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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of aficionado
3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Good:

Body color is a vibrant clear orange, but that's about all that's good on the appearance end of things. The smell is above average but not great. You get whiffs of baked caramel coated pumpkin with cinnamon sticks and vanilla bean. Taste is clean, crisp, and spicy... but then it gets worse.

The Bad:

The cost is about $9 for 22 oz. No lacing, no head. It's a little too dry on the finish and too sweet upfront. The alcohol is off-putting and not at all hidden. Very flat; almost no carbonation. Tastes like 10% canned pumpkin was used and then mixed with 90% artifical pumpkin extract. Sort of candylike and medicinal in flavor; like pumpkin flavored cough syrup but with somewhat of a thin body. A little too overboard with allspice and ginger. Lacking that rounded full flavor I love from beers like Schlafly Pumpkin.

I had to drain pour half of the bottle. I don't remember this being THAT bad. Perhaps it tasted better in my earlier craft beer years OR perhaps I just got a bad bottle this go around. I'm convinced I could brew a better pumpkin beer and I have never even attempted such.

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Photo of uvachief
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Eh...it ain't Pumking or Williamsburg Alewerks Pumpkin. Quite a few I would rate better. Definitely has a strong pumpkin taste but the after taste of coffee, like a stout, is odd. Like a stale pumpkin pie. Not crisp or smooth. Just a decent pumpkin ale. Sort of like that prom date you were stoked to get and then decided she isn't all that. Like driving an 80s Mustang GT. Noise without performance. 750ml bottle.

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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 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 ChainGangGuy
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bomber - Sherlock's in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, darkened orange body with a head that totally fizzled out in the ten steps walked from the kitchen to my chair.

Smell: Aromatic spiciness carried aloft by wafting alcoholic tones with some subtler tinges of sweet-scented malt underneath.

Taste: Sweet bready malts inoculated with the usual gamut of pumpkin pie spices and a sliver of sugary caramel. A cumulative 'heat' on the tongue from the spice build up of ginger and such. I'm never really getting much in the way of actual pumpkin flavor. No apparent hop character or bitterness present. There's some slight booziness in amongst the spicy finish. Lingering piquant quality from the ginger and allspice.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: It's okay, but, for me, it's definitely not the best from the imperial pumpkin ale patch.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a bright orange with a fluffy two finger white cap. Streams of bubbles push their way to the top of the glass, Some mild spider web lacing.

They weren't kidding with the double. A hearty dose of booze on the nose. Fleshy pumpkin is strong, while nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon round everything out.

Fleshy pumpkin up front while the spices carry you through the finish. As this warms, the spices become a little overbearing and the booze gets a little stronger.

The feel is pretty average. Nothing groundbreaking. Boozey finish with loads of spice.

This started off pretty good, but went downhill as it warmed. The spices and booze began to dominate and it just never recovered. I prefer more pumpkin and less spice in my pumpkin ales.

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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 chaz410
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got this beer at the Common Market in Charlotte NC.
Pours an orange amber body with a thin white head that disappears fairly fast.
Smells of cinnamon, pumpkin, clove and alspice.
Ver spicey flavor. The cinammon nearly takes over the pumpkin which is fairly assertive. There's some essence of caramel malt but it's moslty a spice smash. It's got a lot of alspice cinammon blend and very spicey on the finish.
Fairly crisp finish for the style but smooth during the actual swallow.
Fairly drinkable after some aging but very spicey at first.

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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 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 Gmann
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper color, it kind of has an orange hue to it. The head is very short lived and leaves the beer looking extremely flat. The aroma is quite a spicy one, name the pumpkin pie spice and it is there. Cinnamon stands out, as well as the nutmeg and allspice. Light ginger, clove and pepper is picked up as well. Has kind of a Big Red aroma to it. The taste is very spicy as well. Big cinnamon flavor along with some nutmeg. The taste doesn't seem as spicy as the aroma. Unfortunatly I don't pick up much pumpkin flavors but there is a solid malt body so that the spice doesn't overwhelm this beer. The flavor is ok but it is an all spice pumpkin ale. The higher ABV doesn't seem to ruin this beer like other "imperial" or "double" pumpkin ales. The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation, a bit sticky. I guess one of the better all pumpkin spice (no pumpkin) flavored beers, however it doesn't stand up to the likes of DFH or Smuttynose.

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Photo of jampics2
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bottle into a tulip. Cloudy orange with gold highlights. Poor head retention and lace, just missing something, this isn't flat but looks really poor.

Smells of spices - clove, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. An underlying weirdness too, probably from the malt which is just buried under the spices. Touch of booze as well. Nice and expressive, just not too pleasant to be exceptional.

Taste is OK. Sweet and bready malt makes the base for the spices. Candied ginger, cinnamon sticks, clove and brown sugar give it its festive edge. Some hoppy bitterness and mild skunky flavors at the end.

Mouthfeel is just a touch sticky. Body is medium and carb is low to medium. Finish is sticky but lingering spices are really quite tasty.

Overall, this wasn't memorable. I had it fresh and it's gone downhill a touch in the cellar, but it was never that great to begin with. I'll pass this year except for one bottle to compare with my other cellared bottle, but I don't have high hopes from what I remember - sorry, Frogs. Thankfully, this season brings us one release closer to the amazing Frosted Frog!!! Skip the pumpkin pie and go straight for the frosting!!

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Photo of younger35
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received this brew from jampics2 in a recent trade as an extra. I do love a good Pumpkin Ale and I've been wanting to try this one for quite some time. Drank from my Port Brewing pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a surprisingly light yellowish orange with a bit of chill haze and really no head to speak of. A thin collar remains with no cap and no lacing.
Smell- Definitely no mistaking this is a Pumpkin Ale. The pumpkin is a plenty with a nice acorn squash like character and some sort of a toasted graham cracker thing. The spices are pretty prevalent as well with a lot of clove, cinnamon and ginger. The ginger and clove really stand out.
Taste- This brew is 90% spice, 10% pumpkin. Starts with a fairly substantial sweetness that is lightly tart and a little out of place. The ginger seems to be just as potent in the taste as it is in the nose as it has that spicy sort of ginger zing. A bit of clove is present as well and honestly, I get little to no pumpkin. There is a light touch of caramel and vanilla in the finish but it's too sweet and cloying for my tastes.
Mouthfeel- Medium to heavy body with a nice crisp zing of carbonation.
Drinkability- Uh, not the best. It's too sweet and oddly tart for my liking. I need a bit of pumpkin in the flavor to balance all those spices. Not sure about that tartness though. I'm thinking maybe it's an over abundance of ginger but it's weird and not really proper for a pumpkin beer. The only real strength of the beer is the fact that it's damn near 8.5% and I don't get a touch of booze. Thanks very much for the opportunity Bobby!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a golden copper color, almost has a little amber tone as well. The head was nice and left a good lacing down the glass. The smell was spicy, lots of clove and some other autumn spices coming off of it. The taste was nearly all clove to me. I wasn't able to get much pumpkin at all from this brew. The flavors just didn't seem balanced in this one for me. The mouthfeel was pretty good. The overall on this brew is that there seemed to be too much of one spice coming through which hindered my thoughts on this brew.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange with a small white head that quickly goes t a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet pumpkins, floral perfume, and some spices (ginger, nutmeg?).

The flavor is sweet pumpkin pie with a good amount of spices (nutmeg) and a little weird plastic/metallic bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a decent pumpkin beer. I remember liking this a lot more on tap at GABF - at that point it was one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Not sure if I got a bad bottle, or if it's just better on tap, or if I had a few too many at GABF by that point, but this is just OK. It's a bit flat and overly sweet with some off notes.

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Photo of jsh420
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy amber orange with a 1/4 finger head that left no lacing

smell is almost non existent - very faint spice notes

taste is much better then the nose but i taste more xmas tree then pumpkin and I also taste mint - odd pumpkin ale but still good

mouthfeel is light with plenty of carbonation to give it a crisp bite

drinkability is ok but there are many other pumpkin ales I would rather have

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 2/11/11
*From notes

A: This one actually glows like a Jack-O'-Lantern when held to the light. It's a rich orange hue that when poured, only yields a pedestrian 1 finger head with passable lacing.

S: All spice and brown sugar. I also get an odd trace of Big League Chew bubble gum. Weird.

T: Melting butter on high heat - it's slightly burnt, though it also produces hints of roasted, canned pumpkin. Cinnamon and cardamom appear on the finish.

M: Slightly lighter then I'd prefer, and like most of Hoppin' Frog's offerings, it's got that bitingly sharp forced carbonation that turns me off.

O: I've had this one sitting in my cellar for a few months, and it has really helped this beer. I was initially dissapointed with it back in October, but a lot of that brash spicing has given way to a really mellow and smooth Pumpkin Ale. I won't be seeking it out next year, but won't roll my eyes if you or someone else decide to.

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Photo of Siggy125
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 22oz bottle into 4oz taster glass. Light golden amber in color with rapidly disappating white 1 finger head. Low levels of lacing. Pretty color, but lighter than most pumpkin ales I've had. As usual with Hoppin Frog, the label graphics on this one are pretty cool.

Smells of traditional pumpkin pie baking spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander and graham cracker-like malts. Very pleasant aromas on the nose.

Like the nose, the traditional pumpkin pie flavors come thru immediately. Like the aroma, I get decent doses of graham cracker malts and hints of roasted nuts, and sweet baking spices, perhaps some light brown sugar.

The typical pumpkin ale richness that I enjoy is missing here and flavors seemed to fade some on the finish. For a pumpkin ale, this one was just okay as compared to others I've had.

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Photo of bobhits
3.36/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

It doesn't take a village to raise a child, but it does take a lot of elements to work together.

Pours an orange nearly dead liquid color. This is thick with just enough bubbles (do NOT read head) to let you know there was an attempt to carbonate it.

The nose is nutmeg, cinnamon, and of course punkin. A few faint alcohol notes as well, not sweetness, malt, hops, or anything else.

A spiced and interesting beer. There is virtually not malt back to this nor any hops. A good bit of spices and a few hints of sweetness to add flavor. The finish is nearly void of flavor.

There is no carbonation to speak of. This makes the beer an odd one to drink. It isn't so heavy in flavor or body that it is a choice it is just weird.

The beer is better than this review sounds, but just is really weird...I don't know a better way to describe it. Factor in a retail price of 12 bucks a bomber and this is a beer I won't have again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
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 beerwolf77
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to sweem for picking this up for me. Bottle split into tulips.

A: Cloudy apple cider brown gold. Small white head, fast fading, leaves a tiny lace ring.

S: Smells like October. Pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice. Sweet malt back bone. Hint of booze.

T: Pretty much a mirror of the nose. Full on spice and pumpkin. Maybe a touch over the top on the spices. Sweet malt and a hint of booze.

M: Medium creamy body. Mild carbonation.

O: This one is a bit much for a bomber. I had trouble finishing a full glass. Glad I split it.

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

22 oz bottle was $9.50 from Beer Run.

Appearance: Its clear and an attractive orange color, but has almost no head and very little carbonation. Still and boring.

Smell: Very sweet and slightly caramel maltiness. Pumpkin and lots of pumpkin pie spice. Obvious alcohol.

Taste: Sort of watery pumpkin pie and too much alcohol. The aftertaste is pretty good though.

Mouthfeel: Way undercarbonated and too thin.

Drinkability: This one is a let down. The most expensive of three I recently bought (Pumking, and Weyerbachers were the others), and the worst. Its too boozy tasting, too flat, and not malty tasting enough for a "double pumpkin ale." See Pumking for the way this is supposed to be done.

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Photo of hardy008
3.42/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange with some chill haze, and a small beige head which quickly fades, leaving no lacing. the aroma has pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Tastes sweet, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Same as the aroma. there is no pumpkin flavor, and nothing to simulate the pumpkin pie crust. While this beer has a nice taste, it is not as good as the best pumpkin ales.

Medium bodied with below average carbonation. Smooth and easy to drink. a good pumpkin ale, but not complex, and not as good as the best pumpkin ales.

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

22oz. bomber into tulip on 12/23/09.

A - Clear, sparsely carbonated rusty orange body with wispy off-white head that diminished to a thin ring of retention and left virtually no lacing.

S - Intensely spicy with equal parts cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice dominating the aroma. This brew displays a hint of pumpkin character, perhaps, but is overshadowed by its assertive spiciness.

T - Just as with the aroma, the flavor is dominated by an assortment of warm autumn spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. There's even a hint of ginger in the mix. Finishes with a bready, doughy malt character reminiscent of a spicy holiday cookie.

M - Medium bodied with a warm, sticky mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Finishes with a bit of spicy heat on the back of the tongue.

D - Pretty solid imperial pumpkin ale, although I wouldn't rate this on par with the likes of, say, Pumking. Ultimately, the spiciness gets a bit heavy-handed, which prevents the pumpkin character from really shining.

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