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 roadhouse
1.79/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured from 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a nice red-orange amber with a two finger off-white head.

Aroma is florally, kind of like lavender, followed by some citrus. A little bit of malt in the background maybe, but mostly soap. Not quite sure what to make of it - never smelled an IPA like this.

Taste is like the aroma. Still getting that lavender or whatever it is. Maybe a bit of chemical-like stuff towards the end. Soapy. What the hell is this?

Mouthfeel is alright, what it should be.

Not sure what the hell is going on with this stuff. Really funky taste overall. Wish I hadn't spent 9 bucks on a bomber of this. I hope it was just a bad bottle or something cause this tastes pretty shitty overall.

EDIT: I emailed them about the bottle to see what might have happened. Two months later and no response.

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Photo of quasimoto
2.06/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Deep amber color w/ a big fluffy head.

S - Strong grassy/piney notes, a lot of oxidation, and toasty caramel notes in the back ground.

T - Thin sweet, bland cardboard or Amarillo hops, that makes it taste like paper. Some floral notes. I'm hoping its bad bottling.

M - Thin light, and flat. Very lack luster.

D - Fred, I hope this is just one bad bottle, and all of them are not like this.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.27/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours an orange beer with a massive amount of white chunks (yeast?) throughout it. If you left a beer next to one of those old school radiators for like, 3 years, this is what I'd expect it to look like. No bottle dating obviously, but it was an extra, so not like I had choice (and I feel bad for looking a gift horse in the mouth and all, but what can you do?).

Had a slight hoppy, but more yeasty aroma, give it some leeway and call it a belgian ipa I guess.

Taste, whoa, this is not good, no hop mouthfeel, just a gritty, yeasty, chunky, overcarbonated experience. Did not taste infected, just like it was aged a few years. Don't want to call it a drainpour, because the back half of the bottle was nice to cook the bratwurst in.

Love their stouts, despise their ipa's. . . is it a freshness thing? I dunno. When I go back to PA later in the year, I'll try and score a bottle and see what happens. Until then, I'm sticking with Boris and Doris.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.28/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Came out a pretty color orange, but the amount of floaties throughout were disappointing, I dunno if I just got a super old extra bottle in a trade or what, but the color was nice, the yeast or whatever it was, that was not. No bottle date, not my problem.

Didn't smell hoppy, smelled yeasty.

Taste was fucked. Tasted hella old ipa, with a mutated yeast. Just bitter and sandwich like yeast.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.71/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish/ yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, small hop presence and somewhat watery. In the taste, piney hops and somewhat malty, hops actually kind of light. A mainly smooth, small bite and a medium body mouthfeel and a small dry hop aftertaste. Kind of light for an IPA, not too big in hops.

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Photo of moz9
2.8/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Severely disappointed with this beer, I had moderate hopes after hearing good things about it.

A--A reddish hue which from sight did not bode well for the IPA that I was expecting.

S - Hard to put a finger on, but the hops were there, but overshadowed by a spicy/sweet smell, again not what I would expect in an IPA.

Taste - As with the smell, the citrus and bitter taste I was expecting was overshadowed by the presence of a spicy and sweet taste and did not taste good at all

Mouthfeel - Thin and watery

Drinkability - Very disappointed with this beer. It is not a traditional IPA, and while that would be fine--it was not good at all. I would definitely not drink this beer again.

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Photo of Sideswipe
2.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received in a box from Palmej1, thanks Jacob! From a bomber into my RR pint glass.

A- Hard pour yields a two inch head of off white foam. Head recedes gradually. No lacing to speak of. The beer is Dark amber color.

S- I have to work to detect much of an aroma. I'm getting sweet bready malt and very faint citrus.

T- Malt forward. Buiscuty sweetness, followed by a decidedly orange citrus presence. Slight bitterness enters stage left, but is quickly balanced by the malt bill. Finishes sweet and juicy.

M- Carbonation is a bit lacking for a single iPA. This gives the feel a big juicy quality, if that makes sense. Different for the style.

D- Not bad. ABV is totally hidden. The beer is refreshing.

Overall: Meh. Not a bad beer, just not overly memorable. I can't find a date on the bottle, so I don't know how much age this has on it. Could be I got an old one. Glad I got to try this, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to THECPJ for the share. Review from notes 12/3/10.

A: Pours a deep copper color with an a 2-3 finger chunky white head that lasts for a very long time and leaves some nice lacing. Scoring the appearance turns difficult because there are large chunks of floaties in this one.

S: Little bit of citrus and some pine, but much maltier than usual for the style and the alcohol is pretty obvious.

T: Has a nice tangerine flavor, but the alcohol is pretty present again, and gets stronger as the beer warms.

M/D: Slightly lighter than medium bodied with good carbonation. The tangerine flavor was really nice, but the alcohol presence was a real problem for me, making it tough to get through.

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Photo of AltBock
2.93/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22 oz. bomber bottle that has a picture of the Hoppin' Frog's symbol, a green and white frog hopping up and down with a pint of beer in his hand. With this label, the pint of beer is a red color. To the far left of the label is where they put the barcode, brewery's address, and the US government warning. To the far right of the label is where they have a brief summary about the beer, another picture of the hopping frog, and this is where they list the beer specifications of 6.8% ABV, 68 OG, 18 FG, and 68 IBU's. Hoppin' Frog doesn't date their bottles and this one is no different.

Appearance: When poured into a standard Victory Brewing pint glass, this Hoppin' Frog is a dark reddish amber with a small tint of tangerine orange. The head of foam was about 3/4 of an inch to about an inch in height and beige in color. It had really good retention that left behind a small beige film and spider webs of lace around the glass. Not too shabby of an appearance.

Smell: This IPA had a toasted malt based aroma that featured more lightly toasted malts, spicy hops, a touch of sweet caramel, and then it suddenly ends with a pinch of pine and juicy fruits. This IPA aroma was mostly malty than hoppy and it was basically just an OK IPA aroma.

Taste: The taste starts off lightly toasty with toasted malts and a small pinch of sweet caramel. After the caramel leaves the tongue, in come the dried citrus hops, a dab of grapefruit, and a few pine needles toward the back. I noticed that toward the end of the beer's life, the hops become really heavy with the flavor of grapefruit. It was more dry than and hoppy and it was just the appearance and aroma, it was OK.

Mouthfeel: The label said it was rich and full bodied, but mine was more medium bodied with an aftertaste of dried grapefruit, pine, and citrus hops. This slightly hoppy aftertaste doesn't bother to stick around for very long.

Drinkability: In the big world of IPA's, this one can be missed. There are much hoppier and cheaper IPA's out there. This one had enough dryness to it, but not enough hops or any other flavors. Like I keep saying, it was just an OK IPA. Not bad, but not all that good either. One is more than enough for me.

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Photo of drpimento
2.94/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting ambivalence here. Most of the characteristics are pretty good except for the flavor where it gets taken down a good peg or two. Tastes like oxidized hops there. Poured with a giant foamy frothy textured head and a ton of lace. Aroma was american ipa. Flavor is same except as modified above. Body is good and ditto carbonation. Finish is ok.

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Photo of Hendry
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The comical artwork that features a frog on steroids holding up a hefty mug of beer is certainly amusing enough, but is this $10 bomber worth the $$?

Pours a murky amber orange hue with beastly carbonation,and a tall soapy white head that lasts for a spell, lacing is quite good.The chunky sediment at the bottom of the bottle was wholly unattractive, and downright nasty looking (I usually enjoy unfiltered IPAs).

Aromas are of sweet bread and melon with a touch of hops hiding beneath.

Taste is equally as malty as the nose: despite the bragging about the hop content on the label, the malts are winning this battle with a technical KO! Only the slightest amount of hop bitterness bringing up the rear, with the sweet malts lingering about the palate like an unwelcome houseguest. Carbonation is aggressive, bordering on prickly.

Mouthfeel is medium, slightly chewy feel from the steep malt bill. Not an overly dry finish here, not the most inviting by any means.

Overall, a very disappointing $10 bomber with big promises for a hop bomb that is just another malty mishegas.The massive chunky sediment at the bottom of the bottle was a major turn off. The frog on the bottle has got huge stones to ask for a ten spot on this bomber, and I doubt many will return with so many better choices for the $. This frog is another turkey!

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Photo of Wisconsinality
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into imperial pint.

Warning: we got a gusher here.

A- Pours a dark hazy orange with a huge head. I had to wait for the head to settle a few times after the bottle had gushed immediately upon opening. The head stuck around for a long time and left some lacing.

S- A good amount of hops and spice. There is also some orange and decent malt. There also seems to be a flowery scent, maybe lavender.

T- The hops are more subdued in the taste as the malt seems to balance them out. The spice is present again and a touch of sweetness that reminds me of honey. Again, the flowery presence is there.

M- Medium bodied that feels less carbonated than it looks. No hop bite to speak of.

D- It would be higher but half the bottle was wasted due to it being a gusher. Nicely balanced but nothing really special about this beer.

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Photo of herman77
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

*Review from 9/5*

A: Deep honey orange with a huge head. Very hazy and tons of carbonation bubbles ripping up, tons of floaties. There are so many floating chunks that its a little unappealing. Lots of sticky lacing.

S: Thick carmel malt and sweet apple. It pretty much smells like a carmel apple. Not really getting any sort of hop aroma...weird.

T: Lightly sweet toffee malt, bread malt and then the bitter hops smash through and take over. Some hop spice/pepper notes as well. Almost a tart sourness near the end. Pine and very bitter floral hops in the finish that makes the mouth dry.

M: Lighter body and very carbonated. Fizzy bubbles tickle the tongue a little too much.

D: Poor drinkability because of the extremely high carbonation which is very unfortunate.

I'm not sure if there was something off with this bottle and/or it was just extremely old. It was my first offering from Hoppin' Frog and hopefully my two bottles of BORIS that I brought back from Myrtle Beach will not disappoint the way this one did.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Do all frogs go to heaven? Pours a mostly hazy reddish orange color with some amber hues through out. A light fizzy foam when poured and quickly died out. No real lace to speak of.

The nose is kind of mix between herbal and floral. More on an East Coast side, but limited overall. To start the hops have more of a lavender but this blends with a odd rose and hibiscus yeast thing. Its closer to a soap than a beer. As it warms there is some citrus but limited. Some lighter toasted and sweeter caramel notes but mostly a sweetness.

The taste is more on par but still limited. The malt comes out and blends well with the hop/herbal thing. Some generic sweetness with a light toasty/bready flavors. Some minor caramel as well. Not much on the hop bitterness would have like a bit more balance. The finishing hops are more defined vs the nose. Some pine and citrus notes come out. The herbal comes out and seems more like a yeast thing than hops. Some chalkiness in the finish, but mostly clean with some hints of alcohol.

The body is closer to moderate with a sweetness that lingers. Carbonation is light which adds to the sweetness. Overall, the herbal thing is really a big distraction. It's like a boarder line Belgian Golden and an IPA but neither wins out.

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Photo of jampics2
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

About 12 oz poured into a pint glass.

Nice copper orange color, looks promising.

Minimal hops in the nose, caramel and toasted malt.

Taste just isn't enough. Not enough hops. Caramel malt is pretty one dimensional. Oxidation is starting to settle in.

Prickly carb just doesn't do it for me.

Easy to drink if you dig under-hopped IPA's, but to me it just tastes like the shell of a promising beer. I'd try it again if Fred could promise I'm tasting a fresh bottle, but for now, I'm done with this. Freshness date your bottles, please - it'll do more justice in the end, I fear this bottle, which was just purchased, may be a year old.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Frog hops out of the bottle a nice clear garnet color with a thin, off-white head. There is some light lacing. It's a really nice color with excellent clarity.

The smell isn't very outgoing, but I do get hints of pine and citrus with a bit of toffee as well.

The flavor is very average. Especially compared to the Leatherlips I had earlier. Some citrus hops mix with bitter pine and the caramel malts, but it just doesn't excite me at all.

Mouthfeel is fairly average, also. Some bitterness with a touch of dryness after swallowing. Definitely looked better than it actually was. I'll finish it, though, since I paid $10 for this doggone bomber.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice clear gold with a nice rising white head. Smells of spicy hops with just a little malt. Taste is the same. Kinda dry in the finish, no citrus hops at all, almost no malt sweetness. Overall I'd say it is a little unbalanced toward the hops. A little more malt to sweeten it a bit would have been real nice. Mouthfeel is a little thin but it is easy to drink.

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Photo of jdoncbus
3.21/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into Shaker pint, good amount of carbonation. Tan colored, two-finger head with moderate lacing. Somewhat dark for an IPA.

Nose is of an earthy, biscuit malt. Smell some sweet hops but not too much rounded out with a tinge of alcohol.

Pretty balanced taste. Chewy caramel malt that finishes with a firm hop punch to the palate. Tastes like there is more then 6.8% in this brew, in fact that bitter alcohol taste lingers for a time.

An OK beer but not very impressed. This beer reminds me a lot of Fat Weasel Ale - a beer that I picked up from Trader Joe's. I love to support my Ohio breweries but will shy away from this one at $5.99; though I will check out their Double IPA if I see it. I hate to be a cheap skate but I would be more willing to throw down $3.99 for a Lagunitas bomber (Shut Down Ale, Zappa Ale, etc..)

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Photo of blitz134
3.22/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from nlmartin. Thanks!

Fizzy off-white head composed of large bubbles. Reduced to a soapy layer that eventually disappeared. Clear, light copper color.

Caramel and some sweet bread malts in the nose. Mostly citrus hops with some bordering on tropical with some bubble gum and raw sugar. Fairly strong, but quite simple.

Pretty well balanced. Has a grainy, bread-like malt base. Citrusy hops and some piney notes. Hops are nearly as pronounced as the nose would suggest. Little hints of alcohol.

Body is a bit thin really with low carbonation. Overall seems a bit watery. Flavor lingers for a bit after the swallow.

Drinkability...ehh. Nothing overly noteworthy, but it goes down easy and it does taste like beer. Nothing wrong with it, just mediocre.

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Photo of Duster72
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy reddish amber color with a two finger head. Nice retention and lacing. Aroma is typical IPA with piney, earthy hops. Taste is rather generic IPA with a decent balance of hops and malts. Lots of floral and earthy hops with hints of citrus. Mouthfeeel is good. Average drinkability.

Overall this struck me as a very generic IPA. Unfortunately it's $9 a bomber! This is a horrible value compared to the excellent IPAs I can get for $4. Points must be deducted for horrible value, sorry, Hoppin Frog!

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Photo of MeLikeBeer
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received 22 oz bomber from bergands in a trade.

Poured into a pint glass, with a nice amber color and thin white head on top, very sticky, it lingers as I drink.
Smells sweet and piney, with just barely the hint of hop aromas.
Tastes smooth; not too much bitter and just enough malt.
I can taste a little fruitiness.
Definitely not the best IPA i've ever had, but definitely worth a try. Highly drinkable, I'd like to try it on tap.

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Photo of Brianjames16
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a nice hazy deep orange. Big white fluffy/rocky head. Lacing on the glass is heavy and sticks around.

S - Aroma from the hops is not overwhelming but definitely present. I also get some pines and maybe a slight citrus aroma. I'm picking up an odd swampy smell too.

T - Nice hop bitterness in the taste. Definitely some maltiness an citrus taste in the finish as well.

M- Not very carbonated with a medium to light body.

D - I could drink a few of these no problem. I'm a big fan of IPA and this is a great example.

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Photo of boogles
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To begin with, this pours too dark, not a big problem for me. Then the offensive part: this smells like a barleywine, not a double IPA. The taste is very bitter, but not nearly enough citrus. It's all bitterness with no flavor, except maybe some ... coffee?! Interesting. It's noticably undercarbonated. I expected that I would not love this beer, but it was disappointing, even so. If anything, it does have a pleasant aftertaste, a hint of what could have been if things were better balanced.

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Photo of frazbri
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hoppin' to Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog poured auburn tinted, clean and clear with a short, creamy, white head with good lacing. Aroma had notes of grapefruit, pine, and a whif of fresh cut grass. Flavor had a little sweetness, solid bitterness, some pineapple and a bit of herbs. The body was in the medium-light range with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall this was a pretty solid IPA. The bitterness was a little too sharp for my taste, and the finish was a bit too dry, but that's all pretty minor.

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Photo of beer2day
3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Steady gold pour with frothy 2-finger light airy cream head. Good retention. Nice, thick lace.

Floral hops with citrus underneath come out in the nose. Orange-tangerine understate strong floral tones.

Light up front. Gets very tart, almost sour, in the finish. Hop burn comes in very late, but sourness really overcomes the hops here. Not what I was anticipating at all.

Cream body with a strong fizz in the end.

One and done on this one.

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