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Hop Heathen | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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4.08/5
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247 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by VncentLIFE on 04-15-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#3,025
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
247
pDev:
9.31%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
30
Gots:
23
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 247 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of Stengelfoot
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
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 West_Chester_Ale_Tester
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JohnBender
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NMA
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sparx1100
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beef_Curtains
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopsputin
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
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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4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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 sposter4
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JMS1512
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Amalak
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
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 Sweffin
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 gratefulbeerhead
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of laketang
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +9.8%
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 WaterFurnace
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HollyHops
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of InfernoBoss
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Eziel
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Peter1977
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 247 ratings
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