Hop Heathen - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
Wants: 33
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 BurgeoningBrewhead
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of maximumu13
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of prototypic
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some coffee. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the flavors seem to be stronger overall in comparison to the aroma. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy and roasty finish. Good balance between the hops and malt in both the aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. Overall, I think it's a very good brew. $9.99 a bottle, I'd certainly buy this again in the future.

Photo of TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real solid three finger tan head, it's going nowhere, styrofoamy and stuck and solid with clumping lacing all around. Sits on a real dark walnut black to brown, with just a hint of red there too. Aggressive, real nice looking.

woah on the nose, this is ripping dirt and earth like hops, mixing with a great ripping coffee bean action. Dirt soil and fresh ground coffee, how fun is that! Smells more like coffee than beer.

Hit that palate and it's all that and a bag of chips. Creamy milky light bodied depth. Coffee richness with a malt milk body. Hop angle on the finish is a bit burried, but a mix of lots of milky chocolate, and burning coffee. Perhaps that long roast is being brought out with the bittering hop angle. There's a bit of lime astringency from perhaps hop character, but it hints of coffee acidic sourness more so.

Oh man this is really good. Seriously winning brew, big bold, without a heavy boozy quality. Flat out excellent! A java bean heads dream, and this from a Black IPA and not a stout. Stunning work!

Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of largadeer
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Eric.

Appearance: Dark brown with ruby highlights, topped by two fingers of foam.

Smell: Cocoa and roast, resinous hops. Evergreen, a little mint. Clean yeast profile. Really pleasant aroma. Leans a bit more toward dark malt than hops, but it works.

Palate: Pine, a bit of citrus and mint, cocoa, roast. Medium bodied with sticky resinous bitterness. A ton of pine flavor. Excellent black DIPA.

Photo of ThickNStout
4.12/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of Jesse13713
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my good buddy Aw Yeh for splitting this beer with me on such a pleasant, cool, summer night.

Appearance - The yellowish/brown yeast looks like dying stars in an otherwise brownish/black sky. As the brew settles, the yeast comes to a lonely standstill. Appears thick and chunky. Laces very nicely to the glass with a thin milky film over top.

Smell - Much sweeter of a scent than expected. Reminiscent of chocolate milk. The hops remain primarily under a thin cloak, though there bitterness seeps through a bit. Contains the chocolate-esque properties of a stout in the smell, which is surprising for it being a black ale. A lightly roasted oaky smell that is very pleasant.

Taste - Has many qualities that remind me of a lighter stout. The taste, though, is most certainly full-bodied and pact with succulent deliciousness. A nice, light strike of ethanol ignites flavors of oily chocolate milk, unsweetened dark chocolate, and faint hops. The bitterness of the hops is well-balanced with the rest of the woody chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Slightly oaky wood slides into a slightly syrupy intervention of bittersweet dark chocolate and hops. The hops grow more bitter the longer the beer sits on the tongue. This is definitely more of a dessert beer. It is the perfect balance between a stout and an IPA.

Photo of BB1313
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another black ale for me try, now that I’ve had more experience with the style: Hop Heathen. This one’s new, too; let’s see how Hoppin’ Frog does it.

A: Dark black, as thick as a stout, with a good inch or so of tan head. Light retention and a little bit of lacing.

S: Chocolate and lots malty goodness to start with; syrupy with some hints of nutmeg and maple syrup. Dark and rich, not very roasty, but with that anise astringency that I’ve come to expect from the style. A bit of pine hoppiness, too. Not bad at all.

T: Damn roasty! Campfire, chocolate malts, and pine give off a good bitter flavor, joining with a light fusel taste from the alcohol (though it could be the anise popping up again). Maple is not as pronounced here, but there is some caramel and syrup in the maltiness. Just a hint of dark fruits peek out in an imported coffee flavor, a quite acidic presence, before the molasses rolls out. Finishes with a taste of dates, rum, and a slight toasted dryness.

M: Astringent and syrupy, almost like cough syrup. It hits the tongue with a profile of thickness and chewiness – pretty thick. The drying-out comes pretty quick, which turns this into more of a bitter-forward beer.

O: Well-balanced: every flavor has its time in the spotlight. If I were Hoppin’ Frog, I’d keep this beer year-round; it’s excellent.

Photo of TheHoppiest
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
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!

Photo of nachos
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle
appearance: As i pour this I am reminded of the FBS i have been drinking recently, its not quite as thick, but it looks pretty dead on in appearance color wise and similar head and lacing. Very nice.

Smell: Again as I poured this I smelled coffee, it seriously reminded me of FBS, not quite as strong in the coffee department, but I can smell the coffee as well as roasty chocolate mixed with a nice piney hop smell.

Taste: So delicious, lots of chocolate, roast, and coffee mix really well with the piney hops, its a really nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as a stout, but getting to that point, but it fits with the perfect blend of stout and ipa flavors.

Overall: This is the best dark ipa/american black ale I've had. I rank it better than Sublimely self righteous, Yakima Glory, Blacktop and heavy seas black cannon. I think Hop heathen achieves the perfect balance of including the darker flavors and allowing the hops to accentuate them while still being a big part of the experience. If I want an American black ale that is closer to a straight up IPA i'll have a sublimely self righteous or yakima glory. But, if I want a perfectly balanced brew that highlights the dark and the hops, then I'll have a hop heathen.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes 7/29/12.

poured into duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with 1 finger tan head that drop to a thin cap. a bit of stoppy lace.

Smell: Chocolate and charcoal malts. Pine hops with a touch of grass and herbal notes.

Taste: Pine and grassy hops. Charcoal note with roasty malts. Hint of chocolate. Has a really chalky and green finish to it that is moderately bitter. The aftertaste is kind of wierd and a little distracting.

Mouthfeel: a medium thin bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It drinkable, but has that characteristic hoppen frog watered down mouthfeel.

Overall: This is middle of the road. NG Black Top and Firestone Walker Wookey Jack are the best black IPA's that I have tried. This one is a long way off from those beers.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours black with a finger of beige head, nice retention and thick lacing.

S- Smells incredible, the first whiff yields a lot of bright, citric, dank hops and pine. Later more chocolate, cocoa and roasted grain.

T- Big rich chocolate and cocoa flavors, some dark coffee beans and a bit of roasted flavor, the hops are citric and piney but are definitely overshadowed by the malts.

M- Medium to full-bodied, smooth, very creamy feel, semi-dry finish.

O- A really awesome dark, hoppy beer, one of the few I've had that lets the chocolate and malt flavors shine so nicely, very tasty and easily drinkable for being so big.

Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of crnipeter
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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).

Photo of Damian
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.