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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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608 Ratings

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Ratings: 608
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.47%
Wants: 27
Gots: 45 | FT: 1
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:
Beer added by: klewis on 07-03-2007

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Ratings: 608 | Reviews: 363
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Above average DIPA. Good aroma, good, no a great bittereness. Grapefruit colour with a little, though bubbly head.IBU 80-90 in taste as it is drinkable, rememering we are doing an assault force of DIPAs, and the malt is at the end, though lists at 160.

Photo of t0rin0
3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and orange, maybe a little darker. Head is white and fluffy, decent retention.

Aroma is powerfully grapefruity. Lots of hops, only a little malt, no alcohol.

Taste is bitter and fruity but balanced and controlled. The malt presence is stronger in the taste than in the aroma. Nice all around.

Medium body, medium/hight bitterness, plenty of CO2. Very drinkable.

Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev 0%

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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has a mixture of citrus, floral and pine resin aromas from the hops.
T: Like the smell, the hops dominate the taste and flavors of pine resin seem to stand out in particular. Advertised as 168 IBUs, there is a high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: Although this beer is very hoppy and bitter, it’s relatively drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Resinous aroma with plenty of grapefruit pith

Taste: Forget about the malt as the grapefruit flavors assault the taste buds from the get go; it just builds from there, with some pineapple and floral sweetness that appears at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One wild DIPA for the hop heads; quite an achievement

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -20%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everything I've had from Hoppin' Frog has been very good thus far. That ride continues here. The beer begins with a brigt amber-chesnut color with bright clarity, fantastic head formation, retention, lacing, and legging. An impressive look. The aromas are a beautiful blend of caramel maltiness, orange rinds, candied cherries, pine-floral-citrus hop juiciness. Flavors of the malts, fruits and hops are all there in force- making a nicely blended backdrop for hops. The hop flavor rides just behind the malts, but bite hard in the back of the throat and amplify an alcoholic taste that boarders on harsh and astringent. Texutres are very heavy and leaves some unattenuated malt syrupy textures. Alcohols and hops help to cut the sweetness, but create a harsh fusal sensation in the back of the thoat that promises heartburn later. All in all, this is a good example for the style. Although some age will help to round out the alcohols, the hops will fall into a more timid, herbal state. If I can find another bottle, perhaps I'll do just that.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramel malt with some astringent and bitter hops. Taste is also a mix between some caramel malt with limited sweetness and some astringent and dry bitter hops. I would have better appreciated this beer had more citrusy or floral notes been discernable. Medium body with good carbonation and no alcohol tasted. Not bad overall but still far away from some of the top beers from this style.

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as an amber color with a foamy white head on top that had a nice lacing to it. The smell of the beer wasn't quite as floral as I was hoping for, it had a hops on the nose but they were much more earthy than citrusy. The taste of the beer was similar to the nose. I wish that this was a little bit more of a brighter IPA instead of a muddy earthy one. The mouthfeel was decent on this beer, it had a good amount of body but nothing too exciting either. Overall this beer was good if you like the Eastern style or English IPA's. For me, I enjoy the Western ones more so this one wasn't really going anywhere with me.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warmly glowing red-orange-bronze with turmeric colored trim. This is a beautiful DIPA that could easily be mistaken for an American barleywine. The densely creamy crown looks like orange-caramel mousse and also looks to be full of hop resins due to the impressive amount of glass coverage that has occured so far.

The aroma doesn't ease off the accelerator for one second. Although it's difficult to believe 168 IBUs, I suppose it is possible. In any case, the beer smells like it's chock-a-block full of both caramel malt and C-hops. I get tired of describing DIPAs noses as brown sugar, grapefruit, orange and pine, but that's what's in here. I think I'm gonna like this one.

Mean Manalishi walks a very fine line. On one side of the line is too much caramel malt and on the other is just short of too much caramel malt. To clarify, that's with respect to flavor, not body. Thankfully, it isn't anywhere near the gooey, sticky mess that some DIPAs tend to be.

In spite of the 'toasted bread slathered with melted caramel' flavor of the malt, the 'citrus pith on steroids' flavor of the hops is able to punch through with authority. While those competing (yet complementary) flavors go toe-to-toe, the sweetness of the former is no match for the scathing alpha acid bitterness of the latter. This stuff isn't called *Mean* Manalishi simply because it sounds cool. Which it does.

My wavering on the all-important taste score is now officially over. There's so much juicy, buzzsaw-like hop flavor in every mouthful that I don't know how the final score could ever have been in doubt. There's no question but that MM is Ohio's hoppiest beer. For once, the words 'extreme', 'assertive' and 'intense' aren't mere marketing malarky.

No alcohol is appreciated. I'm not sure how it could be given wall-to-wall hop resinousness. Drinkability is directly proportional to one's hopheadedness. This bomber is going to obliterate my taste buds for the remainder of the night, but that's a tradeoff that I'm more than willing to make.

The mouthfeel might be a fraction lighter than the style average. That isn't a negative in this case because it keeps things moving smartly along. This is a 'begs to be gulped' beer, not an 'asks to be sipped' beer. The fact that I wouldn't want it any lighter or any heavier is reason enough for the above score.

I continue to be delighted by the deliciousness coming out of Ohio's second best brewery. Mr. Karm creates big beer for big beer lovers and does it exceptionally well. I always make sure to grab a handful of Hoppin' Frog bombers when I get back to the Buckeye State. I might have to make it two handfuls this time. Mean Manalishi means business.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.16/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one in a trade recently, but have had it before. Very nice twenty two ounce bottle that was served chilled in a pint glass. Consumed on 08/27/2008.

The pour was one of the best I have ever seen for the style. Rich dark amber color with a ton of orange highlights mixed in throughout. Tond of haze and a nice two inch foam top that never wanted to settle. The bottom of the glass was riddled with sticky foam once i was done. Really very well done here for sure.

The aroma was tons of sticky, resin like hops all the way. Oodles of pine aroma, mixed in with some rich orange and tangerine. Sight hint of a sweet malty base around here as well. The flavor here was much of the same. Rich pine hops, sticky with a resin like flavor and a good bready and biscuit like base to it. Nice balance here, but still way leaning towards the hops in terms of a definte direction. Nice medium feel was morethen adequatly carbonated and the alachol was soo well hidden, I plowed through this one much quicker then I should have,

Overall this was a solid beer. On the better side of the IPA's I have had as of late. I would have no isse at all with trying this one again sometime soon. A very solid offering that I would love to get ahold of again.

Photo of oberon
2.59/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ton of suspended sediment slowly swirls in the direction of the pour. Dirty reddish amber tone, sheets of lacing in the glass.

Rich resiny hops, candied grapefruit comes through in a big way. Strangely a touch of sterile gauze wafts in, but doesn't stick around. Vegetal hop aroma.

Lots of pale malt flavor, as it sits, the hop element becomes less bitter and pretty agreeable overall. Mainly grapefruit with a few random pine needles jabbed in it for good measure. Savory bitterness in the end, mild spice that can't be positively ID'ed. Some sort of mustardy notes come in toward the end. Alternately fruity and herbal.

Full bodied, but still retaining a pleasant drinkability. Worth the price of admission. 168 IBUs...and i'm 129 years old. I would try this next to Dreadnaught, Goose IIPA, or similar for a good head-to-head battle.

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, copper color with burgundy hues. It had a small, foamy, white head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled very sweet with orange peel, some grapefruit and nice pine notes.

T - It tasted of sweet bubblegum, hoppy pine flavors. Plenty of citrus flavors with mild grapefruit tartness.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a dry finish. A medium bodied DIPA.

D - This is a really nice Imperial IPA. Despite its strength it was fairly easy drinking.

Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam with a reddish tinge. The body is a clear, red-copper color. The head settles quickly, leaving thick strands of lace.

S - Fruity pineapple and mango hops with some pine and mint undertones. A substantial note of toffee and caramel malt is looming behind the hops.

T - Fruity pineapple hops with an equal proportion of resinous pine. Big notes of sweet malt with caramel and toast mixes with the hops and highlights the pineapple character. Big hop bitterness comes on in the finish and coats the palate, but isn't quite enough to overwhelm the very sweet malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The hop character is really very nice, especially in the aroma, with lot of fruit, but enough pine to keep it a bit earthy. Despite big bitterness, that is unfortunately a bit asprin like, the malt is so sweet that it cannot be balanced out. It is odd to come across a big, bitter DIPA that is cloyingly sweet, but this one is. Kind of a mixed bag overall, great hops character, but just too sweet. If they would dry it out a bit and smooth the bitterness down, this could compare favorably to Hopslam.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.62/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 608 ratings.