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Hop Heathen - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

61 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 237
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 18.69%
Wants: 32
Gots: 19 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Black Ale | 8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: VncentLIFE on 04-15-2012

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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 237
Reviews by Damian:
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3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. (22 fl. oz) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured super dark brown (bordering on black) and was topped by a one-plus finger tall head of stiff, dense, caramel colored foam. Sheets of thick, sticky lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was pleasant but not quite as assertive as I was hoping it would be. An even mix of roasted malts and piney hops dominated. Mild cocoa notes. Touch of smoke. The nose became more punchy as the beer warmed. Espresso notes came through strong.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the nose. Lots of roasted malts on front end. Some coffee and chocolate. Hint of smoke. The hops hit hard mid palate. Initially, they were citrusy, but they turned more piney and bitter as the beer moved along the palate. The finish contained a nice mix of roasty, smoky malts, espresso and a bitter, pine needle-like hoppiness. At 8.8% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess quite well.

The mouthfeel was fairly non-descript. Medium bodied with a crisp, moderate effervescence.

Tasty, interesting and quite drinkable, Hoppin' Frog's Hop Heathen is a really solid beer. However, as one of the highest rated American black ales in the world, I was expecting a bit more.

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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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with ruby mahogany brown highlights, forms a thick tan khaki head. Fine even lacing forms as it fades down, to the body. Aroma has earthy piney big hop accents, with dark roasted malts bringing out hints of caramel and dark coffee roasts. Hints of dark chocolate, herbal leaf and tobacco notes. Flavors are big roasted malts and herbal leafy hops combining nicely on the palate. Roasted malts, dark coffee, dark chocolate flavors combine with herbal leafy earthy hop bitterness, very nice cohesion here. Often times these black ales tend to clash a good bit. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a bit of heat in the back end nice linger bitterness from the herbal hops, coexists with the the dark roasted malts just fine. Overall a big hoppy beer that will be well worth the investment if you come across the newest Ohio black ale I've seen on the market.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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A: Pours a dark black with a light brown head

S: Super piney and resiny not sure what else could penetrate that smell

T: Starts off with the pine with a great transition to nice subtle roasted malt flavor and a nice finish, just a bit of bitterness at the very end of the flavor after its been swallowed

M: Light Im not sure what the mouthfeel is supposed to be for a black IPA but it doesn't negatively affect this beer

O: In words I think this beer seems unbalanced or disjointed but when I drink it I don't feel that way at all this is a great beer and definitely worth a try if you see it

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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.