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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

704 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 704
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 53
Gots: 78 | FT: 4
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: orbitalr0x on 08-30-2009

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Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
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
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
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
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
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
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
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
4.07/5  rDev +6%
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
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
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
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
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
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of dcloeren
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had while on a business trip to Westfield, MA. Poured into a Holiday Inn Express plastic cup.

Poured a clean and crisp bright orange with about a finger off bubbley cream colored head. Was gone almost instantly.

This beer smells amazing. Lots of pumpkin but dominated by spice. This pumpkin ale has clove added to it and it really does separate it from others I've had. Other than clove, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and ginger are all present.

I think if I had whipped cream on top it would be about as close to drinking pumpkin pie as I could get. It is very spice heavy and might be overwelming at times... But considering it is a double pumpkin ale I should have expected that.

Medium bodied and adequately carbonated. Each sip coats your tongue and sticks with you. Alcohol is semi present but the burn is welcomed with open arms.

Overall this was a great find. Great tasting pumpkin ale with a hefty 8.4% abv. One of the better pumpkin ales that I've had. Worth picking up for sho.

Photo of Greywulfken
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a new (for me) 22oz pumpkin ale to try.

A: hazy orange-brown ale, a vigorous pour into a tulip kicked up a very brief and bubbly head which was gone within a minutes. Looks more syrupy than it tastes.

B: scents you'd expect from a pumkpin ale, but with a sharp spice note that sets it apart - clove, I suppose

T: very nice - The vegetal character of the pumpkin is clearly pronounced. You can taste savory spices in this beer that I didn't find as much in the other pumpkin ales. As I was drinking this, more than any other pumpkin ale, I began to think I may have eaten something made with pumpkin. Maybe that's why they call it the "double pumpkin."

M: despite no head, I am aware of the carbonation; a smooth drink - it has a unique viscosity, almost slick.

O: Naturally, I liked this beer, and recommend you try it. The sweetness of pumpkin pie spice and flavors is secondary to the savory, vegetal aspects of pumpkin - this is a full course ale. Personally, for a pumpkin ale, I tend to prefer something either a little sweeter (like Southern Tier's Pumking), a little more distinguished (like Dogfish Head's Punkin), or a little brighter (like Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin). But depending on your tastes, this may be precisely your pint of ale. Only one way to find out, eh?

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

Appearance - Amber body with a small, off-white head. Hardly any retention or lacing. Why can't anyone make a pumpkin beer with good retention?

Smell - Huge clove and cinnamon aroma. Really overpowering. I get the slightest bit of pumpkin in the back, but it's all about the spice.

Taste - Spicy start that really lingers throughout and overpowers the pumpkin. It's pretty one-note throughout. It finishes with a bit of pumpkin, but nothing like others I've had.

Mouthfeel - Easy to drink, despite being a heavy pumpkin ale. Medium high carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I wish it were creamier, but the lack of pumpkin flavor makes it just drop off.

Overall - The more pumpkin beers I have, the more discriminating I become. This tastes good, but it's just a cinnamon and clove beer. I want some pumpkin!

Photo of perrymarcus
3.92/5  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.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22.

Pours amber orange with a medium white head that retains for a millisecond.

Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, potent cloves and potent ginger.

Clove attack! The taste follows and is almost like potpourri from the ginger and cloves. There is also nutmeg and, naturally, some pumpkin.

Body is medium with a low carbonation.

Probably the most unique pumpkin ale I've had. Very flavorful and enjoyable if you like ginger and cloves, but a bit on the potent side. Worth trying for sure, but may not be a return beer for some.

Photo of MrELovesBeer
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
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...

Photo of ksimons
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear orange amber with basically no head, just a ring of lace around the edge

S-powerful spices (nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon), pumpkin, malts, and slight alcohol. Beer gets high marks for the smell which I could smell from the minute I poured the beer

T-light to medium malts, brown sugar, pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices. Alcohol gives a nice warming

M-medium body, medium carbonation, spicy finish

Overall I liked the beer a lot, smell was everything you would want from a pumpkin beer. Taste gets a little time to warm up to but when it does it's one of the better of the style

Photo of goblue3509
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear garnet/amber color, no head, and no carbonation. The color is gorgeous, but the rest of this glass falls flat on its butt with not much else to offer visually.

S - Nutmeg, pumpkin, brown sugar, some ginger, and mild alcohol.

T - Mimics the nose: mild ginger, some brown sugar, mild nutmeg, pumpkin, and slight alcohol warming on the way down. There's a slight bready nuance and leaves a slightly yeasty and nutmeg spice aftertaste in the mouth.

M - Medium body with a much lighter than medium finish, not much sugary residue left on the lips,

O - This is a solid pumpkin ale, not one of my favorites, but worth checking out. I like Pumpkin Ales and I like Hoppin' Frog, but my main drawback is the aftertaste which is a little watery for my liking and the spices could be dialed up a bit.

Photo of shortbus7
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This beer pours a dark orange reddish color with lots of carbonation bubbles and a decent 1 finger head.

S: This beer has a very strong spice component to it. Lots of cinnamon, clove, allspice, ginger, and even a little bit of bread smell to it.

T: This first thing that comes to my mind honestly is banana bread. The spices are there, but not as evident as the smell. Pumpkin makes an appearance at the midpoint.

M: Thin and well carbonated.

O: A good pumpkin beer, not my favorite, but I would definitely drink it again. A very good mix between spice and sweetness. It also masks the decently high alcohol content well.

Photo of WesWes
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber/orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has an excellent pumpkin scent along with complimentary cinnamon and nutmeg spices. The malt bill provides adequate depth and complexity. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pale and crystal malt flavor along with nice pumpkin character. The spicing is adequate and rounds out the flavor. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with low to adequate carbonation. This is a tasty seasonal that's bold, yet accessible to the casual pumpkin beer drinker.

Photo of jmarsh123
1.81/5  rDev -52.9%
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.

Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 704 ratings.