I’ve been away from the reviewing scene for awhile, and have somewhat neglected the blog lately… the reasons for this are both changes in my personal life, and also, trying to get back to being more healthy in general. Not that you can’t drink beer and stay healthy, I know many close friends that do, and that’s my goal in the future. In this case however, it was time to for me get on a strict diet and return to a regular running and work out routine… So, several months later and a little over 20 lbs lighter, I’m back baby! I’m looking forward to the summer months after this miserable winter we’ve all had and I’m also looking forward to being able to sit outside and enjoy a nice beer in the warm weather.
For my return to reviewing, I wanted to start with something tasty so I picked something that I thought would scream “tasty,” and I’m glad I wasn’t’ wrong on this one!
As a side note, you may look at my blog and the review star ratings and think, gosh… he gives everything great reviews, what’s the deal? While that’s true, the deal is, if I don’t like a beer, I pretty much won’t review said beer. Brewers work really hard to get their beers out to the masses, and whether I like them or not, many hours, and great passion goes into making said beer. My goal isn’t to trash beers, nor bash people for beers that I don’t think are up to my standards, so therefore, I don’t review beers that I don’t like. There’s enough negative things in the world without one more dude on the internet trashing beers. With that said… on to the beer!
Gangster Frog I.P.A. comes to us from Hoppin’ Frog Brewery out of Akron Ohio, I’ve reviewed a couple of their other beers on this site, and I must say, I’ve always come away impressed.
As I pour the beer, the first thing I notice is a really nice thick layer of foam, with really nice retention and lacing. If you give the beer a normal careful pour, you’ll end up with at least two fingers of head… if you pour it like a total asshat, you could probably get 6 fingers, it’s that thick. The beer has a nice hazy, orange, dark golden color.
The aroma on Gangster Frog is excellent. I notice it’s loaded with citrus grapefruit and orange notes. I can sense the malt presence here, but it’s not overwhelming, which I always look for in an I.P.A. There’s a hint of a floral note, and for a 7.5% ABV, the alcohol is well hidden.
The flavor on this frog was incredibly hoppy but really well-balanced with the malt. Strong hints of citrus (mostly orange, pineapple as well). The finish contained notes of bitter orange peel and a touch of grapefruit along with some piney notes as well. Again, the alcohol was remarkably well masked by the excellent balance of hops and malt.
Gangster frog had a medium body with really nice carbonation, a dry texture, with a very smooth finish.
After a four-month absence from the craft beer world, this was a really great beer to start my reviews back with. It’s a really tasty, and isn’t a total palate wrecker, so it’s really drinkable.