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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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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 17.47%
Wants: 21
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 11-16-2009)
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Photo of oberon
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%

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.

oberon, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -19.4%

IdrinkGas, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
3/5  rDev -19.4%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of AWS2111
4/5  rDev +7.5%

AWS2111, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of rodney4130
2.05/5  rDev -44.9%

I can't imagine a worse winter warmer. Surely the worst that I've ever had. The cinnamon completely over powers the taste of every other ingredient. Ginger? Nutmeg? Where?

Pours pretty syrupy. Low carbonation, about a 1/4" head. Looks similar to a brown, maybe 2-3 shades darker that Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Upon smelling, all you get is cinnamon. You know those Brach's cinnamon disc candies? It tastes like that. I wanted to dump it, but for the price paid, I choked it down.

After having DORIS, which was one of my favorite beers ever, I was excited to try the rest of their line-up and selected this one. Simply awful.

rodney4130, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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.

Hopdaemon39, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of tat2dhllblly
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

tat2dhllblly, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of smilsdo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

smilsdo, Jan 01, 2012
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

DrBier, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of greg4579
4/5  rDev +7.5%

greg4579, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a rather nice, a deep, dark mahogany color with some light ruby tones showing up around the sides and the bottom of the glass. A nice inch of creamy off white head popped up over the top and settled down to a thin crown with minimal lacing along the side of the glass.

Aromas initially remind me of mulled apple cider. Initially I get a lot of apple cider, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. The brown sugar and caramel malty smell linger in soon after as it warms toward room temperature.

The flavors mimic the nose but to a lesser extent which is good and bad. Brown sugar and dark caramel maltiness are immediately greeted by the heavy Christmas cider mulling spices once again. Spices become a little overwhelming a s it warms further but some nicer darker fruity malts joins the party as it warms as well to semi help balance the spicing (plums and dark red grapes).

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium to low carbonation. Flavors are quite sweet and spicy and semi- cloying in the finish.

Overall this was a nice take on a winter warmer style beer but the spices could have been toned down slightly. Aroma- wise they were quite inviting, but dominated the palate and the flavor profile a little too much for me in the end. There are better examples for lesser $ points so I would recommend looking elsewhere.

claspada, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%

Poured at cellar temp in mini ale glass (multiple times)

A: dark copper; nice lacing; little head; great carbonation
S: very strong piney aroma, boozy
T: very spicy: nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, ginger

This is like a pumpkin ale without the pumpkin; well-spiced Christmas ale

Arithmeticus, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%

Clocking in this beer's 100th review. Well characterized as a winter warmer, this is a highly spiced beer evoking Christmas pie and cookies. Big malt body, teetering on a bit syrupy. Nutmeg is prominent, almost overwhelming, with a hint of cinnimon lurking in the spice shadow. Nutmeg is heavy-handed, dominating everything, including a the caramel and sorghum in the background. An interesting beer, but quickly tiresome.

Brent, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of hailyeast
2.1/5  rDev -43.5%

A-Poured into a shaker pint. gorgeous deep candy burgandy. Little to no head. Vibrant looking. Definatly my favorite
part of the beer.
S- fruity, spicy, piney, medicinal
T- about 2 to 3 times too much spice for me. Very alocholic tasting, maybe due to the low ibus. Also finishes like licking an evergreen. A pish posh of trying to fit all of the "holiday flavors" in one beer imo.
M- thin and syrupy
O- save your 7 bucks and try 3 or 4 other xmas beers for the same price..anchor, hibernation, 12 dogs(thirstydog)<--my pick of the year so far for xmas beers.

hailyeast, Dec 25, 2011
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2/5  rDev -46.2%

Hawoh, Dec 25, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +21%

Bdel34, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of Bogforce
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Bogforce, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of oline73
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

oline73, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
2.75/5  rDev -26.1%

Pours a murky chestnut red with a crusty looking tan head and large bubbles. Huge spices in the nose, tons of cinnamon and nutmeg, pumpkin pie like. Some sugary malt, maybe a touch of berry sweetness and a metallic twang in the back. Flavor is much of the same, overly spiced and messy malts with an off twang underneath and notes of alcohol in the finish. Full bodied, syrupy, high carbonation.

cpetrone84, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of teromous
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

A: The appearance is dark to medium brown with hints of red shining through the glass. It's like a very dark rosewood color. There is very little head, and it's an eggshell white color. The color lends itself to most of the rating, and the lack of head detracts from it.

S: It literally smells like I walked into a bakery or a Christmas shop. At first I'm really surprised, because it smells like apple turnovers. It really does, you have to smell it to believe it. I get a cinnamon scent as well as other spices, but I can't readily pick them out. I smell what might be ginger. This has a very fruity character to it. This is fantastic. This is what I want every Christmas Ale to smell like.

T: I don't get that apple flavor, which is probably a good thing. I get more of a banana flavor out of the actual body of the beer...take it or leave it. There's the cinnamon, right there in my face. The beer is actually quite subdued in regards to flavor. I expected it to be a bit bolder, when categorized as a warmer (in regards to malt flavor). This is by no means, a bad thing, it's just not what I expected.

M: It has a very decent mouthfeel. It's medium bodied and wet. It coats well, but I feel it is a tad undercarbonated. Overall it does feel average though, so I'm rating it as such.

O: Overall this is a very neat beer to have on hand during the holidays. I've had quite a few different "holiday beers" that don't deliver the experience that people are looking for. For this alone, the beer deserves accolades. This IS the beer that you give somebody who is looking for a holiday beer, and it's one of those "best kept secrets".

Last year I had this beer and it tasted different. There was more cinnamon and it didn't smell like apples. I prefer the smell of this years beer, and the taste of last years beer.

teromous, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

BEERchitect, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of spitInTheOcean
3.98/5  rDev +7%

nice amber color. tan head. fair head retention. slight haze to the beer. fair lacing.

cinnamon and nutmeg big in the aroma. it smells genuinely spice. kind of smells like nag champa. kinda smells like dr. pepper. no malt aroma of hop aroma can be smelt through all that spice.

sweet. very sweet throughout. finishes sweet with a slight hop bitterness. spicy. cinnamon and ginger and nutmeg all come through crystal clear. the flavors of spice linger. no malt flavor. no hop flavor. taste/ warming sensation of alcohol is subtle.

medium/full body. soft carbonation.

its good. but i think it might bee too sweet, not just for me, but i think its a little bit to a fault. its certainly not sessionable, nor can i see myself drinking more than one in a sitting.

spitInTheOcean, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of kaelingirl
4/5  rDev +7.5%

kaelingirl, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of wvsabbath
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%

Serving Type - 22oz bottle

Appearance - Dark tan/brown, 1/2 creamy head, some lacing.

Smell - Honey, cherries, malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, Some hops, a little caramel and ginger.

Taste - Huge cinnamon/nutmeg/clove kick. Malts are sweet and nutty, and the added sugar gives this a real fruit cake like flavor. Cherry and hops come in after mouth adjusts to the first flavors mentioned. Alcohol is masked pretty well under all the spice flavors.

Mouthfeel - Overload of flavors, but not a so much of a mouth crusher. Tounge gets the cinnamon/nutmeg kick, then some malts and clove. Palette gets the rest of cinnamon and some hops. Aftertaste is a little weak and dry.

Overall - As with hoppin frog brews, tons of flavor, unique and unforgetable. No other beer quite tastes like this, its liquid fruit cake really. Was fun to drink and will have again next christmas!

wvsabbath, Dec 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -19.4%

callmeishmALE, Dec 13, 2011
Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.