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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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560 Ratings

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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 26
Gots: 34 | 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 tippebrewcrew2


3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppin' Frog
Mean Manlishi
Double IPA
ABV 8.2%
IBU's 168

L= 4.0 Dark, chunky brown, rotten orange color with 2 finger head that also had bits and chunks in it. Wow

S= 4.5 Huge nose of spicy esters. This is one of the biggest smells I've ever gotten from a dipa. It almost has a candy sweet tart smells after the spicy ester. Really interesting.

T= 4.0 You get a nice subtle upfront sweetness and then bam! You get side balled by huge ester bitterness. It is a very unbalanced beer but it's grows on you. There is tartness before the finish that resembles that of a cry baby or a sweet tart. It taste literally like carbonated hop water. I am going to be sweaty out alpha acid for the remainder of the week.

F= 3.5 It feels biting and stinging on the tongue.

D= 3.5 (non-session) It's interesting that they went for it. It's in interesting beer and you can tell that the beer is over-saturated with hops. If someone has this beer you need to try it. If you see it in the store, you need to buy it. It's not well balanced or even balanced at all, but it's interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2010 06:35:27 | More by tippebrewcrew2
Photo of jzeilinger


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an hazy orange amber color with mild lacing and retention.

Smells of sweet caramel malt and has a strong pine presence with moderate citrus and grapefruit aroma.

Taste has a strong caramel malt presence, more so than many D-IPA's I've had, though not a negative, I really would prefer more "in your face" kind of bitterness. Starts sweet on the front end followed by a decent piney hop presence, grapefruit-like bitterness, and then hangs on the tongue in a dry sort of way. As I worked through the bottle, I eventually picked up hints of pineapple and orange as well, but enderneath it all was that sweet caramel presence.

Mouthfeel is dry, metallic-like, and with a bitter grapefruit finish. I think it's well balanced for a D-IPA, but then again, my personal preference to this style is a bitter in your face taste and finish. I appreciate the balance they're going for but personally, I would love to see the malt profile dialed back.

Drinkability is O.K. I had a 22 oz bomber but I'm not sure I would have ordered a second. I think Hoppin Frog brews some very good beers, although, I wasn't so excited about this one but I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2010 04:19:15 | More by jzeilinger
Photo of prg1976


2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No date on the bottle, so who knows how fresh it is (annoying).

Pours a cloudy amber color. About 1" of head, it hung around for a minute or two. No lacing, no retention.

Smells a little piney, some grassy hop aroma too. Not easy to pick up, aroma is pretty faint. It actually smells better right from the bottle rather than after it's poured into the glass.

Tastes kindof bland. There's a good bit of bitterness, and some caramely malt, but not much else. Some pine, but not much. A little bready. Not what I was expecting from a DIPA.

Not much going on. Other than the bitterness, there's nothing more to the mouthfeel. Not much carbonation.

Probably won't try it again, unless they put a "born on" date on the bottle somewhere. Definitely not worth the $12 I paid for it.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 01:47:40 | More by prg1976
Photo of JayQue


3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good DIPA, my first Hoppin' Frog beer as well. Bomber brought back to me from Jacksonville FL. Poured a fairly clear, very slightly hazy copper color into a pint glass. Good size white head with thick lacing and pretty good retention.

Smell is floral hops, average intensity. Taste is balanced in the sense that intense hops are balanced by strong malt flavor.

Starts out with strong, bitter floral and citrus hops. They don't last that long because they are followed up by strong, slightly sour malts to cut the hoppiness. Overall not bad!!

Mouthfeel seems a bit thin at first but seems richer once the tongue gets innundated with hops.

Drinkability is above average. This is not a beer good enough to discount the high abv. Half the bomber is fine...drinking the whole thing is at the outer range of desirable.

Pretty good, but I have had better!!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 02:19:19 | More by JayQue
Photo of tr4nc3d


4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber poured into my Tulip

Pours a dark copper color with a one and a half inch very slightly tan head. Great head retention that is pretty dense and subsides slowly.

Smell is of very ripe fruit with the grapefruit being the dominate one and following is tangerines, honey, and pineapple. Aroma of pink bubblegum is also detected with some caramel malts.

Upfront taste of citrus lemon followed by some grapefruit, this follows with a pretty intense pine needle bitterness that keeps going throughout the beer, but wait, then after the bitterness takes hold it is slightly balanced with a pretty dominate pink bubblegum like taste. Pretty surprised I got quite a bit of different flavors from a DIPA. I' am impressed.

Mouthfeel is leaning on full bodied with pretty damn high carbonation. Bitterness is on the high side for this DIPA.

Overall this was a pretty complex DIPA with different flavors to keep you guessing. Only thing I did not like was the carbonation could be toned down a bit, but besides that I would highly recommend this beer and

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 23:35:04 | More by tr4nc3d
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a standard pint glass. No date on the bottle but it seemed fresh.

A - Copper with a slight haze and a big, enthusiastic head. Good, solid lacing as the glass empties.

S - Piney, grassy and floral hops with some caramel and honey and a touch of yeast.

T - Citrusy and piney hops lead the flavor but there's a solid supporting cast of lightly toasted malts, a hint of sweetness and alcohol. It's all held together nicely by a citrusy bitterness that runs from start to finish.

M - Creamy and silky with a nice low carbonation.

D - I liked this beer more than I thought I would. This was a vibrant, flavorful, fun DIPA with a citrusy west coast bite but a little malt to balance it all out. I really think the freshness was the key. I think this one could go downhill fast if left on a shelf too long.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 22:05:38 | More by GJ40
Photo of Sideswipe


4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy orange color with a thin, tan head. Looks great! Smell is a blast of citrus hops. Orange, grapefruit, and pine. Very nice. First drink is an assault of hoppy goodness! Sweet citrus and oily pine. Love it! Caramel maltiness comes in midway but it is over taken in the finish by hoppy bitterness. Not sure where they come up with 168 IBU's. This beer is hoppy, but not to that degree. Mouthfeel is great. Resiny, viscous pine, and just the right amount of carbonation. I really liked his beer! Finished the bomber in no time, and I'm left wishing I had another. A very good, full bodied DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2010 06:16:42 | More by Sideswipe
Photo of tempest


2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bomber at Tap and Table. I poured my share into a tulip glass and looked a hazy red amber with a short off-white head. Right off the bat, as I stick my nose into the glass, there's a clear plastic aroma. It continues into the flavor, really staining the otherwise tasty dry grapefruit of orange peel notes. There's also a good kick of caramel malt that almost overbalances the hops, but this is still a pretty tasty brew aside from the obvious faults. What a shame.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2010 03:00:05 | More by tempest
Photo of Popkas


2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pour is a cloudy amber with a thin head. Limited lacing.

S: The nose is of some citrusy hops, but not all that pleasant.

T: Piney hops leading to heavy malts. Again not an example of my favorite blend.

M: Body is fine.

D: Not a great beer for the money, sorry.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 04:04:52 | More by Popkas
Photo of wspscott


3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle in Duvel tulip (no date)

A: Hazy dark orange with hints of brown. Thick off-white head leaves lots of lace.
S: Pours with a sharp hop nose, surprisingly little hop characteristics, just hoppy.
T: Lots of piney hops along with a ton of caramel sweetness. Obviously lots of hops, but comes across almost muted. I expect there to be more hop character in a DIPA.
M: Medium level of carbonation helps keep the stickiness from being overwhelming. A little bit of hop oiliness makes this a sippin beer.
D: A perfectly adequate DIPA, but nothing out of the ordinary. I wonder how old this is and if the hop aroma has dissapated over time, hoppy beers need brewed on dates. The bottle says 168 IBUs, this could be 68 IBUs. This bomber was $10.29 in either PA or NJ, at this price there is no way I would buy again. Worth trying if the price is right.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 23:11:13 | More by wspscott
Photo of Hoppy2Bhere


2.78/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was very dissappointed after plopping down $9 for a bomber of this DIPA. While it says the IBU's are 168, I never tasted the bitterness I crave from a good IPA or DIPA. In fact, the malty overtones seemed to overpower the hops and bitter aftertaste.

It is a big beer, but just not on my radar after this tasting

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2010 23:10:20 | More by Hoppy2Bhere
Photo of babaracas


4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange, two finger cream colored head drops to a quarter inch, sporadically leaving clumps of lace. Smell: super resiny, a touch of sweetened grapefruit, leafy, herbal. Taste: big herbal and grainy bitterness, a bit leafy, citrus rind, end of the sip and aftertaste is all tangerine. A little caramel sweetness that doesn't begin to compete with the hops. Lighter bodied but quite drying with a slightly sticky finish. Good but not great.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 00:04:49 | More by babaracas
Photo of joeyspit


4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

A: beer pours a murky copper color with a 1/2 inch head that that dissipates but leaves a very sticky lacing

S: grapefruit, pine and alcohol. Has a sweet aroma overall.

T: starts off sweet, piney and citrusy hops take over then back to malty sweetness with hops lingering on the tongue

M: definitely full bodied that is deceptive drinkable

O: a Nice full bodied DIPA that is deceptively drinkable and sneaks up on you. Nice appearance as lacing sticks throughout. Cloudiness is good as if there wasn't any, they didn't use enough hops.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 01:46:29 | More by joeyspit
Photo of Lerxst


2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Murky amber/orange with a nice frothy white head that left decent lacing. All the particles make it look like dirty pond water, though.

S-grapefruit and pine resin. Thats about it.

T-Citrus hops, some spice, pine resin, a trace a malt.

M-On the light side of medium bodied, a bit astringent, a bit oily.

D-Too one dimensional to make this truly enjoyable. I finished the bomber, but it took some time.

Overall, this one is a disappointment, especially at $11 a bomber.
I've had several Hoppin' Frog beers now and paid $10-11 apiece for each and the only one that was even close to being worth it was BORIS. I think this one cured me of overpaying for HF brews.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 00:52:38 | More by Lerxst
Photo of spwalshesq


4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

OK, anytime a hophead like me comes across a new beer with 168 IBUs, you just gotta try it! Shwinngg! Hoppin' Frog's Mean Manalishi DIPA is a monster beer.

A: Starts off with a huge, frothy, off-white head that dissipates rather quickly. Lacing is fair, not too sticky on the glass. Wow, the color is like beef broth! Not quite that dark, but just as murky. Heavy particulates (lees) that settle out but the beer remains hazy throughout the session.

S: Orange rind, molasses, hay, sweet dried fruit (dried prune). Very complex.

T: Full bodied is an understatement. Thick texture. Average carbonation. Sweet dried concentrated fruit, some citrus with a nice malt finish. A chewy beer, but in a good way. Surprisingly drinkable.

MF: Enveloping. Not as astringently hoppy as you'd expect from a beer of 168 IBUs.

D: I'm impressed with this beer, but then again, I trend toward hoppy DIPAs. Not sure if I could do more than 1 bomber in a sitting. A full-bodied, complex beer. Enjoyed the experience.

Overall: Highly recommended for those who like full-flavored DIPAs. Slainte!

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2010 20:55:35 | More by spwalshesq
Photo of prsguitarsr4me

New York

4.83/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2010 03:16:11 | More by prsguitarsr4me
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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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 01:28:56 | More by mrandypandy
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rounding out my sampling of Hoppin' Frog until someone can send me a Barrel Aged B.O.R.I.S. Poured from a 22 ounce bottle without a date into a Stone Arrogant Bastard 0.5L glass.

Beer is reddish and hazy. Forms a thin head of off white / yellow head made up of small bubbles. Carbonation is moderate and made up of small bubbles that rise through the beer slowly. Head leaves a lot of lacing as the beer is drank.

Aroma is dominated by pine hop character.

Full bodied beer, lots of malt character in the front, no aftertaste. There is nice hop character in the midpalate region as well as a strong bitterness at the back. Overall, well connected and balanced flavors. Drinkability is good and mouthfeel is good. Its a fine double IPA but not in the western / California tradition necessarily. Not a hop bomb.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 16:56:35 | More by drabmuh
Photo of deereless


3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Tons of thick frothy head that leaves some serious lacing down the length of the glass, color is a light amber, minimal carbonation visible in the beer - 4.25, S: Heavy on the hop aromas, strong citrus and pine and what smells like mint, some tropical fruit sweetness, ever so slightly medicinal - 4.00, T: Sharp hop bite, sticky and resiny, alcohol is noticeable, grapefruit pith and pine, heavy on the caramel malts, Mean Manalishi barely holds on to being balanced - 3.50, M: Mouth feel is quite smooth while having some stickiness - 4.00, D: A solid double I.P.A. though nothing that leaves me begging for more - 3.50

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2010 03:26:06 | More by deereless
Photo of backfat


3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

this was a crazy one. reading over the reviews, this beer is either the nectar of the gods, or rancid lake water, and the review in the room i enjoyed it in wasn't much different. picked up this beauty at the largest liquor store in indiana (supposedly). 168 IBUs!?!? that sounds undrinkable. shockingly it wasn't. i get more bitter from a ruination anyday (110 IBUs?). i love hoppin frog. their hoppin to heaven IPA is in my top 100 and the BORIS is a god beer hands down. some people think this one is too sweet but i loved every minute of it. at certain points, the hops were just out of control though. you know there is no balance when you can feel the enamel ripping off your teeth, but i was just in it for the experience of drinking hop juice (literally) WARNING: it's big.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2009 18:45:58 | More by backfat
Photo of dsw4b

South Carolina

4.7/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 17:30:00 | More by dsw4b
Photo of Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks decent, leaves a slight sticky lacing. Aromas consist of citrus, candied fruits, and alcohol. A bit astringent and unpleasant. Very hoppy, but off kilter. The aftertaste is sweet and syrupy. Lots of bitterness, especially in the finish. This brew does not measure up to the many great DIPAs out there. I'm glad to have tried it, and while it was drinkable, I won't get this one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 03:55:11 | More by Huhzubendah
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New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass. Cool label.

Appearance: A bit darker than I thought it'd be, with some amber and brown amidst the copper color. Good off-white lacing and nice bubbles to the top.

Smell: Slightly floral, slightly earthy, slightly rind-like. Good citrus aromas and fruit esters. Balanced, but not as complex as I'd hoped.

Taste: Huge earthy citrus hops. Rinds galore. More on the back end the hops come at you. Flavorful roasted malts and dark fruit esters on the malt side. Finish is bursting visceral hops.

Mouthfeel: A bit too big and cloying, but only a bit. More carbonation would've been nice to curb the hop attack.

Drinkability: Bring on the hops, I say. Not as nasty as I thought it was going to be. I liked it and want to try more, as this was my first HF brew.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2009 21:09:57 | More by asabreed
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3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a copper color with a one finger white head . Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is very floral with citrus and grapefruit present. Taste has the citrus and grapefruit flavors you expect from a DIPA but also has a strong malty and caramely backbone to it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, I've had 2 of these 22 oz beers over the last few months and enjoyed them both.

Overall a good east coast DIPA that has a strong malt presence much like a lot of the east coast ones. I enjoyed it but not something I will have shipped to me again, if I could buy it in my local store I might buy it occasionally.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2009 00:35:22 | More by billab914
Photo of popery


4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to LambTaco from Reddit. Very good, super hoppy DIPA. My only criticism of this beer is that there is so much hop bitterness that it loses a bit of the more delicate hop flavors when you drink it. These more delicate notes are present, so it's not just a bitter hop bomb, but they're a bit overpowered, particularly in the finish. The hop aroma is citric and floral with neither note really dominating. It's a very strong aroma. There's a little bit of paint thinner astringency and rubbing alcohol harshness around the edges. The flavor is very bitter and, I think, dry. It's hard to taste anything but the hops and since I can't appreciate any malt sweetness, I'm assuming its dry. The beer is mildly difficult to drink but in a good way - well, good if you love hops, but if you don't love hops, you're drinking the wrong beer. The beer is darker than it really needs to be, not like you can really taste the crystal malt Although MM utilizes different hop strains, it reminds me of a lesser known beer, Iron Springs Casey Jones, another completely over-the-top hop bomb. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 08:00:06 | More by popery
Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.