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

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Photo of pwoods
4.83/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz. bomber, purchased at Jungle Jim's, poured into an imperial pint.

A: Very deep orange, almost on the bronze side. Glows hazy in the light. 2 1/2 fingers of strong rocky head with great retention. Nice lacing throughout. This is what a DIPA should look like.

S: Huge floral, citrus, and piny hops with just an edge of peppery zing. Grapefruit and some spicy phenols. Malts are at a nice level, bring in enough caramel and butteriness(lol?) to round things out. Nearly perfect.

T/M: So damn good. Bitterness is just perfect. Doesn't destroy you but does it's job. Hops are mostly juicy grapefruit and very crisp. Malts are just like the nose describes but adds a bit more depth with some buttery biscuit taste. Mouthfeel is a drinkable medium with a nice creaminess. Can be a bit sticky at times but nothing to really nit pick about. Finishes a comfortable dry with a bit of lasting bitterness.

D: As far as DIPAs go, this is about as drinkable as it gets. I'm so very happy this turned out better than their single IPA(though it wasn't terrible at all) and that it's readily available to me.

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

This DIPA pours a deep, luscious orange/copper with lighter golden/amber highlights. The light tan head holds well and leaves some nice uniform lace. Nothing spectacular, but I pretty sure nothing would have prepared my for the assault it would put on the rest of my senses....

I hadn't heard a lot about this brew and it didn't seem to have the kind of buzz that many of the other great IPA's and DIPA's did, however I would put it right up there with some of the best. In any case I was pleasantly surprised and taken off guard by how impressive it was.

Heavy pine and citrus are all over the nose. Sweet orange, grapefruit, and lots of caramel malt. Sticky, bitter hops are huge as well. Essentially candied fruit and mouthwatering hops.

Thick resinous hops; sticky and bitter. The hops contrast well with the tangy, juicy citrus fruits. Again orange and grapefruit. The malt backbone is very pronounced; toasty sweet grain. Bright, sweet and bitter. Its hard to balance something with such intense flavor components, but this brew manages it very well.

Full bodied but with a bright, crisp mouthfeel. Very bitter and slightly dry in the finish. Big and flavorful. Not terribly complex, but what this DIPA does, it does insanely well. It delivers one of the biggest doses of hops out there without focusing too heavily on satisfying only hard-core hop heads. An absolute must try. As I said, I put it up there with some of the best of the style.

Thick resinous hops smack you in the mouth

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Photo of kirok1999
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy mild copper with sticky white lacing.
Smells all of hops, tons of fresh grassy and citrus hops.
Taste is very hoppy yet nicely sweet from a generous amount of malts. Hops are very citrusy, grass and pine. The hops and malt sweetness fight it out on the palate. You win. This is thick and lush, sticky on the lips as well.
I really like drinking this, it's so smooth and tasty and worth the reasonable price that Hoppin Frog charges.

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

Dark amber color, slightly cloudy with a 1-2 finger head that sticks around while leaving its thick lace clinging to the glass.

Smells like someone just let go a hop bomb... woodsy, fruity, piney, citrusy hops, all of em packed in there. Theres a super-nice spicy woody earthiness when you get your nose down in there that makes me think saaz on steroids. Some sweetness and a bit of alcohol coming out also.

Intense hop layers interwoven with rich malt flavor. Can feel the thick hop oils almost like a wet-hopped IPA. Lots of woody earthiness with a deep sweet and spicy hop finish that is surprisingly well-balanced while still definitely being hop-dominant.

This stuff is awesome, way underrated- I think too many people want a completely "balanced" DIPA that, in my opinion, comes off as more of a hoppy barleywine- well, this will never be mistaken for a barleywine (partly due to smallish abv) and it rocks! Hop Heads rejoice!

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

Warmly glowing red-orange-bronze with turmeric colored trim. This is a beautiful DIPA that could easily be mistaken for an American barleywine. The densely creamy crown looks like orange-caramel mousse and also looks to be full of hop resins due to the impressive amount of glass coverage that has occured so far.

The aroma doesn't ease off the accelerator for one second. Although it's difficult to believe 168 IBUs, I suppose it is possible. In any case, the beer smells like it's chock-a-block full of both caramel malt and C-hops. I get tired of describing DIPAs noses as brown sugar, grapefruit, orange and pine, but that's what's in here. I think I'm gonna like this one.

Mean Manalishi walks a very fine line. On one side of the line is too much caramel malt and on the other is just short of too much caramel malt. To clarify, that's with respect to flavor, not body. Thankfully, it isn't anywhere near the gooey, sticky mess that some DIPAs tend to be.

In spite of the 'toasted bread slathered with melted caramel' flavor of the malt, the 'citrus pith on steroids' flavor of the hops is able to punch through with authority. While those competing (yet complementary) flavors go toe-to-toe, the sweetness of the former is no match for the scathing alpha acid bitterness of the latter. This stuff isn't called *Mean* Manalishi simply because it sounds cool. Which it does.

My wavering on the all-important taste score is now officially over. There's so much juicy, buzzsaw-like hop flavor in every mouthful that I don't know how the final score could ever have been in doubt. There's no question but that MM is Ohio's hoppiest beer. For once, the words 'extreme', 'assertive' and 'intense' aren't mere marketing malarky.

No alcohol is appreciated. I'm not sure how it could be given wall-to-wall hop resinousness. Drinkability is directly proportional to one's hopheadedness. This bomber is going to obliterate my taste buds for the remainder of the night, but that's a tradeoff that I'm more than willing to make.

The mouthfeel might be a fraction lighter than the style average. That isn't a negative in this case because it keeps things moving smartly along. This is a 'begs to be gulped' beer, not an 'asks to be sipped' beer. The fact that I wouldn't want it any lighter or any heavier is reason enough for the above score.

I continue to be delighted by the deliciousness coming out of Ohio's second best brewery. Mr. Karm creates big beer for big beer lovers and does it exceptionally well. I always make sure to grab a handful of Hoppin' Frog bombers when I get back to the Buckeye State. I might have to make it two handfuls this time. Mean Manalishi means business.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very still paprika color with a thin white film across the top of the body.

S: Wow. Smells of blackberry, raspberry, blueberry, mango, watermelon and some doughy thoughts.

T: Starts with berry, caramel and banana..really jammy. Whole lotta blueberry pie with copious other berries mixed in. A lot of depth in the DIPA which I’m totally digging. Some spritzy pine pricks the middle of the tongue offering even more depth. As it warms, the flavors emerge more voraciously. Low level bready malts exist but are really dominated by the berry flavors. Bitterness emerges towards the end, really shining at the back of the tongue. Finishes with lingering jam flavors as the bitterness gently fades.

M: Medium body with a soft mouthfeel.

D: Boy do I like unique beers…especially styles where cookie cutters are starting to take over. I can’t really compare this DIPA to any other on the market, really stands out. Its not the best DIPA on the market, but I appreciate its uniqueness.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours an amber/copper color with a very small white head. Not much head retention or lacing. Aroma is citrus and pine hops with a bit of malt. Taste is the same as the aroma, citrus and piney hops are the strongest thing I can taste, but some malt is there too. Mouthfeel/body is full, it feels chewy but also heavy. Drinkability is decent, it has good carbonation but there's also some alcohol heat that takes away from the drinkability. Not sure if I could drink more than a bomber of this at a time. Not a bad DIPA at all, I'd try this again in the future.

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

22oz bottle into a Stone IPA flute.

Pours a brilliant clear ruby red with a medium size foamy off-white head that left some very nice lacing down the glass. This is a great looking beer. Aroma is the fresh smell of hoppy citrus and pine with some deep underlying notes of sweet malt. Some slight heat also comes out as it warms.

Taste is a lip smacking fresh blend of citrus and resinous hops. This is nicely balanced by a beefy yet smooth caramel malt backbone. Hop bitterness lasts well into the end and mixes with some slight warming alcohol to provide a pleasant finish. Mouthfeel is a nice chewy medium body with good carbonation.

Wow, this is another stellar beer from Hoppin’ Frog, that was bordering on West Coast Double IPA territory at some points. Very nicely done, with a fantastic appearance, bold flavors, and a nice thick body while still remaining incredibly drinkable. It’s great to see a Double IPA this good coming out of the Midwest and now available in PA.

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Photo of benmiliron
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Paid $5 or so (I can't remember the exact price) direct from the brewery after a tour.

Really lovely crystal clear english mild brown color - brick red and chestnut. Nice foamy head that lasts. Smell is bowl-you-over hops. I mean, acidic, almost pungent hops. Very intense from the moment you crack open the bottle. Nice, but a bit too much.

Taste is overpowering hops. There is a malt backbone to this, but the hops are so dominant it's impossible to see much past them. Herbal, floral, vegetal. At 168 IBU's, this may be the most aggressively hopped beer I've had. The malt is actually quite sweet and would be a good interplay if it could get in front to compete with the hops. Alcohol is also prominent, hot at times.

Mouthfeel is thick. Good carbonation (low, soft bubble). Nice.

Too much hops for me, and I'm a hophead! Yikes. Up the OG or lower the IBU.

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Photo of LeftyBWS
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. brown bomber into a Sam Adams pint glass.
A: A lovely, glowing amber-copper color. A mildly vigorous pour yields an inch of bubbly but smooth off-white head that does stick around for a bit, despite being so thin. Plenty of carbonation visible, rising hastily from the bottom of the glass.
S: Great citrusy hop scent fills the nose and stays there. Hint of some sugars and more grassy/floral smells too. Mostly, just a citrus hop bomb assault on the nostrils, in a good way. Might seem pretty one-dimensional to some, but this is just what I'm looking for in a big IPA. Perhaps a noticeable alcohol scent at first, but this seems to tone down as the beer warms.
T: A nice tingly citrus taste at first, quite hoppy and fresh. There's more of a malt presence in the midtaste, but not too sweet. This fades pretty quickly, and the hoppiness comes back in full force in the finish, leaving a lip-smacking bitterness lingering in the mouth. Overall, a nice hop character with a tiny amount of malt backbone. Perhaps not a perfect 50-50 balance, but again, this is what I like in big IPAs.
M: Generally pretty good, but kinda dry in the finish, and with a noticeable alcohol warmth in the throat.
D: Not too bad. I'm enjoying this bomber's worth of beer, but I don't think I could handle any more. The 8+ % ABV is reasonable, but I can really taste and feel the alcohol in the finish.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two pint glasses. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Pours a cloudy orange-brown color with a bubbly light tan head.

S: Impressive aromas of citrus hops and sweet caramel malt. As it warms the hop aroma becomes decidedly more earthy and floral.

T: Citrus hops and caramel malt deliver a one two punch right from the get go. There's a bit of tart grapefruit and some toasted malt in there as well.

M: This one is pretty juicy and oily at first and then turns rather dry and astringent.

D: Excellent! This is my first experience with Hoppin' Frog and I'm quite impressed.

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

Acquired from nlmartin courtesy of Birthday Club 2, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright orange color with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with floral hops and fruity citrus with some caramelized malt.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness, then a strong citrus sweetness follows. The malt character is not too heavy, but is hearty enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, nice representation of style, I could certainly drink this beer for a long time. So far, after having this beer and BORIS The Crusher, it appears as though Hoppin’ Frog Brewery does the big beers very well.

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

This brew is a lightly hazed orange-amber color with a medium thick off-white head that dissipates steadily. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of fresh citrusy hops and pine. Full-bodied with a rich piney hops character and packed with floral notes, citrus and malt flavors. The finish is thoroughly hoppy and leaves a lingering aftertaste of sweet caramel malt. Overall a well-made and balanced IIPA.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I guess in the small population of currently existing reviews for this beer I'm gonna be the lowest. I poured it into a tumbler from the big Hoppin' Frog bottle, and lo it looked good. Dark amber color with a thick and wet looking head. The aroma was strong with hops, but you could tell it wasn't quite one-dimensional by the large malt base in the smell, kind of riding the DIPA side of the DIPA-Barleywine line. The taste had all the hops I could want, but left me a little disappointed with some off-flavor, a little sour milk or something. I've tasted a similar flavor in one of my homebrew batches, and couldn't drink them. Mean Manalishi only had a small amount of this negative flavor but it was enough to turn me off. If this was intentional (I doubt it) then I'm wrong to knock it. If not I'd recommend to try it from a later batch.

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Photo of jlh8643
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a imperial pint glass from a 22oz bomber with no dating on it. A small/thin beige head sits on top of a dark copper head. Excellent lacing is left behind. The usual NW citrus hops in the nose. Good malt backbone with hops hovering over it to the finish. A good DIPA.

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

Thanks to nlmartin for this one.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a surprising ruby amber hue with a one finger off-white head that quickly dies down to just about nothing. Stickiness is pretty minimal, but some here and there. Smell is a sweet citrus mix of pink grapefruit, mandarin orange, and lime. A good burst of pine is mixed in there as well with a tiny bit of caramel malt. Taste is much weaker than I had anticipated, but enjoyable. Starts off with a nice orange citrus flavor that is balanced out well with the caramel malt which is quite noticable midway through. Aftertaste is a bitter grapefruit that lasts. For 8.2% I can't detect much alcohol anywhere. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Love the drinkability of this one, goes down much easier than I had thought it would. Good balance and very enjoyable brew. Pick this one up if you get the chance.

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

Poured from the 22 oz Bomber into a pint glass. The pour produced a 1-1/2" light beige head over a mostly clear orange/copper colored beer. Thick lacing was left behind as the foam dwindled down to a THICK cap.

The smell was quite citrusy.... expect a HOP BOMB.

The taste was not as much of an assult that I expected.... actually it was quite nice. YES... this is a HOPPY beer with plenty of citrus. But there is nothing "MEAN MANALISHI" about this. The balance is definately tilted toward the hops. But there are also many other nuances that I get from this ale. A nice caramel sweetness shows through as well as some fruity tastes (maybe some apple?).

The mouthfeel is quite good. Appropriate carbonation level and a nice hoppy aftertaste.

Drinkability: This is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Pick some up if you can find it. I finished the bomber in short order.... and it left me craving another.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a nice head that leaves plenty of lace

Smell: Resinous aroma with plenty of grapefruit pith

Taste: Forget about the malt as the grapefruit flavors assault the taste buds from the get go; it just builds from there, with some pineapple and floral sweetness that appears at the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One wild DIPA for the hop heads; quite an achievement

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Photo of weeare138
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for opening this...
Appears a hazy, dark amber with a beige head that slowly fades into a mild film and collar. Spotty lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is yeasty, citrusy with notes of grapefruit, orange zest and pine.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with heavy dosings of citrus, along with flavors of vanilla and dough shining through.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, yeasty, citrusy, with a yeast filled, doughy finish.

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

Props to trep for the share.

Into the oversized wine glass pours a dark, cloudy amber body. A fluffy, tan head looms above, is well retained, and leaves some nice lacing. The aroma is flat-out amazing. Piney hops collide with tons of sweet fruity notes: pear, pineapple, mango, grapefruit, and banana. A nice malty balance is present, too.

The taste has a lotta' hops. Carmel and sweet citrus dominate the rest of the flavor. There's not much of a balance to it, however, as the malts are pushed aside. A big time bitterness slams the palate, but other than that, the mouthfeel wasn't much to write home about. This is surely a great offering from Hoppin' Frog, yet I think that, given the chance, I'd have to go for their good ole' standard IPA (or BORIS...mmm).

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle pours a hazy rusty orange/brown body with a medium beige head. Nice lacing. Aroma is sharp and pungent leafy hops. Citrus rind and pine, with a faint hint of burnt caramel. Medium body with plenty of carbonation and some oily hop resin. Taste is all about the hops. Pine, grapefruit, and citrus rind. Resinous hop bitterness from start to finish. Just a vague hint of malt sweetness. Bet there are plenty of IBU's in this one. A hop monster for the hopheads. A bit over the top for me.

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

Pours a pure bronze with a couple fingers of white head. SMACK! Full piney hops, citrus rind and grapefruit in the nose. SMACK! Taste is huge. Juicy hops, big grapefruit, rind, orange and perhaps a hint of spice. Malt is not even a backbone. If you want balance, take that weak stuff somewhere else. This is meant to be a big bad DIPA. Some pineapple shows up as it warms. Feels medium in the mouth with a puckering bitter finish that lingers on the tongue well after the sip. No A.B.V. shows up anywhere. Im a hophead through and though. Im puckering in delight with every sip.

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

Pours a dark ruby red with a creamy tan head that quickly disappears. Smell is some pine notes along with the caramel malt that is advertised. Some citrus type flavors are present in the aroma as well. Taste is smooth with the sweet malty coming directly after some floral and pine hops. Slightly higher than normal carbonation here with a warming presence as well. I enjoyed this offering from another fine Ohio brewery. Keep up the great work.

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Photo of chimney
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pour with a good amount of head that quickly settled to about a .5 to 1 cm ring. body is a nice orange, red, amber mix.

S: even as pouring there was a STRONG bitter citrus, like grapefruit, smell way before i truely "smelled" the bier.

T: for as strong as the hops smell started, it was surprisingly well balanced and smooth nice a nice hoppy punch that built and lingered at the end. there is a nice hit of alcohol half way through at the back of the throat and up into the nose.

M: starts very creamy and slowly changes to a nice subtle dryness to go with the lingering hops punch.

D: with the nice creamy start it's very easy to drink if you enjoy the strong, but well balanced and thought out, hoppiness of the american double I.P.A.

fred has come up with another wonderful big bier that is worth enjoying

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Photo of cooncat
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sample from a 22 oz. bomber and decanted into a Ruination pint glass. No date on bottle, but I'm assuming fresh, as I purchased the bottle at a location close to the brewery.

A vigorous pour produces a copper colored brew, with a foamy one inch head. Impressive. As the glass is consumed, splotches of lacing crop up around the glass.

The nose is one of grassy and piney hops. It's not a huge nose, particularly in light of the reported 168 IBUs listed on the side of the bottle. I will say that you can't pick out much of anything else in the nose, with all those hops!

The taste - whoa! If you're a hop head, this brew's got your name on it! HUGE grassy and pine hope notes! Amazing hop flavor. As the brew warmed, I swirled it on the back of my palate ... three times ... and I finally got the sweet caramel taste of malt, which holds this monster together. You will have to wait for the beer to warm if you want to taste the malt backbone, but it is there, and sweet. Mouthfeel starts medium and goes to medium full as the beer warms. Don't be afraid to let this one warm up a bit in your glass .. it only gets better and more complex.

Finish is dry and hop laden. By this time, it is warm enough for the caramel malt sweetness to keep the finish from being brutal in dryness. Big hop burps follow the finish, reminding you of your experience. The 8.2% ABV is well hidden, but not to be dismissed. This is a huge beer, which one should savor and enjoy responsibly. The perfect end to a pale ale or IPA session. Any robust foods would go well with this huge hop bomb. Recommended but not for the faint of heart!


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