Hoppin' To Heaven IPA | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Hoppin' To Heaven IPAHoppin' To Heaven IPA

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
68 IBU

Added by klewis on 11-08-2006

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Photo of Norfawkers
4.94/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very solid and versaile IPA if you don't mind the slightly inflated price

Appearance: Orange-golden and unfiltered with minimal head

Smell: Hoppy goodness, citrus, and pine

Taste: Even more hoppy goodness with a slightly malty back

Mouthfeel: Strangely enough, it's missing the bitter kick up front; smooth and mellow

Drinkability: It's a crescendo of hops, very sippable but mellow enough to have with a meal

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Photo of polio
4.85/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing!
As soon as i took a sip of this beer it became my favorite.
This beer smells so sweet and hoppy.
Drinking this beer is everything i love in beer. It is sweet, and you can taste the hops. i love IPAs and this embodies everything about an IPA that i love.

Go try this beer and love it.

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Photo of wamu2000
4.78/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

definitely a go to IPA. Color / head /lacing.... all perfect. Then the HOP head pleasing taste that's a bit lighter in feel than my other two favorites Ruination & Racer 5. If your tastes lean towards the Sierras & the Lagunitas, you should give this one a try. I like that it stays in the 6.5 - 6.8 abv range... enables the fruity start to have a very pleasing finish. For me the best part of this just about perfect IPA is the aftertaste, just outstanding.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

got it fresh from the brewery today and got to meet fred karm, the man with the plan.

A- nice sticky looking orange-ish ivory head is a real intricate lace maker. retention is good and it settles to a nice thick chunky bubbly disk that just hovers a brilliant slightly hazy bright orange brew with golden highs and rising bubbles.

S- possibly the freshest ipa i've ever had, this fact is very evident in the nose. toasted citrus, tangerine, red grapefruit, white lilies, and mandarin orange jump right out with a good dose of toasted malt playing accompaniment. a little hazelnut and some aromatic resinous wood notes, not quite pine and not quite cedar, but something in-between. whatever it is, i like it and the floral citrus hops are outer space.

T- tastes is much like the smell- very fresh. amid the solid hop party, there are layers of pale and toasted barley, and grain husk dry-field summertime drought tastes. taste is very natural, rustic, and herbal. white grapefruit zesty bitterness presides the whole way through but is still kept nicely in check by gentle earthy hops. white flowers still hang in the back and become more pronounced in the dry spruce finish.

MF- very crisp and bracing, decent amount of malt makes for a nice medium body and medium level carbonation creates a velvety feel. resinous hops make for a dry astringent finish like mouthwash.

D- its crispness and freshness adds a quality that is also REfreshing and for any hop lover, it will be hard to put this one down. after visiting the small brewery and smelling all the malt in the air, i can easily envision this beer from start to finish and that seems to add to the appreciation i already have for small batch brewing. hearty enough for cold weather, yet cool enough for a hot summer night by the grill.

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Photo of corby112
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy golden amber orange with a two finger frothy off-white head that lasts throughout leaving chunky rings of soapy lacing throughout the glass.

Sweet citrus hops dominate with some nice floral and grapefruit notes. Slightly piney with subtle caramel malt background. The smell of this beer makes me salivate.

The flavor and mouthfeel of this beer live up to the aroma. Wonderfully bitter citrus and floral hops wih hints of grapefruit, orange peel and pine. Sweet caramel malt backbone provides an excellent balance without taking away from the hop dominance. Creamy medium body makes this ber extremely quaffable. I'm finding it hard to set my pint glass down and write this review. The 6.8 ABV is undetectable and I have to stop myself from pounding the whole bomber.

Although a lot less btter and hoppy than it's brother Mean Manalishi this is another amazingly smooth, well balanced easy drinking IPA from Hoppin Frog

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Photo of cameraman
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A deep amber color, with a two finger thick, off white colored head. The scent of malt is surprisingly strong at the start, it is soon followed by an intense citrus aroma, that as sweet aroma to it, making not as overbearing as I would expect. The taste starts with that malt sweetness, then gradual growth of grapefruit and some lemon bitterness takes over, and stays on the palate till the end. Medium bodied, starts a bit thin at first, but it gains weight as it rolls across the palate. An easy drinking IPA, an evenly balanced flavor, plus a strong aroma, make this a very good beer.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.48/5  rDev +17%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Light ruby, deep copper with a great head that goes down to a thick foam after the initial pour. Nice carpet of foam sticks for a bit after each sip. Orange minty zest of hops hits the nose first. While a warm baked bread hints here and there help to balance the scent a little bit. Bready sweet with a hint of cane sugar. When the hops mix with the toasted sweet mlt, it makes me think of a citrusy mojito. Mint, sugar, and some grapefruit and lime. Great tasting IPA, sweet, a little sugary and fruity palate. But pleasantly bitter and citrusy. This is a very flavorful and drinkable AIPA.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - sunset orange/amber pour, three fingers of pillowy foam. Recedes, leaving craters across the top and creating a very uneven surface with clumps of lace strewn about.

Aroma - fruity, fresh and juicy hops, like pineapple, orange, and a hint of pine.

Taste - good base malts. Sweet caramel, toasty. The hops segue the sweetness to usher in the fruity side first. On the swallow, they go bitter with dryness, grapefruit rind, and some warming alcohol. A nice ring of hoppiness at the finish with a little reprise of biscuity grain. A little sharp but tasty. Has an almost peppery flavor as it warms.

Mouthfeel - smooth, its got a little weight to it, could use a little more though.

Drinkability - a finely balanced and drinkable IPA. Pushing the abv yes, but this bomber went fast.

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Photo of cvfish
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer poured a reddish orange color that produced a nice, fluffy white head that had great retention and laced the side of the glass very nicely

S - The aroma produced by this beer was a great mix of caramel malts blended with pale malts and a blast of grapefruit, orange, and piney hoppiness

T - The taste of this beer was a surprise to me, I was expecting a lot more caramel malty flavor, but this beer had subtle pale and caramel malty characteristics and a generous amount of orange, grapefruit, and piney hoppiness

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body and a light to moderate amount of carbonation

D - Well, this beer did win best IPA, I think Masala Mama and Bells Two Hearted was better, still coming in third in an IPA race is not bad, great beer

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thin head on a hazy copper body with nice lacing. Aroma is near perfect with lots of grapefruit, very tangy and hoppy, nice toasted malt presence and very full on the nose. Very complex flavors and hop profile with citrus hops of grapefruit and pineapple and earthy hops on a well balanced caramel malt base. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Full flavored, complex and well balanced, what more could you want from an IPA. Now just work on the price.

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Photo of yesyouam
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppin' Frog Hoppin' to Heaven IPA is a pretty clear amber ale with a few particles in it. The dense, bubbly, off white head thins to a film and stays put. It leaves fancy lacing on the glass. It has a strong citrus aroma-- the kind you can smell from across the room. It's fresh and leafy. It has a soft, fluffy, medium body with a dry finish that leaves the tongue feeling a little singed. This is a big, fruity, juicy IPA. It's mostly grapefruit but there are almost hints of pineapple and peach. It gets more bitter as the taste goes on. It goes from fruit to pine resin. It's not really sweet or dry. This is all about delivering maximum hop flavor. The malt takes a back seat, but it's strong enough to support things. It gets a little peppery at the finish. The black pepper flavor lingers with with pine resin for a little while after the swallow. Yeah, this is a bang-up IPA. This is treading into double IPA territory.

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Photo of chipsbr
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I love IPA’s. Hoppin To Heaven India Pale Ale one of the best new one’s I’ve tried this year.

I will go back to buy more tomorrow. If I would have known it was this good I would have bought more.

Pours with a nice head. There is a nice color to the beer. There is not a overwhelming surge of hops when the beer first hits your tongue. The Hops ( Cascade/Columbus) then explode off the back of your tongue. This is a very good tasting IPA. The aroma is not a strong as some IPA’s. Hoppin To Heaven India Pale Ale is a easy drinking IPA.

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Photo of joaopmgoncalves
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: The body is golden, brown copper-ry cristalline with a beige head. No lacing. Good head retention.
S: The smell is really good. There's many things in here but everything's ver well balanced. Great fine hops.
T: Hoppy as a normal American IPA but with smaller tones of citrus and pine. I'd say the taste is very minimal. But great.
M: Tremendously velvety, awesome carbonation and great bitterness in mouth. Really smooth.
O: Great, great beer. Probably my best American IPA ever.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy still orange body, topped by a level thick three finger slab of dense whipped froth. Good lace.

Nice big assertive citrus aroma heavy on the orange comes out of the bottle from across the table.

Taste kicks off with a solid slather of semi-sweet malt down the center of the tongue. Then the hops explode to create a mouth covering fruity tingle, with a solid but not overpowering bitter bie at the swallow.

Mouthfeel is a tad to the light size, not a flaw, but not a real assest either.

Delightfully drinkable. Goes down too quick, give me more.

A juicy fruity bitter IPA withbalance. If its not heaven, its a nice stop along the way.

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Photo of smcolw
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Good starting head that forms a egg shell white rocky foam dome. Leaves excellent lace. The color of the beer is amber with a slight orange hue. Very cloudy for the style.

Excellent fresh hop nose of grapefruit and pineapple.

I believe that this is one of the better IPA's I've had in a while. Good malt base with enough crystal to make it complex. But this flavor is brief, the hop takes over in a big way, particularly in the swallow. The aftertaste is all hop pellet and lasts a very long time. This is a full beer without any oily alcohol smells or flavors. Potentially a new favorite, or at least in the top five American IPA's!

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Photo of farrago
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Nice two fingers of tan microfoam, delicate in appearance, like a flaky croissant, looks full until you poke that first whole in the crust, that said, pretty good retention and more sheets down the glass sides than lacing per se. Pumpkin orange color, pleasing shine with a slight fade to yellow at the rims, mildest of haze to it, few visible bubbles. Odd for an IPA, leads with accents of cocoa and mocha powder before busting out the tangerine, pink grapefruit citrus, pine and guava, pineapple, nectarine, persimmon fruit scents, waft of pepper and dried herbs, light earthiness and peat moss, admirably stays on the middle path, neither too hoppy nor malty. Full-bodied, you always know it's there without undue weight, never tiresome. Sweet tangerine, lime, grapefruit citrus cushions the pine and grassiness. Cocoa, milk chocolate, caramel do not sweeten the pot too much. The carbonation has above average activity which tends to shorten the staying power of the apricot, peach, nectarine, mango, green apple fruit, likewise its potential for more tropical bite. Floral dimension more a palate residue than main presence. Smooth without rough edges, easy to drink and welcome as an IPA not trying to be a DIPA. Which happens less and less.

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Photo of CHickman
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very cloudy amber brown in color with a 1 inch cloudy off white/tan head; aroma of floral hops, citrus, pine and sweet malt, with the sweetness and hops dominating.

Tastes of floral hops, citrus/orange peel, pine, sweet malt, caramel, light spices and either grass or rye mixed in towards the end. Starts out with the malt sweetness, then cuts over to the hop and fruit flavor which dominate the smell, and then the bitter pine and caramel come through with a hoppy ending. The beer has medium carbonation and is very thick and sticky, with a sweet lingering malt and hop finish that's on the dry side. Nice lacing that sticks to the glass.

A very nice IPA that is a nice balanced experience with good hop and malt flavor throughout. Brew went down smooth and was complex enough to make you think about what you were tasting besides the malts and hops, but it was a tad too sweet which is my only knock on this beer. The alcohol trickles through as it warms, but it's very faint. Overall a very good beer, a definite recommendation to try.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber that I brought back from Indy. No dating info. Was a deep orange amber color - very opaque. Tons of carb in center of glass feeding the foam. Excellent lacing that sticks around. It had a large light beige head that very slowly settled to a thick carb fed foam.

The aroma was very pleasing. Citrus and spicy hops with caramel malt backbone. Some pine resin as well as it warmed up. The taste was solid. Good moderate hop bite that doesn't shred your tongue. Starts off with a good malt base and then the hops kick in. Get the bite and then the tongue resets for the next drink. Large amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Almost too much as I had to burb after almost every drink.

Overall, an excellent AIPA from a really good brewery. I've had this and B.O.R.I.S from them lately and both were outstanding. Gonna have to find some more of their beers. Highly recommend. If available here, I could see couple bottles a year of this in my rotation. Will need to get more on next trip up north.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the bottle, giant foam... desperate to escape, giving off a nice brown golden honey color, but also slight opaqueness. Big lacing on this with soap like cream bubbles, good looking but the cloudiness throws me off, I don't expect that in an IPA.

Smell. Incredibly varied. First a big bread slightly of toast quality, perhaps rye bread like, Fruit and hop balance specificaly citrus orange, consisting of big orange on the nose upon bigger inhales, closer upon taste is a whiff of vanilla.

Upon quenching, the orange taste comes out, a very big fresh orange juice quality mixed with hop/bread balance. Afterfinish is a classic grapefruit quality. Also some chew and good texture in this beer. Bread smell unfortunately is lost in the taste which is unfortunate. If it was there it would have been exceptional.

Drinkability is very high.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap 5/16/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong floral hops, caramelized malts and fruity citrus.

T: The taste is very hoppy up front. Then the sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in next and there's a hearty malt character that brings a good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, excellent representation of style, this is a very good beer to drink for an entire evening.

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Photo of becktone
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Hoppin' Frog pours a very nice grog. Color is dark copper with a head that boasts a yellowish tint. Head is creamy in appearance and pours with an initial two finger width. As it recedes it leaves excellent lacing. Overall retention is at about 1/2 a finger's width. A bit of a thicker head would really give this brew a great appearance.

Big herbal/grassy, citrus and spicy aroma right up front. Very potent. Cascade hops are in the foreground of this brew's aroma profile. Smells just as an American IPA should. Can't really detect any malt character in the aroma, its burried under the hop aroma weak and somewhat detectable, as it should be.

An assult of hops on the palate right from the begining. It finishes with a bit of a grassy taste along with notes of citrus and spiciness. Bitterness is the first thing I was able to detect about the flavor, its there right up front. A bit of the spicy and citrus flavors up front along with some malt character but they are mostly covered up with by the bitterness and grassy flavors.

In the mouth this feels good, nothing to write home about though. Just like any other IPA. Medium bodied with relatively normal carbonation levels this beer is what one can expect from an American IPA. Finishes dry. As I said nothing spectacular, nothing jumps out at me, nothing revolutionary about it. This beer is easy to drink, could drink it all night, but for $5.99 a bomber I could get a six of Stone IPA for a better deal for somewhere around $9.00. If the price were a bit lower I could see myself buying multiple bottles for one sitting, though I can get more for less with stone so why would I?

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Photo of budsboy
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, thick looking amber with a big frothy head.

Pine-hop aroma with wet malt and alcohol, nice.

All piney hop flavor at first. Roasted malt creeps in there and it ends with a punch of piney hop bitterness.

Slick, medium-bodied, medium carbonation.

Solid, very enjoyable IPA (the American variety). For those who love bit hop flavors, this one is worth the price.

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Photo of roan22
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from the 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance is a light amber or orange, semi-cloudy with wee floaters. Had nice head which dissipates pretty quickly, but leaves nice lace on the glass.

Smell is good, fresh, and what I would expect, citrusy and piney hops.

Taste is good, and pretty well-balanced.. but nicely bitter, which is the most important quality to me. Hops linger on the palate, which is also important. Also I taste toasty malts which ride along with the hops during the initial part of the sip/swallow.

Mouth feel is kinda thin for an IPA. pretty clean but something tastes a little abrasive on the aftertaste.

Drinkability is good. Not the greatest IPA in the world but not a bad choice at all for a regular IPA. Would love to try it on draft.

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Photo of kinger
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

My initial impression was just another well crafted IPA, seemed rather typical. I took my time enjoying this bomber and after a little time this beer blossomed in my imperial pint glass. Initial aroma is wonderful but it really intensifies as it warms up. An amazing bouquet of floral hops and thick malt, it's a treat just to sniff the glass. Nice dark copper pour, real rich dark copper. Sizeable light tan head, and tons of thick lacing. Thickest creamiest mouthfeel I've ever had from an IPA, I heard the brewmaster is using tons of malt in his Hoppin' Frog brews and it is evident here. Smooth taste very malty at first leading way to some nice hops both floral and fruity. A tinge of grapefruit, lemon, and orange are soon overcrowded by semi-sweet malt and some nice spicy hops. Not as bitter as some of the other top shelf IPA's but this is one of a kind.

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Photo of avalon07
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a thick consistency. Lots of sediment floating around. Not a whole lot of head, but some good lacing.

S: A very hoppy smell, with traces of malt.

T: Tasted of sharp hops, with a tinge of malt and some citrus. A big, robust flavor.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth, dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: This is a very drinkable IPA. Granted, it reminds of other very beers of the style, but still very easy to like.

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