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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 08-30-2009)
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Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium orange to copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin and traditional pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice.

T: This pumpkin beer is not sweet which is a pleasant surprise - there is a good strong flavor of pumpkin and spices, about evenly split. There is a light amount of bitterness and a bit of ginger spiciness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: The alcohol is this beer is hidden in the taste but there is a light presence in the mouthfeel - this is an enjoyable beer but definitely not sessionable due to the high ABV. I enjoy the fact that while I pumpkin beer, it is not overly sweet.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 00:55:07 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of JCaweinstein


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very nice looking amber color, towards the lighter end of the spectrum. It's crystal clear and lightly carbonated and there is virtually no head at all which is the reason I gave it a lower score.
I smell pumpkin and other spices, cinnamon is the one I can distinguish from the others. The aromas are very delightful and remind me of pumpkin pie.
There is not much of a hop presence in this beer at all. I do taste the pumpkin and spices, most notably the cinnamon.
For an 8.4% abv this is incredibly light bodied and the alcohol is not detectable. There is mostly malt sweetness that is balanced nicely by the pumpkin and spice. Again, this is not very carbonated which, in my opinion doesnt work well with this beer.
This beer smells and tastes very good. It's maybe a little lite on the body and I would like some hop presence so that I know I'm drinking beer. On the other hand it's one of the better pumpkin beers I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 18:39:22 | More by JCaweinstein
Photo of trxxpaxxs

New York

4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber hue with about one and a half fingers of head that settles fairly quickly around the edges of the glass. There is spotty lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pumpkin, nutmeg, yeast, and sweet malt. It's not the greatest smelling beer, but it's really nice for a pumpkin beer in July.

T: It starts out simple and sweet right up front. The pumpkin flavors start to hit the palate a bit after, and eventually the spices in this beer come alive. The real magic is in the finish. Everything cuts away except for the pumpkin and the cinnamon. It's like pie.

M: Medium bodied beer. The flavors are all there, and nothing sticks around for too long.

O: I like this beer. The flavors are solid, without being over-the-top. I look forward to seeing this in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 23:48:45 | More by trxxpaxxs
Photo of BostonHops


3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
(~6oz worth)

pours an orange / medium amber tone while yielding a finger or so of a beige-like head. decent retention and lacing. the usual suspects come to play in the nose. pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. definitely more spice than pumpkin. a touch of booze if evident.

all of the above pull through in the flavor. and while it's tasty, it isn't the show-stopper than pumking or even dfh's punkin is. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall it's a solid pumpkin ale, flavorful and enjoyable. however i wouldn't put it at the top of my list of favorite pumpkins. tried as part of a pumpkin ale tasting and it generally ranked among the middle of the pack, behind the likes of pumking, weyerbacher imperial pumpkin, and punkin.

(originally reviewed: 09-26-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 22:34:27 | More by BostonHops
Photo of bierguru


1.65/5  rDev -57.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:23:06 | More by bierguru
Photo of cpetrone84


3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 14:55:21 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of Ryan011235


2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 05:31:23 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of RickS95


4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look isn't happening. It's a clearish burnt orange. I got no head whatsoever, maybe a few bubbles.

The smell is what I'm looking for in a pumpkin beer. Not so much the pumpkin but the pumpkin spices. Cinnamon and cloves dominate the nose, but in a good way. There is a maltiness to it that brings balance.

Stellar taste. The spices hit the tongue hard but nothing is offensive. The maltiness shines here too, bringing the same balance to the drink. Kind of bready with some alcohol in the finish.

Not a lot of complexity. Very spice forward. A bit sticky early on but it eases in the swallow.

I could drink this every night and be happy about it. I've had a lot of fall seasonals and this is pretty much spot on for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 02:57:39 | More by RickS95
Photo of cindyjeffsmith


4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear straw colored. Nearly no head at all.
Smell: ummm...pumpkin pie. As advertised, allspice, nutmeg, cloves. Very nice.
Taste: man, this is nice. Like drinking pumpkin pie. All the spices of the nose very nicely balanced.
Overall: one of the best pumpkin brew IMO. This'll be on Thanksgiving table next year.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 23:38:28 | More by cindyjeffsmith
Photo of zrab11


3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice orange color with a quickly fading white head

S-has a pretty decent aroma to it. I am catching a lot of pumpkin and spice and also some yeasty smells as well

T-Has a yam flavor up front followed by some cinnamon in the middle and then finish's with a yeasty dry finish

M-Medium to light bodied with decent carbonation

D-Overall this was a little bit of a let down.. It had alright flavors but i don't think everything came together like they wanted it to.. Its a decent pumpkin ale but there are tons out there that our better. I'm glad to have tried this but i will reach for something different next October.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 04:41:13 | More by zrab11
Photo of Jammies


2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 17:08:10 | More by Jammies
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour opens up with a autumn orange color with a neat clarity revealing a slow and leisure rise of spaciously separated micro-bubbles. The head is soapy and bubbly, quick to dissipate, with a macadamia nut color leaving a polished surface with no window dressing.

S: Ginger and cinnamon sticks are first to get noticed on the nose, followed by cloves and all spice. A potpourri of holiday spicing. Sweet toasted cereal grains (cinnamon toast crunch), and light toasted apple peels. Strength is dominant at first, a bit animated and exaggerated rather natural.

T: Sweet, dry toasty caramel grains with strong hints of cloves and ginger. All spice and cinnamon are quick to follow up. Flavor is clean and spicy, with a well balanced representation between the 5 indicated spices. While the spicing is indeed dominant there are flashes of pumpkin puree evident as well coming through along with nutmeg and some brown sugar. Lightly dry and toasted bread and grains come on the close along with cinnamon sticks. Spicy and sweet.

M: toasty warm and malty with a syrupy consistency and a quiet carbonation factor. Nutmeg spicing coats the tongue after the swallow.

O: Overall liked the flavor, imperial spicing while the alcohol is hidden rather well behind the sweetness and spicing. Flavor is quite clean and very smooth in transition. Good dessert beer. If you like your pumpkin pie heavily spiced then this may be for you.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 23:49:55 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Brent


2.42/5  rDev -37.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 18:07:06 | More by Brent
Photo of danbar


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey-brown color with just a tiny bit of quick receding, white head.

Spices are ridiculously pungent. Get a lot of cinnamon, cloves and ginger and not much else.

Taste starts of sort of bready and ends with a cornucopia of the spices in the nose. A tad sweet but not all that sweet and no hops to be found.

nice carbonation, fairly light and refreshing.

Very good pumpkin ale. On the pricey side but so is every beer in DC :)

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 03:32:56 | More by danbar
Photo of spitInTheOcean


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poor head retention. off white head. copper color. clear. fair lacing.

SPICE!!! clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. the ginger is not so apparent. pumpkin can be smelt, and so can malt. smells sweet. no hop aroma.

very sweet upfront. malty and spicy. in the middle. spicy finish.no discernible hop flavor or bitterness. pretty pretty pretty pretty spicy. pretty spicy. all of those spice flavors in the aroma are in the taste and the allspice is definitly the biggest. pumpkin flavor is bigger than the malt flavor. the overall spice character is pretty well balanced with the body of the beer.

medium/full body. soft carbonation. slight warming effect from the alcohol.

good tasting beer here. its just not what i would call a pumpkin first and foremost. giving it a rough ballpark estimate the spice flavor is like four or five time as big as the pumpkin flavor.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2011 05:38:33 | More by spitInTheOcean
Photo of Brenden


3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These notes are from a pumpkin tasting that took place a while back, but they're good.

This beer is a sort of amber-orange with a light haze to it. Activity is consistent and aids in the formation of a solid light orange head just over a finger tall that leaves lightly patchy but continuous lacing almost all the way down the glass.
The aroma isn't shy. Like Frosted Frog, Hoppin' Frog's Winter seasonal offering, this one shows a propensity toward being overspiced. Unlike that beer, however, this one thankfully stops short, allowing the beer itself to show itself with the spices as a nice addition. A nice malty base offers some caramel notes but a bit more breads with a bit of sweetness while a varietal spiciness (cinnamon and nutmeg notes prevalently) round it out, and some pumpkin flesh shows up, which is always important for a pumpkin beer.
The taste, fortunately, follows suit: a strong malt backbone, pumpkin flesh, a variety of pie spices threatening but stopping short of overkill, caramel and breads leaning toward toasty, and a bit of sweetness. This is a pretty well-rounded beer.
The mouthfeel is medium but falls a little short, going a touch thin. That said, it does have a bit of body to it and is actively carbonated for a good smoothness, but it could be bigger. I tend to think the higher alcohol thins it out a bit, and something needs to be amped to make up for that. Otherwise, it's really not bad at all.
This is another pumpkin beer lovers of the style could make a regular.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 15:17:56 | More by Brenden
Photo of Mar02x


3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We blind tasted this beer in the Mug ( a pub in Middelburg, The Netherlands). During our tasting session in a particular style we taste 6 beers, one beer is always an exemption on the style. This was the exemption.

A - A light brown (some would call it orange) hazy ale with a tiny off white foam ring.

S - A very spiced beer; cinnamon, honey, nutmeg. It smells like some kind of medicine.

T - A different kind of beer with cinnamon and a lot of other herbs.

M - A medium to high carbonation together with a light bitter finish.

O - There was no love for this one in the tasting group. I think it was because of the barrel aged stuff is totally different. I think it's fun however.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 20:02:45 | More by Mar02x
Photo of n2185

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange with barely a finger of beige head that quickly vanishes with no lacing.

S: Typical pumpkin spices up front followed by sweet bready aromas mixed with vanilla. Some faint pumpkin/yam-like aromas peek through as well.

T: Lots of pumpkin spices up front followed by a strong malt backbone with some vanilla mixed in. The finish is bready and sweet with more spice notes. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: Medium body with lowish carbonation, this beer is a bit less creamy than I'd like, but avoids being watery.

O: A pretty decent pumpkin ale. I'd like a bit less spice presence in the flavor and more vanilla/pumpkin. Still, it smells quite good and is pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 00:17:20 | More by n2185
Photo of russpowell


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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....

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 02:32:18 | More by russpowell
Photo of brstls4drmrs

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks cosmicevan!

A - Pours a burnt orange/amber color with a small off-white froth. minimal lacing.

S - Bodacious scents of spice including nutmeg and clove. Some cinnamon in there too. Also get some pumpkin which blends there nicely.

T - When this brew first hits my mouth I get a lot of spice and pumpkin flavor (wish there was more pumpkin). The typical spice flavors such as nutmeg and clove. But the aftertaste had a slightly dry vegetable almost burnt flavor to it. I couldn't quite put my finger on it. It was just a bit different.

M - Crisp with a good amount of carbonation.

O - A good pumpkin brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 16:40:58 | More by brstls4drmrs
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info.

The pour is lighter orangy amber, near clear, minor head and equally lame lacing (next to none)

Nose of pumpkin pie spicing.

Quality pumpkin ale, typical spicing and all the expected flavor components...a bit of alcohol showing itself here and there...nice thanksgiving night night capper...

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2011 02:35:40 | More by Billolick
Photo of Vierenner


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is top-notch -- very inviting. Pumpkin flavor and a delicate sweetness are noteworthy and push this beer up the rating scale. My only criticism is the beer seems a bit watery and flat. My wish is that the beer would have been twice as strong flavorwise (increased cost/price would be worth it!) and that it would form a rich head in the glass. That would be an A+.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 02:49:26 | More by Vierenner
Photo of ummswimmin

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my first beer after being sick for six days, and I am really excited to have a good one. I heard many good things about Hoppin' Frog in the past, which inclined me to pick up this bottle.

I used a snifter glass to maximize the smell coming off this beer. I get a ton of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

The Double Pumpkin is deep orange with minimal foam and carbonation.

This beer tastes very good. You get more pumpkin in taste than even in the nose. The spices balance really well with the pumpkin flavor.

Double Pumpkin is a good beer. I enjoyed this return to the suds.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:09:15 | More by ummswimmin
Photo of bobhits


3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

It doesn't take a village to raise a child, but it does take a lot of elements to work together.

Pours an orange nearly dead liquid color. This is thick with just enough bubbles (do NOT read head) to let you know there was an attempt to carbonate it.

The nose is nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course punkin. A few faint alcohol notes as well, not sweetness, malt, hops, or anything else.

A spiced and interesting beer. There is virtually not malt back to this nor any hops. A good bit of spices and a few hints of sweetness to add flavor. The finish is nearly void of flavor.

There is no carbonation to speak of. This makes the beer an odd one to drink. It isn't so heavy in flavor or body that it is a choice it is just weird.

The beer is better than this review sounds, but just is really weird...I don't know a better way to describe it. Factor in a retail price of 12 bucks a bomber and this is a beer I won't have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 01:21:34 | More by bobhits
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a bright orange with a fluffy two finger white cap. Streams of bubbles push their way to the top of the glass, Some mild spider web lacing.

They weren't kidding with the double. A hearty dose of booze on the nose. Fleshy pumpkin is strong, while nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon round everything out.

Fleshy pumpkin up front while the spices carry you through the finish. As this warms, the spices become a little overbearing and the booze gets a little stronger.

The feel is pretty average. Nothing groundbreaking. Boozey finish with loads of spice.

This started off pretty good, but went downhill as it warmed. The spices and booze began to dominate and it just never recovered. I prefer more pumpkin and less spice in my pumpkin ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2011 03:55:20 | More by ColForbinBC
Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 576 ratings.