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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: 31
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 TheHoppiest:
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4.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle bears the now-familiar toasting frog, but this label has him grayed-out, rather than in color, with a black background that really makes this offering by Hoppin' Frog stand out compared to its other bottles. I wonder if the ale inside merits such special treatment!

Pours a dark, dark brown that is just a tinge of auburn away from being pure black. Starts with a good 1" head that reduces at a moderate pace, leaving tan lacing down the sides.

The smell is an interesting mix of piney hops and roasted chocolate malt. The chocholate malt gives this an almost coffee/mocha like aroma that overtakes the hoppiness as the brew sits.

Tastes phenomenal! The roasted malt gives this a thick, creamy taste that seemlesly melds into a piney hopped finish. Chocolate, everygreen, resin, and mild breadiness combine for a smooth, yet assertive taste. Finish is mildly bitter, but leaving the tongue somewhat dry. Coffee notes develop more as it warms, and while there are stout-like qualities to this brew, the hoppiness is more prominent, and the feel is a bit thinner. Almost more like a porter, but there is simply "more" here than you'd find in a typical porter.

Medium to full-bodied, this is smooth at the starts, with a sharper bite to finish.

An excellent brew, this is the second absolutely fabulous beer in a row I've had from Hoppin' Frog. Simply put, this small operation out of a warehouse in an industrial space outside Akron, Ohio is putting together some of the best beer to be found. Hop Heathen is a seasona/one-time release so far as I know, so absolutely grab it if you can. Still, if you can't, grab anything else you can find; you won't be disappointed!

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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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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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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.