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Hop Heathen | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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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

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243
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4.11
pDev:
18%
 
 
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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. The bottle bears the now-familiar toasting frog, but this label has him grayed-out, rather than in color, with a black background that really makes this offering by Hoppin' Frog stand out compared to its other bottles. I wonder if the ale inside merits such special treatment!

Pours a dark, dark brown that is just a tinge of auburn away from being pure black. Starts with a good 1" head that reduces at a moderate pace, leaving tan lacing down the sides.

The smell is an interesting mix of piney hops and roasted chocolate malt. The chocholate malt gives this an almost coffee/mocha like aroma that overtakes the hoppiness as the brew sits.

Tastes phenomenal! The roasted malt gives this a thick, creamy taste that seemlesly melds into a piney hopped finish. Chocolate, everygreen, resin, and mild breadiness combine for a smooth, yet assertive taste. Finish is mildly bitter, but leaving the tongue somewhat dry. Coffee notes develop more as it warms, and while there are stout-like qualities to this brew, the hoppiness is more prominent, and the feel is a bit thinner. Almost more like a porter, but there is simply "more" here than you'd find in a typical porter.

Medium to full-bodied, this is smooth at the starts, with a sharper bite to finish.

An excellent brew, this is the second absolutely fabulous beer in a row I've had from Hoppin' Frog. Simply put, this small operation out of a warehouse in an industrial space outside Akron, Ohio is putting together some of the best beer to be found. Hop Heathen is a seasona/one-time release so far as I know, so absolutely grab it if you can. Still, if you can't, grab anything else you can find; you won't be disappointed!

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Photo of TriedandTrueBrew
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great Great Beer!

The taste is a rich and complex malt character that is beautifully balanced hop flavor and bitterness. If I had to be picky about one thing... I would love a little more hop character in the aroma, but that would be it.

Love this beer!!!

Cheers friends!

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.72/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my good buddy Aw Yeh for splitting this beer with me on such a pleasant, cool, summer night.

Appearance - The yellowish/brown yeast looks like dying stars in an otherwise brownish/black sky. As the brew settles, the yeast comes to a lonely standstill. Appears thick and chunky. Laces very nicely to the glass with a thin milky film over top.

Smell - Much sweeter of a scent than expected. Reminiscent of chocolate milk. The hops remain primarily under a thin cloak, though there bitterness seeps through a bit. Contains the chocolate-esque properties of a stout in the smell, which is surprising for it being a black ale. A lightly roasted oaky smell that is very pleasant.

Taste - Has many qualities that remind me of a lighter stout. The taste, though, is most certainly full-bodied and pact with succulent deliciousness. A nice, light strike of ethanol ignites flavors of oily chocolate milk, unsweetened dark chocolate, and faint hops. The bitterness of the hops is well-balanced with the rest of the woody chocolate notes.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Slightly oaky wood slides into a slightly syrupy intervention of bittersweet dark chocolate and hops. The hops grow more bitter the longer the beer sits on the tongue. This is definitely more of a dessert beer. It is the perfect balance between a stout and an IPA.

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Photo of AJStank
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Very dark. Head is light brown, starts out about a finger thick and retains a thin head throughout. Some lacing left behind.

S-Mmmm mmm! Roasted malts, chocolate dominate the aroma and then the hops come out to play. I'm getting a lot of pine as well as the citrus notes. Smells really great.

T-Just fantastic. Plenty of the roasted malt comes through with the chocolate on the back-end. Despite the 70 IBUs, the hops do not dominate the flavor and instead add just the right amount of spice to the flavor.

M-Smooth drinking, medium carbonation. Easy to drink even at 8.8%

O-So I might be a bit biased because I really like what Hoppin Frog does, but if you see this beer, try it! I'm fortunate enough to live 30 min. from the brewery and I had a hard time not stocking up on this one. Very impressed and I hope that they make this a mainstay in their lineup.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real solid three finger tan head, it's going nowhere, styrofoamy and stuck and solid with clumping lacing all around. Sits on a real dark walnut black to brown, with just a hint of red there too. Aggressive, real nice looking.

woah on the nose, this is ripping dirt and earth like hops, mixing with a great ripping coffee bean action. Dirt soil and fresh ground coffee, how fun is that! Smells more like coffee than beer.

Hit that palate and it's all that and a bag of chips. Creamy milky light bodied depth. Coffee richness with a malt milk body. Hop angle on the finish is a bit burried, but a mix of lots of milky chocolate, and burning coffee. Perhaps that long roast is being brought out with the bittering hop angle. There's a bit of lime astringency from perhaps hop character, but it hints of coffee acidic sourness more so.

Oh man this is really good. Seriously winning brew, big bold, without a heavy boozy quality. Flat out excellent! A java bean heads dream, and this from a Black IPA and not a stout. Stunning work!

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Photo of Beer_Runner
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No bottling date; but, purchase this about one week ago at the brewery.

A: An aggressive pour into a standard pint glass produced a about an eighth of a finger of head that is a dark mocha color and very dense. Although it was small, the head lasted through most of the glass and left a good lacing. The brew is a true black and is absolutely opaque.

S: The aroma is very robust and full of floral, citrus, and some pine, along with some dark roasted grain.

T: The taste is also a very robust balance of spicy and some earthy hops characteristics and a strong backbone of malted barley.

M: The feel is velvety smooth and almost creamy. It also has a body that is medium/heavy and very satisfying.

O: Outstanding all the way. This is a beer that mixes styles and succeeds in bringing out the best in both styles. This one has the hop elements of a great DIPA supported by an excellent black ale. These two characteristics work together to create a wonderful balance of robust and satisfying flavors. And, the mouthfeel of this beer is really good – very smooth. This beer is unique; and, it is definitely a “must try” for beer drinkers who admire outstanding craftsmanship and innovation in brewing.

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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 GregHarold
4.48/5  rDev +9%
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 Cyberkedi
4.48/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is both smoky and hoppy - got me doing a Pavlov’s dog - with hints of mocha and molasses. Pours a rich, deep sable a whisker above black with a fairly thick and fine-bubbled tan head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor - ooh, what flavor, crossing the best features of an IPA with the best features of a stout/porter. Hoppy, a little grassy, minimal bitterness, with notes of molasses, chocolate and quality coffee. Absolutely lip-smacking! Firm texture has a good amount of fizz. I love black ales, and I love hoppy beers, so the black IPA (an oxymoron, if you think about it) or Cascadian Black Ale is my fave.

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Photo of AwYeh
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a thick, dark brown/black with a half finger of quickly subsiding thin tan head. Reddish-brown highlights around the end of the glass, and some carbonation bubbles are visible on the very fringes of the glass. If not for the beer's relatively light viscosity, this could easily be mistaken for a big stout.

S: Definitely a black IPA; there are equal amounts of heavy, chocolate malts, and piny, resiny hops. The two mesh very well, and I'm really enjoying just smelling this one. A light mustiness comes in to add depth. Just about a slam dunk for the style, perfectly fits the cool summer night I'm drinking this one on.

T: Tastes much like a hopped-up, quality stout. Bittersweet chocolate malts introduce the flavor, which quickly segues into a full, piny bitterness. Touches of roasted malts, citrus, and earthy hops lend depth. Very tasty all around; I'm having trouble restraining myself from taking sips to get my review down. No hint of the alcohol in the flavor. The lingering, faint bittersweet finish makes this one extremely drinkable.

M: Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and extremely smooth. Nice dry finish– pretty rare for a beer with such heavy malt tones.

O: My attempts to nitpick and identify flaws in this beer failed– this one is extremely solid and well worth its fairly high cost. Absolutely recommended.

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Photo of Knapp85
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This looked impressive just by looking at the bottle. Grabbed on and opened it up later that night. This beer poured out as a really nice looking black color with a brown colored foamy head on top. The smell of the beer is damn near perfect... It's got a wonderful aroma of roasted chocolaty malts blended with the big lively hops that are used in there too. The taste is right up there with the nose. A stunning combo of hops mixed with dark malts for one of the most impressive and balanced black IPA's I've ever had. The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with a creamy body to it. Overall this beer is really good in my opinion. I am very impressed and I could enjoy this one again and again.

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Photo of nachos
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle
appearance: As i pour this I am reminded of the FBS i have been drinking recently, its not quite as thick, but it looks pretty dead on in appearance color wise and similar head and lacing. Very nice.

Smell: Again as I poured this I smelled coffee, it seriously reminded me of FBS, not quite as strong in the coffee department, but I can smell the coffee as well as roasty chocolate mixed with a nice piney hop smell.

Taste: So delicious, lots of chocolate, roast, and coffee mix really well with the piney hops, its a really nice balance.

Mouthfeel: Not as thick as a stout, but getting to that point, but it fits with the perfect blend of stout and ipa flavors.

Overall: This is the best dark ipa/american black ale I've had. I rank it better than Sublimely self righteous, Yakima Glory, Blacktop and heavy seas black cannon. I think Hop heathen achieves the perfect balance of including the darker flavors and allowing the hops to accentuate them while still being a big part of the experience. If I want an American black ale that is closer to a straight up IPA i'll have a sublimely self righteous or yakima glory. But, if I want a perfectly balanced brew that highlights the dark and the hops, then I'll have a hop heathen.

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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 Ozzylizard
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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 Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
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 SudSavant
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma 9/12
The aroma is not as strong as I would have hoped for considering that this brew utilizes some ingredients that are quite easily accessible to olfaction. Pine is readily present as is a grapefruit citrus, but otherwise fairly clean as far as hops go with the exception of a distant, peppery, spice note. As this beer warms the malts take over and they do a fine job. The dark roast is first and initially seems somewhat mild (relative for the style) until the cocoa aroma blends with it and brings a bit of toffee along for the ride. The three together are an excellent harmony. Granted, I'm on the tail end of a cold, so my sniffer might not be 100%, but I can still breathe rather well through my nose, so I assume everything is in working order. Boy! Do those cocoa and toffee scents really ratchet things up as the beer warms! Even the ABV shows up to play! Spectacular. I only wish it was a more powerful smell, because what they have here they should be proud of.

Appearance 3/3
All things appear to be black as night in this IBA, but when held to a window, the bottom of my glass revealed a nice coffee brown hue and even a ruby glint or two! Unexpected and welcome! The head is just over a finger high and the same creamy texture and tan shade you might find on top of a Guinness (ok, so initially it's more soapy). It leaves a little lacing on the way down and maintains a higher than average retention.

Flavor 19/20
You're given a brief warning shot of cocoa and toffee before being flooded with burnt, roasted malts and a resinous hop. It's a great combination that is bitter and means business, even if it is eventually cut with a lactose. In any case, they settle down a bit and allow other flavors to play their part. The resinous hops also show a piney note and the toffee comes in to sweeten the lot. The reprise of the toffee is gently brought in, as well as an occasional, very authentic grain note, like toasted whole wheat bread (you know, the good kind with the nuts in it). As it is held in the mouth the charred, bitter malts are primary, but now bring a strong, peppery spice with them that settles all over the surface of the tongue. The finish enjoys the strongest collaboration of the brew as the pepper, charred notes, prickly alcohol warmth, and hop bitter all come together at just the right time and the result is fantastic! All those flavors even allow for a bit of the hops' grapefruit to peek out and truly showcase the complexity of this beer. Can't say enough about this beer's finish! The aftertaste is bitter and in a way that is more char and less hops. It doesn't linger long though and I attribute that to the other hops characteristics present in this beer. Please ensure that you only drink (or serve) this beer lightly chilled. Even as this bottle warms, the beer as a whole becomes so much sweeter as the toffee and lactose sugars become increasingly bold.

Mouthfeel 5/5
I'd say that the carbonation is dead on for this brew, even down to the end of the bottle. I also enjoy a lot of the tactile sensations that the beer gives: the eventual warmth, the peppery prickle, and the moderate-full body. Nothing is distracting and the things that are distinct go well together and contribute to the overall experience.

Overall Impression 9/10
The beer starts out as a solid IBA, but as it warms it truly sets itself apart as the sweetness of the contributing flavors rises to the level of the primaries and creates a more balanced, delicious beer that is both dark and hoppy. I've had some IBAs before, but this one seems to stand alone. It has slightly less sweetness that some of the super-agressive IPAs have (120 Minute, etc), an equal alcohol presence, much less hop profile, but replaces the majority of that hop profile with dark, roasted malty goodness. Excellent technical qualities (appearance & mouthfeel) only add to the experience.

Total 45/50
While IBAs might not be my favorite style on the planet, it would be impossible to deny that this is a damn tasty beer. Now is this beer all hops? Despite the name, no. Rather, they are presented in a fashion that most are not accustomed to (including myself). Allow me to explain: most hop-laden beers are several groves worth of citrus, a pine tree or two, some grass, and a healthy dose of resin. This brew focuses instead on the hop spiciness and a lesser amount on the resinous quality. In fact, I get more of the dark malts than I do the hops. That said, hop heads might be a bit disappointed if they are looking for nothing but hops. However, those open to tasty experiences regardless of the label's description will be pleased nonetheless.

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Photo of tlazaroff
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

All hops on the nose. Pine, hard candy (jolly ranchers), and a little pineapple. Beautiful aroma on this beer, wish it was a touch more potent.

Jet black in color, like india ink. Creamy mocha head that laces nicely, but the head falls back into the beer rather fast which was a touch disappointing.

Hop Heathen has a wonderful taste! All those great aromas are present with pineapple dominating, but it adds a complexity of roast and chocolate on the finish. Lower smooth carbonation on this one with a creamy mouthfeel that makes this just so easy to drink. Alcohol burns slightly in the corners of my mouth in the front and back. Overall just wonderful.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark black with a creamy tan 1 inch head and lot sof sticky lacing. Looks like a nice porter.

Smell - Roasted malts, chocolate, brown sugar, coffee, light hop presence, grape, orange, rasin, plum.

Taste - Nice coffee/chocolate bite at first sip. Malts are roasty, and hops are made up of strong dark fruits, lots of plum and rasin. Brown sugar and mollasses add sweetness to a rather bitter drink. Near the finish some pine and orange does come out. Alcohol is masked well but there is a trace of warmth in the afertaste.

Mouthfeel - COats mouth with malts, hops and sugars. Tounge gets alot of malts and chocolate, dark fruity hops and sugars. Palate gets more of the same with some citric fruits at the end. Aftertaste is malty, bitter and coffee.

Overall - Awesome, one of the best black ipas. A perfect balance of porter and ipa, balanced and truely smooth and drinkible. Hard to believe its almost 9% alcohol, drinks like a 5% porter. Worth a drink for sure.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a pint glass.

A- Pours black with a finger of beige head, nice retention and thick lacing.

S- Smells incredible, the first whiff yields a lot of bright, citric, dank hops and pine. Later more chocolate, cocoa and roasted grain.

T- Big rich chocolate and cocoa flavors, some dark coffee beans and a bit of roasted flavor, the hops are citric and piney but are definitely overshadowed by the malts.

M- Medium to full-bodied, smooth, very creamy feel, semi-dry finish.

O- A really awesome dark, hoppy beer, one of the few I've had that lets the chocolate and malt flavors shine so nicely, very tasty and easily drinkable for being so big.

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Photo of methtlcai
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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 bluejacket74
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about a half inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like pine and citrusy (grapefruit) hops, roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, and some coffee. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the flavors seem to be stronger overall in comparison to the aroma. There's also a nice lingering bitter hoppy and roasty finish. Good balance between the hops and malt in both the aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and a bit sticky with moderate carbonation. Overall, I think it's a very good brew. $9.99 a bottle, I'd certainly buy this again in the future.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Binny's Lakeview. Served in a plastic cup on Freddy's boat. Guessing this is about two months old, even though it only reached Chicago shelves recently.

A - Tan foam settles to a thin cap and splotchy lacework. Very dark near-black body, with some brownish glints to it.

S - A nice mixture of brown sugar, milk chocolate, citrus and piney hops, and dank herbs.

T - This is the kind of Black IPA that I like - lots of chocolate, caramel, and mild roast characters in the malt bill, but without the astringent black malts found in many beers of this style. Pleasant piney hop bitterness, and perhaps a touch of citrus.

M - Medium body that's sufficiently hefty for the 8.8% ABV. Moderate carbonation, creamy texture, and a fairly dry finish. Not much alcohol presence considering this is more of a double Black IPA.

D - Really nice beer - kind of wish I'd gotten to it a tad fresher, but the malt bill was interesting enough to support the beer when given a chance. Not terribly priced for Hoppin' Frog either at $9.99.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a fan of darkly roasted malts in beers. I am also a fan of palate striping hoppyness in a beer. Black Ales should be a natural to my taste buds. Its like chocolate and peanut butter. You put peanut butter in my chocolate. No you put chocolate in my peanut butter. Whats my point? Sometimes a black ale leaves me wanting more dark roasted malt or hanging on for more hops. Anyhow, this beer was chilled and served in a pint glass.

Ap- As promised the body of the beer is black. No opaqueness to light noted. The is a creamy nugget coloration. The head resolved to a short ring of foam. The lacing on the glass looks like the glass has been coated in pancake batter. So in short this beer looks very inviting.

S- The bottle claims an uncivilized amount of American hop spiciness. I am not really getting a notion of uncivilized hoppyness in the nose. Yes the beer delivers a nice hop aroma floral notes, citrus, grapefruit, a quick blast of pine. Actually the hops smell very inviting. As to the malt profile I am getting a nice milk chocolate, dark chocolate kick to go along with nice dark roasted malty flavors. Its almost roasted enough to suggest a lightly roasted coffee.

T- The beer is definately delivering the best of both hoppy and malty beers. Well balanced darkly roasted malts with chocolate flavors plenty of hops to go around delivering a counterpoint of bitterness and citrus / pine flavored notes.

M- Medium bodied very smooth. The carbonation is very gentle but by no means still.

O- I found this beer very satisfying. The flavors are well balanced. If this was bottled in six packs I would seek this beer out more often. Well played!

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Photo of Durge
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Dope
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a very dark brown with a big and dense chocolate milk colored head. Fades slowly, leaving an almost solid wall of thick lacing behind.

S: Oh yeah, loaded with pine and grapefruit. Strong chocolate and grainy sort of coffee and earthycharacter follows it up nicely. Get a little bit of garlic/oniony hops too, like summit perhaps?

T: Creamy, very creamy. Up front there is again, pine and grapefruit with just a hint of garlic and onion. Not as strong as in the nose. Big bitter chocolate in the middle with some coffee, like dark chocolate covered coffee beans. Ends with some lingering char and bitter bitter chocolate. A little bit of pine and earth. Creamy and smooth like an oatmeal stout.

M: As mentioned above, very creamy and smooth like an oatmeal stout. A touch chalky. Medium/heavy body. Nice.

O: One of the better black ales I've had. A lot of them are super duper hoppy, which isn't a bad thing but they become almost like regular IPAs at that point - no roasted malt character. This one is better balanced. Good balance of hop flavors amongst themselves as well. Nice bitter chocolate and a creamy, chalky sort of body. Very enjoyable and drinkable. Probably second only to Wookey Jack and Stone 15th.

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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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