Frosted Frog Christmas Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Frosted Frog Christmas AleFrosted Frog Christmas Ale

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 24
Gots: 39 | FT: 3
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Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 11-16-2009

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Reviews by nukem5:
Photo of nukem5
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Carmel hazey nice tan cap.

S: Cinnamon clove roasty malts nutmeg good aroma and smells like Christmas in a bottle.

T: Loads of cinnamon nutmeg splash the tongue and instill delight tastes like a holiday desert...mmm

M: Full bodied and slightly chewy very little carbonation and very slight retention.

D: Very drinkable and smooth but the elevated 8.6 ABV would definitly prohibit drinking many.

More User Reviews:
Photo of UnicornProfessor
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

This is normally NOT my kind of beer. I don't like gingerbread cookies or cinnamon in my beer...but this was just the right amount of both. It was fantastic, and I would gladly order it again!

Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

Photo of marvin213
1.55/5  rDev -58.4%
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?

Photo of Mora2000
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Photo of ehammond1
2.32/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5


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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.45/5  rDev +19.3%
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!

Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown pour into a snifter. No head, no matter how I poured it. Looks good and spicy, but the lack of a head just kills beer for me.

Traditional holiday spices--cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger--just like the bottle says. Malty backbone, no hint of hops.

The taste follows the lead of the smell. Almost hard to tell it's a beer it's so full of those spices. Heavy cinnamon and nutmeg. Again, no hint of hops.

It's sweet and very spicy. Full-bodied. Ever so creamy before the spice takes over.

A good idea that went overboard on the spices.

Photo of McNealc31
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nearly no head on this. Pours on the brown side of amber. Warm pumpkin pie spices in the aroma. Tastes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange peel. Enough malt that the spices don't get too wild. Body might be a little light. As it warms, the cinnamon become the most prevalent spice, but there are enough of the others to balance. Hefty booze at 8.6% ABV

Another amazing Winter Warmer from Ohio here. Wonderful!

Photo of prototypic
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frosted Frog pours a dark amber color. It's a little hazy, but plenty of light bleeds through and reveals nice scarlet highlights. An off-white head caps it off and stands nearly two fingers tall. It's relatively quick to recede and leaves very light, spotty lace behind.

The nose is not deep or complex, but is good. It's full of holiday spices throughout. There's definitely no shortage of cinnamon. Ginger and nutmeg and present to a lesser extent, but cinnamon is very prominent throughout. Caramel malt adds a sweet scent to it. There's some light yeast and hops on the tail. Alcohol is buried. I'm not getting any at all. Overall, it smells good. I like it.

The flavor is, for all intents and purposes, a carbon copy of the nose. Holiday spices are the focal point and resonate throughout each sip. Cinnamon is front and center, but nutmeg and ginger are noted. It's almost a little too cinnamon heavy. Not quite, but close. Caramel malts anchor it down nicely and give it just enough of a sweet flavor to complement the spices well. A little yeast is noted. Alcohol is blended extremely well. I'm amazed that this is an 8.6% beer. I would've guessed closer to 6%. It does not seem as strong as it is in any way. It finishes a little sweet and spicy.

Frosted Frog has a medium body that is nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down to just the right level. It's not quite thick enough to be creamy, but that's not a big knock on it. It has a nice feel. Drinkability is very high. This is tasty stuff that's deceptively strong. I could probably take down a couple of bombers and be very happy to do so. Gotta be a little careful with this frog.

Frosted Frog is an impressive Winter Warmer. I like it a lot. More than I thought I would. I do think there's slightly too much cinnamon. But, there's not too much else to gripe about. Great Lakes Christmas Ale has been my favorite of the season for a while. Frosted Frog doesn't change that, but it's certainly a contender. I'll be sure to pick up at least a couple of bombers annually. Definitely check it out if you have the opportunity. Merry Christmas!

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Was very eager to try this new Christmas Ale; actually had it at the brewery with the owner / brewer, can't get much better or fresher than that! Support your locals, fellas!

Appearance was very good, not much head or retention, but typical of this style....

Smell was awesome, if you enjoy highly spiced holiday beers, with "in your face" cinnamon notes with other background spices creeping in quickly, you will love this one! If you do not think of Christmas while sipping this one, check your pulse! The brewer told me he found and used some very intense Vietnamese cinnamon, added cold after fermentation....amazing stuff!

Taste of this new brew was freakin' amazing! My new favorite holiday beer, and I have tried nearly 20 so far this season! Potent at 8.6%, but well balanced malt flavors and seriously intense spices, and high alcohol well hidden and nicely balanced. You could sip this one all night on Christmas Eve, and Santa would be your very best friend.

Mouthfeel is very good indeed, wanted to keep drinking this one, had to show some restraint at the brewery!

Fred has a real winner here, seek this one out and hope that you have friends in Ohio this year, to hook you up! This holiday beer rocks! Very cool label, with Frosted Frog complete with Santa hat....nicely done!

Photo of miketd
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours dark bronze with a foamy, off white head. Aroma is straight cinnamon with some ginger and candy. Flavor is very spicy cinnamon... maybe too much. It gets easier to drink as it warms. Nice mouthfeel and body. This is a decent beer, but won't replace Great Lakes as my favorite winter seasonal. 8 bucks is too much for a bomber.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a crystal red wine glass- pours a dark amber color with next to no head and zero retention. The smell is probably the best part of this brew- very clearly defined cinnamon and nutmeg that, as a previous reviewer stated, hints at a pumpkin ale. The taste is good but not exceptional- the cinnamon and nutmeg come through but are overtaken by the malt flavored and finally by the alcohol. Very little carbonation that appears on the back of the tongue- barely enough to keep it refreshing by my account. Tastes to me almost like a lager because of the malt profile and the lack of carbonation. A good one to try but not a beer I would buy again. From Ohio great lakes' Christmas ale is a safer bet.

Photo of Kegatron
1.82/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bottle into a couple of tulip glasses.

Pours a dark clear ruby in the glass, with a ½ finger of off-white head. This retains with some thin foaminess around the edges that leaves a cascade of spotty lacing behind. The aroma is heavy with spices, along with cherries, caramel, and sugary bread. Muddled notes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, are all so overpowering here; it's really hard to make heads or tails of this nose at times.

The taste is a combo of more spices, roast, and caramel, which is giving off a bit of a molasses character. Dark fruit is coming out as well, as the flavors and alcohol combine into a sweet and tangy warmth that drenches the mouth. Those spices are just as dominant as they were in the nose and come out HEAVY in the finish. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and surprisingly sharp in the carbonation department despite the overall chewy alcohol warmth in the body.

I can see where they were going with the different flavors here, but unfortunately the combo of a ridiculously heavy spice profile and overall high alcohol content rendered this a pretty much undrinkable mess. A rare drain pour for me.

Photo of DavidGross
3/5  rDev -19.6%

had on tap, was good beer but spices were a bit much for me.

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Makin' beer cookies, and this beer seems like it could lend more than just a few flavors to this dessert. From a 22 oz bomber, into the KBS snifter...

A - A translucent dark orange body rests under a finger of orangeish-tan head after a normal pour. Very little retention or lacing.

S - Interesting thing I noticed about the aroma of this beer. When I was far away, all I could smell was the ginger. When I as up close though, the nutmeg dominated, with only a hint of cinnamon, and no ginger. Hmmm...

T/M - Very mild amber malt sweetness, with lots of ginger right upon entry. At mid-palate, the cinnamon and nutmeg seem to hit, and help dry the beer out a bit, assisting the balancing hops. The finish is mild, but lingers with mild sweet malt, ginger, hop spice, alcohol bite and drying cinnamon hanging around for quite a while. This beer manages to be dense and quite carbonated at the same time.

D - Well, I remember my Dad telling me that if you're going to do something, do it all the way... and that is certainly what these guys did. If you're looking for a big ass winter warmer, here you go...

Photo of Kolsch
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber shared with wife.

Hoppin Frog Frosted Christmas Beer: described on label as made with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg.

Appearance: dark plum bordering real close to brown. Attractive appearance as carbonation appeared perfect.

Smell: all spices all the time with cinnamon being the most dominant.

Taste: upfront and in your face cinnamon. Nutmeg and ginger also present but the cinnamon overwhelms these two. It tastes like you ate a spoonful of dried cinnamon and became quite cloying after a few sips. Aftertaste of cinnamon not pleasant at all and really prevents the other spices from contributing in any fashion. Alcohol listed at 8.6% but hardly noticable.

Overall: had a hard time finishing the glass but glad I got to try this. Would be perfect as a 4oz taster rather than a 12oz glass.

Photo of SpdKilz
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2009 Vintage.

Appearance - Pours a chocolate red into a generic tulip. About a half finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates relatively fast, leaving slight lacing.

Smell - A blast of cinnamon and nutmeg are immediately noticeable. Other Christmas spices flow from the glass, which is eventually followed by just a hint of caramel and malt.

Taste - Wow, similar to the nose. HEAVY spices...more so than any other beer I have experienced to be perfectly honest. I will say, quite the perfect Christmas beer.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, lower carbonation.

Drinkability - For sure a one and done. Pretty intense with spices and a bit overdone to be honest.

Photo of aepb1
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy amber/brown body, bubbly light brown head

S- Apple pie! Apples, cinnamon, bready, nutmeg

T- A lot like the nose, spices and apple and some caramel sneaks in there too. Not quite as full as the nose and that's a bit of a letdown...

M- Medium bodied and ok carbonation, nothing special

D- No more than 1 with all those spices but it's fun none-the-less

Photo of Samp01
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark red with a thin off white head, actually very Holiday. Aroma is sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, reminds me of a sweet spiced Christmas fruit cake. Taste same as aroma with some mild hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. Finishes with sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet spices of fruit cake, and maybe some brown sugar and a bit of nutty flavor on the end as it warms up. Overall fairly good drink

Photo of bluejacket74
2.67/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing were both decent enough. Aroma is all sweet spices, with nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger all noticable. The taste is like the aroma, it's all spice. Unfortunately that's not a good thing because all the spice just didn't agree with me after a while. I think the ginger flavor in this brew was way too strong compared to the other spices. As the beer warmed up more, it seemed like the ginger just got stronger. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it seems a bit thin at times, and has moderate carbonation. Drinkability is below average, it certainly wasn't enjoyable to finish this bomber. I think if the spices had more balance in the flavor instead of being so heavy on the ginger, I would have liked this beer more.

Photo of jsh420
3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours amber ruby hazelnut wiith a 1/4 finger head that fades fast and left no lacing

smells like xmas!! -- a fresh wintery wonderland

taste is the liquid form of a cool candycane cinnamon nutmeg ginger bread man - by far the best tasting xmas beer

mouthfeel is flat and boring

drinkability - despite the great taste the mouthfeel kills it and 22oz was a lot to stomach

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Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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