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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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645 Ratings

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 259
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 12.21%
Wants: 49
Gots: 66 | 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 ne0m00re
4.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

09/28/10- Had a bomber of this when it came out.
A: Hazy dark amber with a nice collar.
S: Roasted pumpkin, spices like pumpkin pie, green hops and a very slight cider. Welcoming and not over-the-top.
T: Cleansing subtle pumpkin pie (but mostly just pumpkins, like old-fashioned homemade pumpkin pie) and cider. Not to get poetic, but this beer tastes like Autumn. Nice body with a slight ginger characteristic. Wow. This is a pumpkin ale done right.
M: Thinner, but cleansing.
D: Really good.

ne0m00re, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of younger35
3.28/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received this brew from jampics2 in a recent trade as an extra. I do love a good Pumpkin Ale and I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time. Drank from my Port Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a surprisingly light yellowish orange with a bit of chill haze and really no head to speak of. A thin collar remains with no cap and no lacing.
Smell- Definitely no mistaking this is a Pumpkin Ale. The pumpkin is a plenty with a nice acorn squash like character and some sort of a toasted graham cracker thing. The spices are pretty prevalent as well with a lot of clove, cinnamon and ginger. The ginger and clove really stand out.
Taste- This brew is 90% spice, 10% pumpkin. Starts with a fairly substantial sweetness that is lightly tart and a little out of place. The ginger seems to be just as potent in the taste as it is in the nose as it has that spicy sort of ginger zing. A bit of clove is present as well and honestly, I get little to no pumpkin. There is a light touch of caramel and vanilla in the finish but it's too sweet and cloying for my tastes.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with a nice crisp zing of carbonation.
Drinkability- Uh, not the best. It's too sweet and oddly tart for my liking. I need a bit of pumpkin in the flavor to balance all those spices. Not sure about that tartness though. I'm thinking maybe it's an over abundance of ginger but it's weird and not really proper for a pumpkin beer. The only real strength of the beer is the fact that it's damn near 8.5% and I don't get a touch of booze. Thanks very much for the opportunity Bobby!

younger35, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.45/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma has a strong spicy overtone, mainly cinnamon, with pumpkin and subtle malty tones as well. It pours a pretty clear amber with a thick, fluffy, fairly persistent white head. Flavor is malty and spicy with a nice pumpkin-pie overtone and a hint of caramel. Texture is rather fizzy, leaving a spicy finish and a tingle that hangs around for a little bit. This is an excellent autumn beer, perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving!

Cyberkedi, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of fo5s
4.43/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Marks the first pumpkin of a number that I have stocked up for the next month. No dating on the bottle.

A- aggressive pour yield a minuscule head, but carbonation looks to be OK if minimal. Not a good start. (second pour is crispy, active carbonation that subsides quickly. not normal for a beer...more like champagne?)

S- Bottle states this has Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and clove. This myriad comes together in a strong nose that flows from the glass. Think I'm getting more cinnamon than anything else, but it's tough to distinguish here.

T- The montage arrives. Sweet (albeit thin) malts hit the palate along with a blast of spices. Well melded - there's nothing overpowering. Well balanced spices, and not over the top. Definitely multi-dimensional in contrast to many "one trick pony" pumpkin beers that rely on 1 spice. Maybe I've been drinking too many oktoberfests, but I swear this is based off of one. The body is surprisingly small / thin for something this big, but that's not a bad thing.

M- feels good. Carbonation is muted, as the pours would suggest. Smooth on the tongue.

D- for a (comparatively) big pumpkin beer, this is highly drinkable. Spices are not tedious, which is a plus. Compared to the likes of a Weyerbacher imperial pumpkin or Southern Tier pumpking I can put a bomber of this back much easier (granted I believe those are higher ABV).

Overall a great pumpkin beer. Honestly not what I was expecting from Hoppin Frog, but very solid all around. Thought this would be bigger - it's huge on taste, but the body is kept small enough that its a drinker vs. a sipper. Well done, Hoppin Frog, and at a fair price point.

fo5s, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden orange with just a thin, white layer of sparse, bubbly foam. Just a touch of lacing on the glass.

The nose is absolutely intoxicating. Smells like freshly baked pie. The usual suspects. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and the rest of the pumpkin pie spices.

The taste is very reflective of the smell. It certainly represents the pumpkin ale category well. Rivaling my favorite, Pumpking.

Somewhat dry finish, no alcohol present. A nice balance between sweet and spiced.

nerdrocker101, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of dirtylou
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, think i scooped this at Binny's - Schaumburg

appearance: split and served in imperial pints...clear golden-orange body, 1" white foam head with good retention

smell: pumpkin pie - lots of spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice.

taste: good pumpkin flavor - vanilla and cream provides a moderately heavy sweetness. Spices feature nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice. Bready malts, light alcohol warming

mouthfeel: medium-light, touch of alcohol

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of eclaycamp
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hoppin' Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin. Found this guy in a bomber about a week ago. I've recently gotten into pumpkin beers, after shying away from them for a number of years. They're an acquired taste, to be certain, but they can be quite tasty, if you know what you're getting into. First thing I notice when pouring the beer is the clarity. Brewing with pumpkin you would expect it to be cloudy, but that's not the case. Color is a crystal clear orange. (It's a pumpkin beer - what did you expect?) Fizzy head that recedes quickly. Aroma is nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, and maybe some cinnamon. Smells like pumpkin pie. Taste is more bready and caramel, like pie crust, chased by a heavy dose of more nutmeg, allspice, clove, and cinnamon. First taste and the pumpkin flavor kind of gets lost behind a heavy wall of spice. Lots of alcohol warm in the finish, which works given the taste profile. For something that calls itself a "double" pumpkin, I find that particular flavor getting lost, which is too bad because that's my favorite part of this style of beer. For an imperial I find that this lacks body, as it's kind of watery, which is also somewhat disappointing. Overall it's a nice take on the style but nothing earth shattering. Somewhat disappointed by this, though that may be because I've had some exemplary versions of this style in the past.

eclaycamp, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DOUBLE PUMPKIN? Alright, not sure what that means. Beer is orange (all of them are orange) with a one finger head of small to medium white bubbles. Beer is moderately carbonated and some lacing left on the glass. Looks good.

Pretty spicy, maybe a little overwhelmed. There is primarily nutmeg. Smells OK.

Beer is light to medium in body. Pumpkin comes through, it's pretty spicy with allspice and nutmeg but its not overwelming like I had feared from the aroma. Its pretty nice, I think the warming effect of the alcohol is helping this beer a lot. Its a decent beer and I'd expect nothing less from Hoppin' Frog. Pretty good overall.

drabmuh, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me start by saying this is a very good Imperial Pumpkin ale. I tend to enjoy pumpkin ales on this spicier side and this is one of them.

Poured a nice even caramel color with a light taupe head. Smelled of strong cloves, cinnamon and allspice. Taste of Apple Pie with Cinnamon, allspice and cloves. In fact I would say this tastes very similar to spiced Apple cider in terms of the spices they are using in here. Sure, pumpkin may be back there somewhere, but this is definitely more about the spices with a nice body and an imperial taste to it. Nice rich caramelized sugars and a heavy dosing of cinnamon blend this together to make it quite drinkable and all while having a light carbonation.


alpinebryant, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of JToad
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured directly from the bomber into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A clear golden yellow, with orange hues, kind of a liquid sunrise.

Smell's of cinnamon and cloves right away. Pumpkin is noticeable if you take a big whiff, hard to find but once you do it hits you right in the face.

Smooth up front, with a big alcohol bite on the finish. Cinnamon and allspice are prevalent, with the pumpkin taking a backseat in the flavor dept. Theres some real harshness on the back end, that I cannot tell if it is due to the alcohol, or the spices. Either way it's sharp and clean.

All in all, this is a very solid beer. I like it because it is rather unique when compared to other Pumpkin Ales out there. It's no ST Pumking, but I would def. drink this again.

JToad, Oct 21, 2010
Photo of Georgiabeer
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber with a fairly slight head. Smells somewhat sweet and toasty- less like pumpkin than pumpkin pie spices. There is also a nuttiness like toasted pumpkin seeds and a bit of waxiness. The taste is has more of that nuttiness and less spice- still not a lot of true pumpkin, but overall it's less sweet than the smell. There is an interesting finish that develops some light cocoa flavors`and then a touch of mint at the end. Definitely a bit different while still being somewhat subtle. Smooth, somewhat nutty, which lends some creaminess, and only moderately sweet in the mouth. Pretty good, a little different profile, but not a lot of real pumpkin flavor.

Georgiabeer, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of rapidsequence
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle was $9.50 from Beer Run.

Appearance: Its clear and an attractive orange color, but has almost no head and very little carbonation. Still and boring.

Smell: Very sweet and slightly caramel maltiness. Pumpkin and lots of pumpkin pie spice. Obvious alcohol.

Taste: Sort of watery pumpkin pie and too much alcohol. The aftertaste is pretty good though.

Mouthfeel: Way undercarbonated and too thin.

Drinkability: This one is a let down. The most expensive of three I recently bought (Pumking, and Weyerbachers were the others), and the worst. Its too boozy tasting, too flat, and not malty tasting enough for a "double pumpkin ale." See Pumking for the way this is supposed to be done.

rapidsequence, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of pzrhsau
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice orangish gold color with a slight head. Great crisp clean color.
S: Immediate aroma of cinnamon malt and sweet pumpkin. Very balanced and enjoyable.
T: The hops and yeast almost give it a banana flavor before the sweet pumpkin and cinnamon take over Very good combination and balances the taste of cinnamon and all spice.
D/M:Nice crisp and clean. Great balance of flavors and alcohol.

pzrhsau, Oct 20, 2010
Photo of chaz410
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this beer at the Common Market in Charlotte NC.
Pours an orange amber body with a thin white head that disappears fairly fast.
Smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, clove and alspice.
Ver spicey flavor. The cinammon nearly takes over the pumpkin which is fairly assertive. There's some essence of caramel malt but it's moslty a spice smash. It's got a lot of alspice cinammon blend and very spicey on the finish.
Fairly crisp finish for the style but smooth during the actual swallow.
Fairly drinkable after some aging but very spicey at first.

chaz410, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at Rick's in Alexandria. Opened at our pumpkin tasting.

Pours a moderate orange color with a fairly decent head that receded somewhat quickly. Nose is a bit overspiced, with a lot of nutmeg coming through in addition to other pumpkin pie spices. The taste mixes the spicing and the sweet pumpkin better, and also adds in a little bit of brown sugar. Medium body with good carbonation. Not the best pumpkin beer of the night, but pretty good overall.

Thorpe429, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pleasant modest head that leaves plenty of spots on the glass. Orange amber color and cloudy.

Strong peppery nutmeg aroma. It's so powerful, the pumpkin is barely noticeable. I think there is also some corriander and perhaps something similar to dried oregano.

Dry malt start. This quickly gives way to strong white pepper and all spice flavors. The finish is very dry. The aftertaste is similar to pumpkin pie without sugar. The body is decent, but the carbonation is quite high. Overall, a very dry ale.

smcolw, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this brew in a recent BIF. Thanks Auslander. 22oz bottle, 2010...

A: A beautiful orange / iced tea blended color with no head at all. Decent.

S: I get some brown sugar, nutmeg, and pumpkin upfront with some sweet caramel malt in the middle and some, almost ketchup scent on the backend. Who doesn't like ketchup? Good.

T: I get some heavy pumpkin flavor upfront with boozy nutmeg and piney flavors in the middle and some ginger and clove on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a nice carbonation feel flirting with thick carbonation. Good.

D: Goes down good despite the blend of flavors. Good.

All in all, this is a solid brew. Not amazing, but good. Good to try if you like Pumpkin ales. Otherwise, don't bother hunting down.

steve8robin, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Daktyls
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a faint orange color almost like the inside of a pumpkin, with a 1 finger head which slowly dissipates to a layer of bubbles almost leaving a fine lacing.

S: Definitely pumpkin smelling. So much pumpkin scent in fact, that it's rather difficult to find anything else in the nose. A little bit of spices present with a sweet sensation, but again, pumpkin, pumpkin, pumpkin.

T: Whoa. Like the nose in that most up front is the pumpkin. This is followed by some other fruitiness with a light maltiness and a slight burn to it as it goes down.

M: A lighter feeling beer with a low amount of carbonation. Sits nicely on the front of the tongue after sipping, while leaving a little bit of a tingling sensation on the back of the tongue after swallowing.

D: Very drinkable. This will definitely be on my beer list for the next fall season.

Daktyls, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of thetomG
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clearish orange pour with a decent bit of head. Aroma is excellent - a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, other spices, and pumpkin.

Flavor follows the nose very closely (which is a good thing). There is a gentle warming sensation from the alcohol but its not overwhelming. A bit too thin for my taste, but not so much so that it really takes away from this overall excellent beer. Would definitely drink more of this.

thetomG, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bomber and poured into my favorite nonic.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with an extremely small head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: One of the best smelling pumpkins I have smelled. Lots of pumpkin, brown sugar, clove, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: A very well put together pumpkin. Lots of real pumpkin and there are lots of spices and brown sugar.

M: LEaves a very slick and spicy taste on the palate.

D: This is a really nice pumpkin. If you enjoy more spice with your pumpkin beers, like a Pumpking or DFH Punkin, this is a beer that should be tried.

IronCitySteve, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of beerhan
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am not a big fan of pumpkin ales. I find them for the most part to be very sweet and over spiced. I also find cloves to be nauseating. When this was poured into a small glass for me I was very wary. It pours slightly darker than most pumpkin ales and had a spicy chai scent with pertruding clove aroma. Taste was out of this world though. Somehow the pumpkin compliments the spices and actually is incredibly mellow. Very drinkable with little to no alcohol present. The only pumpkin ale that I would recommend.

beerhan, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better pumpkin ales I've tried so far. Not as imperialized as it may suggest but very nicely balanced and quaffable.

Presentation: 22 oz brown capped bottle. Label pivoting around the image of a standing/hopping frog holding a jar of beer (amber-pumpkin on this version). Perfunctorily terribly designed label with assorted fonts and the standard awful array of blends and color effects with the added novelty of... A picture of the moon under the glow of the name? Side paragraphs offer a general description of the brew, and intent. Lacks any bottling or freshness date. Notes Alc. by Vol. (8.4%), IBUs (7.3), and OG (76). Served in a snifter.

A - Medium amber to orange pumpkin color with a nice creamy head that fades quickly leaving a fair surface memory.

S - Well balanced nose with a characteristic pumpkin sense, sweet and riding on a nice gamut of spices. Good balance, although a bit less and it would be short, hitting the right note with some risk.

T - Follows nicely the smell with a good malt backbone woven with pumpkin and a rich balance of spices complementing the brew.

M - Medium to medium-light body, medium prickly carbonation, finely tuned.

D - Deceptively quaffable given the alcohol bill, which is rather well integrated. Nice pumpkin ale.

Notes: Sure, this could do with an additional hefty note and still be quite notable as a pumpkin ale, but in this incarnation it feels very well rounded, so why touch it?

Daniellobo, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of TheHoppiest
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into an ovesized wine glass. Pours a pumpkin orange with very little head, and what head there is disappears almost immediately.

Has an intense, almost cloyingly-so spice smell; cinnamon and clove, green apple, banana and lemon. Where's the pumpkin?

Taste is intense and fruity; apple, pumpkin, spice, and grass, ending slightly sour. No bitterness at all, and only mild malt. The beer ends with some alcohol burn in the belly.

Mouthfeel is rather thin, which I find to be typical of this style.

Drinkable enough, but this is no Pumpking or Punkin. Was happy to see this local brewer win an award at the GABF, though.

TheHoppiest, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color, it kind of has an orange hue to it. The head is very short lived and leaves the beer looking extremely flat. The aroma is quite a spicy one, name the pumpkin pie spice and it is there. Cinnamon stands out, as well as the nutmeg and allspice. Light ginger, clove and pepper is picked up as well. Has kind of a Big Red aroma to it. The taste is very spicy as well. Big cinnamon flavor along with some nutmeg. The taste doesn't seem as spicy as the aroma. Unfortunatly I don't pick up much pumpkin flavors but there is a solid malt body so that the spice doesn't overwhelm this beer. The flavor is ok but it is an all spice pumpkin ale. The higher ABV doesn't seem to ruin this beer like other "imperial" or "double" pumpkin ales. The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation, a bit sticky. I guess one of the better all pumpkin spice (no pumpkin) flavored beers, however it doesn't stand up to the likes of DFH or Smuttynose.

Gmann, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared by Chaney. Thanks Brandon!

A: This beer appears an orange color and is for the most part, pretty clear. A slightly less than average-sized head perches atop the beer for a few ticks before leaving a few random traces of spotty lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is a big bouquet of autumnal spices. A blast of cinnamon and nutmeg followed by sweet malt.

T: As is often the case with pumpkin ales, I just find the beer to be too dominated by spices. I would much prefer to see the spices in a supporting role to the ale rather than overshadow it, which is the case here. Fresh cinnamon and nutmeg lead the way, followed by hints of gourds, sweet candies, and malts.

M: Thin to medium bodied with a moderately low carbonation level.

D: This is not something of which I would want to consume more than a small snifter. It might make a nice pairing with pie or cobbler on a brisk autumn day. A small serving goes a long way.

Huhzubendah, Oct 06, 2010
Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
87 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.