Frosted Frog Christmas Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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3.88/5 rDev +4.6%
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.
08-01-2010 03:46:04 | More by Sammy
1.48/5 rDev -60.1%
Bottle picked up at Rick's in Alexandria. Thanks, Jon, for warning me. Unfortunately, Amyliz4 insisted that we buy and drink this. Even worse, she likes it. Served in a St. Bernardus goblet.
Pours a moderate brown color with a bit of a crimson hue. Single-finger head falls quite quickly without any lacing. A thin collar around the edges with a bit of a spiderweb cap on top. Nose is straight-up cinnamon. Cinnamon domination here. That'll open up your nostrils. Not offensive, just quite overpowering.
Then comes the taste. Are you kidding me? Half a jar of cinnamon into some lightly-sweetened water. Carbonate it up a bit and you've got Frosted Frog! Wow, this is not a good-tasting beer. I suppose aside from the cinnamon there's also a bit of light spruce character. Either way, this is just a cinnamon bomb and basically unpalatable. Son of a lady frog does this taste stay with me...I really can't get it out of my mouth. I don't even know if a shot of gin would work at this point. Mouthfeel? Spice. Cinnamon. Yuck. I'd drainpour the rest of this bottle if Amy didn't insist on drinking it all.
12-19-2010 01:57:30 | More by Thorpe429
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
A: The beer is crystal clear dark garnet red in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short off white head that rapidly dissipated leaving a thin collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of holiday spices are present in the nose—nutmeg seems to stand out most prominently followed by notes of ginger. As the beer warms up, the smell seems to resemble a gingerbread cookie.
T: Quite similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of nutmeg along with notes of ginger and additional hints of cinnamon. There is a slight bit of sweetness and no alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer coats your mouth a little bit.
O: I found this beer to have a nice amount of holiday spices that didn't seem to be overdone. It also drank rather easily for a winter warmer.
01-08-2014 02:07:36 | More by metter98
3.9/5 rDev +5.1%
Glowing candy apple red infused with a generous amount of juicy orange. This is a pretty typical hue for a winter warmer... and a gorgeous one. Too bad the khaki colored crown barely reached two fingers. It looks decent, though, and is capable enough in the glass decoration department.
If you like spiced beer, then you'll enjoy the nose immensely. Cinnamon and nutmeg are front and center, while ginger stays in the shadows. It smells like the base beer will be enjoyable too. There's only one way to find out...
Frosted Frog is definitely heavy on spices. More so than two of Ohio's other Christmas brews (Great Lakes Christmas Ale and Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas). Even though it may prove to be too much over the course of the bomber, it sure is tasty stuff in the first several ounces.
The base beer tastes caramel and Munich malty, with a toasted bread-like, nutty, earthy quality. The sweetness is right on the money and only 12 IBUs means that hop flavor and bitterness are at a low ebb. Alcohol keeps things firm and gently warming, with a slight medicinal edge.
Cinnamon and nutmeg are still rompin' and stompin' all over the damn place. This is good beer, but it might be best to drink it with hearty food. Sharing the bottle isn't a bad idea either. I'm now at mid-bomber and the cumulative nature of the spice load is beginning to wear my palate out like a rented mule.
The mouthfeel is medium-full and is stainless steel smooth. The buzzsaw of spices and the high ABV keep it from being pampering, though it easily earns the above score in the end. Well-buried bubbles help.
Hoppin' Frog Frosted Frog Christmas Ale is a solid X-mas brew that is at least as good as this brewery's other seasonal, Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale. It isn't as good as Great Lakes Brewing Company's classic, but it's definitely worth a single bomber purchase every holiday season.
04-11-2010 14:36:43 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
Bottle: Poured a light clear copper color ale with a small foamy head with OK retention and no lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg is quite dominant and very enjoyable. Taste is also dominated by loads of cinnamon and nutmeg with lightly sweet malty backbone. Body is a bit light for style with average carbonation. I really enjoyed the spicing of this beer but the malt presence was a bit low for my own taste.
11-05-2010 02:36:34 | More by Phyl21ca
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
Breweries have gotten very good at capturing the flavor of holiday seasons in froathy form. Even before the first sip, waves of apple pie aromas fill the nose with mouth watering consistency.
Opening with a deep amber pour and redish highlights, the beer forms and carries a dense and creamy egg shell white head that retains remarkably and laces even better.
Cinnamon, allspice, and clove spice all dominate the nose, allowing only a background of deeply caramelized malts to provide support for the decoration of spice. All this come together with the rounded aromas of apple pie. Actually the beer doesn't smell exactly like apple pie, but rather the smell of candles that smell like apple pie. With no hop influence, this beer is all about the rich carmel and spicy balance.
Flavors start with the deep caramel sweetness of toffee and peanut brittle, without the peanuts. Spicy flavors of the same cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove that the nose promises are also delivered to taste. The plethora of spice achieves balance in taste, but the absence of hop bitterness leaves the beer decidedly sweet in finish. With a very low ester profile, the beer surprisingly is void of true apple flavor, but carries the taste of the glaze that accompany the apples in pie form.
Full bodied, the rich malt sweetness approaches cloy at times, but backs off just in time. Creamy carbonation reinforces the viscocity of the beer until very late in finish. The alcohol warmth of 8+ percent hardly makes a mark underneath the heavy malt sweetness and has difficulty assisting in dryness and drinkability. And, with the lack of hop bitterness the beer has an extended malty finish with desert spices- making this beer much more of a sipper than an easy drinking ale.
Frosted Frog nails the flavor of Christmas, but because of its shere sweetness, one-dimensionality, and low complexity I'm happy to share this 22oz bottle with a quatro of friends to save for palate fatigue.
12-19-2011 17:31:14 | More by BEERchitect
3.13/5 rDev -15.6%
The pour was rather nice, a deep, dark mahogany color came forward right away. Some light ruby tones showing up around the sides and the bottom of the glass. A nice inch and half of creamy white head popped up over the top and settled down to a thin crown with some nice side glass lacing.
Nice aroma of caramel malts, hints of spice and touches of light herbal hops. Not a heavy aroma, but defintley on the winter tone with nice spice notes. Smooth, creamy, medium bodied ale with a nice carbonation really let the flavors pop. Intresting mix again of light caramel malts, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and a touch of light grain. A smooth, deleicate finish left me looking for another sip as the alcohol was all but absent from the flavor.
05-23-2011 00:27:38 | More by mikesgroove
3.55/5 rDev -4.3%
22 ounce bottle - $9.25 at Ale Yeah! in Decatur, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a mahogany-hued body with a small-sized, near-white head which settles down further into a thin ring.
Smell: A beautifully decorative Christmas bowl featuring Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer filled to capacity with McCormick-brand powdered cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger with a background sniff of alcohol. Quite potpourri-like!
Taste: Strong, altogether earnest spice character, heavy on the cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, like biting directly into the pie crust of an amateur baker. Lightly sweet. Underlying malt characteristics of roast and dark caramel as well as some vague fruitiness. Very low hop character and bitterness. And, well, that's kind of it. Essentially spice, spice, spice until the warming, long finish. I feel I got my nine-plus bucks worth of spices.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It's definitely not for everybody, even I'm not exactly sure what to think of it. An honest appreciation for a bold Christmastime spice character, in much the same way Southern Tier Pumking is heavy on the pumpkin and spice flavor, is an absolute must. No subtlety, no delicacy here.
03-06-2011 20:24:09 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.28/5 rDev -11.6%
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.
01-05-2012 18:03:21 | More by oberon
4.45/5 rDev +19.9%
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!
12-26-2009 06:34:34 | More by WVbeergeek
1.8/5 rDev -51.5%
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.
12-28-2010 17:52:12 | More by Kegatron
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
i am usually one to drink very seasonally. i try to at least, makes me feel more in tune with my surroundings and with nature and generally keeps me on an even keel. drinking a strong christmas ale in late june is not something that usually happens, but a friend broke out this bottle with a little age on it, and wow, if ever there is a holiday ale versatile enough to work in hot summer weather, its this one. so much fresh ginger on the nose and late palate, that even the cinnamon and honey spice and sweet complex on it doesnt interfere, weigh it down, or make it only worth drinking when the snow flies. i found it almost refreshing, and through its clear amber body, i was amazed how much and how vibrantly the ginger came through. first class all the way, with just enough spicing to make me look forward to the holidays without making me overlook the present. carbonation is really aggressive, and the alcohol is well hidden. time has done this well no doubt, its so smoothed out texture wise as well, its just plush and round and surprisingly not real sweet. almost reminds me of the tropics in this weather, and i have to say, i was shocked how much i really got off on this, given the season. as good as any beer from hoppin frog, i hope to be able to procure some more of this around holiday time. the ginger makes it like not other beer for that season, at least not this pleasantly. awesome drink.
06-26-2014 22:22:22 | More by StonedTrippin
3.78/5 rDev +1.9%
Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear dark amber with a red hue. There is a finger of off white head that goes away completely.
Smell: Very sweet malt with some dark fruit and holiday spices. Just a bit too sweet.
Taste: Not quite as sweet, which is a good thing. Malt with some fruity notes, perhaps cherry. Holiday spices, cinnamon and ginger with a slight bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly syrupy with aggressive carbonation and an extremely dry finish.
Overall: This is a good winter beer. Warms you up as you drink it. I would have another.
12-23-2011 02:15:09 | More by oline73
4.33/5 rDev +16.7%
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.
02-02-2010 19:41:57 | More by Mora2000
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.
a - Pours a deep mahogany brown color with a reddish tint, one inch of creamy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, bready malts, gingerbread, and pumpkin. Great smell for a winter warmer. Lots of gingerbread and cinnamon.
t - Tastes of gingerbread, spices, cinnamon, light pumpkin, nutmeg, and bready malts. Nice, but not quite as good as the nose.
m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Smooth and creamy, but a bit too carbonated.
o - Overall a nice winter warmer from Hoppin' Frog. I really enjoyed the nose, but the taste wasn't quite as good, and it was a bit too carbonated. Would give another shot.
05-10-2011 23:56:43 | More by mdfb79
Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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