Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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2.98/5 rDev -22.4%
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.
10-14-2011 04:23:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria. Opened at our pumpkin tasting.
Pours a moderate orange color with a fairly decent head that receded somewhat quickly. Nose is a bit overspiced, with a lot of nutmeg coming through in addition to other pumpkin pie spices. The taste mixes the spicing and the sweet pumpkin better, and also adds in a little bit of brown sugar. Medium body with good carbonation. Not the best pumpkin beer of the night, but pretty good overall.
10-18-2010 11:53:36 | More by Thorpe429
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
A: The beer is yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly faded away, leaving only some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices (allspice and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular.)
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a good balance between the flavors of pumpkins and spices. There is a light amount of bitterness and no noticeable sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.
10-13-2011 23:46:49 | More by metter98
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
"I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion."
--Henry David Thoreau
Glossy cantaloupe orange with honey colored trim. Several slow bubble streams lead up to a compact crown of foam that is midway between ivory and ecru. It lacks character and isn't exactly coating the glass. In the end, a few thin sheets of suds manage to stick.
The aroma was appreciated as soon as the cap was removed. It's pumpkin pie spicy, but doesn't have the 'oomph' that was expected given the ABV. Imperial pumpkin ales should be richer and more aromatic than this. That said, it delivers as well as most.
To be honest, Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale isn't the humdinger that my taste buds were hoping for. For starters, it's too weak in the malt department, which has implications throughout the flavor profile. More pale malt would have been the way to go. Other than the alcohol, this is the pale ale equivalent of the style rather than the DIPA equivalent. If that makes any sense.
The amount of sweetness is right about where it should be. As is the amount of spiciness, which is always crucial in a pumpkin ale. Bitterness is pretty much absent. There can't be too many beers of any style whose IBU counts (7.3) are lower than their ABVs (8.4%).
The spices listed on the label include cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and clove. It isn't easy to sort them out individually and there's really no point in trying. They work well as a team and deliver that 'liquid pumpkin pie' character that is the hallmark of the style. As the middle portion of the bomber gets underway... this is better beer than I initially gave it credit for. Scores will be increased accordingly.
The mouthfeel doesn't quite measure up. It's light enough to promote rapid consumption (not a good idea), but should have more creaminess and maybe even a little chewiness. ABVs this high come with certain expectations.
Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale is closer to Single And A Half Pumpkin Ale. Even though it earns the same scores as the three other Imperial pumpkin ales that I've reviewed so far (from Southern Tier, Weyerbacher and Schlafly), it's my least favorite. Again, more malt would fix it right up. Happy (belated) Halloween.
11-28-2009 21:44:22 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a one finger head that fades away while leaving a bit of splashy lace
Smell: Although the brew is spice-laden, with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar dominant, there is a bit of pumpkin underneath
Taste: Spices, up front, dominate the flavor profile, with vanilla and brown sugar overwhelming, along with the cinnamon and nutmeg underneath and ginger/allspice tagging along; the vanilla finishes up but there is very little pumpkin going on here as it is all about the spices
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation
Drinkability: Although the alcohol is well hidden, so is the pumpkin and this beer ultimately overwhelms with the spices
09-08-2009 01:30:43 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Although Pumpkin Ales have not been my thing, I must say that it is refreshing to have some quality ones on the market.
Frog's Hollows has a firm base beer (Pale Ale or Amber Ale with lower hopping rates) with caramel sweetness backed by fresh bread malts. Light toast early with a cookie dough middle and a crisp cracker-like finish. The pumpkin notes come through in the malts and meld well with the caramels and breads without giving the bland vegital taste that Pumpkin Ales usually give. Spices of clove and nutmeg are much more than just subtle and kinda take charge of the beer (a little more restraint here would have been nice). The cinnamon and subtle yeasty spices get lost in the mix.
I applaude Hoppin' Frog for using true pumpkin fruits and a quality base beer. They didn't need all that spice because the flavors that make this beer work are already there. This is definately not the grainy-sweet concoctions with harsh spices added and then pretending it's a Pumpkin beer. It is consistent across the board and that gives me a lot of confidence with the beer. This is pumpkin pie in a class and a joy to drink. A seriously fun beer.
11-06-2009 14:50:49 | More by BEERchitect
4.1/5 rDev +6.8%
Rich orange color was an absolute treat to look at. Some light haze and cloudiness to it, enough to make it look a bit thicker then I thought it would. A nice one inch head of white and fizzy foam came up over the top and settled down nicely into the glass leaving a good amount of side glass lace to mix around with the carbonation that could be seen streaking up.
The aroma was about as rich in pumpkin spice as you could possibly get. Huge notes of spices that just come whiffing up to the surface. This was an enormously good smelling beer. I swear if you could bottle the fall season, it would come close to this I am sure. The flavor was more of the same, rich in every sense of the word. Huge notes here of all spice, pumpkin, and hints of earthy grains. Tingling the tongue as it went down it was like a piece of pumpkin pie, which is about all that can be said
05-23-2011 01:32:26 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +4.2%
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.
12-27-2012 21:09:02 | More by kylehay2004
3.3/5 rDev -14.1%
22 ounce bomber - Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, darkened orange body with a head that totally fizzled out in the ten steps walked from the kitchen to my chair.
Smell: Aromatic spiciness carried aloft by wafting alcoholic tones with some subtler tinges of sweet-scented malt underneath.
Taste: Sweet bready malts inoculated with the usual gamut of pumpkin pie spices and a sliver of sugary caramel. A cumulative 'heat' on the tongue from the spice build up of ginger and such. I'm never really getting much in the way of actual pumpkin flavor. No apparent hop character or bitterness present. There's some slight booziness in amongst the spicy finish. Lingering piquant quality from the ginger and allspice.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.
Overall: It's okay, but, for me, it's definitely not the best from the imperial pumpkin ale patch.
10-01-2011 18:36:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.3/5 rDev -14.1%
This beer pours out as a golden copper color, almost has a little amber tone as well. The head was nice and left a good lacing down the glass. The smell was spicy, lots of clove and some other autumn spices coming off of it. The taste was nearly all clove to me. I wasn't able to get much pumpkin at all from this brew. The flavors just didn't seem balanced in this one for me. The mouthfeel was pretty good. The overall on this brew is that there seemed to be too much of one spice coming through which hindered my thoughts on this brew.
05-22-2011 21:46:35 | More by Knapp85
2.65/5 rDev -31%
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.
10-30-2011 22:13:46 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Served in a tumbler.
My first pumpkin beer of this season. Right on. It pours a clear amber-tawn topped by a finger of cream-tan foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, light clove, bread, pumpkin seeds, and caramel. The taste seems to accentuate the spices, blending them all nicely together in a buttery caramel shell. Then, an equally strong blast of pure pumpkin comes in, balancing out the spices and showing that this beer's name is more than appropriate. Damn, does this taste good! The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a kinda creamy feel. Overall, this is probably the best pumpkin beer I've ever had (other than TREAT, but I don't really put that in the pumpkin beer category). Get some.
09-04-2011 18:59:36 | More by TMoney2591
4.03/5 rDev +4.9%
Thanks to Sebastian for tossing this one my way as a freebie...
Contrary to popular opinion, this seems to have held up well over the last 6 months.
Deep hazy orange amber with super micro suspended sediment. Two fingers of foam that rise just to the rim of the Duvel tulip. It sinks back to the surface, leaving a few drips and spots on the glass. The skim stays unbroken for awhile.
Roasted pumpkin, nutmeg, cardamom, hint of bubblegum. I'm almost getting the browned crust in there too, and a hint of brown sugar sweetness. So far so good.
Full bodied and dry, some bitterness and light astringency, but not distracting. Spices linger in the finish, distinct nutmeg and cinnamon. It's a big beer, but still more drinkable than other overspiced versions of the style. Double Pumpkin is fairly balanced, with no indication of the higher abv.
The body has some slickness to it, like a hefeweizen. Reminds me of a weizenbock actually. Pretty nice, i'll look for this again in the Fall.
04-27-2010 23:32:00 | More by emerge077
4/5 rDev +4.2%
22 ounce serving with a big deep orange copper body representing the Hoppin' Frog out of Akron, Ohio. Aroma hits you in the face with clove, and other aromatics in the way of ginger cinnamon and nutmeg. Classic pumpkin pie spices with some meaty juicy pumpkin gourds going on as well. Really well balanced between loads of pumpkin pie spice and sweet caramel candy pumpkin fruit sugars, pretty amazing feet to spice it so heavily with a beer with this much spice character to not come off cloying. Almost a toasted marshmallow like experience full of roasted caramel, this beer is pretty awesome even if you don't like pumpkin pie. It's actually easier to drink than alot of other imperial pumpkin ales out there but just super spicy, I'm givnig my second half to my wife and I will cleanse the palate and start in on a fresh six of Green Flash WCIPA. Overall a decent pumpkin ale that should probably be served in 12 ounce portions, but it's still a good version of a widely abused style.
09-10-2011 23:40:39 | More by WVbeergeek
4/5 rDev +4.2%
Two fingers of froth, stickage on the glass. Bright brassy amber clarity. Spiced nose, ginger and cinnamon come forward the most and tangle with the malt, pumpkin and alcohol. Smooth and slick full body. The beer shows its strength right away with a quick to warmth feel on the palate and lingering fruitiness from the yeast. Maltiness drops more breadiness than caramel. Ginger and cinnamon mirror the nose with remain dominant. Finishes semi-dry with spice and alcohol.
This beer flexes hard, yeah it has its pumpkin spiced side but the imperial side shows off a bit. I dig this beer a lot.
01-06-2010 01:19:30 | More by Jason
3.9/5 rDev +1.6%
22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Pours a clear orange copper, with a ½ finger of eggshell-white foamy head. Retains mostly around the edges but sticks around with a rich look, leaving a strong cascade of spotty foam behind. Greenish pumpkin meat is very prominent here and has a nice sweet tang to from malts and spicy notes of cinnamon, clove, and allspice. There is a bit of a floral feel here as well, which gives this a fresh pop that nicely compliments the pumpkin flavor.
The taste is sweet and sticky with that green veggie feel from the pumpkin meat hanging on the outer edges. This has just the right amount of a zesty kick to it from those fall spices and a spurt of bitterness throughout gives this some extra zing in the mouth. Finishes with a smack of spice and leftover tang on the lips. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied, with a sharp feel up front that then gets a little more mellow and creamy towards the back of the swallow. There is some definite beef to this but the alcohol taste itself is nicely hidden, hanging with a warm feel on the breath and mixing with some lingering spice.
A most welcome new addition to the increasing number of Imperial Pumpkin Ales out there over the last couple of years, this one did a nice job of providing plenty of both pumpkin meat and spice flavorings, while most importantly, keeping the heat levels at a minimum. A full 22 of this did start to wear a bit on the palate after a bit however. I'd recommend splitting this one with a buddy.
12-30-2009 13:04:35 | More by Kegatron
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours a noisy amber with a finger of cream colored head. No head retention or lacing
S: Rich pumpkin & spice aroma
T: Follows the nose, more pice forward than pumpkin up front. Soe squashyness as this warms along with metallic notes, some picey notes too. Finishis with decent squashy/picy notes
MF: Sort of thinnish, subtle carbonation, a touch of boozey warmth on the edges. Thickens up a bit as it warms, not much
A good, but over-priced pumpkin ale, for these guys this is a let down. Give me Schaflys any day day, can almost buy a case for the cost of two of these bombers; in other word either these guys & or Roof BRos in Paducah have hosed me....
12-03-2011 02:32:18 | More by russpowell
Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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