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Hop Heathen - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 35
Gots: 17 | 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:
Beer added by: VncentLIFE on 04-15-2012

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: deep brown, almost black; less than a 1 finger tan head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring around the edge; little lacing;

S: deeply roasted malt; some bittersweet chocolate; a little smokiness;

T: upfront, it follows the nose; from mid-palate on some coffee kicks in and at the finish, it's all coffee; some alcohol sweetness from mid-palate through the finish; low bitterness;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: more malt that hops; I prefer the opposite;

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).

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Photo of msquared36
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nearly black. Opaque. Moderate tan head with dense lacing.

Explosive juicy scent on the pour. In the glass, roasted malt and smoke are the predominant scents.

First few sips remind me more of a stout than an IPA. Carmel and roasted malt are up front with a lingering bitterness. Actually takes on the characteristics of an IPA as it warms, with a juicy crispness.

Very smooth with lite carbonation. The best of a DIPA or stout.

Nice beer. The smokiness of the smell may have a too strong effect on the beer overall, but it is certainly unique. Something I'd want to try again.

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 Ego
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

eyes...
not quite a twix bar of height on the head (which fades at a decent pace), sticky lacing for sure, black but not impenetrable, not much else to say, it is a black ale after all

nose...
roasty and toasty with hints of hops, burnt birch bark smell mmm, some chocolate notes, the hops are bright pine and northwest ocean breeze, on the pour this smacks more of hops but let this puppy chill for a few minutes and enjoy a really nice roast aroma, this smells awesome ladies and gents

taste etc...
full mouthfeel without being heavy, the carbonation is prickly but fades nicely and properly, this drinks hoppier than the smell, unfortunately it mostly drowns out the roasty flavors, if this followed the nose I probably would have to move to vermont and marry this beer, but sadly.. this love story does not have a happy 16 candles ending, it arcs more like molly ringwald's career... the aftertaste is really nice but you pretty much just get hops up front.

verdict?
this one misses the mark, it has some damn big hop power and ABV punch but it is a bit messy in the execution. the hops over power the roasty notes way too much. is this a bad beer? heck F no, worth checking out but for me this is a bit off balance to be a really good beer.

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.

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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.