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 Sarlacc83
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle courtesy of Doodler. Thanks!

Appearance: Cloudy orange/amber. 1/2inch head after a decently aggressive pour. Not the prettiest thing in the world.

Smell: Heavy on the malt. Grapefruit citrus, but every time I bring this to my nose, I get a sweet caramel backbone. Not terribly impressed here.

Taste: The body is a lot more impressive than the nose. As much as I expected this to be a citrusy malt bomb, it comes through with dried pine on the front of the tongue. Some orange and grapefruit.

Sadly, however, it seems to be less complex and interesting as it warms up. Knocking this one down a couple points.

Mouthfeel: Dry with a good amount of carbonation and some good stickiness on the back end. No complaints here. Going to drink the entire bottle by myself.

Overall: Good stuff and I'd be glad to drink this again. I do wish there was more to the nose, however. It would elevate the beer quite a bit.

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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 peabody
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a very clear light amber to weak ice tea color with very little suds. Lacing is here in abbundance.
Smell is a little citrusy but the alcohol takes over.
Taste is very warm for a 6.8%. Some grapfruit rind and very little else.
Mouthfeel is very clean. Would be a good drink with a steak.
Overall this one is a bit one sided. Needs a tad more diversity in the flavor dept.

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Photo of bobhits
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly on the darker ruby side of the orange IPA color. A nice tall head, medium to large buttles so not much staying power. A bit of lacing is left over. It also looks fairly thick so expecting double IPA like malt.

Zesty citrus hops followed by a lot of sweet candy malt. Has a touch of a red in the nose.

A very complex fruity beer. Grape fruit, tangerines, lemon, perhaps apricots...there could be hints of melon here but not standing out. This one has enough hops to give it a bite and far more malt flavor than expected. The caramel and cracker malt is rather powerful.

Really creamy and thick. This is really off for an IPA and is far more in lines with a double IPA. The alcohol has a decent drying effect, but the creamy malt back really is the showcase here.

I'm not sure what to say about this one. 9 bucks for a bomber puts the price rather out of line with the rest of the beers on the market. That said really tasty and full flavored IPA. Don't go looking for the hop dominated weak malt backed normal flavors of an IPA. Instead this one goes the dogfish 90 minute route only there are actual hops in this here for flavor instead of just aroma.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Highly thirst quenching and sensible throughout, this pure and focused IPA makes for an effortless and quick session.

Hop to Heaven pours with a golden-copper color that takes on orange-like tones. The fairly gentle pour allows for a mild creme of foam to form above the beer. With good staying power and moderate lace, the beer's hazy appearance round out the very common IPA appearance.

Milde-than-usual aromas of red grapefruit, oranges, and pineapple rest just slightly ahead of a moderate caramel and graham cracker base. Lightly fruity aside from hop character, a mango and appricot scent seems to soften and enrichen the hop sharpness.

Much more flavorful than the muted aromas suggest: the juicy hop character of ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, mango, and appricot commands the zesty beer while softer caramel malts provide just enough support, not to allow the IPA to become all fruit juice. Mild alcohol flavor dries out the malt sweetness in finish for an efforless taste that's just a knotch off from classic ales like Two Hearted Ale.

Medium-full for an IPA as the caramel malt base provides a creamy and bready-sweet texture to start. A quick procession to crisp and zesty fruit acidity and then on to a terse finish of dry malt and crisp bitterness yields a clean closure that allows a quick return to the tumbler.

Perhaps a bit more balanced than most and more popular IPAs, but the slightly higher malt flavor and the light restraint of hops brings the beer a little more in line with American Pale Ales with IPA strength. A delicious beer that's slightly under-valued.

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Photo of xraided81
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

thanks to match1112 for sending this out.

A: pours a a deep golden orange color with a slight haze. nice whipped egg whites like persisten head.

S: acidic like aromas, citrus, tangerine, grapefruit, white wine like grape aromas. the wine like aromas not to style for ipa, but i am digging them. as the head dissipates, the malt backbone of this beer seems to be shining through .

T: herbal green tea like tannins, pine like resin . nutty malts in the background toffee, caramel like flavors. citrus like fruits, lemon grass.
M: medium bodied beer, refreshing, effervescent.

O: a good beer, im not sure what is contributing to the wine like character of this beer. it works for me. the slight tartness, with the combination of american hops and the malt backbone of this beer makes a refreshing IPA. i

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Photo of flannelman808
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: hazy amber with some sediment floating around. Topped with an off white head with decent retention and good lacing.

s: malty grain focused, cheerios... also some grapefruit citrus peel. Malt steals the show... lame.

T: brown sugar and orange rind suggest themselves in a low to moderate amount of intensity. I don't have much to say about this, that pretty much wraps it up.

M: good balance of carbonation and roundness.

O: I wasn't expecting much and I got what I was expecting.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice want of mine courtesy of mdfb79 - Thanks Dan!

22oz bomber and pint glass - opened yesterday

A: Pours a hazish amber color with some orange tints and a massive khaki foam head. Rocky peaks with big'ol air pockets throughout. Amazing retention. Staind glass lacing treatment. Some noticeable chunkage towards the bottom pours.

S: Smells of an herbal spiciness with some piney hop notes and bready pale malts.

T: Pretty juicy. Hops are bitter grapefruit, spice, pine resins, and some stone fruits. Nice intensity that hits the roof of the mouth. Some bready malts bring a bit of caramel sweetness to the brew. Slight alcohol flavors.

M: Lighter body and nice creamy texture with a sticky resinous mouthcoat. Dry crisp puckering finish.

D: This is a pretty good IPA and I would definitely have again. Overall some really nice balance. Malt forward but subtle with a sugary cracker presence.
Plenty hoppy but the flavors didn't seem to really gel together for me. Maybe just a little too much going on what with the spice, fruits, pines, and bready malt notes.
All in all pretty enjoyable though.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper/amber color, nice clarity, medium white head that fades fast but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is a nice floral bouquet of honeysuckle, orange blossom, clover and verbena with big citrus zest notes of grapefruit and lemon. Hint of pine with good caramel background.

Backbone of toast and caramel with good floral dominant notes and citrus middle of grapefruit rind and lemon zest. Nicely balanced and easy to drink.

Smooth, medium bodied

Easy to drink, nicely balanced IPA

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Photo of bogus564
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass.

Just saw some weird highlights; the Patriots, Jets and Falcons lost, the Bills, Raiders and Lions won. USA also lost the Solheim Cup. Time for a beer.

Reddish amber in color, with an aggressive pour, one third of the glass is wheat-colored head that lasts awhile before leaving lace on the sides of the glass.

Mercifully, I smell citrus hops as the leader. I prefer them over piny hops, so it makes me happy. I'm not catching anything in the way of malt sweetness, so I'm sure it'll have to show up in the taste portion of the review.

Pretty good, not outstanding in the taste department. I get grapefruit, orange, pine, a little grass, and lightly roasted malt (very light). The proportions are good, so I'm happy with it.

Mouthfeel is what I'd expect from an IPA. It's medium- to full-bodied, well-carbonated, washes over the palate fairly well, leaves a dry, somewhat piny finish. There's something kind of medicinal in the finish that keeps it from receiving a higher mark.

Overall, good, not outstanding, IPA. I like, but don't love, the balance of flavors in this beer. I will say, though, it goes killer with nachos. Enjoy.

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Photo of almychristopher
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice golden color with an off white head that clings beautifully to the glass and spreads in patchy lacing across the surface. the aroma brings a full pine scent with a bit of malt hiding in the back, the taste however starts with a nice bit of sweet malt balanced nicely by the predominantly piney, but slightly citrus hop bitterness. the medium body and good co2 make this a really good basic ipa.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a muddled,ruddy orange with some slight flashes of rusty brown.The head on this beer was unbelievable.Very Belgian.Three full fingers of super dense,barely off-white foam that left good sheets of lacing and stiff,half inch,meringue-like chunks on the inside of the glass for the duration.

S-Probably the most floral nose I've ever smelled.Rosewater,fresh cut grass,honeysuckle,lemon verbena,pine,caramel malt and sweetened grapefruit.Very perfumey.

T-Dried flowers,sweet toffee malts,tart citrus,dry pine and hop oils.Malt forward but not overly so.Because of the extreme floral nose,I think I was expecting something a little different so I was a touch dissapointed.

M-A touch thin.Light to medium bodied with decent carbonation and a moderately dry finish.

O-Really good but just a few steps away from being REALLY good.

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Photo of ChrisSimpson1968
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours nice and yeasty-cloudy amber-orange into the glass, with a frothy head that leaves chunky lace. The nose is peppery and floral. Flavors are malty, but a bit on the dry side. Some light citrus intermingles with caramel, and finishes lingering with a peppery bitter hop. Smooth pull with an active mouthfeel and substantive complexities. Good IPA.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice bright amber color with a nice thick off white foam head with excellent retention. There is not much lacing.

S: There is some mild amounts of citrus and grassy hops with some caramel, roasted nuts and honey malt undertones. Not overly potent but an inviting scent.

T: Starts off with a nice amount of grassy hops. The grassy hops and piney hops are quite prevalent throughout the whole tasting. In the middle and back end there is some nice roasted nuts and toasted bread malt undertones that take some of the edge off the hops, nice balance.

M: A full bodied beer, that leaves a bitter hop taste on the palate. Nicely carbonated.

O: I really enjoyed this IPA a lot. Was rather fresh on opening this bomber. Definitely one of the better IPA's in a bottle that I have had. Would search this out again.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a amberish orange color, the head was thick and foamy. Has a really good retention and lacing. The smell of the beer was a little citric and had some floral notes also. The taste of the beer had a really nice balance of hops and malt I thought. The mouthfeel was pretty bubbly, yet smooth enough to drink pretty quickly. The aftertaste has a really nice hoppy bitterness. Overall I thought this IPA was pretty good. I would probably drink it again.

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Photo of dickroop
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a 22-oz bomber, festooned with the likeness of Kermit (bottle provided by Norma (GREAT Big Thank You) who went to Lena's for me). Poured into a tumbler, this brew was slightly hazy and straw-gold with a bleached white head that left attractive lacing. It was inviting to look at and sniff, giving rich, piney hopes with floral side notes, but little clue about the malt bill in the nose.

Upon sip, it started bitter, the middle gave roaring rich piney bitter hops in the middle, and finished bitter. Where's the malt? This beer requires warming from fridge temp before it gives up its secrets. There's a small toasty malt character that provides balance during the second half of this bomber, but when it's cold it seems like a one-dimensional hop bomb with little to recommend it. Mouth-feel is light and crisp, good carbonation, easy to take. A little tang, no alcohol smell or feel, a fun brew to enjoy (at the right temperature!)

Drinkability was good, I'd love to sample this on tap. Akron, here I come.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppin' To Heaven IPA is a great IPA in every way but one: taste. The taste isn't bad, but it could have so easily been much better.

A: Orange colour and a huge 4 cm head that sticks around due to the high carbonation. 5

S: Smells very hoppy. Is that amarillo hops? There is also some nice maltiness there too. 4

T: Surprisingly, the malty flavour is at the forefront but the citrussy amarillo hops are there too. There are some grapefruit flavours through the middle. The aftertaste is not overly bitter but slightly metallic. 3.5

M: Foamy and carbonated. 4.5

O: This is an IPA that is all about aroma hops rather than bittering hops. I like the idea and it turned out quite well, but there is something lacking in the flavour department. 3.5

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle served in a tulip glass. Pours a slightly hazy (floaties) copper color with a huge, frothy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, bread, lots of citrus, and a little bit of pine. Flavor is caramel, a little peppery, grassy, citrus, and pine. Mouthfeel is medium, light carbonation, oily, and bitter. Good beer, balance is rock solid.

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Photo of northaustin
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a cool amber with a skinny finger of off white head that is even and leaves some stringy lacing.

smell: super floral with a citrus and caramel background.

taste: sugary caramels complimented with very resinous and piney hop notes.

mouthfeel: oily then silky. leaves the mouth salivating and thirsty for more.

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Photo of ddibrita
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden honey color. Thick head that subsides quickly.

S- I'm getting some hops, but very little citrus. However, there is a freshness quality here.

T- Pretty much like i smelled. Not much citrus. Slightly bitter finish, but very drinkable. I'm enjoying this, but not loving it.

M- nice mouthfeel. This is one of my favorite parts of this beer.

O- Overall not bad. I would drink again, but would not seek it out.

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Photo of Motladiwa
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am having my first beer from Hoppin' Frog ever and I must say that I am impressed. Just picked up a 22oz bottle and poured it into a pint glass. The way it poured made me think it had Belgian yeast in it, it expanded like a virgin in the red light district. Nice slightly off-white head with some of the best retention I have seen compared to a Belgian golden. Color is a nice, hazy, golden orange.

Smells of orange and lemon, citrus all over the place but not oberwhelming...like a pour man's potpourri except it's something to be desired.

This beer tastes like an English IPA at first sip, smells like a half breed UK/US, pours like it is brewed with belgian yeast and finishes like it is dry hopped West-Coast style.

I am truly enjoying this beer and since I live about 4 hours from the brewery I will be making a trip there soon. This beer surprised me but I think it's because I tend to judge books by there cover. Hoppin' Frog has proven me wrong and I look forward to more of their product.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice IPA and I'm glad it's not listed as a 2xIPA as it does border the line, but alas doesn't cross it.

Pours a light caramel/orange, clear...at first. Wow, sediment on the end pours. I know some is expected but this was about 1 1/2 fingers on the bottom of my glass. Good gravy, man! Head is minimal

More of a citrus hop aroma than anything else, although some caramel malt and pine are present. Some metallic as it warms.

Taste is fairly balanced. Compared to, say, SN Pale, this is more hoppy, but it does have a good portion of malt. The caramel flavor, without sweetness, comes through most on the malt side. Just as a quick aftertaste. Citrus and pine blend fairly well, but I do get that metallic taste mixed in there.

overall, a nice beer. Good hopped IPA

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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 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 treehouse
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nose....sour floral...grapes and herby..maybe rosemary?...

mouthed...a quick pungent that quickly fades to citrusy hops...a bit acrid..sort of like grapefruit peel..pith...grape must....some odd off flavor i cannot pin down....this beer tastes fresh!....uplifitng..

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Hoppin' To Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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