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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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Ratings: 563
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.51%
Wants: 26
Gots: 37 | 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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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to nlmartin for this one.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a surprising ruby amber hue with a one finger off-white head that quickly dies down to just about nothing. Stickiness is pretty minimal, but some here and there. Smell is a sweet citrus mix of pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, and lime. A good burst of pine is mixed in there as well with a tiny bit of caramel malt. Taste is much weaker than I had anticipated, but enjoyable. Starts off with a nice orange citrus flavor that is balanced out well with the caramel malt which is quite noticable midway through. Aftertaste is a bitter grapefruit that lasts. For 8.2% I can't detect much alcohol anywhere. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Love the drinkability of this one, goes down much easier than I had thought it would. Good balance and very enjoyable brew. Pick this one up if you get the chance.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 00:41:31 | More by BeerTruth
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22 oz Bomber into a pint glass. The pour produced a 1-1/2" light beige head over a mostly clear orange/copper colored beer. Thick lacing was left behind as the foam dwindled down to a THICK cap.

The smell was quite citrusy.... expect a HOP BOMB.

The taste was not as much of an assult that I expected.... actually it was quite nice. YES... this is a HOPPY beer with plenty of citrus. But there is nothing "MEAN MANALISHI" about this. The balance is definately tilted toward the hops. But there are also many other nuances that I get from this ale. A nice caramel sweetness shows through as well as some fruity tastes (maybe some apple?).

The mouthfeel is quite good. Appropriate carbonation level and a nice hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Pick some up if you can find it. I finished the bomber in short order.... and it left me craving another.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 14:33:32 | More by TheBierBand
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Smell: Resinous aroma with plenty of grapefruit pith

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

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2007 00:21:24 | More by brentk56
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for opening this...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a beige head that slowly fades into a mild film and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is yeasty, citrusy with notes of grapefruit, orange zest and pine.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with heavy dosings of citrus, along with flavors of vanilla and dough shining through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, citrusy, with a yeast filled, doughy finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2007 17:43:03 | More by weeare138
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4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Props to trep for the share.

Into the oversized wine glass pours a dark, cloudy amber body. A fluffy, tan head looms above, is well retained, and leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is flat-out amazing. Piney hops collide with tons of sweet fruity notes: pear, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and banana. A nice malty balance is present, too.

The taste has a lotta' hops. Carmel and sweet citrus dominate the rest of the flavor. There's not much of a balance to it, however, as the malts are pushed aside. A big time bitterness slams the palate, but other than that, the mouthfeel wasn't much to write home about. This is surely a great offering from Hoppin' Frog, yet I think that, given the chance, I'd have to go for their good ole' standard IPA (or BORIS...mmm).

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2007 23:24:34 | More by wagenvolks
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a hazy rusty orange/brown body with a medium beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is sharp and pungent leafy hops. Citrus rind and pine, with a faint hint of burnt caramel. Medium body with plenty of carbonation and some oily hop resin. Taste is all about the hops. Pine, grapefruit, and citrus rind. Resinous hop bitterness from start to finish. Just a vague hint of malt sweetness. Bet there are plenty of IBU's in this one. A hop monster for the hopheads. A bit over the top for me.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 14:34:05 | More by merlin48
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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pure bronze with a couple fingers of white head. SMACK! Full piney hops, citrus rind and grapefruit in the nose. SMACK! Taste is huge. Juicy hops, big grapefruit, rind, orange and perhaps a hint of spice. Malt is not even a backbone. If you want balance, take that weak stuff somewhere else. This is meant to be a big bad DIPA. Some pineapple shows up as it warms. Feels medium in the mouth with a puckering bitter finish that lingers on the tongue well after the sip. No A.B.V. shows up anywhere. Im a hophead through and though. Im puckering in delight with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2007 02:15:10 | More by franksnbeans
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4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark ruby red with a creamy tan head that quickly disappears. Smell is some pine notes along with the caramel malt that is advertised. Some citrus type flavors are present in the aroma as well. Taste is smooth with the sweet malty coming directly after some floral and pine hops. Slightly higher than normal carbonation here with a warming presence as well. I enjoyed this offering from another fine Ohio brewery. Keep up the great work.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2007 00:18:29 | More by genog
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4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pour with a good amount of head that quickly settled to about a .5 to 1 cm ring. body is a nice orange, red, amber mix.

S: even as pouring there was a STRONG bitter citrus, like grapefruit, smell way before i truely "smelled" the bier.

T: for as strong as the hops smell started, it was surprisingly well balanced and smooth nice a nice hoppy punch that built and lingered at the end. there is a nice hit of alcohol half way through at the back of the throat and up into the nose.

M: starts very creamy and slowly changes to a nice subtle dryness to go with the lingering hops punch.

D: with the nice creamy start it's very easy to drink if you enjoy the strong, but well balanced and thought out, hoppiness of the american double I.P.A.

fred has come up with another wonderful big bier that is worth enjoying

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 21:51:53 | More by chimney
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from a 22 oz. bomber and decanted into a Ruination pint glass. No date on bottle, but I'm assuming fresh, as I purchased the bottle at a location close to the brewery.

A vigorous pour produces a copper colored brew, with a foamy one inch head. Impressive. As the glass is consumed, splotches of lacing crop up around the glass.

The nose is one of grassy and piney hops. It's not a huge nose, particularly in light of the reported 168 IBUs listed on the side of the bottle. I will say that you can't pick out much of anything else in the nose, with all those hops!

The taste - whoa! If you're a hop head, this brew's got your name on it! HUGE grassy and pine hope notes! Amazing hop flavor. As the brew warmed, I swirled it on the back of my palate ... three times ... and I finally got the sweet caramel taste of malt, which holds this monster together. You will have to wait for the beer to warm if you want to taste the malt backbone, but it is there, and sweet. Mouthfeel starts medium and goes to medium full as the beer warms. Don't be afraid to let this one warm up a bit in your glass .. it only gets better and more complex.

Finish is dry and hop laden. By this time, it is warm enough for the caramel malt sweetness to keep the finish from being brutal in dryness. Big hop burps follow the finish, reminding you of your experience. The 8.2% ABV is well hidden, but not to be dismissed. This is a huge beer, which one should savor and enjoy responsibly. The perfect end to a pale ale or IPA session. Any robust foods would go well with this huge hop bomb. Recommended but not for the faint of heart!


Serving type: bottle

08-12-2007 20:17:31 | More by cooncat
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3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark amber, hazy, with some sticky, off-white head
Big piney hop aroma, grass clippings, abundant fresh hops
Taste of pine, palate coating hops, slight tangy fruit, solid caramel malt base, good stuff
Medium body, some slickness but ends dry, smooth
Slightly cloying, but enjoyable for sure. At 168 IBUs, drinkability is limited.
The aroma of Mean Manalishi provides the lure and the solid flavors don't disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2007 00:07:56 | More by Daehpoh
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4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, capped and sans date. Pours a clear ruddy, amber color. Two-finger, creamy off-white head doesn't stick around for long, leaving substantial lace.

The smell is a warm, dank bouquet of floral hops, with just subtle pine and grapefruit. The hops are omnipresent and aggressive, but not as overwhelming like some DIPA. The flavor begins with a nutty, slightly buttery, then they dry out a bit more, getting some what phenolic with a hint of malt, then the finale features brighter, more piquant, citrus-tinged hops, before a dry finish that slides into the warm buzz of alcohol.

It's full-bodied and maybe could use a bit more carbonation. It possesses good complexity and has enough going on to offset the hop barrage. It's actually somewhat delicate for a DIPA, in a good way. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2007 00:27:39 | More by Osiris9588
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4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear reddish color with a small bubbly head that subsides to a frothy ring. Moderate lacing.

S: No mistakes here - this one's loaded with hops. Mostly piney and grassy aromas, but there's also some nice grapefruit aroma as well. Pleasant and complex.

T: Like the smell, a mostly vegetal hop flavor with citric notes. A big wollop of bitterness in the finish rounds out the taste. I don't really find this one to be balanced as the label describes, but then again, I can't think of too many DIPAS with 168 IBU's that are.

M: Full-bodied and heavy with light-moderate carbonation. Finishes quite dry.

D: Perhaps a bit overboard with the hops for my taste, but still a very good DIPA. A very well-hidden alcohol makes this one dangerous. Nice job, Fred on another great beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2007 05:10:39 | More by klewis
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