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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

174 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 174
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 18
Gots: 26 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kneeland
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color is a golden pumpkin, with no head at all. Barely any head at first, and completely dissipated within seconds.

I can taste pumpkin, but the extra spices don't stand out. It has more of a citrus and floral taste than nutmeg, allspice, etc.

I had higher hopes for this because it was expensive, and the name. Why is it called Double Pumpkin? Because it does not have twice the pumpkin flavor.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of beerhan
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-very rich golden amber pour with a thick one finger white head. Lots of body on this one.

S-nutmeg, allspice, a dash of pumpkin and a hint of whiskey.

T-there is a strong caramel apple taste to this one that is quite dominating. Compared to the normal version there is much less clove coming through but there is also less pumpkin. A little oak shines through but not much else.

M-thick and chewy with a slight burn, medium carbonation.

O-nothing speciali from hoppin frog nor really worth seeking out for the price. I am still yet to find a barrel aged pumpkin beer that can really accentuate the flavors without losing the pumpkin.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of ehammond1
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, MarkIntihar!

Barely hazed burnt orange with a fairly large off-white, persisent head, leaving irregular ribbons and spots of stick down the glass. Very pretty pumpkin beer.

Wonderful aroma for a spiced pumpkin beer, though I do wish there was more bourbon/barrel character--it's very minimal. Good amounts of pumpkin, all-spice, nutmeg, and some cinnamon. This is a great Fall aroma, though more bourbon character would really help improve it even more.

The flavor is similarly good as the aroma, though again, I was hoping for more barrel character. Good amounts of pumpkin pie filling and crust, all-spice, nutmeg, and some cinnamon, burnt sugars, and toffee. Unfortunately, I really can't detect much barrel at all.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. This perhaps would be even better with less carbonation?

Great pumpkin beer.

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.

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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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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of GregSVT
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip

A: Pours hazy orange with a white head that fades to a ring leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: The nose is full of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, vanilla, and some barrel aromas.

T: The taste is not much different from the regular version. There's more pumpkin than spice and a small hint of vanilla in the background that I assume is the barrel.

M: The feel is creamy but on the lighter side of medium.

O: This isn't different enough to be rated above the regular version. Probably needs more time in the barrel.

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3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a translucent orange gold with about a half finger of pure white head. The foam settles in a decent amount of time and there is some solid lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and barrel aged goodness. The heat from the barrel is there, but it doesn't impart much other sensory difference. It's mainly just heat.

T: This beer starts out sweet, but has quite a bit of boozy alcohol mixed in. I get pumpkin pie right away, but then the alcohol takes over. The finish is hot and astringent. The booze lightens up a bit as it warms, and the sweetness returns to the finish a bit, but it's still super boozy.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet to start but finishes with massive alcohol.

O: I don't know what to think of this beer. It's so hot right now. This beer could use a good 6-12 months before being opened again. I don't know whether the brewers just decided to shove the Frog's Hollow into a barrel and straight bottle it, or whether they really think this beer is worth drinking right now. Sit on this beer if you have a bottle. That is my recommendation.

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Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.