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 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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Photo of derkfromwi
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz poured into Duvel glass

A: One finger light khaki head, that disappears fairly quickly. A bit hazy, amber color, pretty light amount of carbonation and lacing, though present

S: Some decent hops, earthy, but maybe a bit too piney

T: Bitter, with a touch of sweetness. Like the nose, maybe a bit too piney and bitter taking away from the malts

M: Medium bodied, low carbonation, smooth

O: A good IIPA, but just dosen't quite stand up to some other Double IPA's in the great lakes area

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

Expensive bomber. Assuming it is fresh because it launched in WI a month ago.

It pours a hazy cidre brown with little bits of presumably yeast suspended within. The head is foamy and off-white and leaves a bit of lacing.

The smell is decent but I smell a bit of summit though that is not promising. Extremely resinous and dank, and almost cheesy. This tends to happen when you over-concentrate the wrong hop, or even any hop.

The flavor is better than anticipated. It has a melon flavor with a good piney bitterness. It is brewed with high alpha acid hops though, it has that almost pineapple element. The grapefruit is there which is nice. The malt is surprisingly good here it provides one of the better backing I have tasted in a non West-Coast DIPA.

Overall not my favorite but solid, just keep the summit (or whatever is similar to summit in this brew) out of it.

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Photo of oline73
3.27/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a finger of off white head that goes away completely.

Smell: Sweet from the strong malt backbone with an aggressive hop bitterness. There is a slightly odd earthy smell that I can't quite place.

Taste: Follows from the smell. There is a malty sweetness up front, but it gets covered up quickly by the intense hop bitterness. The flavor seems to be quite earthy with some citrus notes as well. The finish is bitter from the hops, but also from the alcohol. This one is a beast.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a mildly dry finish.

Overall: This is a really intense beer, the name fits. The bitterness in the finish seems like a run away truck. Could have been refined a bit. Not bad, but I don't need another.

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Photo of adman08
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours light amber with a hint of copper but lots of particles, I think the particles might be my fault for pouring too far near the bottom of the bottle. Lots of off-white foam that leaves some nice lacing.
S-Slightly sweet citrus aroma of grapefruit with hints of lemon and lime. Slightly grassy with a very light aroma of pine.
T-Hops all over but unlike some of the other reviews I don't think this is completely unbalanced. There is a small amount of caramel malt sweetness that cuts the hop bite a bit but really the hops mostly crush everything. Strong flavors of pine and grapefruit/citrus hops that end up creating a slightly soapy flavor.
M-Fairly light bodied, good carbonation and a slight alcohol burn...or is that just the hops?
Overall, not a terrible double IPA but it is just hop overkill. They easily could dial the hops back a bit and increase the malt a hair to get not only a more balanced beer but one with even a tad more alcohol.

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Photo of 2378GCGTG
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Copper/gold with large bubbles in the white colored head and good clingy lacing.

Nose: Piney and aromatic hops, malt, butter, and golden raisins.

Taste: Huge malt character with resinous hops that coat the mouth followed by ever present citrus flavors and pine, the finish is a bit of light fruits, like grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: Bitter bubbly front with a bit too much carbonation.

Overall: A good IPA though theres a bit too much carbonation and the hop character is more resinous than I'd like, tone it down a little, I wish there was a bit more complexity in the nose and taste and I think it's there, it's just covered by the excessive hops.

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

A- Clear amber Orange with hardly any head at all. Little visible carbonation.
S- A complex light malt character with what seems like some cinnamon. A light astringent hop presence. Fairly mild.
T- A good amount of bitterness upfront followed by a nice malt profile. The hop flavor isn't that strong, but its fairly astringent and citrusy. Grapefruit dominant. Some toasted caramel. This is a pretty balanced IPA, not as much of a hop bomb as I had expected.
M- Very bitter all around but fairly easy to drink, this isnt a huge DIPA. No alcohol taste or feel.
O- This isnt a bad DIPA but for 12$ a bottle I was expecting much more and am left disappointed.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked one of these up at the local store this morning after the B.O.R.I.S. I had last night was good.

A - Poured from brown 22oz bomber to pint glass. No freshness/bottling date. The guy at the store said it's the first one he's sold and he just got it so I'll assume its fresh. The beer pours a slightly hazy amber copper color with a nice 1 1/2 finger cream colored head. Decent retention and good lacing.

S - There is a strong hop character with some floral qualities but mostly earthen pine. There is also a sweetness from the caramel malts. No hint of alcohol. There is also an off aroma I can't quite describe but its almost like apple skin that still has some soap on it from washing...I am sure that doesn't make sense but that's what it smells like. Odd.

T - Just like the nose the beer starts with a strong bitterness and earthy pine hop tones. The caramel malt sweetness soon follows. The middle of the beer brings the taste to accompany the odd aroma. It tastes like the skin of an apple with some soap! It's not bad, though not normal - just odd. The beer finishes with the huge bitterness, apple flavor, and sweetness on the tongue. Its so bitter perhaps the apple flavor is there to mellow it out?

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to put down. Hides the alcohol well.

Overall, not really what I was expecting. Not bad but not earth shattering. The apple skin taste is odd. Glad to have tried it.

Edit: Ha, I hadn't read any of the other reviews prior to writing mine. I would agree with Mebuzzard - apples!

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 03-12-2011 21:47:08

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Photo of clayrock81
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish auburn more than reddish brown with greta two-finger head and lace patches. A sharp, pungent piney hop aroma with little else other than citric/grapefruit. The hops are TOO prevelant for this to be real enjoyable, piney, resin, soapy, whatever adjective you like the hops making killing here, but in doing so they drown out the nuances of citric, spice, grapefruit, although I get a note of something I can only describe as juicy (flavor, not saying wet hops)...and the caramel malt for sweetness and breadiness one gets for a fuller body are almost nonexistant and can only momentarily pop in. Add a alcohol bleeding into this and the finish is rather just cutting more than crisp or refreshing; a decent beer but not great.

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Photo of IronLover
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper orange in color with reddish hues and excellent clarity. Poured with a thick off-white foam that slowly reduced to a thick cap that left sheets of sticky lacings on the glass. A balance of ripe orange and pineapple aromas and sweet caramel malt. Pine hop and boozy aromas sneak in toward the end. Medium bodied with a bit of a syrupy feel, but with nice carbonation. Flavor is very similar to aroma. Ripe citrus orange and pineapple up front that quickly transition to heavy bitter pine flavors. A sweet malty backbone from beginning to end. Finishes with a strong floral and pine hop bitterness. Generally, flavors are intense, but unrefined.

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.77 out of 5 based on 636 ratings.
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