The Mean Manalishi Double IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewing Company in Akron, Ohio pours out a deep coppery amber in color with some suspended sediment and is topped with a two finger, off-white head that slowly reduces all the way down. On the nose, pine, big pine, grapefruit rind, earthy, herbal with malt sweetness trying to peak through. In the mouth, very grassy with citrus rind and some pine that is bitter all the way through, however, there is a definitive sweetness that lasts and gives a semblance of balance. Medium bodied. Low to moderate carbonation. Slick, sticky mouthfeel. Thick sheets of lacing on the glass. The finish is incredibly long, thoroughly bitter and a delight to a true hophead.
There are many really balanced Double IPAs out there. Mean Manalishi does not seek the achievement of being a balanced Double IPA. This beer takes your palate and thoroughly "wrecks" and "ruins" it. This Double IPA seeks out the true hopheads, those that seek a thrashing from bitter hops much like spicy food eaters crave an extra dose of Sriracha Sauce on their food. Are you a true hophead? Highly recommended.
22 ounce bottle, 8.2% ABV, 168 IBU
Beer 199 of 366 for 2012
PS: For the brothers at BA to rate this at 63/100 (Poor) is laughable. Send them a Bud Light or a wine cooler, they'd probably enjoy it!