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Gangster Frog IPAGangster Frog IPA

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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 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 Bone53
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

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Photo of CaptCleveland
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerZombies1
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25


Gangsta Frog IPA - Hoppin' Frog
American IPA
7.5% ABV
55 IBU

APPEARANCE: Pours a hazy, sediment filled golden raw honey color. Loose soapy egg shell colored head that stuck around just long enough for the picture before quickly dissipating. The appearance is nice looking bit nothing out of the ordinary.

AROMA: Wild flowers blowing in the wind, soft perfume fragrance. Followed by inviting citrus hops with hints of fresh lemons and odoriferous mango. Slight sweet cookie, bready malts with a back end of orange spice hot tea. The nose is really quite amazing.

TASTE: As if I'm sitting at a table drinking orange spice tea, eating sugar cookies with a piece of candied orange on top. Malt forward but not over done, hops balance out nicely with a enjoyable bitterness. More of the mango I got on the nose with additional tropical fruits swirling around.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium body until the bottom half of the glass when the sediment was noticeably bring the body to a medium plus. Light moderate carbination, slightly soft and creamy with an enjoyable mellow finish.

OVERALL: First ipa by hoppin' frog. It was all around very enjoyable and easy to drink. Definitely not a palate wrecker which is actually a nice change in pace. I think the nose on this beer was the highlight for me. Great job Hoppin' Frog!

RATING: 4.3/5 Zombie Heads!

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 superspak
4.32/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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 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 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 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 screamking
4.29/5  rDev +1.2%
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

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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 MDDMD
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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

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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 bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

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