Hop Heathen - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Reviews: 58
Hads: 228
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 32
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
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Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: VncentLIFE on 04-15-2012

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Earthy, musty hop aroma with a solid roasty malt backbone.

T- Near seamless balance between the dark roasted malt and herbal hop profile. Bitterness is there but mellow while the roastiness complements it wonderfully. I get a little citric tang in the aftertaste but it's mainly an earthy component throughout. And the alcohol is superbly well-hidden.

M- Soft, creamy feel with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A very well-made black ale that goes down smooth, hides its strength well and exhibits powerful flavors. Very recommended. (853 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the mix of aromas I am getting is slightly better to me.

Serving type: bottle. (650 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.28/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: deep brown, almost black; less than a 1 finger tan head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring around the edge; little lacing;

S: deeply roasted malt; some bittersweet chocolate; a little smokiness;

T: upfront, it follows the nose; from mid-palate on some coffee kicks in and at the finish, it's all coffee; some alcohol sweetness from mid-palate through the finish; low bitterness;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: more malt that hops; I prefer the opposite; (474 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with one finger head and has some minor lace. The aroma is mix of roasted and bready malts with some earthy, slightly citric hops. Smooth, even a little creamy at times, well-balanced as a minor citric hop profile blends with roasted malts and little bit of sweet malts (I get hints of caramel and chocolate after some sips). More malty than hoppy but this is one of the few Black IPAs that I have found that make the hops noticeable AND greatly employed by the beer's malty profile (not a malt/hop mess). (524 characters)

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/grassy hops and balanced roasted malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt sweetness; with a great roasted malt/hop flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and robust roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering. (1,564 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent & chestnut tinged mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Stellar lacing 7 very nice head retention

S: Pineyness & woody hops, some peppery notes, a little roastyness

T: Carob, pineyness, dryness & a little grapefruit up front. Leafy hops mix with grapefruit pine, carob & faint roastyness as this warms, some grassy hops as well, faint figgy notes & a modicum of booze as well. There must be some chilles in here as well. Finishes piney, roasty, with a little chocolate, grapefruit & chille

MF: Chewy with slight carbonation, great balance, warming

I liked what they did here, loads of flavor & not a bad price for these guys. Drinks a little slow, due to heft & complexity; recommended (709 characters)

Photo of msquared36
3.52/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (580 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.9/5  rDev -6%
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. (345 characters)

Photo of BB1313
3.82/5  rDev -8%
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. (923 characters)

Photo of Smokee
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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) (452 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (537 characters)

Photo of methtlcai
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (410 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (998 characters)

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (297 characters)

Photo of Ego
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

eyes...
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

nose...
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.

verdict?
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. (1,248 characters)

Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (266 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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. (1,209 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,287 characters)

Photo of warrenout330
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (570 characters)

Photo of crnipeter
3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
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). (1,241 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (1,001 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (791 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (682 characters)

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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.