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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | 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:
Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

(Beer added by: trxxpaxxs on 09-23-2012)
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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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%

Photo of superspak
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of kawilliams81
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- transparent copper with 1 finger off-white head. Some trails of lacing on the glass.

S- nice pumpkins and spice aromas. No barrel is apparent.

T- sweet malts, pumpkin, spices, slight vanilla and again no barrel notes.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight alcohol burn near end.

O- good pumpkin beer but the barrel aging is unnoticeable and a waste of barrels.

Photo of rudzud
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade and poured in to my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice hazy light copper hue with a fizzy half finger head that faded almost immediately to leave no lacing and an almost nonexistant halo. Meh.

S - Aroma is nice with good roasted pumpkin notes, faint spices (nutmeg, cloves, etc.), and some soft whiskey/oak notes. Not nearly as strong as I was expecting.

T - Taste isnt bad. Fairly standard pumpkin ale flavours. Not fake tasting but nice pumpkin and spices. The whiskey is not nearly as boozy, but, its definitely there. Lingering vanilla/oak aftertaste is pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is pretty food. Lighter carbonation but still quite noticeable. Keeps it from feeling slick/syrupy.

O - Overall, this isnt a bad beer. Its just..ehhh. I havent really found a Hoppin' Frog beer that I really liked yet. Something that made me want to seek this brewery out. Its not a bad beer, its just, there are other breweries I would spend my money on. Many others.

Photo of brewtus
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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

Photo of TrappistJohnMD
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber color with minimal off-white head. No lacing.

Smell is nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and pumpkin. Essentially a pumpkin pie in a bottle.

Taste follows smell well. Lots of sweet malts, pumpkin, spice, clove, and cinnamon. Very good. Even my mother liked it.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Mild carbonation.

Overall very good. All of my non-beer drinking family members liked this one. Will definitely buy again.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of CommanderOfAwesome
4.58/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden orange color that is muddied and hard see my hand through. No carbonation to speak of, lacing or alcohol legs. Not surprising considering the whiskey barrel aging.

S: Strong woody aroma, some boozy notes, and slight pumpkin. Wood dominates, with some spice characteristics coming in as well, subtle as they are. Very interesting smell, not the "air freshener" that Pumking is.

T: This is where the beer shines. Wow, its great. Wish I had the non barrel aged version to try next to it. Big pumpkin taste, despite the slight aroma. Woody flavors, really mellow and smooth the beer. Not boozy on the taste, with great cinnamon and spice flavors coming in. Some slight pie crust bready flavor as well. Just overall fantastic tasting beer.

M: Smooth, flat, medium bodied. Hits all the best parts of the tongue.

O: Overall a fantastic beer, and probably the second best Imperial (Pumking being #1) on the market. Love the barrel aging and would be curious to see others in the style give this a shot. Great beer.

Photo of axeman9182
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle courtesy of radio2525 in the Barrel Aged BIF. It was poured into my Dogfish Head signature glass.

Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow pours a nearly opaque orange, it's really the perfect hue for a pumpkin ale. There's just shy of two fingers in white head, and it sticks around for a quick minute before fading. Not much lacing is left in its wake. I get more straight oak than whiskey from the barrels in the nose, and it blends nicely with the pumpkin pie spices almost present. The resulting spicy, woodsy aroma is very evocative of the fall. The flavor profile, while complex, just isn't quite as enjoyable. The barrels yield more whiskey than wood here, and the cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices are just a bit more muted. The finish is caramel, but it borders on being buttery/diacetyl. The body is nice, not as heavy as a barleywine or imperial stout, but certainly not dry either. The carbonation could stand to sparkle just a touch more though. BA Frog's Hollow is a decent beer, but it's a bit overshadowed both by the other barrel aged Hoppin Frog offerings and the oak aged Uinta pumpkin beer I received.

Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.