Frosted Frog Christmas Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4.7/5 rDev +26.7%
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!
11-25-2009 13:39:25 | More by BeerVikingSailor
4.68/5 rDev +26.1%
Aroma:Lots of Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, vanilla, orange. French toast with Syrup.
Appearance:Amber, no head, slightly thick and syrupy texture, like southern sweet tea. Not opaque.
Taste:Cinnamon, and mulling spices in the foretaste. Slightly sour tang midtaste. Nutty aftertaste, maybe chestnuts.
Mouthfeel:Very little carbonation. Nice creamyness, nice alcoholic warmth. Tingle from ginger.
Drinkability:This is a fantastic Christmas ale, I taste it and am transported to the hottub in a gingerbread house.
06-25-2010 02:02:14 | More by fear025
4.65/5 rDev +25.3%
Poured into a beer mug.
Appearance- Pours a deep murky amber with a one finger khaki head.
Smell- Smells distinctly of gingerbread with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe some pumpkin toward the end.
Taste- Tastes like it smells. A lot of gingerbread and some molasses notes; sweet in a very good way.
Mouthfeel- Medium sort of body; refreshing and satisfying. Smooth with light to medium carbonation.
Overall- A really nice beer. Definitely glad I bought this one; very flavorful and a great Christmas sipper. I plan on getting this one next Winter. This is one of, if not my favorite, beer quite frankly. And I especially enjoyed cracking this one (and many others) open with my friend on Christmas night. Highly recommended.
12-26-2012 15:07:27 | More by NuclearSoAndSo
4.63/5 rDev +24.8%
Poured into a balloon glass.
The beer is a deep ruby mahogany color with a fast fading cream head. Little or no lacing sticks to the glass.
The beer smells deliciously of tangy spices, like cinnamon and lime. Faint mellow malts and maybe some cedar.
The taste is very spicy up front. Lots of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg come out. Almost like a pumpkin ale, but there's just something more like Christmas in this. Some nice lime and cherry notes mixed in the finish. Really flavorful.
Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and perfectly crisp for easy drinking.
Overall, I haven't had anything less than exceptional from Hoppin' Frog, and their Christmas Ale is no exception. Truly delicious.
12-25-2012 15:10:19 | More by JuicesFlowing
4.6/5 rDev +24%
This is the beer that made my first review on BA.
A: Dark Red right out of the bottle into 2 Jack Daniels snifter glasses
S: Smells of Big Red and Cooking/Baking Spices
T: Mulled Spiced Beer/ High Cinnamon.
M: Spicy Warmed Cinnamon
O: Wow, was not expecting this! Hoppin' Frog has struck gold with this beer. As a HUGE WW fan and of spiced beer in general, this brew is GREAT! Not much else to say besides to BUY it...if you can find it:)
12-03-2011 04:01:18 | More by mightyquinn
4.6/5 rDev +24%
2011 Vintage poured into a Trophy Brewing Tulip.
Appearance-4.25- This beer pours a beautiful amber/brown color with a minimal offwhite head that fades quickly. Leaves some nice lacing and although the head dissipated so fast it still left a nice film settled over the top of the beer. When held to a light it almost appears to be a clear ruby reddish color with a small amount of visible carbonation.
Smell-4.5- Even though its mid june when I close my eyes and take a whiff the scent brings me right to xmas day. My only qualm is that the cinnamon is a little over powering but other than that the spices and malts blend so well. You can tell this ones got a little booze to it but its not at all overpowering and blends into a perfect harmony with the malts and spices.
Taste- Sweet sweet malts with loads of winterish spice. Some people might think the spices are a little over the top but to me this flavor profile is just about spot on for what I'd hope for in a "winter warmer". Sweet malts, all the right spices and some warmth on the way down. The taste seems to linger for a good while between sips as well.
Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, smooth/slick medium body, perfect amount of warmth on the way down...compliments the taste nicely.
Overall-4.5- I think this beer is great for the style. LOADS of flavor. Not in a bad way, its just like...an "Imperial Winter Warmer" which is cool. Most companies put out these super mild, over spiced/under malted winter warmers so its cool to have a company go all out with one. However, with all that being said, this one bomber is more than enough. I think a single pint of this sweet gingerbread molasses strong brew around the holiday season would hit the spot perfectly. I'll definitely be grabbing another one this winter.
06-20-2013 02:57:27 | More by RyanLigeia
4.58/5 rDev +23.5%
Appearance - a warm caramel amber glow as this is poured into a wine glass. A light manila head is thin but with good cling.
Aroma - the aroma of cinnamon cookies, fruitcake, ginger, very Christmassy.
Taste - graham cracker, gingery malts, level sweetness but not too much. Cinnamon and spice with a light bitterness on the swallow for a touch of balance, a nicely put together beer. Finishes with a hint of abv.
Mouthfeel - crisp, medium body maybe a touch weighty.
Drinkability - a great beer while we're making final preps for Christmas '09. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good pint!
12-25-2009 03:55:53 | More by brewdlyhooked13
4.58/5 rDev +23.5%
It pours clear but dark mahogany and the head is almost non-existent. Now the first whifff...man, they weren't kidding about the spices. Strong cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in the nose. A bit of fruity malt in there too.
The spice dominates the flavor as well. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg throughout. It's like drinking a gingerbread cookie, bready, spicy and a tinge of alcohol. A sweet fruity malt backbone but, again, the spices dominate. Not overpowering though, the ale remains pleasant to drink. Sweet spice in the finish.
Unusual and tasty spiced ale. It's a "Wow!" beer for sure.
05-27-2010 12:10:45 | More by ViveLaChouffe
4.55/5 rDev +22.6%
Appearance - Virtually no head on the pour until the carbonation catches up at the top, leaving only a thin sheet that quickly disappears. Laces to the glass quite well.An opaque brown that allows a bit of crimson through as well.
Smell - A very strong smell of cinnamon and brown sugar.
Taste – A very delicious brew from Hoppin’ Frog. The notes of Brown Sugar in here are phenomenal and cannot be compared to anything I’ve had before. Excellent. This is a unique and delicious take on a winter beer. I can see how some would say it is too heavily spiced, but for me the concoction of malt and spices if perfectly done. Huge hits of cinnamon and nutmeg with a light alcoholic burn. Delicious malt and brown sugar in the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel and Drinkability – I could drink this all winter long. The brown sugar stays in your mouth for quite some time without becoming overpowering. Exceptionally well-balanced. I enjoyed this beer a lot and will surely pick up a few more before winter is over.
11-04-2011 02:32:28 | More by Jesse13713
4.53/5 rDev +22.1%
Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Emerges clear and amber cinnamon colored with a light nutmeg colored head. Foam is decent in size but lacks any real sustenance. A bit thin and cola-like.
Aroma is beautifully festive. LArgely cinnamon with nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. I know some people dont like this type of beer, but if you dig the festive, spicy beers, this one is for you. The nose is a bit strong but I dont mind.
Solid pumpkin pie spice type flavor as well. Again, it is on the border of overdoing it but I dont think they did. This one certainly isnt subtle but it isnt too overpowering either. Malty body with sweet cinnamon and nutmeg. A little thin and perhaps a bit overcarbonated, so this one was a letdown in the mouthfeel department.
I know this isnt everyones cup of tea, but it is a very spicy (festive spice, that is) beer that is balanced yet strongly flavored. Spiced beers are hard to get right and this one is pretty close. I couldnt taste the abv at all and if you dont mind in-your-face pumpkin pie flavors, this one is for you, as it was for me.
01-05-2010 21:46:24 | More by SaCkErZ9
Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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