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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Added by orbitalr0x on 08-30-2009

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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5/5  rDev +30.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mater
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Heatwave33
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle to a Dogfish Head Snifter.

Color: Slight hazy orange with an off white head.

Smell: Cinnamon, banana, pumpkin and nutmeg.

Taste: Alcohol, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice and a hint of banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, smooth, medium dryness on the palate.

Overall: The smell is GREAT! The banana was a huge surprise for me. The taste had too much alcohol presence. Seemed to overpower the other flavors. Cheers!

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Eric!

A: Pours a golden-tinged orange body with a small off-white head. It leaves no lace as the head recedes, nor does it maintain a collar.

S: Pumpkin pie spice. I was hoping this would be bolder given the ABV, but it's a restrained and moderate approach to the style. A general aroma of sweetness (not brown sugar), nutmeg, and allspice are the takeaways.

T: Modest sweetness, as the nose suggested, but no real malt flavors such as brown sugar, toffee, caramel. There's pumpkin spice, but nothing that really suggests PIE, which is what I look for in these beers.

M: Hefty body with some lingering sweetness.

O: It's not bad. I liked it, but I prefer others.

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Photo of StlHopHead77
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2011 vintage

A-Pours out a nearly translucent copper/amber body with about an inch and a half of bone white foam that showed moderate retention and left decent stringy lacing.

S-Really nice nose.Meaty roasted pumpkin,allspice,cinnamon candies,clove,brown sugar and caramel.Spices were complementary and not forced or overdone.

T-Once again there was a natural,roasted pumpkin flavor,vanilla,cinnamon,ginger and nutmeg with a nice toffee malt backbone.

M-Medium bodied with appropriate spice and fall flavors.This is a really good example of the style.It had a subtle creaminess that I think could have been accentuated and might have brought about an almost pumpkin pie ala mode touch.

O-Extremely solid and tasty pumpkin ale.Second best I've tasted behind Schlafly.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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 mikeg67
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
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 +3.9%
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 +2.6%
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 -50.3%
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 -30.5%
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 +9.4%
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 : Enjoy!

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Photo of gopens44
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
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 +8.6%
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 -1.3%
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 +18.2%
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 +4.2%
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 -6.5%
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 +2.1%
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 -7.8%
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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Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
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