Gangster Frog IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 316
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 2.34%
Wants: 49
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -19.9%
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! (284 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -13.3%

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. (460 characters)

Photo of Weisenbeer
3.96/5  rDev -7.3%
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. (224 characters)

Photo of roger617
3.98/5  rDev -6.8%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It pours amber in color with golden highlights. It is capped with two inches of tan head.

I get some aromas of citrus, some dank, wet hops, and caramel malt.

The taste seems to lean toward the darker side of hops. The citrus is in the background. I noticed some malt at first, but it is sent to the back as the hop flavors coat my palate.

Medium mouthfeel

I wasn't overly impressed at first, but it grew on me. I am always leery of purchasing Hoppin' Frog IPA's because they tend to sit on shelves. I got this one at a place that turns product over in a timely manner. I like this IPA, but Ohio has so many to choose from at better price points that I doubt this makes it into my rotation. (737 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a vibrant amber copper color with a nice frothy, off-white, frothy head and cotton candy-like head retention on the glass sides.

S - Resiny mandarin orange, mangos, a little pineapple, and pine.

T - Tropical fruit - mango, a little pineapple, oily, floral, light pine and resin, lightly spices.

M - Light medium body, coats the mouth with resiny fruity hops.

O - Light body, fruity, and refreshing. (414 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Vas Foremost. I haven't seen this anywhere else around town, and I'm guessing it was part of the April batch, so it'd have been close to 2 months old when I had it. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a collar, wisps, and specks of lace. Transparent golden body.

S - Lots of citrus hoppiness, but balanced with sugary cookie malts and nebulous spicy note. I might have guessed that there was rye in this, but apparently it's from one of the hops. Nebulous tropical fruits round things outs.

T - The taste is similarly citrus forward, with some sugar cookie and light toffee malts present. Mild bitterness in the finish, but not excessive. Balance of malt and hop puts this squarely in IPA+ territory, as does the alcohol content.

M - Medium body that's sufficiently hefty for the higher ABV. Pleasant carbonation, dry texture, with perhaps a bit of warmth after a glass.

D - I can extrapolate that this would have been quite excellent back in April; it's a shame Chicago distributors are so slow at getting this type of beer to market. Still, a solid beer that straddles the line between IPA and IIPA, and certainly one of Hoppin' Frog's better hoppy offerings. Hopefully they make a new batch sometime. (1,231 characters)

Photo of Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours amber is color with an off white 1 finger head. Lots of carbonation is visible.

Nose has big spicy citrus notes overlaying a rich grain malt background.

Alot of the rich grainy malt pulls in to the taste, on the verge of nutty however I would not call it that. Hops display a nice spicy citrus character that was also present in the nose.

Mouthfeel is nice and crisp, bitterness is light and it has a good medium body

Overall this was a good ipa, I feel it might be a little close to past the best by date but it was still very good. It might have lost a lot of the citra notes but had not yet turned oniony and was still very plesent (644 characters)

Photo of rawfish
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (1,207 characters)

Photo of WillCarrera
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (666 characters)

Photo of Big-Frog
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours into an imperial nonic a menacing looking hazed burnt orange with a half finger clingy white head that settles into a soaply-like mass.Sweet citrusy hops in the nose,not much bitternes detected,a touch of caramel/dough as well.Sweetness from the hops along with sugary notes makes it sweet up front but with a bit of grapefruit rind and pine to dry it up a little in the finish,as I drink more I get a light bread dough toast in the finish as well.It's a sticky hop bomb if just a tad drier this would be on par with the best,as is it's still very good. (559 characters)

Photo of BrewUSA
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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 (199 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (981 characters)

Photo of Omnium
4.22/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (517 characters)

Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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. (1,294 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (662 characters)

Photo of Bone53
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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. (1,125 characters)

Photo of CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (497 characters)

Photo of hardysf
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice Amber color. Very clear. Smells of sweet malt and pineapple. A little hint of mango as well. Taste is the same. Nice pineapple flavor coming through but it's not as sweet as it smells. Well balanced with a bitter finish. Juicy flavors with a smooth finish. The feel is very smooth. Perfect amount of carbonation.

Definitely would buy this one again. (366 characters)

Photo of NateTheHappyOne
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-orange amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-bread, caramel malt, tropical fruit, pine, slight floral

T-bread dough, caramel malt, grapefruit, tropical fruit, floral, pine, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth and crisp

O-a very nicely balanced IPA with a good blend of flavors (328 characters)

Photo of screamking
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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 (977 characters)

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.3/5  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. (1,163 characters)

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