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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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328 Ratings
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Ratings: 328
Reviews: 136
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 17.52%
Wants: 19
Gots: 21 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 11-16-2009)
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Ratings: 328 | Reviews: 136 | Display Reviews Only:
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iKasey

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-28-2013 17:40:49 | More by iKasey
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Mattias

Sweden

3/5  rDev -19.1%

01-25-2013 18:47:49 | More by Mattias
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beergoot

Colorado

3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Arrived with an amber body and a very thin head which quickly disappeared. Taste and aroma highlighted holiday spices (cinnamon stood out to me); hints of peppermint. The body was medium with a smooth, even bitterness throughout.

I have to thank my friend Rick for buying this beer for me in a bar near Akron, Ohio, especially since we didn't know it was $15.00 for a tap beer (the few Hoppin' Frog bombers I find in Colorado also cost around this price-point!). Anyway, it was a fine tasting Xmas ale although there are others out there that I find more evenly balanced (i.e., Great Lakes "Winter Ale" and Anchor Steam "Christmas Ale") and way less expensive. Bottom-line: it's a fine tasting beer but not necessarily worth the money.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 15:17:11 | More by beergoot
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

01-19-2013 17:29:30 | More by Whiskeydeez
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BMMillsy

Florida

3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours dark reddish orange with small head. Smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Smells like Christmas time. Heavy nutmeg and cinnamon flavor. Cinnamon last a while on the palate. Smooth base beer, but can't taste much of it through all the spice. Slight hint of booze and alcohol warmth. Definitely a nice winter ale if you are in the mood for sweet with the spice rack thrown in. Hits what it is going for, but really just fun for the holidays. Otherwise not my thing.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 20:21:57 | More by BMMillsy
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tastymug

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-12-2013 13:35:29 | More by tastymug
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

01-11-2013 15:21:20 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Hermthegerm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-09-2013 12:17:38 | More by Hermthegerm
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bgramels

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

01-08-2013 01:19:17 | More by bgramels
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Ryanm1

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 00:22:03 | More by Ryanm1
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MonicaC

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +28%

01-07-2013 04:15:14 | More by MonicaC
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JxExM

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

01-01-2013 22:08:26 | More by JxExM
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-31-2012 14:07:10 | More by ejimhof
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brikelly

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

12-31-2012 02:39:56 | More by brikelly
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FrankShirley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

12-30-2012 04:45:39 | More by FrankShirley
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Rekrule

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -46.1%

12-28-2012 21:59:57 | More by Rekrule
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

12-27-2012 17:04:17 | More by baybum
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Steve212

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-26-2012 20:27:57 | More by Steve212
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NuclearSoAndSo

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 15:07:27 | More by NuclearSoAndSo
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buschbeer

Ohio

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - It is a dirty red color. I got an inch of tan head that didn't stick around long.

S - It smells like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. For those of you that are unfamiliar, it smells like cinnamon sugar. I want a candle that smells like this!

T - I taste a lot of cinnamon. The other Christmas flavors are there, too, clove, etc.

M - Moderate

O - The aroma and flavor of this beer are huge. I loved the smell, but the cinnamon flavor was almost overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 17:48:56 | More by buschbeer
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.63/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 15:10:19 | More by JuicesFlowing
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ONUMello

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Average brown with a thin head (even with an aggressive pour) that quickly settles
S: Very inviting, full of ginger, nutmeg, caramel and malt
T: Pleasant though not overly complex. Mainly baking spices with a bit of malt/caramel sweetness
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, spicy
O: Let this one warm up a bit as it does improve as the temperature rises. Overall, though it reminds me a bit of a pumpkin beer w/o the pumpkin, it's a pleasant beer that reminds me of all of the spiced candles we've been burning.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 02:42:48 | More by ONUMello
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aztraz

Sweden

3/5  rDev -19.1%

12-24-2012 20:46:13 | More by aztraz
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

12-24-2012 13:23:52 | More by bacher468
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. 2011 batch

A- pours a dark, yet clear, shade of amber with a one finger offwhite head that fades quickly. Despite a complete lack of head retention, the beer itself is gorgeous.

S- the aromas aren't very overpowering, which is a good thing when it comes to winter warmers. The cinnamon is the dominant scent, but the nutmeg falls second in line. The ginger is very well-hidden, but you can get a slight hint of it in there

T- tastes like a Christmas cookie. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate, but don't absolutely destroy your taste buds. Really good with a year on it, helps keep everything in perspective

M- medium bodied, on the fuller side....there's almost an oily texture to it. Odd

O- as a general rule, I hate winter warmers, but this pretty solid. Definitely worth a try, as are most of Hoppin Frog's beers

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2012 23:19:33 | More by bigfnjoe
Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 328 ratings.