Frosted Frog Christmas Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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4/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark amber with a thin dirty white head. Head disappeared quickly, but left a small ring that clung nicely. Aroma was exactly as described. Cinammon with some ginger smell, slightly on the sweet side. Very much a winter smell. Flavor was spicy, but yet still pleasant. A bit of sweetness, and the aforementioned spices were nicely balanced. The cinnamon was up front, with a bit of ginger to finish the sip. Coated nicely in the mouth, went down as it should. Overall an outstanding beer. A little tweak in the flavor would help, but minor issues.
02-28-2012 00:29:59 | More by mountdew1
3.6/5 rDev -3%
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.
02-20-2012 02:51:15 | More by RickS95
4.15/5 rDev +11.9%
A Coca Cola colored brew with a decent light tan colored head and decent lacing. The aroma is clearly a Christmas scent with gingerbread peppermint and evergreen malt. Real likeable. The flavor delivers more of the same with lots of medicinal malt like Moxie with more evergreen and cinnamon spice holiday festivity going on. This is medium-plus bodied with very full but tiny carbonation to provide a stout but luscious feel. Not something I would generally drink in mass quantities but a great holiday brew to really deliver the Christmas spirit. Very nice!
02-05-2012 03:33:36 | More by Durge
4/5 rDev +7.8%
Bomber served in a Duvel tulip
A - pours a nice clear brown, light brown head which dissipates completely, minimal carbonation
S - aroma is strong cinnamon, apple cider, and ginger. Knowing that this is a spicy winter warmer, this is a welcome blast to the senses
T - big time cinnamon, a bit of sweetness, dark fruits, and then malt in the end.
M - smooth, a bit of alcohol in the end, not much carbonation
O - for a winter warmer, this is a very good beer. In the right setting, I love this kind of beer. Definitely not an every day beer, but for a cold winter night, this is an excellent companion.
01-29-2012 04:45:07 | More by ncketchum
3.63/5 rDev -2.2%
Reviewed on 12/30/11
Light brown in color with a two finger off white head. The head is very dense and creamy. Good carbonation and slightly hazy. There is some nice lacing left down the glass.
Cinnamon and ginger spice are easily detectable. The cinnamon is the most dominating of the aroma profile.
On the taste the cinnamon and ginger are hitting pretty hard up front. The nutmeg leaves a presence on the top of the tongue toward the finish. The taste of the spices are followed by a sweetness that in other beers might be cloying but with the spices it's a nice fit.
Medium bodied, crispy with big spice flavor up front followed by a light nutmeg spice. Finishes with a big malty sweetness.
I don't think I've ever had a beer where the spices are so pronounced. I can very easily taste all three spices listed on the bottle which include cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg and that hasn't happened before. For me the spices are enough so I don't need the extra malty sweetness, yet it is fitting being a holiday beer. I would by this again.
01-21-2012 04:47:48 | More by JCaweinstein
4.05/5 rDev +9.2%
Poured from a bomber into a New Belgium snifter and served at cellar temperature. Beautiful dark reddish brown color. Clear, but with very little light getting through. Very low carbonation. Nice aroma of gingerbread, cinnamon, cookies, and a hint of raspberry.
Very sweet flavor with a tiny bit of tartness. This is definitely a spiced beer. There is a rich malty, bready background with holiday spices dancing all around. Lots of ginger, cinnamon, and allspice. There is just a touch of hops to keep things from getting cloying, but overall this beer is like having mulled wine and a big slice of pie. Very firm mouthfeel that complements the flavors nicely.
The sweetness of this beer might turn some people off. I definitely couldn't drink it all the time. This is a rare holiday indulgence that I will seek out again next year.
01-14-2012 22:14:16 | More by deadonhisfeet
2.7/5 rDev -27.2%
22oz bomber, 12 oz pour into pint glass.
Ruby-red, clear elixir, thin tan head, moderate lacing.
Heavy spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla.
A mess of the above spices with a thin malt presence--like drinking a glass of holiday potpourri.
First mediocre beer from HF. Had the BA version, which was well balanced, with the barrel-aging cutting down the spices. Can't recommend this version, though.
01-09-2012 02:13:35 | More by CaptCleveland
2.58/5 rDev -30.5%
Received in trade from phisigben, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a crystal clear deep reddish brown color with a huge fluffy tan head that slowly recedes. Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg mostly. Quite heavy spicy aroma obliterates any beer smells from my perception. Taste has a bit of a caramel sweet malt flavor upfront before the gingerbread house flavor takes over and ruins this beer. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spice laden mouthfeel. I won't mince words here, this beer is horrible. Its over spiced and I couldn't finish my glass.
01-07-2012 21:23:41 | More by johnnnniee
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
Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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