Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin AleFrog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Fall

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Photo of jaybirdsuds
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite craft beer. Not just because it is local. Only thing close to the flavor is Southern Tier's Pumking in my experience. Not subtle, got kick and its great for food recipes. Cooks down well. Besides the taste, texture, color, its top notch.

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Photo of RedSpecial1
4.97/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a lovely orange-amber color, practically pumpkin colored, with practically no head. The smell is of definite pumpkin pie spices, with cinnamon and ginger with hints of nutmeg - a classic blend. The taste matches the smell pretty much, giving it a classic pumpkin pie taste. The flavor is well rounded with a smoother alcohol finish. The overall mouthfeel is fairly light, but still coats the mouth with flavors, and the higher ABV isn't overly noticeable either. Overall, this is a great example of a tasty, but not cloying, pumpkin beer. It's very well spiced, and avoids the trap of being a one note drink.

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Photo of BeerVikingSailor
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into Hoppin' Frog pint glass.

Had this last year when it first came out and loved it, and was eager to try this year! The fact that this beer just won the GABF Gold Medal in the style is pretty impressive for my hometown HF boys....congrats "Frog's"! I am a big fan of Pumpkin beers in general and have tried like 30 of them...think there may be room at some point for a separate category for the newer, more potent Double or Imperial Pumpkins which have cropped up over the past few years...the differences between one like this and a "regular pumpkin" like Shipyard Pumpkin or Buffalo Bills, are quite prounced, and akin to the differences between a regular IPA and DIPA....anyway, I digress...

Beer poured nice copper / orange color, head pretty light and nice carbonation...smell is pretty yummy, lots of spices, esp. cinnamon and the ginger is in there pretty strong, I like it!

Taste is pretty delicious IMO, really a nicely balanced brew that pulls off the delicate malt / hop / spice mix in a nice way, really quite good.

Mouthfeel is also good, slight alcohol / ginger burn at the end, body is a little light, but that makes it drinkable to me, if too heavy / sweet like many other Imp Pumpkins out there (i.e. ST Pumking), then that makes it not as drinkable, I think they pulled off another winner with this one!

I put a few of these aside in my cellar last year, along with some other heavier pumpkins, so will be interesting to sip alongside the new release for 2010 to see how they stack....nice job once again, Hoppin' Frog!

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Photo of Beer-Revelry
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a hazy, murky orange. Forms a half finger of quickly dissipating off-white head.
S - Smells like Fall and a Halloween night. Fleshy sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves and allspice, light touches of cinnamon and vanilla. Wonderful.
T - The taste is a perfect reflection of the aroma, just slightly toned down in all sectors. Very balanced and sessional pumpkin beer. Light/Medium bodied beer.
O - A very good and highly recommend pumpkin beer, the perfect accompaniment to the fall season.
V - Good.

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Photo of Richardberg
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured into a tulip. Slightly hazy/fizzy amber, bordering on ruby. Not much head.

S - baked pumpkin pie. Easily the most authentic pumpkin smell this side of Southern Tier's Pumpking. This one's a little more roasty (vs smelling like a just-harvested pumpkin patch), and it bumps up the darker spices (clove/nutmeg, especially clove) to match, plus a smidge of sweetness to remind us it's all in good fun. Result: perfection.

T - just like the smell, unbelievably. The pumpkin pie replica continues unblemished from start to finish. No signs of an off-color aroma or aftertaste. If I had to criticize, I'd say it has a little too much allspice and/or cinnamon, but we're splitting hairs here. Another well-deserved (and rare) 5.

M - light to moderate body, decently slick, enough fizz to keep things moving.

D - let's not kid ourselves, it's a strongly flavored 8.4% beer. but please, don't let that stop you. if you like pumpkin beers in any form you must try this.

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Photo of dbmata
4.54/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best pumpkin beer of the season. Strong sweet, malty character backing up a spicy and bold pumpkin flavor. Spicing is handled with a deft hand, the beer never tastes like a pumpkin pie, but keeps the nutmeg qualities.

Beautiful yellow-amber color, and a head like a good guest, stays just long enough and knows when to leave - quickly. AS a pumpkin ale it is bigger than normal, and has a strong flavor, it would be hard to drink more than a bomber, but this is one to savor.

Top notch, this is the top beer of my two favorite pumpkins for '11.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

All the familiar spices are in the aroma. Perhaps cinnamon is the most aggressive. Light body, big taste of pumpkin first before the spices kick in. They're milder than expected, but it definitely works. Cinnamon and clove stand out the most. Bit of heat from the ginger.

No surprise, it's great. Definitely top tier of pumpkin beers!

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Photo of Caveworm
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery. Poured from the bomber bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick and off white, with sheen lacing, and a clear, reddish orange body.

Smells like a big handful of nutmeg and clove, but still with a noticeable malt backbone. I'm assuming this indicates that this will NOT be a spice bomb, which is a good thing IMO.

I taste much of the aforementioned notes, along with an almost tart balance to it. I find this to be pleasantly unique. I'm not sure if its hops doing this or some other entity, but its a superb balance and easy quaff.

The mouthfeel here is clean and crisp. I can't detect the higher abv of this brew...for now.

Overall, I'll give Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Hoppin' Frog Brewery a 4.5 This is certainly a hidden gem in the barrage of trendy pumpkin beers. Not too sweet, not too bland-just right.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served cold into an Ohio State pint glass. Ohio beer in honor of the election and hoping it goes in the Democrats' favor.

Frog's Hollow is a deep amber color with a slight haze. The head is thin and settles fast.

Aroma is very pleasant if you enjoy pumpkin pie spices. Mildly sweet and nicely spiced.

Flavor is much the same with a sweet caramel and pumpkin malty base. Lightly hopped for bitterness and very well-judged on the level of spice.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and low in carbonation which fits the style.

Overall a very good pumpkin beer. One worth seeking out if you enjoy the style.

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Photo of TommyBuckeye
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Marco - thanks for getting this for me!

A - Has a cloudy cider look with little head retention. Had to poured hard to get a head

S - Pumpkin pie in a bottle: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and pumpkin even some yeasty breadiness for the crust!

T - Nice ale with roasted nutiness. Tate as it smells with the spices and pumpkin.

M - A little thin but still nice. Spices up front with a slight (but good) bitterness towards the end

D - A nice pumpkin brew. The spices are not overpowring and are great throughout. I've had a few pumpkin ales and this truley is the best I've had.

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Photo of Jesse13713
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I missed out on this offering last year, so I am quite looking forward to the bombers I picked up.

Appearence - No head whatsoever on the pour. Little to no lacing on the glass. A cloudy sunset orange color in the glass. Appears to have low carbonation. Poured into my Weyerbacher pint glass; as the site reccomends.

Smell - Brown sugar and pumpkin right away. A little heavier aroma of cinnamon than I expected. Smells sweet with vanilla hints and dessert notes. Best described as smelling like pumpkin pie.

Taste - Ahhh. This is the pumpkin beer I've been waiting for. I've had Ichabod, post road, smuttynose, shipyard, and many others. So far, they have all been tasty; but lacking in pumpkin taste. This Hoppin' Frog festive offering perfectly complements the recent cooling autumn nights. Awesome to drink with the changing weather. A punch of spice hits your throat at first. The traditional cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar attack my taste buds. Surprisingly, a sweetened vanilla bite is intertwined with what appears to be fresh mint. I could be wrong with the spice here, but I somehow taste fresh mint. It compliments the spices well as they transition over to strong, viny pumpkin. The pumpkin here is strengthened by the spices and vanilla and is just absolutely delicious.

Mouth feel and overall - The strong mixture of spices blends well with vanilla and pumpkin. The spice thankfully does not overpower the gourd notes. This is a welcoming change to some of the overspiced brews I've been experiencing. Medium-bodied. Sweet in all the right ways; like pumpkin pie. I will definitely be stocking my fridge with this brew until the snow covers the streets.

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Photo of shoky01
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bottle into pint glass.

A: Orange ambery, honey colored. A bit translucent. No head or much lacing.

S: very cinnamon, nutmeg and just spicy. More sweet potato than pumpkin. Reminds me of walking Michael's.

T: Very spicy! Cinnamon is very strong. Pumpkin is kinda hangin around but not the most prominent. I like it.

MF: eh.

OA: I really liked this, want more! Haven't found a lot of pumkins I like this one was over the top Stallone style.

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Photo of nlmartin
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has been hanging around my beer fridge for several months. Always I found another beer to drink. Wish I had tried this beer sooner. The beer has been chilled since October of 09. The beer was served in a wide mouthed chalice.

Appearance: The beer has a clear orange coloration. The head of the beer is biege and quickly resolves. Specs of lacing remain behind on my glass.

Smell: There is pumpkin lurking around in this bready beer. The spice mix in the beer is well done brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, ginger and cardamon. Well done!

Taste: The flavor of the beer closely mirrors the aroma. The spices are well incorporated. The beer is a bit sweet no hops are really noted to tame the sweetness; however, the spices keep the sweetness in check.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The body of the beer is almost full. The body is also very smooth and slick. The beer disappeared from my glass rapidly. I look forward to having this beer again come the Hallows season. Well Done!....

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma has a strong spicy overtone, mainly cinnamon, with pumpkin and subtle malty tones as well. It pours a pretty clear amber with a thick, fluffy, fairly persistent white head. Flavor is malty and spicy with a nice pumpkin-pie overtone and a hint of caramel. Texture is rather fizzy, leaving a spicy finish and a tingle that hangs around for a little bit. This is an excellent autumn beer, perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving!

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Photo of fo5s
4.41/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Marks the first pumpkin of a number that I have stocked up for the next month. No dating on the bottle.

A- aggressive pour yield a minuscule head, but carbonation looks to be OK if minimal. Not a good start. (second pour is crispy, active carbonation that subsides quickly. not normal for a beer...more like champagne?)

S- Bottle states this has Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and clove. This myriad comes together in a strong nose that flows from the glass. Think I'm getting more cinnamon than anything else, but it's tough to distinguish here.

T- The montage arrives. Sweet (albeit thin) malts hit the palate along with a blast of spices. Well melded - there's nothing overpowering. Well balanced spices, and not over the top. Definitely multi-dimensional in contrast to many "one trick pony" pumpkin beers that rely on 1 spice. Maybe I've been drinking too many oktoberfests, but I swear this is based off of one. The body is surprisingly small / thin for something this big, but that's not a bad thing.

M- feels good. Carbonation is muted, as the pours would suggest. Smooth on the tongue.

D- for a (comparatively) big pumpkin beer, this is highly drinkable. Spices are not tedious, which is a plus. Compared to the likes of a Weyerbacher imperial pumpkin or Southern Tier pumpking I can put a bomber of this back much easier (granted I believe those are higher ABV).

Overall a great pumpkin beer. Honestly not what I was expecting from Hoppin Frog, but very solid all around. Thought this would be bigger - it's huge on taste, but the body is kept small enough that its a drinker vs. a sipper. Well done, Hoppin Frog, and at a fair price point.

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Photo of DrinkNewport
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent pumpkin beer. One of the best, if not THE BEST pumpkin beer I've ever had and definitely the best I've had this year.

The strong scent of pumpkin spices carries through to the flavor, without being overpowering. The actual pumpkin lends a smoothness to both the taste and texture. While it's 8.4% ABV, there's no booziness.

This is just a smooth, balanced, tasty beer that I will seek out again and happily recommend to others.

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Photo of ne0m00re
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

09/28/10- Had a bomber of this when it came out.
A: Hazy dark amber with a nice collar.
S: Roasted pumpkin, spices like pumpkin pie, green hops and a very slight cider. Welcoming and not over-the-top.
T: Cleansing subtle pumpkin pie (but mostly just pumpkins, like old-fashioned homemade pumpkin pie) and cider. Not to get poetic, but this beer tastes like Autumn. Nice body with a slight ginger characteristic. Wow. This is a pumpkin ale done right.
M: Thinner, but cleansing.
D: Really good.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.37/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straight orange, clear, very nice but lacks any head to speak of, there's no retention, and no lacing, so a little disappointed with the appearance. Smell is toffee, buttery crackers, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Taste is fantastic. Sweetness initially, which fades into flavor..Buttery cracker crust, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, a bit of spice from clove and ginger. A little more sweetness squeaks through here and there to add to the complexity. Very nice, delicious. Firm, creamy, medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable, but in a good way, in that it lets you know your drinking an imperial ale and not eating grandma's state fair blue ribbon pumpkin pie. Well balanced, and finish isn't cloying at all, its sweet at times, but you wouldn't describe Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin as 'sweet', and that's what makes it extra good, and hence, this bad boy is right up there and maybe surpassing my all time favorite Pumking.

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Photo of jhoban19
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into my favorite personalized goblet.

A: deep amber color with very little head, even with a vigorous pour. Lacing is minimal. Some random floaties mingle amongst the bubbly carbonation.

S: Pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and even hints of piecrust (presumably from toasted malt), like a slice of Thanksgiving Day. By the time I fill my goblet for the third time there is a greater presence of alcohol and at 8.4% I'm not surprised.

T: Liquid Thanksgiving. Not sure I can describe it any better than that. The pumpkin and spices are in near perfect balance and incredibly natural- nothing artificial about the flavors.

M: Medium to full bodied with a long lingering finish. Slightly dry on that finish, but boy does it linger.

D: Frog's Hollow is a wonderful version of the style. It may not look as beautiful as ST Pumking or DFH Punkin Ale, but it tastes every bit as good. The balanced flavors of pumpkin and spice keep my mouth watering through the entire bottle. I'll be sure to look for more of this brew in the fall, along with my other favorites mentioned above.

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Photo of UDbeernut
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

enjoyed during an impromptu pumpkin tasting. orangey amber hue. scent is a punch of nutmeg and kiss of pumpkin. taste is more subtle but extremely enjoyable. hint of alcohol. smiley face on the note pad. have to stock up on this one as we have a few moons till thanksgiving.

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Photo of mscottjohnston
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I'm a big fan of Hoppin Frog's Boris the Crusher, so i was thrilled to find this offering. 750ml into a tulip.
A- beautiful opaque amber with surprisingly little head
S- all my favorite pumpkin flavors: malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe some ginger?
T- well supported by aromas. Pumpkin hits first, followed by lingering malt accented by spices.
M- Finishes with subtle carbonation and lingering syrupy sweetness.
O- this will probably be one of my last pumpkins of the season, and its a very enjoyable one to go out on. I'll have to keep an eye out for it next year.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. Poured into a small snifter. Tiny bubbles, frothy light beige head atop a light amber/copper body. Aroma is malty sweet with some sweet spicing also some mild pumpkin rind, some pulp and some brown sugary sweetness. Taste is lightly spicy, nice pumpkin pie crust. Sort of toes the line between pumpkin and pumpkin pie as far as pumpkin beers go. Very drinkable for the high abv and certainly one of the best pumpkin beers out there. I'm not saying that its better than Pumking, but great.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

reviewed from notes
This is aged for 1 year before I cracked it open... Let's see how we did...

This is the best pumpkin beer I've ever had.
Glowing orange, translucent body. Thin whitish head quickly subsided to a thin cloud of bubbles leaving behind some spotty lacing.
The nose is HUGE pumpkin flesh... Then some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and a touch of dry alcohol.
The taste is pumpkin pie in a blender. The flavor is everything I would want from a pumpkin beer. Huge flavors of pumpkin and spice with a lightly sweet malt base.
As we warm up I get a little nuttiness, pecans perhaps?

Decently sweet all the way through.

Mouthfeel is nice and holds good carbonation despite the poor head on the pour.

I generally don't like pumpkin beers, but this is the best I've had-- of course, that ONLY goes for an aged bottle! Fresh I was less than impressed!

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this bottle in early October in Columbus, $7.99. Cool froggy bottle with some text on the label that mimics an old Black Sabbath song called Lady Evil. Probably too obscure for most people, especially decades after it came out, but you can't fool me.

The beer is penny copper color, clear, with about 2 fingers of whitish foam. The dominant smells are spices like you'd find in gingerbread cookies and pumpkin pie (per the label: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and clove). The taste is exceptionally good, often these spices are overdone in a pumpkin ale but this beer has enough pale malt sweetness to balance the spices. That might be why it's called a double pumpkin ale, there's enough malt to add body (and ABV) to this beer to combat the spice, making this probably my favorite of the style. I'll look for it again next year.

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Photo of SamuelJackson45
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Man.Open the bottle and it smell like warm Pumpkin pie. I was ready to eat. Pour it to the bottle nice mid amber in color. The taste is awsome. Pumpkin flavor everywhere and not to heavy in spices you can taste the pumpkin in every sip. Sucks don't have pumpkin pie on hand to drink this with. Boy this is a good beer. This is a must try for anyone that haven't try this beer.

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