Hoppin' To Heaven IPA | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

BA SCORE
86
very good
454 Ratings
Hoppin' To Heaven IPAHoppin' To Heaven IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
68 IBU

Added by klewis on 11-08-2006

BEER STATS
Ratings:
454
Reviews:
232
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.01%
 
 
Wants:
27
Gots:
33
For Trade:
1
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Photo of Ryan011235
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 11/1/09

A - Moderate amber color & slightly cloudy. Poured just shy of a two finger head. Billowy, with good retention that starts to thin out around the midpoint. Solid lacing.

S - Restrained aroma, likely due to the solid cap of foam. Nevertheless, pungent floral hops shine through. Biscuity malt in there, too. The nose has something soapy about it.

T - Stringent hop bite upfront - bitter pine with citrus notes a la grapefruit, orange & lemon. Intense & spicy. Malts come across as very dry yet not-quite-burnt bread.

M - Toward the heavier side of medium-bodied with ample carbonation. The finish is dry with a pronounced lingering bitterness. There is some resiny grit on the backend, as well.

D - All in all, it tastes good & is enjoyable enough, though it is likely too brash for a session beer. The "soapy" characteristics of the beer threw me at first, but the whole of the beer won out in the end.

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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 Duhast500
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a stemmed glass.

The color is a cloudy deep orange with quite a bit of foamy brownish white head with some thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is a bit citrus with a bit of a funky hop flavor to the nose. Some nice earthy flavors are coming out a bit and givinbg this beer a bit of a floral feel.

The taste is pretty citrus flavored with a hint a lime but pretty lemon flavored with some nice rye malt flavor. Some floral hop bitterness but not too strong. A great tasting beer.

The feel is a bit light with some easy drinking hopiness this beer makes for a great well balanced beer.

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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 nick76
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The aroma is very much to style with both citrus and pine hops. It's also very malty with a hint of yeast. The appearance is orange gold with a large foamy head. The flavor is like the aroma with a bitter, clean finish. The palate is smooth but not thick. Overall this is a very good IPA.

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Photo of aubuc1
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a dark golden color with a thick lacy off white head.

A very light sweet citrusy hop aroma and a biscuity match, but not what I expected.

Taste is somewhat bitter but then a biscuity taste with a slight hoppy undertone. Not too exciting.

Good mouthfeel and very easy drinking beer, but not what I expected from an american IPA or from Hoppin Frog.

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

22 oz. bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Clear, orange, copper color. The pour produced a quarter size off white head, that left some streaky lace.

A: Good amout of citrus hop aroma. I get orange, grapefruit and some pineapple. Very high amount of sweetness from the malt as well.

T: I get the same citrus hop profile. The malts balance it well, almost too well. I wish the hops would have shinned a little more in this one. The beer finishes dry and bitter sweet.

M: Medium body, and a little creamy. Just a bit too resinous.

D and overall impression: Drinkability is nice, and at 6.8% could have a couple. The big drawback on this beer was the price. Nine bucks for a 22 oz'er. Waaay too much. Would rather pick up a six'er of Two hearted for just $2 more. Skal.

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

A: Poured a medium orange with a touch of marzen highlights. On top sat a well maintaining (4-5 minute) beige foamy capping that descended around the perimeter leaving a towering centerpiece structure. A near full sheet foamy bubble wrap covering is left for a lacing upon its slow demise. There was a good deal of micro speckled turbidity floating about in the drink while a heavy display of effervesce rushed to the surface.

S: The nose was standard ipa of fresh pine hop cones, woodsy and fresh in nature with a fresh dried tropical fruitiness of pineapple. The overall strength was somewhere between light and medium, never really impressing, but still enough to give a gentle appreciation which was smooth and wet.

T: The beer opens up with a tangy dried tropical fruitiness (pineapple) with a bright wet citrusy grapefruit hopping backed against a semi-sweet caramel malting. A dry bittering and flowery citrusy hoppiness soon moves in quickly changing the direction of this beer from sweet malts and wet citrus to a drying hoppy nature of that certainly gives this beer a bite while flexing its muscles. Dry pine needles with a dry grassiness, medium in strength also contribute to the overall dryness which was further aided by a dry toasted malting. The finish concludes with a soft fade of dried citrus-grass with a quick sharp sweetness of caramelized grains.

M: foamy and fizzy, almost expanding in your mouth the longer you hold it. An edgy flowery texture and a lingering stay of dry toasted malting and bitter citrus sticks around for a few.

D: Drinkability was good delivering the necessary hop fix when expects per style. Good enjoyment and wont disappoint. Despite the 8.8% abv and good showing of bitterness this beer was surprisingly easy and smooth going down making for a good experience and one worthy of repeatability and future purchases. A tamer version of their Manadali 2x.

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

A - One finger of white foam on a perfectly clear, copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves decent lace.

S - Juicy hop aroma of grapefruit and pineapple with a hint of pine. Lots of sweet, toasted malt as well.

T - Equal parts malt and hops compete for dominance up front. Pine hops meet up with caramel malt and eventually overcome the sweetness with notes of basil and grapefruit. The finish is full of pine hop notes, balanced by dry, toasted malt that leaves a lingering note of grapefruit and light tobacco on the tongue.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A nice, drinkable IPA. Assertive hops are kept in check by bready malt flavor that makes for a well balanced finish. Every bit as well made and drinkable as the IPAs from bigger names like Bells and Stone; however, with that sort of competition out there, this is going to have to get a lot cheaper and easier to come by for it to become a regular option for me.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

08/29/09- Purchased at Buy-Rite Liquors in Plainfield, NJ.

Presentation- 22oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Darker off orange-amber colored pour. The thickest and mosr dense head I have ever seen in a beer. It was literally like cool whip. It was thick and a meal in itself. Is this normal? It's just odd. Lacing is therefore chunky and prominent.

Smell- Would have liked a bit more aroma, but what is gives you is a touch of pine, some grapefruit rind and a bit of other furity notes. SOme mild toasted malt as well.

Taste- Getting a bit more malt in this beer than hops. Some deeper roasted caramel malt flavor to go with a minor in some semi-bitter grapefruit hops. Migh have a touch of a stale flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a touch lower carbonation level. Light bitterness remains.

Drinkability- What an odd beer. Liked it, but wouldn't go out of my way for it again..this one might have been a bit old.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

A- Pours a clear amber color with an off-white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing.

S- The aroma is sweet malt and caramel with a good dose of citrusy hops.

T- The taste starts out with a touch of malt with the citrusy hops quickly coming in and creating a nice lingering bitterness. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. A little watery, I think it could use just a touch more carbonation.

D- Overall, this is not a bad IPA and one that I wouldn't mind having again.

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Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass
Cloudy, orange-amber with a nice off-white foamy head
Aroma-Piney hops, citrus and faint malt
Taste-Smooth and clean-Hops show up early and then meld into a bit of a malty finish. This would be a nice warm-weather IPA. It's easy drinking with a relatively lower ABV than a lot of IPA's. Certainly worth a try!

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

Pours a lovely deep copper in color with a sticky head that quickly turns into a thin layer of foam.

Very strong citrus and earthy hop aroma.

The taste is -- no surprise -- very hoppy. Big hop flavors mix with a honey sweetness and earthiness and finish with big bitterness. The flavors are so big I'd almost describe this as a Double IPA.

A slick and oily body, thanks to the hops.

Overall this is a very nice hoppy IPA. An Ohio beer that reminds me of California. Though at $9 per 22-ounce bottle, this isn't a beer I'll be buying often.

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

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

a: light caramel amber color with nice 1/2" head with fair retention, reduces to lacing rings

s: clean citrus hop aroma, light caramel

t: fairly well balanced ipa, sweet caramelized malt balanced well with slight citrus hop and very light piney hop

m&d: slightly chewy mouth, decent carbonation. Very drinkable beer,

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Photo of GJ40
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle in a DFH shaped pint glass. Purchased at Peace Street Market in Raleigh.

A - A deep golden color (almost amber) with a slight haze and yeast chunks starting around mid pour. A nice creamy beige head with good lacing as the glass empties.

S - A rich blend of sweet, earthy malts and piney, citrusy hops.

T - A rich flavor with many facets including an earthy, almost smoky malt presence and a rich grapefruity hop flavor and bitterness. This is certainly a balanced IPA and much different from the west coast hop bombs I normally surround myself with but I like it a lot.

M - A creamy, substantial consistency with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles.

D - Loads of flavor but still goes down easily. A solid offering from the frog.

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased from Charleston Beer Exchange and poured into a standard Bass imperial pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a huge frothy head that leaves a ton of lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: I am picking up a bit of spice along with quite a bit of malty sweet aroma. I am not picking up anything in the way of hops though.

T: This one seems more like a Pale Ale than an IPA to me. It has a lot more malt sweetness than hoppiness. The hops only seem to impart a soapy like flavor in the finish. It surprises me that this has such a a weak hop presence since Mean Manalishi is so amazingly over hopped.

M: Medium body with a good carbonation level that makes it feel smooth in the mouth.

D: This one goes down relatively easily since it really isn't really bitter at all.

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Photo of wiseguy142
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Normal pour gets about 2/3 head and 1/3 beer. Slightly annoying considering that the head lasts forever. Otherwise good blood orange color. I guess I'll just wait a couple minutes before drinking this one.

Light cascady floral hop aroma. Nothing too overpowering. Slightly sweet in the nose and attractive but overall pretty mellow and attractive.

The floral hop character surrounds a tasty, but unremarkable malt backbone. It's sort of like what happens to all of my homebrews if I let them sit around for a year. Nothing really stands out, but the flaws are masked and they're generally tasty.

In the end though it's not a thin watery annoying IPA that has some solid flavor going for it and is enjoyable. Just don't want to have to pay the pricetag for it again.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 received in trade from raznug... Darrell hooked me up.. and this one was a fantastic Extra!! I am sharing this with a buddy.. Troy is really digging it.... Mine is poured into my shaped SA glass.

3 finger head sticks around forever.. great lace and retention.. the brew is pretty much clear golden amber.. very pretty...

I am getting a ton of floral and fruity hoppiness of this one.. it honestly is reminding me of Sculpin out of the gates.. very floral and mildly citric.. smells great. Troy says it smells like "Sativa".. come on.. you know what I'm talking about :-)

Great but balanced bitterness out of the gate meshes well with some more than present pale malts and some minor (afterthought) caramel malts.. very nice and sorta unexpected hoppiness all throughtout the mid palate.. again is very floral... I like it and it is very different than most American IPA's..

The body is spot on for the style.. but the carbonation is very high.. it's not horrible, just very abundant... sorta burpy. I'm curious how fresh this bottle is.. I like it a bunch, but the carbonation seems outta whack for sure.

Darrell.... thanks for the super trade and for the beer that I NEVER thought I would be able to try.

4/4/4/4/3.5

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a cloudy amber with a foamy white head, lots of floaties on the second pour from the bomber. Aroma is very piney and citrusy, lots of hop resin and hop oils, with grapefruit hints and brown sugar Taste is bitter up front, very hoppy and thick, lots of citrus notes throughout. A hop-bomb that doesn't try to be anything else. A hophead's delight here, but still very drinkable as any alcohol stays warming is hidden.

Good stuff, but I go for more of the balanced IPAs.

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Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Mean Manalishi awhile back and honestly was not overly impressed,I grabbed this (new to my area)to see if this was better.Poured into a imperial nonic a hazed burnt orange with chunkies and flaties swirlin about,a nice firm one finger head atop that settles into a creamy mass.Hop dominates the nose wich is expected in a spicy kinda way with some citric notes as well,a caramel/biscuit base is very prevelent as well.Flavors start out very good,citric with a bit of resin,caramel hold up well and lends flavor support.The problem with this beer was the abrupt finish it just seemed to have not much of a finish.Hmm not sure what to think,it has alot of things going for it and then abruptly ends,still not bad.

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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 Nickls
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From notes)

A - Marigold-orange color; poured with a thinner eggshell colored head. Decent retention and OK lacing

S - Citruisy and floral hop aromas dominate, and a degree of sweetness comes in as well (presumably from the malts)

T - Very much mirrors the aroma; great hop bitterness that is more grapefruit combined with flowers

M - Thinner MF, which is a bit disappointing as something just slightly 'bigger' might have carried the flavors a bit better for me. A tad oily with barely noticeable carbonation

D - Well enough here, but not the most drinkable IPA I've had. Just a touch too sweet for me and drives down the drinkability

Overall, a nice example and I think I will check this out in bottled form for comparison...jury is still out on this one for me.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a tulip pint

Pours a copper/orange body with a mountainous, ecru cap that rose a good two fingers and slowly subsided to form a thin head over the top of the beer. Chunks of sticky lace coat the inside of the glass.

A pretty even aroma of caramel, grapefruit, toffee and some pine needles. A pretty balanced aroma, which is OK, as long as it delivers on the hops later on.

More of the same here. White grapefruit and pine resin with a sweet, sticky caramel/toffee presence. The sweetness leads off with the bitter grapefruit agonizing your palate in the finish. Just slightly too balanced for my taste.

As much as I had to talk myself into liking this beer overall, the mouthfeel is really where its at. Medium body, silky smooth and a bittersweet, sticky resin coating the mouth.

The sweetness is almost syrupy at first, but the bitterness from the grapefruit flavor really give this a stark contrast. However, the extremes balance each other so much, that this is an easily quaffable brew.

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

a - Amber body with 1 finger off white head.

s - Big hops aroma but already I can smell a sweet malt backbone which is a little toasty.

t - Rich sweet malt up front and then spicy citrus and pine hop flavor in the end. The malt profile is unique but I can't put my finger on it. There is some kind of malt in there that is not in a typical ipa...maybe a small amount of roasted malt or something like that. I liked it but not sure I'd have it again unless I saw it on tap.

m/d - Nice feel considering how sweet it is. Dries up nice in the end. Very drinkable but sharing this bomber with a friend. Wasn't highly drinkable on a 90+ degree day, it was a little too rich for the weather but not their fault.

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Hoppin' To Heaven IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.83 out of 5 based on 454 ratings.
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