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 Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of WeedKing4
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from Buffalo. 168 ibu's! are you kidding me? Wow. Pours a dark, slightly hazy amber ruby colour. Tastes very bitter with some pine and slight floral hops coming through, with a very nice malt backbone. I was numbing down my expectations of this one with how its been rated and I was nicely suprised. A very good quality IIPA.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bomber served in a snifter.

pours a deep caramel/amber tone with orange highlights. much darker than you typically see in a DIPA; foamy 1" head demonstrates excellent retention and lacing.

potent bouquet of hops in the nose. fruity (citric, maybe some apple), with pine and also floral characters. i do get the suggestion of a malty backbone.

interesting flavor. big hoppy bitterness out front but by mid-palate i get the fruit - again citrus, apple - pine, and toasty maltiness. hmm... i like it. more bitter than i tend to look for in my DIPAs, but other than it it's very tasty. not your garden variety DIPA, which is nice.

medium-bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation. bitterness fatigues the palate in short order, so drinkability suffers a bit. the only other thing i'll mention with this one is that it's somewhat cost-prohibitive, especially for what it is.

originally reviewed: 03-14-2011

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

Pours a nice rich copper color with some dark orange hues. There is a nice 1 inch tall off-white head. The head is dense with some bigger chunkier notes in there. It recedes slowly leaving some nice lacing.

Aroma is of piney sweetness and resinous. Very piney notes of hops. There is some slight caramel notes in the aroma as well as some nice bready and slight toasty notes. This seems like its going to be a hop bomb.

The flavor is a bit milder than expected. Still resinous pine notes and some nice slight tropical notes. Piney and citrusy notes dominate for sure but they are not overwhelming. There is a slight juicy sweetness to the hop notes with some caramel notes sprinkled in as well. Definitely some bready notes can be perceived as well as some malty sweetness. Mouthfeel is typical of a DIPA. medium body with some slight boozy notes perceived.

Good DIPA. I wouldn't say its amazing and I don't think I would buy it again but it still is well crafted.

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Photo of lnashsig
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

#BOTG 41! a 168 IBU Double IPA. I'm anticipating the pain this is going to deliver to my mouth.

Poured from bottle into Brooklyn tulip glass. A mostly transparent pour, leaves nearly no head at the end. dark orange in appearance, this is a little disappointing looking for a DIPA. Smell- turpentine meets a pine tree meets aggressive hop oils. Some pleasant citrus orange rind flavors as well. This DIPA is like a pit viper lying in wait, threatening to strike. I can see the eminent demise on the horizon. Well, here we go. Down the hatch time. Whoa. fucking brutal! Just a viscous bitterness burns down my throat and surrounds my tongue. Massive waves of violent hop oils. Pine, Citrus rind, a little (really little) bit of malt sweetness teases me at the end. Like suggesting that there is any sort of malt backbone to balance. This is one of the most hoppy, aggressive, unbalanced IPA's I have ever had. It's interesting in terms of a hop lover understanding about what sort of abuse their palate can take, but not drinkable at all. Lets hope the Astros give the Cubbies the type of abuse this beer has given me tonight. I give this beer a bunt single.

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Photo of liamt07
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Mark at Steve's birthday, 650ml into a tulip.

Reddish orange in colour, nice white head with some good lacing and moderate retention. Nose has bright citrusy notes, tangerine and/or clementine perhaps, some orange-glo cleaner, sugary malt and a modest juicy tropical fruit character going on too. Bitter citrus on the palate, orange, clementine and a sugar, doughy malt. Pine in the finish. Medium feel, and medium carbonation. Strong bitterness. An above average IIPA, but nothing to take it to the next level.

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Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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 SawDog505
3.61/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a murky red, with a one inch sticky off white head, that leaves lacing everywhere. Smell is a huge mix of grapefruit, pine, cut grass, apricot, and passion fruit. Taste is extreme, grapefruit and cut grass linger for maybe to long. Body is on the large side, plenty of carbonation, a little dry, and a little harsh to be considered drinkable. Not great, but a must hop experience for us hop heads.

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Photo of Kromes
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A hazy copper color with a finger's width off-white head.

S: A floral, grass, and citrus hop aroma.

T: A Strong medicine and astringent flavor up front that fades into a more bitter and vegetable flavor with some sweetness. I was not expecting that. The hop flavors are there, but they are overcome by the medicine flavors and killed by bitterness.

M: Average feel with some good carbonation. somewhat sticky.

O: Judging on the level of DIPAs, this would probably fall in the average category based on flavor.

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Photo of hardy008
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear dark amber with a one finger off white head with decent retention and lacing. Smells like grapefruit, zest, pine, and caramel malt.

The taste has a lot of bitterness and some sweet caramel malt. The bitterness is much stronger. Resinous pine, grapefruit zest, grapefruit, and caramel malt. Even though there is quite a bit of malt, it is no match for the bitterness of the hops. Not as bitter as Moylan's Hopsickle, but this beer comes as close as any I have had in a long time.

Medium to full bodied with below average carbonation. Has a sticky bittersweet aftertaste. The alcohol is not noticeable at all. More bitter than I would like overall, but not bad.

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Photo of jhtipton
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Confused by the lower scores. I held it back as a treat and poured the 22 once bomber into a wine chalice. Nice lacing and nice orange color and smell is appealing; yes, heavy into piney smell. Tastes is very hoppy but since iwas having a stogie I appreciated. Some malty backbone and very syrupy. Not my favorite DIPA and very spendy but decent. It's above average in my beer likes but not my go to when there are other lighter on the pocketbook and certainly better. Cheers.

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Photo of derkfromwi
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into Duvel glass

A: One finger light khaki head, that disappears fairly quickly. A bit hazy, amber color, pretty light amount of carbonation and lacing, though present

S: Some decent hops, earthy, but maybe a bit too piney

T: Bitter, with a touch of sweetness. Like the nose, maybe a bit too piney and bitter taking away from the malts

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth

O: A good IIPA, but just dosen't quite stand up to some other Double IPA's in the great lakes area

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Photo of crossovert
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Expensive bomber. Assuming it is fresh because it launched in WI a month ago.

It pours a hazy cidre brown with little bits of presumably yeast suspended within. The head is foamy and off-white and leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is decent but I smell a bit of summit though that is not promising. Extremely resinous and dank, and almost cheesy. This tends to happen when you over-concentrate the wrong hop, or even any hop.

The flavor is better than anticipated. It has a melon flavor with a good piney bitterness. It is brewed with high alpha acid hops though, it has that almost pineapple element. The grapefruit is there which is nice. The malt is surprisingly good here it provides one of the better backing I have tasted in a non West-Coast DIPA.

Overall not my favorite but solid, just keep the summit (or whatever is similar to summit in this brew) out of it.

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Photo of oline73
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
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 adman08
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours light amber with a hint of copper but lots of particles, I think the particles might be my fault for pouring too far near the bottom of the bottle. Lots of off-white foam that leaves some nice lacing.
S-Slightly sweet citrus aroma of grapefruit with hints of lemon and lime. Slightly grassy with a very light aroma of pine.
T-Hops all over but unlike some of the other reviews I don't think this is completely unbalanced. There is a small amount of caramel malt sweetness that cuts the hop bite a bit but really the hops mostly crush everything. Strong flavors of pine and grapefruit/citrus hops that end up creating a slightly soapy flavor.
M-Fairly light bodied, good carbonation and a slight alcohol burn...or is that just the hops?
Overall, not a terrible double IPA but it is just hop overkill. They easily could dial the hops back a bit and increase the malt a hair to get not only a more balanced beer but one with even a tad more alcohol.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper/gold with large bubbles in the white colored head and good clingy lacing.

Nose: Piney and aromatic hops, malt, butter, and golden raisins.

Taste: Huge malt character with resinous hops that coat the mouth followed by ever present citrus flavors and pine, the finish is a bit of light fruits, like grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Bitter bubbly front with a bit too much carbonation.

Overall: A good IPA though theres a bit too much carbonation and the hop character is more resinous than I'd like, tone it down a little, I wish there was a bit more complexity in the nose and taste and I think it's there, it's just covered by the excessive hops.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amber Orange with hardly any head at all. Little visible carbonation.
S- A complex light malt character with what seems like some cinnamon. A light astringent hop presence. Fairly mild.
T- A good amount of bitterness upfront followed by a nice malt profile. The hop flavor isn't that strong, but its fairly astringent and citrusy. Grapefruit dominant. Some toasted caramel. This is a pretty balanced IPA, not as much of a hop bomb as I had expected.
M- Very bitter all around but fairly easy to drink, this isnt a huge DIPA. No alcohol taste or feel.
O- This isnt a bad DIPA but for 12$ a bottle I was expecting much more and am left disappointed.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these up at the local store this morning after the B.O.R.I.S. I had last night was good.

A - Poured from brown 22oz bomber to pint glass. No freshness/bottling date. The guy at the store said it's the first one he's sold and he just got it so I'll assume its fresh. The beer pours a slightly hazy amber copper color with a nice 1 1/2 finger cream colored head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S - There is a strong hop character with some floral qualities but mostly earthen pine. There is also a sweetness from the caramel malts. No hint of alcohol. There is also an off aroma I can't quite describe but its almost like apple skin that still has some soap on it from washing...I am sure that doesn't make sense but that's what it smells like. Odd.

T - Just like the nose the beer starts with a strong bitterness and earthy pine hop tones. The caramel malt sweetness soon follows. The middle of the beer brings the taste to accompany the odd aroma. It tastes like the skin of an apple with some soap! It's not bad, though not normal - just odd. The beer finishes with the huge bitterness, apple flavor, and sweetness on the tongue. Its so bitter perhaps the apple flavor is there to mellow it out?

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to put down. Hides the alcohol well.

Overall, not really what I was expecting. Not bad but not earth shattering. The apple skin taste is odd. Glad to have tried it.

Edit: Ha, I hadn't read any of the other reviews prior to writing mine. I would agree with Mebuzzard - apples!

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-12-2011 21:47:08

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish auburn more than reddish brown with greta two-finger head and lace patches. A sharp, pungent piney hop aroma with little else other than citric/grapefruit. The hops are TOO prevelant for this to be real enjoyable, piney, resin, soapy, whatever adjective you like the hops making killing here, but in doing so they drown out the nuances of citric, spice, grapefruit, although I get a note of something I can only describe as juicy (flavor, not saying wet hops)...and the caramel malt for sweetness and breadiness one gets for a fuller body are almost nonexistant and can only momentarily pop in. Add a alcohol bleeding into this and the finish is rather just cutting more than crisp or refreshing; a decent beer but not great.

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Photo of IronLover
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange in color with reddish hues and excellent clarity. Poured with a thick off-white foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. A balance of ripe orange and pineapple aromas and sweet caramel malt. Pine hop and boozy aromas sneak in toward the end. Medium bodied with a bit of a syrupy feel, but with nice carbonation. Flavor is very similar to aroma. Ripe citrus orange and pineapple up front that quickly transition to heavy bitter pine flavors. A sweet malty backbone from beginning to end. Finishes with a strong floral and pine hop bitterness. Generally, flavors are intense, but unrefined.

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Photo of ABVerageJoe
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Great appearance. A very cloudy and orange/copper color body with an off-white/cream head composed of medium-large bubbles. It poured a gigantic head, one of the largest I've ever seen with huge lacing which sticks to the glass in thick styrofoam clumps. Putting my eye to the glass I see large bubbles which span the width of the bomber. Awesome appearance. Only off-putting thing is the many particles in suspension. It makes me expect this beer to taste like grapefruit juice with pulp.

S - Smells like hops, straight up hops with little else present. As it warmed it started to taste a bit like handsoap.

T - Tastes like hops with a hint of that handsoap smell. The only flavor that is there is the hops, but the beer is not as bitter as I expected from the 168 IBU. Ruination tastes more bitter, even with a lower IBU.

M - Tastes harsh and bitter, but at the same time it is not hard to drink at all, somewhat smooth even. It reminds me of chewing calamus root, which results in a tingly bitter mouthfeel.

O - Overall this beer was not completely awesome. The appearance was great, but the taste was one-dimensional - Bitter and hoppy. I would think it were a decent beer if it weren't extraordinarily overpriced. I believe it was $13 for the bomber, totally not worth it. If I lived in Northeast Ohio I would have to visit the brewery and try it fresher though. Average beer for a bad price.

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Photo of beergod1
4.42/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy amber with a frothy head and very light carbonation. Tons of hops in the aroma with sticky topical fruit and grapefruit. The flavor is everything the aroma suggests with powerful hops that put tons of grapefruit and citrus peal on you with a hint of tropical fruit. Dry mouth feel and good carbonation level. A little too sticky sweet after a 22 oz. bottle. This is meant to be shared.
Very Delicious.

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Photo of Cuttooth
3.21/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color, with a one finger head and lots of lacing. Smells of hops and alcohol, which is a preview of what's to come.

Taste is similar to smell, lots of hops and booze. Tried to find some citrus in there but couldn't. Maybe some root-like flavors as well.

Mouthfeel is pretty average for a DIPA, it's got some bite to it.

Overall, this isn't a bad IPA by any means, but for $13 a bomber you are probably better off spending it elsewhere.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
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 peabody
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a really brilliant ice tea color with 1/2 finger of very small off-white bubbles. Fairly good head retention and very nice lacing.
Smell is very grapefruity with lots of burn in the nose from all those hops. Quite a bit of booziness is here as well as some weak malts.
Taste is pure bitter. This lacks in fruityness and is quite topheavy with alcohol. Very Boozy.
Too one-sided to be a great double IPA.
Mouthfeel is just a tad sticky and the booze gives most of that. The bitterness holds on as does the booze that coats the back of the throat.
Overall this one is too much double for my tastes. But on a cold night it still satisfies.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.82/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance – This is a beautiful, dark, brownish-orange in color with a gorgeous white head that left some great lacing and cool pits on top of the liquid.

Smell – This is as good as a DIPA can smell. The hops are a perfect blend of pine, citrus, and light leaf. There’s a little extra something though in the hop profile. Maybe it’s just the extraordinary balance, but the pine-citrus aroma is in a class all by itself. It forms this funky, pungent, floral aroma that is so resiny that it makes your mouth water. Literally.

The malt backbone is no slouch, either. The caramel is rich and sugary and plays well with the big hop profile. There’s a big yeast toasty aroma as well which manages to again mate perfectly with the hops. This is a symphony for sure.

Taste – The hoppy floral character mixes perfectly with the super-sugary malts. This could not be a better balancing act. The hops are fresh, resiny, and laced with citrusy goodness and the malts, heavily toasted, supply a yeasty, biscuity structure that really is the only possible flavor that could play well with the hops. This is big beer flavors perfectly balanced.

Mouthfeel – This is full-bodied, very slick and oily in between the cheeks, with a moderate dryness, somewhat bitter, and incredibly pleasing in the mouth. The carbs are just enough to give this a fluffy feel. The bitterness is complex and equality contributed by the malts and hops. Again the balance here is the key.

Drinkability – For my money this is one of the best, easy-drinking big DIPAs that I’ve ever had. It is so big and so powerful yet perfectly balanced. I enjoyed the big malt balance but again it’s not malt-leaning by any stretch. They just did an awesome job of mixing the best hop profile imaginable with the best malt profile imaginable. I hate to give a beer a 5.0 and say it can’t get any better but this beer really just couldn’t be any better.

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 635 ratings.
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