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Frosted Frog Christmas Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Frosted Frog Christmas AleFrosted Frog Christmas Ale

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340 Ratings
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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 17.47%
Wants: 22
Gots: 27 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 11-16-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

DersOne, Dec 10, 2013
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Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass a nice deep garnet color with well defined half finger off white head atop,good richness and definition to the color.Aromas of cinnamon and clove mainly,I could tell right away this was gonna be a more heavily spiced winter warmer.Heavy cinnamon,clove,and nutmeg on the palate,not crazy sweet just spiced to the hilt,some faint toastiness underneath the spice does come thru after awhile as well some alcohol sweetness.Much like their pumpkin ale the winter warmer is too spiced up,I do like this better than the pumpkin beer but it's still not great by any means.

oberon, Jan 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

pleiman10, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of marvin213
1.48/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Black/brown with basically no head, lacing is visible. For such a dark-colored beer, the liquid is completely transparent. Aside from a wee bit of lacing, this brew looks totally unimpressive.

The nose is straight nutmeg--like overpowering, obnoxious piles of nutmeg. There might also be some ginger, perhaps some cinnamon, and maybe even a tad bit of spruce pine. My descriptors sound better than it smells, as the nutmeg really predominates. I knew a guy in high school that ate nutmeg to get high (apparently it contains some sort of psychoactive), and this beverage reminds me of him.

If I were to liquify a Yankee Candle and drink it, this is what I think it would taste like. It's so flavorful it's disgusting. Other than biting a flavored candle, I don't know what else to compare it to...maybe eating evergreen needles. The Christmas input is definitely there, but obnoxiously so. This liquid is so thick and messy that I will probably pour it. I jokingly offer that it might clog my Dispose-all.

I take another sip just to judge mouthfeel: thankfully, this beer is cold enough that it probably inhibits some flavor. It feels like old candy. It's sweet and [evergreen] piney, with a dose of Christmas bread-spice. It's the egg nog of beers. Do you want to drink a bunch of egg nog?

marvin213, Dec 27, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

JakerLou, Nov 20, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Travita for sharing this bottle. The beer pours medium brown with an off-white head. The aroma is strong gingerbread cookies. The aroma is very spicy, it smells like Christmas. The flavor is more gingerbread with some great cookie flavored malt. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation. Not sure how they did it, but they made a beer taste exactly like you are eating gingerbread cookies. Very happy I got to try this one.

Mora2000, Feb 02, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Mugenlude, Dec 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

ChaseBacon, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of ehammond1
2.2/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle

Palmer's Beverage Center
Columbus, OH

Ruby red and crimson with a thin head and nearly no lace left down the glass.

This beer certainly smells like Christmas. Aromas of spiced fruit cake, a huge amount of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg make for a big, appropriately holiday, aroma.

The beer's flavor is simply too much...too much cinnamon! There isn't much left here to taste but cinnamon, as it sort of burns and scorches your tongue. I can't help but think of YouTube videos of people trying to swallow spoonfuls of cinnamon as I drink this beer (that is, I try to drink this beer). It's almost undrinkable.

Medium bodied with a ton of carbonation. The incredibly high level of carbonation mixed with the incredibly strong, dominating cinnamon flavor makes this one tough to drink.

I won't have this beer again or recommend this beer to anyone.

ehammond1, Dec 06, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

HeyYoMar, Nov 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

rwilde, Jan 12, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had to plug the opening with my thumb and shake it up a bit to develop a nice two finger sized head. Pours with a deep ruby mahogany brown hue with khaki tan head forming with slow gurgling bubbles. Fine speckled lacing layers itself pretty evenly between sips, pretty attractive winter warmer meant for my Piraat chalice. Aromatics deep pie spice including cinnamon ginger and nutmeg with a slight citrus orange peel finish. Caramel sweetness is detected easily with minimal well hidden booze in trace amounts across my nares. The flavor is more pie spicing with caramel mild chocolate brown sugar glazed custard creamy tones. A touch of citrus amongst the nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon this is actually pretty damn enjoyable, I have to admit the first few sips I felt were cloying until my palate adjusted and I let it warm up a bit. Mouthfeel has a very balanced carbonation level rides smooth carrying spices and a creamy textured body without difficulty fuller bodied slow steady finish of alcohol burn that is really hidden compared to most of the winter ales available these days. Drinkability overall this one is a bit festive and after working 12 hours on Christmas day there's no better way to celebrate the beginning of a long weekend then by sipping on a fine spiced winter warmer out of Akron, OH. Amen, Halleleujgah, Wassail, WTF!

WVbeergeek, Dec 26, 2009
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4.88/5  rDev +31.2%

LiamH, Nov 11, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

otter20dt, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Brenden
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep amber-orange color with a bit of clarity to it and no lack of activity. A soft light orange head develops to nearly two fingers in height and manages to retain itself well and leave good, patchy lacing in its wake.
Right away I can tell this is one of the more heavily spiced Winter Warmers out there. I like the spicing and the whole tasty concept of the style, but the ones that get a little too heavy-handed in the spicing lose a lot of underlying flavors and any subtlety is completely lost. While I appreciate the heavy cinnamon and nutmeg, it's a bit difficult to find much of anything else going on. The malts do seem strong, and I get some caramel and breads along with a bit of herbal hops balance, but even that is difficult to pull out. It does show a very solid base beer, though.
The flavor is problematic because even the balance of hops and malts is lost with the spicing in the flavor as everything gets muddled. This is one of those examples of a brewer going over the top and losing complexity, balance, etc.
The mouthfeel isn't bad, smooth and chewy with ample carbonation in a medium body but just a bit too much bite.

Brenden, Dec 06, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...what to say about this beer??? It was my third 22oz of the night and also least potent in ABV. Hazy memory on this review. Very Christmas-y in theme and taste. Love the bottle so I drank it straight from there. It's got that nutmeg, allspice, pear cidery vibe. Slightly sweet. No hoppy element, registering 12 on the IBU scale. Poured a little sample out to check the dark brown color, normal amount of head. Wasn't too enthused overall with the taste. Def not a session beer! Couldn't drink more than one!

I must say the frog on the front is the best part of the beer.

Ryanm1, Jan 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

wildcatboy, Dec 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

imbuckeye, Dec 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Griffith, Jan 20, 2014
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

beerbrains, Jul 12, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this change of pace. Not too sweet, the natural sweetness of cinammon is well blended by ginger's pungency, and some spice from nutmeg. Ginger is usually off-putting to me, with few exceptions. This was one. Too much for one to finish the bomber. The mouthfeel is easy, and it is not thick. The beer smelled winter warmer.May have enjoyed it more at a supper.

Sammy, Aug 01, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

whatname, Nov 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

NorthCoastPranqster, Dec 13, 2013
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Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 340 ratings.