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 superspak
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 vintage bottling. Pours lightly cloudy bright orange amber color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, toast, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, bread, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, brown sugar, caramel, toast, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, bread, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, caramel, toast, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of pumpkin, malt, and spice notes; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a moderately slick and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good imperial pumpkin ale. All around well balance pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth the sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Gavage
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1/4" head that breaks apart relatively quickly.

Smell: ginger, cinnamon, and a bit of sweetness rises from the glass.

Taste: pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a modertae bitterness are the main flavors. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Light crispness to start and a smoother at the finish. The spices linger on the tastebuds.

Overall: this is a tasty brew that hits the spot when you want a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of stckhndlr
3.61/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- nice creamy burnt orange color. There is absolutely no head on this beer. It is just as clear looking through the glass whether from the side or the top. Never seen a head disappear without a trace so fast.

S- HUGE nose of brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Not so much a pumpkin smell as it reminds me more of a cinnamon molasses of a ginger bread. Really good smell.

T- Some pumpkin and spice notes. The finish reminds me of the flavor you get from a tonic water with quanine in it. It's faint but it's there. But the spice is the star of the show on this one.

M- A bit thin, but the carbonation helps to give it some body.

O- A decent beer. Was a little worried to see a beer with no head but the smell of it with it's drinkability was enough to save this one. Would drink it again if it was offered.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 2013 release.

A steady pour gets me half a finger of off white head. The body is a dark amber to orange color.

The beer smells of pumpkin pie spice.

The beer has a rich taste. Roasted malt, ginger and pumpkin pie spices, and of course, authentic pumpkin flavor. This is something it has over many other beers that simply have the pumpkin pie spice flavor in their profile.

Medium bodied.

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Photo of BB1313
3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2013 vintage. Pours a hazy auburn with a small white head that fades extremely quickly and doesn't leave much retention or lacing; nice color though. The aromas are very vibrant with the usual suspects consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. There's also a nice amount of honey in the nose as well. The flavors have a very solid amount of the typical spices in the mix, but there are malts that cut them down, giving the flavors balance. There's a subtle spiciness to this one. Hints of caramel as well, giving it a subtle sweetness. Slightly bitter, giving this one some earthy flavors as well. Mouthfeel is on the fuller side, but far from heavy. The carbonation is there, but not overboard. No booze or alcohol is noticeable.

It's been a couple years since I've had this one. It's good and is what you would expect from an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. They don't try anything flashy or different with this one. It's just straight forward. Solid fall beer.

Notes: This beer won a Gold medal at the 2010 GABF.

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Photo of magine
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange with lots of carbonation, minimal head. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of varied expected spice; cinnamon, nutmeg malts etc. Good nose.

Brew has good flavors; just the perfect blend of spices and malts. Nice carbonation and big drinking finish here. Just a little bit light in the mouthfeel. Very good stuff though.

Very good brew here, love the style and a double pumpkin is even better. A solid bottle to seek out. Good stuff.

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Photo of teromous
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy light brown with shades of orange. No head with the exception of what looks like large soap bubbles. It leaves a few bubbles on the glass, but no lacing.

S: I get a ton of ginger right off the bat; it smells like a ginger beer, which is also probably contributing to the lemon zest I smell. Tangled with that in a wrestling match is the cinnamon which competes for attention. Oddly, smelling the beer made me sneeze. It smells good but I think it's a bit heavy on the ginger. The prominence of the scent and freshness is what gives it a boosted rating though.

T: First I get this sweet malty mouthfull, immediately followed by what tastes like a snickerdoodle cookie. Smooth cinnamon flavor, followed by what tastes like lemonade and toast. It's an interesting set of flavors to be sure, but it really doesn't mesh well as a pumpkin beer. If they found a balance it would be really good. The ginger really plays a part in the aftertaste, giving it that citrus nip at the end.

M: The mouthfeel really shines here. It is exceptionally smooth, very filling in the mouth but still retains a light airy quality. The result is something similar to whipped cream where it has a very light presence but consumes your entire palate. It's nearly perfect, with the exception that it is disastrously low on carbonation. While the beer has the presence of whipped cream, it proceeds through the mouth like heavy cream. If the carbonation were there I would give it a 5.0 but I honestly can't even rate it a 4.0 when it rests so heavily on the tongue.

O: Overall it's an alright beer but it doesn't make me think of pumpkin pie, which I think is the ultimate reason most people drink these beers. If you're looking for a higher alcohol version of a pumpkin beer it is something to look at. If you're a fan of ginger beers it is certainly something to look at, in fact I would put it at the forefront of my recommendations to you. If you're looking for that traditional pumpkin pie experience, or you are particular about carbonation levels, I would say look elsewhere. Aside from this the beer does fill that "spiced holiday beer" niche. If you're just looking for something different or seasonal, you could do worse.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Halloween in a with a decent head if poured correctly.

Aroma: More of the pumpkin pie aroma than actual pumpkin.

Taste: Pumpkin Pie spicing (allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, some vanilla) and finishes with a spicy shot of vanilla and warming alcohol.

Overall: I really, really like Pumpkin Ales, especially Imperial Pumpkins. I did like this one. It has the usual flavors I would expect from this type of beer, and it was fairly easy to drink at 8.4%. Definitely worth a try. That being said, if the chips are down, I would grab a Southern Tier Pumpking, Dogfish Head Punkin' Ale, or a Weyerbacher Pumpkin before I would grab one of these. Cheers!!

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

A: Copper hue with no head--quite still--looks like apple juice; no lacing either

S: Pumpkin obviously but lots of cloves and ginger and nutmeg and cinnamon; a level of booziness too; something here is a bit sour as well

T: Pretty spice heavy; even more than the aromas indicated; some pumpkin but mostly ginger, nutmeg, etc.; some bready toasty notes underneath

F: A bit thin

O: A pretty spiced pumpkin beer and a bit boozy; I like it but I couldn't drink too many of these

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

a clean copper/orange with a finger of head which quickly dissipated. smells of cinnamon, ginger, pumpkin pie, bready crust. heavy on the ginger flavor with this one, slightly bitter like an orange peel but not getting the flavor of it. very bready, and sutle sweetness. medium body with moderate amount of carbonation.

this is one of the better pumpkin beers i've had this year, albeit a little late.

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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance- Pours a not quite one-finger (to be fair it was a gentle pour) off white head. The color was that of a light amber/nutty brown with a hint of red.

Smell- Smells nice and sweet, predominant notes of pumpkin followed by ginger and nutmeg. Maybe even a hint of honey and citrus. Very pleasing, made me look forward to tasting this beer all the more.

Taste- Starts off a bit bitter with a malty backdrop. Pumpkin shines through nicely somewhere in the middle followed again by the ginger and nutmeg. It finished a bit more sweet and sort of hoppy; relatively balanced. The beer isn't overwhelmed by the pumpkin or spices, but the flavors tend to complement each other pretty nicely.

Mouthfeel- Fair amount of carbonation; smooth and a bit sticky in the finish.

Overall- A great pumpkin ale; my second beer from Hopping Frog and I was not disappointed.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thin head on a hazy copper with golden hue body. Aroma of brown sugar spices and pumpkin. Fresh pumpkin, pumpkin pie, no booze really, light brown sugar flavors hitch are very clean, not too sweet or sour. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty standard but many if these go overboard with the sour fresh pumpkin flavor but this one is balanced well with pumpkin pie sweetness.

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

A: Shining orange with a monstrous head of white foam. Not a lot of retention, but some chunky lacing.

S: Tons of pumpkin - pungent and naturally rich, it's some of the best I've come across. Great balance of spice, giving warm cinnamon and buttery brown sugar with spatterings of nutmeg and clove. Savory vanilla notes abound.

T: Strong pumpkin and booze drinks deep, a sweet, malty, bread-forward palate. French brad, pie crust, pecan, and yams with butter and brown sugar. Toffee candy mixes with a taste of coffee cake and allspice, along with a clove and orange zest backdrop to accentuate a sweet, dessert-style character. Bready, smooth aftertaste with a nutty carrot cake profile.

M: A moderate texture, mildly filmy with a light cracker crispness. Carbonation is light but hard to miss.

O: A great pumpkin beer: flavorful yet incredibly drinkable. I'd buy it again if it were less expensive - that, or I might try the barrel-aged version.

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From: Tenuta's, Kenosha, WI
Date: None, 2012 release
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Frog's Hollow was a surprisingly not-as-heavy-as-expected double pumpkin ale, with an amount of ginger that I normally don't notice in other pumpkin beers. The flavors and aromas were of modest pumpkin and associated spices, with light malts/malt sweetness and a hint of graininess in the background. While I generally enjoyed this beer, I don't know if I'd bother to pick it up again at the $8 price point, especially when a 6-pack of Schlafly is available for $11.

Pours a 1.5cm head of fairly clean, white lacing that dissipates fairly rapidly, average or below in retention. Lacing is fairly minimal, a few spots dot the inner perimeter of the glass. Body is a fairly light, golden orange color, with light bringing out paler orange hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, appears fairly active.

Aroma is of fairly modest pumpkin with ginger, which I can detect with some ease. Malt sweetness is fairly minimal, a bit surprising considering this is a "double" pumpkin ale. In general, I thought this was an interesting set of scents for a pumpkin beer, though it could have been more pronounced and not suffer at all.

The beer's flavor is a fairly straightforward, enjoyable blend of relatively light malt sweetness, pumpkin pie spices, and a bit of grain. Not has heavy or as deep/rich/complex as I expected or would have liked from a "double" ale. Opens with light malt sweetness and ghostly cinnamon and ginger. Mid-palate finds slightly deeper malt sweetness/complexity with continued, but more pronounced, cinnamon and ginger. Slight ethanol becomes evident in the late mid-palate through back of palate and close. Lingering aftertaste of some graininess and residual cinnamon/ginger flavors.

Beer is medium bodied, with medium to medium-light levels of carbonation. The result is a surprisingly light body for a "double" ale, fairly smooth-flowing and marginally crisp. Closes semi-dry with modest stickiness remaining across the palate. Somewhat disappointing, was expecting a bigger body on this beer, while the one I found was more appropriate to a "single" pumpkin ale.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by someone at Tom's place. Thanks! Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Thin white foam settles to a thin collar, leaving behind no lace. Lightly hazed pumpkin orange body.

S - Pumpkin spices, and an oddly vegetal pumpkin flesh note. Not very much malt sweetness, and a fusel alcohol note that suggests a higher ABV than the listed 8.4%.

T - The taste is a bit better, with more pumpkin spices. There's still not much as much malt complexity as I'd like, with more of a neutral and bready flavor.Again, there's a bit of alcohol, but not as much as in the aroma. There just seems to be something off, but I can't put my finger on it.

M - Medium-full body, mildly tannic and starchy texture, lower carboantion, and some noticeable alcohol warmth.

D - I'm not a big pumpkin beer guy, but this is a particularly average one. While I appreciate that it isn't overspiced, the lack of malt depth and out-of-place booziness is a turn off. I wouldn't bother with this one again in the future.

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Photo of caddybuyer
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 release.

Poured from a chilled bomber allowed to warm into a tulip glass.

A: Bright coppery gold with a scuddy ring of eggshell foam. Would be filtered clear but for a high content of floaties. In fairness, this bottle was on its side in the fridge.

S: Fairly spice-forward and I am picking up some clove and ginger and cinammon. Possibly others. It isn't a terribly complicated nose and it lacks a bit in the heady malt richness that I would have expected from this ABV level. Not bad at all mind you....but it didn't overwhelm.

T: The first impression that I have of this is "thin". The spicing is not as forward in the taste as it is in the nose. Pumpkin and some bready malts hit the palate and it finishes with a slight sweetness and a tiny bit of hop and alcohol burn on the tongue. I like the sweetness balance of this is not overly sweet, nor is it dry or flat. What it is not, is robust and rich, which is a real shame. Maybe more malts are needed here. Something is. Again, no bad, just a bit pedestrian for an Imperial.

M: This is where I slam this brew. I want creamy and robust, not marginal. Imperial should be more than just abv. This does not drink like a double.

O: With more great pumpkins (no pun) being brewed every year, there really is no reason to try this one again. It is OK. If I had it in a bar I would probably feel that it is a decent effort, but when you put this next to a Smashed Pumpkin, or the superb Unita Oak Jacked, this falls way flat.

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Photo of LeRose
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Liked it - tastes nice. Not overwhelming on the spices so the pumpkin is the star for a change. Very pretty in the glass, nice head, orange body, much lacing. The spices are supporting actors in the aroma and flavor profiles - even maybe a little kick of ginger in there that;s nice. Better than others that are just jacked up on the pie spice mix. Taste overall was cleaner and more crisp versus "heavy and syrupy". Besides the label is SO cool, worth having just for that! Wife and I thought it different versus the herd of pumpkin seasonal brews (and we tried a raft of them) - and different in a good way.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a small off white to no head. In the aroma, a mixed bag of spices and some mellow pumpkin. In the taste, a mixed bag of spices, but none that stand out more than the other, and a touch fruity, especially banana. A spice bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry spice and banana peel in the aftertaste. Spicy, but not defined, the banana thing kind of throws me, just about average.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden honey in color. No head what-so-ever. Minimal bubbles.

S: Pumpkin pie. Clove. Squash. Cinnamon. Lil alcoholy. Vanilla. Bourbony. Butterscoth. Buttery.

T: meh, doesn't live up to the smell. Pretty bland actually.

M: Pretty thin. No coat on the tongue. Again, doesn't live up to the smell hype.

O: As far as Hoppin Frog....this one let me down. Sorry folks.

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Photo of Apostlebrews
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First, I will just address the elephant in the room when it comes to pumpkin ales. 1) they are often over-hyped and 2) it's hard not to compare every one of them to Pumpkin (there I go over-hyping it).

I enjoyed this from a 22oz bomber and poured into a Brooklyn snifter. The appearance is a brilliant copper hue which is exactly how a pumpkin ale should look. The head quickly dissipated and there is no trace of any lacing in the glass.

The aroma makes you want to dive right in. Lots of sugary sweetness and spices. The taste follows suit. The pumpkin flavor takes the lead but is balanced nicely by the different spices. The finish is a bit sticky and pretty sweet with just a hint of the alcohol. I would never have guessed the ABV to be over 8% on this. The booze is masked well.

Overall, this is a solid pumpkin ale that is probably a bit over-priced for the quality. The mouthfeel is a tad too watery and more viscosity wouldn't hurt. If this were $7-$8 a bomber, it would easily be one of the best seasonals on the shelf. Regardless, it's still above average and in my top 5 pumpkin ales. I would love to try the barrel aged version of this!

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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 57md
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bright copper with a finger of head, some of which sticks around for some time and leaves nice lacing on the glass. Nose contains both pumpkin and pie spices. Pumpkin flavor is also quite apparent upfront. Intermingling with the pumpkin flavors is a subtle sweetness that almost tastes like honey graham crackers. The finish has a touch of alcohol and becomes a touch too astringent as time goes on. The booziness increased and made it a tad difficult to finish the bottle on my own - but I prevailed in the end!

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

a big bold pumpkin beer, perhaps not the most unique in terms of flavor, but its also one of the least offensive big pumpkin beers ive had. it pours clear bright bright orange, moreso than any other pumpkin beer ive imbibed. couple inches of white head on top, but it fades fast. the nose features some allspice and fresh ginger, a tad lighter on the cinnamon than most. dont smell the pumpkin at all. pumpkin comes in the flavor, sweeter and roasty, brown sugary, buttery. its fall in a glass thats for sure, but the alcohol strength stands out pretty heavily. i enjoyed the aftertaste of this, where the spices continue to evolve. mouthfeel is a little undercarbonated i think, but on the whole, feels about right for what it is. a little overpriced too at 11 bucks a bomber, but its a tasty fall beer.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a crystal clear honey/orange/yellow. A very thin head developed with a semi-agressive pour. Little to no lacing.
S: nice and complex. A ton of cinnamon, spice and clove. Obviously, some pumpkin too. Do I detect some slight booze too?
T: I get cinnamon and pumpkin right off the bat. This fades into a nice spiciness that brings along a hint of the pumpkin with it. I also detect notes of pie crust toward the back. A nice boozy warmth is present as well.
M: a thinner body with a decent amount of carbonation. It's thin on the tongue as well. A pleasant after taste that melds pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and alcohol.
O: This is a pretty good pumpkin brew. The flavor profile is solid, but perhaps they could easy up a bit on the cinnamon and go with more pumpkin nuances. Also, the body could use some thickening. All and all, not bad.

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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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