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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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607 Ratings

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Ratings: 607
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: 607 | Reviews: 363
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.

Photo of callmemickey
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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
3.41/5  rDev -9.1%
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 +7.5%
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 +9.3%
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 +4.8%
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 +19.2%
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 +18.7%
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 +29.3%
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
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ton of suspended sediment slowly swirls in the direction of the pour. Dirty reddish amber tone, sheets of lacing in the glass.

Rich resiny hops, candied grapefruit comes through in a big way. Strangely a touch of sterile gauze wafts in, but doesn't stick around. Vegetal hop aroma.

Lots of pale malt flavor, as it sits, the hop element becomes less bitter and pretty agreeable overall. Mainly grapefruit with a few random pine needles jabbed in it for good measure. Savory bitterness in the end, mild spice that can't be positively ID'ed. Some sort of mustardy notes come in toward the end. Alternately fruity and herbal.

Full bodied, but still retaining a pleasant drinkability. Worth the price of admission. 168 IBUs...and i'm 129 years old. I would try this next to Dreadnaught, Goose IIPA, or similar for a good head-to-head battle.

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

I have been wanting to try this one for a while so I grabbed it when I saw it at Capone's last week.

Pours semi-cloudy dark amber color. There was a bout an inch of off-white head that left behind some nice lacing.

The aroma was big on the fresh pine hops with some citrus thrown in there as well. There was also a fair amount of sweet malts (caramel and toffee) to back the hops up. Just the slightest hint of alcohol way in the back.

The flavor is decent, but sweeter than I prefer or expected. Quick hit of sweetness up front followed by a strong blast of bitter, piney hops. The sweetness comes in again at the end and lingers until the you swallow and get the aftertaste. It's not bad at all, I guess I just like my DIPAs more on the bitter side than sweet.

Fuller medium body with a nice slickness from the hop oils. The aftertaste is bitter and lasting...but again, with a sweet hint to it. The abv is really noticed or felt. This is a good beer, though for now one is enough for me. I would like to try it on-tap sometime to compare the differences.

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

Poured from a bottle an amber-orange color with the most floaties I've ever seen in a beer. Two fingers of bubbley white head and moderate lacing.

Aroma of piney hops, sweet malts, and caramel.

The taste is much like the aroma. Plenty of pine, caramel, and sweet malts with a quite bitter/yet enjoyable finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel, sticky, and lightly carbonated.

I love DIPAs and this one didn't disappoint. If you haven't had one - try one.

Photo of lightindarkness
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy reddish-orange with a nice creamy head that sat down quickly to patchy sudsy film.

Strong hops on the nose, dank with a light detergent scent. Juicy citrus, big grapefruit, pine, and malty sweet.

Taste is balanced up front with a good dose of caramelly malt under the full juicy hops in taste. Syrupy huge citrus hop flavor compliments the wash of bitterness at the finish. Bitterness isn't overly sharp or intense, but fairly dry and numbing.

Medium smooth feel, dry enough that only some stickiness comes through.

This is a hard one to beat for hopheads, with an unbelievable hop-fix in every sip. Strong and full flavored, don't expect to enjoy more beer after this in the same sitting. Not a highly drinkable beer by character, but highly attractive in every quality nonetheless.

Photo of sweethome
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber bottle.

An orange glow to this pour. Little head - wipsy bubbles linger on top - a bit of lacing. Lots of hops floating around (for past remarks about "floaties" - that is hops in this unfiltered beer, most likely dry hopped..hello!!)

Wow, what a nose. Fresh hop cone aromas - intensified. Grapefruit, honey, and alcohol.

First taste is hoppy blast - grapefruit, pine and just a little caramel. An all out hop attack. Thick and full mouthfeel. Very long bitter finish, just keep chewing on it.

Tasting this on a sub-zero night. Hits the right amount of warmth. This isn't a hot double ipa- rather focused more on the hop than the alcohol at 8.2%.

Hop flavor is fantastic. Backed up by plenty of bitterness and you have one fine ode to the hop.

Nice job!

Photo of ziggy13
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Also had this at Coopers in a 22 oz. bomber poured into two tulips.

A - Somewhere between a golden and amber in color. Adequate head with great lacing throughout consumption.

S - Large flowery hop bouquet. It says there are 168 IBUs in this. While that's a little hard to believe, it still smelled of wonderful hops.

T - Again, definitely not 168 IBUs, but a great hop rush over the palate. Starts flowery, bitter in the middle and it finishes a little piney and you finally taste those sweet malts.

M - Perfect for a DIPA. Just the right amount of balance on the palate.

D - Very, very drinkable. Almost too much so. The hops never leave a bad taste in your mouth, so its easy to enjoy a few.

Great beer from a relatively unknown brewery. Also had a sip of the Gulden Frog and that was also quite enjoyable. Cheers!

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

22oz bomber, no bs III, enjoyed in the hour leading up to the soup-or-bowl GO GMEN

appearance: love the labels from this brewery - poured into bells tulip, body on the darker side of the style - a solid amber shade, creamy beige head with light lacing

smell: ruby red grapefruit hops, bitter and potent hop profile, floral, caramel backdrop, mistletoe and evergreen

taste: high bitterness, ruby red grapefruit, dripping pine hops, smooth caramel malt. Its a quite tasty DIPA but nothing stands out above the rest of the style and the bitterness is a bit inhibitive

mouthfeel: high bitterness, medium body

drinkability: suffers from the bite

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

Pours a clear very dark amber with brown and reddish tints. Minimal tannish head doesn't really stay long, but leaves decent lacing on the way down. Nose is super floral hops. Strong and unrelenting. Flavor is very strong. Acidic almost at first. Firm woody edges. Very, very earthy. Feel is sticky on liquid and the carbonation is good. Surprisingly, this ends up being a pretty drinkable DIPA as I tore through the bottle and was finished well before I wished. A nice DIPA, though a bit heavy on the robust side.

Photo of tpd975
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pour a nice ruby red color with a big thick bubbly head that lasts and lasts. Nice amount of carbonation and some spotty lacing was noted.

S: Nice hoppy citrus aromas with a nice caramel sweetness. I think I will like this one.

T: Not the hop bomb that I was expecting. What I found was a nicely balanced brew. Tons of citrus hops come at you right up front, before the bitterness can set in an explosion of malt takes over. Nice sweet tastes like caramel and toffe overcome you. A hint of booze can be noted along with a mild peach taste. Very nice.

M: Very good with a nice level of carbonation.

D: Nice for a DIPA. I finished the bomber and am glad another awaits.

Overall: I have wanted to try the Hoppin Frog brews for quite sometime. I am glad my brother was able to finally come thru with this one. The taste is nice and balanced and the brew is very filling. I look forward to my second bomber and to the BORIS the crusher I am about to send my brother in search of.

Photo of ppoitras
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Yankee SPirits, Sturbridge, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" beige head over the clear orangey amber brew. Head dwindles but hangs on, with plenty of lasting lace. Aroma is pungeant grapefruit and pine fresh hops. Taste is sweet upfront, with all sorts of hops flavors dominating the rest, with maybe some alcohol noticeable in the close. Mouthfeel and drinkability are good for the style, which can sometimes be a bit daunting.

Photo of Vancer
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This ol’ double frog pours a double amber, capped with an ivory head. Sharp, stinging pine and citrus bubble up, and come across like a knife in the mouth. An oily aftertaste lingers for several moments, slowly dissolving away and leaving you ready for the next sip. Addictive stuff here. It does mellow as you reach mid-bomber, but that may be the 8%+ kicking in – the alcohol is well hidden in this critter.

Very nice, very solid, and a decent buy at 6 and a half bucks.

Photo of cameraman
4.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label states that it has 168 IBU's, HOLY CRAP! Prepare thy palate for a beat down. It is poured a deep amber color, with beige colored head that slowly dissolves away. Wow, there is alot going on in the aroma. Citrus, grass, and floral scents dominate all the way through, there is a bit of a brief fragrance of malt in there as well, but it has little chance to come foward. The malt does come out in the taste, but it is soon shown the door by the hop bouncer. The hops are intense, with citrus flavors of grapefruit and lemon. Then that is followed by some grassy flavors and finishes with a peppery taste, I now know why we have hop shortage. The feel is medium-heavy, it evenly flows across the palate and gains weight as it reaches the back of the palate. 168 IBU's?! The phrase, hop bomb is understated for this beer. This is extreme to the fullist degree, a beer that is not for the feint heart.

Photo of akorsak
4.44/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 650 mL bottle from a recent trade with PBRStreetgang.

A: The DIPA is a very dark orange color, tinged with red and brown. The overall effect is darkened by a haziness that prevents light from coming through. The pour conjured up a small head that quickly disappeared.

S: The aromas really jump out at you. Lots of pine, sweet with resiny oils, lead the way. Citrus notes create a subtler aroma that nicely sits just below the pine.

T: The taste is huge, deliciously thick with piney hops. They ravage the tastebuds with thick resins, so much so that I feel like I am sucking on some hop cones. Under the huge hop presence is a surprisingly flavorful caramel malt body. It supports the hops but adds a great deal of flavor on its own. The finish is piney, oh so sweet on its way out.

M: Lots of hops make this on a treat on the palate. I've been slowly sippin' on it for almost three hours.

D: There is little alcohol heat to slow you down, despite the high tag. The hop profile is enough to make you want another one. Well done by the Frog!

Photo of BeerBelcher
2.92/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I have an intense aversion to "floaties" (although I'm fine with sediment), and unfortunately this beer had floaties in spades, which damaged my perception of this beer. I bought it in Ohio from the refrigerated section of a briskly-moving store (a Heinen's in Strongsville) and opened it promptly afterwards. This beer has no date code.

Getting past that issue, this beer is quite good in other ways. Aroma is quite powerfully hoppy, with lots of quite crisp pininess accompanied by lesser notes of citrus. Flavor is very strongly bitter, yet not heavy or undrinkable. Mouthfeel was not heavy or astringent, but intense. This beer's bitterness conceals any hint of its alcohol content.

Minus the floaties (which effected the "appearance," "drinkability," and "mouthfeel" portions of this rating), this beer was good. The beer smelled and tasted good, but for a $6.99 bottle of beer, I was pretty disappointed with my experience with it.

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