Gangster Frog IPA | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Gangster Frog IPAGangster Frog IPA

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Crisp and satisfying American I.P.A. with a skillfully assertive American hop aroma & flavor. Bright spicy citrus hop character up front, with a distinct orange & tropical fruit hop bouquet to add a welcome complexity & strike the perfect balance. It’s all about the hops with Gangster Frog I.P.A.

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Photo of edunaye
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
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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Photo of JohnnyMc
4.76/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Newest beer from Hoppin' Frog!!

Pours out a bright and clear orange with a ton of carbonation and 2 fingers of an off-white head.

The aroma is packed with hops; sweet citrus notes, tropical fruits like mango, pineapple and papaya and some grapefruit and a little bit of bready malt.

Just like in the aroma there are a ton of hops here! A lot of sweet orange right away and then that fades into some really juicy tropical fruits like mango, papaya, pineapple, some grapefruit and some pine on the back end. There is a decent malt backbone with some bready notes.

The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The alcohol is completely hidden.

This is an extremely juicy and hop packed IPA. It's a great beer that I hope they make again. Any hophead in the area really needs to try this one. A little heavy on the malt for my taste and could use some more bitterness, but an awesome beer.

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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.

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Photo of brewtus
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Really enjoyable. Nice juicy hoppy flavor. Little bitterness. This was really tasty. A very drinkable quality to this. My first taste of Hoppin a Frog beers. I was impressed. Seek out again, NYD.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.59/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of InebriatedJoker
4.54/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Gangster Frog Ipa

Poured into Duvel Tulip

A : Poured a golden orange with a two finger head that descended into a thin frothy lacing.

S: Tropical /Citrus with a decent hop presence , slight bread / malt.

T: Wow. What a tropical /citrus bomb , Orange peel / Tangerine , sweet malt, minimal hop bite. Very tasty

M: Smooth /medium mouthfeel with a clean finish leaving a pleasant tropical aftertaste very balanced .

O: This beer can hold its own with any single American Ipa out there. If you see it don't hesitate to grab one.

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Photo of jhavs
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 22oz. bomber bottle received as trade extra poured into a snifter tasting glass.

A= Amber, appears quite clear. Nice thick head that is just barely tan/off-white. Head settles into nice ring around the glass and lacing clings to the glass.

S= Citrus and dank resinous hops, some malty caramel.

T= Very tasty, lots of citrus and some tropical fruits. Melon and grapefruit seem most obvious, with mango as well. Get an herbal flavor as well. Some malt sweetness in the form of caramel.

M=Medium body and moderate carbonation.

O= Very good, Gets good reviews, but still was pleasantly surprised. Shared with another IPA lover and they agreed that it was great and deserving of high regards.

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Photo of NODAK
4.46/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.45/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of kdmcguire10
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip.

A : Tangerine orange with a finger and a half head that holds nicely

S: Smells or orange peel and pure citrus. There's a hint of maltiness in the nose to balance it out.

T: An explosion of tangerines. The hops are there but the bit is mild on this. Just enough malt backbone to really balance this IPA out.

M: Slick, medium mouthfeel and leaves a citrus finish that goes for miles.

O: I'm really impressed with this beer. Extremely drinkable, very well balanced. Delicious.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Murky, cloudy gold in color, with a decent cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Nice bouquet of piney, tropical hops
Taste-Big waves of tropical fruits and subtle piney hops. Very smooth and easy-drinking for the strength. Excellent hop flavor but a lower level of bitterness that makes for a very tasty enjoyable brew. Highly recommended.

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Photo of WesM63
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of wedge
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of BT_Bobandy
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of robear
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of prototypic
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Photo of TreyIsWilson
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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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Photo of toppoop
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of Damian
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of wvsabbath
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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