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

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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

176 Ratings
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Ratings: 176
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 28 | FT: 3
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin pie spices, wood, and whisky. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and one of the better pumpkin beers I have had so far.

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +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.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

What better to follow a glass of Rum Chata than a barrel-aged pumpkin beer? Especially when the original version is so damn good? Let's dance: It pours a clear dark orange-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises the usual pumpkin pie spice array (you know: cinnamon, brown sugar, mace, clove, etc), some light maple syrup, some light oak, and a peck-on-the-cheek-from-your-friend-who-you-may-or-may-not-have-feelings-for-and-right-now-she's-just-thanking-you-in-her-own-affectionate-way-which-is-just-making-things-all-the-worse-in-your-head-now of whiskey. The barrel seems to keep the spices in check, ensuring that they don't go all batty and whatnot, but they're still pretty friggin' strong, as is to be expected. The taste mirrors things, with the barrel doing an even better job of balancing things out. A stronger vein of maple syrup climbs through as well, and the barrel comes across as a touch charred. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a damn tasty pumpkin beer, though, despite the balance and complexity added by the barrel, I think I still prefer the power of the naked version, personally.

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, Fall 2012 bottling. Pours fairly hazy orange amber color with a small foamy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, oak, light bourbon, gingerbread, and light vanilla. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of pumpkin and spices, with light-moderate barrel notes; doesn’t smell too sweet either. Taste of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light bourbon, gingerbread, oak, and light vanilla. Lingering notes of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread, oak, light bourbon, and light vanilla on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; with moderate barrel presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged pumpkin ale. Good balance and complexity of malt/spice flavors with light-moderate barrel notes; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

Pours a hazed orange color with white soapy froth. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice with a hint of sweet bourbon. In the taste, nice pumpkin pie flavor of pumpkin, spice and vanilla. The bourbon contributes a vanilla sweetness to the brew. Nice blend of spices. Medium bodied brew with a smooth medium carbonation. Overall, this was a treat.

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of IPAchris
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazy golden/orange color with about an inch off-white head that didn't stay around for very long. There's a good amount of lacing. Aroma is nice and spicy, it smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin, and a little bit of whiskey. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but the flavor doesn't seem quite as strong in comparison. The whiskey isn't strong in either the aroma or flavor, I would be surprised if this was barrel aged for very long. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit coating with moderate carbonation. I think it's a solid pumpkin ale, but it's nowhere near worth the price at all. $14.99 a bottle.

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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly hazy dark brownish color with orange hues and an off-white head that quickly turns into a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is dominated by the whiskey barrels from the barrel aging with some pumpkin spices in the background.

T- The taste like the aroma is mostly whiskey and oak flavors from the barrel aging with a sourness in the finish and just a hint of spices.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad offering from Hoppin Frog. This one got better as it warmed in the glass.

Photo of AgentZero
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden orange beer with no head. Some bubbling from the bottom. Decent looking, about what you would expect.

S - Smells of pumpkin beer with traditional pumpkin spices. The smell is a bit muted by the whiskey. The whiskey itself smells a little sour and sweet, but not bad. Bit of barrel.

T - Taste is a lot like the smell. A bit of a muted spice and pumpkin compared to your Pumpkings and others. Whiskey smooths out and some of the barrel becomes more evident as it warms.

M - Smooth, moderate carbonation. Medium bodied.

O - Not a bad beer, actually became a really easy drinker as it warmed. Didn't care for the price tag, and it's nothing spectacular, but I enjoyed this one decently enough and didn't have any trouble getting through the bottle.

Photo of pathman
4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 176 ratings.