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Hop Heathen - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 217
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 34
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
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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5/5  rDev +22.5%

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 TriedandTrueBrew
4.76/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Great Beer!

The taste is a rich and complex malt character that is beautifully balanced hop flavor and bitterness. If I had to be picky about one thing... I would love a little more hop character in the aroma, but that would be it.

Love this beer!!!

Cheers friends!

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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 AJStank
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Very dark. Head is light brown, starts out about a finger thick and retains a thin head throughout. Some lacing left behind.

S-Mmmm mmm! Roasted malts, chocolate dominate the aroma and then the hops come out to play. I'm getting a lot of pine as well as the citrus notes. Smells really great.

T-Just fantastic. Plenty of the roasted malt comes through with the chocolate on the back-end. Despite the 70 IBUs, the hops do not dominate the flavor and instead add just the right amount of spice to the flavor.

M-Smooth drinking, medium carbonation. Easy to drink even at 8.8%

O-So I might be a bit biased because I really like what Hoppin Frog does, but if you see this beer, try it! I'm fortunate enough to live 30 min. from the brewery and I had a hard time not stocking up on this one. Very impressed and I hope that they make this a mainstay in their lineup.

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 Beer_Runner
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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