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Hop Heathen | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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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:
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Added by VncentLIFE on 04-15-2012

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64
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246
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
18%
 
 
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Photo of HamdenHector
3.28/5  rDev -20.2%
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 Sabtos
3.34/5  rDev -18.7%
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 crnipeter
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery-brown pour creates very dark brown to opaque black body with ruby highlights at the edges, overlain by an inch thick tan head with good stickage and retention.

Citrusy hops are surprisingly absent from the aroma featuring mostly piney,spicy and grassy
hopage and dominant - perhaps overly so - dark malt with chocolate character. Some biscuity
malt can be picked up. There's distinctive minty aroma allegedly resulting from interaction between hops and dark, roasted malts.

Taste largely follows the nose with chocolaty dark malts and piney hop-flavor at the center,
with minimal bitterness, finish is medium-dry followed by roasty coffee-like aftertaste. The
absence of astringency from either black malts or hops adds positively to the overall impression.

Medium to medium-full body with lots of sweetness and tongue coating slicky sensation probably related to high-levels of dry hopping. Body that tends to coat the lips with a sticky film is a bit too heavy resembling a Stout rather than IPA.

Overall, a decent chocolate-piney Black IPA crossing the best features of both IPA and Porter/Stout, perhaps being overly leaned towards the later. Good nonetheless. (A bomber without bottling-date indication, into tulip).

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Photo of msquared36
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
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 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

reviewed from notes 7/29/12.

poured into duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Black bodied beer with 1 finger tan head that drop to a thin cap. a bit of stoppy lace.

Smell: Chocolate and charcoal malts. Pine hops with a touch of grass and herbal notes.

Taste: Pine and grassy hops. Charcoal note with roasty malts. Hint of chocolate. Has a really chalky and green finish to it that is moderately bitter. The aftertaste is kind of wierd and a little distracting.

Mouthfeel: a medium thin bodied beer with moderate carbonation. It drinkable, but has that characteristic hoppen frog watered down mouthfeel.

Overall: This is middle of the road. NG Black Top and Firestone Walker Wookey Jack are the best black IPA's that I have tried. This one is a long way off from those beers.

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Photo of Ego
3.53/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

eyes...
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

nose...
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.

verdict?
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 TexIndy
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. No dating info that I could find. It was solid black in color with evidence of good carb streams breaking on the surface. It has a good sized, brown head that settled into a good collar and covering film. Good lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was grassy and resinous hops mixed with equal dose of roasted and chocolate malts. Seem to be a good balance between the two. The taste was also well balanced and started with the hops then the malt sweetness overtaking it at the end. It wasn't bad in any sense but it just didn't excite me all that much either. Easy to drink for sure but also not sure I'll remember it tomorrow. Solid mouthfeel with good carb and sweet aftertaste.

Overall, a good serviceable brew but, as stated above, it just didn't stand out or really make me want to find another. I'd drink if given one but wouldn't seek it out either. Not available here in TX - got from Hoss. Rotation - one is enough; maybe on tap if best choice.

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Photo of steve8robin
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Saw this brew in a local beer shop and sounded tasty. 22oz bottle...

A: Super dark with no light shining through and a small 3/4 inch khaki colored head which fades to some nice bubbly lace atop the brew. No lacing traces on the glass. Good.

S: I get some sweet malt with a spicy hop blended in upfront. Quickly following are some roasted / chocolate notes. A mild alcohol scent peeks out of the backend. Decent.

T: First sip starts with a watery / sugary malt blend quickly subdued by a carbonation wall which leads into a mild earthy hop with a nice spiciness. The beer finished as it began with a subtle carbonation bite blended with watery / sugary malt. Decent.

M: Medium body brew with a medium-hard carbonation. A dry malty finish. Good.

O: All in all, this is a solid brew. It's one of those that is good, but I probably won't go out of my way for. Hoppin Frog does make some solid beer though.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.72/5  rDev -9.5%
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 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
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 BB1313
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
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 feloniousmonk
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 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 clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
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 babaracas
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque very dark brown with two finger tan head, settles with thick lace for the first few inches. Smell: mildly roasty, caramel, earthy, citrus note. Hoppy Porter-like. Oh, and buttery... Taste: caramel, sugared dark fruit, quickly in to pine, tropical fruit, citrus rind. Sugary. Medium bodied, lightish carbonation. It misses, but not by much.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another black ale for me try, now that I’ve had more experience with the style: Hop Heathen. This one’s new, too; let’s see how Hoppin’ Frog does it.

A: Dark black, as thick as a stout, with a good inch or so of tan head. Light retention and a little bit of lacing.

S: Chocolate and lots malty goodness to start with; syrupy with some hints of nutmeg and maple syrup. Dark and rich, not very roasty, but with that anise astringency that I’ve come to expect from the style. A bit of pine hoppiness, too. Not bad at all.

T: Damn roasty! Campfire, chocolate malts, and pine give off a good bitter flavor, joining with a light fusel taste from the alcohol (though it could be the anise popping up again). Maple is not as pronounced here, but there is some caramel and syrup in the maltiness. Just a hint of dark fruits peek out in an imported coffee flavor, a quite acidic presence, before the molasses rolls out. Finishes with a taste of dates, rum, and a slight toasted dryness.

M: Astringent and syrupy, almost like cough syrup. It hits the tongue with a profile of thickness and chewiness – pretty thick. The drying-out comes pretty quick, which turns this into more of a bitter-forward beer.

O: Well-balanced: every flavor has its time in the spotlight. If I were Hoppin’ Frog, I’d keep this beer year-round; it’s excellent.

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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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Photo of Smokee
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
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 nickfl
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with one finger of medium brown foam in an opaque, black body. The head settles at a moderate law and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - A strong espresso aroma with notes of pine and grapefruit in the background.

T - Green pine hops up front with a bit of sweaty hop character and lots of sweet, coffee. Dark caramel and more sweetened espresso in the middle and a finish of fruity hops, caramel, coffee, and mild bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - There is a lot of dark malt and a lot of hop flavor here, but a surprising lack of bitterness considering how much the hops and dark malt are emphasized. An enjoyable beer overall, but it would be more drinkable with a little more bitterness to balance out the syrupy sweetness.

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Photo of Damian
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. (22 fl. oz) bottle purchased at Julio's Liquors, Westboro, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured super dark brown (bordering on black) and was topped by a one-plus finger tall head of stiff, dense, caramel colored foam. Sheets of thick, sticky lacing coated the glass.

The aroma was pleasant but not quite as assertive as I was hoping it would be. An even mix of roasted malts and piney hops dominated. Mild cocoa notes. Touch of smoke. The nose became more punchy as the beer warmed. Espresso notes came through strong.

The flavor profile was quite similar to the nose. Lots of roasted malts on front end. Some coffee and chocolate. Hint of smoke. The hops hit hard mid palate. Initially, they were citrusy, but they turned more piney and bitter as the beer moved along the palate. The finish contained a nice mix of roasty, smoky malts, espresso and a bitter, pine needle-like hoppiness. At 8.8% ABV, this beer hid its alcohol prowess quite well.

The mouthfeel was fairly non-descript. Medium bodied with a crisp, moderate effervescence.

Tasty, interesting and quite drinkable, Hoppin' Frog's Hop Heathen is a really solid beer. However, as one of the highest rated American black ales in the world, I was expecting a bit more.

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Photo of JayQue
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours black, with a couple fingers of rich looking mocha head. This stays robust and frothy looking in the glass with a smooth ½ finger that leaves thick sticky lacing back. The aroma smells fresh, floral, citric and a touch spicy in the nose, while notes of cocoa and smoky roast come in off the edges. Those hops pretty much get the biggest push here though.

The taste is a rich mix of roasted coffee, sticky chocolate and green citrus flavors. A spicy and leafy bitterness flows throughout. The profile here is pretty even between malt and hops, leaving this equal part burnt and bitter on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a firmness in the mouth that is both sharp on the tongue initially and then creamier along the back. Hops add a nice underlying oiliness to the feel that helps keep this smooth, while alcohol mainly just adds some strength to the overall flavors and feel here.

This was a pretty darn nice take on an American Black Ale, with both hops and malt being represented well in equal fashion and this drank great for a nearly 9% beer. Hoppin' Frog had fallen off my radar a bit over the last couple of years but I’m glad I picked this one up, as these guys really know how to do these big beers right.

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Photo of ThickNStout
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Sprayberry Bottle Shop (Marietta, GA). 9.99. As with all Hoppin Frog beer there is no bottling or freshness date given. Served in a Sweetwater snifter.

Pours deep dark, near-black brown with one finger loose tan head. Small clumps of lacing.

Smells like a hoppy cup o' joe. Piney hops meet coffee with hints of cocoa, citrus and smoke.

Taste is a nice blend of those piney hops and dark malts. Pine, citrus, pleasantly charred malts, cocoa, bitter coffee and a bit of leather. The alcohol is only faintly perceptable.

Medium full feel with moderate carbonation. Slightly sticky. Long burnt hoppy aftertaste.

This is one of the better black ales I've had. It balances the IPA vs stout rather well, lending some key flavor profiles from both styles. If you're into the growing American black ale trend, this one is worth a try. I hope to get to try this on tap sometime.

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Photo of warrenout330
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber

A- pours a opaque black... no light what so ever... off white colored head... quickly dissolved to a thin ring around the beer.... slight lacing on the glass

S- piney sap, mango, pineapple... tropical fruits. Hint of roasted barely

T- tad roastiness to the tongue...piney hops, piney sap...

M- thin and creamy mouthfeel... moderate carbonation... earthy hop bite lingering

O- this beer always catches me off guard... looks like a stout, drinks like a ipa even though you still disagree. Nicely done and its hoppin frog.... its always good

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Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
4.11 out of 5 based on 246 ratings.
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