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

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

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very good

263 Reviews

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Reviews: 263
Hads: 728
Avg: 3.8
pDev: 20.26%
Wants: 54
Gots: 95 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 08-30-2009

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Reviews: 263 | Hads: 728
Photo of bierguru
1.78/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - the bottle had a great seal but beer poured flat with no head and no carbonation. however, the brew was a deep orange and yet see through

S - smell was really great. smelling like a freshly baked pumpkin pie

T- sweet and very sugary. mild spice.

M - felt like i was drinking sugar water

O - OVERALL the beer is horrible. if you like drinking sugar water this is great.

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Photo of jmarsh123
1.81/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bright orange/red with almost no head and lots of carbonation. Weirdly looks like a few sours I've had before.

Very heavy the nutmeg in the aroma. Smells strongly of pumpkin pie, but the ratio is a bit off. Nutmeg and then cinnamon overpower the other spices a bit.

Tastes is heavy with spices up throughout. Not a lot of depth. For a pumpkin ale, I can't taste any pumpkin at all.

Mouthfeel is very watery and high carbonation.

I like pumpkin beers and I like Hoppin' Frog brews usually, but this one didn't do it for me at all. Way overpowering in the spice department while being watery and one dimensional. Pass.

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Photo of polisanl
1.91/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From the bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Pours a golden orange, with no head. None, as in little to no carbonation. Smells of cinnamon, spices and a "typical" pumpkin beer. Smell wasn't bad, but the tasete, here we go...overly sweet, overly spiced and an unbalanced mess. Comepletely one diminsional throughout. No body at all and seemed way thin. Would've been a pour, but it was all I had for the day before Halloween.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.32/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a sampler glass, one gets a get shot of cinnamon in the aroma.The appearnce was a golden color with an off white head. Without being overdramatic, this is the worst pumpkin ale I have ever had. At first, it reminded me of the little cinnamon hearts at grade school Valentine's Day parties. Then I further though those hot dose of Cinnamon reminded me of Hot Dam! Nobody drinks that stuff straight, and nobody should put it in my beer. When it came to the aftertaste, it got the burn of cinnamon mouthwash yielding to a more mediciney flavor. At least the beer was thin and the taste did not last long. Did I get the bottom of the barrel in my bottle? Pumpkin and clove and the other things people found were nonexistant as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of Tbone
2.4/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

What little head there is disappears right away.

Not much aroma at all outside of some clove.

The taste is dominated by a spice profile that is just off and not very pleasant. Just way too much clove, which of all the pumpkin spices used is THE one that can be ruinous if overused.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

This is perhaps the worst pumpkin beer I have had (out of about 20).

If you want an Imperial Pumpkin stick with Southern Tier, even if this years version is too heavy on the cinnamon.

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Photo of Brent
2.43/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

While sometimes less is more, here an enthusiastic load of spices was simply way too much - actually overwhelming. Nutmeg, allspice, clove - raid the spice cabinet. A pumpkin pie with this much spice would be overdone, and this beer bordered on undrinkable. Sweet, a bit syrupy malt with some ETOH heat. Struggled on for a while and gave up.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.48/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 3/5/12

Thanks, Tony.

The honey orange color has a nice depth and is rather clear. I was able to manage about a finger's worth of soapy foam but it wasn't inclined to stick around. A skim remains, as do some bubbles around the collar. There are a few streaks of lace.

The spices mentioned on the label are easily found - ginger, cinnamon, clove and allspice; but the aroma doesn't stop there. No, no, there are also notes of buttery caramel, candy corn, mildly toasty bread and a faint metallic twinge on the peripheries; a spritz of air freshener, too.

Tastes pretty much like I'd expect based on the nose - trying to turn pumpkin pie into beer and not pulling it off. The plus side is the spices are a bit more downplayed than they could be and the overall trend of the beer is toward the dry side. Baked bread rounds it out. Some alcohol lingers on the back end, but it's not very hot.

Medium feel overall; the body has a more robust center but thin, almost watery outskirts. Weird. It's fairly smooth though having only a marginal agitation from languid carbonation to drag across the old palate. Finishes with spice decay and something plastic.

Frog's Hollow: Hey, at least it ain't Pumking!

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Photo of oberon
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Iam not sure if I got a bad bottle but Iam gonna review it now and get another in the future,this was not very good at all.Poured a dull burnt orange with no head to speak of at all,just looked flat.Heavy spice in the nose with cinnamon,and clove being most prominant over mace and cardamom.Overly spiced flavors with cinnamon and cardamom being way overdone.I had high expectations for this beer,Iam not sure if its off, or really this bad.Just sweet boozy and overspiced.

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Photo of ltjska04
2.68/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a deep orange but barely had any head. The smell is all cinnamon at first with other spices coming later. Smells like Big Red gum. The taste reminds me of toothpaste. Minty with some cinnamon, not what I expected. The body is also kind of thin for being imperial. Overall a disappointment, maybe a bad bottle?

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Photo of Jammies
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pours an orangish golden brown with minimal foam that immediately disappears

S- incredibly sweet pumpkin smell and yet not overbearing

T- a little sweeter than expected. Too much ginger

M- light body, but a little coarse on the palate

O- wouldn't buy this one again. Too potent with the overly sweet notes

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Photo of mikereaser
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 11/9/09

A - Pours a rust orange with just a bit of foam

S - mostly pumpkin spices and sweet malt

T - powdery, pumpkin pie spice, dry feeling, not that great of a taste, but not overly bad, i put it in the middle in terms of other pumpkin beers

M/D - smooth, light-medium bodied, for some reason it seems powdery to me, I don't think I will be buying this one again.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer pours a dark orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles that boil up to form a head which equals a collection of large white bubbles.

S- The soft dark caramel aroma is supported by a stale spice note. Even with lots of sniffing I couldn't get much more out of this beer.

T- The beer has a vegital flavor with some cooked pumpkin qualities but other cooked vegetable flavors are stronger. There is a slight sweetness which blend into a dull mellow spice character. The finish is a bit of alcohol heat and more dull spices that are non-descriptive.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and a warming alcohol heat in the finish.

O- The spices are a bit stale and bland or really overcooked with an odd vegital flavor for support. I didn't get any malt character out of this. I was pretty let down and I enjoy pumpkin beers this time of year.

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Photo of Beejay
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pumpkin orange in color. There was some white head, but it disappeared very quickly. Crystal Clear, but no head after about a minute.

S: Sweet with cinnamon and nutmeg. Some caramel notes, but as the head disappears so does a lot of the scent.

T: Slightly spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon notes. A hint of sweetness, and some nice toasted notes in the finish. A bit boozy though.

M: Medium bodied with effervescent carbonation. The carbonation is a bit too much for the style, and for the body I think. The booze mixed with the carbonation makes an interesting, but not necessarily pleasant combination.

D: The taste is good, but not great. This one doesn't seem to hit the high standard I have come to expect from this brewery. It is by no means a failure, but it is far from amazing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to recall1242 for sending me this one!

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to nothing. No lacing on this one whatsoever. Smell is very spice forward with the cinnamon coming across as cinnamon flavored gum. I am also getting some minor malt and pumpkin aromas. Taste is of cinnamon gum right off the bat, followed by other pumpkin pie spices. Actual malt and pumpkin flavors are very subdued overall. This beer does have a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is just not a very good beer. All the components are average or above but all together this beer is too one dimensional with the overwhelming spice (especially cinnamon) smells and tastes.

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Photo of jrallen34
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I drank this from the bottle into a pint glass.

The beer pours a light orange with a tan head ok retention, light lacing.

The aroma was very strong of pumkpin and nutmeg.

The taste was ok, a little to strong on nutmeg almost makes you gap until you've had a few drinks and you're used to it. The mouthfeel is heavy but not highly drinkable.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is transparent deep golems orange, fairly tight white head. The nose isn't overpowering but mostly spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice light. Hints of grain underneath. Taste has more grain, a light metallic note, reduced spice, light pepper spice. Body is light, high carb, a touch messy. Rather average.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 10/3/09. Bottle. Pours a clear orange with a very small ring of white head. Aroma of pumpkin spices (mostly lots of ginger, pepper, clove, nutmeg). Flavor is equally spicy with only a touch of pumpkin pie crust. On the sweet side. Overall, it just isn't very tasty nor very pumpkin-y. Bleh.

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Photo of MrELovesBeer
3.06/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My first foray into the world of Hoppin Frog was a bit disappointing. Bought a 22 oz bomber along with a bunch of other fall beers and kept it aside to taste on its own. Shared it with a buddy, poured into 8 oz tulip glasses. A beautiful burnt orange color and great smells of clove and nutmeg...but where's the carbonation? No head, no lacing. The taste is strongly clove with other spices and pumpkin in the background, but the sweetness lingers and becomes cloying with good carbonation to scrub the tongue. There's a good alcohol presence that made me check the bottle to see if it was barrel aged but again, the sweetness is overwhelming without carbonation. Overall, interesting, but not one of my favorites this season. Kind of made me want a whiskey...

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.4% ABV, 76 OG (18.4°P), 7.3 IBU

A - Hoppin' Frog's double pumpkin pours this gorgeous orange color that shimmers with crystal clarity but even with a tall, strong pour, very little head can be coerced from this beer. What's there is gone near instantly leaving the top of the beer lifeless and the smell hard to pick up.

S - Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin hardly smells like a single pumpkin let alone a double. This beer forsakes any real pumpkin additions for what might be considered a trace of pumpkin puree, but that's not all - there's a lacking of spice too! This beer smells (generally) spicy, but the blend is so jumbled, it's difficult to pin-point any one spice in the mix. The combination lets an off, buttery and fruity solvent alcohol aroma through with a candy-sweet blast of maltiness which only grows stronger with a swirl, trying to coax some head out of the beer.

T - Much tastier than anticipated, the flavor opens up a little more inviting some actual pumpkin flavor to the party. Malty sweetness continues to be the big player in Frog's Hollow though, really pushing gooey, melted caramel and lightly buttered toast into the beer. Spice stays on track with it's presence; minimal and general, with a plain, mix of "this and that" sprinkled over the beer while it finishes fruity and sweet again from ethanol alcohol.

M - Incredibly smooth and drinkable, the pinnacle of this beer is it's very nice mouthfeel, enjoyably pleasing on the palate. Medium bodied and lingering with sticky sweetness, the beer has abandoned all hop presence and barely balances it's maltiness with dry spice. Of course the thinning, solvent alcohol which permeates through the very core of this double pumpkin helps in that regard, too.

O - I'm a big proponent of pumpkin beers, especially in fall when very little stands in between me and trying every one I can get my hands on, but I find the money I spend on this bottle quite regrettable. Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale seemingly takes a good pumpkin beer recipe and doubles the malt with out following suit with pumpkin, spice, and hops. Overly sweet, rich with unnecessary alcohol, and completely lacking in the core essence of this beer as outlined by the name; Double Pumpkin. Where's the pumpkin? In the end, I can't bring myself to label this beer as offensive, but if it's a true "double pumpkin" you're looking for, reach for Pumking and save yourself some money in the process.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a small off white to no head. In the aroma, a mixed bag of spices and some mellow pumpkin. In the taste, a mixed bag of spices, but none that stand out more than the other, and a touch fruity, especially banana. A spice bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice and banana peel in the aftertaste. Spicy, but not defined, the banana thing kind of throws me, just about average.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange clear color with no head. Upon drinking no lacing is present on the glass. The aroma is of nutmeg, cinnomon, and pumpkin. It is an inviting aroma but weaker than most. The tatse has a pumpkim backbone with the flavors of nutmeg, cinnomon, and a little breadiness to it. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Overall it was a mid pack pumpkin beer the taste and aroma were okay but not top of the class. A little stronger taste would help.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First, the notes on the label regarding this beer are clearly nabbed from the verse lyrics of Black Sabbath's "Lady Evil" (1980, 'Heaven and Hell'). If you know the song, check it out and tell me it's not true. Great move!

If a pour can indicate mouthfeel, I'm just going to predict this is thin and maybe even watery. We'll see, but it poured out kind of limp and stringy like...and the thin head flattens to absolutely nothing quickly (no skim, no crown). At 8.4%, I can't imagine this is dead or old, but it looks that way. Color is nice though, a burnt autumn-leaf orange-rust, not unlike the guts of the pumpkin itself.

The nose is more like it, balanced between the spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, clover) and the flesh of the almighty Hallowe'en squash. Pretty straightforward pumpkin ale aroma, reminiscent of Cottonwood's version; solid if unspectacular.

Flavor lays out the spices and squash in equal measure, as in the nose. Ginger spikes out a little from the rest, and there's a buttery element too. A lemon-lime bite, not unlike Sprite soda or something similar, is also here, and the soda comparison is full-on in the sweetness of this beer, as well as the mouthfeel. Texturally its not as thin as I predicted, but is actually totally over-carbonated, over-tingly and pretty much intrusive to the flavor. Big pumpkin ales (over, say, 6.5% or something) should be creamy as all get-out. At least, the best ones are and have proven creaminess a great asset to a killer pumpkin ale flavor. Here there's pretty good flavor made nearly enjoyable by the coarse and aggressive texture.

Could've been better. Considering how much I like Hoppin' Frog's Russian imperial stout and double IPA, I figured this could threaten the throne of the great Pumking. But no, it doesn't.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
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!!

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Photo of wcintula
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My third Hoppin' Frog beer, I'm becoming a little disenchanted with the brewery.

It pours the common color of most other pumpkins with a head to match the others as well, however poorly sustained. Similar aroma profile but heavy on something. There's one thing that stands out as another recent reviewer put "like potpurri" but I'm not likin' it. A bit boozy which isn't welcome here due to other flavor flaws, I'm looking forward to liking a beer again from Akron Ohio.

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Photo of teromous
3.23/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.