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Frosted Frog Christmas Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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372 Ratings
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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 25
Gots: 36 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: paco1029384756 on 11-16-2009

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Ratings: 372 | Reviews: 144
Photo of Durge
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of ncketchum
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of whartontallboy
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of meich75
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of JCaweinstein
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mjmadsen21
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of CaptCleveland
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of mater
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
2.64/5  rDev -29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of oberon
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of IdrinkGas
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of AWS2111
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of rodney4130
2.11/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

Photo of Hopdaemon39
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tat2dhllblly
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of smilsdo
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of greg4579
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of claspada
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.14/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hailyeast
2.17/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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