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Gangster Frog IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Gangster Frog IPAGangster Frog IPA

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Ratings: 254
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 4.26
pDev: 8.92%
Wants: 38
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: InebriatedJoker on 04-11-2013)
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Reviews by deadonhisfeet:
Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

deadonhisfeet, Apr 24, 2013
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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.
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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.!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Gangster Frog IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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