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Hop Heathen - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 9.25%

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: VncentLIFE on 04-15-2012)
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Photo of msquared36


3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nearly black. Opaque. Moderate tan head with dense lacing.

Explosive juicy scent on the pour. In the glass, roasted malt and smoke are the predominant scents.

First few sips remind me more of a stout than an IPA. Carmel and roasted malt are up front with a lingering bitterness. Actually takes on the characteristics of an IPA as it warms, with a juicy crispness.

Very smooth with lite carbonation. The best of a DIPA or stout.

Nice beer. The smokiness of the smell may have a too strong effect on the beer overall, but it is certainly unique. Something I'd want to try again.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 18:18:28 | More by msquared36
Photo of JayQue


4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice American Black Ale. Pours a dense dark brown color into a pint glass. Light showing only at the bottom of the glass. Big tan head with good retention. Light bands of lacing on the glass.

Strong aroma of roasted malts and piney hops. The maltiness is somewhat stronger but a good inviting overall aroma.

Taste is roasted malts, chocolate and a vinuous aspect like the port wine flavor in some stouts. Nicely blended with piney and floral hops. A very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel is very good as well. Rich and smooth. No hint of alcohol. A nice slow sipper.

Definitely recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 03:27:29 | More by JayQue
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead


3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into 34oz mug; jet black with a moderately thick tan head that descends very slowly leaving dense lacing.
Smell is loads of piney hops, almost gin-like, over top of dark malt with notes of cocoa.
Taste is piney and spicy hops, with dark cocoa and dark bready malt.
Mouthfeel is medium, but smooth.
Overall, a good flavorful black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2013 05:41:56 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
Photo of BB1313


3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh 2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with subtle brown hues coming though; khaki head that eventually fades but leaves really nice retention and lacing. There's some sediment that shows up as you get towards the end of the bottle. The aromas start off pretty dank with lots of roasted chocolate malts. There are also hints of grapefruit and pine needles. The flavors are pretty bold and robust. Tons of dark chocolates along with the hops give this one a solid bitterness. Flavors aren't too sweet. Slightly soapy. Very earthy and leafy. More pine resin which really stands out as well. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and heavy, but still comes off as watery due to the low carbonation. It's still a very smooth drinking beer, despite feeling heavy at times. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I'm glad Hoppin' Frog decided to brew this one again. It's a very good Imperial Black IPA. Well crafted. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 17:33:41 | More by BB1313
Photo of Smokee


3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to a tulip. An inch or so of light tan head over a very dark brown body. Smells of malt chocolate, prune, burnt butter(?)

Tastes chocolate coffee, less hoppy to me than others have mentioned(ill need to check the age). Very tasty but a slowish drinker(pretty hot on my back porch tonight so that may have something to do with it). Overall, very good variation on the style. Absolutely a black ale and not a black ipa(at least to me)

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 02:51:50 | More by Smokee
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: pine, citrus, and dark chocolate rise from the glass into the nose.

Taste: big malty profile here. Dark chocolates, pine, grapefruit, prunes, and a hearty bitterness create a nicely flavored ale. Alcohol is well hidden here too.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Overall: a slower sipping beer from the great flavor profile. Defintely worthy of a try from anyone who likes the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 21:04:31 | More by Gavage
Photo of methtlcai


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first or second black IPA that I've had that holds a candle to Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous (the other being Alaskan, which was maybe a little too roasty). It's got a really hoppy IPA nose (you can't tell it's a black IPA with your eyes closed when you smell it), and the taste is well balanced between the roastiness and chocolate tones of the "black" and the juicy hops of the "IPA." Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 20:47:55 | More by methtlcai
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pours pitch black, nearly opaque, with a small foamy light tan head that reduces to a small layer that retains long enought to leave some short lasting lace

S- dark chocolaty malt aroma stands out immediately with some roasted notes and a touch of toffee. Piney and herbal hop notes compliment, but the chocolaty malt takes center stage, very nice

T- chocolaty malt flavors follow the nose with dark chocolate, roasted notes and a touch of coffee. Notes of leafy and piney hops kicks in mid-palate, leading to some herbal and earthy notes. The finish is bitter and medicinal with more pine, leaving a dry roasty finish

M- medium-viscous mouthfeel with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel with a slightly warming finish

O- this drinks more like a hopped up porter. It's a style that's starting to grow on me and this is a solid example, lots of roasted malt with a big hop kick on the end. The medicinal flavors on the finish made it hard to finish the whole 22oz in one sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2013 02:46:38 | More by Treyliff
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to almost black with tan head in tulip.

Lots of toasted malt and chocolate in nose. Nice pine hoppiness also.

Taste follows smell well with lots of chocolate and pine. Sweet with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall this was really great.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2013 00:09:03 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of Ego

New Jersey

3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

not quite a twix bar of height on the head (which fades at a decent pace), sticky lacing for sure, black but not impenetrable, not much else to say, it is a black ale after all

roasty and toasty with hints of hops, burnt birch bark smell mmm, some chocolate notes, the hops are bright pine and northwest ocean breeze, on the pour this smacks more of hops but let this puppy chill for a few minutes and enjoy a really nice roast aroma, this smells awesome ladies and gents

taste etc...
full mouthfeel without being heavy, the carbonation is prickly but fades nicely and properly, this drinks hoppier than the smell, unfortunately it mostly drowns out the roasty flavors, if this followed the nose I probably would have to move to vermont and marry this beer, but sadly.. this love story does not have a happy 16 candles ending, it arcs more like molly ringwald's career... the aftertaste is really nice but you pretty much just get hops up front.

this one misses the mark, it has some damn big hop power and ABV punch but it is a bit messy in the execution. the hops over power the roasty notes way too much. is this a bad beer? heck F no, worth checking out but for me this is a bit off balance to be a really good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 05:25:13 | More by Ego
Photo of Durge


4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An opaque black-brown color with a healthy light brown head and thick, serious lacing. The aroma brings an impressive deep coffee/licorice malt with herbal hop nuances. Uniquely outstanding. The flavor is no disappointment with lots more heavy licorice malt and floral/herbal complements. The hop quotient is not obvious but I believe it is working to create the unusual tastiness of this black ale. I do get some alcohol edges but it is not very distracting. It's medium-full bodied with a bit of a dry and ultimately satiny feel. Carbonation is modest but adequate. This is a big, beautiful creation, yet another triumph from the Hoppin' Frog.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2013 05:44:21 | More by Durge
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night, a very roasty version of the style. The taste is a range of roast, nutty, hop presence but not so IPA. A well balanced good range of roast malt, chocolate. Freshly ordered from Lueken. A different spin on this style that is normally more hop-centric.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2013 05:32:11 | More by Sammy
Photo of Beer_Runner

4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date; but, purchase this about one week ago at the brewery.

A: An aggressive pour into a standard pint glass produced a about an eighth of a finger of head that is a dark mocha color and very dense. Although it was small, the head lasted through most of the glass and left a good lacing. The brew is a true black and is absolutely opaque.

S: The aroma is very robust and full of floral, citrus, and some pine, along with some dark roasted grain.

T: The taste is also a very robust balance of spicy and some earthy hops characteristics and a strong backbone of malted barley.

M: The feel is velvety smooth and almost creamy. It also has a body that is medium/heavy and very satisfying.

O: Outstanding all the way. This is a beer that mixes styles and succeeds in bringing out the best in both styles. This one has the hop elements of a great DIPA supported by an excellent black ale. These two characteristics work together to create a wonderful balance of robust and satisfying flavors. And, the mouthfeel of this beer is really good – very smooth. This beer is unique; and, it is definitely a “must try” for beer drinkers who admire outstanding craftsmanship and innovation in brewing.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2012 02:57:27 | More by Beer_Runner
Photo of Kegatron


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black, with a couple fingers of rich looking mocha head. This stays robust and frothy looking in the glass with a smooth ½ finger that leaves thick sticky lacing back. The aroma smells fresh, floral, citric and a touch spicy in the nose, while notes of cocoa and smoky roast come in off the edges. Those hops pretty much get the biggest push here though.

The taste is a rich mix of roasted coffee, sticky chocolate and green citrus flavors. A spicy and leafy bitterness flows throughout. The profile here is pretty even between malt and hops, leaving this equal part burnt and bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a firmness in the mouth that is both sharp on the tongue initially and then creamier along the back. Hops add a nice underlying oiliness to the feel that helps keep this smooth, while alcohol mainly just adds some strength to the overall flavors and feel here.

This was a pretty darn nice take on an American Black Ale, with both hops and malt being represented well in equal fashion and this drank great for a nearly 9% beer. Hoppin' Frog had fallen off my radar a bit over the last couple of years but I’m glad I picked this one up, as these guys really know how to do these big beers right.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2012 20:32:47 | More by Kegatron
Photo of warrenout330


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber

A- pours a opaque black... no light what so ever... off white colored head... quickly dissolved to a thin ring around the beer.... slight lacing on the glass

S- piney sap, mango, pineapple... tropical fruits. Hint of roasted barely

T- tad roastiness to the tongue...piney hops, piney sap...

M- thin and creamy mouthfeel... moderate carbonation... earthy hop bite lingering

O- this beer always catches me off guard... looks like a stout, drinks like a ipa even though you still disagree. Nicely done and its hoppin frog.... its always good

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 02:36:23 | More by warrenout330
Photo of crnipeter


3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery-brown pour creates very dark brown to opaque black body with ruby highlights at the edges, overlain by an inch thick tan head with good stickage and retention.

Citrusy hops are surprisingly absent from the aroma featuring mostly piney,spicy and grassy
hopage and dominant - perhaps overly so - dark malt with chocolate character. Some biscuity
malt can be picked up. There's distinctive minty aroma allegedly resulting from interaction between hops and dark, roasted malts.

Taste largely follows the nose with chocolaty dark malts and piney hop-flavor at the center,
with minimal bitterness, finish is medium-dry followed by roasty coffee-like aftertaste. The
absence of astringency from either black malts or hops adds positively to the overall impression.

Medium to medium-full body with lots of sweetness and tongue coating slicky sensation probably related to high-levels of dry hopping. Body that tends to coat the lips with a sticky film is a bit too heavy resembling a Stout rather than IPA.

Overall, a decent chocolate-piney Black IPA crossing the best features of both IPA and Porter/Stout, perhaps being overly leaned towards the later. Good nonetheless. (A bomber without bottling-date indication, into tulip).

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 22:25:04 | More by crnipeter
Photo of TexIndy


3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info that I could find. It was solid black in color with evidence of good carb streams breaking on the surface. It has a good sized, brown head that settled into a good collar and covering film. Good lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was grassy and resinous hops mixed with equal dose of roasted and chocolate malts. Seem to be a good balance between the two. The taste was also well balanced and started with the hops then the malt sweetness overtaking it at the end. It wasn't bad in any sense but it just didn't excite me all that much either. Easy to drink for sure but also not sure I'll remember it tomorrow. Solid mouthfeel with good carb and sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a good serviceable brew but, as stated above, it just didn't stand out or really make me want to find another. I'd drink if given one but wouldn't seek it out either. Not available here in TX - got from Hoss. Rotation - one is enough; maybe on tap if best choice.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 01:44:21 | More by TexIndy
Photo of nickfl


3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam in an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate law and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - A strong espresso aroma with notes of pine and grapefruit in the background.

T - Green pine hops up front with a bit of sweaty hop character and lots of sweet, coffee. Dark caramel and more sweetened espresso in the middle and a finish of fruity hops, caramel, coffee, and mild bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - There is a lot of dark malt and a lot of hop flavor here, but a surprising lack of bitterness considering how much the hops and dark malt are emphasized. An enjoyable beer overall, but it would be more drinkable with a little more bitterness to balance out the syrupy sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 01:30:23 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a very dark brown body.

S: lots of earthy and well blended citrus hops with a nutty and roasty presence. Each are well represented and complement rather than exclude the other.

T: very roasty with earthy hops up front and the coffee and roast in the middle with a sweet citrus hop character in the finish which is surprising as one would expect a bitter finish with this level of hop and coffee presence.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one is very well made. Both the roasted flavors and IPA flavors are represented to a high level. Its also very easy to drink. it has complex transitions which flow very nicely.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 01:28:43 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with a creamy tan 1 inch head and lot sof sticky lacing. Looks like a nice porter.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, light hop presence, grape, orange, rasin, plum.

Taste - Nice coffee/chocolate bite at first sip. Malts are roasty, and hops are made up of strong dark fruits, lots of plum and rasin. Brown sugar and mollasses add sweetness to a rather bitter drink. Near the finish some pine and orange does come out. Alcohol is masked well but there is a trace of warmth in the afertaste.

Mouthfeel - COats mouth with malts, hops and sugars. Tounge gets alot of malts and chocolate, dark fruity hops and sugars. Palate gets more of the same with some citric fruits at the end. Aftertaste is malty, bitter and coffee.

Overall - Awesome, one of the best black ipas. A perfect balance of porter and ipa, balanced and truely smooth and drinkible. Hard to believe its almost 9% alcohol, drinks like a 5% porter. Worth a drink for sure.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 23:30:00 | More by wvsabbath
Photo of tlazaroff


4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All hops on the nose. Pine, hard candy (jolly ranchers), and a little pineapple. Beautiful aroma on this beer, wish it was a touch more potent.

Jet black in color, like india ink. Creamy mocha head that laces nicely, but the head falls back into the beer rather fast which was a touch disappointing.

Hop Heathen has a wonderful taste! All those great aromas are present with pineapple dominating, but it adds a complexity of roast and chocolate on the finish. Lower smooth carbonation on this one with a creamy mouthfeel that makes this just so easy to drink. Alcohol burns slightly in the corners of my mouth in the front and back. Overall just wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 05:29:25 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is both smoky and hoppy - got me doing a Pavlov’s dog - with hints of mocha and molasses. Pours a rich, deep sable a whisker above black with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor - ooh, what flavor, crossing the best features of an IPA with the best features of a stout/porter. Hoppy, a little grassy, minimal bitterness, with notes of molasses, chocolate and quality coffee. Absolutely lip-smacking! Firm texture has a good amount of fizz. I love black ales, and I love hoppy beers, so the black IPA (an oxymoron, if you think about it) or Cascadian Black Ale is my fave.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 18:28:17 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of ThickNStout


4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. As with all Hoppin Frog beer there is no bottling or freshness date given. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours deep dark, near-black brown with one finger loose tan head. Small clumps of lacing.

Smells like a hoppy cup o' joe. Piney hops meet coffee with hints of cocoa, citrus and smoke.

Taste is a nice blend of those piney hops and dark malts. Pine, citrus, pleasantly charred malts, cocoa, bitter coffee and a bit of leather. The alcohol is only faintly perceptable.

Medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky. Long burnt hoppy aftertaste.

This is one of the better black ales I've had. It balances the IPA vs stout rather well, lending some key flavor profiles from both styles. If you're into the growing American black ale trend, this one is worth a try. I hope to get to try this on tap sometime.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 02:08:49 | More by ThickNStout
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppin' Frog Hop Heathen Imperial Black Ale, Hoppin' Frog Brewig Company, Akron, Ohio. Here comes the gobbledygook: "An uncivilized amount of American hop spiciness along with a chocolately malt mix of dark roasted flavors create this inventive and tasty new beer style! What you get is the best of both worlds, a flavorful brood of dark malt and satisfying, assertive American hops. Raise you glass in a toast--to the Hop Heathen within you!" Just one note: are they using word "brood" they way they think they are?

8.8% ABV, 83 OG, 70 IBU

Appearance: fully black, brown head, settles down in no time.

Aroma: Big, grassy hops leave up, out, and in your face, surrounded by dark, roasted malts.

Taste: Warm, roasty, bitter, sharp and strong. Citrus-y hops are fairly smothered by the dark malt. Oddly enough, the flavor starts out big, then peters out. There's just not much "there" there. Or, any "here" here. Another hoppier porter, but not quite hoppy enough, and the high alcohol starts to intrude.

Huh. There's nothing really wrong or bad out of this. It just doesn't do anything for me. The body is full, but the texture is too blase, and the mouthfeel nothing but dull.

A bit of a let-down, since I like the last Hoppin' Frog so well, but the next should be better. Will that be my next beer? It's an imperial stout, …maybe not...maybe for my nightcap...

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 07:24:03 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of babaracas


3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque very dark brown with two finger tan head, settles with thick lace for the first few inches. Smell: mildly roasty, caramel, earthy, citrus note. Hoppy Porter-like. Oh, and buttery... Taste: caramel, sugared dark fruit, quickly in to pine, tropical fruit, citrus rind. Sugary. Medium bodied, lightish carbonation. It misses, but not by much.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 04:45:47 | More by babaracas
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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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