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:
Explore the extremes of hops, and experience all of their bitterness, flavor and aroma with this Double I.P.A. An extreme, super-assertive and satisfying amount of American hop character is balanced with a toasty, caramelized, intense malt presence.

Added by klewis on 07-03-2007

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Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
1.97/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz bomber poured into a wine glass.

A- Deep dark orange hue, very clear, just a bit of visible carbonation. Slightly under a one finger head, sticks around and leaves good webby lacing.

S- Lemon zest, apples, and biscuit. Get a faint note of pepper as well. It doesn't smell bad, but not how a DIPA should smell, imo of course.

T- Apple is the dominate flavor I'm getting, with a strong hint of lemons. Aftertaste is reminiscent of band-aids. Bit of biscuity malt. It is pretty bitter but not as bitter as I would suspect for 168IBU's.

M- Mouthfeel is light, borderline watery.

O- I obviously got an old bottle, and at 12.99$ a bomber it wasn't worth it at all. I had to drain pour this one, just not something I wanted to finish. I will not buy again unless Hoppin Frog starts putting "bottled on" labels.

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Photo of Swim424
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my terrapin cask ale pint glass.

A-very deep orange/red/amber color. very nice 2-3 finger head that dissapated very slowly. looks pretty delicious.

S-HOPPY. smelled very exciting. cant wait to taste this one. smells and looks great. smells of some grapefruit and maybe a jumble of other similar fruits mixed with some hops.

T-hops. definitly some malts. i wouldnt say the hops were extremely bitter. i wouldnt give it a 168 ibu. but does mostly taste of hops. maybe some slight fruityness.

MF- not bad. some creaminess to it. thick. not sure how to describe it but it sort of has a full feeling to it.

O-its alright. nothing exceptional. I have had many IPAs better than this. But at the same time I have had some worse. I would prefer this over any macro. But this was a bit over priced. Very glad I tried this though just for the experience.

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Photo of WesWes
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark golden amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great! It has an awesome hop nose; bold, bitter, and full of citrus character. The malt bill provides adequate complexity and balance. The taste is good. It has a smooth pale malt flavor as well as damn fine hop taste. It's incredibly hoppy, but overly bitter. It goes down quick with no alcohol warmth at all. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very good DIPA. It's easy drinking and full flavored; a true hop lovers delight.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We pour a brew of dirty copper. It holds a two finger head of tannish bubbles that are of variable sizes, the topmost layer being the biggest and stickiest. As they slowly recede patterned lacing is left intermittently around the glass. Translucency is low, as a deep haze permeates the liquid. No sediment is noted otherwise. Carbonation appears to be average. The aroma is bright with soapy hops. There are notes of grassy bitterness and an earthy metallic bite to them as well. The malts, as advertised, are deep, roasty, and caramelized. They have the slightest charcoal character, but really are more brown sugary and lofty with diacetyls. There is also a band-aid/medicinal quality, but this can be attributed back to the hops. The yeast is bready and has a bit of spice, making the nostrils sing a bit on the way back. As we sip, a sweeter caramel malt hits up front. These predominate until the middle of the flavoring where they morph into a bitter darker roasted malt. Here is where the hops really start to pick up, and at their peak they exhibit a further degree of bitterness and a good deal of soapiness. This quickly mellows out to a smoother finish, with a nice balance of those deep and bitter malts, with those spicy, soapy hops. The aftertaste breathes with a peachy fruitiness, a strong black tea tannin-like flavor, bittering and soapy hops, and some sickly sweet booze. The body is medium to full and the carbonation is lighter. The feel with each swig is with significant slurp and slosh. This stems from creaminess imparted by the well retained head. The mouth is ultimately left on the drier side due to the tannin quality and the bitter action from the hops. The abv is appropriate and the beer drinks easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed best about this brew was the spicy and hoppy nose. The hops were certainly bright enough to justify this being classified as it is, but there was also a surprisingly pleasant warming from some sweet malts used. This made room for a nice balance, and was subsequently noted in the flavoring. While this was appreciated, and very much what it seemed like the brewers were going for, it made for a robust flavoring that, at times, took over for the hoppiness that this IPA should have exhibited more strongly.

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Photo of huhl23
2.93/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a DFH snifter. Good appearance, like a DIPA should look. Two finger head that goes down but lasts the life of the beer. Holy bitterness. Tastes like I just stuck some hops in my mouth. WTF? Can't even really taste the beer cuz it's so damn bitter. 168 IBU's. Might be a few too many Hoppin Frog. I appreciate the over the top approach but for me this doesn't work.

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Photo of tripelhops
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a tulip glass, color is a brownish copper, puffy tan colored head lingers and bit then drops leaving great lacing on the sides of the glass. The aroma is piney, with a touch of citrus, the flavor is plenty bitter, some caramel malt sweetness, then a almost grass like or vegetal flavor as it goes down my throat, and tinge of alcohol. I'm glad to have tried it but it's not one I'd seek out again.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - A hazy amber orange body with a quickly dieing head that leaves some lace.

S - A big nose of Citrus and tropical fruits that all jump around together.

T & M & D - A big hop bomb with tons of citrus and tropical fruit notes all over the place. The malt backbone is subtle but resiliant. Big bold flavors with some spice bitterness on the end. The mouth is medium bodied that plays with heavy and it is definately a palate buster.

O - Lots of good big bold flavors, but they can get a little confusing on the palate at times. A good representation of a big DIPA!


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Photo of raznug
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep orangeish red with some sediment. An inch of tight off white head lingers quite a while after pour and into several drinks. The Belgian lacing on this beer sticks around better than any beer I have had in quite some time.
Smell: Getting a mixture of citrus grass and floral hops in the aroma.
Taste: I get delicious hop bitterness right up front and it lingers well into the next sip. I taste grassy and piney notes with that sticky hop resin that hops heads crave. I could go for a few more hops being a double IPA but it is enough to make me wanting more.
Mouthfeel: That hop resin makes the flavor stick to the palate nicely. It drinks like a double IPA should.

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Photo of riored4v
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 5/20/11

Poured in to a tulip. 1.5 finger, thick, rocky, off-white head. Some good lacing. Clear, amber body.

Smell was floral and citrusy. Some light spicey hop aroma with a good malt sweetness. Pretty unique in that it doesnt smell like most DIPAs.

Taste had floral notes again. Some earthy and spicey flavors with a light citrus appearance. Some very strong bitterness in the finish that lingers on your tongue. Some light caramel with mild sweetness in the middle. Not your typical flavor profile. Lingering resinous hop bitterness. Touch of toasty malts.

Mouthfeel had a medium/light body with good carbonation. Dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Interesting flavor profile with some strong hop bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of generalnotsew
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Very dark and dank mahogany in color but I had to pour pretty hard to get a good head. No audible hiss when I opened the bottle. Hopefully not undercarbonated. Smell is piney, earthy, woody, resiny, caramel, tropical notes and bitter. Has the smell of a barleywine. A little underwhelming compared to a fresh Bigfoot though. Very harsh bitterness. Kind of a very faint sweet maltiness backing it up. I am not really getting anything else other than harsh bitterness. There really isn't any flavor backing it up. And yes it is a bit undercarbonated. Not much heat thought which is a plus. Overall I think I am going to have to pour this out and get something I actually want to drink right now. This isn't doing it for me.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Purchased at Knightly Spirits OBT, Orlando, FL.

No freshness date. 22oz brown glass pry-top bottle. Pours with a lot of head over a hazy brown body. First smell makes me think it might be old (But without a fucking date, who knows right?!). A ton of malt character for a double IPA...which is right for this beer after reading the label. Good amount of bitterness but its mitigated by the caramel malt that is overpowering in my opinion. Not a fan. I will continue to recommend their dark beers but never this.

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Photo of rbd13
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep burnt amber color, two finger head quickly disappears. Smells of sweet alcohol.
Bitter hops and tons of caramel flavor, some earthy dark fruit too.
Medium body and light carbonation,
Some alcohol heat and caramel malt linger after the finish.

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Photo of imbibehour
2.8/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

Barely a one finger off white head forms on the pour that is kind of soapy. Body color is a simple amber and clear but there is no visible carbonation at all on this from the bottom. This looks like a small head, a decent color, but also kind of lifeless. Head as small as it is settles in for a small puck and collar though, with virtually no lacing. But this beer doesn't even move it looks dead.

Hop character on the nose of a muted citrus grapefruit, a little grassy but this seems rather small for a double imperial. There seems to be something else here too maybe a little butter like diacetyl. Still alright.

One sip and it's pure bitterness. Where is the fruit sensation this just feels like pure astringency. It also has a finish that feels completely burnt. Mouthfeel seems a little lifeless also and very wet. Nothing but bitterness that just takes over, just not good.

Overall this is just way too bitter for me and I get a just bitter hop bomb, nothing spicy/floral/citrus/sweet and a wet finish. Ugh wetness and bitterness just not good. Even after sitting and not drinking, my tongue feels like it is on fire, this is not fun even for someone like me who enjoys a nice flavorful spice kick, but this is not it. Bitter palate destroying beer, pass.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. I didnt see a bottled on or bb date available on the bottle.

A- Pours a nice amber color, transparent, a light tan to white colored head that fades very quickly. A few carbonation bubbles but nothing much.

S- Sugary and malty for an Imperial, IMO im a bigger fan of IPA's that hold nothing back on hops and leave the malt notes behind. There is a hop presence but it is hidden behind what seems to be a complex smell. I know this has a pretty high IBU (168) but i guess i just seem to get more out of Founders Double Trouble when im looking for a good IIPA.

T- Full feeling and flavorful. It makes up for the smell in taste alone. Im not saying this is bringing this brew to an A rating but it def. improves what was wrong with this brew in smell alone. Complex with noticeable notes of caramel and grain, roasted malts and hops. I get more hops in taste than i do in smell easily.

M- Dry finish. Goes down a little heavy, it just seems to be unbalanced in a few areas. I dont mind this brew if it were available in sixers or at least a little more reasonably priced, but when im putting down $12 for a 22oz. i guess i was expecting an all out hop bomb.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold into a goblet.

The Mean Manalishi is a beatiful redish amber color with surprisingly good clarity for something so hoppy. The creamy head is slow to form but has good retention. First impression is that it doesn't look like the style it claims to be.

The aroma is pleasantly hoppy, abundantly so, and really fresh too. Lots of big grapefruit and orange zest. It smells just like taking a sniff of these fruits which is something I've never expereienced in a beer.

The flavor is huge and intense, just as expected, and shockingly bitter. The citrus is still there but now overlaid with pine needles and fresh grass. They must have thrown every hop they had at this beer. The malts are strong as well and impart a nice sweetness but it just isn't enough to even come close to balancing out.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated for the style. The alcohol is pretty dominant but the hops may accentuate it.

The 168 IBUs may be overkill, to say the least. This isn't a beer that sneaks up on you, it karate chops you in the face. What's unique is that it smells and tastes like a trip to the produce section of your grocery store.

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Photo of Domingo
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been a long time fan of Hoppin' Frog and I'm glad to see they're now in my area. DIPA's can be hit and miss, so hopefully this is a solid one.
Pours a deep reddish color - definitely more scarlet toned than almost any other I've had recently. However it isn't too thick, and there is still a good amount of foam. Seems inviting to me.
This beer falls in an area that I enjoy. It's got big hops that range from tropical notes, peaches, grapefruit, with a grassy bitterness that I like. However there's also a caramel malty note that shows up and provides some needed character without becoming a syrupy sweet mess like some of the other overkill IBU beers can. It reminds me a little of a barleywine with the additional malt note, but make no mistake - the hops are big here.
Good stuff, and highly drinkable for something with roughly 170 IBU's and 8% alcohol.
HF has yet to let me down.

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Photo of zachary80
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Didn't see a date on the bottle. Purchased in Akron

Opaue amber body. Small white head, but great head on second pour. Perfect lacing

Super hoppy aroma, very citrusy. Very sweet too

Taste isn't as amazing. Strong bitterness that is pretty much balanced. Hop variety doesn't come through that much.

Good mouthfeel.

Overall decent. Wondering about the age. Not that impressive for a DIPA

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Photo of kscaldef
1.66/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

No head, slightly cloudy amber. Nose has citrus, pine, a hint of diacetyl and maybe banana(?). Very bitter and mouthcoating. Grassy taste and not much else. I generally like DIPA/IIPAs and there's nothing I'm enjoying about this. Drain pour. Wondering if this was a flawed bottle.

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Photo of mavbrew
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a deep amber color with a two finger thick, frothy, off white head that slowly dissipates leaving some nice lacing.

S: The smell has an intense hop scent to it with major fruit/citrus notes as well that just burst into the nose.

T: The taste is a little of a let down. Yes there are some serious bitters and a hint of caramel malts, but they aren't very balanced. The bitterness is the only real character in this beer. The fruity/citrusy scent disappears which is a let down. The finish is obviously bitter.

M: Medium bodied with tingly carbonation. The feel is very bitter throughout.

D: The smell of this beer really had me expecting something very good, instead I was a little disappointed. There is just nothing behind this beer, no real flavor and nothing that sets it apart from an average beer. I really like Hoppin' Frog's stouts, but I think, at least for now, I'll stick to them.

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Photo of veinless
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this extreme beer from Jesse13713 in a recent trade, and am probably most excited for it amongst all the awesome beers he sent. Thanks for hooking me up with so many hometown brews I haven't had Jesse!

Pours bright burnt orange with lots of red in it. It looks like maple syrup in terms of color, and has great clarity to go with a short-lived one-finger white head that shows no signs of life. No real bubbling and not even a fizzy nature for how quick it disappeared. Lace somehow forms spottily around the glass.

The smell is incredibly intense, with my nose feeling like it got stuck in a fleshy, sweet mango. Plenty of pine and resin behind the fruit, along with a citrus backbone of grapefruit that is not to be trifled with. Booze in the back seals the deal - I am intimidated to taste this (in a VERY good way).

Taste is a gradual hoppy takeover - it starts moderately sweet with plenty of caramel and stickiness, but then you feel your mouth beginning to lose it's stickiness as the bitterness rapidly sucks all the moisture out. Lots of tasty pine and citrus to go with a lesser version of the mango from earlier. The finish is fantastic, as it is very bitter and dry. This may sound unbalanced and unpleasant, but believe me it actually has a great deal of malt character to account for the 168 IBUs that everyone talks about. The finish even does possess a bit of sweetness to prevent the bitterness from becoming a chore to deal with sip after sip. Hops are definitely the star of the show though, and I think everyone knew that going in.

Mouthfeel is really variable and awesome, as the beer moves from sticky to dry in a very slow and steady manner. You can feel the change as it comes about if you just let the beer sit and swish it a bit in your mouth. Body is full and carbonation is better than the appearance would suggest. Finish might be a bit too intense, but I enjoy it thoroughly. Drinkability one would expect would suffer in a palate wrecker like this, but the balance is to be lauded. I especially love how they got the right amount of pine in the beer, as it stayed enjoyable through the whole bomber. I've had beers with way fewer IBUs that were unbalanced and too bitter; these guys did the big bitter thing right.

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Photo of perrymarcus
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | 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 someone cost-prohibitive.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Blind beer number 5 from sitarist.
I cracked it open and said-- "wow that smells hoppy!"
I grabbed my imperial pint glass.

Pours a deep orangey color with some reddish copper hints. There are some white chunks floating around in here, but it doesn't look bad! Huge sticky nearly white head leaves tremendous lacing in gorgeous rings. Very nice.

Smells hoppy. Very hoppy. I'm guessing DIPA already. Tangerines and oranges play heavy on the nose... Grapefruit is prominent as well.

The beer is relatively dry, despite the darker color. Very little malt character, which works to the advantage. This is, simply put, a delivery vehicle for hops. I like it. The hop notes are the same as expected-- big citrus with some pine in the finish-- it blends in to the massive and abrasive bitterness. I really like this beer.

The body is light and thin-- much thinner than I'd expect. It does NOT hurt the beer though, in fact it makes it exceedingly drinkable. It isn't very filling, but packs an intense flavor and bitterness. I like this a lot--- an despite what Ding says, I could happily drink this all night! (sessionable? Perhaps not, but only because I'd guess the ABV is around 9%.

I like this a lot. I would happily pick this up and drink it. The dryness really makes the hops sing. The body is light and prickly, excellent carbonation. Very solid all around.

----Reveals bottle to be: Hoppin Frog Mean Manalishi DIPA.

Wow. I've passed on this so many times because I was never sure if it was fresh! ABV is a solid 8.2%
this is a damn fine DIPA. Very pleased! Thanks to sitarist for the bottle!

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an odd DIPA for me. I'm assuming it's a fresh bottle, the store *just* got in the shipment..not even in the computer yet. It looks fine, like a smooth amber honey. Head is off-white, but more on the white side.

Aroma is sharp hops, earthy and piny with some orchard fruits. The oddness starts. I can't tell if the aroma is more from the hops (don't know the hop-bill) or from the malt. Seems a bit caramel-y, but not sweet....

And the flavors confuse me. The pine and earth are almost canceling out each other...but not quite. A citrus tinge hits, but then it's more of an apple cider taste in the back...without the sweetness. Perhaps apple skin..tannins if you will. Some resinousnessnessness. It's not a bad taste, just odd. And with the extreme bite on the end, I like it more.
Easy drinking for me.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.01/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to Duvel tulip. No freshness info was apparent.

A - Medium amber colour, translucent. Appears filtered. Small amount of white head.

S - Hops dominate the nose, especially up front. Citrus and floral notes. Sweet malts are present in the background but definitely the secondary flavour in the nose. Some caramel and toffee come through from the malts.

T - Tongue-twisting bitterness up front that dominates the palate throughout. Floral and some pine notes are present. There is a faint secondary malt backbone with some caramel and toffee notes that are hard to detect with the bitterness from the hops dominating.

M - Medium body; moderate carbonation.

D - VERY BITTER. I love hop-forward IPAs and this was even to bitter for me.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.1/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A bomber poured in flared glass.

A: cloudy orange color; abundant head, good carbonation; lacing nice
S: booming roses and hops
T: bitter and very hoppy--so hoppy it's soapy tasting; pine taste resonates throughout; flavor lingers forever
M: somewhat filmy

Overall, a powerful contribution, but out of balance.

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Mean Manalishi Double I.P.A. from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 642 ratings
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