Gangster Frog IPA - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Gangster Frog IPAGangster Frog IPA

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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 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 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 WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (1,018 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 superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (1,403 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Paul.

Orange body with a small white cap. Lovely aroma. A bouquet of floral and citrus. Hop forward with lovely grapefruit character. Delicious. (155 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 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 jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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. (588 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (803 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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. (516 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
4.64/5  rDev +8.7%
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. (192 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.36/5  rDev +2.1%
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! (1,810 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 wedge
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (598 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 MikeCactusGordon
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

22 oz Bomber purchased at Lizardville just a few days after the release date (very fresh). Poured into a Tulip glass. My first Hoppin Frog IPA...I admit, I avoid because of no bottling date and $$$$. Love their BORIS Crusher stout.

A - golden, copper tone and pours a slight head. alcohol is noticeable. Not exactly sticky lacing but lacing is present nonetheless. Tiny particles of beery goodness can be found if you look close.

S - citrus / tangerine / orange.

T - citrus hops roll into an excellent, lingering bitter profile. Surprised at the bitter trail considering its only 55 IBU. Bread / biscuit flavour strong. Malts are present and balance out the hops nicely. Very balanced overall, this is not a 'hop bomb' style IPA. Although it doesn't taste like a 'Bell's Two Hearted', I'll use it as a reference as it has a similar risk and uniqueness in the IPA class of beers.

M - Extremely fresh so it was terrific for my experience. Syrupy hop goodness.

O - I was impressed. Lots of character and this would be appreciated by those that like balanced hop / malt single IPAs. Bitterness is very present, but well done. Would buy again, but it's a bit pricey. (1,170 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 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 wvsabbath
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Burnt orange/tan with a 1/2 foamy head, lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Citric fruits, orange, pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, malts, sugary yeasts.

Taste - Very nice blend of sweet fruits, caramel malts and yeasts. Very smooth and fruity with a decent but not overpowering hop bitterness. Added spices mixed with yeasty sugars gives it a sweet note with the bitter hops. There is a underlying alcohol presence in each sip.

Mouthfeel - Nice sweet fruits coat the tongue, along with some minor hop bitterness. Palate gets more hops, fruits and sweet yeasty sugars. The finish is citric hoppy, with some alcohol warmth.

Overall - Very solid, balanced and tasty. This would be a great welcomed regular addition to the ipa world. Very tasty and easy to drink. Not a mouth/palate wrecker so its easy to enjoy. Another top notch beer from the world class hoppin frog. 7.99$ for a 22oz'er makes it even more enjoyable. (955 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 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 Damian
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,330 characters)

Photo of WesM63
4.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a (Hoppin' Frog) Pint Glass.

A: Pours a hazy, particulate filled lighter orange with a beautiful 2finger head. Moderate retention with lacing that lasts forever.

S: Citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, orange. A little bit of floral-ness peaks about.

T: Spot on the nose. Loads of tangerine and orange. A hint of malt sweetness mid palate. Tiny bit of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Overall, excellent IPA. Reminds me a lot of Heady (Both in Appearance and Balance). Well done. Seek it out, drink it, enjoy it. (566 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)

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Gangster Frog IPA from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.