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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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BA SCORE
87
very good

691 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 691
Reviews: 262
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 12.24%
Wants: 51
Gots: 72 | FT: 5
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 dbmata
4.53/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Saw this today and wondered how it slipped through the cracks. Rated accordingly (i.e. taking age into account).

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color into a tulip. About a finger + of white head is achieved with a regular pour that dissipates quickly leaving just splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Despite being two years old, plenty of spices associated with pumpkin pie such as nutmeg and cinnamon. As the beer warms some allspice is detected. A definite pumpkin aroma also.

Taste – Not as strong as the nose, but was perhaps as expected due to the age. A bit of a malty forward flavor that is mixed with the spices. I taste clove and cinnamon more than anything. Slight pumpkin, brown sugar, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – A solid pumpkin beer. Coincidentally I probably like this with age on it. I’ll have to pick up a fresher one to see how it compares, but this has held up surprisingly well.

Photo of ShanePB
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sampled on a crisp Fall night.

A: Clear orange/bronze body with a bubbly thin head. Some lace and retention stuck around initially, but by the end of the glass there was absolutely nothing left. No more head or lace. Pretty bland looking beer but initially it was one of the more impressive looking Pumpkin Ales I've seen recently.

S: Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet caramelized baked pumpkin flesh. A caramel malt sweetness and dry malts come in towards the end of the aromas. Sweet, spicy and a bit of pumpkin.

T: Fleshy pumpkin puree up front, wonderful spice accents of raw cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice. A slight sweetness accompanies but doesn't overwhelm at first. Faint bitter notes and distant hints of vanilla on the back end. As this warmed, I felt like the flavors became increasingly sweet and artificial. Not enjoyable so much.

M: Lower to mild carbonation, somewhat thin with a crisp and clean finish. A bit of sweet pumpkin sticking around in the linger.

This was a nice beer, and in terms of flavor, perhaps the most likely contender to take on Pumking I've tasted this year. However, I still think this one falls short. The flavors are intense but not as balanced as they could be. Not to mention it got worse at it warmed.

Photo of oline73
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a layer of off white head that fades away quickly.

Smell: Some pumpkin and malt, but the main element here is the spice.

Taste: Sweet malt and a mild bitterness balance each other pretty well. Some pumpkin and lots of spice. Nutmeg, clove, anise, and cinnamon. Spice flavor stays through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is a really solid pumpkin beer. Lots of pie spice and well balanced.

Photo of 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.

Photo of wcintula
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of samie85
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear amber color with a translucent white head that quickly dissipates.

S-Spice-bomb with allspice, cinnamon nutmeg and ginger with a bit of light malt.

T-Bitter and spicy upfront with clove, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon with a bitterness on the finish.

M-Slightly thin body with moderate carbonation and a prickly, spicy feel.

D-The spices are once again just too much for me. I prefer a more subtle pumpkin beer with less carbonation since the spices tend to thin a beer out on their own.

Photo of OneDropSoup
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker: Medium orange-copper, transparent, with nearly no head, just a collar. Nice color.

Strong clove & nutmeg in the aroma, along with a kind of orange peel potpourri character. Very much an "autumn candle" sort of smell, very forward.

Taste is surprisingly complex: Ginger, autumn spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar), with a pleasantly bracing booze sharpness & a character in the finish like angostura bitters. Many of the notes found in other pumpkin ales, but more pronounced & with some interesting new ones. Good stuff!

Medium-full bodied with a nice warming from the booze.

I'm impressed! I don't run into many great pumpkin ales any more, but this one's really doing the trick. Again, very complex & with some new qualities. Still don't know if it's in the running with Pumking, but it's not too far behind - just a very different beer.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.98/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Double Pumpkin

Pours a slightly hazed orange copper with minimal white head. The nose is of cinnamon, nutmeg and some clove. The taste is a cadied spiced up autumn brew that is perfect for this cool night. Cinnamon with pumpkin spice and some yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some candy stickiness. Overall, fire brew for the fall season that really represents the style well.

Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber poured into tulip glass...

A- Looks like pumpkin juice. Flat orange looking liquid with decent head that died quickly.

S- All spices and sweet malt on this one. Wow, this is like a cold weather potpourri. Almost too strong on the spices- cinnamon, allspice, clove, etc with minimal actual pumpkin presence.

T/M- Spices run away with the entire palate on this one. This is more like a heavily spiced winter warmer than a pumpkin beer. It is a little overwhelming and taxing on the palate. I really wish there was more pumpkin but its really just caramel, toffee, sweet kilned malts and the aforementioned spice cabinet they.dumped in. Pretty damn heavy beer. Full bodied with a bit of carbonation, but not enough.

O- This doesn't have that fresh, pumpkin pie taste that I enjoy in my pumpkin beers. I may see what some time does to my other bottle though...

Photo of movingtrain
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper, reddish-orange. Not much head to speak of here...very thin lacing along the edges of the glass.

The aroma, at first, reminds me of bubblegum. Behind that initial smell, there are hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove...well, all the elements listed on the label, really. Those spices are balanced with an odd, fruity aroma that is reminiscent of bubblegum.

The spices hit first in the flavor...cinnamon and nutmeg in the forefront, along with vanilla. It is sweet, and kind of reminds me of eggnog. There is a melon flavor in there, along the lines of honeydew. And I can't shake the bubblegum characteristic to this beer...it seems to linger around every corner.

If this beer is going for a pie-esque, sweet flavor, it has come close to the mark. My one complaint is that the beer is almost too sweet. The malt and hop character takes too much of a backseat to the strong spices involved in this brew.

Overall, is it drinkable? Yes. In fact, the warming effect of the alcohol is quite pleasant on a nice Fall night (which is what beers of this style are meant for, right?). If you like the spices associated with pumpkin pie, and are a fan of the sweeter side of beer, this one is for you.

Photo of jsanford
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnished orange with a thin white head that fades quickly, leaving no haze, nothing.
S - Aromas of sweet pumpkin with a lot of spices : cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice really stand out, making this much more spice-forward than most Pumpkin Ales.
T - More pumpkin, sweet malt, and spices. Much more balanced in the taste then in the nose, I though this would be a spice-bomb but it ends up working out nicely. Reminds me a bit of the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, but a bit heavier on the spices.
M - Medium-full bodied, slightly sticky, with moderate carbonation. The +8% ABV isn't really noticed.
O - A solid Pumpkin Ale, definitely on the spicier side of the table!

Photo of homebrew311
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep dark orange, some clarity, minimal head, no retention

S: the smell is overloaded with spices on the front, mainly cinnamon, some nutmeg and allspice in there. Pumpkin comes through mellow in the background.

T: the taste starts mild with a slight brown sugar like sweetness, this is followed by a big time sweetness along with caramel and pumpkin pie spice. The finish is flavorful and smooth. Well balanced flavors.

MF: body is thick, carbonation is low

O: this pumpkin beer is unique in that the spice profile is more intense than I've experienced in other. It captures the pumpkin pie spices well and the alcohol is well integrate.

Photo of mdvatab
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint.
Hoppin Frog + Pumpkin brew = Something I've really been looking forward to!

Aroma: Ginger, cinnamon, dry, grainy malt, and spiced cider. Very enjoyable mix of spices. Definitely leans a bit toward the tart end of the spectrum.

Appearance: On a positive note, body is crystal-clear, and copper in color. I was a bit let down by the 2-finger off-white head, though, which quickly disappeared like the foam in a glass of cola.

Flavor: Lots of ginger w/o being overly tart. As said above, cinnamon, applesauce, carmelized sugar. A sweet, light maltiness, followed by a non-bitter, clean finish. Great blend of pumpkin spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. MUCH lighter body than I'd anticipated from both the Hoppin Frog Brewery, and also from any brew that calls itself "Double Pumpkin". A bit of warming from the alcohol.

Overall: A highly-enjoyable, very sessionable pumpkin ale. I'd hoped for a bit more maltiness and body, but overall, I recommend you try this one.

Photo of ZeroSignal
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a DFH Snifter

A - Hazy amber pour with a thin, white head. Laces in nice rings around the glass as the head recedes to the edges.

S - Spices predominantly in the nose with notable presence of cinnamon and ginger, with just a hint of nutmeg. Light hint of a bready malt.

T&M - Alcohol is immediately present, but is well balanced by a serious malt profile (of the bready variety, following the nose) and an additionally serious dose of spicing. The nose mirrors the flavor very closely for both the malt and spice profile, but the body of this beer also shows off a great, sort of gourd-like pumpkin presence, as in not pumpkin of the mashed, canned variety, but that of pie pumpkin. Sweet in the finish.

O - A very nice offering of the style; not too many of the pumpkin beers I enjoy manage to get both the meaty pumpkin AND the pumpkin pie thing going on in the same beer. Well played Hoppin' Frog...well played.

Photo of drcarver
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours a think syrupy amber color. a little carbonation limps to the top and fades quickly. no lacing.

S - plenty of spice predominately allspice. sweet maltiness help round out the spice.

T/M - thick and syrupy on the pallet. spice on the front with plenty of sugar pumpkin sweetness in the back to finish.

O - very nicely done. the spice is there but it isn't overwhelming

Photo of aficionado
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Good:

Body color is a vibrant clear orange, but that's about all that's good on the appearance end of things. The smell is above average but not great. You get whiffs of baked caramel coated pumpkin with cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean. Taste is clean, crisp, and spicy... but then it gets worse.

The Bad:

The cost is about $9 for 22 oz. No lacing, no head. It's a little too dry on the finish and too sweet upfront. The alcohol is off-putting and not at all hidden. Very flat; almost no carbonation. Tastes like 10% canned pumpkin was used and then mixed with 90% artifical pumpkin extract. Sort of candylike and medicinal in flavor; like pumpkin flavored cough syrup but with somewhat of a thin body. A little too overboard with allspice and ginger. Lacking that rounded full flavor I love from beers like Schlafly Pumpkin.

I had to drain pour half of the bottle. I don't remember this being THAT bad. Perhaps it tasted better in my earlier craft beer years OR perhaps I just got a bad bottle this go around. I'm convinced I could brew a better pumpkin beer and I have never even attempted such.

Photo of JayS2629
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an orange honey color with a medium head that fades fast but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is of pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and allspice with earthy pumpkin lingering in the back. Bready notes and earthy tones.

The flavor is a bit heavy on the nutmeg, but overall a nice blend of spices, bread, and earthy pumpkin flavors. Not over the top. Slightly warming.

A bit thin, but silky and smooth.

Overall a good pumpkin beer.

Photo of shoky01
4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into pint glass.

A: Orange ambery, honey colored. A bit translucent. No head or much lacing.

S: very cinnamon, nutmeg and just spicy. More sweet potato than pumpkin. Reminds me of walking Michael's.

T: Very spicy! Cinnamon is very strong. Pumpkin is kinda hangin around but not the most prominent. I like it.

MF: eh.

OA: I really liked this, want more! Haven't found a lot of pumkins I like this one was over the top Stallone style.

Photo of wvsabbath
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Tan/brown, fairly pumpkin orange colored, minimal head, some lacing, look s slighty bland in glass.

Smell - Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, malts, Brown sugar, spices. Smells like liquid pumpkin pie.

Taste - Starts off with pumpkin and lots of ginger and malts. Not as flavor heavy as i figured it would be. Rather smooth and easy drinking. Sugars arent overboard, neither are the spices. Alcohol is really masked under the flavors. Nutmeg, allspice and ginger really are the main spices and come through from beging till end.

Mouthfeel - Its rather thin and easy on mouth. Spices and malts hit tounge, palette gets spices and ginger, and aftertaste is weak and not long lasting, only slighty bitter.

Overall - Not the flavor bomb i was expecting, espically from this brewery that features over the top flavored beers. Rather smooth and dangerous at 8.4 % drinkibilty. Wish it had more pumpkin flavor and a little lest ginger. Worth a drink for sure, just a little weak from hoppin frog.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a brownish-orage w/ a quicky dying fizzy head on top of an intense pumpkin aroma, although I pick up hints of sweet cinnamon and nutmeg but they're overpowered by pepper and clove. A real smooth and easy down the hatch body, lighter bodied and kind of slick. I found this to be an enjoyable sipping pumpkin beer as the pumpkin is strong and the sweetness is there. The spices and the alcohol narrowly edge this though, as I found sweetness giving way to a dry, alkie burn and sharp pepper spice notes. The finish is warming and spicey dry which is appreciated. A good pumpkin ale but overall I tend to like them a tad sweeter.

Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 691 ratings.