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 JohnnyHopps
2.32/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a sampler glass, one gets a get shot of cinnamon in the aroma.The appearnce was a golden color with an off white head. Without being overdramatic, this is the worst pumpkin ale I have ever had. At first, it reminded me of the little cinnamon hearts at grade school Valentine's Day parties. Then I further though those hot dose of Cinnamon reminded me of Hot Dam! Nobody drinks that stuff straight, and nobody should put it in my beer. When it came to the aftertaste, it got the burn of cinnamon mouthwash yielding to a more mediciney flavor. At least the beer was thin and the taste did not last long. Did I get the bottom of the barrel in my bottle? Pumpkin and clove and the other things people found were nonexistant as far as I'm concerned.

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Photo of peensteen
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Jason.

Lightly hazy orange-amber colour, ring of white head, light lace as well. Smell is of cinnamon candy or Big Red gum initially, nutmeg, ginger, bits of pumpkin and a nice bready malt note as well. Taste is cinnamon up front followed by citrus and fruit, a really nice malt presence, ginger and nutmeg , bits of pumpkin but for the most part is fairly subtle. Medium carbonation, medium feel. A nice spicy pumpkin beer, something meant to be shared for sure though.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bomber split between me and the gif. poured into snifters.

A: a slightly hazed, very bright orange. head is slightly off-white and the retention and lacing are not great.

S: very cinnamon and allspice. malty. a little bit of alcohol. spice dominates and also welcomes the nose to take a drink.

T: a really sweet sugar hits the palate first. cinnamon and lots of it. really cant taste any heat on the palate. if it is there, it is definitely masked by the sweetness of the spices and the grain.

M: moderate, but zesty carbonation. medium body.

D: pretty solid pumpkin beer. as I have said a few times with pumpkin beers, solid spice character dominates the palate. pretty solid though, theres enough malt to balance things out and provide a reallys olid backbone to all this spice.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

A- Pours a yellowish orange color with half a finger of white fizzy white head that quickly goes away leaving a ring at the edge of the glass.

S- Fresh roasted pumpkin mixed with an abundance of spices. Ginger is the spice that is up front here. All the other "pumpkin pie" spices take a back seat compared to the ginger.

T- Pumpkin flavor seems like it's more a of a butternut squash flavor. Not getting as much of the pumpkin spice flavor I wanted to see. In the spice profile, ginger is again the spice that is front and center just like on the nose.

M- On the high side of medium body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. Pretty smooth considering the ABV.

O- Not a must have pumpkin ale. This one just seems like it does not fit in with the other imperial pumpkin ales on the market. It is good, just not great.

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Photo of rangerred
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A heavy pour yields absolutely no head whatsoever. Beer is a clear dark copper but carbonation seems nearly nonexistent.

Aroma is quite nice. Cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg along with a little bit of graham cracker. It really smells like a delicious pumpkin pie.

Flavor has plenty of spice up front. There is definitely a pumpkin, squashy, flavor. Cinnamon and clove seem to be the most prominent. The finish has an almost pie crust taste really tying everything else together. Mouthfeel is very thin due to the lack of carbonation. Also a moderate alcohol taste and burn towards the finish.

Overall, I am not too impressed. I'm almost wondering if something isn't wrong with my bottle as there is literally no carbonation. A little more mouthfeel would have really helped this out.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
8.4% ABV, 76 OG (18.4°P), 7.3 IBU

A - Hoppin' Frog's double pumpkin pours this gorgeous orange color that shimmers with crystal clarity but even with a tall, strong pour, very little head can be coerced from this beer. What's there is gone near instantly leaving the top of the beer lifeless and the smell hard to pick up.

S - Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin hardly smells like a single pumpkin let alone a double. This beer forsakes any real pumpkin additions for what might be considered a trace of pumpkin puree, but that's not all - there's a lacking of spice too! This beer smells (generally) spicy, but the blend is so jumbled, it's difficult to pin-point any one spice in the mix. The combination lets an off, buttery and fruity solvent alcohol aroma through with a candy-sweet blast of maltiness which only grows stronger with a swirl, trying to coax some head out of the beer.

T - Much tastier than anticipated, the flavor opens up a little more inviting some actual pumpkin flavor to the party. Malty sweetness continues to be the big player in Frog's Hollow though, really pushing gooey, melted caramel and lightly buttered toast into the beer. Spice stays on track with it's presence; minimal and general, with a plain, mix of "this and that" sprinkled over the beer while it finishes fruity and sweet again from ethanol alcohol.

M - Incredibly smooth and drinkable, the pinnacle of this beer is it's very nice mouthfeel, enjoyably pleasing on the palate. Medium bodied and lingering with sticky sweetness, the beer has abandoned all hop presence and barely balances it's maltiness with dry spice. Of course the thinning, solvent alcohol which permeates through the very core of this double pumpkin helps in that regard, too.

O - I'm a big proponent of pumpkin beers, especially in fall when very little stands in between me and trying every one I can get my hands on, but I find the money I spend on this bottle quite regrettable. Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale seemingly takes a good pumpkin beer recipe and doubles the malt with out following suit with pumpkin, spice, and hops. Overly sweet, rich with unnecessary alcohol, and completely lacking in the core essence of this beer as outlined by the name; Double Pumpkin. Where's the pumpkin? In the end, I can't bring myself to label this beer as offensive, but if it's a true "double pumpkin" you're looking for, reach for Pumking and save yourself some money in the process.

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Photo of tigg924
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @BBC Cedarville--served into a tulip

Appearance: minimal head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, moderate carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, clove, and alcohol

Taste: breadiness, clove, cinnamon, alcohol, and other pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet with an alcohol burn, moderate carbonation, light bodied

Overall: A flavorful pumpkin treat. I love the depth and richness of this one. This one jumps out as one of the more complex pumpkin brews along the lines of Southern Tier's Pumpking..although I think I prefer ST. I would get this again if I wanted a nice pumpkin sipper.

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Photo of liamt07
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Jason, 650ml into a tulip.

Orange with some redder highlights. Ring of retention and light lacing. Nose of hot tamales candy, light ginger, sweet malt, and light pumpkin. Some citrus perhaps, very perfumey. Taste of sweet pumpkin, spicing more in cinnamon and ginger, light clove and sweet malt. Full feel but not syrupy, lower carbonation and not overly sweet. A really good spiced beer, pumpkin is subtle. Very nice stuff.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear orange (chill haze on the glass). Mellow head is thin and inconsistent. The head does manage to leave reliable lacing however. The body of the beer glows.

S-Nose is very spicy. Not stressing much pumpkin, just tons of Autumn spice. Cinnamon and nutmeg up the wazoo. Also there is a solid whiff of booze. Fully malted base too.

T-Taste is an upgrade. There are more clear pumpkin notes here. Pumpkin spices roll over the tongue. The flavor is very sweet. Blatant pump-pie notes (an exhausted description, I know). A bit cidery. Finishes sweet with a pinch of alcohol.

M-Creamy and rather full. Not too robust but definitely an Imperialized Pump. Alcohol induced dryness. Soft carbonation. Went down quick enough.

O/D-A pretty good Pump beer. Not the best I have had this season. A little less complex than Pumpking. But it holds up with the better offerings of the style.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: shiny golden amber, finger head, ok lacing

S: all-spice, pumpkin, malt, cinnamon

T: honey, ginger, cinnamon, pumpkin, malt, clove/mild bitter finish

M: med body, solid carbonation/honey smooth mouth

O: Little disappointed, but still enjoyed it.
Perhaps got a bad bottle, would try again.


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Photo of AmitC
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Alcohol content.

Among better pumpkin ales.

Well balanced spices.

Heavy bodies beer.


It is a pumpkin ale, which i usually do not like. Mostly because i do not have any preference for pumpkins and then they do not offer much. Just a different style of beer.

Nothing very striking about it.

Other usual stuff.

Color : Copper- Orangish
Smell : A bit of cinnamon, pumpkin hint with some malt.
Not bitter for its alcohol content.

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Photo of drzig
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fall beer that is not quite as intense and pumpkiny as your typical fall beer (Pumking). If you don't like the sweetness of Pumking, this would be a good choice for you
Apearance - deep orange color with about 1/4" head that dissipates quikcly
Smell - hints of cinnamon, clove but not too stong
Taste - not as sweet as other pumpkin beers which make it alittle more drinkable. I like a little more sweetness if I am drinking a pumpkin beer.
Overall - Good beer that I will not hesitate to drink again. Not overly sweet.

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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 dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear medium orange to copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of extremely thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin and traditional pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice.

T: This pumpkin beer is not sweet which is a pleasant surprise - there is a good strong flavor of pumpkin and spices, about evenly split. There is a light amount of bitterness and a bit of ginger spiciness.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Some light amounts of alcohol heat in the finish.

O: The alcohol is this beer is hidden in the taste but there is a light presence in the mouthfeel - this is an enjoyable beer but definitely not sessionable due to the high ABV. I enjoy the fact that while I pumpkin beer, it is not overly sweet.

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Photo of JCaweinstein
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a very nice looking amber color, towards the lighter end of the spectrum. It's crystal clear and lightly carbonated and there is virtually no head at all which is the reason I gave it a lower score.
I smell pumpkin and other spices, cinnamon is the one I can distinguish from the others. The aromas are very delightful and remind me of pumpkin pie.
There is not much of a hop presence in this beer at all. I do taste the pumpkin and spices, most notably the cinnamon.
For an 8.4% abv this is incredibly light bodied and the alcohol is not detectable. There is mostly malt sweetness that is balanced nicely by the pumpkin and spice. Again, this is not very carbonated which, in my opinion doesnt work well with this beer.
This beer smells and tastes very good. It's maybe a little lite on the body and I would like some hop presence so that I know I'm drinking beer. On the other hand it's one of the better pumpkin beers I have had.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an amber hue with about one and a half fingers of head that settles fairly quickly around the edges of the glass. There is spotty lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is pumpkin, nutmeg, yeast, and sweet malt. It's not the greatest smelling beer, but it's really nice for a pumpkin beer in July.

T: It starts out simple and sweet right up front. The pumpkin flavors start to hit the palate a bit after, and eventually the spices in this beer come alive. The real magic is in the finish. Everything cuts away except for the pumpkin and the cinnamon. It's like pie.

M: Medium bodied beer. The flavors are all there, and nothing sticks around for too long.

O: I like this beer. The flavors are solid, without being over-the-top. I look forward to seeing this in the fall.

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Photo of BostonHops
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.
(~6oz worth)

pours an orange / medium amber tone while yielding a finger or so of a beige-like head. decent retention and lacing. the usual suspects come to play in the nose. pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. definitely more spice than pumpkin. a touch of booze if evident.

all of the above pull through in the flavor. and while it's tasty, it isn't the show-stopper than pumking or even dfh's punkin is. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall it's a solid pumpkin ale, flavorful and enjoyable. however i wouldn't put it at the top of my list of favorite pumpkins. tried as part of a pumpkin ale tasting and it generally ranked among the middle of the pack, behind the likes of pumking, weyerbacher imperial pumpkin, and punkin.

(originally reviewed: 09-26-2011)

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Photo of bierguru
1.78/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A - the bottle had a great seal but beer poured flat with no head and no carbonation. however, the brew was a deep orange and yet see through

S - smell was really great. smelling like a freshly baked pumpkin pie

T- sweet and very sugary. mild spice.

M - felt like i was drinking sugar water

O - OVERALL the beer is horrible. if you like drinking sugar water this is great.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pour is transparent deep golems orange, fairly tight white head. The nose isn't overpowering but mostly spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice light. Hints of grain underneath. Taste has more grain, a light metallic note, reduced spice, light pepper spice. Body is light, high carb, a touch messy. Rather average.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.48/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a snifter on 3/5/12

Thanks, Tony.

The honey orange color has a nice depth and is rather clear. I was able to manage about a finger's worth of soapy foam but it wasn't inclined to stick around. A skim remains, as do some bubbles around the collar. There are a few streaks of lace.

The spices mentioned on the label are easily found - ginger, cinnamon, clove and allspice; but the aroma doesn't stop there. No, no, there are also notes of buttery caramel, candy corn, mildly toasty bread and a faint metallic twinge on the peripheries; a spritz of air freshener, too.

Tastes pretty much like I'd expect based on the nose - trying to turn pumpkin pie into beer and not pulling it off. The plus side is the spices are a bit more downplayed than they could be and the overall trend of the beer is toward the dry side. Baked bread rounds it out. Some alcohol lingers on the back end, but it's not very hot.

Medium feel overall; the body has a more robust center but thin, almost watery outskirts. Weird. It's fairly smooth though having only a marginal agitation from languid carbonation to drag across the old palate. Finishes with spice decay and something plastic.

Frog's Hollow: Hey, at least it ain't Pumking!

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Photo of RickS95
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look isn't happening. It's a clearish burnt orange. I got no head whatsoever, maybe a few bubbles.

The smell is what I'm looking for in a pumpkin beer. Not so much the pumpkin but the pumpkin spices. Cinnamon and cloves dominate the nose, but in a good way. There is a maltiness to it that brings balance.

Stellar taste. The spices hit the tongue hard but nothing is offensive. The maltiness shines here too, bringing the same balance to the drink. Kind of bready with some alcohol in the finish.

Not a lot of complexity. Very spice forward. A bit sticky early on but it eases in the swallow.

I could drink this every night and be happy about it. I've had a lot of fall seasonals and this is pretty much spot on for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.21/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear straw colored. Nearly no head at all.
Smell: ummm...pumpkin pie. As advertised, allspice, nutmeg, cloves. Very nice.
Taste: man, this is nice. Like drinking pumpkin pie. All the spices of the nose very nicely balanced.
Overall: one of the best pumpkin brew IMO. This'll be on Thanksgiving table next year.

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Photo of zrab11
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a nice orange color with a quickly fading white head

S-has a pretty decent aroma to it. I am catching a lot of pumpkin and spice and also some yeasty smells as well

T-Has a yam flavor up front followed by some cinnamon in the middle and then finish's with a yeasty dry finish

M-Medium to light bodied with decent carbonation

D-Overall this was a little bit of a let down.. It had alright flavors but i don't think everything came together like they wanted it to.. Its a decent pumpkin ale but there are tons out there that our better. I'm glad to have tried this but i will reach for something different next October.

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Photo of Jammies
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pours an orangish golden brown with minimal foam that immediately disappears

S- incredibly sweet pumpkin smell and yet not overbearing

T- a little sweeter than expected. Too much ginger

M- light body, but a little coarse on the palate

O- wouldn't buy this one again. Too potent with the overly sweet notes

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour opens up with a autumn orange color with a neat clarity revealing a slow and leisure rise of spaciously separated micro-bubbles. The head is soapy and bubbly, quick to dissipate, with a macadamia nut color leaving a polished surface with no window dressing.

S: Ginger and cinnamon sticks are first to get noticed on the nose, followed by cloves and all spice. A potpourri of holiday spicing. Sweet toasted cereal grains (cinnamon toast crunch), and light toasted apple peels. Strength is dominant at first, a bit animated and exaggerated rather natural.

T: Sweet, dry toasty caramel grains with strong hints of cloves and ginger. All spice and cinnamon are quick to follow up. Flavor is clean and spicy, with a well balanced representation between the 5 indicated spices. While the spicing is indeed dominant there are flashes of pumpkin puree evident as well coming through along with nutmeg and some brown sugar. Lightly dry and toasted bread and grains come on the close along with cinnamon sticks. Spicy and sweet.

M: toasty warm and malty with a syrupy consistency and a quiet carbonation factor. Nutmeg spicing coats the tongue after the swallow.

O: Overall liked the flavor, imperial spicing while the alcohol is hidden rather well behind the sweetness and spicing. Flavor is quite clean and very smooth in transition. Good dessert beer. If you like your pumpkin pie heavily spiced then this may be for you.

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Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 748 ratings.
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