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

BA SCORE
85
very good
749 Ratings
Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin AleFrog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by orbitalr0x on 08-30-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
749
Reviews:
267
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
12.11%
 
 
Wants:
58
Gots:
94
For Trade:
5
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Photo of mikeg67
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours amber without any head. Aroma is of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and caramel.
Medium, smooth, oily body, almost no carbonation. Pumpkin, alcohol, caramel and spices fill the mouth. Long, dry finish. I expected much more from this brew.

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Photo of BlastBeats
3.99/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours an amber orange color with some chill haze.. A few large bubbles on top, otherwise very little head.

Smell: these pumpkin beers tend to have very good aromas.. there's a lot of spice in the nose; cinnamon and nutmeg are certainly detectable, but the distinguishing feature is definitely ginger.

Taste: pumpkin with flavors stemming from the spices.. cinnamon, ginger, allpsice, nutmeg, and clove.

Mouthfeel: sturdier than most pumpkin beers, this one has a full body with a smooth mouthfeel.. not a lot of carbonation.

Overall: Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale seems to be a little better than most beers of this style.. ideal for a cold Fall night.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have to have some pumpkin beer for Halloween, so I shared this with my fiance.

Semi-hazey copper and orange bronze tint. Very quick head, no foam, and very little bubbling.

Very pumpkin pie spice aroma, lots of nutmeg and allspice with maybe a little pumkin and some abv. warmth.

Tastes just like it smells with a little more cinnamon in the mix and a little creaminess to the mouthfeel. The finish is a warming alcoholic pumpkin pie brew. Will buy again next year.

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Photo of polisanl
1.91/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From the bottle into a Brooklyn tulip.

Pours a golden orange, with no head. None, as in little to no carbonation. Smells of cinnamon, spices and a "typical" pumpkin beer. Smell wasn't bad, but the tasete, here we go...overly sweet, overly spiced and an unbalanced mess. Comepletely one diminsional throughout. No body at all and seemed way thin. Would've been a pour, but it was all I had for the day before Halloween.

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Photo of oberon
2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Iam not sure if I got a bad bottle but Iam gonna review it now and get another in the future,this was not very good at all.Poured a dull burnt orange with no head to speak of at all,just looked flat.Heavy spice in the nose with cinnamon,and clove being most prominant over mace and cardamom.Overly spiced flavors with cinnamon and cardamom being way overdone.I had high expectations for this beer,Iam not sure if its off, or really this bad.Just sweet boozy and overspiced.

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Photo of Mkfitz
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I just did a blind taste test with 8 friends as judges of 19 different pumpkin ales and Hoppin Frog finished second overall. It was interesting that the top two finishers had ABV's above 8%. You can check the results out at the Tristate Beer Blog : http://tristatebeerblog.blogspot.com/2011/10/great-pumpkin-tasting-results-and.html Enjoy!

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Photo of gopens44
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Looks like a well steeped glass of sweet tea with not much going on up top.

S - Likely had the best aroma of any pumpkin brew I've had. Vibrant spicing with well pronounced supporting scents.

T - 1st thing that hits me is a weak Bourbon taste followed by fairly well thought out spicing with a good measure of nutmeg, clove, allspice and pumpkin.

M - Full bodied with zesty carbonation and a touch of sweet aftertaste.

O - I felt this was probably the best thought out pumpkin brew I've had. Good balance and tasty.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No head to speak of. A good orange color with no carbonation. which means no lacing.

Smells like pumpkin pie with a ton of spices. Pumpkin extract is there in ample amounts.

The taste reminds of Pumking, only a little subdued. Like Pumking, the crust is there. The pumpkin flavor is only really an accent along with cinnamon, nutmeg, and hints of allspice. Cinnamon is the dominant spice. The alcohol is there only a bit, more than Pumking. The malt makes it smooth, but the little addition of alcohol and spicey spices make it a bit less smooth than Pumking. the malt isnt as smooth as other pumpkin pie beers.

Sits light with a decent body. It has lager smoothness with all the spices of an ale. Could use a little sanding of the rough edges, but the base is here.

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Photo of ahq514
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

Pours a deep orange color with pretty much no head. Appears to have a high amount of carbonation. Very little lacing.

Smells like a lot of other pumpkin beers. A good amount of spices all seemingly well balanced. Out of all the spices, the ginger seems to have more of a presence than the others. Malt is almost completely hidden behind the spices in the aroma and almost no hops are detected.

The spices are very present up front, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, ginger. And ginger really dominates over the other spices. This is followed by a little bit of toasty malt. A slight sweetness and bit of warming alcohol round out the finish. Ginger tones down a bit as it warms up.

A medium body and on the higher side of carbonation.

I've had this before and don't remember all of the ginger. If it was a little bit more balanced with the rest of the beer, I would give this a better score. It's almost like any other pumpkin beer mixed with some ginger ale, half and half. As it warms it gets better, but I'm surprised more people aren't getting this much ginger.

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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 SpdKilz
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 Vintage. Saw this today and wondered how it slipped through the cracks. Rated accordingly (i.e. taking age into account).

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden color into a tulip. About a finger + of white head is achieved with a regular pour that dissipates quickly leaving just splotches of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – Despite being two years old, plenty of spices associated with pumpkin pie such as nutmeg and cinnamon. As the beer warms some allspice is detected. A definite pumpkin aroma also.

Taste – Not as strong as the nose, but was perhaps as expected due to the age. A bit of a malty forward flavor that is mixed with the spices. I taste clove and cinnamon more than anything. Slight pumpkin, brown sugar, and vanilla.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, decent carbonation.

Overall – A solid pumpkin beer. Coincidentally I probably like this with age on it. I’ll have to pick up a fresher one to see how it compares, but this has held up surprisingly well.

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

22 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. Sampled on a crisp Fall night.

A: Clear orange/bronze body with a bubbly thin head. Some lace and retention stuck around initially, but by the end of the glass there was absolutely nothing left. No more head or lace. Pretty bland looking beer but initially it was one of the more impressive looking Pumpkin Ales I've seen recently.

S: Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and sweet caramelized baked pumpkin flesh. A caramel malt sweetness and dry malts come in towards the end of the aromas. Sweet, spicy and a bit of pumpkin.

T: Fleshy pumpkin puree up front, wonderful spice accents of raw cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice. A slight sweetness accompanies but doesn't overwhelm at first. Faint bitter notes and distant hints of vanilla on the back end. As this warmed, I felt like the flavors became increasingly sweet and artificial. Not enjoyable so much.

M: Lower to mild carbonation, somewhat thin with a crisp and clean finish. A bit of sweet pumpkin sticking around in the linger.

This was a nice beer, and in terms of flavor, perhaps the most likely contender to take on Pumking I've tasted this year. However, I still think this one falls short. The flavors are intense but not as balanced as they could be. Not to mention it got worse at it warmed.

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Photo of oline73
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a layer of off white head that fades away quickly.

Smell: Some pumpkin and malt, but the main element here is the spice.

Taste: Sweet malt and a mild bitterness balance each other pretty well. Some pumpkin and lots of spice. Nutmeg, clove, anise, and cinnamon. Spice flavor stays through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a slick finish.

Overall: This is a really solid pumpkin beer. Lots of pie spice and well balanced.

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Photo of asabreed
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Peach colored to hazy yellow to lighter brown, depending on the light. The color's nice, but man, the head goes down to nothing quick, and there's little carbonation. Hope this isn't a bad bottle.

Smell: Driver, you're entering Spice City. This is what you'd expect, ideally, maybe, from a brew that has so many spices involved in the mix. I wonder if it's a little too much, since, as it warms, it begins to smell like one of those pervasive holiday candles that you smell at a place like Yankee Candle. But also, I like it, since it doesn't claim to only use a few. For some, it'll turn them off, but in the background you still get a good sense of maltiness going on, along with some darker cinnamon aromas that I like.

Taste: One thing I keep thinking: if they put this in six-packs, the ladies would love it. I say that, mostly, because the spices and malt element seem to be maybe a little too prevalent -- there's a flutter of some hops in the background, but this is a pretty malty brew, and I think an intriguing hop element could do a lot not only for the aroma, but also for the finish, which is pretty heavily spiced, and even though you may wait for some balancing citrus or acridity from hops, it's really not there.

Mouthfeel: It's not the the point where this is a bad bottle, I don't think, but it just seems undercarbonated to me, unfortunately, and that really lets the malt and spice stick to your ribs, so to speak, or really, your palate. Not as funny as I think I am: I know. But again, it gets a little syrupy, a little watery, and it's odd to me that such a sweet beer wouldn't have more carbonation so it wouldn't become what it ultimately does with so little carbonation.

Overall: I'm not sure my low score here is as characteristic as I want it to be for what I think about this brew, but as I've stated before, the missing carbonation and hop element could, possibly, end up doing a lot for this. Nothing will help the huge melange of spices, so if you're not into that or are afraid, stay away. But again, I feel like, whether they intended it or not, the girls who like the spicy pumpkin or holiday ales would really like this. Otherwise, and though I did enjoy this, I would maybe look elsewhere. Also, for near $10 a bomber, that price point doesn't work for me for what the beer ends up being in the end. All of this said: I'll still continue to check out more beers from HF, since I really like what they're doing... from the ones I've tried thus far, that is.

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Photo of wcintula
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

My third Hoppin' Frog beer, I'm becoming a little disenchanted with the brewery.

It pours the common color of most other pumpkins with a head to match the others as well, however poorly sustained. Similar aroma profile but heavy on something. There's one thing that stands out as another recent reviewer put "like potpurri" but I'm not likin' it. A bit boozy which isn't welcome here due to other flavor flaws, I'm looking forward to liking a beer again from Akron Ohio.

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Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Pours a clear amber color with a translucent white head that quickly dissipates.

S-Spice-bomb with allspice, cinnamon nutmeg and ginger with a bit of light malt.

T-Bitter and spicy upfront with clove, ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon with a bitterness on the finish.

M-Slightly thin body with moderate carbonation and a prickly, spicy feel.

D-The spices are once again just too much for me. I prefer a more subtle pumpkin beer with less carbonation since the spices tend to thin a beer out on their own.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker: Medium orange-copper, transparent, with nearly no head, just a collar. Nice color.

Strong clove & nutmeg in the aroma, along with a kind of orange peel potpourri character. Very much an "autumn candle" sort of smell, very forward.

Taste is surprisingly complex: Ginger, autumn spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar), with a pleasantly bracing booze sharpness & a character in the finish like angostura bitters. Many of the notes found in other pumpkin ales, but more pronounced & with some interesting new ones. Good stuff!

Medium-full bodied with a nice warming from the booze.

I'm impressed! I don't run into many great pumpkin ales any more, but this one's really doing the trick. Again, very complex & with some new qualities. Still don't know if it's in the running with Pumking, but it's not too far behind - just a very different beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.97/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to recall1242 for sending me this one!

Pours a clear honey orange with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that settles to nothing. No lacing on this one whatsoever. Smell is very spice forward with the cinnamon coming across as cinnamon flavored gum. I am also getting some minor malt and pumpkin aromas. Taste is of cinnamon gum right off the bat, followed by other pumpkin pie spices. Actual malt and pumpkin flavors are very subdued overall. This beer does have a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is just not a very good beer. All the components are average or above but all together this beer is too one dimensional with the overwhelming spice (especially cinnamon) smells and tastes.

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Photo of metter98
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is yellowish orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin head that quickly faded away, leaving only some lacing on the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices (allspice and nutmeg seem to stand out in particular.)
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a good balance between the flavors of pumpkins and spices. There is a light amount of bitterness and no noticeable sweetness.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Considering its strength, this beer is very easy to drink because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

(Served in a teku)

A- This beer pours a dark orange body with a strong carbonation of big bubbles that boil up to form a head which equals a collection of large white bubbles.

S- The soft dark caramel aroma is supported by a stale spice note. Even with lots of sniffing I couldn't get much more out of this beer.

T- The beer has a vegital flavor with some cooked pumpkin qualities but other cooked vegetable flavors are stronger. There is a slight sweetness which blend into a dull mellow spice character. The finish is a bit of alcohol heat and more dull spices that are non-descriptive.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight fizz and a warming alcohol heat in the finish.

O- The spices are a bit stale and bland or really overcooked with an odd vegital flavor for support. I didn't get any malt character out of this. I was pretty let down and I enjoy pumpkin beers this time of year.

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Photo of ChugginOil
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Double Pumpkin

Pours a slightly hazed orange copper with minimal white head. The nose is of cinnamon, nutmeg and some clove. The taste is a cadied spiced up autumn brew that is perfect for this cool night. Cinnamon with pumpkin spice and some yeast. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some candy stickiness. Overall, fire brew for the fall season that really represents the style well.

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Photo of movingtrain
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper, reddish-orange. Not much head to speak of here...very thin lacing along the edges of the glass.

The aroma, at first, reminds me of bubblegum. Behind that initial smell, there are hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove...well, all the elements listed on the label, really. Those spices are balanced with an odd, fruity aroma that is reminiscent of bubblegum.

The spices hit first in the flavor...cinnamon and nutmeg in the forefront, along with vanilla. It is sweet, and kind of reminds me of eggnog. There is a melon flavor in there, along the lines of honeydew. And I can't shake the bubblegum characteristic to this beer...it seems to linger around every corner.

If this beer is going for a pie-esque, sweet flavor, it has come close to the mark. My one complaint is that the beer is almost too sweet. The malt and hop character takes too much of a backseat to the strong spices involved in this brew.

Overall, is it drinkable? Yes. In fact, the warming effect of the alcohol is quite pleasant on a nice Fall night (which is what beers of this style are meant for, right?). If you like the spices associated with pumpkin pie, and are a fan of the sweeter side of beer, this one is for you.

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Photo of jsanford
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a burnished orange with a thin white head that fades quickly, leaving no haze, nothing.
S - Aromas of sweet pumpkin with a lot of spices : cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and allspice really stand out, making this much more spice-forward than most Pumpkin Ales.
T - More pumpkin, sweet malt, and spices. Much more balanced in the taste then in the nose, I though this would be a spice-bomb but it ends up working out nicely. Reminds me a bit of the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, but a bit heavier on the spices.
M - Medium-full bodied, slightly sticky, with moderate carbonation. The +8% ABV isn't really noticed.
O - A solid Pumpkin Ale, definitely on the spicier side of the table!

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Photo of homebrew311
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: deep dark orange, some clarity, minimal head, no retention

S: the smell is overloaded with spices on the front, mainly cinnamon, some nutmeg and allspice in there. Pumpkin comes through mellow in the background.

T: the taste starts mild with a slight brown sugar like sweetness, this is followed by a big time sweetness along with caramel and pumpkin pie spice. The finish is flavorful and smooth. Well balanced flavors.

MF: body is thick, carbonation is low

O: this pumpkin beer is unique in that the spice profile is more intense than I've experienced in other. It captures the pumpkin pie spices well and the alcohol is well integrate.

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into imperial pint.
Hoppin Frog + Pumpkin brew = Something I've really been looking forward to!

Aroma: Ginger, cinnamon, dry, grainy malt, and spiced cider. Very enjoyable mix of spices. Definitely leans a bit toward the tart end of the spectrum.

Appearance: On a positive note, body is crystal-clear, and copper in color. I was a bit let down by the 2-finger off-white head, though, which quickly disappeared like the foam in a glass of cola.

Flavor: Lots of ginger w/o being overly tart. As said above, cinnamon, applesauce, carmelized sugar. A sweet, light maltiness, followed by a non-bitter, clean finish. Great blend of pumpkin spices.

Mouthfeel: Medium-high carbonation. MUCH lighter body than I'd anticipated from both the Hoppin Frog Brewery, and also from any brew that calls itself "Double Pumpkin". A bit of warming from the alcohol.

Overall: A highly-enjoyable, very sessionable pumpkin ale. I'd hoped for a bit more maltiness and body, but overall, I recommend you try this one.

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Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.8 out of 5 based on 749 ratings.
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