Hoppin’ Frog, Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin

Tasting: September 5, 2012
Style: Pumpkin Ale

Frog’s Hollow Double Pumpkin

Hoppin\' Frog Frog\'s Hollow Double Pumpkin

Yes, the pumpkin ale season is upon us once again. Actually, they’ve been showing up on shelves since early August. I really hate this time of year. Do we really need to see pumpkin ale now? Where do you even get pumpkins in August? You can’t even buy canned pumpkin until October 1st.

To me, it’s like back to school ads in July and seeing stores decorated for Christmas in mid-October. It’s just some shifty marketing effort to pitch their goods to those that live months ahead of the rest of us. Think about it, when would you want a pumpkin ale? I’d say the time period from October 15th to about November 25th would sum it up for me. Yet, to serve this 6 week season, they make beer that should be ripe for about 13 weeks.

I don’t particularly like pumpkin ale. However, I do feel compelled to try a couple each year and I have a three in my fridge to add to my resume this year. This one is compelling only because it’s made by a favorite brewery – Hoppin’ Frog of Ohio. Some particulars from the label – 8.4% ABV with an IBU of 73. It’s original gravity is 1.076 or 18.4 plato. Should be interesting..a dense beer with moderate to high bitterness. Like a lot of pumpkin ales, described as being brewed with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and clove. No pumpkin?

Anyway, it’s lighter in body than I expected. Allspice and nutmeg dominate. Alcohol warms nicely. There is bitterness and it doesn’t play well with the spice potpourri. If they’re going for pumpkin pie – I wish it was sweeter. Flavorful, but clunky. I just can’t get into it. Maybe next month. For now, 82 points.

Here’s a sampling of last year’s pumpkin ale reviews:

Read my thoughts on Dogfish Head Punkin Here

Read my thoughts on Dogfish Head Pumpkin Old Ale Here

Read my thoughts on Harpoon UFO Pumpkin Here

Read my thoughts on Southern Tier Pumking Here

Read my thoughts on Brooklyn Old Post Road Pumpkin Here

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