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Frosted Frog Christmas Ale | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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BA SCORE
3.74/5
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420 Ratings
Frosted Frog Christmas AleFrosted Frog Christmas Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
The essence of Christmas is captured in this very bottle. Perfectly blended spices compliment Frosted Frog’s rich malt flavors, creating the ultimate Christmas experience. Celebrate the holidays as you savor this very special seasonal offering.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,938
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
420
pDev:
16.04%
 
 
Wants:
28
Gots:
48
Trade:
1
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Photo of EMV
3.17/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed ruby/mahogany pour. Minimal fizzy head... no lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet malts and a ton of spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove.

T/F: Overly sweet/malty. Caramel... overspiced... loads of cinnamon and nutmeg. Unpleasant and cloying. No significant hop presence. Undercarbonated. Sticky on the mouth.

O: Downright unpleasant... and 1/2 of the bomber was a drain pour. Never again.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Teku glass.

Look is a hazy reddish brown with no head.

Aroma is incredible, like a fresh ginger cookie. If it tastes as good as it smells I might have changed my mind about spice beers.

Spice is a little too astrigent, but overall an excellent spice beer balanced by a great beer.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.04/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

L - poured a nice ruby brown color. Very little in the way of head or lacing.

S - Slightly maltiness with lots of spice. The spice dominates the nose without much else going on.

T - More of the same. Malty with an overpowering amount of spice, dominated by mostly by cinnamon.

F - Thin but drinkable if you can get past the spicy notes, which I could not. Definitely did not drink like an 8+ ABV'er.

Overall not my cup of tea. Way too much spice, too much that I could not finish the bottle. Definitely would not revisit this one.

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Photo of mmilyko
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from 22oz bottle in a pint glass in May 2018. There was no bottled-on date on the label, and I drank this about 1 month after purchase.

Appearance: Very dark golden-red with a thin tan/brown head. Head was very carbonated, but left very little lacing on the glass.

Smell: Balanced aroma of nutmeg, sppices, cinnamon, toasted malts, and caramel as well, but overall the spices dominate the others. I do not get much hops aroma.

Taste: There is a strong cinnamon flavor as well as some peppery spices. Also some caramel, roasted malts, chocolate, and some bitterness from hops. There is also a hint of sweetness like strawberries, with just a little hoppy bitterness bitterness adding some complexity.

Mouth-feel: Medium alcohol, but with a very smooth and creamy body. Matches the 8.6% alcohol on the label.

This is a nice, spicy that has a variety of flavors that adds some complexity to the beer. This is a medium-bodied brown ale, which is very smooth and enjoyable to drink. This is a fun holiday beer that I would buy again at the holiday season.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CaptainHate
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AuntBea
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spotrebor
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AJmon13
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of OhioLimoncello
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of christinelovesbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HopBelT
3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

From Mikkeller Shop. In Teku glass. Bomber. Playing A Golden Wake. Very spiced, reallt christmasty. Pumpkin notes and maybe some ginger. Zesty. In the long run it becones a bit tiresome.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BubbleBobble
4.27/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mpolewan
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dkline39
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AngusOg
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'm not one to write off a beer just because it's over the top spiced, but if you are, you'll probably just want to stay away. However, the spice profile in this one just didn't do much for me, making the drinkability low. I struggled to get through the bomber while watching MNF. Can't put my finger on what it is exactly that was throwing me off. Ginger? I don't know, Southern Tier 2xmas and pumking both have tons more, and I like both those beers. Anyway, again, if you like the highly spiced Christmas beers, it's worth a shot. I'm just glad l waited until I found it marked down, and won't be revisiting this one.

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Photo of bgold86
2/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Nunya
4.06/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Latarnik
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pittbeermur
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very good xmas ale

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Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 420 ratings