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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Reviews: 362
Hads: 617
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 11.35%
Wants: 28
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

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Beer added by: klewis on 07-03-2007

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an amber/copper color with a very small white head. Not much head retention or lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine hops with a bit of malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, citrus and piney hops are the strongest thing I can taste, but some malt is there too. Mouthfeel/body is full, it feels chewy but also heavy. Drinkability is decent, it has good carbonation but there's also some alcohol heat that takes away from the drinkability. Not sure if I could drink more than a bomber of this at a time. Not a bad DIPA at all, I'd try this again in the future. (617 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a brilliant clear ruby red with a medium size foamy off-white head that left some very nice lacing down the glass. This is a great looking beer. Aroma is the fresh smell of hoppy citrus and pine with some deep underlying notes of sweet malt. Some slight heat also comes out as it warms.

Taste is a lip smacking fresh blend of citrus and resinous hops. This is nicely balanced by a beefy yet smooth caramel malt backbone. Hop bitterness lasts well into the end and mixes with some slight warming alcohol to provide a pleasant finish. Mouthfeel is a nice chewy medium body with good carbonation.

Wow, this is another stellar beer from Hoppin’ Frog, that was bordering on West Coast Double IPA territory at some points. Very nicely done, with a fantastic appearance, bold flavors, and a nice thick body while still remaining incredibly drinkable. It’s great to see a Double IPA this good coming out of the Midwest and now available in PA. (985 characters)

Photo of benmiliron
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $5 or so (I can't remember the exact price) direct from the brewery after a tour.

Really lovely crystal clear english mild brown color - brick red and chestnut. Nice foamy head that lasts. Smell is bowl-you-over hops. I mean, acidic, almost pungent hops. Very intense from the moment you crack open the bottle. Nice, but a bit too much.

Taste is overpowering hops. There is a malt backbone to this, but the hops are so dominant it's impossible to see much past them. Herbal, floral, vegetal. At 168 IBU's, this may be the most aggressively hopped beer I've had. The malt is actually quite sweet and would be a good interplay if it could get in front to compete with the hops. Alcohol is also prominent, hot at times.

Mouthfeel is thick. Good carbonation (low, soft bubble). Nice.

Too much hops for me, and I'm a hophead! Yikes. Up the OG or lower the IBU. (865 characters)

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: A lovely, glowing amber-copper color. A mildly vigorous pour yields an inch of bubbly but smooth off-white head that does stick around for a bit, despite being so thin. Plenty of carbonation visible, rising hastily from the bottom of the glass.
S: Great citrusy hop scent fills the nose and stays there. Hint of some sugars and more grassy/floral smells too. Mostly, just a citrus hop bomb assault on the nostrils, in a good way. Might seem pretty one-dimensional to some, but this is just what I'm looking for in a big IPA. Perhaps a noticeable alcohol scent at first, but this seems to tone down as the beer warms.
T: A nice tingly citrus taste at first, quite hoppy and fresh. There's more of a malt presence in the midtaste, but not too sweet. This fades pretty quickly, and the hoppiness comes back in full force in the finish, leaving a lip-smacking bitterness lingering in the mouth. Overall, a nice hop character with a tiny amount of malt backbone. Perhaps not a perfect 50-50 balance, but again, this is what I like in big IPAs.
M: Generally pretty good, but kinda dry in the finish, and with a noticeable alcohol warmth in the throat.
D: Not too bad. I'm enjoying this bomber's worth of beer, but I don't think I could handle any more. The 8+ % ABV is reasonable, but I can really taste and feel the alcohol in the finish. (1,399 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy orange-brown color with a bubbly light tan head.

S: Impressive aromas of citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. As it warms the hop aroma becomes decidedly more earthy and floral.

T: Citrus hops and caramel malt deliver a one two punch right from the get go. There's a bit of tart grapefruit and some toasted malt in there as well.

M: This one is pretty juicy and oily at first and then turns rather dry and astringent.

D: Excellent! This is my first experience with Hoppin' Frog and I'm quite impressed. (611 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.62/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from nlmartin courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with floral hops and fruity citrus with some caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness, then a strong citrus sweetness follows. The malt character is not too heavy, but is hearty enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, I could certainly drink this beer for a long time. So far, after having this beer and BORIS The Crusher, it appears as though Hoppin’ Frog Brewery does the big beers very well. (932 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
4.32/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a medium thick off-white head that dissipates steadily. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops and pine. Full-bodied with a rich piney hops character and packed with floral notes, citrus and malt flavors. The finish is thoroughly hoppy and leaves a lingering aftertaste of sweet caramel malt. Overall a well-made and balanced IIPA. (401 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I guess in the small population of currently existing reviews for this beer I'm gonna be the lowest. I poured it into a tumbler from the big Hoppin' Frog bottle, and lo it looked good. Dark amber color with a thick and wet looking head. The aroma was strong with hops, but you could tell it wasn't quite one-dimensional by the large malt base in the smell, kind of riding the DIPA side of the DIPA-Barleywine line. The taste had all the hops I could want, but left me a little disappointed with some off-flavor, a little sour milk or something. I've tasted a similar flavor in one of my homebrew batches, and couldn't drink them. Mean Manalishi only had a small amount of this negative flavor but it was enough to turn me off. If this was intentional (I doubt it) then I'm wrong to knock it. If not I'd recommend to try it from a later batch. (842 characters)

Photo of jlh8643
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass from a 22oz bomber with no dating on it. A small/thin beige head sits on top of a dark copper head. Excellent lacing is left behind. The usual NW citrus hops in the nose. Good malt backbone with hops hovering over it to the finish. A good DIPA. (278 characters)

Photo of BeerTruth
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of TheBierBand
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (893 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
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 (444 characters)

Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
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). (767 characters)

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (498 characters)

Photo of franksnbeans
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of genog
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (445 characters)

Photo of chimney
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
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 (828 characters)

Photo of cooncat
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Cheers (1,636 characters)

Photo of Daehpoh
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (434 characters)

Photo of Osiris9588
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
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. (807 characters)

Photo of klewis
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (796 characters)

Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.