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Hop Heathen - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 32
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: VncentLIFE on 04-15-2012)
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Reviews by crnipeter:
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crnipeter

Slovenia

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%

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).

11-12-2012 22:25:04 | More by crnipeter
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chip26

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

07-10-2014 03:22:43 | More by chip26
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Mugenlude

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12-05-2013 03:59:01 | More by Mugenlude
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xdefeatsy

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-06-2012 17:04:08 | More by xdefeatsy
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Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.2%

12-04-2013 23:01:30 | More by Cynic-ale
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HeyYoMar

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10%

03-02-2014 00:20:51 | More by HeyYoMar
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BurgeoningBrewhead

Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

11-09-2013 05:41:56 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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rwilde

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

05-27-2012 20:32:13 | More by rwilde
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

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.

06-06-2012 19:22:12 | More by WVbeergeek
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Zonian1

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

10-07-2012 12:59:14 | More by Zonian1
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Beer21

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

09-16-2012 01:56:49 | More by Beer21
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maximumu13

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -7.1%

Got at the brewery while grabbing some 2012 BA Naked Evil

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

06-23-2012 03:43:05 | More by maximumu13
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weonfire

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-27-2014 22:16:56 | More by weonfire
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stevolb19

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

08-07-2014 08:01:02 | More by stevolb19
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seavercm

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-06-2014 13:00:59 | More by seavercm
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syntheticwings

Virginia

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

08-25-2012 00:01:31 | More by syntheticwings
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

01-13-2013 05:32:11 | More by Sammy
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PBRmeasap1980

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.2%

08-11-2014 13:13:35 | More by PBRmeasap1980
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whatname

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.2%

03-02-2014 06:41:10 | More by whatname
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

06-14-2014 14:32:14 | More by WoodBrew
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Ciocanelu

Romania

4.5/5  rDev +10%

04-14-2013 19:23:10 | More by Ciocanelu
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prototypic

Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +5.1%

Hop Heathen pours a dark mahogany brown color. It’s reminiscent of dark chocolate. It’s not opaque. Backlighting shows some nice garnet highlights at the edges. A tan head rises to about a finger in height before falling back. Retention was definitely on the shorter side. Lacing was a little sticky, but very light overall.

The nose is good. It kicks off with a nice mix of dark malts. There’s a bit of roasted, chocolate, and sweet caramel malt. Hops follow quickly and are very aggressive. They feature mostly citric notes of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. There’s definitely a piney aspect there, as well. Hops definitely take center stage in this one. The malts add a nice dimension, but they’re clearly secondary in the overall mix. Alcohol is noted, but doesn’t come through too strong.

The flavor is excellent. Very impressive. The malt base is diverse. It features a mix of bittersweet dark chocolate, sweet caramel, and roasted malt flavors. It’s an excellent base. Hops are definitely strong and flavorful. Grapefruit and pineapple flavors are noted throughout. They’re certainly piney, as well. They do add a nice bitter kick to the flavor. It’s balanced to some degree by the malts, but it remains a little bitter. Roasted coffee and charred barley emerge on the tail. Alcohol is blended well for nearly 9%. It’s not warm or hot at all. Finishes hoppy and slightly charred.

Hop Heathen has a medium body. Carbonation seems active, but feels nice and soft. It goes down smooth and easy for a bigger beer. Perhaps a little too easy for its size. This bomber is not much of a challenge.

Hop Heathen is a really nice release from Hoppin’ Frog. I continue to be impressed by their beer. Two things you can count on from Hoppin’ Frog doing right – big stouts and hoppy beers. This one falls into the latter category, but does feature some really nice dark malt flavors. Very good stuff. Summon the heathen in you and find a bottle! You’ll be glad you did!

05-19-2012 03:34:08 | More by prototypic
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freewill35

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

08-04-2012 15:37:11 | More by freewill35
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jdkoch

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +10%

09-01-2012 17:53:58 | More by jdkoch
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russpowell

Oklahoma

4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

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

06-13-2014 05:36:59 | More by russpowell
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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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