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Gangster Frog IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Gangster Frog IPAGangster Frog IPA

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290 Ratings
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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 8.71%
Wants: 47
Gots: 35 | 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: 290 | Reviews: 45
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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

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 edunaye
4.76/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

poured from a 22oz. bomber into my dogfish head spiegelau

appearance: pours a hazy dark gold orange, with a 1.5 finger off white head (hard pour), nice spotty lacing as the beer decends in the glass.

smell: the smell is remarkable, a burst of floral and citrus hops, pungent tangerine and grapefruit grace the nose. I was able to smell this after the pour even with my recent stuffy nose.

taste: matches the nose very well. tangerine and grapefruit greet the palate first soon followed by a slightly sweet malt/biscuit after and mellows into a slight bitterness, not too strong and not too weak, just the perfect amount of lingering.

mouthfeel: light medium body with very easy drinkability, slightly oily with medium carbonation. good feel

overall: this is one of my top choices for an ipa (and i am usually an imperial kind of guy). the smell coincides with the taste perfectly and the blance is wonderful. drinkability is so easy you could find yourself in trouble with this one. the name fits perfect too, like an old ganster it gets the job done with swagger and no b.s.!

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous bright orange bodied slightly clouded with yeast sediment, the bottle says to hold off on the yeast that just isn't my style. Gangster Frog IPA 7.5% abv this is and should be to my liking according to the label it has citrus and tropical fruit notes with balance. Head is thick and creamy off white with fine layered lacing settling along the sides of my glassware. Aroma is upfront hitting me hard with grapefruit and orange citrus peels, a semi sweet malt backbone is evident with each sip, but doesn't kill me with any booze or off notes. Flavor hits hard with hop bitterness but blends into a candy coated hop garden full of citrus mainly grapefruit with hints of passion fruit and mango juiciness. Clean finish doesn't linger but the hop flavors stay with you, it really adds to the drinkability of this beer a big flavorful IPA with easy going drinkability gets me every time I'm sold on the Gangster Frog, damn good drinking IPA but it's got some kick especially pouring from a 22 ounce bottle.

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
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 SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
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 prototypic
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Gangster Frog pours a nice orange stained gold color. It’s a little hazy. Holding it to light reveals a little more of an orange tint. It’s capped with an off white head that rises to almost a finger in height. It falls back rather quickly, leaving a light, spotty lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good.

The nose is nothing short of excellent. It’s bursting with citrus grapefruit and orange notes. It does smell a little sweet and sugary. I’m not getting much in terms of caramel…thankfully. Smells a little bread-like or crackery. There’s a malt presence here, but it’s definitely not a strong caramel base. Love it. More citrus hop scents of pineapple and mango emerge. There’s a light floral note there, as well. Alcohol is blended well. Smells excellent!

The flavor is equally as good, if not better. The malt base is sweet, bready, and crackery. There might be a subtle hint of caramel, but it’s light. Nevertheless, the base is rather sturdy and holds things together nicely. The hop flavor is excellent. It’s loaded with citrus pineapple, grapefruit, mango, and orange flavors. Light floral notes are also there. It’s a little bitter, but seems more even keel than I anticipated. It’s not a palate wrecker at all. The hops definitely deliver though! Alcohol is masked well. Finishes with a really nice citric hop flavor.

The body is on the lighter side of medium. Feels a tad thin. Carbonation is light and soft. It’s not quite smooth, but it isn’t bad. It’s definitely easy drinking. This stuff goes down far too fast and easy.

Gangster Frog is an excellent release from Hoppin’ Frog! Wow! Those guys can brew some beer. About the only complaint I have is that it seems a little thin. That’s it. It’s a solid performer all around otherwise. Seek this one out!

Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev 0%

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 bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange color with about a half inch off-white head. The head sticks around for a while, and there's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is very sweet and fruity, it's mostly citrusy hops (tropical fruit, mango, oranges, pineapple), along with some sweet and bready malt. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's the addition of some citrus peel and grapefruit. It's a tasty brew, but it's definitely one of the sweeter IPA's I've had recently. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's slick, smooth and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. At $7.99 a bomber, I'd buy it again. I liked it.

Photo of screamking
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber poured into wine glass.

Appearance-pours slightly darker than apricot, with a thin white head which disappears quickly. Little bits of lacing hanging around. 4

Aroma-lots of orange at first, some grapefruit, slight tropical feel to it with pineapple and mango. Floral and just a very sweet smelling IPA. 4.25

Taste-the taste is nowhere near as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe. Much more bitter and that's a good thing. Grapefruit, orange peel, a bit of mango. A very even balance of bitter and sweet. 4.5

Feel-a bit thin, ABV is perfect for an IPA, coats the palate well and sticks. 3.75

Overall-this is a solid IPA, I'd stretch that out to say one of the better Ohio made IPA's. I hope that Hoppin' Frog makes this a yearly release, or a regular. Price is right on point for their other beers, I picked mine up for 7.99. They really need to start packing in six packs and bottle dating their stuff. If that happens I would purchase it more. 4.25

Photo of wedge
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
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 BeerZombies1
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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 deadonhisfeet
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is a hazy apricot color with a finger of head that dies quickly but leaves some nice lacing. The nose is to die for. It's like dunking your head in a bowl of fresh oranges, peaches, lemons, and grapefruit. Simply a citrusy heaven.

The beer has a medium body, an oily feel, and lots and lots of fruity flavors. I get a big, sweet, toast and marmalade hit up front and chasers of orange and grapefruit flavored hops at mid-palate. For all the hop flavors, this beer is surprisingly balanced, maybe even a little sweet, yet the flavors all seem to mesh together well. Sadly, the finish is a little disappointing. The beer is a little too good-natured, leaving you with a bouquet of fruity sweetness instead of kicking you in the palate on the way out.

It's interesting how midwestern brewers are working overtime trying to nail down that West Coast IPA flavor. Fat Head's Head Hunter IPA, Great Lakes Alchemy Hour IIPA, and now Hoppin' Frog's Ganster IPA are all going super citrusy with this style. I couldn't be happier about it! A terrific beer from Hoppin' Frog and one that I hope they will re-release.

Photo of brewtus
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This was just released so its pretty fresh. Poured 22oz bomber into tulip. Pours light hazy orange with a nice two finger head that laces well as you drink. There is an enjoyable amount of sediment. S,ell is lots of tropical fruit, pine, orange, biscuit. Taste is a lot like the nose only better, tons of orange, tropical fruit, west coast style piney hops, buttery, little malt. The texture is so smooth and the hop profile is refreshing without being overly bitter or abrasive. Overall this beer was amazing, a great west coast style ipa that is refreshing and easy to drink. Has the perfect hop profile and tons of sweet fruit. This was better than I expected and I hope it ps easy to get as summer rolls on.

Photo of robear
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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 BB1313
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy burnt golden with a solid fluffy white head that sticks around and leaves nice lacing. The aromas are full of sticky grapefruit, mango, pineapple. There's subtle notes of garlic and onion. The malts are much more noticeable in the flavors, compared to the nose. Flavors are spot on, but aren't as strong as the aromas. The fruity tropical flavors take over. This isn't as bitter as I would expect. There's a subtle spiciness. Maybe a touch of rye or black pepper. They did a great job of giving this IPA balance. And when I say balance, I'm not saying the malts takeover. It's just a very easy drinking IPA. Dangerously drinkable. The mouthfeel is wonderful. It's medium-bodied and the carbonation is active making it fluffy and creamy. Very smooth IPA. The alcohol goes unnoticed. Nice interpretation of the west-coast style. Nice use of citra hops.

Great IPA right here. It's probably the best one I've had from Hoppin' Frog. Bravo.

Photo of NODAK
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

When I first opened this one up, it was clear this is a citrus forward ipa. No question there. Perhaps a note of tropical hops in there as well but certainly grapefruit dominant. Pungeant.

The taste surely does not disappoint. Very strong grapefruit leads the charge off the bat with a healthy spicy character as well. In fact, the label states as such. Truth in advertising. There is a bit of a tropical note in there but again, surely a dominant citrus, spicy ipa. The finish is very clean. Very little, if any residual bitterness. It just wraps right up.

This is an awesome new addition to their lineup. So tasty. Best part is, it has all the taste without a puckering bitterness. Love it.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange-amber pour with a small white head that retained and laced well. Nice aroma of fresh citrusy hops, pine, sweet undertones. More hoppy goodness in the taste, citrus and tropical fruits, pine, wildflowers, bready caramel malt base. Crisp mouthfeel, medium body, easily drinkable, very enjoyable overall.

Photo of WillCarrera
4.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, no date but apparently this was released in April. Poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours dark orange with a finger of creamy tan head.

S- Orange, tea, herbal hop aroma, some caramel.

T- Lots of orange, some caramel malt and sugar cookie. Orange flavors blend with herbal, tea-like flavors towards the finish. It's pretty far out at this point for an IPA, it tastes nice but I can't really judge how this would have been fresh.

M- Medium-bodied, smooth feel, a bit dry.

O- Even at this point this is still a tasty IPA, I don't wanna knock it too badly on the score because I got an old bottle, maybe they'll release this again and I can try it fresh.

Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -19.5%
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 TreyIsWilson
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of toppoop
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Damian
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
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 NateTheHappyOne
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
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 superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating but was released in April 2013. Pours moderately hazy orange amber color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge tangerine, mango, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit, orange rind, floral, grass, light caramel, and floral earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/tropical hops with a fair amount of malt balance; and big strength. Taste of big tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, pineapple, mango, orange rind, floral, grass, light pine, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness. Light floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of bright citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, grass, light caramel, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic complexity and balance of citrus/tropical hops; with a light-moderate malt balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and fairly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic IPA! Great all around balance and complexity of hop flavors with a fair amount of malt balance; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Gangster Frog IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
94 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.