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

Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin AleBarrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
68.5%
Liked This Beer
3.84 w/ 197 ratings
Barrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin AleBarrel Aged Frog's Hollow Double Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hoppin' Frog Brewery
Ohio, United States
hoppinfrog.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Aged in Kentucky bourbon barrels.

Added by trxxpaxxs on 09-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,045
Reviews:
39
Ratings:
197
Liked:
135
Avg:
3.84/5
pDev:
12.24%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
31
Trade:
3
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Ratings: 197 |  Reviews: 39
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to AndresR for sharing this one at jmgrub's tasting.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin pie spices, wood, and whisky. Taste is much the same with an alcohol kick and a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer and one of the better pumpkin beers I have had so far.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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 zestar
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of superspak
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of dcmchew
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Ciocanelu
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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 nathanmiller
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of paulish
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of duceswild
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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 TMoney2591
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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 Lare453
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of beernads
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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 biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
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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Beer rating: 68.5% out of 100 with 197 ratings
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