Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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Reviews by asabreed:
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: Peach colored to hazy yellow to lighter brown, depending on the light. The color's nice, but man, the head goes down to nothing quick, and there's little carbonation. Hope this isn't a bad bottle.
Smell: Driver, you're entering Spice City. This is what you'd expect, ideally, maybe, from a brew that has so many spices involved in the mix. I wonder if it's a little too much, since, as it warms, it begins to smell like one of those pervasive holiday candles that you smell at a place like Yankee Candle. But also, I like it, since it doesn't claim to only use a few. For some, it'll turn them off, but in the background you still get a good sense of maltiness going on, along with some darker cinnamon aromas that I like.
Taste: One thing I keep thinking: if they put this in six-packs, the ladies would love it. I say that, mostly, because the spices and malt element seem to be maybe a little too prevalent -- there's a flutter of some hops in the background, but this is a pretty malty brew, and I think an intriguing hop element could do a lot not only for the aroma, but also for the finish, which is pretty heavily spiced, and even though you may wait for some balancing citrus or acridity from hops, it's really not there.
Mouthfeel: It's not the the point where this is a bad bottle, I don't think, but it just seems undercarbonated to me, unfortunately, and that really lets the malt and spice stick to your ribs, so to speak, or really, your palate. Not as funny as I think I am: I know. But again, it gets a little syrupy, a little watery, and it's odd to me that such a sweet beer wouldn't have more carbonation so it wouldn't become what it ultimately does with so little carbonation.
Overall: I'm not sure my low score here is as characteristic as I want it to be for what I think about this brew, but as I've stated before, the missing carbonation and hop element could, possibly, end up doing a lot for this. Nothing will help the huge melange of spices, so if you're not into that or are afraid, stay away. But again, I feel like, whether they intended it or not, the girls who like the spicy pumpkin or holiday ales would really like this. Otherwise, and though I did enjoy this, I would maybe look elsewhere. Also, for near $10 a bomber, that price point doesn't work for me for what the beer ends up being in the end. All of this said: I'll still continue to check out more beers from HF, since I really like what they're doing... from the ones I've tried thus far, that is.
Serving type: bottle
10-21-2011 22:19:21 | More by asabreed
More User Reviews:
3.85/5 rDev +0.3%
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
3.96/5 rDev +3.1%
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
Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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