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Hop*A*Potamus - Great River Brewery

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Hop*A*Potamus
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BA SCORE
86
very good

89 Ratings
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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great River Brewery visit their website
Iowa, United States

Style | ABV
Rye Beer |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Hop*A*Potamus is a double dark rye pale ale made with a ton of pale and six kinds of rye malt for a "full" body. This double dark rye pale ale is fiercely hopped with a Northwest blend for a stampede of flavor and aroma.

(Beer added by: mynie on 12-25-2011)
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-19-2013 17:21:59 | More by Whiskeydeez
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DaftPatrick

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-17-2014 23:28:21 | More by DaftPatrick
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schoon

Iowa

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

12-12-2012 01:12:09 | More by schoon
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Oboogie

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

03-15-2013 00:04:46 | More by Oboogie
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%

A: Reddish brown hue with an enormous cream-colored head

S: The rye and the hops not surprisingly steal the show: some grapefruit and pine and weed--more the latter of the two with the spicy slightly malty grains and rye sneaking up behind

T: Something is not quite right here; I like the rye and the piney hop resin is there too and that's good but there is a medicinal and slightly buttery flavor in the finish--not to mention the prevalent alcohol flavors that make this beer finish in a way it shouldn't

F: Sticky and oily like it should be with medium overall body

O: This is a strange beer; I love Great River and I love everything about this beer except it's taste...but that's a pretty important part--there's just something not quite right for my taste here

06-05-2012 00:40:16 | More by dbossman
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.63/5  rDev -5.5%

16 oz. can poured into a shaker pint. Thanks to GraniteSkunk for a 4 pack of this one.

Appearance - Pours a dark brown with reddish tint through the light. Not much of a head, so it actually fits in my glass. Still manages to sustain some good lacing.

Smell - I get hops, but the rye smell is dominant. Heavy rye character. The malt almost smells raw, if that makes sense. Reminds me of the smell of a brewery.

Taste - Much hoppier in the flavor than the smell. Pine and grapefruit, but it again takes a backseat to the rye flavor. Solid rye flavor all the way through. Finishes with a heavy dark malt caramel flavor that verges on chocolate. Medium bitter finish.

Mouthfeel - Slick and kinda heavy. Definitely doesn't drink like a pale ale, as it is labeled. Much more a heavy brown ale with tons of rye. The bitter finish maybe lightens it a bit, but it's still a slow one.

Overall - This was previously categorized as an IPA here, which is totally wrong, no matter what the can says. This is a heavier rye beer that's hopped, not an IPA with rye. Solid rye flavor and a decent hop back, but it's not anything special.

04-15-2012 22:16:51 | More by Alieniloquium
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zoolou

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

03-22-2012 23:28:13 | More by zoolou
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morimech

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a dark crimson color with two fingers of head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass. Funny, it does not look pale. WTF were they thinking with the Double Dark Pale Ale discriptor?

Smells like 4:20 at the local high school. Dank and earthy hops dominate. Muted rye makes its appearance as well.

Very hop forward flavor. Dank and bitter is prevalent. Some rye spice and more earthyness from hops. I would of liked more rye and less hops here. Lingering bitter, dank aftertaste. No sign of the ABV.

The poorest carbonated Great River beer. Do not know what they were going for or what went wrong with the canning. Just poor life in this beer. Big bodied, bitter beer. Does not excite the palate.

Certainly not the best rye beer on the shelves. But no others are priced $6.99 for four pints either.

04-15-2012 20:23:31 | More by morimech
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pitch31


4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2012 01:31:20 | More by pitch31
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ninner00

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

04-30-2012 13:01:36 | More by ninner00
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theminutemen

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-28-2012 18:42:40 | More by theminutemen
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langfot99

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-29-2011 14:19:49 | More by langfot99
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DCdevyl78

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-17-2014 22:45:05 | More by DCdevyl78
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-31-2012 00:25:10 | More by hoppymcgee
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yamar68

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a copper red with a healthy cap of tan head. Slow, steady beading and good lacing. The nose is earthy with layers of citrus, like fresh squeezed tangerine all smothered in caramel. There's quite a pine bite on the tongue that transitions through rye and toasted grains. Drawn out, bitter afterburn. Overall, this beer isn't perfect but it's complex enough to keep things exciting.

04-20-2012 01:52:42 | More by yamar68
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

04-25-2012 09:59:17 | More by bigbeers84
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bismarksays

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-12-2012 03:32:12 | More by bismarksays
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ironstein

Iowa

5/5  rDev +30.2%

08-16-2012 20:17:37 | More by ironstein
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Tash2360

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-27-2012 15:49:58 | More by Tash2360
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FreshHawk

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +2.9%

A - Deep, slightly murky garnet brown. Full, thick, large, pillowy, cake batter, off white head. Very nice retention leaving a nice sticky lace.

S - Interesting mix of fruity and citrus pine with a dark malt. A bit of a dark fruit and subtle fruitiness. A bit of a rye and earthiness as well. Hard to place exactly the style and aromas.

T - Strong pine flavor with some grapefruit/citrus. Slightly juicy flavors. There is a slight dark malt, earthy rye kind of flavor. Caramel malt and a slight sweetness.

M - Medium body with below average carbonation. Somewhat thin with a bit of a stickiness.

D - Pretty nice drinkability. Doesn't fit any style really, but there is a nice mix of dark/rye and hops. Lingering bitterness.

Notes: Interesting beer. Doesn't fit perfectly in a style for me but it is enjoyable. Mouthfeel is a little off, but it doesn't detract too much from enjoying the beer.

04-27-2012 02:20:58 | More by FreshHawk
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Rosquin

Iowa

4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

06-01-2013 16:03:27 | More by Rosquin
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vidguy17

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.2%

03-30-2013 15:05:09 | More by vidguy17
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nkp765

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-16-2012 13:55:00 | More by nkp765
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gatornation

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.2%

from a pint can

A- pours a clear but dark mahogany color with garnet hues, a tan head and sticky lacing

S- rye, hops and malts

T- rye first with piney citrus hops, nice spice additions malts and bread, a great taste

M- good carbonation with with nice rye and hops its rich and creamy but not a heavy brew

O- very drinkable with the ABV well hidden its rich and hoppy with loads of rye hops and spices, well done delicious

04-19-2012 22:23:26 | More by gatornation
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Cramerican

North Dakota

4/5  rDev +4.2%

01-03-2014 04:50:05 | More by Cramerican
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Hop*A*Potamus from Great River Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.