Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #4,166
Ranked #29,641
3.79 | pDev: 15.3%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
Very Good
Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.
Notes: Explore the extremes of hops, and experience all of their bitterness, flavor and aroma with this Double I.P.A. An extreme, super-assertive and satisfying amount of American hop character is balanced with a toasty, caramelized, intense malt presence.
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy dark burnt orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and slightly heavier than moderate amount of copper colored highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense creamy foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a medium to large sized patch of medium thick film surrounded by a large patch of very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit pith, floral, and pine/resin hops over the top of just shy of moderate aromas of caramel + toasted malts with a moderate amount of sweetness.

T: Upfront there is a slightly heavier than moderate flavor of caramel + toasted malts with a just shy of moderate amounts of caramel sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit pith, floral, and pine/resin hops which impart a moderate to heavy amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness and moderate amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: This is a big beer with big amounts of hoppy bitterness but the alcohol is well hidden from the smell + taste. Enjoyable old school style DIPA with a good balance of malty sweetness and hoppy bitterness.

Aug 30, 2017
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buschbeer from Ohio

3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

1 PINT 6 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

This beer pours a deep amber, almost copper, in color. It is topped with an inch of tan head that leaves decent lacing.

The aroma is malty and has tea and floral smells. This is not what I expect from an IPA.

The taste begins with toasted malt. A stale bitterness creeps in and lingers in the finish.

Medium mouthfeel

This has all the elements of an old IPA, but it was new to my bottle shop's shelves. I have been disappointed in Hoppin' Frog's IPA's in bottles, aside from Killa Vanilla. I think I am officially done wasting money on their overpriced bottles of any IPA.

Jun 21, 2017
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22-oz bottle into pint glass in April 2017. I did not see any bottled/drink by dates on the bottle, but I drank less than 1 month after purchase.

Appearance: Deep amber body with huge light-tan head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thick, and leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Aroma apparent as soon the cop was removed. The aromas filled the room when poring into the pint glass. Beer contains a strong hops aroma, and includes also some grapefruit, pepper, and pine smells. Definitely dominated by the hops aroma.

Taste: There is a very strong hops flavor, as expected from a double IPA. There is a strong bite from the hops along with other flavors like citrus, but the hops bitterness does dominate. There is a little sweetness from the malts. The aftertaste provides a nice variety of flavors over time. This is a strong IPA, and since the flavor is dominated by the hops, would be best appreciated by those who like hops dominated beers.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Medium alcohol, which matches the 8.2% posted. Very crisp mouthfeel.

This is a hoppy medium-bodied beer, that is smooth to drink. It is an interesting Double IPA. The aftertaste is really enjoyable. I found the IBU rating of 168 on the bottle interesting, but most sources that I checked with state an IBU beyond 100 or 120 is not perceivable. The stouts from Hoppin' Frog Brewery are some of my favorite stouts, and I had hoped the same for this. It is good, but not as outstanding as the other Hoppin' Frog beers.

Apr 23, 2017
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 oz bomber in a snifter via a friend from work---Thanks Kevin!
This beast pours a lightly murky burnt orange color with a fantastic head of off
white foam that settles to a thick fluffy layer, thick ring, and sports some very solid
sticky lacing. Nose of caramel malts, grapefruit, bittering hop notes, herbal hops,
and moderate booze. Flavors hit the same notes as the nose with rich caramel
awash in grapefruit and orchard fruit notes with bittering hops bringing on the
rear and lingering long with enough malt to keep it lightly sweet with a wallop of
strong booze. Nice mouth feel; brisk, medium carbonation, medium verging on a full
mouth feel, and a strong herbal hop finish. Overall a solid little brew with a decent
malt back bone that is in some ways over the top on the bitterness front. That said the
malt is enough to keep it drinkable and enjoyable.


Mar 02, 2017
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HockeyBrewmeister from New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: Dark orange w/ some cloudiness.

S: Sweet malts, some hops and juicy grapefruit.

T: The malt presence really subdues everything else. Not too much hops or hop bitterness, especially considering they're claiming 168 IBU's on the bottle. Some alcohol on the backend.

F: Medium-full

O: Curious if my bottle had some age on it or what, but this is maltier than I expected. I was expecting the bitterness to be in my face but wasn't the case at all. Worth a try if you enjoy IPA's on the malty side... but nothing too impressive.

Aug 11, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.1/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper to dark copper appearance, lots of sediment/yeast floaties in it. Aroma dropped lots of grapefruit like bitterness.

Here comes the bitter. That's the takeaway from the beer, totally unfiltered and bitter without much in the way of flavor beyond that from the hops. The malt is kinda weird too, seemingly dark/roasty for style, then it drops some tree bark like notes. Somewhat unique points for that. Once your palate fatigue sets in, you get a little more acclimated to this one.

Aug 03, 2016
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.34/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a rich amber with an average head. The aroma is not particularly vibrant, composed of some caramel, pine, mango, and orange peel. The flavor is excellently bitter, with lots of pine, resin, orange peel, grapefruit peel, mango, pineapple, guava, passionfruit and a hint of caramel. The bitterness is very prominent, in a good way. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a very dry finish. Overall this is a beer I very much enjoy. Often double IPAs are too sweet for my palate, but this works very well - the hgih bitterness blansk out any sweetness, leaving just a touch of caramel richness.

Jun 24, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

2.62/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Copper orange with a large eggshell colored head.

Stinky, dank, and pungent cat pee comes off the nose with some overripe peach and orange rind trying to bring it back into the culinary realm.

There are maybe some supporting toffee notes, but hops dominate, taking no prisoners with burnt pine resin and a touch of grapefruit candy far in the background.

Powerfully bitter and dry, Mean Manalishi is taking the West coast style IPA to the extreme.

Dec 15, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant garnet tined amber under a thin persistent white foam collar, very fine bubbles.
S: Citrusy resiny hops over malt.
T: Big resiny citrus rind bitterness drives this beer with a distant malt background. The hops are aggressive and well done. The malt is moderately low and is not very complex.
F: Creamy smooth moderately full bodied and moderate carbonation.
O: A big hop driven DIPA.

May 18, 2015
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jzlyo from Iowa

4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is pine, fruit and an undercurrent of malts. The flavor is citrus, grapefruit, an undercurrent of malts and a dryish and a smooth (for an IIPA) finish.

Jan 23, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen suspended in the beer after the pour. Smell is of brown sugar, citrus fruit, and candied citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with sweet citrus fruit, citrus zest, and brown sugar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice balance between sweet brown sugar and citrus forward hop aspects.

Serving type: bottle.

Jan 01, 2015
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remy28 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer, obviously a lot of hops and everything that comes with that. I found it to be balanced and drinkable, not everyone feels that way. The hops linger for about an hour on the palate. It is tamer than I thought it would be considering the IBU. In my opinion this is in the top 5 of the DIPA's I have tasted. Would buy again.

Dec 17, 2014
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.24/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into fluted glass
Aroma of citrus, mostly grapefruit, and some pine
Head average (4 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 1 cm layer
Lacing good with thick rings of small bubbles and a few stalactites
Body medium orange and hazy
Flavor very marked grapefruit with only slight bitterness. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl. Ends with slight grapefruit bitterness, no chalkiness, no alcohol afterburn.
Palate medium, slight oiliness, soft carbonation.

IMHO, a very underrated DIPA. Very nicely flavored with a good nose, this is an attractive beer.

Apr 28, 2014
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Rizalini from Nevada

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated bomber into my Deschutes tulip.

A - Pours a murky golden brass color, with a finger of off-white head. Nice collar and spotty tan lacing as I sip.

S - Earthy and floral hops, wtih some butterscotch notes.

T/M - Big earthy hop profile, with a bitter pine aftertaste. Solid caramel malt backbone keepsthe big hop profile balanced. Very creamy mouthfeel, resinous on the tongue.

O - A very good DIPA. Very well balanced, but very hop forward. I think it was $7.99 at Binny's in Chicago, and if I could get this in Vegas, I would definitely buy this one again.

Jul 10, 2013
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Hendry from Vermont

3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a fan of Peter Green, I can appreciate the spin on the moniker MEAN MANALISHI double IPA. The muscular and svelte frog on the bottle appears confident.

Pours a semi cloudy deep amber, small white head,average lacing.

From the description on the bottle I was expecting a hop bomb, but I smelled mostly sweet toasted malts with a touch of grapefruit rind & pith. They oversold the extreme hopiness factor on the label,but @ $13 for a 22 oz bomber, they have to sell something to get you to buy it.

Taste is overwhelmingly sweet toasted malts with prickly carbonation, and a dry bitter finish that was exceedingly average.

Mouthfeel was medium, and the lively carbonation has a bite to it, sweet malts coat the palate leaving you begging for the hops to kick in, but too little too late.

Overall, I'm glad I was offered a generous trade to acquire this bottle because I would be quite disappointed if I had dropped $13 for Mean Manalishi. Apparently the frog also has a large set of onions to be asking such a steep price, and I have to wonder how many repeat customers this pricey number will draw. Not bad, but tons of other great IIPA for far less money make this frog a turkey.

May 25, 2013
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parejkoj from Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light amber, nice lingering head. Haze as you approach sediment, plenty of yeast in suspension at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Expected more hop-derived aromas for a double IPA. There isn't anything pronounced, a bit of alcohol, a bit of resin and a bit of sweet malt. Would be nice to have more piney/citrus/resin aromas.

Taste: Not what I expected from a double IPA. Plenty of malt up front with decent bitterness at the end. Would be good to balance the malt a bit more or dry it out. I think drying it out would bring up the bitterness substantially.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Only problem would be noticeable alcohol that may be perceived as harsh to some people. Good carbonation, not overwhelming.

Overall: Pretty good. For a double IPA it could use more aromatics and a drier finish. But it's enjoyable. If you're someone who doesn't like floaty yeast chunks, keep in mind to leave behind the last bit of beer.

May 16, 2013
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Lledd from Massachusetts

2.59/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

22oz served into pint glass

A: Dark amber/medium orange color. Half finger head receding quickly. Some, but little carbonation. <3.75>

S: Predominantly funk. Meh. There is some citrus and malt but its all behind this musty smell. <2.25>

T: Musty malt. Over bready maybe? Burnt caramel? Bready Caramel - that's it, thats the malt flavor. <2.5>

M: Not bad actually. Creamy and nicely carbonated. <3.75>

O: Weird and funky. Must bready malt dominates, hops have no citrus or pine and barely shine through whatever they were trying to do with the malts. It's like someone took a DIPA and shoved in molding biscuits and an old lady. <2.25>

May 02, 2013
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BurgeoningBrewhead from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bomber into 34oz mug; slightly cloudy orange with less head than I was expecting. I poured rather carefully, expecting your usual massive IPA head, but my slow pour only yielded a one-finger head that dissipated relatively quickly. Smell is hops and flowers and citrus, as you'd expect. A bit more pungent than most. Taste is sweet and smooth upfront, hops come into the end and demolish the sweetness with bitter and spicy flavors that almost go up your nose. A bit spiky in mouthfeel due to the insane hops, but this is a great DIPA. It has character. It might not be very well balanced, but it's worth a try.

Apr 13, 2013
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morimech from Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a lot of caramel with just a slight hint of citrus. No sign of alcohol.

Underwhelming hop flavor for a DIPA. Still very bitter however. I get a lot of caramel with some citrus. Slightly warming alcohol in the finish.

Big bodied but a touch undercarbonated. Not sure better carbonation would of helped the flavor, but it would of added to its drinkability. Just feels a bit lifeless on the palate.

No bottle date on the bottle. Have to assume it is as the brewery intended as I bought it in a reputable store a few days earlier. My score is being generous. I will stick with Hoppin' Frog stouts from now on.

Apr 09, 2013
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pcguitarwzrd from Florida

4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to pint glass. Would have used a snifter but didn't have one handy.

A: Deep copper, hazy, lots of sediment, thick, off-white sticky head.

S: Fairly malty aroma but the hops are there.

T: Rich caramel and bready malt, then the hops crash in. Lingering sweetness as well as astringency. Definitely on the sweeter end for the style, but I like that every now and then.

M: Moderate to heavy, somewhat syrupy and not overly carbonated.

O: I like this beer, I think it's a fine example of a DIPA, and would drink it again. I would probably not, however, buy it over Southern Tier Unearthly or Stone Ruination, both of which are at least as good and several dollars cheaper.

Mar 28, 2013
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MattSweatshirt from Texas

3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a snifter revealing a body that is a hazy orange going into some amber territory. The head is off white and sticks to the glass like crazy.

Lots of maltiness to this beer which I understand you need in a big IPA with so much hop character but a lack of a bottling date has me worried right off the bat. After a few min it is just too prevalent. Some slight grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and lime is buried beneath the malt. Not enough hop character though.

So much malt. Kinda kills this beer. I expect much more hoppiness in regards to bitterness with such a high IBU count on the bottle and flavor which people have posted reviews of good flavor. My bottle just lacks it. It does taste good but I only wish I could have this fresher. Slight citrus fruitiness and resinous pine buried beneath a mountain of caramel malt. Reminds me of the Emelisse Triple IPA in flavor. Malttt. And a touch of hop.

Its got a bigger body to it that is smooth and oily slick. The carbonation is there with some prickliness. While lacking in aroma and flavor the body of this makes it easier to drink while I sit in disappointment.

Succeeds more as a Barleywine…The messed up thing is the bottle was bought in Ohio around Xmas time and I drank it 1/4. Date your bottles breweries.

Jan 08, 2013
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wvsabbath from West Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden copper tanish yellow, foamy 1 inch head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, caramel malts, grapes, spices, some alcohol, some lemon and floral notes, smells great.

Taste - Straight up caramel malt with pine and grapefruit hops. Lots of citric fruits are mix in as well, lemon, banana, pineapple. Added sweet sugars work well with the malts and bitter hops to taim down the bitterness this beer has. Slight warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed with malts, hops and sugars. Palate gets more hops then malts, lots of sugars and spices.The finish is sweet, malty, and bittered.

Overall - A nice malty dipa. Much more like hercules from great divine, or even unearthy from southern tier, big malt upfront, but a ton of bitter hops also. Balanced well, pretty much eveything comes out, in a big way. Drinks pretty easy being just over 8%. A great malty dipa.

Dec 11, 2012
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TrappistJohnMD from Mississippi

3.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color with very little head formation in tulip glass.

Heavy malt aroma with minimal hoppy citrus. Lots of caramel and hints of booze.

Heavy malt backbone. Too malty for my taste. Musty grapefruit rind bitterness. Just not enough floral or citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was a little disappointing. Too much malt character for a DIPA.

Nov 22, 2012
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mattcrill from Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very light caramel and orange zest aromatics. No esters or alcohol heat detected.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with "floaties". Kind of scary. Thick tan head that retains well. Effervescence noted in the glass.

Flavor: Strong malt backbone with crystal malt and caramel flavors abounding. Off-set by firm earthy hop bitterness. Pithy lemon and orange rind bitterness round it out. Balance is nearly even and dangerously close to malty. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Carbonation bites the back of the palate. Slight alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Pretty heavy for an IPA but not quite American Barleywine either. Not sure I'll have this again but it was enjoyable once.

Nov 15, 2012
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine resin, caramel, mango, orange rind, pineapple, floral, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, mango, pineapple, toast, and piney spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, pineapple, caramel, toast, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance as well. Minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a farly creamy, slick and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. Great hop flavor complexity and malt balance; very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

Sep 18, 2012
Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 643 ratings