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 #67
ABV:
8.4%
Score:
86
Ranked #19,139
Avg:
3.85 | pDev: 12.21%
Reviews:
42
Ratings:
203
From:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
 
Ohio, United States
Avail:
Fall
Wants
  17
Gots
  32
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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Reviews by kneeland:
Photo of kneeland
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The color is a golden pumpkin, with no head at all. Barely any head at first, and completely dissipated within seconds.

I can taste pumpkin, but the extra spices don't stand out. It has more of a citrus and floral taste than nutmeg, allspice, etc.

I had higher hopes for this because it was expensive, and the name. Why is it called Double Pumpkin? Because it does not have twice the pumpkin flavor.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +5.5%
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 Morey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TasteTester
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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 nitter
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of thebouch01
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of ehammond1
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, MarkIntihar!

Barely hazed burnt orange with a fairly large off-white, persisent head, leaving irregular ribbons and spots of stick down the glass. Very pretty pumpkin beer.

Wonderful aroma for a spiced pumpkin beer, though I do wish there was more bourbon/barrel character--it's very minimal. Good amounts of pumpkin, all-spice, nutmeg, and some cinnamon. This is a great Fall aroma, though more bourbon character would really help improve it even more.

The flavor is similarly good as the aroma, though again, I was hoping for more barrel character. Good amounts of pumpkin pie filling and crust, all-spice, nutmeg, and some cinnamon, burnt sugars, and toffee. Unfortunately, I really can't detect much barrel at all.

Medium bodied with high carbonation. This perhaps would be even better with less carbonation?

Great pumpkin beer.

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Photo of djmichaelk
2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of uziangis
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -19%
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 millelacsmark
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Sparky44
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MidwestBA
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of buschbeer
3.89/5  rDev +1%
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 ONUMello
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
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 kawilliams81
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- transparent copper with 1 finger off-white head. Some trails of lacing on the glass.

S- nice pumpkins and spice aromas. No barrel is apparent.

T- sweet malts, pumpkin, spices, slight vanilla and again no barrel notes.

M- medium body and carbonation. Slight alcohol burn near end.

O- good pumpkin beer but the barrel aging is unnoticeable and a waste of barrels.

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Photo of ImusBeer
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of sweemzander
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours an orange amber color. Some good white froth and lace.

(S)- A really nice deep pumpkin pie-like aroma. The graham cracker crust, pumpkin, and nutmeg and cinnamon-like spice. Really nice.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. All the same great pumpkin pie spice, but a nice subtle dry oaky finish.

(M)- A really nice carbonation level. Superb pumpkin profile. A nice smooth oaky sweetness to it.

(O)- One of the better pumpkin beers I have had in quite awhile. The subtle barrel aging just blends so well with the pumpkin and spice profile of the beer. My only issue is how expensive a bottle is.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of NuclearRich
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tumbler.

What better to follow a glass of Rum Chata than a barrel-aged pumpkin beer? Especially when the original version is so damn good? Let's dance: It pours a clear dark orange-brown topped by a finger of tan foam. The nose comprises the usual pumpkin pie spice array (you know: cinnamon, brown sugar, mace, clove, etc), some light maple syrup, some light oak, and a peck-on-the-cheek-from-your-friend-who-you-may-or-may-not-have-feelings-for-and-right-now-she's-just-thanking-you-in-her-own-affectionate-way-which-is-just-making-things-all-the-worse-in-your-head-now of whiskey. The barrel seems to keep the spices in check, ensuring that they don't go all batty and whatnot, but they're still pretty friggin' strong, as is to be expected. The taste mirrors things, with the barrel doing an even better job of balancing things out. A stronger vein of maple syrup climbs through as well, and the barrel comes across as a touch charred. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally smooth feel. Overall, a damn tasty pumpkin beer, though, despite the balance and complexity added by the barrel, I think I still prefer the power of the naked version, personally.

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Photo of bootdown21
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale - Barrel-Aged from Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 203 ratings