste as well.

D- Nope, the bitterness is overkill. Almost wish I could taste the alcohol in the 8.2% ABV for something to offset the hops

Painful - it lives up to the "mean" part in the name. I think my taste buds went on strike halfway through this.

ToddT, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of timtim
2.2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I hate to say it, and i usually don't review beers i don't like, but i found this one to be just too much. Overkill. Nose is resiny, piney, grapefruity... basically all the flavors we associate with good hops mixing together to create something that smells like industrial strength cleaner that they would use at a health food store. Taste is way out of whack, with sweetness from the malt coming through and tons of hop flavor and bitterness that is flabby and muddy. little definition. kind of all over the place with a concept that not only has been done before, but deemed generally uncool by the whole community. yuck. i am so sorry i don't like this one. it was a gift from someone that was raving about how awesomely hoppy it was... i wonder... am i over it?

timtim, Jul 04, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Swik, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of taylorhamrick
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden nearly copper color, and an enourmous off-white head on top. I had lacing from the first sip. The smell is incredibly resinousy. There isn't much else to be found, and the aroma just pounds on your face. If I make a wish and dream big, I could find some citrus fruit, but I get more leaves and plant matter (not floral). Sorry to say,that there isn't much hop flavor in there, just bitterness, a bit of aroma. Most of the hop presence is herbal and spicy, rather than floral, and at some points you get this fruitiness, but more like plums than sour or tart fruits. The alcohol is present, because of the intense dryness. It like it, it fixes my craving, but I don't exactly taste the hops as much as I feel them. The first sip was a bit creamy, but after that It was dryness and harsh bitterness, with crazy alcohol burning. This one really cuts it when you haven't experienced hops for a while, but it is a bit like an amusement park ride. Only the brave should try, but it isn't exactly the most painful you can get.

taylorhamrick, Feb 18, 2009
Photo of bigfnjoe
2.42/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint.

A- pours a very cloudy shade of orange with a 3 finger slightly offwhite head. The head fades quickly, and doesn't lace very well...the beer itself looks pretty ugly. Lots of sediment in there.

S- very strong citrus hops, to the point where it almost burns my nose...that's not too good, though it does smell pretty yummy

T- really bitter. REALLY bitter. And that bitterness sticks around for awhile. I'm really not getting any citrus...just a lot of bitter pine resin. VERY disappointing

M- really thick and syrupy, which is to be expected from the style...doesn't work with how unbelievably bitter this is though. Absolutely choking

D- no. Oh god no. This is really hard to choke down, just because its so ridiculously hoppy and strong and...yeah

bigfnjoe, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Todd
2.48/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber split with the bro.

Pours a turbid, dark, leathery copper colored brew with tons of particles in suspension, and it's kind of freaky looking as it doesn't move. Great head though ... off-white, super creamy and sticky. But man, all of that sediment is kind of off-putting.

Pungent nose. Tons of fresh grapefruit, spice and herbal. Minty. Cheesy. Resiny as hell. Eye-watering. My eyes!

Smooth, medium-bodied on the palate with an intense smackdown of hops on the palate. Sharp citric acids, lemon, lime, big grapefruit, pine, grassy, coarse and resiny. Scorched leaves and ash. Some cheese and soap too. Super astringent. Puckering. As for the malts, there's a touch of caramel and bread, but it's pretty much stomped to death by the crazy and out of control hop presence. Finish is bone dry, bitter, rough and astringent.

I'm a hophead, but I think this is overkill. 168IBU. Why bother? That's past the human threshold. A waste of hops. There's absolutely no balance (yes, there can be balance within the style) and it's hard to get down the throat. It's like drinking a handful of hops dropped into a pint glass of brew, and anyone who has ever attempted this can attest that this is not overly pleasant.

Todd, May 13, 2008
Photo of gfx
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

gfx, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of jackrodgers77
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

jackrodgers77, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of Minn_Joe
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Minn_Joe, May 31, 2013
Photo of adamette
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Live Review. Poured from the brown bomber that I bought at Wine and Beverage Depot in Mentor a few days ago for $10.99. I have seen this beer in stores repeatedly and I guess that I finally "gave in" the other day. No "best by" or brewed on date observed by me.

A Dark copper translucent body under a light brown creamy head that is short lived...about 2 minutes...but the higher ABV is likely responsible for that. Good, strong look. 4.0

S Very strong hops but also barley malt sweetness as well. Intriguing, this has the makings of one big DIPA. 4.0

T/M The hops and the malt are there but there is also an annoying, overly burdensome bitterness that lingers on the back of my toungue and reminds me of a burlap bag or perhaps scraping my tongue on the bark of a tree. It is really an abrasive bitterness and it is really hard to ignore or overcome. 2.0

D Not really that high due to the unimpressive taste and feel. I admit it was a struggle to finish the bomber. I have had many other DIPAs that were easier to drink than this one. 2.0

Notes: Dissapointed in this one from a local brewer. I really do not appreciate that overly bitter taste in a DIPA. I don't appreciate a lack of "bottled on" date. Lastly, it does not help that this beer is so expensive!

adamette, Jan 22, 2011
Photo of oberon
2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A friend of mine here in Greensboro thinks this beer is the one all be all and shared a bottle with me Sunday night.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep clear amber/bronze with a half finger slight off white head atop,great clarity and hue to the beer.Whoo man the aromas are borderline harsh,just wicked resin with a bit of caramel base but the hop onslaught is wicked in not such a good way.The 168 IBU's is just overkill on the palate,its dry as all get out and bitter to the hilt,wicked pine resin and alcohol make you wanna grab a glass of water and chug it.Iam a full on hophead but this is overkill to the umteenth degree,sorry Brian I told ya I liked it but man that stuff is harsh.

oberon, Jul 16, 2008
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2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle purchased at Archer Liquors, in Chicago. I think.

A- Tries to pour a clear orange, but there are floaties everywhere. I even left quite a bit in the bottom of the bottle and there are still chunks floating all over the place. Nice white head on initial pour and throughout the beer. Good lacing. Just can't get past all the particles.
S- Typical IIPA hop profile in the nose. Some grapefruit notes, but nothing special stands out.
T- Heavy (what appears to be) floral and citrus hops. Bitter, but not in a good way. Needs a bigger malt backbone to balance out the hops.
M - Medium body, fairly heavy yet almost dry.
D- None. This is a one-note pony (hops) and not even a good one at that. Too much bittering hops and not enough malt make finising this a chore, and I will not be seeking this out again.

Overall - Not much of anything positive to report. Another IIPA that pales in comparison to the greats out there. Bitter to the point of harsh, the definition of below average. Avoid.

mrandypandy, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of RevereBeer
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bomber into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy orange with a 2" white head and pretty good retention. Not much lacing.

S: Smells piney and floral, with caramel sweetness coming through. Fruity as well. A lot of aromas going on here, nothing really wonderful.

T: The taste didn't sit all that well with me. Dry and puckering hops are really dominant, including citrus and floral tastes. This is fine for a DIPA, but the caramel malts didn't seem to match here, and the sweetness felt medicinal.

M/D: Super dry and bitter with medium carbonation. As mentioned, the caramel sweetness doesn't do a whole lot to balance, just too many hops. Not so easy to drink.

RevereBeer, Apr 14, 2010
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2.59/5  rDev -30.7%
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>

Lledd, May 02, 2013
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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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