Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Barrel-Aged
Hoppin' Frog Brewery

Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Barrel-AgedFrog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Barrel-Aged
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #65
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #18,565
Avg:
3.86 | pDev: 12.18%
Reviews:
44
Ratings:
206
From:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Fall
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Barrel-AgedFrog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Barrel-Aged
Notes: The smooth and spicy character of the Frog’s Hollow double pumpkin ale is perfectly complemented by aging in used whiskey barrels. The result is a complex, super-tasty combination of flavors that is both satisfying and memorable. We hope you enjoy this very special Frog’s delight!
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Photo of Treyliff
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a goblet

A- pours amber in color with a one-finger foamy off-white head that has short retention before settling into a ring

S- aroma gives a nice vanilla whipping cream note up front, along with creamy pumpkin pie filling, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. Undertones of flaky pie crust, cola, brown sugar and just a hint of oaky barrel

T- spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg lead the way up front, followed by a sweet malty note that gives way to vanilla cream, brown sugar, cola & caramel. The finish brings out the bourbon barrel, adding barrel juice and wood to the linger

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that continues into a foamy, slightly warming finish

O- solid pumpkin ale, it has a cola note throughout that almost makes the bourbon barrel taste like rum

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Photo of branham1989
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hoppin’ Frog Brewery’s Barrel Aged Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale 8.4% ABV 7 IBU. This Ale pours a deep golden amber color with copper hues with a thin white colored head that dissipates quickly leaving no lacing on the glass. The aroma is of roasted pumpkin cinnamon nutmeg and honey with hints of vanilla and oak maybe even a touch of toffee and dark fruits. The flavor is very sweet and smooth with cinnamon nutmeg and clove coming through along with pumpkin graham crackers hints of vanilla molasses oak toffee there’s a nice amount of malt giving it a toasty flavor the pumpkin adds a nice richness to the palate before it finishes with a touch of oak from the whiskey barrel aging adding once again another complexity and layer of flavor. The mouthfeel is medium with a decent amount of creaminess but it’s way over carbonated for my liking. This is absolutely the best pumpkin/pumpkin spice flavored beer I’ve ever had. 8.9/10

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Photo of colts9016
3.64/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I was stoked to try this beer I did not know it was barreled aged. The beer is 45 degrees and served in a pint glass. The beer's hard pour produced a one finger head with a bright white head. The color of the beer is SRM 12 a dark amber color with copper hues. The clarity of the beer is clear. The head dissipated quickly leaving no lacing on the glass.

The initial aromas of the beer are pumpkin cinnamon, nutmegs, and cloves. Additional aromas of the beer are caramel, banana, toasted malts, brown sugar, and earthy.

The flavors of the beer are bananas and cloves. Additional flavors of the beer are pumpkin, cinnamons, nutmeg, brown sugar, caramel, toasted malt, biscuits, wood, bourbon, vanilla, and earthy.

The mouthfeel of the beer is carbonated and rounded.

The body of the beer is medium, medium carbonation, and a medium finish.

The beer has this overwhelming banana flavor that is distracting from the initial flavors of pumpkin. The beer okay flavor and a good body. Not a fan of this beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pumpkin orange body; fair, fizzy head that rapidly shrinks to a thin film; some lacing. Bourbon aroma infused with a bit of pumpkin in the aroma. Nicely flavored with pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices evenly blended with a whiskey overtone. Medium-heavy body; warm and boozy.

A decent holiday special brew with equal prominence of pumpkin and bourbon barrel aging in the aroma and taste.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.63/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Average orange with a thin head that immediately disappeared to nothing
S: Graham cracker, baking spice, vanilla and finally pumpkin towards the end. Smells a bit sweet, not much bourbon other than the vanilla
T: Matches the nose. Sweet, vanilla, baking spice, graham cracker, pumpkin
M :Sweet, medium-bodied
O: Too sweet, not enough bourbon given the name. Granted it's been four years since I reviewed the non-barrel aged version but I liked that much better & don't recall this much sweetness

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Photo of Sabtos
3.39/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sparkling but lightly, this appears chill hazed light amber with a thick off-white collar that clings in peaks and settles to a thin film.

The whiskey sharpens the spices to smell like cinnamon candy, and the pumpkin gives a moist pumpkin roll element.

Taste is really potent of lower shelf whiskey with red licorice, cinnamon, bread pudding, vanilla, and a pumpkin mash swallow.

Crisp with a medium body, light carbonation and that sting of heat.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy orange color with beige head that goes away quickly. Aroma has nice pumpkin with spices but no evident barrel character. But you can get it on the taste along with spices. Quite bitter overall, doesn't go that well with the spices. Not bad but a bit unbalanced.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hoppin' Frog Tasting Room in Akron, OH.

This one pours a bright pumpkiny orange, with a very small head, and no lacing.

Smells like vanilla, cinnamon, caramel, graham cracker, spiced pumpkin pie, and some slight bourbon.

The bourbon is more noticeable on the nose, for sure. The bourbon melds in with the meaty pumpkin and on-point spicing here. The spicing is noticeable but not overdone, like many pumpkin ales, and you can actually taste the pumpkin. This has a very strong malt backbone too, showing that it's actually a beer, toasty and caramelly, with some honey and molasses. It does give off the impression of pumpkin pie, with the graham cracker and vanilla from the barrel- which reminds me of whipped cream. There's a little bit of oak too.

This is medium bodied, with a sweet and bready mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation.

One of the better pumpkin ales that I've had. Really nice work from Hoppin' Frog.

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Photo of jp32
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A very good pumpkin ale in my opinion. Pumpkin pie flavors (nutmeg, pumpkin, whipped cream) dominate the flavor profile of this beer. I don't notice any bourbon taste from the barrel aging, but it did seem slightly smoother or silkier than the non bba version.

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Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I left this bottle of Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow to age a little longer yet. Opening it in the spring hasn't affected its distinctively fall-time orange tone but it may have soiled the complexion a little; floating bits of sediment make the second pour look thick as actual pie filling.

The beer certainly isn't shy about the fact it's aged in whiskey barrels; banana esters, burnt sugar, and butterscotch are apparent from the first sniff. There's a lot going on here. Still, it doesn't smell nearly as intimidating or intoxicating as other barrel-aged offerings.

Alcohol isn't a huge factor on the palate either; this tastes about its strength, which, at 8.4%, is incredibly reasonable for something that spent time in a whiskey barrel. In fact, I'm a little surprised the pie spices are able to stand up so well to the wood spices. Likewise the malts which offer as much toffee, biscuit, and graham cracker as ever.

Complimenting - rather than competing - with these pumpkin pie elements are the vanilla and honeyed influences of the whiskey barrels. That extra little bit of spice also props up existing cinnamon, nutmeg and clove notes and combines with the malt to make incredible, overarching candy apple and caramelized banana flavours.

It's official: dessert has been decided for every Thanksgiving from now until eternity. Blending the sweet and spicy of pumpkin ales with the ultra-sweet and ultra-spicy qualities of whiskey makes an ultimate after dinner autumn treat. Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow is a beer of outstanding depth. I've already carved out a space in the cellar for next year's batch.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy dark orange with a really small white head, quick to a poor lingering string of foam.
A really rich baked pumpkin smell, really pulpy, with the expected pie spices (nutmeg, faint cinnamon, vanilla powder, faint ginger), with caster sugar on top. A really nice dry alcoholic whisky scent creeping up the nostrils too.
The same whisky note greets in the taste, with caramel and booze right from the get-go, pretty strong. Not a lot of sweetness, a nice natural pumpkin feel with a moderate amount of spices (not as spiced as other pumpkin ales), with some clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, faint black pepper and a nice vanilla note that's also partly induced by the whiskey. Finishes with some light woody notes and an unwanted earthiness, hinting at dry tobacco and walnut, splashed in a generous amount of warm whisky (initially). Lightly bitter.
Medium body, medium prickly carbonation. Aftertaste of caramel and pumpkin, clove, light nutmeg, mouth-numbing whisky. Booze piles up as you drink this bomber, so sipping it helps, even it it doesn't justify its abv.
Still, a manageable big beer, tasty, fragrant, a bit inelegant and rugged and heart-warming.

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Photo of rden4654
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%

I'm not one for Pumkin Beers but this one was very good and is severely undervalued with an 85 rating. I would certainly try it if you can get your hands on it!!!!

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Photo of uvachief
3.25/5  rDev -15.8%

This was tough to finish. 750ml bottle. Started off okay. Dark orange brown color. Little head. Strong pumpkin and all spice taste in mouth. More than I care for and I like strong pumpkin taste. Little dirty almost cigarette butt like taste on the finish. After 2/3 of the bottle, almost bitter. I'll pass. High ABV. Strong.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All pumpkin in the engine, but all bourbon in the caboose! With the enticement of rich and savory pumpkin pie, its aromas grip the nose and pull you in, then BAM! -that smack of unmistakable Kentucky bourbon kicks you right in the teeth!

As the ale opens up, its bright, brazen pumpkin color is golden, amber and a little on the tawny brownish side. Near-perfect brilliance in clarity is achieved and shows off its bubbly nature very well. With a short-statured bone-white lather that builds, it seems to fold back into the ale a little quicker than is desired and does so with a spritzy fashion. Light on lace, scant traces remains as the beer fades.

The sultry, butterscotch and praline-type sweetness greets the nose with caramel, toffee, graham crackers and good 'ole pumpkin pie. Equipped with nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and clove the nose rounds out in a similar was to the original Frog's Hollow. But heading into that next sip- wait, it that....

...bourbon! As the taste backs away from the strict "pumpkin pie" flavor that the nose promised, its hard to tell if its a bourbon flavored beer or a pumpkin sweetened bourbon. Flavors of caramel and honey drizzle backsweeten the whisky flavor of wood sugars, weathered oak, vanilla, cherry, spicy char and sweet Kentucky bourbon. Those finesse elements of pumpkin, butterscotch and graham crackers take a far-reaching backseat to the barrel influences.

Sweet and savory to taste its praline character is thinned with the utter boozy spice to accompany it early and often. The booze and wood tannin dries the palate to a semi-sweet finish with bright bourbon heat and pie-type spices.

Barrel-Aged Frog's Hollow is high on bourbon influence- so much so that it looses a bit too much of its pumpkin ale pleasantries. Though decadent and delicious in its own right, even this Kentucky Bourbon fan would suggest less time in the barrel and more time in the cellar.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

A - It is a shade of orange lighter than the non barrel-aged version. It also is less cloudy. The amber highlights seem more prominent. The head is about the same. I got less than an inch of tan head on top.

S - The bourbon is quite noticeable. The pumpkin spices have faded but perceptible. I am left with a vanilla, oak, alcohol aroma.

T - It tastes like I would expect it to taste, a barrel-aged version of the Frog's hollow. The spices are faint. The bourbon dominates.

M - Medium

O - I had this on tap at the tasting room and did not think it was this good. I just had the regular Frog's Hollow right before this, so the differences are glaring. I am very impressed by the aging of this beer. I have never had a barrel-aged pumpkin beer other than this one. I am glad I did a side by side with the original to see the contrast and similarities.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Clear amber body. A fleeting off white head.

Smell - Super pumpkin pie spiciness. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Light barrel character.

Taste - Dominated by spice. Nutmeg bomb. Sweet and a bit of bourbon.

Mouthfeel - Way too spicy. Boozy. Astringent and dry.

Overall - Too much spice and not enough barrel.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle

A- Poured into a snifter. Pours a slightly hazy dark brownish color with orange hues and an off-white head that quickly turns into a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is dominated by the whiskey barrels from the barrel aging with some pumpkin spices in the background.

T- The taste like the aroma is mostly whiskey and oak flavors from the barrel aging with a sourness in the finish and just a hint of spices.

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, not a bad offering from Hoppin Frog. This one got better as it warmed in the glass.

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Photo of Roland45s
3.71/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Pretty Dark for a pumpkin ale

S-Pumpkin, spices, oak barrell bourbon...

T-Again a lot of smell but not a lot of taste. The pumpkin is there, but only in smell, otherwise another beer that claims "pumpkin" but is really a bourbon barrel stout.

M-Medium bodied.

O-i like bourbon and i like stout so this one was pretty good, but only in the sense of it being bourbon barrel, not pumpkin.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Luekens (Dunedin, FL). 16.99. No bottling date. Served in a Southern Tier Pumpking goblet.

Pours hazy orange amber with a half finger of pale, off white head. Retains a nice thin cap that leave nice islands of lace.

Aromas of spiced pumpkin pie and whiskey. Enticing.

Big whiskey and barrel flavors up front followed by raw pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, brown sugar, vanilla and oak with a spicy booze bite. Strong, vibrant whiskey-glazed pumpkin pie.

Soft medium body with moderate carbonation. Spirits and spiced gourd linger in the finish.

I like the added complexity of the whiskey barrels to an already well above average brew. The barrel character is ever present without masking the base beer. An easily drinkable, enjoyable variant that I'm really glad to have tried. Unfortunately, much like Hoppin Frog's other barreled offerings, price will most likely prevent many repeat performances.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear deep amber. One finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Pumpkin, spices, oak and slight bourbon, really well balanced.

T-The balance in the taste is no where near the nose. It starts with pumpkin then spice. The finish is oak and bourbon. But the balance isn't were it should be.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation but watery.

O-First pumpkin beer aged in bourbon barrels. It could work. The balance here was off but it had some potential.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazed orange color with white soapy froth. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice with a hint of sweet bourbon. In the taste, nice pumpkin pie flavor of pumpkin, spice and vanilla. The bourbon contributes a vanilla sweetness to the brew. Nice blend of spices. Medium bodied brew with a smooth medium carbonation. Overall, this was a treat.

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Photo of screamking
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22oz poured into snifter.

Pours medium to dark amber, with a 1 finger off white head that holds well. Lots of vanilla and pumpkin in the nose. Some slight clove, allspice, and nutmeg around the edges of the aroma. Hints of coconut too. The taste is filled with oak, vanillia and butterscotch. The barrel seems to overwhelm the pumpkin and cinnamon but its still there. Really the pumpkin taking the back seat to the other flavors works for me. It hads a nice touch of sweetness to a otherwise boozie beer. Mouth feel is medium bodied, with a heavy dose of alcohol. The aftertaste has a nice little burn at the end. I gotta say, I really like this. It's really a bourbon flavored beer with a hint of pumpkin. It's boozie for only 8.4% ABV, but that's what you tend to get with such a strong bourbon profile.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.34/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured the Barrel Aged Double Pumpkin Ale into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy burnt orange witha half finger of off white head.

S - The aroma is of spice, with some orange flavors that hit the nose.

T - Well now, wasn't quite expecting this. It tastes like allspice, clove, orange, some rum, alcohol from the barrel. Vanilla mid palate. Interesting, but not what I thought I was getting.

M - Medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Not as smooth as I would like.

O - I won't be getting this again. Not recommended. Get the regular Double Pumpkin instead. Good Luck!

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.0 A: Murky orange-tinted brown color. One finger of frothy beige head. Retention is lacking, but a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pumpkin spiciness is most noticeable. It's a mix of all the usual suspects - allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe some clove, but nothing stand out among them. A light leathery bourbon component complements the pumpkin well. Caramel maltiness from the base with a faint toastiness. It's good, but it could use some more strength.

3.75 T: Taste is pretty much like the nose. Pumpkin spice, pumpkin, leathery bourbon, mild warming booziness, caramel malt.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Light creaminess. Could use more body, but overall it's okay.

3.5 D: Good pumpkin beer, just not a great one. I like big spices, deep rich maltiness, and plenty of body. This doesn't have any of those, but everything else is done well.

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Photo of superspak
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, Fall 2012 bottling. Pours fairly hazy orange amber color with a small foamy off white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace. Minimal lacing on the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, oak, light bourbon, gingerbread, and light vanilla. Very nice aromas with good balance, strength, and complexity of pumpkin and spices, with light-moderate barrel notes; doesn’t smell too sweet either. Taste of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light bourbon, gingerbread, oak, and light vanilla. Lingering notes of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread, oak, light bourbon, and light vanilla on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; with moderate barrel presence and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a lightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barrel aged pumpkin ale. Good balance and complexity of malt/spice flavors with light-moderate barrel notes; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.

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Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Barrel-Aged from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 206 ratings