Hop Heathen
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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American Black Ale
Ranked #34
Ranked #4,337
4.09 | pDev: 9.29%
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass.
A: pours a coffee black, spotty lacing, of white foam head, carbonation
S: roasted malt, sweet molasses, coffee,
M: medium body
T: dark smokey malt, molasses syrup, earthy hops, chocolate,
O: okay brew, muted flavors, good winter brew

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Photo of hopsputin
3.72/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a: dark, silky black color with a large 2 finger frothy off-white head

s: roasted malt, oak, pine bitterness, apricot, strawberry, and a hint of brown sugar

t: chocolate and pine upfront followed by some dank apricot. after that comes the roasted malt (and a little bit of bitterness from that), sweet caramel, and a little alcohol tinge

m: medium mouthfeel, but very light on the carbonation. personally i feel its a tad undercarbonated

o: i think this is good, not great. with regards, its lacking a bit on the 'stout' side of the style. a little more roasted malts would be nice, right now it seems to lean a bit too much towards IPA instead an even split. as mentioned also, i feel its a bit undercarbonated in the mouth. nothing offensive, however its just falls short on a few things

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Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

75cl bottle. Dark brown pour with a medium height tan head. Smells like caramel, pine, milk chocolate, milk coffee. Smooth mouthfeel with a very well balanced taste. Notes of milk chocolate, coffee, bitter hops, pine resin and some nice roasted malts in the aftertaste. Excellent.

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Photo of Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Holy mother did the weirdness on this one blow us away or what. It is in no way marketed as a weird brew, but it's totally over the top in that respect.

Understanding the Black IPAs are a rare style and very few breweries do them well, I'm not sure I can say this is good, or bad, as I've had so few good examples of the style. But I think this may be my second favorite Black IPA, far behind Cultrider, and way ahead of Project PAM.

Most recently on draft 2/15/16, Heathen pours a dark dark brown with a moderate to light frothy beige head.

Strawberries, lime, and maybe a little pine, citrus-themed floor cleaner come through on the nose with some nutty, caramel creamy malts supporting this total misfit of a bunch on the palate.

Now that I'm more of a hop head than I was in the past, this is a more acceptable format than I previously enjoyed, but this is hands down the weirdest beer Frog has ever made, and they've made some doozies.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 9.99/bomber ($ 0.454/oz) at Giant Eagle, Hermitage, PA
Aroma –roasted malt and some citrusy hops, lasts
Head small (< two cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring and partial frothy layer
Lacing fair – raggedy curtains with large gaps
Body – black, opaque, slight effervescence
Flavor – roasted malt, lightly bitter chocolate, hint of licorice, ends slightly bitter and citrusy
Palate medium, watery edging into creamy, soft carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4.25, Overall 4.25

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Photo of laketang
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours black with a thin rising yeast head

Hints of bitter chocolate and licorice and cigar ash

Dark chocolaty goodness on the tongue cocoa aftertaste that dissipated soon after

To me, a medium mouth feel with no bitter or prominent aftertaste

I,m still figuring out the black IPA,s, not having that citrus pinch, but rather that chocolaty molasses feel, but this is good, may I have another?

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Photo of GregHarold
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Dark, opaque brown body. Aroma is pine, roasted malt, chocolate and the flavor is grassy/pine hops and chocolate...malt comes in after. Bitter, but not overly so. It's a pretty nicely balanced example of a black IPA. Calls for slow sipping. Great with spicy food.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Haw River Farmhouse Ales teku glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves small clots behind.

S- Earthy, musty hop aroma with a solid roasty malt backbone.

T- Near seamless balance between the dark roasted malt and herbal hop profile. Bitterness is there but mellow while the roastiness complements it wonderfully. I get a little citric tang in the aftertaste but it's mainly an earthy component throughout. And the alcohol is superbly well-hidden.

M- Soft, creamy feel with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A very well-made black ale that goes down smooth, hides its strength well and exhibits powerful flavors. Very recommended.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque super dark brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thick rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa powder, char, and slight herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, char, earth, and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast and hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, but the mix of aromas I am getting is slightly better to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: deep brown, almost black; less than a 1 finger tan head that dissipated quickly to a thin ring around the edge; little lacing;

S: deeply roasted malt; some bittersweet chocolate; a little smokiness;

T: upfront, it follows the nose; from mid-palate on some coffee kicks in and at the finish, it's all coffee; some alcohol sweetness from mid-palate through the finish; low bitterness;

M: full bodied; moderate carbonation;

O: more malt that hops; I prefer the opposite;

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a black body with one finger head and has some minor lace. The aroma is mix of roasted and bready malts with some earthy, slightly citric hops. Smooth, even a little creamy at times, well-balanced as a minor citric hop profile blends with roasted malts and little bit of sweet malts (I get hints of caramel and chocolate after some sips). More malty than hoppy but this is one of the few Black IPAs that I have found that make the hops noticeable AND greatly employed by the beer's malty profile (not a malt/hop mess).

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Photo of superspak
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings around the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/grassy hops and balanced roasted malt sweetness; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, floral, grass, pine, and floral/roasted earthiness. Good amount of pine/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, orange zest, tangerine, citrus rind, dark chocolate, cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, light char, pine, floral, grass, and floral/roasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and robustness of citrus/pine hops and roasted malt sweetness; with a great roasted malt/hop flavor balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately creamy and fairly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an awesome imperial black IPA. All around great complexity and balance of citrus/pine hops and robust roasted malt flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of russpowell
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours an effervescent & chestnut tinged mahogany with a pinky of tan head. Stellar lacing 7 very nice head retention

S: Pineyness & woody hops, some peppery notes, a little roastyness

T: Carob, pineyness, dryness & a little grapefruit up front. Leafy hops mix with grapefruit pine, carob & faint roastyness as this warms, some grassy hops as well, faint figgy notes & a modicum of booze as well. There must be some chilles in here as well. Finishes piney, roasty, with a little chocolate, grapefruit & chille

MF: Chewy with slight carbonation, great balance, warming

I liked what they did here, loads of flavor & not a bad price for these guys. Drinks a little slow, due to heft & complexity; recommended

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Photo of msquared36
3.52/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Nearly black. Opaque. Moderate tan head with dense lacing.

Explosive juicy scent on the pour. In the glass, roasted malt and smoke are the predominant scents.

First few sips remind me more of a stout than an IPA. Carmel and roasted malt are up front with a lingering bitterness. Actually takes on the characteristics of an IPA as it warms, with a juicy crispness.

Very smooth with lite carbonation. The best of a DIPA or stout.

Nice beer. The smokiness of the smell may have a too strong effect on the beer overall, but it is certainly unique. Something I'd want to try again.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice American Black Ale. Pours a dense dark brown color into a pint glass. Light showing only at the bottom of the glass. Big tan head with good retention. Light bands of lacing on the glass.

Strong aroma of roasted malts and piney hops. The maltiness is somewhat stronger but a good inviting overall aroma.

Taste is roasted malts, chocolate and a vinuous aspect like the port wine flavor in some stouts. Nicely blended with piney and floral hops. A very flavorful beer.

Mouthfeel is very good as well. Rich and smooth. No hint of alcohol. A nice slow sipper.

Definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into 34oz mug; jet black with a moderately thick tan head that descends very slowly leaving dense lacing.
Smell is loads of piney hops, almost gin-like, over top of dark malt with notes of cocoa.
Taste is piney and spicy hops, with dark cocoa and dark bready malt.
Mouthfeel is medium, but smooth.
Overall, a good flavorful black IPA.

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Photo of BB1313
3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fresh 2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours black with subtle brown hues coming though; khaki head that eventually fades but leaves really nice retention and lacing. There's some sediment that shows up as you get towards the end of the bottle. The aromas start off pretty dank with lots of roasted chocolate malts. There are also hints of grapefruit and pine needles. The flavors are pretty bold and robust. Tons of dark chocolates along with the hops give this one a solid bitterness. Flavors aren't too sweet. Slightly soapy. Very earthy and leafy. More pine resin which really stands out as well. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and heavy, but still comes off as watery due to the low carbonation. It's still a very smooth drinking beer, despite feeling heavy at times. Alcohol goes unnoticed.

I'm glad Hoppin' Frog decided to brew this one again. It's a very good Imperial Black IPA. Well crafted. Recommended.

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Photo of Smokee
3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle to a tulip. An inch or so of light tan head over a very dark brown body. Smells of malt chocolate, prune, burnt butter(?)

Tastes chocolate coffee, less hoppy to me than others have mentioned(ill need to check the age). Very tasty but a slowish drinker(pretty hot on my back porch tonight so that may have something to do with it). Overall, very good variation on the style. Absolutely a black ale and not a black ipa(at least to me)

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a black color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: pine, citrus, and dark chocolate rise from the glass into the nose.

Taste: big malty profile here. Dark chocolates, pine, grapefruit, prunes, and a hearty bitterness create a nicely flavored ale. Alcohol is well hidden here too.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Overall: a slower sipping beer from the great flavor profile. Defintely worthy of a try from anyone who likes the style.

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Photo of methtlcai
4.37/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the first or second black IPA that I've had that holds a candle to Stone Sublimely Self-Righteous (the other being Alaskan, which was maybe a little too roasty). It's got a really hoppy IPA nose (you can't tell it's a black IPA with your eyes closed when you smell it), and the taste is well balanced between the roastiness and chocolate tones of the "black" and the juicy hops of the "IPA." Excellent.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A- pours pitch black, nearly opaque, with a small foamy light tan head that reduces to a small layer that retains long enought to leave some short lasting lace

S- dark chocolaty malt aroma stands out immediately with some roasted notes and a touch of toffee. Piney and herbal hop notes compliment, but the chocolaty malt takes center stage, very nice

T- chocolaty malt flavors follow the nose with dark chocolate, roasted notes and a touch of coffee. Notes of leafy and piney hops kicks in mid-palate, leading to some herbal and earthy notes. The finish is bitter and medicinal with more pine, leaving a dry roasty finish

M- medium-viscous mouthfeel with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel with a slightly warming finish

O- this drinks more like a hopped up porter. It's a style that's starting to grow on me and this is a solid example, lots of roasted malt with a big hop kick on the end. The medicinal flavors on the finish made it hard to finish the whole 22oz in one sitting.

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Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown to almost black with tan head in tulip.

Lots of toasted malt and chocolate in nose. Nice pine hoppiness also.

Taste follows smell well with lots of chocolate and pine. Sweet with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall this was really great.

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Photo of Ego
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

not quite a twix bar of height on the head (which fades at a decent pace), sticky lacing for sure, black but not impenetrable, not much else to say, it is a black ale after all

roasty and toasty with hints of hops, burnt birch bark smell mmm, some chocolate notes, the hops are bright pine and northwest ocean breeze, on the pour this smacks more of hops but let this puppy chill for a few minutes and enjoy a really nice roast aroma, this smells awesome ladies and gents

taste etc...
full mouthfeel without being heavy, the carbonation is prickly but fades nicely and properly, this drinks hoppier than the smell, unfortunately it mostly drowns out the roasty flavors, if this followed the nose I probably would have to move to vermont and marry this beer, but sadly.. this love story does not have a happy 16 candles ending, it arcs more like molly ringwald's career... the aftertaste is really nice but you pretty much just get hops up front.

this one misses the mark, it has some damn big hop power and ABV punch but it is a bit messy in the execution. the hops over power the roasty notes way too much. is this a bad beer? heck F no, worth checking out but for me this is a bit off balance to be a really good beer.

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Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An opaque black-brown color with a healthy light brown head and thick, serious lacing. The aroma brings an impressive deep coffee/licorice malt with herbal hop nuances. Uniquely outstanding. The flavor is no disappointment with lots more heavy licorice malt and floral/herbal complements. The hop quotient is not obvious but I believe it is working to create the unusual tastiness of this black ale. I do get some alcohol edges but it is not very distracting. It's medium-full bodied with a bit of a dry and ultimately satiny feel. Carbonation is modest but adequate. This is a big, beautiful creation, yet another triumph from the Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black as night, a very roasty version of the style. The taste is a range of roast, nutty, hop presence but not so IPA. A well balanced good range of roast malt, chocolate. Freshly ordered from Lueken. A different spin on this style that is normally more hop-centric.

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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 247 ratings