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Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin AleFrog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale

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very good

576 Ratings

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Ratings: 576
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 08-30-2009)
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I saw this was on sale at Total Wine for $2.99 per 22oz bottle so I bought four of them. This is my fourth one and I have enjoyed them all.

The beer pours a ruddy, blood brown sort of color with not a trace of lace or head. The lack of head is the only thing about this beer that really needs improvement. The head leaves quickly and doesn't even form a ring on top or the slightest bit of foam. This was the case with all four bottles.

Aroma is very seasonal. Perhaps a bit heavy on the ginger and allspice, but general pumpkin aromas like cinnamon and nutmeg lend a hand. The underlying beer smells and tastes like a brown ale of sort. Aromas of bread and crackers.

Flavor is heavy on the ginger, but I don't mind. Ginger is great for digestion and other stomach ailments. Bready and slightly sweet but with a little bitter kick in the finish.

On the sweeter side, slightly cloying, but a very good beer. I can see people really not liking this because of the heavy ginger, but I like it. Less sweetness would be great.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 21:51:44 | More by SaCkErZ9
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3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a Hoppin' Frog devotee and pumpkin ale skeptic, I approached this brew cautiously optimistic. Or was I optimistically cautious? Whatever, it's a good beer. Hoppin' Frog Frog's Hollow pours a deeper shade of orange than other examples of the style I've recently had. Head vanishes almost instantly. Very sweet on the nose. This worries me. I like sweet beers but pumpkin ales overdo it sometimes. It smells vaguely pumpkin pie-ish, with plenty of sugar and spice and all that. It's sweet on the palate but not cloyingly so. Pumpkin's up front, followed by an array of spices and a sweet vanilla finish. You know something? I like it quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2014 03:06:17 | More by xabyss
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3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is orange with amber highlights. It is topped with a half of an inch of beige head.

S - The aroma is loaded with pumpkin spices. I get some cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

T - The taste has all these spices, as well.

M - Moderate

O - I wasn't in the mood for a pumpkin ale, but I had to get rid of it. It turned into a delightful treat. I was surprised at how flavorful it was. Plus the mouthfeel was good. I hate pumpkin beers that are watery.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2013 23:15:46 | More by buschbeer
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3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not all that impressed with this. It's not bad, but poured at a good temperature with some foam at first and then it vanished, with no lace either. Color is a nice clear medium amber with some bubble trails. Aroma is the best part with a nice blend of spice, pumpkin, and caramel. Flavor's a lot like nose, a little tang come thru, tho not much. There is enough bitter to balance. Body is good, carbonation a touch soft. Finish is like flavor, tapers nicely, and has a little alcohol warmth. A bit of a meh beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2013 05:38:22 | More by drpimento
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3.54/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color seems light compared to other pumpkin ales. Not an overwhelming pumpkin smell...taste is not overly pumpkin either ....the texture is light and smooth...the
Alcohol by volume isn't really noticeable , I would have this for a session ...overall I am pleased with this beer and would purchase again

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 01:06:44 | More by J2604
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4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm a big fan of Hoppin Frog's Boris the Crusher, so i was thrilled to find this offering. 750ml into a tulip.
A- beautiful opaque amber with surprisingly little head
S- all my favorite pumpkin flavors: malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe some ginger?
T- well supported by aromas. Pumpkin hits first, followed by lingering malt accented by spices.
M- Finishes with subtle carbonation and lingering syrupy sweetness.
O- this will probably be one of my last pumpkins of the season, and its a very enjoyable one to go out on. I'll have to keep an eye out for it next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 23:09:34 | More by mscottjohnston
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3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with some chill haze, and a small beige head which quickly fades, leaving no lacing. the aroma has pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Tastes sweet, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Same as the aroma. there is no pumpkin flavor, and nothing to simulate the pumpkin pie crust. While this beer has a nice taste, it is not as good as the best pumpkin ales.

Medium bodied with below average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. a good pumpkin ale, but not complex, and not as good as the best pumpkin ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 03:08:56 | More by hardy008
Photo of scratch69


3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy golden-orange with a half a fingers worth of quickly disappearing, foamy head. Very light amount of lacing.

Smell- Strong pumpkin, allspice, and nutmeg aromas.

Taste- Big pumpkin flavor with a balanced amount of spices. Hints of caramel and brown sugar as well. No booziness from the ABV.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and crisp. An average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A very good pumpkin beer and one of the better ones that I've tried.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 22:02:03 | More by scratch69
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New York

4.14/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear amber deep reddish orange with a bit of carbonation.

The beer has tons of sweet pumpkin and cinnamon, nutmeg on the nose.

The flavor follows with tons of sweet juicy pumpkin, a good amount of pie crust, toasty malt, big cinnamon, nutmeg, and it falls off a bit quickly from the flavor. A good amount of candy sweetness. The body is a bit light.

The burst of pumpkin and bit of crust in the front is really wonderful. A really fantastic beer. One of the better pumpkin beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 04:50:50 | More by dar482
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4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle poured into a NB snifter.

A - Pours a wheat/honey gold. An almost-nonexistent head of light khaki foam disappears almost immediately, leaving a thin ring of bubbles around the edge and swirl of fine lace on the surface. Held to a full-spectrum light, the beer is an apricot orange and a touch cloudy, with several trails of bubbles rising from the center bottom.

S - A quick punch tweaks the nose with spices: cinnamon predominates, followed by ginger, nutmeg, and clove. Freshly baked pumpkin pie across the background. Hints of caramels. As it warms in the glass, the spices meld together and soften while the toasted malts appear as moist, grainy bread dough. Pleasant and inviting, easy to savor.

T - Pumpkin, front and center, followed by a nicely spiced pie filling, and chased with a caramel topping. Rich and flavorful. While pumpkin is what's featured, there's still plenty of the supporting spices, and are well-balanced. The big ABV is well-hidden, except for the warm spot in the tummy that develops. The finish features echos of brown sugar and cinnamon toast with pumpkin pie, followed by late notes that remind me of a spicy ginger-ale.

M - Smooth with a touch of fizz. Moderate body that leans a bit light. Nicely integrated components are almost silky across the tongue. Finish is well-balanced and lingering.

O - A sophisticated, richer take on the pumpkins that's quite tasty. While it features the pumpkin in the taste, there's still plenty of spices to be found bouncing around in the mouth after the finish. This would be a great alternative at the Thanksgiving table to compliment turkey and stuffing, a meal that's always been challenging to pair wine to.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 07:43:55 | More by BuckeyeSlim
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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slight finger's worth of crisp fizzy light khaki colored head... Minimal retention gives way to
a minimal splotchy lacing and ultra thin collar... The color is a slightly warming medium amber... There is a mild haziness... There are a few streaks of moderate to quick paced carbonation... Rather pedestrian looking...

S - A warm inviting aroma... There is small pumpkin pulp sweetness to start... This is quickly accompanied and surpassed by a nicely balanced yet assertive spice component... Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and a hint of ginger... Some light graham cracker crust malty goodness lingers beneath the surface... Very nice and appealing aroma...

T - A big well rounded flavor... Much more depth and complexity than other Pumpkin Ales... The spices are dialed down a notch and the pumpkin is ratcheted up a notch... Overall this one become much sweeter with some light caramel notes and a rich malty goodness in the form of pie crust... The finish has some brown sugar notes as well... Very well rounded with excellent depth and complexity... Love it...

M - On the fuller side of medium bodied... Limited carbonation... Sleek, smooth and dense... Goes down very easily... Intense but slightly short-lived...

D - A rock solid Pumpkin Ale that deserves its place in the top tier of the style... A slightly subpar appearance is quickly erased by the impact of the nose, mouthfeel and especially the stellar flavor and taste... Highly recommended to lover's of the style... The 8.4% ABV is fairly well hidden...

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 01:39:31 | More by philbe311
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Rhode Island

4.36/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent pumpkin beer. One of the best, if not THE BEST pumpkin beer I've ever had and definitely the best I've had this year.

The strong scent of pumpkin spices carries through to the flavor, without being overpowering. The actual pumpkin lends a smoothness to both the taste and texture. While it's 8.4% ABV, there's no booziness.

This is just a smooth, balanced, tasty beer that I will seek out again and happily recommend to others.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 06:31:35 | More by DrinkNewport
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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours lightly cloudy bright orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, toast, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, bread, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, bread, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, caramel, toast, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of pumpkin, malt, and spice notes; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial pumpkin ale. All around well balance pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth the sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 04:03:09 | More by superspak
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New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart relatively quickly.

Smell: ginger, cinnamon, and a bit of sweetness rises from the glass.

Taste: pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a modertae bitterness are the main flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start and a smoother at the finish. The spices linger on the tastebuds.

Overall: this is a tasty brew that hits the spot when you want a pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 16:57:27 | More by Gavage
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3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- nice creamy burnt orange color. There is absolutely no head on this beer. It is just as clear looking through the glass whether from the side or the top. Never seen a head disappear without a trace so fast.

S- HUGE nose of brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Not so much a pumpkin smell as it reminds me more of a cinnamon molasses of a ginger bread. Really good smell.

T- Some pumpkin and spice notes. The finish reminds me of the flavor you get from a tonic water with quanine in it. It's faint but it's there. But the spice is the star of the show on this one.

M- A bit thin, but the carbonation helps to give it some body.

O- A decent beer. Was a little worried to see a beer with no head but the smell of it with it's drinkability was enough to save this one. Would drink it again if it was offered.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 20:40:57 | More by stckhndlr
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3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 2013 release.

A steady pour gets me half a finger of off white head. The body is a dark amber to orange color.

The beer smells of pumpkin pie spice.

The beer has a rich taste. Roasted malt, ginger and pumpkin pie spices, and of course, authentic pumpkin flavor. This is something it has over many other beers that simply have the pumpkin pie spice flavor in their profile.

Medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 21:45:03 | More by CFHMagnet
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3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. Pours a hazy auburn with a small white head that fades extremely quickly and doesn't leave much retention or lacing; nice color though. The aromas are very vibrant with the usual suspects consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. There's also a nice amount of honey in the nose as well. The flavors have a very solid amount of the typical spices in the mix, but there are malts that cut them down, giving the flavors balance. There's a subtle spiciness to this one. Hints of caramel as well, giving it a subtle sweetness. Slightly bitter, giving this one some earthy flavors as well. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side, but far from heavy. The carbonation is there, but not overboard. No booze or alcohol is noticeable.

It's been a couple years since I've had this one. It's good and is what you would expect from an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. They don't try anything flashy or different with this one. It's just straight forward. Solid fall beer.

Notes: This beer won a Gold medal at the 2010 GABF.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2013 00:14:16 | More by BB1313
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3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange with lots of carbonation, minimal head. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of varied expected spice; cinnamon, nutmeg malts etc. Good nose.

Brew has good flavors; just the perfect blend of spices and malts. Nice carbonation and big drinking finish here. Just a little bit light in the mouthfeel. Very good stuff though.

Very good brew here, love the style and a double pumpkin is even better. A solid bottle to seek out. Good stuff.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 01:05:26 | More by magine
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3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy light brown with shades of orange. No head with the exception of what looks like large soap bubbles. It leaves a few bubbles on the glass, but no lacing.

S: I get a ton of ginger right off the bat; it smells like a ginger beer, which is also probably contributing to the lemon zest I smell. Tangled with that in a wrestling match is the cinnamon which competes for attention. Oddly, smelling the beer made me sneeze. It smells good but I think it's a bit heavy on the ginger. The prominence of the scent and freshness is what gives it a boosted rating though.

T: First I get this sweet malty mouthfull, immediately followed by what tastes like a snickerdoodle cookie. Smooth cinnamon flavor, followed by what tastes like lemonade and toast. It's an interesting set of flavors to be sure, but it really doesn't mesh well as a pumpkin beer. If they found a balance it would be really good. The ginger really plays a part in the aftertaste, giving it that citrus nip at the end.

M: The mouthfeel really shines here. It is exceptionally smooth, very filling in the mouth but still retains a light airy quality. The result is something similar to whipped cream where it has a very light presence but consumes your entire palate. It's nearly perfect, with the exception that it is disastrously low on carbonation. While the beer has the presence of whipped cream, it proceeds through the mouth like heavy cream. If the carbonation were there I would give it a 5.0 but I honestly can't even rate it a 4.0 when it rests so heavily on the tongue.

O: Overall it's an alright beer but it doesn't make me think of pumpkin pie, which I think is the ultimate reason most people drink these beers. If you're looking for a higher alcohol version of a pumpkin beer it is something to look at. If you're a fan of ginger beers it is certainly something to look at, in fact I would put it at the forefront of my recommendations to you. If you're looking for that traditional pumpkin pie experience, or you are particular about carbonation levels, I would say look elsewhere. Aside from this the beer does fill that "spiced holiday beer" niche. If you're just looking for something different or seasonal, you could do worse.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 19:50:44 | More by teromous
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New Jersey

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Halloween in a bottle...orange with a decent head if poured correctly.

Aroma: More of the pumpkin pie aroma than actual pumpkin.

Taste: Pumpkin Pie spicing (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, some vanilla) and finishes with a spicy shot of vanilla and warming alcohol.

Overall: I really, really like Pumpkin Ales, especially Imperial Pumpkins. I did like this one. It has the usual flavors I would expect from this type of beer, and it was fairly easy to drink at 8.4%. Definitely worth a try. That being said, if the chips are down, I would grab a Southern Tier Pumpking, Dogfish Head Punkin' Ale, or a Weyerbacher Pumpkin before I would grab one of these. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 21:16:58 | More by dahlen22
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3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper hue with no head--quite still--looks like apple juice; no lacing either

S: Pumpkin obviously but lots of cloves and ginger and nutmeg and cinnamon; a level of booziness too; something here is a bit sour as well

T: Pretty spice heavy; even more than the aromas indicated; some pumpkin but mostly ginger, nutmeg, etc.; some bready toasty notes underneath

F: A bit thin

O: A pretty spiced pumpkin beer and a bit boozy; I like it but I couldn't drink too many of these

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 17:30:23 | More by dbossman
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a clean copper/orange with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie, bready crust. heavy on the ginger flavor with this one, slightly bitter like an orange peel but not getting the flavor of it. very bready, and sutle sweetness. medium body with moderate amount of carbonation.

this is one of the better pumpkin beers i've had this year, albeit a little late.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 01:33:36 | More by facundoCNB
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4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance- Pours a not quite one-finger (to be fair it was a gentle pour) off white head. The color was that of a light amber/nutty brown with a hint of red.

Smell- Smells nice and sweet, predominant notes of pumpkin followed by ginger and nutmeg. Maybe even a hint of honey and citrus. Very pleasing, made me look forward to tasting this beer all the more.

Taste- Starts off a bit bitter with a malty backdrop. Pumpkin shines through nicely somewhere in the middle followed again by the ginger and nutmeg. It finished a bit more sweet and sort of hoppy; relatively balanced. The beer isn't overwhelmed by the pumpkin or spices, but the flavors tend to complement each other pretty nicely.

Mouthfeel- Fair amount of carbonation; smooth and a bit sticky in the finish.

Overall- A great pumpkin ale; my second beer from Hopping Frog and I was not disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2013 16:58:39 | More by NuclearSoAndSo
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4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head on a hazy copper with golden hue body. Aroma of brown sugar spices and pumpkin. Fresh pumpkin, pumpkin pie, no booze really, light brown sugar flavors hitch are very clean, not too sweet or sour. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty standard but many if these go overboard with the sour fresh pumpkin flavor but this one is balanced well with pumpkin pie sweetness.

Serving type: on-tap

12-27-2012 21:09:02 | More by kylehay2004
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3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Shining orange with a monstrous head of white foam. Not a lot of retention, but some chunky lacing.

S: Tons of pumpkin - pungent and naturally rich, it's some of the best I've come across. Great balance of spice, giving warm cinnamon and buttery brown sugar with spatterings of nutmeg and clove. Savory vanilla notes abound.

T: Strong pumpkin and booze drinks deep, a sweet, malty, bread-forward palate. French brad, pie crust, pecan, and yams with butter and brown sugar. Toffee candy mixes with a taste of coffee cake and allspice, along with a clove and orange zest backdrop to accentuate a sweet, dessert-style character. Bready, smooth aftertaste with a nutty carrot cake profile.

M: A moderate texture, mildly filmy with a light cracker crispness. Carbonation is light but hard to miss.

O: A great pumpkin beer: flavorful yet incredibly drinkable. I'd buy it again if it were less expensive - that, or I might try the barrel-aged version.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 22:33:30 | More by BarryMFBurton
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