Hoppin’ Frog Frog’s Hollow
While it might not actually be fall yet, that hasn’t stopped brewers from producing and shipping all sorts of Pumpkin ales to the far corners of the world. Last night the temperatures finally dipped enough for me to be willing to entertain a pumpkin beer and I must say that I was very pleased by making that decision. As I’ve mentioned before Hoppin’ Frog is a brewery dedicated to the small details that go into producing beer to make a very good product.
The Frog’s Hollow poured a nice clear orange color with a foamy white head sitting atop it. The first thing that hit me about this beer was the nose, a nice strong scent of pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice, and everything else that evokes images of perfectly sliced pumpkin pies. Once I took a sip of it though I was surprised by its light body and creamy mouthfeel. Normally, you don’t get the two of those to go together but it produced a very interesting sensation that was definitely pleasant.
The taste though is where the Frog’s Hollow stands out. Despite what the nose might lead you to think, this beer is not liquid pumpkin pie. It builds from a very strong pumpkin flavor, with only light hints of baking spices thrown in around the end of the beer. The only thing I could think of for comparison is that this is how I imagine pumpkin juice from the Harry Potter novels must taste (why else would you drink pumpkin juice?).
There is one note about this beer that drinkers should take heed of: Don’t let it fool you, this beer is over 8%. It’s delicious and wonderful and also full of booze. Just be careful, cause you’re going to want to throw these back but that is a decision you might regret the next morning. Probably not though, what with the aforementioned deliciousness.