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Hop Heathen - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 9.31%
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

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Beer added by: VncentLIFE on 04-15-2012

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Ratings: 223 | Reviews: 58
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 spycow
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the mix of aromas I am getting is slightly better to me.

Serving type: bottle.

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a very dark brown body.

S: lots of earthy and well blended citrus hops with a nutty and roasty presence. Each are well represented and complement rather than exclude the other.

T: very roasty with earthy hops up front and the coffee and roast in the middle with a sweet citrus hop character in the finish which is surprising as one would expect a bitter finish with this level of hop and coffee presence.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: This one is very well made. Both the roasted flavors and IPA flavors are represented to a high level. Its also very easy to drink. it has complex transitions which flow very nicely.

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looked impressive just by looking at the bottle. Grabbed on and opened it up later that night. This beer poured out as a really nice looking black color with a brown colored foamy head on top. The smell of the beer is damn near perfect... It's got a wonderful aroma of roasted chocolaty malts blended with the big lively hops that are used in there too. The taste is right up there with the nose. A stunning combo of hops mixed with dark malts for one of the most impressive and balanced black IPA's I've ever had. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a creamy body to it. Overall this beer is really good in my opinion. I am very impressed and I could enjoy this one again and again.

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 nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam in an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate law and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - A strong espresso aroma with notes of pine and grapefruit in the background.

T - Green pine hops up front with a bit of sweaty hop character and lots of sweet, coffee. Dark caramel and more sweetened espresso in the middle and a finish of fruity hops, caramel, coffee, and mild bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - There is a lot of dark malt and a lot of hop flavor here, but a surprising lack of bitterness considering how much the hops and dark malt are emphasized. An enjoyable beer overall, but it would be more drinkable with a little more bitterness to balance out the syrupy sweetness.

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 wethorseblanket
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 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 MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Binny's Lakeview. Served in a plastic cup on Freddy's boat. Guessing this is about two months old, even though it only reached Chicago shelves recently.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap and splotchy lacework. Very dark near-black body, with some brownish glints to it.

S - A nice mixture of brown sugar, milk chocolate, citrus and piney hops, and dank herbs.

T - This is the kind of Black IPA that I like - lots of chocolate, caramel, and mild roast characters in the malt bill, but without the astringent black malts found in many beers of this style. Pleasant piney hop bitterness, and perhaps a touch of citrus.

M - Medium body that's sufficiently hefty for the 8.8% ABV. Moderate carbonation, creamy texture, and a fairly dry finish. Not much alcohol presence considering this is more of a double Black IPA.

D - Really nice beer - kind of wish I'd gotten to it a tad fresher, but the malt bill was interesting enough to support the beer when given a chance. Not terribly priced for Hoppin' Frog either at $9.99.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppin' Frog Hop Heathen Imperial Black Ale, Hoppin' Frog Brewig Company, Akron, Ohio. Here comes the gobbledygook: "An uncivilized amount of American hop spiciness along with a chocolately malt mix of dark roasted flavors create this inventive and tasty new beer style! What you get is the best of both worlds, a flavorful brood of dark malt and satisfying, assertive American hops. Raise you glass in a toast--to the Hop Heathen within you!" Just one note: are they using word "brood" they way they think they are?

8.8% ABV, 83 OG, 70 IBU

Appearance: fully black, brown head, settles down in no time.

Aroma: Big, grassy hops leave up, out, and in your face, surrounded by dark, roasted malts.

Taste: Warm, roasty, bitter, sharp and strong. Citrus-y hops are fairly smothered by the dark malt. Oddly enough, the flavor starts out big, then peters out. There's just not much "there" there. Or, any "here" here. Another hoppier porter, but not quite hoppy enough, and the high alcohol starts to intrude.

Huh. There's nothing really wrong or bad out of this. It just doesn't do anything for me. The body is full, but the texture is too blase, and the mouthfeel nothing but dull.

A bit of a let-down, since I like the last Hoppin' Frog so well, but the next should be better. Will that be my next beer? It's an imperial stout, …maybe not...maybe for my nightcap...

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/grassy hops and balanced roasted malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt sweetness; with a great roasted malt/hop flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and robust roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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 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 ejimhof
3/5  rDev -26.5%

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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
91 out of 100 based on 223 ratings.