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Brewery: Hoppin Frog Brewery
This beer winds up my four episode arc of Pumpkin Ales. I liked the graphics on the bottle, because to me it is reminiscent of Michigan J. Frog, and I suspect it would look more like him if it wasn’t for the oppressive copyright laws in this country.
If case you don’t know the frog of which I speak, please enjoy this:
The pour yielded almost no head at all, and what there was dissipated quickly. The nose of this beer definitely makes the presence of the spices known. Similar to some of the others I’ve reviewed, the smell is the spice mixture you’d expect if you've ever made a pumpkin pie. You have the clove, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, but not a pumpkin smell. The taste is similar, where you get the strong spice flavor that stays on your palate long after your swig hit’s your stomach..
I don’t typically care, or pay attention to the alcohol level of a beer, unless it steps outside the norm, or it stands out as a dominant flavor. This beer has an 8.4% alc./vol., and the alcohol taste is noticeable. This takes away from the sweet pumpkin flavor, but it isn’t offset by a noticeable hoppy flavor. It putters around the middle of sweet and bitter.
As readers of this blog know, I use the consistent measurement of The Hitchens Taste Scale when I subjectively measure my beer. I noticed there is a copycat measurement called International Bitterness Units, which appears to be a cheap ripoff perpetrated by the American Society of Brewing Chemists. A shady group of anarchists if there ever was one! That said, I would put this beer at around a -1. Not hoppy at all, and only slightly sweet due to the strong alcohol flavor.
As you may have seen in previous posts, I don’t like a beer that has a strong alcohol flavor. If you’re into that, perhaps you should switch to Scotch. I think you’ll find the happiness you’re looking for in a bottle Scotland’s finest distilled spirits. I do not recommend this beer, and will probably not be trying it again. I’m not even sure if I will finish the 22 oz. bottle. $12 for the bottle really grinds my gears!