Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.05/5 rDev +5.5%
Probably my favorite Pumpkin Ale thus far.
A- Pours a pretty much clear golden color. Small white head, has pretty much no retention or lacing.
S- Pumpkin all over the place on this one. Quite a bit of spice going on too: such as ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit of malts come in too.
T- This beer follows the nose perfectly. The spices and malts blend well and nothing is over the top. Right on.
M- Medium in body and the carbonation seems light.
D- Easy to drink for sure. I'll pick this one up for sure next season.
02-24-2010 08:36:22 | More by nrbw23
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
22 oz bottle, picked on latest trip thru Columbus.
Pours slightly cloudy, bright orange color, thin head, minimal lace. Lots of spicy aromas as soon as the cap comes off. Label lists cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, ginger; an they all are there. Sweetish malt base, with all the spices in the finish. Good level of carbonation. Not really any hops or bitterness, but not missed. No alcohol burn dispite the high alcohol percentage. Lots of body, full-flavored, an enjoyable sipper with layers of flavor coming out more as it starts to warm. One of the best 'pumpkin pie in a bottles' since Propeller Pumpkin.
02-14-2010 00:09:21 | More by BigBry
4.33/5 rDev +12.8%
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass
A - Caramel colored, ok carbonation poured to one finger of foam
S - Sweet cinnamon spices. Fair amount of hops and malts
T - Light bodied compared to some of the other pumpkin brews I have had and also smooth when going down. Noticed the spices on the tongue but yet smooth
M/D - I very tasty brew from Hoppin Frog, it isn't an over powering pumpkin ale. It shares a great blend of spices and malts. Smooth going down with no real after taste. Great Ale to enjoy and share, perfect fall seasonal which will add to my radar for purchasing again
01-20-2010 19:20:24 | More by FreshmanPour77
2.83/5 rDev -26.3%
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.
01-06-2010 21:13:26 | More by mikereaser
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
3.6/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours a light orange color with minimal white head and light lacing.
Smells of cinnamon and cloves with a little nutmeg in the back. Not a lot of pumpkin but there may be a very light presence in there.
Taste comes off very much like the smell with a lto of noticeable cinnamon and nutmeg but lacking with the pumpkin. The finish does yield mild notes of pumpkin, but this one is largely dominated by the spices. Not bad but not quite as exciting as I had hoped.
Medium body with light to medium carbonation. Overall this really wasn't too bad but could've been pulled off a lot better. It seemed better as a spiced beer than as a true pumpkin ale and I expected better from Hoppin Frog. A nice try and certainly not a drainpour, but not worth what was paid.
01-01-2010 07:55:43 | More by Vengeance526
3.43/5 rDev -10.7%
22oz. bomber into tulip on 12/23/09.
A - Clear, sparsely carbonated rusty orange body with wispy off-white head that diminished to a thin ring of retention and left virtually no lacing.
S - Intensely spicy with equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice dominating the aroma. This brew displays a hint of pumpkin character, perhaps, but is overshadowed by its assertive spiciness.
T - Just as with the aroma, the flavor is dominated by an assortment of warm autumn spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. There's even a hint of ginger in the mix. Finishes with a bready, doughy malt character reminiscent of a spicy holiday cookie.
M - Medium bodied with a warm, sticky mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Finishes with a bit of spicy heat on the back of the tongue.
D - Pretty solid imperial pumpkin ale, although I wouldn't rate this on par with the likes of, say, Pumking. Ultimately, the spiciness gets a bit heavy-handed, which prevents the pumpkin character from really shining.
12-31-2009 17:19:21 | More by ffejherb
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
3.23/5 rDev -15.9%
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.
12-23-2009 23:06:12 | More by Metalmonk
3/5 rDev -21.9%
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.
12-19-2009 03:04:00 | More by LilBeerDoctor
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
Poured 22 oz bomber into a tulip glass.
A- After a vigorous pour into a beer clean glass, the head dissipated quickly leaving only a few bubbles around the rim of the glass. Other than the lack of head, a crystal clear orange/amber colored beer with light carbonation.
S- Heavy on the ginger at first, very little of the other spices listed on the bottle. As the beer warmed, nutmeg came through while the ginger gave way.
T- Ginger, moderate alcohol, spices, much less pumpkin than I expected in a double pumpkin ale. The pumpkin is there, but overpowered by the nutmeg. A spicy aftertaste. With this much ginger, I think more of a malt backbone and more pumpkin would have really improved the beer. Interesting, but not what I expected.
M- As the beer warms up and the ginger subsides, the beer feels more viscous, an improvement.
D- Not a beer I would drink very much of. Most pumpkin beers are sessionable, but the higher alcohol and ginger bite make this a one bomber sitting.
A nice attempt to try something new with a pumpkin beer by adding the ginger. However, I expected more pumpkin in a beer labeled Double Pumpkin Ale. Maybe the "Double" was only meant to modify "Ale" and not "Pumpkin"?
12-03-2009 18:19:35 | More by Pecorasc
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
3.78/5 rDev -1.6%
A: Golden orange and transparent. Virually no head despite my efforts, and virtually no lacing. Maintains a foamy rim with that little bit of carbonation in the middle.
S: Pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg? Not sure about the last. In that order. Definitely a sweet smell.
T: Sweet. Pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg. Not really getting any cinnamon though. Can't notice the hops. Almost has a vanilla taste on the way down. Aftertaste of pumpkin. Nice and clean.
M: Decent carbonation to taste. Crisp, leaves your mouth a bit wet (not labmic/wild wet, just not dry wet).
D: Definitely tasty, a decent brew to pick up to celebrate the autumn. It's not a heavy beer, but I'm sure I'll sip at it for the rest of the night...
Notice the 7.4 IBUs...
11-28-2009 03:54:33 | More by cwps48
3.53/5 rDev -8.1%
Orangey honey colored with nearly no head despite a vigorous pour.
Strong vegetal aroma with big notes of vanilla and nutmeg, some subtle cinnamon.
Rich flavor of vanilla and nutmeg, cinnamon with a slight peppery bite, notes of pumpkin and squash, not picking up any ginger. High sweetness, not adequately balanced by the bitterness.
Slick mouthfeel, nearly syrupy, low carbonation, could use some body. Warmth and tingles on the tongue in the finish.
Tasty beer, but needs some body and balance.
11-27-2009 22:31:48 | More by far333
3.63/5 rDev -5.5%
22 oz bottle poured into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured with a small white head that all but disappeared quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is mostly the spices, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. A little bit of pumpkin aroma in the background. Taste is similar, lots of spices. Spices are a little too much for me, cinnamon is the main flavor I get. Would have liked to taste a little more of the pumpkin instead of the spices. Not bad but not my favorite pumpkin ale.
11-23-2009 00:13:13 | More by billab914
4.45/5 rDev +15.9%
Marco - thanks for getting this for me!
A - Has a cloudy cider look with little head retention. Had to poured hard to get a head
S - Pumpkin pie in a bottle: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pumpkin even some yeasty breadiness for the crust!
T - Nice ale with roasted nutiness. Tate as it smells with the spices and pumpkin.
M - A little thin but still nice. Spices up front with a slight (but good) bitterness towards the end
D - A nice pumpkin brew. The spices are not overpowring and are great throughout. I've had a few pumpkin ales and this truley is the best I've had.
11-14-2009 22:52:21 | More by TommyBuckeye
3.98/5 rDev +3.6%
Hoppin' Frog Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin
Clouded and carbonated, bright orange coloration, slim head, soon gone.
Spice up front, cinnamon aplenty. Maybe nutmeg or clove, but the heat says cinnamon. (Looking at the label, allspice and ginger, too.)
Sweet pumpkin meat meets sweet malt, nice and smooth, with spices along for the ride. Brisk carbonation up front, yummy pumpkin, getting mellow in the end.
Hardly any hops at all, but that's not surprising, for the style.
Tasty stuff, lots of pumpkin flavor, full-bodied, hearty.
I like this.
11-07-2009 06:59:22 | More by feloniousmonk
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
3.93/5 rDev +2.3%
22 oz. Bottle, 8.4% abv. Pours a clear golden color, with a slight copper edge. White foamy head disappears almost immediately. No lace at all.
Vegetable, pumpkin aroma. A bit of an earthy note. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice flavors shine through. Pretty heavy on the spices, but I don't find it overwhelming. Maybe a whiff of fruit, possibly citrus at the end.
Pumpkin with cinnamon sugar at the front. Fair amount of sweetness. Some earthy spices, nutmeg and allspice mainly. Finishes dry and a bit earthy.
Light body, maybe too light. Carbonation also seems light. Alcohol is well hidden. Not bad.
11-01-2009 20:32:04 | More by Bierguy5
2.95/5 rDev -23.2%
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.
11-01-2009 14:02:24 | More by jrallen34
3.95/5 rDev +2.9%
Frog's Hollow pours a nice pumpkin stained gold color. It's very clear and backlighting gives it a very nice pumpkin color. I like it. What I don't like is the absence of a head. A rather forceful pour yielded a soft white surface covering that disappeared nearly before it appeared. The result is no head. I like the color, but man...no head? C'mon now.
The nose is good. It certainly has a strong pumpkin presence. I like the approach here. It's much more pumpkin pie like, rather than straight pumpkin. Plenty of spices are noted. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger are the highlights. It smells like it has a nice, sturdy malt presence. It balances out the spices nicely. Alcohol is surprisingly tame. I'm barely getting any at all.
The flavor is nearly a mirror image of the nose. It's predominantly full of pumpkin pie spice. There's no shortage of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. They work nicely with the pumpkin and produce a slightly sweet, delectable flavor. Again, the approach here is good. I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers that have no spices or overall sweetness. They're too bland. Hoppin' Frog got it right. The spices are balanced nicely by the malt presence. Alcohol is blended extremely well. I'd never guess this is nearly an 8.5% beer. It finishes sweet and a tad spicy.
Frog's Hollow has a nice, smooth medium body. Carbonation is relatively light and doesn't interfere. I'm a little surprised by that. Given the disappearing head, I expected active and buzzy bubbles. Not so. Drinkability is good. This is tasty stuff that goes down easy. I can't say I'm the biggest fan of Pumpkin Ales, but this is definitely a good one. The bomber will be no problem, but that's enough for me.
Hoppin' Frog brews some tasty beer. They've quickly become a gem here in Ohio. Frog's Hollow isn't their best beer, but it's definitely good enough to warrant an annual release. The only problem with it is the lack of head. In the grand scheme of things, that's not too big of a deal. It's probably a little better than the final score will reveal for that reason. But, it is what it is. Good stuff, guys.
10-31-2009 02:52:38 | More by prototypic
3.73/5 rDev -2.9%
22 oz brown bomber with a nice colorful & informative label. All it lacks is some freshness dating.
Poured into my SA pint glass, the beer is orange/amber and it has a minimal white head and zero lacing.
Big spice aroma. It hits all the notes of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, etc. There is a bit of grain behind the spice.
The beer's taste leads with sweetness and more spice. There is some grains and grass in the background but spices rule here. No real pumpkin flavor, but the spices cover for that.
The mouth is thickish and it may have the best mouth feel of any pumpkin beer I've sampled.
This borders on a dessert beer and is not really a session beer for me as it is sweet. I split the bomber with my wife and both of us enjoyed it.
10-28-2009 23:05:55 | More by Redrover
4/5 rDev +4.2%
From notes 9-14-09
Eye: Crystal clear and orange in color. Not much more to it than that. Head formation and retention are poor, wish they were better. Pretty average for a pumpkin ale I guess. What you'd call the head is an off white color, and were it thicker it'd be creamy.
Nose: Big on cinnamon and clove upfront. Quite reminiscent of the candy red hots. Nutmeg and ginger come through too. All in all it smells quite nice, like pumpkin pie spice. No hop aroma, and malt sweetness is there in the background supporting the spices.
Tongue: Nice flavor overall. The spices are well balanced, cinnamon is the most dominant however. Just edging out over the others, just by a pinch. Sweet caramel maltiness comes through more than in the aroma to support the spices. There is some lightly toasted noter that mix nicely with the drying effect of the spices, especially the nutmeg and allspice. Alcohol is noticeable, but only comes out closer to the end, as a light warmth and well, alcohol note. Definitely one of the better pumpkin ales out there. I'd rank Wyerbacher and Southern Tier on top, both competing for first, Schlafly in second, DFH in third and this one takes fourth. Thats as of today, the 14 of Sept 2009. Those being the best of the pumpkins I've had to date. As it warms the smoother it becomes and the more the malt comes out.
Feel and Drinkability: All in all this one is medium bodied with a drier finish and fine and moderate carbonation. Less carbonation would give it a creamier mouthfeel in my opinion and it'd make it a bit more like pumpkin pie, which is what this is trying to emulate. This is one I'd not hesitate to buy again. If you see it pick it up, its definitely worth it.
edit: Finish on this is amazing. It tastes like I've just eaten pumpkin pie, only really get the full effect of it after you haven't taken a sip after a few minutes.
10-28-2009 00:12:28 | More by becktone
3.48/5 rDev -9.4%
A nice copper colored pour that yields a two-fingered off-white head. Retention and lacing are both pretty good.
The smell is dominated by spices, there is definitely some pumpkin hiding around in there as well. This melds nicely into the nose, but the taste is just a bit over-spiced.
There isn't quite enough body to bring all the spricing together very well, and the carbonation is a bit higher than I would have liked it.
Because of the mouthfeel and the over spicing, drinkability is just average, I had no problems finishing this bomber but I doubt I'll grab another any time soon.
10-23-2009 16:01:06 | More by grayburn
3.83/5 rDev -0.3%
A- A light copper to orange color. About a one finger head that disappeared quickly and not great lacing. Not quite a great start.
S- Wow, lots of spices. Gingerbread and pumpkin are huge in this beer. Other spices such as nutmeg and a little clove and cinnamon are apparent. In short, this smells like fresh pumpkin pie. Maybe the strongest smelling pumpkin ale I have had so far.
T- Pumpkin is the first taste and the strongest. Not as much ginger and spice taste as there was in the smell, but it does finish with a small amount of the spices. Nice for someone who is concerned about spices dominating, but I think I would prefer them to be a little more noticeable. The alcohol also becomes apparent on the finish and seems to venture a little away from a pumpkin ale. All and all, a good pumpkin ale taste, just not my favorite.
M- Thin to medium mouthfeel. Great for a fall afternoon. Moderate carbonation that does not get in the way of the taste.
D- Easy to drink and easy to put a bottle down. Great for fall.
Notes: This beer really jumps around everywhere on the categories in my opinion. The taste was unexpected compared to the smell, but I guess that is the beauty of beer. Worth having again and a nice beer for anyone looking for a pumpkin ale.
10-20-2009 01:55:44 | More by Lolli1315
Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 593 ratings.