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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 17
Gots: 30 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: trxxpaxxs on 09-23-2012

Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.
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Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 35
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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I left this bottle of Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow to age a little longer yet. Opening it in the spring hasn't affected its distinctively fall-time orange tone but it may have soiled the complexion a little; floating bits of sediment make the second pour look thick as actual pie filling.

The beer certainly isn't shy about the fact it's aged in whiskey barrels; banana esters, burnt sugar, and butterscotch are apparent from the first sniff. There's a lot going on here. Still, it doesn't smell nearly as intimidating or intoxicating as other barrel-aged offerings.

Alcohol isn't a huge factor on the palate either; this tastes about its strength, which, at 8.4%, is incredibly reasonable for something that spent time in a whiskey barrel. In fact, I'm a little surprised the pie spices are able to stand up so well to the wood spices. Likewise the malts which offer as much toffee, biscuit, and graham cracker as ever.

Complimenting - rather than competing - with these pumpkin pie elements are the vanilla and honeyed influences of the whiskey barrels. That extra little bit of spice also props up existing cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes and combines with the malt to make incredible, overarching candy apple and caramelized banana flavours.

It's official: dessert has been decided for every Thanksgiving from now until eternity. Blending the sweet and spicy of pumpkin ales with the ultra-sweet and ultra-spicy qualities of whiskey makes an ultimate after dinner autumn treat. Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow is a beer of outstanding depth. I've already carved out a space in the cellar for next year's batch.

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3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jbwimer
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange with a really small white head, quick to a poor lingering string of foam.
A really rich baked pumpkin smell, really pulpy, with the expected pie spices (nutmeg, faint cinnamon, vanilla powder, faint ginger), with caster sugar on top. A really nice dry alcoholic whisky scent creeping up the nostrils too.
The same whisky note greets in the taste, with caramel and booze right from the get-go, pretty strong. Not a lot of sweetness, a nice natural pumpkin feel with a moderate amount of spices (not as spiced as other pumpkin ales), with some clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, faint black pepper and a nice vanilla note that's also partly induced by the whiskey. Finishes with some light woody notes and an unwanted earthiness, hinting at dry tobacco and walnut, splashed in a generous amount of warm whisky (initially). Lightly bitter.
Medium body, medium prickly carbonation. Aftertaste of caramel and pumpkin, clove, light nutmeg, mouth-numbing whisky. Booze piles up as you drink this bomber, so sipping it helps, even it it doesn't justify its abv.
Still, a manageable big beer, tasty, fragrant, a bit inelegant and rugged and heart-warming.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3/5  rDev -21.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.92/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of rden4654
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

I'm not one for Pumkin Beers but this one was very good and is severely undervalued with an 85 rating. I would certainly try it if you can get your hands on it!!!!

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of uvachief
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

This was tough to finish. 750ml bottle. Started off okay. Dark orange brown color. Little head. Strong pumpkin and all spice taste in mouth. More than I care for and I like strong pumpkin taste. Little dirty almost cigarette butt like taste on the finish. After 2/3 of the bottle, almost bitter. I'll pass. High ABV. Strong.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

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Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.