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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

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

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Photo of Seanibus
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting beer - drier and thinner than I would have expected, but not bad.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with blowzy head and decent lacing. The aroma is strongly hoppy, but of a fairly gentle kind - none of the sharp piney or grapefruity hops of the West Coast, more a grassy, slightly floral character. The flavor is thinner than you usually get in a DIPA, particularly one with a color this rich. There is a hint of caramel in the malt and the hops are sweet and floral. There is a butterscothy feel on the finish. The bitterness is muted and slow to develop. Like the hop aroma, the bitterness is gentle and slightly sleepy. The mouthfeel has a bit of cling, but not as syrupy as one would expect from the color and aroma.

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Photo of far333
4.23/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a .5L pilsner glass. Burnished copper color, slightly hazed, with an inch high head of orangey-beige foam that lingers long.

Inviting aroma of overripe fruit, honey malt, floral hops and orange rind.

Rich flavors of balanced malt and hops. Fairly even mix of honey malt and grapefruit pith upfront, then a wave of bitterness rolls in, lots of pine and grapefruit and the malt is pushed beneath. Very bitter, but very tasty. A bit of alcohol vapor up the back of the nose, and a gradual warming of the cheeks.

Even mouthfeel, prtty full and creamy. Pretty drinkable, hopheads should enjoy this one.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured a beautiful hazy coppery-orange with amber highlights with a frothy 2 finger medium ivory colored head that lasted for several minutes. A thin, splotchy patched lacing speckled the glass walls while a medium effervesce was observed. There was a nice haziness of tiny suspended yeasty matter. Overall the beautiful coloring and haziness really makes this stand out appearance wise.

S: a strong sweet grapefruit and piney hopping. A nice subtle touch of caramel was also noted. Intense, sweet and certainly lives up to expectations per style.

T: The flavor was equally as big and intense offering sweet grapefruit and piney hops bursting right from the start. Intensely bitter but somehow beautifully managed there was some dry grassy notes as well glimpses of sweet toasted caramel malting trying its best to get noticed beneath the large helping of dry hops. The bitterness was lingering, staying with you for well after the swallow, dry, bitter and flowery in nature it coated the tongue with resins of pine and dry grapefruit peels. You really cant expect much more perstyle. While it certainly wasn't no Moylans hopsickle it certainly disappoint hop wise and was very smooth and despite its intense hoppiness of claimed 168 ibus.

M: dry and bitter, with a full malty body. Carbonation was moderate and crisp while a dry grapefruit and pine hopping gently smoothers the tongue. Malty and hoppy best sums things up here producing a nice balance and feel.

D: Drinkability was good, was big on aroma and flavor certainly living up to its billing but somehow you didn't want to put the glass down. A definitely recommend for the serious hop head, it is what it is, a highly intense hopped beer that is very well suited per style.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in an imperial pint

Body pours a hazy orange infused amber with a rocky, two finger beige cap. Excellent staying power and a ton of lacing.

Aroma is big on hops....and malts too. Interesting. Fresh cut grass, grapefruit, tangerine all balanced by lightly toasted caramel and toffee, which lent an over all sweet aroma to the beer.

Flavor profile mimics the nose. Lots of malt make this a very balanced 168 IBU dipa. Not exactly what I was looking for, but still a decent beer nonetheless. Overall, citrus up front, malt sweetness and a bitter surge that should be more of a blast. I am a little disappointed here.

Chewy and thick, goes down very easy. If your looking for a drinkable dipa with a good amount of hop bite, this is your guy.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, dark-orange, hazy, copper hue... Decent-sized head, minimal lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Smell: Rich florals, pine, mint, and of course, hops...
Taste: Very heavy on the pines and hops... Super-charged Imperial IPA... Balance is a question to be pondered, but definitely tasty and unique; slightly medicinal... a very interesting depiction of the style...
Thick mouthfeel loaded with piney hops
Good stuff...

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Photo of farrago
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Crests at about two fingers of head, eggshell white with a vast selection of bubble sizes, above average lacing, heads lasts decently as well. Dark amber red in color, equally drawn into brown as well as orange, mild gauziness yet still mostly transparent. You expect it but the full frontal assault of pink grapefruit in the nose still a blow, orange blossom and buttered biscuit, black tea, white pepper, very herbaceous and comes close to acrid smokiness in terms of rough texture in the nostrils, makes you want to pull your nose out of the glass. Full-bodied, to its credit that it can be this witheringly dry and still maintain such weight and pressure on the palate. White and pink grapefruit, tangerine citrus outsized and the pine, tea leaf, tobacco resin and tar keep you wide awake too. Biscuit, pinch of malt powder, smattering of apricot, golden raisin fruit. Herbaceously bitter from mid-palate on. Not a lot of carbonation to provide relief either. Leaves you feeling like you sprinted a mile through beach sand in August.

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

Pours a darkened amber with the suitable big foamy off-white head that never goes away for days; nice lacing all down the glass as the aroma fills the room. Lots of piney hops, a tad bit of sugary sweetness there, but the hop oils really dominate; a hint of grapefruit as well.

Taste is straight up hop bomb, very bitter with a tylenol-like bitterness dominating, some grapefriut mixed in, but balance is not one of the things this brew is going for. Finishes dry, bitter and piney with a big hint of alcohol, which doesn't try to hide.

A definite hop-head's dream; I like mine more balanced, but you can't go wrong with this brew if you like the bitterness.

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Photo of cvstrickland
2.89/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

In a large tulip glass, Mean Manalishi glows crimson-tinted copper-amber with a bit of haze and a pretty pitiful scuzz of large, off-white bubbles on top-- not foam, mind you, but plain-old milk-style bubbles that have no place atop a DIPA.... near-zero retention, minimal specks of lacing.

The smell does a little to redeem the drink, with soft caramel notes backing sweet fruity whiffs of pineapple and green citrus.

The taste is caramel-forward with a burnt note of lime zest and cola nuts with a mean backbone of unflavored bitterness. Alcohol provides a splash of welcome apple-juicy fruitiness to the brew, but then sucks it all back in a wash of chemical-style palate drying and another bitter blast of neutralizing non-fruity, non-grassy, non-spicy, non-pleasant hoppiness. Alcohol warming is the brew's one redeeming factor that I'll note, especially on a chilly evening like this one. More watery caramel emerges as the drink warms.

The drink is medium-bodied and on the bubble-free side of "flat as all Hell". Hoppin' Frog is new in NC, so the bottle isn't likely to be very old, but my visit with Mean Manalishi was pretty unsatisfying, and I'll most certainly pass on it next time.

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Photo of ToddT
2.26/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Amber color with a large off white head. Head is sticky and fades to a cap that leaves good lacing on the glass.

S- Hops, hops and more hops, an overload of pine and grapefruit. There is a sweet smell going on in the background as well.

T- Bitter wash of the hops takes over from beginning to the end. Nothing to balance this out just overwhelming bitterness. Finish is bone dry and astringent.

M- Medium bodied and lightly carbonated, has that oily hop aftertaste as well.

D- Nope, the bitterness is overkill. Almost wish I could taste the alcohol in the 8.2% ABV for something to offset the hops

Painful - it lives up to the "mean" part in the name. I think my taste buds went on strike halfway through this.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Pours amber with a sticky cream colored head that very slowly dissipates into a viscous pancake like layer over the beer.

S - Spicy, sweet, hoppy.

T - Very multilayered floral hop flavor; flowery, spicy, piny, herbal, bitter hops. Sweetness sort of feigns a balance before being punched in the face by a big sticky hop bomb.

M - Slightly thinner than medium bodied, viscous, that good ol sticky DIPA consistency.

Notes - As per most of my DIPA reviews, drinkability takes a hit due to the whole "hops raping my tastebuds" aspect.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
2.44/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden nearly copper color, and an enourmous off-white head on top. I had lacing from the first sip. The smell is incredibly resinousy. There isn't much else to be found, and the aroma just pounds on your face. If I make a wish and dream big, I could find some citrus fruit, but I get more leaves and plant matter (not floral). Sorry to say,that there isn't much hop flavor in there, just bitterness, a bit of aroma. Most of the hop presence is herbal and spicy, rather than floral, and at some points you get this fruitiness, but more like plums than sour or tart fruits. The alcohol is present, because of the intense dryness. It like it, it fixes my craving, but I don't exactly taste the hops as much as I feel them. The first sip was a bit creamy, but after that It was dryness and harsh bitterness, with crazy alcohol burning. This one really cuts it when you haven't experienced hops for a while, but it is a bit like an amusement park ride. Only the brave should try, but it isn't exactly the most painful you can get.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.57/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'm not looking for balance in a double IPA, what I'm looking for is the hop goodness, and this one has it in spades. Slightly cloudy orange/amber with a decent head, and wonderful aromas of piney and citrusy hops that perfume the room when you open the bottle. The taste is even more intense, with resinous, sticky hops that aren't just bitter- there is a whole lot of earhy and citrusy flavors with some nice, sticky pine in the finish, and just enough of a sweet malt background to hang the whole hoppy shebang from. Clean and a bit tannic and bitter in the mouth. but in a refreshing way- not thick. I really enjoyed this for what it was- a nice slam of hops where the hoppy goodness can really be enjoyed. Layers of various hop flavors make this hophead happy.

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Photo of MSchae1017
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This beer was poured into a pint glass from the 22oz bomber.

The beer pours a cloudy copper amber with a frothy off white head that erupts easily to a two finger that holds nicely and leaves a lot of lace. Clarity of a beer is not super important to me, so I can't say here that I should dock it many points for this.

The aroma of the beer is all hops. Floral aromas dominate, but spicy aromas are right there. Piney and citrus aroma linger in the background as well.

The flavor of the beer is up front with a grassy vegetal hop flavor. This is followed by piney, spicy, and floral hops. A subtle matlyness lingers throughout.

The body is mendium-full with a lively carbonation. There is a significant dryness in the finish too

Overall, the grassy, leafy hop characteristic takes this one way over the top and makes it quite unbalanced.

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Photo of Foxman
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

It pours a slightly hazy iced tea orange amber. A finger of soft beige head slips away to fine frothy vellum. Tapestries of lacing suspend along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, toasted malt is moderately berry sweet and flush with caramel. Hops grant a sheen of citrus and a dapple of crisp esters. A little sugar and a splash of alcohol flit peripherally.

Upon sipping, the malt is sugary sweet with berry and a touch of melon, as well as earthy caramel. A vague breath of mint presages pulpy dry graprefruit and crisp pine as the hops assert firmly. A cool quaver of alcohol flutters slightly. Baked biscuit breezes in as residual grain is soon bested by a building bitterness that dries and cleans a lingering finish. It's a solid if mainstream DIPA.

Medium bodied, it sticks a little, flows along, and then crisps and dries a whole lot.

I'm not sure who or what Manalishi is, or why it or he is mean, but the beer it's naming is a muscular, balanced, and tasty offering. It's just the basic hopster I want when I reach for a fundamental big IPA. Yes, the ABV is cautionable, but it does little to hinder from sip to sip. I dig the goofin' frog, I'm curious about the name, and I'm licking my lips as i finish each pint.

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Photo of BeTheBall
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark amber color, darker than most DIPA's, with a one finger foamy head. Decent lacing in the glass. When you smell this beer, you get hops and more hops, with that citrus and grass background. On my first taste, my mouth slightly tingled from the bitterness, but as you progress, the bitterness is manageable. Huge hops taste and bitterness all the way down the mouth and throat, never ending. Mouthfeel was good, but other than my first taste, nothing remarkable. Drinkability is low for me for a few reasons. First, the price for a bomber is simply ridiculous. I tried one being curious about 168 IBU's. The taste is not as good as others of this style (IMO), and costs double. With this bitterness, I would call it a one and done anyway.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bomber at Capone's right before the super bowl. Semi-aggressive pour into my Sam Adams perfect pint.

Appearance: Ruby, Amber color with a one finger, tan, rocky, foamy head. Good lacing as the head recedes. Not the greatest retention, but not bad.

Aroma: A lot of malt, but a good amount of hops. Citrusy hops, a little lemony, some dry grass scent. Not the heartiest aroma, but balanced.

Taste: Very bitter, but i guess thats what you get with 168 IBU's. Some citrus hops, some grassy, earthy hops. Decent malt backbone. More malt than in the aroma. Not quit the robust body I expect from a DIPA though.

Mouthfeel: Big bitter finish. Minimal carbonation. Again, feels a little empty, like its missing something. Too much bitterness, not enough flavor.

Drinkability: Only 8.2%, but the bitterness can be a palate wrecker. Finished the bomber in about an hour.

Overall, not what I've come to expect out of a DIPA. Not enough hop character. Not very resiny or piny like I tend to enjoy more. Could use more body. While different, its an interesting take an the style. If you like interesting.

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Photo of drunkmonk
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy reddish orange, some particulate seen, floating in there. I'm not frightened. Nice thick head, leads on to a nice firm lace with clums of stickage. Interesting array of orange, honeydew melon, grassy, and minty hops. Can't keep my nose away from this. The taste is as the nose would suggest, a brash and ballsy hops first experience. Intense hop resins coat the tongue and beat down any malts that are trying to make themselves known. Creamy and full bodied. Finishes with a very assertive bitterness that you would expect for 100+ Ibu beer. The hefty avb is also cloaked under all the intese hop flavors. Finish is somewhat dry and chalky. Some tealeaf with honey sweetness is left on the tongue. This beer makes no apologies about what it is, an all out hop bomb. I would suggest this be your last of the nite though. My tongue is battered.Would love to try this with some Tai hot wings. So glad I got the chance to try this. Huge thanks to jjayjaye.

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Photo of Floydster
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle given to me as an extra by Eyedrinkale, thanks for the opportunity Mike, currently drinking with my dad, poured into a snifter, color is a vibrant orange with golden highlights, thin 1/2 inch bubbly white head that goes away quickly, smell has pine, lots of malt, hint of booze, and an array of citrus, taste is dry up front with some bread and mild sugar in the middle, piney hoppiness in the finish, has a nice dryness to it in the aftertaste, slightly sweet, dry, and cottony mouthfeel, medium bodied, on the lower side for carbonation, could drink the bomber of this probably, alcohol hidden pretty well, relatively light on the stomach for its style, not a bad brew overall, actually an impressive DIPA, worth trying

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper color. Really hazy for a double IPA. A half finger of white head with excellent lacing.

S: Big malt nose. Really not much of a hop nose which is kind of disappointing.

T: Again big grain taste. Some malt but mostly grain. Almost no hop presence which is a let down. It is a nice tasting beer but not what I am looking for in a DIPA.

M: Medium body that is a little sticky.

D: A good beer but not really an DIPA. There are almost no hops that are detectable anywhere. If this were a double ESB or something along those lines I would rate it higher.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz. bottle.

Pours with a small yellow-white head. Cloudy caramel color. Aroma is sweet, resiny, alcohol and tea leaves. Starts with a somewhat harsh hop bitterness which mellows to sweet caramel and dried fruit. Apricots and brown sugar present throughtout. Ethanol is fairly hot throughout, leaves a bit of a burn.

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Photo of gameface23
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a sediment filled copper color with an off-white head. When cold, the nose is off apricots and citrus, but warms up to give off hints of smell caramel. Extremely well balanced without any notice of a bitter aftertaste. Tastes of caramelized apricots. Medium bodied.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful hazy amber/orange with a frothy one finger off-whitehead. Smells only of piercing, biting hops that easily rule the nose. First sip is a malt splash that very quickly turns in to a "slap your face" hoppy bitter finish. A strong malt backbone compliments the massive hops. Bitter from start to finish, this is a great IPA. Flawless and appreciated.

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Photo of jwc215
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper with a well-retained head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of citrus, pine - Very hoppy.

The taste is of citrus - tangerines/clementines, and grapefruit, with pine sap. Very, very hoppy - in a very good way - and with a caramel background that gives a touch of sweetness to the bitterness.

Full-bodied, with carbonation cutting in to keep it from being too syrupy.

Very drinkable despite (well-hidden) abv. A hoppy delight!

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Photo of GatorBeerNerd
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle purchased for me by a friend of mine at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati, OH. Review transposed from notes when I had it at my friend's house.

A: Amber color with an inch thick frothy tan head that leaves sticky lacing.

S: Very strong hop aroma. So strong that it is the only aroma.

T: This is what I would imagine hop juice would taste like. Extremely bitter. Since they were obviously going for over the top bitter with the label showing 168 IBUs, I guess that was what the brewer was intending. Since it is an Imp IPA Ill give it a good score since it is true to the style, but I would prefer a bit more of a malt backbone.

M: Creamy carbonation with medium body.

D: Loses a bit here due to overpowering bitterness.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/24/08. Bottle. Poured a cloudy dark amber with a small white head and lots of gross floaties. Aroma was fruity - apple, pear, and plum - also some floral and citrus hops. Initial sip is sharp bitterness, followed by sweet caramel malt. The beer gets sweeter and less bitter as it warms, with plum as the dominant sweet taste. The body is heavy, but not rich, and not very hoppy at all. It was a good drink, but not great.
8/3/7/4/14 (3.6/5)

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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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