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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Added by klewis on 07-03-2007

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a super hazy dark amber orange color with huge stiff light orange head that fades slowly to sheets of lacing. What's going on with these reviews talking about a "clear" beverage???? As it warms up the head becomes more intense and it decomposes like an ice cream float. The smell has a sweet creamy malt character balanced nicely over a citrusy base. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied and creamy. Full flavored, thick and creamy with a sweet tangerine malty thing going on. The tangy hop after taste lingers really nicely. A really easy drinker. This isn't a complexity contest, just pure and simple kick ass Double it's best. The 8.2ABV will get you there. Super glad that i had the opportunity to try this one thanks to ampzilla!!! Highly Recommended!

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Photo of csmiley
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an amber / copper color. Head is off white and tops out at just under one inch. Retention is good. Lacing is also good. Looks a little ominous.

S - Aroma is an explosion of hops. Sweet fruity / citrus aromas in the front. Bubblegum in the middle. Tobaccco and wood in the end. There might be some caramel in the distant background but the hops overpower any other aromas.

T - Another explosion of hops. Grapefreuit, orange, tobacco, some earthy pine tones, grapefruit, grass, and the list goes on. There is a base malt somewhere in this beer but the hop flavors do not let anything else through (except for alcohol that is).

M - Full bodied with good carbonation. The amount of bitterness in the finish gives the kind of mouth pucker that ends up in a twisted / knarled face that only a mother could love.

D - Drinkability is about average. There is nothing in the beer to truly balance out the hops. Extreme hopheads would probably go for this one. I for one would probably opt for one of the other DIPA options out there.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very interesting looking DIPA before I even pour it from my 22oz bomber. Lots of sediment just waiting to get moved around in the bottom of this beer. The few bubbles that were visible in this beer, had a slow time pushing there way through this almost hop syrup. Almost reminds me of the empty brown 220z bombers I have on my shelf with liht shining through them, only in an amber sort of way. If you can visualize that. Not enough foam or head, or lacing for an IPA imho. The aroma is a citrus almost so complex, my nose can't comprhend it. Limes, lemons, rye, pine, and strong blend of grapfruit and orange juice concentrate with just a sweeter touch of pineapple and biscuits. WOW!! The ront of the sip is a great blend of hoppy and malty sweetness. Pineapple bread with its bitter citrus cousin grapefruit idleing in the back till the middle and the bitter finish. The alcohol starts to come in with more orange rinds and splash of lime juice. The palate is Is thick and resiny with a mix of hop het and alcofuel heat. Very interesting DIPA. Highly recommended!!

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Photo of luvND
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

P: 22 0z bomber
A: Cloudy orange, nice thick head with good retention and laces the glass
S: Lots of hop and citrus, just doesnt smell pleasing somehow though, like its forced
T: WOW, this is out of balance. I cant get any malt/sweet at all, its just all bitter.
M: A little too thin for style
D: My palate cant take more than one, heck, I could barely take the one
Notes: This is a good example of what happens when you just go balls to the wall on the hops and disregard the malt balance. Too much for me, felt forced for the sake of being "extreme"

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Photo of giblet
3.09/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured a copper color that was ok. excellent head that stayed throughout. good carbonation and good lacing through the drink. the smell is a very intense hop aroma. the taste is an overwhelimg hop experience. i love hops but this is too much even for me. it will take a couple of hours for me palate to recover.

maybe too much of a good thing.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of fitzy84
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this one in its 22 ounce bottle. Very, very thick looking double IPA. At first glance, it looked like something I would have to eat with a spoon. You really can't see through its very dark brown-orange-amber appearance. The head thinned away and left some creamy lacing, however. Pungent aromas of citrus, hops and grains. Has somewhat of sweetness to it but the ripeness is way too strong. The taste is like the smells: it has some potential and even some attractive qualities, but it does live up to its "mean" status. Way too bitter and sour with a over-riped fruit feel to it. The mouthfeel is way too heavy for a double IPA. This drink lacks a crisp resfreshingness and merely enhances the problems with it. Overall, its not too bad but its overtness in flavor and texture leaves this as a drink once kind of beer.

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Photo of Todd
2.49/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bomber split with the bro.

Pours a turbid, dark, leathery copper colored brew with tons of particles in suspension, and it's kind of freaky looking as it doesn't move. Great head though ... off-white, super creamy and sticky. But man, all of that sediment is kind of off-putting.

Pungent nose. Tons of fresh grapefruit, spice and herbal. Minty. Cheesy. Resiny as hell. Eye-watering. My eyes!

Smooth, medium-bodied on the palate with an intense smackdown of hops on the palate. Sharp citric acids, lemon, lime, big grapefruit, pine, grassy, coarse and resiny. Scorched leaves and ash. Some cheese and soap too. Super astringent. Puckering. As for the malts, there's a touch of caramel and bread, but it's pretty much stomped to death by the crazy and out of control hop presence. Finish is bone dry, bitter, rough and astringent.

I'm a hophead, but I think this is overkill. 168IBU. Why bother? That's past the human threshold. A waste of hops. There's absolutely no balance (yes, there can be balance within the style) and it's hard to get down the throat. It's like drinking a handful of hops dropped into a pint glass of brew, and anyone who has ever attempted this can attest that this is not overly pleasant.

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Photo of Jason
2.84/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz brown bomber.

The appearance is a tricky one, at one point my pint showed a clear reddish amber color but after about 8-10oz poured out the particles on the bottom of the bottle rushes into the rest of the liquid. Now its cloudy, nearly turbid with small bits of sediment that does not want to settle to the bottom of the glass. Half decent head retention.

Big pungent and sharp hoppy aroma of the rind from a fresh peeled grapfruit, spearmint and wild flowers with a hint of caramel malt in the back of the nose.

Sharp bitterness from the hops cuts deep, luckily it has a lot to cut through. Creamy full body with a solid maltiness that screams caramel and a little bit of toasted malt. All of the malt gets beat back down and the drying hop bitterness takes over. Grapefruit peel, tobacco and black tea from the hops. Finishes dry and overly bitter and astringent.

168 IBUs ... hmmm, your tasted buds can only handle about 80 IBUs so this is aiming for overkill and that is what it ends up being. Its so hoppy that it masks the mildly solvent alcohol for the most part. Keep the sediment out, tone down the bitterness and focus on more hop flavor and this would be a great DIPA. Great to try once but this ends up being a taste bud killer.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks go out to limesmut for this one.

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. No freshness dating of any kind. Amber in color with a slightly tanned head of about half finger size. Head dissipates at a quick pace and leaves just a skimming on the top of the beer.

Aroma is hoppy but not a super hop bomb. Orange and grapefruit aromas greet the nose immediately and are promptly followed by sweet caramel and toffee. Some alcohol in the nose as well as the beer slowly warms. Perhaps this one has lost some of its zing but who knows.

Taste was a bit underwhelming. Small hop bite but this one is more malty than hoppy. Slightly sweet on the tongue with bitterness in the back. Slightly alcoholic in taste.

Thin on the mouthfeel with a little too much sweetness for me. Overall, not bad, but I cant really recommend this one. Perhaps on draft it would be better but was a little disappointed with this bottle.

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Photo of brewdogmrb
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Manalishi starts the epic stink as soon as you open the bottle, and as you let it sit and drink it slowly over the course of an hour, it really develops into something interesting. A dark and beautiful amber color with a nice thick and quickly dissipating head reveals a brew with a syrupy mouthfeel which accompanies the malts. But of course, this brew is all about the enormous amounts of Hops, and this jam delivers a huge bouquet of stank grapefruits and some pine as well. Malty and sweet up front, hoppy all the way through, and lingering on the tongue, this is what I like in a DIPA -- complexity and extremity. I scored a few other Hoppin' Frog beers which I will definitely be writing up, and between my first Bell's last night and my first Hoppin' Frog tonight, my recent beer haul is already looking outrageous.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark color, almost amber/brown. Beautiful tight head on the top, nice lacing down the glass. Very malty on the nose with nice bittering hops, which last through the sip. Alcohol shines through as it warms. Full bodied taste with piney grapefruit flavors and stick malt, very chewy. An outstanding beer. I will reach for these more often. For those who don't know, Hoppin' Frog is a GREAT brewery!

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received from NLMartin in Week2 Powerball. Thank you!

Mean Manalishi pours a deep rusted amber hue with a big two fingers worth of off-white head. This beer also leaves very good lacing as well as a small blanket of head for the entire beer. It is hard to miss the loads of fresh hops in the nose with big scents of resinous pine and pink grapefruit with little malt coming through. The flavor profile is in your face the entire way on this beer and come through so much better than the nose. The resinous pine flavor comes out full force with subtle flavors of caramel and citrus fruit. The pine flavor is so intense and lasts until the very last sip of the beer. The mouthfeel is quite nice on this beer even with the intense bitterness from the hops, but overall is quite smooth with very little alcohol noticeable on the mouthfeel. The drinkablity for this hop-head is perfect and I would go for another one of these.

I really enjoyed this beer, and I can't wait to get my hands on more of it.

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

This one pours a deep dark copper color with great carbonation and nice lacing. Smell is a great balance of fresh, juicy, citrus hops and a caramel malt backbone. Taste continues in the same fashion. Great hop profile that is mouth watering and refreshing. I can't believe it's 168 IBU or whatever it states but they are definitely more present than the malt. Great balancing caramel sweetness and a hint of brown sugar. Little sweet for the style, though. Mouthfeel is good and bitter but adds a serious sweetness as well. Not a tongue number and doesn't have a dry finish. Like I said, this one will make your mouth water. While I do enjoy an IIPA that smacks me across the tongue with hops, this was a good change and a well done brew. Quite enjoyable, indeed.

Big thanks to DrJay for sending this my way!

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Photo of hero27
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle
8.2% abv
168 IBU's? are they kidding?...maybe not.

Pours a glowing amber..smooth sheet of tan lacing forms on-top.
Aroma is earthy caramel & some resiny hops.
Thick, buttery diactyl flavor up-front.. some soft biscuit malt flavor comes through after your tastebuds awake from the beating they just took from heavy toffee flavoring. There is some solid grapefruit-y hop bitterness here, but the medicinal caramel aspect wouldn't allow anything else to shine through in any significant way.
Texture is creamy but the residual malt sweetness can't let go of my tongue. ABV is felt but not easily distinguished in the flavor..drinkability is decent for a double IPA, but the overall appeal is a bit lost on me. While this is an acceptable offering from Hoppin' Frog, this is one imperial IPA that could use some remodeling.

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Photo of
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bottle

Cloudy, red/brown liquid. Modest, light tan head.

Scents of pine, citrus - Pine-Sol? - not in a bad way. Touch of caramel. Alcohol.

Bitter more than sweet, but there is a lot of malt in here. Crackery, some sweetness best described as toffee. Touch of alcohol. Salt? Touch of roast.

Medium plus body, slick. Low carbonation. Rather dry.

Not impressed by this one, better DIPAs out there. Hops could be bigger and malt presence could be turned down a bit.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.62/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Heck of a pick up from the sterling Sun Singer. This impressed from when I cracked open the bottle, bursting with rich, citrusy hops. Clear amber-bronze body that is a sight to behold is topped by two fingers of white froth. The lacing is tremendous, leaving curtains of lacing on the reliable DAB mug. A bit more durability on the froth would make this a five.

The nose is just that. Bursting forth right out of the cap, citrusy hops and caramel malt invade the nose. The smell of Mean Manalishi wreaks of DIPA--big, bold, citrusy, and durable. Outstanding nose.

I am usually loathe to score the nose higher than the taste for good beer, primarily because the two are so closely related. But here, the connection between mouthfeel and taste draws the taste score slightly downward from the smell--though it's rated primarily on its merits. The taste is excellent, without question. Lots of grapefruit, lemon, melon, and some orange peel combine with some caramel stickiness, though a bit less than I'd like. Complexity emerges, though more would push this over the top. I'm fond of the mouthfeel, but believe that the texture woudl be better served with some more caramel. That is, a bit more malt would fill up what is a very good, but sometimes slightly thin, taste and mouthfeel.

Still, this is a delight for hop lovers, who are not short-changed. This is an easy beer to love an thoroughly enjoy, and one of the better DIPAs, I've had in a while. Very delicious, I won't pass this by as I had so often before. Terrific.

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Bronze colored beer with thin off-white head. Excellent lacing given the 8.2%.

S - Sweet, citrusy hop smell. Also picked up a toasty malt hint.

T - Excellent. Sweet maltiness, biscuity, that is quickly ovecome by some nice bitter citrusy hops. Also hints of some pineiness.

M/D - Crisp edge to a very creamy feel. Excellent IIPA.

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Photo of thartman
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle, hazy, orange amber color, with a slight white head, which disapates rather quickly. Little carbonation, and definitely seeing some sea monkeys!

Huge bouquet of orange, lemon, and some pine, although its predominately citrus, with an underlying hint of caramel and malt.

Lots of flavor to savor, starts malty sweet, caramel, changing to orange and lemon, with lots of hop flavor, I'll guess simcoe hops, but not sure. Lingering orange peel ala Grand Marnier and caramel finish.

Medium-to-full bodied, smooth, not much carbonation, and quite sticky yet dry in nature, go figure. Very enjoyable and highly recommended! Nice rendition of a DIPA.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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Photo of Drewcifer
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy amber with a nice finger of fluffy off-white head.

The aroma is plenty of piney and cistrusy hops, grapefruit standing out.

Pretty well balanced for a DIPA, starts with a light toasted malt flavor, moving to the hops, mainly grapefruit. A bit on the sweeter side to start, but the bitterness begins to kick in halfway through the swig. Very slight alcohol taste, but is mostly covered by the hops.

A good medium bodied brew, middling carbonation, a slightly dry finish to it.

A very tasty, well-balanced brew that's above average for the style. Definitely something I'd drink again, but not necessarily something I'd drink more than a bomber of in a sitting.

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Photo of dholway
4.77/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Lightly cloudy, amber in color, with an off-white head that fades into a persistent foamy ring. The label claims that the beer rates 168 IBU (is there any way to independently verify this?), and this bomber has plenty of fragrant hops in its aroma. The resiny goodness of grapefruit zest and pine needles are present in abundance along with a definite hint of lychee fruit. The malts are there somewhere in a buttery background, but the hops are dominant. In the mouth, the malts make their presence known despite the intensity of the hops. The hops are fresh, biting, and delicious and are clearly the star of the show, but the malts keep it from being a solo performance. The aftertaste lingers in the form of a mouth-coating citrus zestiness well after the sip has made its way down the throat. The taste sticks around long enough to make you nod in approval at drinking such a fine brew, and as it fades, it reminds you that you can do it all again with the next sip. Highly drinkable and highly recommended.

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

Thanks goes out to lightindarkness for this brew.

Pours a very nice hazy dark golden orange color, nice carbonation, very nice two-finger creamy off-white head, lots and lots of sticky lacing and islands. The nose is hoppy, some malts, nice tones of citrus/pines, and some caramel. The taste has a nice sweetness to it, pretty hoppy, malty, nice touch of citrus/pines/caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an awesome DIPA, highly recommended.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bomber, no freshness info. Pours a nice warm shade of almond amber, kind of murky, under a pretty dark tan tiny bubble head and leaving gobs of fine and slippery lacing. Nice citric and resinous hoppy nose. Full flavor ale, plenty of hope bite, yet not over the top, malts well represented and providing a comforting blanket of smooth and dark toasty support. Nice stuff, well crafted. At $10.65 however (yeah I know I bought it in Massachusetts) I'd rather go for two bottles of something like Ruination...

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Photo of HopDerek
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep burnt sienna color with 1/2 inch of thick frothy tan and white head, average retention, sticky lacing. Smells of pine and citrus burst forth the entire time, with some peppercorn, sugar, some biscuit, and a slight alcohol presence mixed in. Taste starts off with toasted malt and biscuit mixed with oranges and grapefruit. Some sugary sweetness comes into play along with spicy hops and fresh pine needles with a nice alcohol warmth and a citrus rind finish. Medium in body and lower in carbonation. Smooth but chewy, sweet with lots of bitterness in the finish. A big hopbomb, with with a good balance in flavors and very easy to drink for its imperial nature.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

"Come sneakin' around tryin' to drive me mad
Bustin' in on my dreams making me see things I don't wanna see"

-The Green Manalishi (with a two-pronged crown)

mr. karm must be a fleetwood mac fan.

A- pours a thick hazy semi-translucent orange-amber-brown, starts dark right under the cap then lightens to nearly golden at the bottom. like a murky dark honey, it's topped with a subdued ecru-beige head that just screams that it's loaded with malt and hops. spitbubble lace forms in sheets and waves, and a constant pile of foam stays floating on the top.

S- smells brewery fresh, tons of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, passionfruit, and mandarin orange. tropical hops lead the way with some toasted caramel malt sweetness following close behind. a pronounced earthy resinous character seems to rise from this beer in a vapor and my eyes close half-way as i enter some sort of a hop dreamland. nice woodsy aromas also, like rich aromatic dried out herbs or high quality reefer. a somewhat rye-like tartness comes through also near the end this mean motha seems to round out all aspects of my aroma receptors.

A- very complex so i'll have to go through this in levels: at first a very spicy, earthy herb taste, like fresh pungent thyme crushed in the palm of my hand along with newly toasted malt. immediately following is that rye tartness and though doubtful, it wouldn't surprise me if rye was an ingredient the taste is so similar. next up (just when i say "168 ibu?") the intense bitterness kicks in with intense grapefruit peel and orange pith, unripe blood orange, sweet kumquat rind, and mandarin/clementine mixing in the back. the hop bill is incredibly citric and creates a very nice mix of bitter citrus flavors. woodsy bready flavors come out next, rounding out all the hop intensity into a manageable citrus/pine finish.

MF- rich and nearly full-bodied, the amount of malt and hops in this thing are entirely noticeable. seems like a magic nap elixir, as the hop's sedative qualities begin to take effect. viscous and oily at times, not in a bad way, it's not an alcohol dryness per-se, but a resinous plant astringent feel that dries the inside of my cheeks as i try to re-moisten them with more manalishi, but to no avail. perfect carbonation gives the feel of thick fermenting pineapple juice and the dryness makes this bomb ALMOST a thirst quencher, which i usually do not look for in imperials.

D- a little too drinkable. i don't know if that's a good or bad thing. it could get dangerous. equally perilous is that i now know that the freshest beer i've ever had is just 30 min away from my house. and in the near future, hopefully at my bar. for a double ipa, this one goes down way to easy.

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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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