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

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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
Gots:
46
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 407 |  Reviews: 143
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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of philbe311
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A vigorous pour yields one finger's worth of uniform perfectly symmetrical light brown colored head... Modest retention gives way to an inviting veil of lace in thin collar... A slight bit of medium sized average paced carbonation... The color is a medium brown with a distinctive ruby hue...

S - The aroma is dominated by holiday spices... Nutmeg... Cinnamon... A touch of clove... Reminiscent of a warm spiced wine... Gingerbread... Cherries... Perhaps some caramel and toffee as well... Warm and inviting...

T - No surprise that spices dominate on the palette as well... The underneath malty goodness is a bit more pronounced than expected as well... Nutmeg... Cinnamon... Ginger... Clove... Caramel... A touch of dark fruits... Perhaps a bit cloying...

M - Medium bodied... Exceedingly smooth... Silky even... A bit sticky... Light carbonation... A touch of warmth...

D - A winter seasonal without any doubt... A warm and inviting brew dominated by spices... A solid offering and one I wouldn't turn down if offered next holiday season, but not one a I must have next year either... Solid, but a bit one dimensional... The luxurious mouth feel is the highlight...

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Photo of PthPndr
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of BrewCrew2010
4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy muddy brown body with a garnet hue. Head is about 1 finger and short lasting; spotty to almost no lacing.

S: A strong aroma of spices- cinnamon, clove, & ginger- with a somewhat malty nose. Very appropriate nose for the style.

T: Like the nose, the initial flavors are loads spices, especially cinnamon and ginger. A subtle caramel malt backbone with notes of brown sugar, but it's definitely overpowered by the many spices. Finishes with a cinnamon aftertaste. Although I love it, it seems slightly unbalanced. Taste very festive however.

M: Medium body; low carbonation; slightly creamy and full mouthfeel. Definitely missing a certain malty chewiness.

O: I love this beer. Yes, it's an extremely spicy winter warmer, but I think they hit the style dead on in some parts. If it was a little more malt forward to balanced it out, it would be amazing. Easy to drink, find, and not too badly priced. I would recommend for the holidays and probably drink 1-2 per sitting.

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of ehammond1
2.32/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle

Palmer's Beverage Center
Columbus, OH

Ruby red and crimson with a thin head and nearly no lace left down the glass.

This beer certainly smells like Christmas. Aromas of spiced fruit cake, a huge amount of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg make for a big, appropriately holiday, aroma.

The beer's flavor is simply too much...too much cinnamon! There isn't much left here to taste but cinnamon, as it sort of burns and scorches your tongue. I can't help but think of YouTube videos of people trying to swallow spoonfuls of cinnamon as I drink this beer (that is, I try to drink this beer). It's almost undrinkable.

Medium bodied with a ton of carbonation. The incredibly high level of carbonation mixed with the incredibly strong, dominating cinnamon flavor makes this one tough to drink.

I won't have this beer again or recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of Brenden
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a deep amber-orange color with a bit of clarity to it and no lack of activity. A soft light orange head develops to nearly two fingers in height and manages to retain itself well and leave good, patchy lacing in its wake.
Right away I can tell this is one of the more heavily spiced Winter Warmers out there. I like the spicing and the whole tasty concept of the style, but the ones that get a little too heavy-handed in the spicing lose a lot of underlying flavors and any subtlety is completely lost. While I appreciate the heavy cinnamon and nutmeg, it's a bit difficult to find much of anything else going on. The malts do seem strong, and I get some caramel and breads along with a bit of herbal hops balance, but even that is difficult to pull out. It does show a very solid base beer, though.
The flavor is problematic because even the balance of hops and malts is lost with the spicing in the flavor as everything gets muddled. This is one of those examples of a brewer going over the top and losing complexity, balance, etc.
The mouthfeel isn't bad, smooth and chewy with ample carbonation in a medium body but just a bit too much bite.

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Photo of Brown120
2/5  rDev -46.2%

Photo of caseyf
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass Had a ruby color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Almost no lacing.

S: A big, spicy aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, and malt. Very enticing.

T: Like the aroma, the taste was spice-centric, with a whole lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, malt, and caramel. It's a little harsh and medicinal in the finish, but on whole it's a solid flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An interesting, solidly made, drinkable beer.

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Photo of mightyquinn
4.54/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer that made my first review on BA.

A: Dark Red right out of the bottle into 2 Jack Daniels snifter glasses

S: Smells of Big Red and Cooking/Baking Spices

T: Mulled Spiced Beer/ High Cinnamon.

M: Spicy Warmed Cinnamon

O: Wow, was not expecting this! Hoppin' Frog has struck gold with this beer. As a HUGE WW fan and of spiced beer in general, this brew is GREAT! Not much else to say besides to BUY it...if you can find it:)

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoppin Frog : Frosted Frog Christmas Ale

Pours a caramel brown color, slightly hazy. Aroma of cinnamon spice and brown sugar sweetness. In the taste, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and nutty malts. A touch of caramel and light bitterness. Chewey medium to full bodied feel, with the alcohol well hidden. Overall, a nice little winter warmer.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of athouve1
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +21%

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

Hoppin Frog- if you want christmas spice pick this. pumpkin beers lovers, run to a store now and grab this. You can smell the mulling spices
a foot away from your glass, big surprise on the night.

We did a large christmas and winter beer tasting panel and this was one of the many that we tried. Most of the beers we tried we solid including this one that the panel liked.

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Photo of mcallister
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crimson amber color with very little off white head that fades quickly to a ring around the snifter.

Smells like a cookie. Loads of cinnamon, sugar, nutmeg, toast, candied nuts. Just wonderful aromas. Complex with Christmas cheer.

Tastes just like it smells. However things get a bit cloying and some potpourri like flavors come through on the finish. Again like a liquid cookie. Nice creamy middle, just missing with that potpourri aroma.

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of chakadrum
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Weak lacing, no head, but a nice dark ruby color.

Smells sort of like gingerbread cookies. I smell nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Pleasant. I might buy another bottle of this to drink next week on Thanksgiving day. It would smell very appropriate (or on Christmas eve/day).

Probably the most interesting winter warmer I've ever had. Good spicy taste. The spices aren't overwhelming, though this is not a session beer by any measure. 22oz for me is plenty. That is not bad thing.

The mouthfeel isn't particularly interesting, though not watery.

Given the fact that 22oz is enough, and that it is quite spicy, tough to say this is an amazing beer I'd want to drink all of the time. However, if you see it for a reasonable price, totally worth checking out if you like this style.

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5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of thearsenal
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of Satchboogie
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of DoctorB2B
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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