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:
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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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Photo of bobhits
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dense intense body. Good solid classic orange double IPA look, nice white head that fades due to the weight of the beer, but carbonation lingers.

Tropical fruits, mango, grape fruit, citrus notes, and just sweetness, sugary and sweet malt.

This one gets some Devil Dancer comparisons, please stop that. Yes, they have a similar opening. Intense bitter biting hops with a wallop from the malt, and they certainly share many ingredients. Yes, grape fruit and melon are here. A lot of caramel and toffee in the malt. But there isn't that "bong water" (not that I was ever idiotic enough to taste such a thing, but I have friends) flavor or nutty hemp like element. Just a lot of intense hops and malt....nothing going outside the box beyond the amounts of each.

Even with the weight on this one the carbonation is just perfect in the mouth. This makes the beer far more drinkable and is essential for this one. Some alcohol is apparent but who didn't expect that?

Someone other than bells needs to start putting great double IPAs into 12 oz bottles to save my wallet. This is really up my ally but the price is just brutal. 11.99 for a 22 oz bottle...just insane.

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Photo of JTSbeerislife
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, purchased 9/2011 from a reputable bottle shop. No freshness info. Though the hop level noted below would seem to indicate reasonably fresh.

Poured into a Dogfish Head Snifter (Signature glass)

Pours a rather thin head, which is easily revived. It’s a live ale.
Deep amber color, with some suspended yeast and delicate bubbles.

Good pine needle aroma when first poured, followed by some malt (buried by hops), the hops seem to become more citrusy as the ale warms and more malt comes forward. Some ale yeast. Enjoyable.

Big entry on the palate of rich malt, quickly followed by bitter hops. A good crisp middle, with a light sweetness, and medium carbonation, balance out this ale very nicely. Full mouth feel. The hop oils linger on your tongue, and the hops are the dominate taste thru out the pour.

Long bitter hop finish, with the hop oils sticking to every surface of your mouth.

This is an enjoyable DIPA. Lots of hop action in the smell and taste. The malt is not overdone allowing us hop heads to get our “fix”. Nothing in particular really stands out, but the brewery has put forth a good effort. At no time is the 8% ABV even remotely noticeable.
An enjoyable drink. Worth trying if you find it for the experience, but one is probably enough.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: red copper, slightly cloudy with a slight off white head.
Smell: Fruit, a little floral hoppiness with a nearly equal Malty presence.
Taste: Mostly as the nose projects with a bit of a hoppy bitter zing in the finish.
Mouthfeel: full, pretty hefty carbonation profile.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes from 10-21-11
*Bomber to pint glass

A: Pours a hazed caramel orange hue with a huge beige head to it. Billowing frothy peaks. Great retention and some goopy lace that clung to my glass.

S: Smell has as spicy hop nose that spikes with lemon pith , grapefruit zest, and some pines.

T: Tastes quite juicy with hops. Mostly piney and spice notes. Some citrus as well. Puckers at the palate before all the sweet caramelized malts come onto the scene. Definitely resinous with hops and slightly sugary. Has a little smoky toasted cereal component to it. Something a touch off with the overall flavor profile. All together comes off a little soapy to me. Hoppy for sure though.

M: Nice creamy texture. Malts here give a more Medium body to the brew. Slightly sleek mouthcoat with a dry resinous sensation to the palate from all of the bitters.

D: This is a decent brew and plenty hoppy. Big malts too but within balance. Again the flavs didn’t really jive for me overall but still many other positive aspects to the brew that made for an enjoyable experience.

Glad to have tried but probably won’t be seeking out again.

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Photo of Rhynes2
4.47/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice hazy orange color. not too much to say for head or lacing down this glass. The flavors are a bit malty at first but round out to a great hop bitterness. I wish there was a little more bitterness in the initial sip but what can you do. The hop flavor is one of orange juice 75% Grapefruit 25%. overall a great beer and one I would buy again. I love this stuff.

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Photo of heysuz
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Intro: Split a 22 oz. bottle with a friend in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Full rich head and lots of sediment with a bronze coloring, darker than the triple. Lacy hangs to the glass, the only detraction is the sediment I would go a four except for the sediment. It looks like fresh apple cider due to the large amount of sediment in the beer.

Smell: Not nearly as aromatic as the triple. I get the hops smell, but it is more subdued. I don’t smell the alcohol. I smell a trace of caramel in the aroma.

Taste: Much more of a malty taste and the hops are only noticeable at the end, and the burnt aftertaste is in this beer as well as the triple. It is a well balanced beer and in some ways more complex because of its diversity of tones in the taste.

Mouthfeel: Generally the same mouthfeel as the triple, but not as dry and a little creamier. Carbonation is evident as well as the hop oil coating.

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Photo of mryuk
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours an unfiltered amber with little head.

smell is fairly sweet with strong earthy hops and some fruit.

taste is sweet molasses with a good hop finish. something odd about the flavor though.

mouth is medium-thick with low carbonation.

only ok, not terrible but too sweet with an odd flavor.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with a nice white head that fades quickly but leaves nice lacing.

The aroma is of grass, flowers, citrus and pine. Pine dominates with grapefruit right behind it. Undertow of caramel and toast notes create a nice backbone.

The flavor follows with a firm foundation of honey and toast with honeysuckle and floral qualities throughout dominated with big pine and grapefruit combos. Interesting, slightly off balance.

A little syrupy and boozy

Overall, an excellent assault on your taste buds.

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Photo of Naugros
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was in the mood for tearing my taste buds a new a-hole so I pulled a DIPA out of the fridge and poured. I got the typical chill haze indicative of a DIPA and some nice off-white froth that left behind spiderweb lacing. Sweet, but not as sweet as the smell. Nice juicy grapefruit come to me immediately and I smiled, but lost the smile immediately with the thought that beers that smell good don't always translate into beers that taste good. This is so true of the "bigger" beers like DIPAs, Imp Stouts and Barleywines. In this case we have a beer that doesn't follow the smell to the tee. This is often the case with highly hopped beers since brewers of DIPAs like to use one hop as the bittering agent, one as the flavoring agent and a third as the one that adds the aroma. So this beer having a different hops signature on the tongue than in the nose was expected, but this was not a horrible thing here. Although I really wanted it taste exactly as is smelled I got some pine instead. I've had many DIPAs with a piny taste that came off as pitch or pine tar...this comes off as pine resin with some citrus in there as well. The malts are more aggressive here than in the nose giving off a sense of high fiber cereal. Body is on the thicker side of medium and the aftertaste will leave you tasting resin for a good while. No, I'm not going to time it.

Yep, my taste buds have been reamed, but that's what I was looking to do. This will keep me to one beer tonight and 22 ounces of 8.2% ABV will help me sleep well.

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Photo of drumminbrewer
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Split a bottle with a buddy a few hours ago - pretty fresh batch.

Pours a slightly hazy amber, frothy head about 1.5 inches thick leaves a solid amount of lacing on the glass.

Nose is...pretty faint. Alcohol first, some burnt peanut & maybe a bit of pineapple.

First sip...nice balance with the malt! Reminds me of Laughing Dog's Sneaky Pete...but with a bit more citrus (IPA's & IIPA's are kind of a crapshoot depending on how fresh you get them, I notice a bit more of a hop presence in this one than I did sneaky pete.) Creamy, silky texture, little to no trace of the 8.2% abv.

Mouthfeel is solid, but the finish is pretty short. Mostly on the back palate, but leaves me wanting more in lieu of savoring what I've just had.

Overall - Not bad. At 12.49 a bottle I'm not blown away, but a solid offering. The malt balances really well without hiding too much of the hop presence. Worth splitting with 2 other people to keep the cost down.

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Photo of bogus564
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 fl oz, poured into a pint glass...

Dinner time, which means dinner with a beer time.

Color is what I'd expect out of this style; it's reddish amber, partly cloudy, with a slight chance of rain (kidding!). With an aggressive pour, there's a 2 cm orange rind-colored head that holds maybe a minute before breaking down into lace. Shows some promise.

The smell is pretty much what I'd expect out of this style as well. Hops are in the lead, citrus and pine, there's something floral going on, and there's also a bit of an astringent quality. I'm not as jazzed as I was two minutes ago.

Too much pepper. It's trying to play Dikembe Mutombo and block the flavors that we tend to like, for example, the grapefruit, the pine, the floral, etc. A little roasted malt, but you have to be looking for it.

Mouthfeel is ehh. The usual qualities bear out (light-bodied, decently carbonated), but the overwhelming pepper up front and the medicinal quality in the finish just killed this for me.

Overall, it's a beer that I can say that I tried. Not my favorite in this style, but not the end of the world. Nachos as an appetizer help this along. Cheers.

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Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deeo burnt copper in color, on which an orange-tan head forms a crown two fingers tall and very dense. Retention is good and the lacing has fantastic stick. No doubt this is a beauty.
There's a delicious hops aroma, mainly citrus with some pine and a bit of a floral note. Malts aren't quite enough to balance an otherwise fantastic bouquet, though. With balance, this aroma is exceptional.
The flavor in this hop monster is pinw qith a big resinous aspect though it goes a tad "rindy," the rind flavor adding a hint of saltiness before an astingently bitter floral finish. Malts may add a touch of caramel though the sweetness is syrupy, and the ethanolic alcohol adds a bit more to the harsh astringency of it. This is made to be a hop bomb and someone looking for a more refined beer needs to look elsewhere. Hop heads may like this (and I consider myself one), but anyone who appreciates balance and the subtle skill of brewing that imparts it will be looking elsewhere. This lacks balance to the extreme.
The body is medium. A creamy heft mingles with a light crispness. Detracting from the mouthfeel is the unfortunate odd salty/bitter finish.
I think I've finally found the DIPA that would be better with age.

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Photo of McNealc31
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hops nearly knock you out with the smell, with a white head that doesn’t quit. I like the deep copper color, but the amount of sediment has me a little concerned.

This is definitely a hop bomb with pine, grapefruit, and some spice. Long, insanely dry, and bitter finish. Some pucker factor

Worth trying just to say you’ve done it. It’s an experience.

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
1.97/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.

A- Deep dark orange hue, very clear, just a bit of visible carbonation. Slightly under a one finger head, sticks around and leaves good webby lacing.

S- Lemon zest, apples, and biscuit. Get a faint note of pepper as well. It doesn't smell bad, but not how a DIPA should smell, imo of course.

T- Apple is the dominate flavor I'm getting, with a strong hint of lemons. Aftertaste is reminiscent of band-aids. Bit of biscuity malt. It is pretty bitter but not as bitter as I would suspect for 168IBU's.

M- Mouthfeel is light, borderline watery.

O- I obviously got an old bottle, and at 12.99$ a bomber it wasn't worth it at all. I had to drain pour this one, just not something I wanted to finish. I will not buy again unless Hoppin Frog starts putting "bottled on" labels.

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Photo of Swim424
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my terrapin cask ale pint glass.

A-very deep orange/red/amber color. very nice 2-3 finger head that dissapated very slowly. looks pretty delicious.

S-HOPPY. smelled very exciting. cant wait to taste this one. smells and looks great. smells of some grapefruit and maybe a jumble of other similar fruits mixed with some hops.

T-hops. definitly some malts. i wouldnt say the hops were extremely bitter. i wouldnt give it a 168 ibu. but does mostly taste of hops. maybe some slight fruityness.

MF- not bad. some creaminess to it. thick. not sure how to describe it but it sort of has a full feeling to it.

O-its alright. nothing exceptional. I have had many IPAs better than this. But at the same time I have had some worse. I would prefer this over any macro. But this was a bit over priced. Very glad I tried this though just for the experience.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an awesome hop nose; bold, bitter, and full of citrus character. The malt bill provides adequate complexity and balance. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor as well as damn fine hop taste. It's incredibly hoppy, but overly bitter. It goes down quick with no alcohol warmth at all. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good DIPA. It's easy drinking and full flavored; a true hop lovers delight.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of dirty copper. It holds a two finger head of tannish bubbles that are of variable sizes, the topmost layer being the biggest and stickiest. As they slowly recede patterned lacing is left intermittently around the glass. Translucency is low, as a deep haze permeates the liquid. No sediment is noted otherwise. Carbonation appears to be average. The aroma is bright with soapy hops. There are notes of grassy bitterness and an earthy metallic bite to them as well. The malts, as advertised, are deep, roasty, and caramelized. They have the slightest charcoal character, but really are more brown sugary and lofty with diacetyls. There is also a band-aid/medicinal quality, but this can be attributed back to the hops. The yeast is bready and has a bit of spice, making the nostrils sing a bit on the way back. As we sip, a sweeter caramel malt hits up front. These predominate until the middle of the flavoring where they morph into a bitter darker roasted malt. Here is where the hops really start to pick up, and at their peak they exhibit a further degree of bitterness and a good deal of soapiness. This quickly mellows out to a smoother finish, with a nice balance of those deep and bitter malts, with those spicy, soapy hops. The aftertaste breathes with a peachy fruitiness, a strong black tea tannin-like flavor, bittering and soapy hops, and some sickly sweet booze. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is lighter. The feel with each swig is with significant slurp and slosh. This stems from creaminess imparted by the well retained head. The mouth is ultimately left on the drier side due to the tannin quality and the bitter action from the hops. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was the spicy and hoppy nose. The hops were certainly bright enough to justify this being classified as it is, but there was also a surprisingly pleasant warming from some sweet malts used. This made room for a nice balance, and was subsequently noted in the flavoring. While this was appreciated, and very much what it seemed like the brewers were going for, it made for a robust flavoring that, at times, took over for the hoppiness that this IPA should have exhibited more strongly.

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Photo of huhl23
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter. Good appearance, like a DIPA should look. Two finger head that goes down but lasts the life of the beer. Holy bitterness. Tastes like I just stuck some hops in my mouth. WTF? Can't even really taste the beer cuz it's so damn bitter. 168 IBU's. Might be a few too many Hoppin Frog. I appreciate the over the top approach but for me this doesn't work.

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Photo of tripelhops
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass, color is a brownish copper, puffy tan colored head lingers and bit then drops leaving great lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is piney, with a touch of citrus, the flavor is plenty bitter, some caramel malt sweetness, then a almost grass like or vegetal flavor as it goes down my throat, and tinge of alcohol. I'm glad to have tried it but it's not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - A hazy amber orange body with a quickly dieing head that leaves some lace.

S - A big nose of Citrus and tropical fruits that all jump around together.

T & M & D - A big hop bomb with tons of citrus and tropical fruit notes all over the place. The malt backbone is subtle but resiliant. Big bold flavors with some spice bitterness on the end. The mouth is medium bodied that plays with heavy and it is definately a palate buster.

O - Lots of good big bold flavors, but they can get a little confusing on the palate at times. A good representation of a big DIPA!


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Photo of raznug
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep orangeish red with some sediment. An inch of tight off white head lingers quite a while after pour and into several drinks. The Belgian lacing on this beer sticks around better than any beer I have had in quite some time.
Smell: Getting a mixture of citrus grass and floral hops in the aroma.
Taste: I get delicious hop bitterness right up front and it lingers well into the next sip. I taste grassy and piney notes with that sticky hop resin that hops heads crave. I could go for a few more hops being a double IPA but it is enough to make me wanting more.
Mouthfeel: That hop resin makes the flavor stick to the palate nicely. It drinks like a double IPA should.

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Photo of riored4v
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/20/11

Poured in to a tulip. 1.5 finger, thick, rocky, off-white head. Some good lacing. Clear, amber body.

Smell was floral and citrusy. Some light spicey hop aroma with a good malt sweetness. Pretty unique in that it doesnt smell like most DIPAs.

Taste had floral notes again. Some earthy and spicey flavors with a light citrus appearance. Some very strong bitterness in the finish that lingers on your tongue. Some light caramel with mild sweetness in the middle. Not your typical flavor profile. Lingering resinous hop bitterness. Touch of toasty malts.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body with good carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Interesting flavor profile with some strong hop bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of generalnotsew
2.7/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very dark and dank mahogany in color but I had to pour pretty hard to get a good head. No audible hiss when I opened the bottle. Hopefully not undercarbonated. Smell is piney, earthy, woody, resiny, caramel, tropical notes and bitter. Has the smell of a barleywine. A little underwhelming compared to a fresh Bigfoot though. Very harsh bitterness. Kind of a very faint sweet maltiness backing it up. I am not really getting anything else other than harsh bitterness. There really isn't any flavor backing it up. And yes it is a bit undercarbonated. Not much heat thought which is a plus. Overall I think I am going to have to pour this out and get something I actually want to drink right now. This isn't doing it for me.

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 639 ratings.
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