Hop Heathen | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Hop HeathenHop Heathen
Liked This Beer
4.08 w/ 246 ratings
Hop HeathenHop Heathen

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

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

User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 246 |  Reviews: 64
Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -44.9%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of durlta
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of BellsFan
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of FLBeerGuy
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of masterofsparks
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of Zbeetleman
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of HamdenHector
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
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;

 474 characters

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.

 944 characters

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

 275 characters

Photo of crnipeter
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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).

 1,241 characters

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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 Spider889
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of erlenmeyer
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of mmsimmons
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of oldvines
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of beernads
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Stinger80OH
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Pac-N-West_SNOB
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Mark5252
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of sbricker
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of msquared36
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

 580 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Hop Heathen from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 87% out of 100 with 246 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.