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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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605 Ratings

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Ratings: 605
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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Photo of bigdeuce
4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark color, almost amber/brown. Beautiful tight head on the top, nice lacing down the glass. Very malty on the nose with nice bittering hops, which last through the sip. Alcohol shines through as it warms. Full bodied taste with piney grapefruit flavors and stick malt, very chewy. An outstanding beer. I will reach for these more often. For those who don't know, Hoppin' Frog is a GREAT brewery!

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

Received from NLMartin in Week2 Powerball. Thank you!

Mean Manalishi pours a deep rusted amber hue with a big two fingers worth of off-white head. This beer also leaves very good lacing as well as a small blanket of head for the entire beer. It is hard to miss the loads of fresh hops in the nose with big scents of resinous pine and pink grapefruit with little malt coming through. The flavor profile is in your face the entire way on this beer and come through so much better than the nose. The resinous pine flavor comes out full force with subtle flavors of caramel and citrus fruit. The pine flavor is so intense and lasts until the very last sip of the beer. The mouthfeel is quite nice on this beer even with the intense bitterness from the hops, but overall is quite smooth with very little alcohol noticeable on the mouthfeel. The drinkablity for this hop-head is perfect and I would go for another one of these.

I really enjoyed this beer, and I can't wait to get my hands on more of it.

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

This one pours a deep dark copper color with great carbonation and nice lacing. Smell is a great balance of fresh, juicy, citrus hops and a caramel malt backbone. Taste continues in the same fashion. Great hop profile that is mouth watering and refreshing. I can't believe it's 168 IBU or whatever it states but they are definitely more present than the malt. Great balancing caramel sweetness and a hint of brown sugar. Little sweet for the style, though. Mouthfeel is good and bitter but adds a serious sweetness as well. Not a tongue number and doesn't have a dry finish. Like I said, this one will make your mouth water. While I do enjoy an IIPA that smacks me across the tongue with hops, this was a good change and a well done brew. Quite enjoyable, indeed.

Big thanks to DrJay for sending this my way!

Photo of hero27
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle
8.2% abv
168 IBU's? are they kidding?...maybe not.

Pours a glowing amber..smooth sheet of tan lacing forms on-top.
Aroma is earthy caramel & some resiny hops.
Thick, buttery diactyl flavor up-front.. some soft biscuit malt flavor comes through after your tastebuds awake from the beating they just took from heavy toffee flavoring. There is some solid grapefruit-y hop bitterness here, but the medicinal caramel aspect wouldn't allow anything else to shine through in any significant way.
Texture is creamy but the residual malt sweetness can't let go of my tongue. ABV is felt but not easily distinguished in the flavor..drinkability is decent for a double IPA, but the overall appeal is a bit lost on me. While this is an acceptable offering from Hoppin' Frog, this is one imperial IPA that could use some remodeling.

Photo of
3.33/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Cloudy, red/brown liquid. Modest, light tan head.

Scents of pine, citrus - Pine-Sol? - not in a bad way. Touch of caramel. Alcohol.

Bitter more than sweet, but there is a lot of malt in here. Crackery, some sweetness best described as toffee. Touch of alcohol. Salt? Touch of roast.

Medium plus body, slick. Low carbonation. Rather dry.

Not impressed by this one, better DIPAs out there. Hops could be bigger and malt presence could be turned down a bit.

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

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.

Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bronze colored beer with thin off-white head. Excellent lacing given the 8.2%.

S - Sweet, citrusy hop smell. Also picked up a toasty malt hint.

T - Excellent. Sweet maltiness, biscuity, that is quickly ovecome by some nice bitter citrusy hops. Also hints of some pineiness.

M/D - Crisp edge to a very creamy feel. Excellent IIPA.

Photo of thartman
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle, hazy, orange amber color, with a slight white head, which disapates rather quickly. Little carbonation, and definitely seeing some sea monkeys!

Huge bouquet of orange, lemon, and some pine, although its predominately citrus, with an underlying hint of caramel and malt.

Lots of flavor to savor, starts malty sweet, caramel, changing to orange and lemon, with lots of hop flavor, I'll guess simcoe hops, but not sure. Lingering orange peel ala Grand Marnier and caramel finish.

Medium-to-full bodied, smooth, not much carbonation, and quite sticky yet dry in nature, go figure. Very enjoyable and highly recommended! Nice rendition of a DIPA.

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 Drewcifer
4.22/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a nice finger of fluffy off-white head.

The aroma is plenty of piney and cistrusy hops, grapefruit standing out.

Pretty well balanced for a DIPA, starts with a light toasted malt flavor, moving to the hops, mainly grapefruit. A bit on the sweeter side to start, but the bitterness begins to kick in halfway through the swig. Very slight alcohol taste, but is mostly covered by the hops.

A good medium bodied brew, middling carbonation, a slightly dry finish to it.

A very tasty, well-balanced brew that's above average for the style. Definitely something I'd drink again, but not necessarily something I'd drink more than a bomber of in a sitting.

Photo of dholway
4.77/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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

Thanks goes out to lightindarkness for this brew.

Pours a very nice hazy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy off-white head, lots and lots of sticky lacing and islands. The nose is hoppy, some malts, nice tones of citrus/pines, and some caramel. The taste has a nice sweetness to it, pretty hoppy, malty, nice touch of citrus/pines/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome DIPA, highly recommended.

Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, no freshness info. Pours a nice warm shade of almond amber, kind of murky, under a pretty dark tan tiny bubble head and leaving gobs of fine and slippery lacing. Nice citric and resinous hoppy nose. Full flavor ale, plenty of hope bite, yet not over the top, malts well represented and providing a comforting blanket of smooth and dark toasty support. Nice stuff, well crafted. At $10.65 however (yeah I know I bought it in Massachusetts) I'd rather go for two bottles of something like Ruination...

Photo of HopDerek
4.32/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep burnt sienna color with 1/2 inch of thick frothy tan and white head, average retention, sticky lacing. Smells of pine and citrus burst forth the entire time, with some peppercorn, sugar, some biscuit, and a slight alcohol presence mixed in. Taste starts off with toasted malt and biscuit mixed with oranges and grapefruit. Some sugary sweetness comes into play along with spicy hops and fresh pine needles with a nice alcohol warmth and a citrus rind finish. Medium in body and lower in carbonation. Smooth but chewy, sweet with lots of bitterness in the finish. A big hopbomb, with with a good balance in flavors and very easy to drink for its imperial nature.

Photo of hustlesworth
4.55/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"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.

Photo of blitheringidiot
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle.

dark ominous orange pour with a hearty top of froth.

Nose is a wide array of pine, grapefruit and melon. Nose goes on forever.

First swigs: Balance of husky malt and orange peel. Middle of the road balance sweet vanilla and orange rinde. Some orange peel and lemon

Feel is bitter and pungent.

Last swigs: A lemon peel balance with hops front. Hops kiss with a brutal balance smack.

Photo of Kudashov
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

While watching the Red Sox / Yankees game I thought it was time to review Hoppin Frog Mean Manalishi Double IPA . Sharp looking label with a frog holding a mug of beer in his left hand . Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery pilsner glass nice thick foamy head and beautiful tawny color . There is not freshness date on the label . After a few minutes the head has now become concave in the glass . Like a dimple on a golf ball . Hoppin Frog is from Ohio . Maybe this will be the 3rd best thing to come out of Ohio . 1st being DEVO . 2nd The Pretenders ( before Honeyman-Scott and Farndon had their drug issues ) . The aroma is hoppy and citrusy , just like the taste . It is good but not the flavor hop bombs that I enjoy . The heat in my cheeks is here halfway through the bomber . I wish there was more hop kick and punch in this . It is a good brew but I guess I am a hop bomb junkie now .

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - deep golden orange beer, a finger and then some of creamy, pocky foam. Holding well and sticking better. The second half of the bomber pours with a ton of sediment, the hoppin' frog just yacked in my beer! Though it is mildly disgusting looking, the beer currents are fun to watch. Certain columns of crud are rising and certain ones are falling. I'll be drinking most of them...

Aroma - huge bouquet of orange and pineapple hits the senses from a foot or more away. Some biscuity malty underbelly but not much. Balances a little more after a minute.

Taste - chewy and biscuity malts to start. A sweet rush of orange citrus. That turns from orange to grapefruit and pine, then to grapefruit rind, then to some concentrated form of grapefruit bone-smoking acid. Ex*treme*ly bitter and medicinal, a little too overboard to enjoy the end. Some abv warmth and toastiness raise their hands politely, and get promptly beat over the head and into submission by the hop police. As the palate conforms to the demands, a fruity oranginess pops up in the aftertaste at times, which I find more desirable. All in all, I like it but there is that one medicinal part that I could do without.

Mouthfeel - deliciously smooth, somewhat heavy, even sticky. Carbonation is a bit under average, good fit.

Drinkability - this is one of the bitterest tasting beers I've had yet. For hopeless hopheads only, I'm not sure I qualify.

Photo of bosco7
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark copper color with a proper frothy head.

Smells of grapefruit, pine, cherry, pepper, malt, and orange rind. Very enticing.

This has got quite the malt presence. Toasty malt, caramel, and toffee upfront with plenty of sweetness. Almost barleywine like. Tasty. The hops appear towards the finish. Pine and grapefruit dominate. The finish is spicy and bitter. Alcohol is also noticeable at this point.

Mouthfeel is full bodied and chewy. This guy tastes and drinks like an American Barleywine. Not that that's a bad thing. Very good beer. Recommended.

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

A - Beautiful honey, good head that last for a time, good lacing.

S - One of the most interesting of the IPAs that I have tried. Citrus, spice and table sugar. Yum.

T - Taste emulates smell. Nice malt, sweet straight cotton candy, balanced by heavy bitter hops. Nice.

M - Medium bodied, fair coating, lower carb than I would have liked.

D - Good suds.

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

Pours deep, deep amber and clear with a sticky white head.

Warm hoppy smell balanced with big doses of sugary malt and spicy, almost cinnamon smell. Ah, those piney hops.

Hoppy, no doubt, but very well balanced with sweet flavors of grape and dark fruit. There's some mysterious exotic spice flavor in there too. Finishes with a hop punch in the teeth that sends a chill down to my delicate regions.

Smooth and full and big and fat and round and beautiful. Well done.

Wow. This is a keeper. Piney-citrus hop lover rejoice. This is one of the more balanced Imp. IPAs I've tasted, and I've tasted a bunch. If you get the chance, get some. Damn good.

Photo of Tolann
3.64/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another great bottle from bmjezekiel! Thanks so much and looking forward to more trades in the future!

A - I really like the look of this one, tho I'm usually the biggest fan of cloudy beers. The color was nearly dark red. Head is a little off white.

S - Sweet, but my first thought was this smells like something I'd clean the bathroom with. Then again I was just thinking that the bathrooms need to be cleaned. The smell is not a bad thing! At least it doesn't smell like a dirty bathroom! Lots of hops in the nose. Much pine, but it's not sharp. Some citrus hidden in there too. Maybe orange.

T - Lots of piney hops but still sweet. Not sharp, but not so smooth. The sip kinda comes around on a second wind to hit you again at the end. At least this doesn't taste like bathroom cleaner... or dirty bath water. It's much much nicer.

M - The taste hangs on your breath. Bitterness sits at the back of your tongue. Neither are huge, but it's there. Kinda nice. Very slightly boozy.

D - Not too bad for such big alcohol. Nice example of good pine hops. Don't know I could drink this all night but I'll for sure enjoy what I have! Glad I could have the experience to try something I was very unfamiliar with and does not get distributed to CO.

Sorry, but I can't get the bathroom cleaner out of my head. Maybe I'm thinking Pine Sol and I need a maid in this mess of a house. Really, this is a good beer and my poor cleaning habits should not scare anyone from a bottle of Hoppin' Frog!

Photo of JDV
3.79/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Miketd. Thanks for this one, Mike! Pours rich dark amber with a big creamy beige head in a tulip. Smell is fruity, sweet, and light piney hops and a bit of alcohol, and some caramel sweetness. Taste is creamy, rich and balanced for the style with an emphasis on hops of course. Nicely hopped but lightly caramelly sweet on the backend with a bit of an alcohol presence in the flavor. Very nice, and drinkable DIPA I thought, and a very well made beer.

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

Dark amber with a strong orange hue. The head is beige with lasting power. Spotty ring lace on the glass. (Interestingly, the lace become thicker as the beer went down.)

Milder hop aroma than I was expecting, still it is fresh and citrusy. The alcohol is present in the background as is the malt base. Pretty well balanced for an extreme beer.

In terms of lasting presence, the swallow reminds me of the Altoids' Curiously Strong Mints; the hop bitterness goes on for minutes. The brew starts off in neutral but quickly slides into a bitter chew. The alcohol is surprisingly muted. The body is solid.

I am trying this beer the day after I tried their superb IPA. I prefer the "single" version. If one is inclined to the edges of taste, this may be a treat. For me, I find this to too extreme to enjoy regularly. As a one off, it's still a treat.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a pretty heavily cloudy amber orange hue with a large cream head forming thick with large bubbles after a nice strong pour into my Corsendonk chalice. Lacing forms even with each sip all around my glass, can't go wrong by the looks let's take a smell. Aroma is very green with heavy grapefruit peels and some medicinal aspirin bottle like acidity going on, herbal grassy, pine cones, and floral wildflowers roll on as well. A touch of sweet honey and mango pineapple fruits how does a beer from the midwest get so tropical. Flavor is full of brash hop bitterness alot of hop pellet concentrated IBUs, sweet caramel and sugar coated grapefruit rinds blended together with more herbaceous hop tones like some kind bud, pine cones, and perfume. Caramel juicy malt bill forms but the hop bitterness and flavor really overshadow those malt traces here. Alcohol definitely an evident component in this brew, doesn't seem to thought out just a slew of hops and malt. Mouthfeel is medium to big body not much lush hop oils going on here, even carbonation I can't really complain about this area. Drinkability is alright definitely not a quaffer very complex and intense but not something I'm going for on a regular basis.

Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 605 ratings.