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

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 642 |  Reviews: 369
Photo of Coho11
1.35/5  rDev -63.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of buschbeer
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Brutaltruth
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.


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Photo of ummswimmin
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of CPAles
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HockeyBrewmeister
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Czequershuus
4.34/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of CBrodbeck
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OKCNittany
4.32/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of chrismattlin
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
2.62/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of Jsonta
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abcdefghijkyle
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sweffin
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of martinmontano50
4.94/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great IPA, very strong, but great balance!

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Photo of hozersr
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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