Hop Heathen | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States | website

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by VncentLIFE on 04-15-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
64
Ratings:
245
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
18%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
22
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 64 | Ratings: 245
Reviews by feloniousmonk:
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3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppin' Frog Hop Heathen Imperial Black Ale, Hoppin' Frog Brewig Company, Akron, Ohio. Here comes the gobbledygook: "An uncivilized amount of American hop spiciness along with a chocolately malt mix of dark roasted flavors create this inventive and tasty new beer style! What you get is the best of both worlds, a flavorful brood of dark malt and satisfying, assertive American hops. Raise you glass in a toast--to the Hop Heathen within you!" Just one note: are they using word "brood" they way they think they are?

8.8% ABV, 83 OG, 70 IBU

Appearance: fully black, brown head, settles down in no time.

Aroma: Big, grassy hops leave up, out, and in your face, surrounded by dark, roasted malts.

Taste: Warm, roasty, bitter, sharp and strong. Citrus-y hops are fairly smothered by the dark malt. Oddly enough, the flavor starts out big, then peters out. There's just not much "there" there. Or, any "here" here. Another hoppier porter, but not quite hoppy enough, and the high alcohol starts to intrude.

Huh. There's nothing really wrong or bad out of this. It just doesn't do anything for me. The body is full, but the texture is too blase, and the mouthfeel nothing but dull.

A bit of a let-down, since I like the last Hoppin' Frog so well, but the next should be better. Will that be my next beer? It's an imperial stout, …maybe not...maybe for my nightcap...

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Photo of JW_WNC
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Marius
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
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 xdefeatsy
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of HeyYoMar
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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 rwilde
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep black with ruby mahogany brown highlights, forms a thick tan khaki head. Fine even lacing forms as it fades down, to the body. Aroma has earthy piney big hop accents, with dark roasted malts bringing out hints of caramel and dark coffee roasts. Hints of dark chocolate, herbal leaf and tobacco notes. Flavors are big roasted malts and herbal leafy hops combining nicely on the palate. Roasted malts, dark coffee, dark chocolate flavors combine with herbal leafy earthy hop bitterness, very nice cohesion here. Often times these black ales tend to clash a good bit. The mouthfeel is silky smooth with a bit of heat in the back end nice linger bitterness from the herbal hops, coexists with the the dark roasted malts just fine. Overall a big hoppy beer that will be well worth the investment if you come across the newest Ohio black ale I've seen on the market.

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Photo of 4lo
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zonian1
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of maximumu13
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got at the brewery while grabbing some 2012 BA Naked Evil

A: Pours a dark black with a light brown head

S: Super piney and resiny not sure what else could penetrate that smell

T: Starts off with the pine with a great transition to nice subtle roasted malt flavor and a nice finish, just a bit of bitterness at the very end of the flavor after its been swallowed

M: Light Im not sure what the mouthfeel is supposed to be for a black IPA but it doesn't negatively affect this beer

O: In words I think this beer seems unbalanced or disjointed but when I drink it I don't feel that way at all this is a great beer and definitely worth a try if you see it

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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
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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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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