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

Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin AleFrog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
71.3%
Liked This Beer
3.84 w/ 752 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
Ranking:
#10,466
Reviews:
267
Ratings:
752
Liked:
536
Avg:
3.84/5
pDev:
12.24%
Alströms:
4
 
 
Wants:
59
Gots:
94
Trade:
5
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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
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 nathanmiller
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of misternebbie
3.14/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
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 goblue3509
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an orange clear color with no head. Upon drinking no lacing is present on the glass. The aroma is of nutmeg, cinnomon, and pumpkin. It is an inviting aroma but weaker than most. The tatse has a pumpkim backbone with the flavors of nutmeg, cinnomon, and a little breadiness to it. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Overall it was a mid pack pumpkin beer the taste and aroma were okay but not top of the class. A little stronger taste would help.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First, the notes on the label regarding this beer are clearly nabbed from the verse lyrics of Black Sabbath's "Lady Evil" (1980, 'Heaven and Hell'). If you know the song, check it out and tell me it's not true. Great move!

If a pour can indicate mouthfeel, I'm just going to predict this is thin and maybe even watery. We'll see, but it poured out kind of limp and stringy like...and the thin head flattens to absolutely nothing quickly (no skim, no crown). At 8.4%, I can't imagine this is dead or old, but it looks that way. Color is nice though, a burnt autumn-leaf orange-rust, not unlike the guts of the pumpkin itself.

The nose is more like it, balanced between the spices (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, clover) and the flesh of the almighty Hallowe'en squash. Pretty straightforward pumpkin ale aroma, reminiscent of Cottonwood's version; solid if unspectacular.

Flavor lays out the spices and squash in equal measure, as in the nose. Ginger spikes out a little from the rest, and there's a buttery element too. A lemon-lime bite, not unlike Sprite soda or something similar, is also here, and the soda comparison is full-on in the sweetness of this beer, as well as the mouthfeel. Texturally its not as thin as I predicted, but is actually totally over-carbonated, over-tingly and pretty much intrusive to the flavor. Big pumpkin ales (over, say, 6.5% or something) should be creamy as all get-out. At least, the best ones are and have proven creaminess a great asset to a killer pumpkin ale flavor. Here there's pretty good flavor made nearly enjoyable by the coarse and aggressive texture.

Could've been better. Considering how much I like Hoppin' Frog's Russian imperial stout and double IPA, I figured this could threaten the throne of the great Pumking. But no, it doesn't.

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Photo of dahlen22
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Halloween in a bottle...orange 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 wcintula
3.22/5  rDev -16.1%
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 teromous
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
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 aficionado
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
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 Treb0R
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of jadler16
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Danny1217
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Snodman
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Vylo
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of uvachief
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

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 Fireslayer
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of keenan41
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of 2dogbrew
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of americajesus
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of Nunya
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of TheBronze
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of nquigley16
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
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 bmjivi221
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 71.3% out of 100 with 752 ratings
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