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Gangster Frog IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Gangster Frog IPAGangster Frog IPA

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.45%
Wants: 48
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: InebriatedJoker on 04-11-2013

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Ratings: 297 | Reviews: 48
Photo of BrewUSA
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Hoppin' Frog Gangsta Frog

Look 8/10
Smell 18/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 92/100

Photo of brewohio1
4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This place is awesome. Great beers, great owner, great food

Photo of KSOZE
4.66/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Criminally underrated IPA and I grab this when I can when fresh. Nice silky full mouthfeel and tons of knock you over the head citrus hops.

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.96/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very citrusy (is that a word) to taste, thin, light, and likely refreshing in hot weather. Not as hoppy as the brewer's name might suggest. I will look forward to having this again on a steamy day in summertime. Thumbs up.

Photo of NateTheHappyOne
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Alright, long story short; I love the look of this, very light orange/amber but hazy. I looove the aroma, big citrus whiff, mostly orange and lemon with perhaps a hint of skunky grassiness.

Tastewise, this is delicious. Smooth green cantaloupe and ripe cantaloupe shortly after with green tea and other herbal notes creating a briefly lingering grass-like bitterness on the finish. Yes, there are some malts. No, they won't turn most hopheads off. This is expectionally well balanced, and I especially say so because those more earthy, melon-y, grass-astringency kind of tastes are difficult to "get right" in my opinion.

Feeeel? This beer makes me feel awesome.
The mouthfeel is medium-heavy with a good amount of carbonation, which makes the finish more refreshing than it might be otherwise, with so many herbal, bitter flavors.

Overall, go get some if it's fresh. Marionette dangle. Exit stage right.

Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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 medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of sheer surface foam. Sudsy semi-resilient lacing.

S- Semi-pungent hop aroma brings the usual notes of citrus and grass.

T- Nice tang right off the bat with notes of peach, mango and tangerine. Perfect amount of malt sweetness. So easy to drink as the ABV is well-masked. Assertive yet restrained bitterness.

M- Somewhat sharp with medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- This IPA hits all the tropical fruit notes so well and leaves me wanting more and more sips. If this were in a more affordable format, I'd buy it all the time when fresh.

Photo of wedge
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Glowing orange haze under a slim head of milky bubbles. Deeply hoppy aroma, like rubbing a bunch of dry cones in your hands. Green, sticky, resinous...pulpy grapefruit, tangerine, grassy spice, and pine sap. Some crackers and wort underneath. Flavor is super fresh, bright, and zesty hops with nary a malt to be found. Big grapefruit and lemon upfront, with some green pine, melon, and tea in the middle and finishing grassy, herbal, and minty. Solid medium body with a good level of bitterness. A little heat, but otherwise very drinkable, assuming you can handle the hops. Damn good stuff.

Photo of jzlyo
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is pine and very bitter/grassy hops. The flavor is citrus, grapefruit, malts, a hint of nuttiness and really grassy/bitter hops in the finish. IPAs are meant to be bitter, this one is.

Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This was good. Had it on draft (snifter - style), and everything was looking up. Gorgeous look and nice clean aromas... took a little funny turn on the taste, with the funny wet cardboard note going on... otherwise everything was in place. Prefer White Rajah when it comes to OH IPAs!

Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -13.1%

Tap at the BORIS Van Wink Release. Pour is very hazed deep amber with an off white head. Nose is huge citrus blast, orange peel and hints of grapefruit with a small touch of doughy malt underneath. Taste follows suit on hops, huge hop explosion. Tons if juicy orange citrus with some grapefruit notes and bitterness. Notes of dough malt and some cereal grains. Lighter body with nice carbonation and a pillowy feel. Bitterness lingers through the finish.

Photo of SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into snifter

A: very little head a light amber color slightly hazy

S: this beers smells toffee and like cantaloupe and overripe fruit

T: Cantaloupe cantaloupe cantaloupe very melon tasting and very different slightly bitter on the finish do not know how old this beer is but it's very melon tasting

M: medium feel

O: I was looking for a more citrus tropical fruit explosion so I'm a little blind sided by it being pure melon. That being said it's pretty damn good, I didn't know though this was retired but it's worth looking for if they still brew it.

Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Look: A hazy golden amber with a nice thick and clingy head. Lots of carbonation.

Smell: Pungent citrus and floral notes as I popped the cap. In the glass a really nice bouquet of citrus fruits and floral notes meld together to make one tasty smelling IPA. Getting lots of nectarine, orange, and tangerine, slightly floral and a big simcoe punch. Malt is there but only to serve as a table setter for the hop feast to come.

Taste: a bit maltier then I imagined on the attack but that fades in to a nice hop attack that mounts slowly but is definitely front and center when it gets there. Once more huge fruity notes like biting into a fresh nectarine! The finish is a bit bitter and earthy but enjoyably so and the fresh citrus sits and buzzes the tongue long after! Very tasty IPA.

Mouthfeel: This beer is medium bodied with lots of nice carbonation and just the slightest smidge of booze. The only real flaw is it's perhaps a bit too full bodied for a single IPA but that is some serious nit picking and this beer more then makes up for it.

Overall: One fantastic IPA. Really impressive offering that is good balanced and the hop billet makes one seriously enjoyable citrus center IPA. Would definitely seek it out again and really impressed especially it's not attached to any coast.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

The beer has a big herbal, woodsy, grassy hop nose with some resin and an initial touch of sulfur to it that dissipates quickly.
Pours hazy gold amber with a lightly amber tinted 2” off-white finely bubbled foam cap.
Fruit and melon with a hint of peach begin the palate with light caramel, rich malt flavors, and a mellow rounded bitterness on the finish with a touch of herbal astringency. Well balanced between the bitterness and the malt topped with a lot of hop flavor.
Very creamy with a medium full body.

Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

Poured from a bomber into a snifter at around 45°F

Appearance (4.5): Orange golden color with a two finger off white head

Smell (4.25): Tropical notes with undertones of citrus and pine. Perhaps some sweet malt in there as well.

Taste (4.25): Mango is prominent upfront with grapefruit, mandarin oranges, light spices, etc. playing minor roles. Quite light tasting overall however

Mouthfeel (4): Light medium body; Low on bitterness and maybe needs a bit more carbonation. Very smooth though

Overall (4.25): This reminds me a lot of LT Limbo. Seems like it has the same hop varieties. It's a good IPA, but nothing really extraordinary. The flavor and mouthfeel seems somewhat subdued than I would prefer. Very drinkable and smooth though. I prefer the likes of Head Hunter over this by miles, and probably would never get this agaon considering how many great beers are available to me. Ive had better IPAs at half the price. The bomber was $9.99 rather than the $7.99 others claim they purchased it for, which is kind of disappointing. It is a solid IPA, however, and can't knock it too much other than the price tag.

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Hoppin' Frog tasting room.

Slightly hazy, honey-orange elixir, thick 1.5 finger head of tiny, packed, white bubbles remain throughout. Copious lacing.

Thick mango, orange, earth and pine up front. Minimal biscuit malt.

The citrus predominates with the juicy mango/citrus throughout and a smooth floral aftertaste.

Medium body, perfectly carbonated.

My favorite HF IPA. Heavy on the hops, nice complex aroma, with the malt smoothing out the edges but kept well in the background.

Photo of BeerZombies1
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

HAPPY IPA DAY!

Gangsta Frog IPA - Hoppin' Frog
American IPA
7.5% ABV
55 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy, sediment filled golden raw honey color. Loose soapy egg shell colored head that stuck around just long enough for the picture before quickly dissipating. The appearance is nice looking bit nothing out of the ordinary.

AROMA: Wild flowers blowing in the wind, soft perfume fragrance. Followed by inviting citrus hops with hints of fresh lemons and odoriferous mango. Slight sweet cookie, bready malts with a back end of orange spice hot tea. The nose is really quite amazing.

TASTE: As if I'm sitting at a table drinking orange spice tea, eating sugar cookies with a piece of candied orange on top. Malt forward but not over done, hops balance out nicely with a enjoyable bitterness. More of the mango I got on the nose with additional tropical fruits swirling around.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body until the bottom half of the glass when the sediment was noticeably bring the body to a medium plus. Light moderate carbination, slightly soft and creamy with an enjoyable mellow finish.

OVERALL: First ipa by hoppin' frog. It was all around very enjoyable and easy to drink. Definitely not a palate wrecker which is actually a nice change in pace. I think the nose on this beer was the highlight for me. Great job Hoppin' Frog!

RATING: 4.3/5 Zombie Heads!

Photo of robear
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Fresh bottle (no date?) from Otto's on Oakland.

Appearance: Hazy yellow. First glass poured much more clear, plenty of sediment in second glass. Reminiscent of Crooked Tree, more sediment than I was expecting. Decent 2 finger white head. Good lacing. Nothing poetic about this beer's appearance- I think this is going to be a working man's IPA.

Smell: PDT: Pretty damn tantalizing. Big fruity hop aroma, up there with pseudoSue & ZD for aromatics in a Midwestern APA/IPA. Smells a lot like Alpine Duet, which is one of the best-smelling IPA's in the world, IMO.

Taste: With an aroma like that, taste was going to be a let-down no matter what. Where some beers (the aforementioned pseudo & Duet being two of them) allow the taste to amplify the aroma, Gangster Frog fights it a bit. Maybe the bittering hops come through a bit more harshly.
It's up there with (again) Crooked Tree and Finestkind, possibly a bit better than either of those, but also a bit more expensive.

Mouthfeel: Does a good job of staying light on the palate so you always want more. No complaints here.

Overall: Definitely one of the 10-15 IPA's I've had from East of the Mississippi (that doesn't include TG for you geographically challenged BA's). Maybe makes it into my top 25 USA IPA's, but I haven't actually written that list yet. If you're a fan of citrus-y IPA's with a bit of sediment and a solid malt body, don't pass this one up.

Photo of Omnium
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber > Tulip Glass

A - Cloudy gold two fingers foamy fluffy white head, medium spotty lacing
S - Lemon, Lime, dank grassy pine and hop resin, pineapple, nice floral notes, sweet malt.
T - The malt is a little much in this one toward the end, but there's lots of lime, some nice grape flavors too, pineapple, spicy hop resin, floral.
M - Medium bitterness, not too chewy, well balanced.
O - Very good IPA, I think its a little overrated though, but i like the variety of different aromas and flavors in this one.

Photo of Hoptometrist
4.59/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap into a nonic glass.

A- Poured an orange color with white soapy head that dissipated instantly and left no lace.

S- Huge pungent peach, pineapple, and tropical hop goodness.

T- Huge pungent pineapple, peach, citrus, and tropical fruit notes, some dank, piney, and astringent hop character with a sweet caramelized bready malt backbone.

M- Pretty big warming, very smooth, medium to fuller bodied for the style, and incredibly dry.

O- Really awesome IPA exploding with juicy tropical hop character. This IPA really highlights Citra hops very well.

Photo of rawfish
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thanks to DogFishJoe for this.

Bomber into a snifter, very hazy apricot body with a finger high head of white. It has some decent retention and a smattering of loosely formed lacing around the glass.

Floral hops are front and center on the nose quite a bit of orange citrus and secondary pine and grasses. The orange citrus sweetness blends well with the sweet caramel and cookie dough malt. Brief hints at the alcohol and plentiful yeast.

Bready malt, somewhat thin but supplemented by the plentiful yeast. Sweetness is of honey soaked toast and a light toffee that is quickly engaged by the hops. Plentiful grapefruit rind and orange citrus, oily pine and light resin to follow. Moderate bitterness and alcohol buzz that puts it at a IPA+ range.

Moderate carbonation, the first half of the bottle was somewhat thin in the malt but once the yeast got into the glass this beer got weighed down and fell down a notch. Alcohol is pretty well hidden and the moderate bitterness welcomes in just enough drying.

A good IPA, plentiful yeast really hurt this so drink it colder with careful pouring to get the most out of the bright hops that are a tick stronger than most other IPAs in both aroma and flavor.

Photo of toppoop
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours out with a decent head which clears pretty quick to a light cover. Quite cloudy and amber hold. Smell is very good. A light floral bouquet of grapefruit and light malt. Taste is consistent with smell. The hops don't overpower and balance very well with the malts. Mouthfeel is on par with other top IPAs. Tingles the palate nicely. Best IPA from Hoppin'Frog by far.

Photo of Big-Frog
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a fun beer all around. The comedic appearance suggests that the experience will be light-hearted, and it is. It smells good, it drinks smooth, and its aftertaste is appealing. The label itself teases that the beer drinker can be both serious about selecting this beer for the quality and yet enjoy a humorous evening with friends at the same time. Try it, see what you think.

Photo of Damian
4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pint 6 fl. oz. (22 fl. oz) bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar, Belmont, MA
Served in a pint glass

Even with a careful pour, large chunks of yeast particles sneaked into the hazy, orangey-amber liquid. The beer was topped by a frothy, sudsy, off-white crown. Streaks of drippy lacing cascaded along the glass.

The nose was super hoppy and fragrant yet balanced. Tropical fruit notes dominated. Mango, papaya and pineapple were most noticeable. Hints of passion fruit. Somewhat dank. Overall, really solid.

Like the aroma, the flavor profile was incredibly hoppy yet very well balanced. Candied orange peel came through strong. Good amount of tropical fruitiness. I definitely picked up some mango and papaya. The beer was well anchored by a stiff yet unobtrusive caramel malt base. The finish contained notes of bitter orange peel and a touch of grapefruit zest. Hints of pine came through as well. At 7.5% ABV, the alcohol was remarkably well masked.

The mouthfeel was soft and pillowy. Creamy, frothy and smooth with a very fine and mellow effervescence.

Many of Hoppin' Frogs beers are wildly overpriced but, at $8 a bomber, this was a real bargain. Gangster Frog is a super flavorful yet immensely drinkable IPA. I would love to see this brewery jump on the canning bandwagon and offer this in six-packs.

Photo of roger617
3.98/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired as an extra in a trade with cynic-ale, big thanks for this one!

22 oz bomber poured into Spiegelau glass.

A: 3.75 Dark golden with a hint of copper. Pours with 2 fingers of white frothy head the reduces slowly.
S: 3.75 Citrusy and malty up front, pine in the back. Not overpowering in aroma, yet complex at the same time.
T: 4.0 Very similar to aroma, lots of citrusy goodness up front with a nice malty piney backbone. Very complex and balanced.
M: 4.5 Super smooth and almost velvety. Lingering mild dry bitterness.
O: 4.0 This is a solid IPA, one that I hope to find on the shelves around here. Very complex and well balanced.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Amber with a nice white head. Good amount of lacing.

S - Oranges, lemons, and piney hops.

T - Tropical fruits - mango and orange with some pine showing up late.

M - Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Nice crisp finish.

O - This is a vey nice IPA. Very well balanced, tasty, and easy to drink.

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Gangster Frog IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.