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

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Photo of Hendry
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a fan of Peter Green, I can appreciate the spin on the moniker MEAN MANALISHI double IPA. The muscular and svelte frog on the bottle appears confident.

Pours a semi cloudy deep amber, small white head,average lacing.

From the description on the bottle I was expecting a hop bomb, but I smelled mostly sweet toasted malts with a touch of grapefruit rind & pith. They oversold the extreme hopiness factor on the label,but @ $13 for a 22 oz bomber, they have to sell something to get you to buy it.

Taste is overwhelmingly sweet toasted malts with prickly carbonation, and a dry bitter finish that was exceedingly average.

Mouthfeel was medium, and the lively carbonation has a bite to it, sweet malts coat the palate leaving you begging for the hops to kick in, but too little too late.

Overall, I'm glad I was offered a generous trade to acquire this bottle because I would be quite disappointed if I had dropped $13 for Mean Manalishi. Apparently the frog also has a large set of onions to be asking such a steep price, and I have to wonder how many repeat customers this pricey number will draw. Not bad, but tons of other great IIPA for far less money make this frog a turkey.

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Photo of parejkoj
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Light amber, nice lingering head. Haze as you approach sediment, plenty of yeast in suspension at the bottom of the bottle.

Smell: Expected more hop-derived aromas for a double IPA. There isn't anything pronounced, a bit of alcohol, a bit of resin and a bit of sweet malt. Would be nice to have more piney/citrus/resin aromas.

Taste: Not what I expected from a double IPA. Plenty of malt up front with decent bitterness at the end. Would be good to balance the malt a bit more or dry it out. I think drying it out would bring up the bitterness substantially.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Only problem would be noticeable alcohol that may be perceived as harsh to some people. Good carbonation, not overwhelming.

Overall: Pretty good. For a double IPA it could use more aromatics and a drier finish. But it's enjoyable. If you're someone who doesn't like floaty yeast chunks, keep in mind to leave behind the last bit of beer.

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Photo of Lledd
2.59/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

22oz served into pint glass

A: Dark amber/medium orange color. Half finger head receding quickly. Some, but little carbonation. <3.75>

S: Predominantly funk. Meh. There is some citrus and malt but its all behind this musty smell. <2.25>

T: Musty malt. Over bready maybe? Burnt caramel? Bready Caramel - that's it, thats the malt flavor. <2.5>

M: Not bad actually. Creamy and nicely carbonated. <3.75>

O: Weird and funky. Must bready malt dominates, hops have no citrus or pine and barely shine through whatever they were trying to do with the malts. It's like someone took a DIPA and shoved in molding biscuits and an old lady. <2.25>

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bomber into 34oz mug; slightly cloudy orange with less head than I was expecting. I poured rather carefully, expecting your usual massive IPA head, but my slow pour only yielded a one-finger head that dissipated relatively quickly. Smell is hops and flowers and citrus, as you'd expect. A bit more pungent than most. Taste is sweet and smooth upfront, hops come into the end and demolish the sweetness with bitter and spicy flavors that almost go up your nose. A bit spiky in mouthfeel due to the insane hops, but this is a great DIPA. It has character. It might not be very well balanced, but it's worth a try.

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Photo of morimech
2.73/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear amber color with one finger of head that quickly settled to a thin film. Moderate amount of spotty lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is a lot of caramel with just a slight hint of citrus. No sign of alcohol.

Underwhelming hop flavor for a DIPA. Still very bitter however. I get a lot of caramel with some citrus. Slightly warming alcohol in the finish.

Big bodied but a touch undercarbonated. Not sure better carbonation would of helped the flavor, but it would of added to its drinkability. Just feels a bit lifeless on the palate.

No bottle date on the bottle. Have to assume it is as the brewery intended as I bought it in a reputable store a few days earlier. My score is being generous. I will stick with Hoppin' Frog stouts from now on.

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

Bomber to pint glass. Would have used a snifter but didn't have one handy.

A: Deep copper, hazy, lots of sediment, thick, off-white sticky head.

S: Fairly malty aroma but the hops are there.

T: Rich caramel and bready malt, then the hops crash in. Lingering sweetness as well as astringency. Definitely on the sweeter end for the style, but I like that every now and then.

M: Moderate to heavy, somewhat syrupy and not overly carbonated.

O: I like this beer, I think it's a fine example of a DIPA, and would drink it again. I would probably not, however, buy it over Southern Tier Unearthly or Stone Ruination, both of which are at least as good and several dollars cheaper.

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Photo of MattSweatshirt
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into a snifter revealing a body that is a hazy orange going into some amber territory. The head is off white and sticks to the glass like crazy.

Lots of maltiness to this beer which I understand you need in a big IPA with so much hop character but a lack of a bottling date has me worried right off the bat. After a few min it is just too prevalent. Some slight grapefruit, orange, pineapple, and lime is buried beneath the malt. Not enough hop character though.

So much malt. Kinda kills this beer. I expect much more hoppiness in regards to bitterness with such a high IBU count on the bottle and flavor which people have posted reviews of good flavor. My bottle just lacks it. It does taste good but I only wish I could have this fresher. Slight citrus fruitiness and resinous pine buried beneath a mountain of caramel malt. Reminds me of the Emelisse Triple IPA in flavor. Malttt. And a touch of hop.

Its got a bigger body to it that is smooth and oily slick. The carbonation is there with some prickliness. While lacking in aroma and flavor the body of this makes it easier to drink while I sit in disappointment.

Succeeds more as a Barleywine…The messed up thing is the bottle was bought in Ohio around Xmas time and I drank it 1/4. Date your bottles breweries.

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

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Golden copper tanish yellow, foamy 1 inch head and tons of sticky lacing.

Smell - Grapefruit, orange, pineapple, caramel malts, grapes, spices, some alcohol, some lemon and floral notes, smells great.

Taste - Straight up caramel malt with pine and grapefruit hops. Lots of citric fruits are mix in as well, lemon, banana, pineapple. Added sweet sugars work well with the malts and bitter hops to taim down the bitterness this beer has. Slight warmth from the alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Tounge gets nailed with malts, hops and sugars. Palate gets more hops then malts, lots of sugars and spices.The finish is sweet, malty, and bittered.

Overall - A nice malty dipa. Much more like hercules from great divine, or even unearthy from southern tier, big malt upfront, but a ton of bitter hops also. Balanced well, pretty much eveything comes out, in a big way. Drinks pretty easy being just over 8%. A great malty dipa.

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

Amber color with very little head formation in tulip glass.

Heavy malt aroma with minimal hoppy citrus. Lots of caramel and hints of booze.

Heavy malt backbone. Too malty for my taste. Musty grapefruit rind bitterness. Just not enough floral or citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall this was a little disappointing. Too much malt character for a DIPA.

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Photo of mattcrill
3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Very light caramel and orange zest aromatics. No esters or alcohol heat detected.

Appearance: Cloudy amber pour with "floaties". Kind of scary. Thick tan head that retains well. Effervescence noted in the glass.

Flavor: Strong malt backbone with crystal malt and caramel flavors abounding. Off-set by firm earthy hop bitterness. Pithy lemon and orange rind bitterness round it out. Balance is nearly even and dangerously close to malty. Finish is clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. Carbonation bites the back of the palate. Slight alcohol heat.

Overall impression: Pretty heavy for an IPA but not quite American Barleywine either. Not sure I'll have this again but it was enjoyable once.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big grapefruit, pine resin, caramel, mango, orange rind, pineapple, floral, and herbal spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, caramel, pine, herbal, floral, grass, mango, pineapple, toast, and piney spiciness. Good amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, pineapple, caramel, toast, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance and complexity of flavors; with a nice bitterness/sweetness balance as well. Minimal cloying bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a farly creamy, slick and sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. Great hop flavor complexity and malt balance; very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.06/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a deep red with grapefruit with a big creamy white head. Aroma is huge grapefruits, orange peel, and piney hops on the nose. Lots of lacing. Flavor is a punch of bitter grapefruit on the tongue, some sweet malty backdrop, and a finish with just a hint of booze. Tastes similar to Maharaja but with more bite. Pine grapefruit notes dominate the flavor. An excellent DIPA and true to the style. I'm not really sure why this is so low on the ratings.

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Photo of rapidsequence
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. No date, but Erin bought it 3 weeks ago in Akron, so at least its from the source.

Appearance: Dark orange-amber. Big thick head fades into a nice dollop of cream. Beautiful lacing, just beautiful.

Smell: Sweet citrus and some more bitter, pithy grapefruit hops. There is a surprisingly healthy malty aroma with caramel and a little toast-- almost barleywine-esque.

Taste: Tasty, bitter citrus hops with bitterness lasting from the front to the back. Good balancing caramel malt flavor, but a bit sweeter and darker than I prefer for a DIPA. Again, a bit like a barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Its very soft and creamy, with a big resiny finish that helps dry out the sweetness a bit.

Overall: This is a pretty tasty beer. For the third time now, its a sweet, barleywine-like DIPA with significant bitter hoppiness. Good, but there are many better, especially for $10.99.

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

Pours amber-orange and clear with a minimal head, no lacing.

Smell is fairly non-descript. Slightly floral, but mostly devoid of much scent.

Changing directions 125 degrees, the taste is excellent. A juicy washing of resin and citrus pith hop, lightly balanced with a caramel malt. It's pleasantly bitter, with the hop bitterness lingering long. It's nice across the tongue. No sweetness, but very wet. Good amount of zing from the CO2 works with the hop bitterness. Medium firm body holds together.

Overall I got a little bit of trepidation reading some of the earlier reviews particularly from The Bros, but my experience was nothing like theirs. Manalishi doesn't seem over the top bitter and I have no idea where the 168 IBUs are hiding, but I find it less palate numbing than other high IBUS like 2011 or earlier Hoptimum or Ruination.

I think it's a tasty example of a DIPA and not aggressive on the ABV.

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Photo of microbrewlover
1.8/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This beer pours a dark brown with a three finger head which lasts a long time and lacing which stays on the glass throughout. That is the first and only thing good about this beer.

The smell is of hops and nothing else. I can not even tell if the hops are floral or citrus.

Oh my God, this is horrible, the hops are present but not tasty. I am not kidding when I tell you that this brew tastes like brown goo.

The mouthfeel is 'gooey'. Some hops cling to the tongue but they do not feel good.

I hate to say it but this is gross; avoid.

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

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

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

bomber served in a snifter.

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

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

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

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

originally reviewed: 03-14-2011

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

Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bottle.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: The smell has a mixture of citrus, floral and pine resin aromas from the hops.
T: Like the smell, the hops dominate the taste and flavors of pine resin seem to stand out in particular. Advertised as 168 IBUs, there is a high amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: Although this beer is very hoppy and bitter, it’s relatively drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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