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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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693 Ratings

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Ratings: 693
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 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.

Photo of dcloeren
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


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
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
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
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
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
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
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
1.78/5  rDev -53.6%
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.

Photo of Kromes
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear amber color with no apparent head.

S: A nice pumpkin and pumpkin spice aroma.

T: Strong pumpkin and spice flavor. A little alcohol in the finish. A little bit of a buttery finish, but not in a bad way.

M: Light and good carbonation.

O: A nice pumpkin ale. Not too overpowering and a nice flavor.

Photo of sixerofelixir
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber. I can't locate any date codes. Dig the label art, like all the Hoppin' Frogs..

Expectations high, as this was a Gold Medal winner at the 2010 GABF (field beer category). Pour is disappointing, honestly. A tiny fizz of head gives way to nothing in less than a minute. The good thing is, and this is what keeps it at an average score, is that the color is a beautiful golden-orange. The light really plays around, and I see a few carb trails So, strange that it has no head. Ah, but the smell is where things get good. At first whiff, nothing more than a well-crafted, spicy pumpkin pie comes to mind. Seriously, it is a ringer - the cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice play a part here. As I drink more, the feel of the clove, and definitely the ginger come out with gobs of pumpkin. Finishes sharply. A pumpkin laser of saturation. The 8.4% is masked well. A delicious pumpkin beer.

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

2010 version I believe, poured into my Rodenbach snifter.

Pours dark amber honey color with a quickly fading head.

Without much experience with pumpkin beers I wasn't sure what to expect from this. Certainly not very similar to Punkin.

The nose is pretty great: lots of nutmeg and cinnamon up front, maybe some spiced fruit as well.

I wish the taste was just as bold but it backs off a little. I still get distinct nutmeg towards the end, but you can definitely still tell you're drinking beer.

A bit thin, not unexpected, but could be a tad smoother for my taste. Plenty of carbonation.

Overall I came in with fairly low expectations and was fairly surprised. Certainly I could only drink these every once in a while; The early onset of fall seems like a good enough time.

Photo of wowbagger
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice amber color with no head to speak of. Almost overwhelming aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg, and something vaguely describable as banana-cinnamon. Rich pumpkin flavor hits the mouth right away, and fades slowly into nutmeg and hops. Reminds me of eating a slice of pumpkin pie with the crust at the end.

I have to admit a bias toward this brewery in general, and also to pumpkin ales as a style. This is a solid example, though not my favorite. I'd say it's a little spicier than I'd like, but still good. Not as sweet as some others, which is a plus in this case.

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

Clear orang body with an off white head. The head fizzes out abrubtly, leaving a flat looking beer (although it's not at all.)

Smell is ginger and pumpkin spice with a warm alcohol.

The taste has a good dose of pumpkin. I also pick up cinnamon, allspice, and gingerbread. It's a tad boozy, but warming.

Mouthfeel is smooth with moderate carbonation.

Overall, a very good pumpkin beer.

Photo of UDbeernut
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed during an impromptu pumpkin tasting. orangey amber hue. scent is a punch of nutmeg and kiss of pumpkin. taste is more subtle but extremely enjoyable. hint of alcohol. smiley face on the note pad. have to stock up on this one as we have a few moons till thanksgiving.

Photo of ONUMello
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: Pumpkin orange, with a 1/2 finger head that quickly dissipates.
S: Pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice, particularly clove & ginger, come through. Not much in terms of hops or malts.
T: Good, but muted compared to the nose. Just a bit of pumpkin and spice- the ginger is distinct. It says it's only 7.3 IBUs and I think it could use a few more to really make the flavors stand out more.
M: Very balanced.
O: Solid and enjoyable.

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

22 ounce serving with a big deep orange copper body representing the Hoppin' Frog out of Akron, Ohio. Aroma hits you in the face with clove, and other aromatics in the way of ginger cinnamon and nutmeg. Classic pumpkin pie spices with some meaty juicy pumpkin gourds going on as well. Really well balanced between loads of pumpkin pie spice and sweet caramel candy pumpkin fruit sugars, pretty amazing feet to spice it so heavily with a beer with this much spice character to not come off cloying. Almost a toasted marshmallow like experience full of roasted caramel, this beer is pretty awesome even if you don't like pumpkin pie. It's actually easier to drink than alot of other imperial pumpkin ales out there but just super spicy, I'm givnig my second half to my wife and I will cleanse the palate and start in on a fresh six of Green Flash WCIPA. Overall a decent pumpkin ale that should probably be served in 12 ounce portions, but it's still a good version of a widely abused style.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppin Frog Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale

22oz bomber. Pours a deep orange color. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and some real pumpkin smell as well. In the taste, a solid layer of the pumpkin pie spice, with pumpkin flavor in the background. A touch of vanilla, but mostly a dry spicy flavor. The alcohol is very well hidden. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, with a lingering spice. Overall, a nice Imperial Pumpkin Ale. If you like a well spiced pumpkin pie, this beer is for you.

Photo of Viciousknishs
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours an orangey amber color.

S- gigantic spice aroma with the allspice and nutmeg in the forefront. The other spices are more subtle but you can pick them out. Roasted pumpkin on the finish.

T- Malty caramel flavor at first with a touch of the alchohol. Big pumpkin spice flavor. The nutmeg, clove and allspice up front with notes of the cinnamon and ginger. The ginger works really well and brings some interesting demension. Roasted pumpkin and a touch of sweetness on the finish.

MF- Round full mouthfeel with a big body and soft carbonation.

D- average drinkability

Overall a very delicious pumpkin ale.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 22oz brown pop top bomber, nice label, no date, but this is from last season at the least, as we picked it up in January and then forgot about it. Oops!

Appearance: Bright, attractive pumpkin-orange hue, nice clarity, but the medium white cap fades to the scantest hint of a ring in about 30 seconds.

Smell: One of the sweetest, spiciest pumpkin beers I've come across yet. Sweet, slightly earthy, and big allspice notes. Pretty straightforward, but pleasant.

Taste: Sweet and TONS of spice (allspice). Spice spice spice. Earthy, fruity characteristics as well. Light alcoholic notes, and a bit of brown sugar. A bit different, but nothing offensive really.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, and slightly alcoholic

Overall: The sweetness and allspice notes are nice, and there's a weird earthiness as well that is a bit unique and interesting. Overall, however, it reminds me more of a Christmas Ale than anything else. I'd be interested to try this fresh and see what it's like.

Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 693 ratings.