Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.97/5 rDev +29.1%
Pours a lovely orange-amber color, practically pumpkin colored, with practically no head. The smell is of definite pumpkin pie spices, with cinnamon and ginger with hints of nutmeg - a classic blend. The taste matches the smell pretty much, giving it a classic pumpkin pie taste. The flavor is well rounded with a smoother alcohol finish. The overall mouthfeel is fairly light, but still coats the mouth with flavors, and the higher ABV isn't overly noticeable either. Overall, this is a great example of a tasty, but not cloying, pumpkin beer. It's very well spiced, and avoids the trap of being a one note drink.
07-10-2011 23:49:37 | More by RedSpecial1
4.68/5 rDev +21.6%
22 oz bomber poured into Hoppin' Frog pint glass.
Had this last year when it first came out and loved it, and was eager to try this year! The fact that this beer just won the GABF Gold Medal in the style is pretty impressive for my hometown HF boys....congrats "Frog's"! I am a big fan of Pumpkin beers in general and have tried like 30 of them...think there may be room at some point for a separate category for the newer, more potent Double or Imperial Pumpkins which have cropped up over the past few years...the differences between one like this and a "regular pumpkin" like Shipyard Pumpkin or Buffalo Bills, are quite prounced, and akin to the differences between a regular IPA and DIPA....anyway, I digress...
Beer poured nice copper / orange color, head pretty light and nice carbonation...smell is pretty yummy, lots of spices, esp. cinnamon and the ginger is in there pretty strong, I like it!
Taste is pretty delicious IMO, really a nicely balanced brew that pulls off the delicate malt / hop / spice mix in a nice way, really quite good.
Mouthfeel is also good, slight alcohol / ginger burn at the end, body is a little light, but that makes it drinkable to me, if too heavy / sweet like many other Imp Pumpkins out there (i.e. ST Pumking), then that makes it not as drinkable, I think they pulled off another winner with this one!
I put a few of these aside in my cellar last year, along with some other heavier pumpkins, so will be interesting to sip alongside the new release for 2010 to see how they stack....nice job once again, Hoppin' Frog!
09-21-2010 18:59:13 | More by BeerVikingSailor
4.6/5 rDev +19.5%
A - poured into a tulip. Slightly hazy/fizzy amber, bordering on ruby. Not much head.
S - baked pumpkin pie. Easily the most authentic pumpkin smell this side of Southern Tier's Pumpking. This one's a little more roasty (vs smelling like a just-harvested pumpkin patch), and it bumps up the darker spices (clove/nutmeg, especially clove) to match, plus a smidge of sweetness to remind us it's all in good fun. Result: perfection.
T - just like the smell, unbelievably. The pumpkin pie replica continues unblemished from start to finish. No signs of an off-color aroma or aftertaste. If I had to criticize, I'd say it has a little too much allspice and/or cinnamon, but we're splitting hairs here. Another well-deserved (and rare) 5.
M - light to moderate body, decently slick, enough fizz to keep things moving.
D - let's not kid ourselves, it's a strongly flavored 8.4% beer. but please, don't let that stop you. if you like pumpkin beers in any form you must try this.
10-01-2010 03:50:42 | More by Richardberg
4.53/5 rDev +17.7%
Best pumpkin beer of the season. Strong sweet, malty character backing up a spicy and bold pumpkin flavor. Spicing is handled with a deft hand, the beer never tastes like a pumpkin pie, but keeps the nutmeg qualities.
Beautiful yellow-amber color, and a head like a good guest, stays just long enough and knows when to leave - quickly. AS a pumpkin ale it is bigger than normal, and has a strong flavor, it would be hard to drink more than a bomber, but this is one to savor.
Top notch, this is the top beer of my two favorite pumpkins for '11.
10-25-2011 03:45:12 | More by dbmata
Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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