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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Reviews: 61 | Ratings: 381
Photo of Mikus
3.42/5  rDev -19.3%
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!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.59/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 42 degrees into snifter
$ 9.99/shelf temperature bomber at Giant Eagle, Hermitage, PA
Aroma too weak to detect
Head small (two cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing excellent – complete rings of tiny bubbled curtains
Body medium orange, chill haze, effervescent
Flavor weak, bordering on dank but still some citrus; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 2.5, Flavor 4, Palate 4, Overall 3.75

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%

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.

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Photo of Weisenbeer
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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Photo of roger617
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of tillmac62
4/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear amber pour with a dash of garnet. Outstanding head volume, world class lacing and retention.

Outstanding nose of pineapple, orange and mango over biscuit with a touch of caramel and a subtle spicy spruce.

Light body with a smooth texture. Slightly below normal carbonation level with a hint of effervescence in the middle and a stronger finish.

Outstanding flavor profile that is well balanced, complex and laid back a bit in intensity. It begins with a wave of citrus and tropical hop flavor (orange, mango and a hint of pineapple) that is over a subtle bready biscuit sweetness. The middle yields a bit of pine and spicy spruce aspects over a somewhat light moderate bitterness. The bitterness is rind and pine based. The finish is a slow fade of orange rind that is slightly dry. Alcohol remains completely covered.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Fcolle2
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of rawfish
4.04/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of WillCarrera
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Big-Frog
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The Gangster Frog was good. It poured a clear copper with white head and spotty lace. The scent was bitter and citrus. The taste was fairly even but had enough bitterness to make it an ipa. There was some citrus and pine. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall this was quite nice.

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Photo of farrago
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two to three fingers of frothy head, full range of bubble sizes makes for a mottled surface, light tan color, looks like an Orange Julius, despite airiness the retention is pretty good, the lacing is less streaks than random big splotches. Full-on cloudy murkiness to the liquid, orange amber hue, you can see the particulate floating throughout, difficult to see any bubbles. Sweet nose which aims at providing pine sap, orange reduction, honey, molasses and ripe peach, pineapple, mango fruit scents, all laid over a solid herbaceous dankness, the pepperiness and breadiness are not weak but do get pushed to the side. Full-bodied, the carbonation makes an effort but not really able to match the density of the raw material. Sweet here too, pink grapefruit and tangerine citrus, mocha powder, caramel, molasses, however, there is sufficient dryness to keep some semblance of balance. Apricot, nectarine, cantaloupe, pineapple, mango fruit without real tart bite. The herbaceousness provides most of that, nowhere near as dank as the nose. If you prefer pinpoint precision in an IPA this is not likely for you. A bomber is a good size for single consumption, would weigh you down after that.

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Photo of BB1313
4.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | 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.

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Photo of TopherBreski
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Never even heard of this beer or brewery until last week when I started looking at the 24 0zs my fav craft beer store seS and my girlfriend made me buy this because she liked the bottle despite me not liking IPAs. Looks and smells great. Very hoppy taste with out that bitter IPA aftertaste. Excellent in your face beer.

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Photo of MaillardRx
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A: hazy golden hint of Amber, great head and lace

S: pretty good pine and earth with a good deal of orange peel hanging out

T: taste was good but not overpowering in bitterness, as would be expected by just 55 IBUs; it's got a sweet citrus flavor as well

F: great feel, really hit the nail on the head with its feel; had some chew which I like in an IPA

O: overall I really liked the elements of the beer but hoped for just a few more hops on the palate to solidify its place as a superior IPA

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Photo of Sabtos
4.17/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Gold orange with a moderate white head that leaves behind an insane grid of lace.

Very powerfully dank, sticky aromas, with SweetTarts and orange-pineapple juice.

Taste is sweet malt with lemony hops, Fruit Loops, and a delicate bitterness.

Gangster Frog has a sort of wet, pillowy soft finish that you rarely if ever get in an IPA. Often you look for a dry finish, but this is so luxurious and easy to put down that it's a plus.

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Photo of beergoot
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mildly hazy golden color to the beer; huge, frothy head; sticky globs of foam along the glass. Citrus and hop resin aroma; bready. Juicy, tropical fruit flavor; hop spiciness; strong bitterness. Heavy body; juicy; warm with some alcohol heat; crisp and dry at the finish.

The beer delivers a well-balanced blend of flavor and aroma, emphasizing a juicy flavor with a bold hop bitterness.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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

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Photo of Omnium
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of BergBeer
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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