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: 380
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 hardysf
4.26/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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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 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 NateTheHappyOne
4.27/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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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