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

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3.74/5
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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A.
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / 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.

Added by klewis on 07-03-2007

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,631
Reviews:
369
Ratings:
642
pDev:
15.51%
Bros Score:
2.66
 
 
Wants:
29
Gots:
46
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 642 |  Reviews: 369
Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Above average DIPA. Good aroma, good, no a great bittereness. Grapefruit colour with a little, though bubbly head.IBU 80-90 in taste as it is drinkable, rememering we are doing an assault force of DIPAs, and the malt is at the end, though lists at 160.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of spycow
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as an amber color with a foamy white head on top that had a nice lacing to it. The smell of the beer wasn't quite as floral as I was hoping for, it had a hops on the nose but they were much more earthy than citrusy. The taste of the beer was similar to the nose. I wish that this was a little bit more of a brighter IPA instead of a muddy earthy one. The mouthfeel was decent on this beer, it had a good amount of body but nothing too exciting either. Overall this beer was good if you like the Eastern style or English IPA's. For me, I enjoy the Western ones more so this one wasn't really going anywhere with me.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy and orange, maybe a little darker. Head is white and fluffy, decent retention.

Aroma is powerfully grapefruity. Lots of hops, only a little malt, no alcohol.

Taste is bitter and fruity but balanced and controlled. The malt presence is stronger in the taste than in the aroma. Nice all around.

Medium body, medium/hight bitterness, plenty of CO2. Very drinkable.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has a mixture of citrus, floral and pine resin aromas from the hops.
T: Like the smell, the hops dominate the taste and flavors of pine resin seem to stand out in particular. Advertised as 168 IBUs, there is a high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: Although this beer is very hoppy and bitter, it’s relatively drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Everything I've had from Hoppin' Frog has been very good thus far. That ride continues here. The beer begins with a brigt amber-chesnut color with bright clarity, fantastic head formation, retention, lacing, and legging. An impressive look. The aromas are a beautiful blend of caramel maltiness, orange rinds, candied cherries, pine-floral-citrus hop juiciness. Flavors of the malts, fruits and hops are all there in force- making a nicely blended backdrop for hops. The hop flavor rides just behind the malts, but bite hard in the back of the throat and amplify an alcoholic taste that boarders on harsh and astringent. Texutres are very heavy and leaves some unattenuated malt syrupy textures. Alcohols and hops help to cut the sweetness, but create a harsh fusal sensation in the back of the thoat that promises heartburn later. All in all, this is a good example for the style. Although some age will help to round out the alcohols, the hops will fall into a more timid, herbal state. If I can find another bottle, perhaps I'll do just that.

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Photo of emerge077
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A ton of suspended sediment slowly swirls in the direction of the pour. Dirty reddish amber tone, sheets of lacing in the glass.

Rich resiny hops, candied grapefruit comes through in a big way. Strangely a touch of sterile gauze wafts in, but doesn't stick around. Vegetal hop aroma.

Lots of pale malt flavor, as it sits, the hop element becomes less bitter and pretty agreeable overall. Mainly grapefruit with a few random pine needles jabbed in it for good measure. Savory bitterness in the end, mild spice that can't be positively ID'ed. Some sort of mustardy notes come in toward the end. Alternately fruity and herbal.

Full bodied, but still retaining a pleasant drinkability. Worth the price of admission. 168 IBUs...and i'm 129 years old. I would try this next to Dreadnaught, Goose IIPA, or similar for a good head-to-head battle.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Resinous aroma with plenty of grapefruit pith

Taste: Forget about the malt as the grapefruit flavors assault the taste buds from the get go; it just builds from there, with some pineapple and floral sweetness that appears at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One wild DIPA for the hop heads; quite an achievement

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Photo of oline73
3.27/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet from the strong malt backbone with an aggressive hop bitterness. There is a slightly odd earthy smell that I can't quite place.

Taste: Follows from the smell. There is a malty sweetness up front, but it gets covered up quickly by the intense hop bitterness. The flavor seems to be quite earthy with some citrus notes as well. The finish is bitter from the hops, but also from the alcohol. This one is a beast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really intense beer, the name fits. The bitterness in the finish seems like a run away truck. Could have been refined a bit. Not bad, but I don't need another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright copper color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention but minimal lacing. Aroma consists of deep caramel malt with some astringent and bitter hops. Taste is also a mix between some caramel malt with limited sweetness and some astringent and dry bitter hops. I would have better appreciated this beer had more citrusy or floral notes been discernable. Medium body with good carbonation and no alcohol tasted. Not bad overall but still far away from some of the top beers from this style.

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Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, copper color with burgundy hues. It had a small, foamy, white head that left minimal lace.

S - It smelled very sweet with orange peel, some grapefruit and nice pine notes.

T - It tasted of sweet bubblegum, hoppy pine flavors. Plenty of citrus flavors with mild grapefruit tartness.

M - It was sharp and crisp with a dry finish. A medium bodied DIPA.

D - This is a really nice Imperial IPA. Despite its strength it was fairly easy drinking.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +7%

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 TheManiacalOne
4.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from nlmartin courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with floral hops and fruity citrus with some caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness, then a strong citrus sweetness follows. The malt character is not too heavy, but is hearty enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, I could certainly drink this beer for a long time. So far, after having this beer and BORIS The Crusher, it appears as though Hoppin’ Frog Brewery does the big beers very well.

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4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of oberon
2.59/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A friend of mine here in Greensboro thinks this beer is the one all be all and shared a bottle with me Sunday night.Poured into a standard pint glass a deep clear amber/bronze with a half finger slight off white head atop,great clarity and hue to the beer.Whoo man the aromas are borderline harsh,just wicked resin with a bit of caramel base but the hop onslaught is wicked in not such a good way.The 168 IBU's is just overkill on the palate,its dry as all get out and bitter to the hilt,wicked pine resin and alcohol make you wanna grab a glass of water and chug it.Iam a full on hophead but this is overkill to the umteenth degree,sorry Brian I told ya I liked it but man that stuff is harsh.

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Photo of nickfl
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of off-white foam with a reddish tinge. The body is a clear, red-copper color. The head settles quickly, leaving thick strands of lace.

S - Fruity pineapple and mango hops with some pine and mint undertones. A substantial note of toffee and caramel malt is looming behind the hops.

T - Fruity pineapple hops with an equal proportion of resinous pine. Big notes of sweet malt with caramel and toast mixes with the hops and highlights the pineapple character. Big hop bitterness comes on in the finish and coats the palate, but isn't quite enough to overwhelm the very sweet malt.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - The hop character is really very nice, especially in the aroma, with lot of fruit, but enough pine to keep it a bit earthy. Despite big bitterness, that is unfortunately a bit asprin like, the malt is so sweet that it cannot be balanced out. It is odd to come across a big, bitter DIPA that is cloyingly sweet, but this one is. Kind of a mixed bag overall, great hops character, but just too sweet. If they would dry it out a bit and smooth the bitterness down, this could compare favorably to Hopslam.

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 642 ratings
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