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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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596 Ratings

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Ratings: 596
Reviews: 360
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 27
Gots: 44 | 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 Drewcifer
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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
4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
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 +20.3%
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
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
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 +21.7%
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
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
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
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
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
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +20.3%
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
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep orange/amber body... thin tan head... lots of lacing.. looks like it will be good.. could use a tad better head retention...

S: Lovely burst of citrus hops... some floral and pine notes give it a complex presentation to the nose... slight toasted malt notes come through towards the end.. some caramel goodness...

T: Follows the nose to a T as far as delicacy and complexity... just a little softer in its punch... the 168 ibus dont pack as much punch here as they do in the nose... still this is good... nice if not balanced...

M: Smooth with a crisp finish... there is a slight watery feel right before the finish... there is a nice resiny feel to it overall though

D: the 8.2% abv is perfectly hidden... hoppin frog has a pretty good one here.

Photo of jaxon53
3.43/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this slightly chilled, in a pint glass from a twenty two ounce bottle. I've been waiting to try this for sometime now.

Appearance: Poured out a murky, copper orange color that almost looks thick. A somewhat hard pour yielded about a half inch of white thin head. What little head was there, faded rather quickly, and left a few spots of thin lace behind.

Smell: The hops definitely own the nose. Floral and medicinal like hop aromas out front. Minor notes of citrus and spice are layered in. A nice thick maltiness that almost stands up to the hops, but not quite. A nice yeasty and grassy aroma finishes the nose nicely. Earthy would probably be a better word for it.

Taste: The taste is definitely better than the nose in my opinion. Loads of bitter hops with an almost flowery taste. Some grapefruit, and orange peel with a little lemon. Freshly mowed grass hangs in the background with a little bit of tangy yeast. Balanced nicely by a big malt presence. Just a faint note in there of spicey alcohol. Finishes smooth with a quick hop bitterness on the tongue. Not too bad.

Mouthfeel: Nice full bodied mouthfeel. A somewhat thick, almost syrupy feel coats the mouth nicely and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. Just enough carbonation to lightly tickle the tongue.

Drinkability: This one drinks nicely. The smooth flavor and tame alcohol help quite a bit. I'd buy this beer again.

Photo of Tilley4
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I loved this brew... I'm not sure it qualifies as an Imperial IPA as it tastes much more like an excellent young barleywine. I'm not complaining mind you.

This has a glowing golden brownish appearance with a small head..

Aroma of sweet malts, lots of toffee, caramel, and maybe a few hops... or exactly like a barleywine..

Tastes much like it smells. Big sweet malt flavor upfront melds into a slight then sharp hoppiness that finishes quite bitter and dry. Its quite nice..

If this has 168 IBUs, then I'm the king of England. I was expecting a palate crushing hoppiness to this and I didn't get it but I can't say that I'm disappointed. It was still a great brew.

Photo of taez555
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes, tasted 2/29/08

This beer poured a thick dark amber/honey red color with a small white head.

Nose is a smell of rich fruity caramel and lots of round, but not biting, hop resin.

Taste is medium to light full bodied. Extremely hoppy, but not piercing. Loads of citrus, pine needles, tons of resin and potpourri. A nice round caramel malt backbone. Bitterness is very present but not numbing at all. Just loads and loads of huge fruity/citrus/resin hops but not palate killing.

It's a really nice DIPA in that even at 168 IBU's, the bitterness isn't overwhelming as to be numbing. The nice firm malty base gives it a barleywine quality at times. Great beer.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into cab glass...

Solid, 2-finger cream soda-colored, chewy head with nice lacing. Deep mahogany. Little bit of carbonation. Very rustic-looking.

Deep, flowery hops with strong malt and alcohol presence with sugary, caramel/praline scent. Turns more mild as it warms.

Soapy, floral hop taste in abundance. Based on scent, expected more malt and alcohol sweetness at first, but still solid. Alcohol comes on with warmth, malt comes later in more of a mild, brown ale-style presence. Definitely less malt sweetness than expected.

Tight hop pucker on mouth; cleaner than expected. Alcohol burn comes with warmth and gets progressively stronger.

Easy drinking at first; gets progressively heavier with emerging alcohol presence. Aside from this, drinks like a heavier brown session ale.

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

Unfiltered unpolished amber. Almost copper colored with a slightly off white head that is fluffy and holds very little retention.

This is a caramel covered pine tree in a glass. So piney and herbal with fresh grass notes. Very resiny with a apple spicy quality.

Again so piney and delicious. Huge amounts of a caramel and toffee flavors with a smooth bitter finish that leaves a viscous creamy middle. Very resiny, herbal with an earthy feel. Not much of a fruity IPA just big bad and easy drinking.

4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A solid foam of rich tan head builds to two fingers thick with decent retention. Body is a deep amber brown that resembles barlywine styles. Nose is very attractive with fresh tea based hop notes rich maltyness shows a sweet side. It really gets the mouth watering. Malt and hops intertwine on the tongue during first sip. A rich dark burnt bitter is exceptional and unique for the style. Hop feel is subtle but well received. This brew really has a personalized feel to it, with an uncommon balance of bitter, richness and just the right amount of sweet. Mouthfeel is very robust for the style. Many hop heads may find this a little bit of a change of pace from what big American IIPA's have came to be known but it is a wonderful change. Alchol is super well hidden. I could drink this all day.

Photo of churchillps
4.85/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass, this impressive double IPA appears bright red, with hints of gold at the outskirts. Nice lacing as the mild head dissipates. Smells of strong hops as any delicious IPA should. Accompanied by scents of pine, citrus, and a touch of malt. Tastes delicious -- great hop flavor throughout. Starts off much more bitter than it finishes. A few hints of citrus in the taste, but the hops are certainly the focus. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lightly carbonated, and refreshing at the finish.

I love double IPA's, and this beer does not disappoint. Only beer I've had better than this in recent memory is the Goose Island Imperial IPA.

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

Hoppin' Frog Mean Manalishi
22oz. brown bomber

Poured into a snifter. It pours a cloudy amber with a nice white head, with light retention rate, and eventually leads to light lacing. Aromas are of citrus, pine, yeast, strong/high alpha hops, mild sweetness. Initial taste is of iced tea, followed by toasted malts, and caramel. This isn't what I expected for a 168 IBU Double IPA, but it is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is smooth and mellow. Not as hoppy as I expected. A very dangerous DIPA based on its smoothness, and especially at 8.2% ad in a bomber.

Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 596 ratings.