Frosted Frog Christmas Ale | Hoppin' Frog Brewery

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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:
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Added by paco1029384756 on 11-16-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
407
Reviews:
143
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
16.4%
 
 
Wants:
26
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46
For Trade:
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Photo of NuclearSoAndSo
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a beer mug.

Appearance- Pours a deep murky amber with a one finger khaki head.

Smell- Smells distinctly of gingerbread with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and maybe some pumpkin toward the end.

Taste- Tastes like it smells. A lot of gingerbread and some molasses notes; sweet in a very good way.

Mouthfeel- Medium sort of body; refreshing and satisfying. Smooth with light to medium carbonation.

Overall- A really nice beer. Definitely glad I bought this one; very flavorful and a great Christmas sipper. I plan on getting this one next Winter. This is one of, if not my favorite, beer quite frankly. And I especially enjoyed cracking this one (and many others) open with my friend on Christmas night. Highly recommended.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle
Served in a tumbler

A - It is a dirty red color. I got an inch of tan head that didn't stick around long.

S - It smells like Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. For those of you that are unfamiliar, it smells like cinnamon sugar. I want a candle that smells like this!

T - I taste a lot of cinnamon. The other Christmas flavors are there, too, clove, etc.

M - Moderate

O - The aroma and flavor of this beer are huge. I loved the smell, but the cinnamon flavor was almost overwhelming.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.62/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a deep ruby mahogany color with a fast fading cream head. Little or no lacing sticks to the glass.

The beer smells deliciously of tangy spices, like cinnamon and lime. Faint mellow malts and maybe some cedar.

The taste is very spicy up front. Lots of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg come out. Almost like a pumpkin ale, but there's just something more like Christmas in this. Some nice lime and cherry notes mixed in the finish. Really flavorful.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and perfectly crisp for easy drinking.

Overall, I haven't had anything less than exceptional from Hoppin' Frog, and their Christmas Ale is no exception. Truly delicious.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Average brown with a thin head (even with an aggressive pour) that quickly settles
S: Very inviting, full of ginger, nutmeg, caramel and malt
T: Pleasant though not overly complex. Mainly baking spices with a bit of malt/caramel sweetness
M: Medium-bodied, smooth, spicy
O: Let this one warm up a bit as it does improve as the temperature rises. Overall, though it reminds me a bit of a pumpkin beer w/o the pumpkin, it's a pleasant beer that reminds me of all of the spiced candles we've been burning.

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Photo of aztraz
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of bacher468
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. 2011 batch

A- pours a dark, yet clear, shade of amber with a one finger offwhite head that fades quickly. Despite a complete lack of head retention, the beer itself is gorgeous.

S- the aromas aren't very overpowering, which is a good thing when it comes to winter warmers. The cinnamon is the dominant scent, but the nutmeg falls second in line. The ginger is very well-hidden, but you can get a slight hint of it in there

T- tastes like a Christmas cookie. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate, but don't absolutely destroy your taste buds. Really good with a year on it, helps keep everything in perspective

M- medium bodied, on the fuller side....there's almost an oily texture to it. Odd

O- as a general rule, I hate winter warmers, but this pretty solid. Definitely worth a try, as are most of Hoppin Frog's beers

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Photo of sommersb
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 12-20-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Snifter
Purchased: Single from Greenwood Spirits, Bowling Green KY

A: Clear and dark burgundy color. The thin tan head fades quickly and almost no lace is seen on the glass.

S: Rich and sweet malt aromas combine with dark fruits like dates, cherries and figs, followed by a hefty dose of spice notes such as cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Very complex but doesn't seem muddled. Almost smells like a sweet specialty soda.

T: The taste matches much as noted in the aromas, with a big spice presence of nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon, along with some orange zest. The malty sweetness has a syrup quality to it with no hop bitterness there to counter. Not really hot, but there is a note of alcohol warmth.

M: Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. The finish is sweet and spicy showing more flavors of cinnamon, clove and caramel malts. Reminds me of a spiced cider or mulled wine.

O: A very rich sipping beer for Christmas; I think they've captured the holiday spirit well in this potent seasonal brew.

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Photo of McNealc31
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Nearly no head on this. Pours on the brown side of amber. Warm pumpkin pie spices in the aroma. Tastes of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and orange peel. Enough malt that the spices don't get too wild. Body might be a little light. As it warms, the cinnamon become the most prevalent spice, but there are enough of the others to balance. Hefty booze at 8.6% ABV

Another amazing Winter Warmer from Ohio here. Wonderful!

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Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of sneaks2210
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of OB1
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Ohiovania
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of CFHMagnet
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A healthy pour released just under a finger of head. Body is a ruby-copper color. Head dissipates quickly, and no lacing is noticed.

Cinnamon just about smacks you in the nose from this baby. Ginger, malt and brown sugar flesh out the full nose.

This is what drunken ginger bread men must taste like. Ginger bread and cinnamon start off the show. Malt, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar all make appearances.

Mouthfeel is heavy-medium bodied. Carbonation is laid back. Doesn't coat the mouth, slightly dry on the finish.

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Photo of Lanstrum
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of AC-Mivsek
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of JSchock7
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of GallowsThief
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle into my tulip.

A – Pours out a deep ruby brown with just a half finger of off white head that quickly receded.

S – Big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg, very spicy. Lightly sweet smell. Very nice.

T – Just like the smell you immediately get the cinnamon and nutmeg flavors. Very tasty and spicy brew. Has a very light gingerbread flavor with hints of vanilla and brown sugar. It tastes sweet initially but it quickly dissipates so it is not cloying.

M – Medium bodied with average carbonation. The spices hang around the palate for awhile.

O – I like this beer. I can see some not liking it as its spicy but the flavors are ones I totally dig. Found this years Christmas Eve beer. Enjoy.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of LambicKing
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of xabyss
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay chalice.

A: Pours a semi-opaque dark brown without a lot of head. Scant bits of carbonation in the body.

S: Loads of spices. I can see why this is a somewhat divisive beer. To me, it smells phenomenal: heavy cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla, and a hint of Christmas tree pine. Hands down the spiciest beer aroma-wise I've encountered. As a previous reviewer said, I'm sure many people will think a beer shouldn't smell like this. Decidedly un-beerlike, methinks.

T: Eh, not so much. Way too sweet for me, and I like sweet beer. Dominant cinnamon and ginger up front, leading into some sweet malts and dark fruits and ending with more cinnamon. Certainly not a watery beer. Lots of flavor here, but the spices are a bit overwhelming for me.

M: Smooth and on the lighter end of medium-bodied with very little carbonation.

O: I probably won't buy it again, especially considering the price, but I'm glad I tried it. Not bad.

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Photo of GFish
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Bills453
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into my Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance - amber color with an off white head.

Smell - WOW! This is the sweetest, spicy beer I have ever smelled. Smells good, but not sure a beer should smell like this.

Taste - spices, spices, spices. You can really taste the overwhelming cinnamon. This is a little too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel - nice.

Overall - honestly this beer is just a little too spiced for me.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of skaboom420
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Frosted Frog Christmas Ale from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
3.72 out of 5 based on 407 ratings.
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