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Frosted Frog Christmas Ale | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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Frosted Frog Christmas AleFrosted Frog Christmas Ale

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States

Style: Winter Warmer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Winter

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Added by paco1029384756 on 11-16-2009

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, caramel, gingerbread, toast, nutmeg, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, nutmeg, caramel, gingerbread, clove, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, molasses, gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial winter warmer. All around great balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage poured into a Trophy Brewing Tulip.

Appearance-4.25- This beer pours a beautiful amber/brown color with a minimal offwhite head that fades quickly. Leaves some nice lacing and although the head dissipated so fast it still left a nice film settled over the top of the beer. When held to a light it almost appears to be a clear ruby reddish color with a small amount of visible carbonation.

Smell-4.5- Even though its mid june when I close my eyes and take a whiff the scent brings me right to xmas day. My only qualm is that the cinnamon is a little over powering but other than that the spices and malts blend so well. You can tell this ones got a little booze to it but its not at all overpowering and blends into a perfect harmony with the malts and spices.

Taste- Sweet sweet malts with loads of winterish spice. Some people might think the spices are a little over the top but to me this flavor profile is just about spot on for what I'd hope for in a "winter warmer". Sweet malts, all the right spices and some warmth on the way down. The taste seems to linger for a good while between sips as well.

Mouthfeel- Moderate carbonation, smooth/slick medium body, perfect amount of warmth on the way down...compliments the taste nicely.

Overall-4.5- I think this beer is great for the style. LOADS of flavor. Not in a bad way, its just like...an "Imperial Winter Warmer" which is cool. Most companies put out these super mild, over spiced/under malted winter warmers so its cool to have a company go all out with one. However, with all that being said, this one bomber is more than enough. I think a single pint of this sweet gingerbread molasses strong brew around the holiday season would hit the spot perfectly. I'll definitely be grabbing another one this winter.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

When I wrote the review below I had only had the barrel series. I don't believe there was a distinction yet, on site, or I missed it. I heartily recommend the barrel versions, but the basic Christmas ale seems to lack the complexity of, say, Maduro from Cigar City. Even the spices don't help enough to save it from this comment. It really needs the aging in barrels to set it apart from other Xmas ales, or even a really great brown ale.

This is not as good as most Hoppin Frogs, but not "bad" by any means. Just nowhere as good as it could be. The balance is fine. Nothing wrong, it just doesn't stand up and say "drink me." I even tried a bullwhip and electro-shock therapy.

Thin body without complexity. Spices are pretty much perfect: nice balance of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. The spicing is the best part. Appearance: nice clarity with slight off white head... mostly pillow and a few small rocks.

On the other hand it's a nice, mostly, blank slate on which to do great barrel aging: which is what they did. Kudos.

"This was described to me as the bourbon barrel forward, oak barrel aged, version of their brown ale: the spiced Christmas Ale at the brewery where I stop every year. That's exactly what it is. Incredible oak nose but as it warmed the bourbon dominated, oak second, brown malt third and spices in the end, but not far off enough to make them insignificant."

" This year there were three versions. Regular, oak aged forward, then oak aged bourbon forward. This was the bourbon version, but the magic here is everything else comes through the bourbon sweetness."

" Not heavy bodied, but true brown ale medium on the lighter side."

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Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 411 ratings
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