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

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597 Ratings
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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 361
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 15.78%
Wants: 27
Gots: 45 | FT: 2
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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 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.

Photo of emerge077
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
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
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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
4.43/5  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 +9.6%
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 +4.3%
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
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
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
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
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
4.43/5  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
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
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
4.45/5  rDev +19%
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
4.45/5  rDev +19%
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
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

Photo of hrockefeller
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a tulip glass. Previously tried B.O.R.I.S. RIS from Hoppin' Frog, and was very pleased. Looking forward to this brew.

A: Cloudy light to medium brown. One finger head for a couple of minutes, reduced to minimal lacing that clings to the glass.

S: Pine needles, grapefruit. Slightly sweet scent that I can't quite describe.

T: Right out of the fridge, all I taste is grapefruit and pine. As it warms, sweet caramel/toffee notes appear in the background.

M: A little clingy, but not in a bad way. Far from thin, but not thick.

D: My mouth says low (a sipping beer) due the the bruising amount of hops, but my eyes/brain tell me that I've quickly made 3/4 of the bottle disappear, which suggests a high drinkability.

A very good beer. Not my favorite DIPA, but it qualifies for the top 10.

Photo of muddah37
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 22oz bottle - no date noticable.

Poured amber with a healty head that left lacing all the way down the glass. Great nose and it doesn't dissapoint in taste. Hoppy but well balanced. Extremely drinkable and one of the better DIPA's I've had.

Seek this out and try it. Hopefully I can find a local distributor to save a trip to Ohio.

Photo of DevilDogBeer
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I attempt to rate each beer according to its specific style, and it is rare a beer scores a 5.0. The Hoppin' Frog Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A is well deserving of the full rank, though, for this Imperial IPA. The beer poured from the 22 fl oz bottle a gorgeous red color with a hefty two fingers of creamy white head that left lace throughout the entire pint. The smell was just as the labeled promised, a hefty hit of citrus and spicy hops. A very slight caramel note could be sensed in the aroma if you could get past the wafting hop oils. The smell was true to the flavor. A kick of citrus and spice and all things that are hoppy nice bites the tongue instantly and lingers after your sip. As the hops fade, a subtle caramel sweetness mixes nicely and leaves a pleasant aftertaste. The mouthfeel was well rounded and this beer had a nice drinkable texture without feeling watery.

This beer is a treat for anyone who considers themselves a hop-head. If you are on the fence with hops, this will definitely make up your mind one way or the other, but it leaves no room for interpretation. I enjoyed that this Imperial IPA was balanced with the malt body, but clearly focused on the hops. The mix of citrusy and spicy varieties made for a nice rounded beer, and this one is a definite must-try for someone looking to say they have had a real hop-bomb. Enjoy!

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was a murky deep amber with a creamy off-white head. nothing is visible on the other side of the glass. powerful nose with nutty, caramel, toffee, grapefruit, and piney resin notes. taste was nicely balanced between the big malt sweetness and equally strong hop bitterness, although there was a touch of graininess and the hop bitterness was just a tad rough. mouthfeel was viscous but with a nice level of carbonation managing to get through. drinkability is pretty good for a dipa at just over 8%.

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

22oz. bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Very deep orange, almost on the bronze side. Glows hazy in the light. 2 1/2 fingers of strong rocky head with great retention. Nice lacing throughout. This is what a DIPA should look like.

S: Huge floral, citrus, and piny hops with just an edge of peppery zing. Grapefruit and some spicy phenols. Malts are at a nice level, bring in enough caramel and butteriness(lol?) to round things out. Nearly perfect.

T/M: So damn good. Bitterness is just perfect. Doesn't destroy you but does it's job. Hops are mostly juicy grapefruit and very crisp. Malts are just like the nose describes but adds a bit more depth with some buttery biscuit taste. Mouthfeel is a drinkable medium with a nice creaminess. Can be a bit sticky at times but nothing to really nit pick about. Finishes a comfortable dry with a bit of lasting bitterness.

D: As far as DIPAs go, this is about as drinkable as it gets. I'm so very happy this turned out better than their single IPA(though it wasn't terrible at all) and that it's readily available to me.

Photo of letsgopens
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This DIPA pours a deep, luscious orange/copper with lighter golden/amber highlights. The light tan head holds well and leaves some nice uniform lace. Nothing spectacular, but I pretty sure nothing would have prepared my for the assault it would put on the rest of my senses....

I hadn't heard a lot about this brew and it didn't seem to have the kind of buzz that many of the other great IPA's and DIPA's did, however I would put it right up there with some of the best. In any case I was pleasantly surprised and taken off guard by how impressive it was.

Heavy pine and citrus are all over the nose. Sweet orange, grapefruit, and lots of caramel malt. Sticky, bitter hops are huge as well. Essentially candied fruit and mouthwatering hops.

Thick resinous hops; sticky and bitter. The hops contrast well with the tangy, juicy citrus fruits. Again orange and grapefruit. The malt backbone is very pronounced; toasty sweet grain. Bright, sweet and bitter. Its hard to balance something with such intense flavor components, but this brew manages it very well.

Full bodied but with a bright, crisp mouthfeel. Very bitter and slightly dry in the finish. Big and flavorful. Not terribly complex, but what this DIPA does, it does insanely well. It delivers one of the biggest doses of hops out there without focusing too heavily on satisfying only hard-core hop heads. An absolute must try. As I said, I put it up there with some of the best of the style.

Thick resinous hops smack you in the mouth

Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy mild copper with sticky white lacing.
Smells all of hops, tons of fresh grassy and citrus hops.
Taste is very hoppy yet nicely sweet from a generous amount of malts. Hops are very citrusy, grass and pine. The hops and malt sweetness fight it out on the palate. You win. This is thick and lush, sticky on the lips as well.
I really like drinking this, it's so smooth and tasty and worth the reasonable price that Hoppin Frog charges.

Photo of BeerZack
4.75/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark amber color, slightly cloudy with a 1-2 finger head that sticks around while leaving its thick lace clinging to the glass.

Smells like someone just let go a hop bomb... woodsy, fruity, piney, citrusy hops, all of em packed in there. Theres a super-nice spicy woody earthiness when you get your nose down in there that makes me think saaz on steroids. Some sweetness and a bit of alcohol coming out also.

Intense hop layers interwoven with rich malt flavor. Can feel the thick hop oils almost like a wet-hopped IPA. Lots of woody earthiness with a deep sweet and spicy hop finish that is surprisingly well-balanced while still definitely being hop-dominant.

This stuff is awesome, way underrated- I think too many people want a completely "balanced" DIPA that, in my opinion, comes off as more of a hoppy barleywine- well, this will never be mistaken for a barleywine (partly due to smallish abv) and it rocks! Hop Heads rejoice!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warmly glowing red-orange-bronze with turmeric colored trim. This is a beautiful DIPA that could easily be mistaken for an American barleywine. The densely creamy crown looks like orange-caramel mousse and also looks to be full of hop resins due to the impressive amount of glass coverage that has occured so far.

The aroma doesn't ease off the accelerator for one second. Although it's difficult to believe 168 IBUs, I suppose it is possible. In any case, the beer smells like it's chock-a-block full of both caramel malt and C-hops. I get tired of describing DIPAs noses as brown sugar, grapefruit, orange and pine, but that's what's in here. I think I'm gonna like this one.

Mean Manalishi walks a very fine line. On one side of the line is too much caramel malt and on the other is just short of too much caramel malt. To clarify, that's with respect to flavor, not body. Thankfully, it isn't anywhere near the gooey, sticky mess that some DIPAs tend to be.

In spite of the 'toasted bread slathered with melted caramel' flavor of the malt, the 'citrus pith on steroids' flavor of the hops is able to punch through with authority. While those competing (yet complementary) flavors go toe-to-toe, the sweetness of the former is no match for the scathing alpha acid bitterness of the latter. This stuff isn't called *Mean* Manalishi simply because it sounds cool. Which it does.

My wavering on the all-important taste score is now officially over. There's so much juicy, buzzsaw-like hop flavor in every mouthful that I don't know how the final score could ever have been in doubt. There's no question but that MM is Ohio's hoppiest beer. For once, the words 'extreme', 'assertive' and 'intense' aren't mere marketing malarky.

No alcohol is appreciated. I'm not sure how it could be given wall-to-wall hop resinousness. Drinkability is directly proportional to one's hopheadedness. This bomber is going to obliterate my taste buds for the remainder of the night, but that's a tradeoff that I'm more than willing to make.

The mouthfeel might be a fraction lighter than the style average. That isn't a negative in this case because it keeps things moving smartly along. This is a 'begs to be gulped' beer, not an 'asks to be sipped' beer. The fact that I wouldn't want it any lighter or any heavier is reason enough for the above score.

I continue to be delighted by the deliciousness coming out of Ohio's second best brewery. Mr. Karm creates big beer for big beer lovers and does it exceptionally well. I always make sure to grab a handful of Hoppin' Frog bombers when I get back to the Buckeye State. I might have to make it two handfuls this time. Mean Manalishi means business.

Photo of Westsidethreat
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very still paprika color with a thin white film across the top of the body.

S: Wow. Smells of blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, mango, watermelon and some doughy thoughts.

T: Starts with berry, caramel and banana..really jammy. Whole lotta blueberry pie with copious other berries mixed in. A lot of depth in the DIPA which I’m totally digging. Some spritzy pine pricks the middle of the tongue offering even more depth. As it warms, the flavors emerge more voraciously. Low level bready malts exist but are really dominated by the berry flavors. Bitterness emerges towards the end, really shining at the back of the tongue. Finishes with lingering jam flavors as the bitterness gently fades.

M: Medium body with a soft mouthfeel.

D: Boy do I like unique beers…especially styles where cookie cutters are starting to take over. I can’t really compare this DIPA to any other on the market, really stands out. Its not the best DIPA on the market, but I appreciate its uniqueness.

Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.