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.

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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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Added by klewis on 07-03-2007

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

Bottle courtesy of DrDogbeer, split w/ dkachur - thanks!! My portion poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly dark, coppery body, dirty, hazy, with a huge, two-plus finger off-white, slightly tan head. Retention is above average, sticky, clingy, foamy, and fluffy, and leaves big, soapy, lacing. It's so sticky that the head almost drags the lacing down as it slowly recedes.

Aroma: Pretty damn pungent (and I'm even a little stuffy-nosed). Huge zesty grapefruit and herbal, leafy minty notes backed up by a fierce and solid butterscotch/toffee backbone. Estery alcohol emerges as this one warms.

Taste: Very "light" on the tongue, and all the flavors are pretty "high up," if that makes sense. It's ... well, it's bitter, but that's to be expected - isn't this one, like, 168 IBUs? It's also full of simple sweet notes - pale malts, almost candi sugar-like in places. The hop notes are, unsurprisingly, pretty in your face - tons of orange and grapefruit zest, hints of tropical fruits, and some sharp, biting pine notes. The bitterness does likely cover up a number of notes here, and who knows if they're good or bad, but what does come through - all those light notes, apparently - is solid.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy and remarkably even. It's fairly thick bodied but also fairly well carbonated, cutting down on a lot of the cloy and a lot of the syrupyness. The oily slickness probably also helps even everything out - slides down easy!

Drinkability: Not sure why the bros smacked this one down so hardcore - sure, it's bitter as all hell, and it does likely suffer slightly as a result, but not too much. It's also not even terribly alcoholic for the style, which enhances its drinkability somewhat. That being said, I may be sort of biased, given this is my favorite style, but I really enjoyed it. Give it a shot.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog- Mean Manalishi DIPA

A- Bright clear orange/ brown with a thick overflowing head.
S- Big pungent caramel malt with thick pine resin.
T- Big thick oily pine resin hops blended, but overpowering a sweet sugary caramel malt base.
M- Oily thick hops overpower the sweet thick malt. Slightly cloying with an alc. presence.

Overall- Thick sweet hoppy DIPA that is quite a good beer but i wouldn't suggest making this a session beer.

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Photo of corby112
5/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Quite simply one of the best IPAs I've ever had. Pours a dark cloudy amber with an amber/beige head. The aroma is dominated by the hops providing a scent of pure bitter earthiness. Also, there is a very slight citrus aroma that is very hard to detect because of all of the hops. This beer is extremely bitter but is balanced out nicely with a nice amount of sweet citrus flavor. This is a hop head wet dream 165 IBUs. What?! Criminaly underrated.

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Photo of ATPete
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle

Pours a very attractive orange/bronze color with a pretty resilient peachy white head. I didnt see the crazy sediment that others have reported, but alas i did have the first glass from the bomber split with 2 friends. I smelled the hops as soon as i popped the bomber but once i put my face to the glass i was a bit disappointed. Not that the nose wasnt good, it was very appealing, but i was expecting a lot more hops, i mean for 168 IBU i was expecting to have my nose hairs tingling, not expecting so much caramel malt sweetness to be in the mix. Either way, the taste was very nice, big bright, juicy citrus bomb of hops that lingered on forever deep into the aftertaste, pine, lemon skin and weed, some malt sweetness mid palate but that was soon overshadowed by the immense amount of resinous hops used. Medium/full bodied, slightly coating and lots of bright carbonation. A great beer no doubt, im not sure id pay 10.99 for another bottle though.

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

Poured a bright orange color with good head and retention. Smelled exquisite...very citrusy, floral, piny, HOPPY!..also sweet malts coming through. Taste is more piny, sticky hops, citrus hops, tangerine, tropical flavors...lots of pine. Evened out by a beautiful candy malt backbone. Mouthfeel is sticky, resiny, decent carbonation, crisp for a decently heavy beer. I love it.

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

On tap at capones black fri event. Had in a bomber before but never on draft until today. Looks an amber/orange type color in the glass with minmal head. Very light in the mouth for being a double ipa. Has an interesting smell to it, earhty, floral, citrus. Excellent lacing on the glass throughout the brew. Very drinkable for being over 9% and I dont think it was as hoppy as some previous posters. Even thought the IBU rating is well over 200+ I found it easy to drink. Had this after the RR bling pig so it had alot to live up to. Enjoyed it and would order again.

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Photo of Hophead101
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

drank on 9.30.08 at home, poured from bottle into wide mouth glass.

good looking pour, hazy dark orangy copper, great head, almost 2 fingers, nice tan off white color. head sticks around as I wrote this, great high lacing as it dissipated. good hoppy smell, very oily smell. the resins almost coat your nose. there is a slight sweet smell underneath.

obvioulsy quite a hoppy beer with the mega IBU's in this brew. flavory spreads nicely until you swallow and realize the hops pretty much kill everything left in your mouth. besides hops, there is a piney undertone, but the hops are too strong and ruin the palate. don't drink this beer if you expect to taste more beers after it.

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

Appearance: pours a clear copper color with a nice 2" head that last a while. Thick lace paints the glass during the session.

Smell: loads of pine, grapefruit, and caramel sweetness leaps from the glass into the nose.

Taste: pine is most up front with some grapefriuits, caramel, honey, and loads of hop bitrterness. Alcohol is mildly noticeable along with some background breadiness. A touch strong on the bitterness versus the balancing sweetness, but still tasty.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Light crispness at the start, smoother and dry at the finish. Aftertaste is very long as the pine and grapefruits stick to the tongue for quite a while.

Drinkability: a bomber bottle is enough for one session as the tastebuds take a hit here. Tasty beer but a real sipper here.

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

Picked this up in Lakewood Rozi's when I visited Cleveland. Thanks to Coreyroz and the OH BA's for the local brew advice. I am really developing a taste for IPA's. The Doubles/Imperials are pretty extreme but I would rank this as "operation shock and awe".

A: Nice clean creamy cap. Started collapsing in the middle leaving some very nice lacing. Thin bubbly head stayed with me throughout. Liquid is a slightly hazy bronze color. Very little carbonation visible.

S: Good wallop of fresh, grassy, floral hops. Very citrusy, grapefruity with a touch of dishsoap.

T: This was a really pronounced and consistent taste progression. It started with a sweet caramel malt, moved swiftly into a sweet/sour grapefruit citrus and ends with a very aggressive fresh floral hop ending. Just as you think the hops don't have any mercy, the maltiness comes back to dial it back to a manageable bitterness for the mere mortal. Enjoyable for anyone who enjoys some extreme hop action. I have to admit that I enjoyed it more as it warmed up and the malt had more influence. A tad soapy.

M: Chewy. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium body. Carbonation felt low and I was fine with that.

D: I find myself astounded by the aggressiveness of some IPA's these days and yet I find myself drinking them at speed. Does this mean that a malt man is becoming a hop head too? Maybe. The more I enjoy them, the more I enjoy the occasional assault on the senses. While this was aggressive, I found it quite drinkable and totally forgot the ABV. I recommend giving this a try and I am pleased that I had the opportunity to support a small local brewer. Hop on!

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

22oz bomber poured into a DFH snifter glass. Hazy and golden/orange body with a nice white head. Good retention.

As soon as you open the cap - SMACK - hops in your face. As you pour the hops will permeate the room, its that strong. At 168 IBUs this brew blows past the threshold for your tastebuds but different scents can be teased out in the nose. Extreme raw resiney hops. Like someone took 50 pinecones, pulvirized them, and stuffed them in a bottle. Some florals and citrusy tones but very strong.

Taste: soap

Honestly reminds me of getting soap in your mouth after washing your hair or something. Raw and harsh the hops almost prickle your tounge and pucker the mouth. Don't even think about drinking another beer for a while, the mouth remains bitter for at least 1 hour after finishing. The heavy malt profile does try to come through but is soundly beaten to a bloody pulp with this brew.

Just to darn harsh and unbalanced. Interestingly however, the taste grew on me and I easily finished the bottle - taste buds and mind fried... Watch the alcohol...

Seek out for a hop bomb.

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Photo of tiger88
3.05/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep caramel color with a light tan head that dissipates by the time you pour. Leaving a thin ring, not much lacing sticks to the glass. Smell is a little too active for me. It's like all the scents want to be smelled first. Strong citrus and pine. Taste is fairly consistant with the smell. Upfront, you're hit with hops and fruit. A little overwhelming in my opinion. Mouthfeel is typical for a DIPA. A little bitter aftertaste but nothing lingers too long. OK beer, not too memorable.

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

22oz bottle received from Nephilium in the Virgin Beer BIF. Thanks, Marty! Into my Duvel tulip

A: Pours a deep crimson with a finger-thick tan head that recedes to a patchy disk, leaving some lace on the side of the glass. Solid

S: Big juicy pine hops up front with an equally prominent malt sweetness with caramel and plum-like sweetness. Some alcohol on the back. Chalk this on the Maharaja-school of DIPAs

T: Incredibly hoppy up front with tons of pine and some citrus juiciness with a hint of orange before a big malt backbone with some caramel, candy and fruit-like sweetness take over. The finish is on the sweeter side with a good deal of hops appearing on the finish with a long and bitter feel.

M: Pretty solid carbonation and a rather bracingly bitter finish make for a great beer but the biggish moutfeel do take away from my preferred DIPA experience.

D: While I'm a fan of the drier (a la Pliny) DIPAs, this is one of the better ones from the alternate camp. This is also one of the few DIPAs that I can see doing interesting things with some age, as the malt backbone is pretty solid

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Photo of russpowell
4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Hophead101, cheers Greg!

Pours a chill hazed chestnut with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Some floaties at the bottom of the bottle, very good head retention & lacing, huge chunky clouds of lace cling to the back of the glass, you can almost see it turning into sugar crystals in front of you

S: Resiny hops & breadyness & apricots

T: Resiny hops, breadyness, leafy hops & dryness up front, plus whispers of alcohol. A touch of plums & apricot as this warms, then a bunch of resiny hops & toffee. Finishes dryish, with leafy hops, apricots & pears, caramel, piney & grapefruitty hops. Almost pulled a 4.5

MF: Chewy with minimal carbonation & nice balance, skews fruitty

Drinks very easy for the style & abv, a solid DIPA

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Road kill is your marketing plan? Pours a mostly haze light amber color. Quite carbonated with a big bubbly head that did have some staying power. Though did not last through the tasting and limited lacing.

The nose is on par for an East Coast IPA. Some citrus notes mix with more of a earthy complexity. The malt really comes out with a stronger caramel and some sweet bread notes. Some off yeast characteristics as well. Noticeable alcohol and tropical fruity notes. Some DMS and minor butyric notes as well. Would really like more hops in the nose.

The taste is similar or if not more malt oriented. The caramel backs off as more of a bready and grainy flavor comes out. Some bitterness but doesn't balance well with the sweeter malt taste. The finishing hops have a nice citrus finish with a mix between orange and grapefruit but the aftertaste leaves a soapy almost earthy finish that is a bit off. This is accented with a bit of off yeast notes. Noticeable alcohol and butyric notes.

The body is closer to moderate than light. Carbonation is a bit light but ok. Some soapy notes leaves a slight filmy finish. Overall I would have liked more kettle hop flavors and aromas, and some noticeable yeast notes are bit of a deterrent but easy to drink.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, murky, golden color. Smell is hops and more brutal hops. It's a combination of citrus and piney, floral hops. Not a palate numbing hop assault. The hops are obviously there, but enough of a malt backbone to support them. Well balanced and a good amount of bitterness. Good beer from an even better brewer.

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

22 oz bottle, brown, no date

pours a chill-hazed amber with a small sticky white head

smells of hops, and then more hops, very floral and bitter smelling. very juicy smell as well.

taste is juicy, very juicy with lots of bitter hop oils. sweet, fruity base balances nice for such a hop bomb. sort of a "green" finish, very bitter, a little warm after swallowing.

easy to drink but the abv sneaks up on you fast- creamy and surprising. if this was local I would go to this one often while eating bar food (burgers, wings, etc). it would stand up well for the greasy and/or spicy type foods. alone (without food)one bomber gave me buzz while drinking it relatively fast.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
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 ffejherb
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber into Sam Adams glass on 10/9/08. Thanks to Kegatron for picking me up a couple bombers during a trip to Ohio.

A - Hazy light copper-colored body with orange and amber tones and a solid finger of creamy beige head that retained quite well and left thick, sticky lacing in its wake. A whirlwind of carbonation bubbles darted through the glass.

S - Pungent blend of citrus and piney hops with a bit of resin thrown in for good measure. Hop aroma is balanced with sweet caramel malts and a toasted grainy character. Alcohol is also quite noticeable but not overbearing.

T - The flavor is dominated by a cornucopia of hop flavors featuring equal parts citrus, pine and resin. Hints of mint and burnt sugar. Aggressive hops are kept in check by a sturdy malt backbone of sweet caramel and toasted (almost charred) grains, giving the finish somewhat of a woody character. A touch of alcohol is also noticeable, especially as the liquid warmed up.

M - Medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy texture that's actually a bit chewy. Good amount of heat from the alcohol spreads warmth across the palate. Carbonation is spot-on and feels nice on the tongue. Sticky on the lips. Finish is dry, bitter (almost astringent) and lingers for a while on the palate.

D - I've wanted to try a Hoppin' Frog brew for a while, so what better way to start off than with a DIPA? This is a solid effort from Hoppin' Frog with a complex hop profile and well-balanced hop-to-malt ratio. While this is an extremely hoppy beer, I don't think it screams 168 IBUs. I also have to wonder if this beer is a nod to the Judas Priest song "The Green Manalishi (with the Two-Pronged Crown)"... well, OK, it's actually an old Fleetwood Mac tune.

ps: Happy birthday John.

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Photo of hurleymanvw
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22 oz bomber

A - Hazy burnt orange with a thin tan head

S - Strong hop smell with hints of citrus rind, pine, and grass.

T - Hop bomb with a mix of citrus, pine, with a very strong alcohol taste. Hops for days. Not very well balanced.

M - Medium body with an almost gritty/dirty feel. good carbonation.

D - Thank god it was my last beer of the night because i couldn't taste anything after this hop bomb. If a taste bud killer is what they were aiming for that is what they got. Good for a one time try after that its all yours.

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Photo of kcillini77
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aggressive - super piney and spicy hop bomb. Packs a huge kick that's peppery and piney from the front of the tongue all the way through tgreato the swallow. Sticky, chewy. This one's a meal in itself. Tastes very good to me, but perhaps a bit overdone. With this much hop flavor, it's almost impossible to balance it out effectively, but maybe that's a good thing once in a while.

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Photo of stumac
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of trying this beer with some good company...

this brew pours up a good red color with a white head. The nose is composed of sweet malts and floral hops. the taste is sweet malts, floral hops, and a distinct bitterness on the palate.

I would definately like to try another from this brewery. possibly the Crusher Oatmeal Stout...

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed this one in a trade recently, but have had it before. Very nice twenty two ounce bottle that was served chilled in a pint glass. Consumed on 08/27/2008.

The pour was one of the best I have ever seen for the style. Rich dark amber color with a ton of orange highlights mixed in throughout. Tond of haze and a nice two inch foam top that never wanted to settle. The bottom of the glass was riddled with sticky foam once i was done. Really very well done here for sure.

The aroma was tons of sticky, resin like hops all the way. Oodles of pine aroma, mixed in with some rich orange and tangerine. Sight hint of a sweet malty base around here as well. The flavor here was much of the same. Rich pine hops, sticky with a resin like flavor and a good bready and biscuit like base to it. Nice balance here, but still way leaning towards the hops in terms of a definte direction. Nice medium feel was morethen adequatly carbonated and the alachol was soo well hidden, I plowed through this one much quicker then I should have,

Overall this was a solid beer. On the better side of the IPA's I have had as of late. I would have no isse at all with trying this one again sometime soon. A very solid offering that I would love to get ahold of again.

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

Appearance: It pours a hazy, caramel/amber color. The haze is partially attributable to quite a bit of sediment swimming about. The head is light caramel in color and is only about a finger deep. Retention was somewhat average and a light, sticky coat of lace clung to the glass.

Smell: No doubt this one's chock full of hops. They're pretty aggressive and easily are the standout. They're mostly piney and citric. Plenty of citrus grapefruit, orange, and pineapple to go around. Malts are pretty prevelant. Ultimately, it has a sweet smell. But, the hops don't seem to be deterred by the malts. They shine throughout in this department. No alcohol is noted.

Taste: An intense hop bitter really attacks the palate on the first sip and doesn't relent. It's incredibly piney, bitter, and resiny. The citric quality of the hops is definitely worth noting. There's loads of citrus grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavor. Despite the strong hop attack, there really is a prevelant malty aspect to this beer. It's sweet, but really doesn't do much to curtail the hop assault. That's the most interesting aspect of this beer. Another fine compliment...alcohol is not noticeable at all. It finishes dry and very bitter.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's medium bodied, but barely. The mouthfeel feels just a tad thin. The carbonation seems to be low, which helps. But, honestly, it's difficult to tell with the hops working as hard as they are. Drinkability is pretty high (for me). I'm really enjoying this one. It's damn bitter...just the way I like it.

Hoppin' Frog did an excellent job with Mean Manalishi. Personally, I really like the aggressive character of this beer...or should I say aggressive hops? Frankly, they're one and the same. If you're a hophead, find a bottle. You won't regret it.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.37/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a sunburned rusty-reddish brown, about as red as I've seen on a double IPA. A hard pour produces a bubbly, cream head, but it thins quickly.

Aroma is an explosion of grapefruit, maybe a hint of mint, and definitely some gooey sweet caramel backup, but it's really just two big-ass grapefruits stuck up both nostrils. You better love hops if your rasslin' with this.

When I run this stuff over my tongue, I have to think about that name, "Mean Manalishi". It's mean, all right. Pretty sure it's a reference to the Fleetwood Mac song "Green Manalishi" (which was covered superbly by both Judas Priest and Melvins). Whether that's the case or not, the hops here are as sharp as the proverbial "two-pronged crown". Ouch. There seemed to be plenty of caramel-like malty sweetness in the aroma, but it takes on a mild presence amidst all the hops. Prickly, piny, resiny, beyond-bitter hops. Dry finish will pucker you up and demand you drink more quickly, so watch it. Ghostlike toffee comes through in that dry finish, but still your ass is riding a cactus of pungent hops. End of story, really.

Adding to the prickly bitterness is a fairly prickly texture...not quite as creamy as I would've liked, but that's probably the insane 168 IBUs vs. the polite malt presence talking. Enough oiliness and thickness for sure, but I would've taken a wimpy 128 IBUs if it meant a creamier mouthfeel.

Feels utterly drinkable to me. I've come to revere this great American style quite a bit, and yeah, it's ridiculously loaded with hops. But the ABV isn't insane, and it is what it is. I like how people are all about extreme beer but then complain that something like Mean Manalishi is too much. You were expecting, what exactly? It's a niche beer. It's a crazy beer. It's great. Have fun with it.

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Photo of nrbw23
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours golden amber with a white head that leaves a layer of bubbles on top and a nice layer of lacing. This brew has more sediment and particles floating than I've ever seen.

S- Tons of hops especially grapefruit and floral hops. That's about it really almost burning your nose hops.

T- Really hoppy and bitter maybe even a little spice in there.

M- About right on for other DIPA's.

D- Its good if your a hop head but I think only one of these at a time though. A nice brew.

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 640 ratings.
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