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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 HeyItsChili
3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours amber with a sticky cream colored head that very slowly dissipates into a viscous pancake like layer over the beer.

S - Spicy, sweet, hoppy.

T - Very multilayered floral hop flavor; flowery, spicy, piny, herbal, bitter hops. Sweetness sort of feigns a balance before being punched in the face by a big sticky hop bomb.

M - Slightly thinner than medium bodied, viscous, that good ol sticky DIPA consistency.

Notes - As per most of my DIPA reviews, drinkability takes a hit due to the whole "hops raping my tastebuds" aspect.

Photo of taylorhamrick
2.44/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
4.57/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MSchae1017
2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer was poured into a pint glass from the 22oz bomber.

The beer pours a cloudy copper amber with a frothy off white head that erupts easily to a two finger that holds nicely and leaves a lot of lace. Clarity of a beer is not super important to me, so I can't say here that I should dock it many points for this.

The aroma of the beer is all hops. Floral aromas dominate, but spicy aromas are right there. Piney and citrus aroma linger in the background as well.

The flavor of the beer is up front with a grassy vegetal hop flavor. This is followed by piney, spicy, and floral hops. A subtle matlyness lingers throughout.

The body is mendium-full with a lively carbonation. There is a significant dryness in the finish too

Overall, the grassy, leafy hop characteristic takes this one way over the top and makes it quite unbalanced.

Photo of Foxman
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy iced tea orange amber. A finger of soft beige head slips away to fine frothy vellum. Tapestries of lacing suspend along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, toasted malt is moderately berry sweet and flush with caramel. Hops grant a sheen of citrus and a dapple of crisp esters. A little sugar and a splash of alcohol flit peripherally.

Upon sipping, the malt is sugary sweet with berry and a touch of melon, as well as earthy caramel. A vague breath of mint presages pulpy dry graprefruit and crisp pine as the hops assert firmly. A cool quaver of alcohol flutters slightly. Baked biscuit breezes in as residual grain is soon bested by a building bitterness that dries and cleans a lingering finish. It's a solid if mainstream DIPA.

Medium bodied, it sticks a little, flows along, and then crisps and dries a whole lot.

I'm not sure who or what Manalishi is, or why it or he is mean, but the beer it's naming is a muscular, balanced, and tasty offering. It's just the basic hopster I want when I reach for a fundamental big IPA. Yes, the ABV is cautionable, but it does little to hinder from sip to sip. I dig the goofin' frog, I'm curious about the name, and I'm licking my lips as i finish each pint.

Photo of BeTheBall
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark amber color, darker than most DIPA's, with a one finger foamy head. Decent lacing in the glass. When you smell this beer, you get hops and more hops, with that citrus and grass background. On my first taste, my mouth slightly tingled from the bitterness, but as you progress, the bitterness is manageable. Huge hops taste and bitterness all the way down the mouth and throat, never ending. Mouthfeel was good, but other than my first taste, nothing remarkable. Drinkability is low for me for a few reasons. First, the price for a bomber is simply ridiculous. I tried one being curious about 168 IBU's. The taste is not as good as others of this style (IMO), and costs double. With this bitterness, I would call it a one and done anyway.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Capone's right before the super bowl. Semi-aggressive pour into my Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Ruby, Amber color with a one finger, tan, rocky, foamy head. Good lacing as the head recedes. Not the greatest retention, but not bad.

Aroma: A lot of malt, but a good amount of hops. Citrusy hops, a little lemony, some dry grass scent. Not the heartiest aroma, but balanced.

Taste: Very bitter, but i guess thats what you get with 168 IBU's. Some citrus hops, some grassy, earthy hops. Decent malt backbone. More malt than in the aroma. Not quit the robust body I expect from a DIPA though.

Mouthfeel: Big bitter finish. Minimal carbonation. Again, feels a little empty, like its missing something. Too much bitterness, not enough flavor.

Drinkability: Only 8.2%, but the bitterness can be a palate wrecker. Finished the bomber in about an hour.

Overall, not what I've come to expect out of a DIPA. Not enough hop character. Not very resiny or piny like I tend to enjoy more. Could use more body. While different, its an interesting take an the style. If you like interesting.

Photo of drunkmonk
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy reddish orange, some particulate seen, floating in there. I'm not frightened. Nice thick head, leads on to a nice firm lace with clums of stickage. Interesting array of orange, honeydew melon, grassy, and minty hops. Can't keep my nose away from this. The taste is as the nose would suggest, a brash and ballsy hops first experience. Intense hop resins coat the tongue and beat down any malts that are trying to make themselves known. Creamy and full bodied. Finishes with a very assertive bitterness that you would expect for 100+ Ibu beer. The hefty avb is also cloaked under all the intese hop flavors. Finish is somewhat dry and chalky. Some tealeaf with honey sweetness is left on the tongue. This beer makes no apologies about what it is, an all out hop bomb. I would suggest this be your last of the nite though. My tongue is battered.Would love to try this with some Tai hot wings. So glad I got the chance to try this. Huge thanks to jjayjaye.

Photo of Floydster
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle given to me as an extra by Eyedrinkale, thanks for the opportunity Mike, currently drinking with my dad, poured into a snifter, color is a vibrant orange with golden highlights, thin 1/2 inch bubbly white head that goes away quickly, smell has pine, lots of malt, hint of booze, and an array of citrus, taste is dry up front with some bread and mild sugar in the middle, piney hoppiness in the finish, has a nice dryness to it in the aftertaste, slightly sweet, dry, and cottony mouthfeel, medium bodied, on the lower side for carbonation, could drink the bomber of this probably, alcohol hidden pretty well, relatively light on the stomach for its style, not a bad brew overall, actually an impressive DIPA, worth trying

Photo of aerozeppl
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper color. Really hazy for a double IPA. A half finger of white head with excellent lacing.

S: Big malt nose. Really not much of a hop nose which is kind of disappointing.

T: Again big grain taste. Some malt but mostly grain. Almost no hop presence which is a let down. It is a nice tasting beer but not what I am looking for in a DIPA.

M: Medium body that is a little sticky.

D: A good beer but not really an DIPA. There are almost no hops that are detectable anywhere. If this were a double ESB or something along those lines I would rate it higher.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle.

Pours with a small yellow-white head. Cloudy caramel color. Aroma is sweet, resiny, alcohol and tea leaves. Starts with a somewhat harsh hop bitterness which mellows to sweet caramel and dried fruit. Apricots and brown sugar present throughtout. Ethanol is fairly hot throughout, leaves a bit of a burn.

Photo of gameface23
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a sediment filled copper color with an off-white head. When cold, the nose is off apricots and citrus, but warms up to give off hints of smell caramel. Extremely well balanced without any notice of a bitter aftertaste. Tastes of caramelized apricots. Medium bodied.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy amber/orange with a frothy one finger off-whitehead. Smells only of piercing, biting hops that easily rule the nose. First sip is a malt splash that very quickly turns in to a "slap your face" hoppy bitter finish. A strong malt backbone compliments the massive hops. Bitter from start to finish, this is a great IPA. Flawless and appreciated.

Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a well-retained head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus, pine - Very hoppy.

The taste is of citrus - tangerines/clementines, and grapefruit, with pine sap. Very, very hoppy - in a very good way - and with a caramel background that gives a touch of sweetness to the bitterness.

Full-bodied, with carbonation cutting in to keep it from being too syrupy.

Very drinkable despite (well-hidden) abv. A hoppy delight!

Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased for me by a friend of mine at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, OH. Review transposed from notes when I had it at my friend's house.

A: Amber color with an inch thick frothy tan head that leaves sticky lacing.

S: Very strong hop aroma. So strong that it is the only aroma.

T: This is what I would imagine hop juice would taste like. Extremely bitter. Since they were obviously going for over the top bitter with the label showing 168 IBUs, I guess that was what the brewer was intending. Since it is an Imp IPA Ill give it a good score since it is true to the style, but I would prefer a bit more of a malt backbone.

M: Creamy carbonation with medium body.

D: Loses a bit here due to overpowering bitterness.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/24/08. Bottle. Poured a cloudy dark amber with a small white head and lots of gross floaties. Aroma was fruity - apple, pear, and plum - also some floral and citrus hops. Initial sip is sharp bitterness, followed by sweet caramel malt. The beer gets sweeter and less bitter as it warms, with plum as the dominant sweet taste. The body is heavy, but not rich, and not very hoppy at all. It was a good drink, but not great.
8/3/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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

Hazy orange amber. Rocky beige collar with a thin skim of fine bubbles, delicate lacing. Good retention after the head fell right after the pour. Plenty of hops in the aroma, green and grassy, light citrus, orange blossom. A little caramel in there too. Moderate bitterness that made its presence felt in the finish. Malty and sweet up front with caramel and toffee notes. Grassy and citrus mid-palate. A bit spicy in the finish too. Medium bodied, creamy carbonation, on the dry side with a hint of warmth. Pretty good overall, balanced a little more towards malt than I remember when I had it on tap.

Photo of John_M
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Capone's the other day.

The beer pours an attractive copper orange color with pretty good head retention and lacing. On the nose I can tell right off this will be an East Coast style DIPA, as there is noticeable cherry, apple and melon flavors from the malt, intertwined with the citrusy hops and pine. Nevertheless, this is a very attractive smelling DIPA. Flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, except the beer is a bit sweeter and boozier then I would like. I find that's often the case with the sweeter/maltier DIPA's, the abv. is often pretty noticeable. Mouthfeel is pretty full for a DIPA, and drinkability is OK. As already noted, the sweetness anad booziness detract from the drinkability a bit. Nevertheless, this is a very good DIPA from Hoppin Frog. Good stuff!

Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of DrDogbeer, split w/ dkachur - thanks!! My portion poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly dark, coppery body, dirty, hazy, with a huge, two-plus finger off-white, slightly tan head. Retention is above average, sticky, clingy, foamy, and fluffy, and leaves big, soapy, lacing. It's so sticky that the head almost drags the lacing down as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: Pretty damn pungent (and I'm even a little stuffy-nosed). Huge zesty grapefruit and herbal, leafy minty notes backed up by a fierce and solid butterscotch/toffee backbone. Estery alcohol emerges as this one warms.

Taste: Very "light" on the tongue, and all the flavors are pretty "high up," if that makes sense. It's ... well, it's bitter, but that's to be expected - isn't this one, like, 168 IBUs? It's also full of simple sweet notes - pale malts, almost candi sugar-like in places. The hop notes are, unsurprisingly, pretty in your face - tons of orange and grapefruit zest, hints of tropical fruits, and some sharp, biting pine notes. The bitterness does likely cover up a number of notes here, and who knows if they're good or bad, but what does come through - all those light notes, apparently - is solid.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and remarkably even. It's fairly thick bodied but also fairly well carbonated, cutting down on a lot of the cloy and a lot of the syrupyness. The oily slickness probably also helps even everything out - slides down easy!

Drinkability: Not sure why the bros smacked this one down so hardcore - sure, it's bitter as all hell, and it does likely suffer slightly as a result, but not too much. It's also not even terribly alcoholic for the style, which enhances its drinkability somewhat. That being said, I may be sort of biased, given this is my favorite style, but I really enjoyed it. Give it a shot.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog- Mean Manalishi DIPA

A- Bright clear orange/ brown with a thick overflowing head.
S- Big pungent caramel malt with thick pine resin.
T- Big thick oily pine resin hops blended, but overpowering a sweet sugary caramel malt base.
M- Oily thick hops overpower the sweet thick malt. Slightly cloying with an alc. presence.

Overall- Thick sweet hoppy DIPA that is quite a good beer but i wouldn't suggest making this a session beer.

Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ATPete
3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

Pours a very attractive orange/bronze color with a pretty resilient peachy white head. I didnt see the crazy sediment that others have reported, but alas i did have the first glass from the bomber split with 2 friends. I smelled the hops as soon as i popped the bomber but once i put my face to the glass i was a bit disappointed. Not that the nose wasnt good, it was very appealing, but i was expecting a lot more hops, i mean for 168 IBU i was expecting to have my nose hairs tingling, not expecting so much caramel malt sweetness to be in the mix. Either way, the taste was very nice, big bright, juicy citrus bomb of hops that lingered on forever deep into the aftertaste, pine, lemon skin and weed, some malt sweetness mid palate but that was soon overshadowed by the immense amount of resinous hops used. Medium/full bodied, slightly coating and lots of bright carbonation. A great beer no doubt, im not sure id pay 10.99 for another bottle though.

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright orange color with good head and retention. Smelled exquisite...very citrusy, floral, piny, HOPPY!..also sweet malts coming through. Taste is more piny, sticky hops, citrus hops, tangerine, tropical flavors...lots of pine. Evened out by a beautiful candy malt backbone. Mouthfeel is sticky, resiny, decent carbonation, crisp for a decently heavy beer. I love it.

Photo of gibby
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at capones black fri event. Had in a bomber before but never on draft until today. Looks an amber/orange type color in the glass with minmal head. Very light in the mouth for being a double ipa. Has an interesting smell to it, earhty, floral, citrus. Excellent lacing on the glass throughout the brew. Very drinkable for being over 9% and I dont think it was as hoppy as some previous posters. Even thought the IBU rating is well over 200+ I found it easy to drink. Had this after the RR bling pig so it had alot to live up to. Enjoyed it and would order again.

Photo of Hophead101
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

drank on 9.30.08 at home, poured from bottle into wide mouth glass.

good looking pour, hazy dark orangy copper, great head, almost 2 fingers, nice tan off white color. head sticks around as I wrote this, great high lacing as it dissipated. good hoppy smell, very oily smell. the resins almost coat your nose. there is a slight sweet smell underneath.

obvioulsy quite a hoppy beer with the mega IBU's in this brew. flavory spreads nicely until you swallow and realize the hops pretty much kill everything left in your mouth. besides hops, there is a piney undertone, but the hops are too strong and ruin the palate. don't drink this beer if you expect to taste more beers after it.

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