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Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin AleBarrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
85
very good

148 Ratings
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Ratings: 148
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%


Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: trxxpaxxs on 09-23-2012)
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Reviews by brewtus:
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brewtus

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- light clear copper that pours with a tiny head that quickly disappears
S- lots of sugary cinnamon, I get some apple too. There's a good amount of pumpkin aroma, no surprise there huh? This smells really festive.
T- sweet pumpkin up front. a little bit of hoppy bite. The flavor warms up to a vanilla and bourbon finish. The alcohol is pretty predominant, maybe too much. The bourbon is pretty subdued but its definitely there.
M- not too thin, not too thick, great texture for fall day.
O- this was hoppier than I imagined it would be, since I've never had the unbarrelled version. The bourbon isn't too heavy but balanced well with the pumpkin flavor. I'd say its good, not great. Worth pickin up a bomber if you see one, its a nice change of pace from your run-of-the-mill pumpkin ales. As it warms a little out of the fridge it gets smoother. I agree that's its a bit too pricey

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2012 00:11:48 | More by brewtus
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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New York

1/5  rDev -73.7%

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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All pumpkin in the engine, but all bourbon in the caboose! With the enticement of rich and savory pumpkin pie, its aromas grip the nose and pull you in, then BAM! -that smack of unmistakable Kentucky bourbon kicks you right in the teeth!

As the ale opens up, its bright, brazen pumpkin color is golden, amber and a little on the tawny brownish side. Near-perfect brilliance in clarity is achieved and shows off its bubbly nature very well. With a short-statured bone-white lather that builds, it seems to fold back into the ale a little quicker than is desired and does so with a spritzy fashion. Light on lace, scant traces remains as the beer fades.

The sultry, butterscotch and praline-type sweetness greets the nose with caramel, toffee, graham crackers and good 'ole pumpkin pie. Equipped with nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and clove the nose rounds out in a similar was to the original Frog's Hollow. But heading into that next sip- wait, it that....

...bourbon! As the taste backs away from the strict "pumpkin pie" flavor that the nose promised, its hard to tell if its a bourbon flavored beer or a pumpkin sweetened bourbon. Flavors of caramel and honey drizzle backsweeten the whisky flavor of wood sugars, weathered oak, vanilla, cherry, spicy char and sweet Kentucky bourbon. Those finesse elements of pumpkin, butterscotch and graham crackers take a far-reaching backseat to the barrel influences.

Sweet and savory to taste its praline character is thinned with the utter boozy spice to accompany it early and often. The booze and wood tannin dries the palate to a semi-sweet finish with bright bourbon heat and pie-type spices.

Barrel-Aged Frog's Hollow is high on bourbon influence- so much so that it looses a bit too much of its pumpkin ale pleasantries. Though decadent and delicious in its own right, even this Kentucky Bourbon fan would suggest less time in the barrel and more time in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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New York

4/5  rDev +5.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is a shade of orange lighter than the non barrel-aged version. It also is less cloudy. The amber highlights seem more prominent. The head is about the same. I got less than an inch of tan head on top.

S - The bourbon is quite noticeable. The pumpkin spices have faded but perceptible. I am left with a vanilla, oak, alcohol aroma.

T - It tastes like I would expect it to taste, a barrel-aged version of the Frog's hollow. The spices are faint. The bourbon dominates.

M - Medium

O - I had this on tap at the tasting room and did not think it was this good. I just had the regular Frog's Hollow right before this, so the differences are glaring. I am very impressed by the aging of this beer. I have never had a barrel-aged pumpkin beer other than this one. I am glad I did a side by side with the original to see the contrast and similarities.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2013 00:11:49 | More by buschbeer
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3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear amber body. A fleeting off white head.

Smell - Super pumpkin pie spiciness. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Light barrel character.

Taste - Dominated by spice. Nutmeg bomb. Sweet and a bit of bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Way too spicy. Boozy. Astringent and dry.

Overall - Too much spice and not enough barrel.

Serving type: bottle

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Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 148 ratings.