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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

87 Ratings
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Ratings: 87
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-17-2013 02:52:16 | More by HopsFreak
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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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JJFordick

Illinois

4/5  rDev +4.2%

09-14-2012 23:07:37 | More by JJFordick
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spoonhawk

Iowa

1/5  rDev -74%

08-19-2012 01:56:58 | More by spoonhawk
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ironstein

Iowa

5/5  rDev +30.2%

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

Nebraska

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

07-14-2012 21:32:51 | More by ssjkyle
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pitch31


4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-13-2012 01:31:20 | More by pitch31
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smutty33

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

07-03-2012 16:47:28 | More by smutty33
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

3rd try with this one, and as much as I want to like it more, I can't. It's still good though.

16oz can, pours ruby/chestnut in color with a foamy tan head that holds great retention and leaves thick, chunky lacing on the glass - impressive. Aromas are malty caramel, peppery rye, citric hop. Tastes seem to be muddled, very earthy, rye, herbal, fresh dank hops, resinous citrus & evergreen. Full bodied, creamy and smooth, rather chewy, yet oily and resinous. Alcohol is very well concealed for 9%. Overall, like I said earlier: I want to like this more. I feel like the hops could be brighter and stand out more. It just seems to be too one note for me. It's not bad at all, but just seems to be missing something.

Serving type: can

06-22-2012 01:03:14 | More by barnzy78
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Iowacraft

Iowa

3/5  rDev -21.9%

06-05-2012 00:58:59 | More by Iowacraft
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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

Serving type: can

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

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-31-2012 00:25:10 | More by hoppymcgee
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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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Tash2360

Nebraska

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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California

4/5  rDev +4.2%

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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

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

Poured from 16oz tallboy into Globe glass.

A. Pours 2 fingers of off white head. Thick lacing. Good retention. color is very dark brown.

S. Rye, hops, caramel, brown sugar. Smell is sweet with piney hops. Interesting aroma, complex and intriguing.

T. Taste is a pretty nice balance of full rye caramel malt with some piney hop taste. Get a really rich flavor from this beer. Has a nice earthy quality to it.

M. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. Lingering sweetness and a little bitterness.

O. This is the 4th beer I have had in the 4pack, and the one I am reviewing. I have to say this beer has kinda grown on me. Its something different, which at first I didn't like but now I have to say I do.

Serving type: can

05-25-2012 00:15:45 | More by siradmiralnelson
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this hip-hop-a-topamus in a shaker pint.

Appearance- This frothy and beige head grows to an impressive two fingers before settling in at about one. The lid is velvety smooth with very few bubbles.

The depths of this body are a dark ruby with some caramel highlights that shine at the edges of the glass, a very nice looking beer.

Smell- This rye beer exhibits an earthy, almost peaty sweet quality. I also pick up a caramel sweetness that blends with an herbal tea flavor. I like the smell of this one, different.

Taste- The smooth caramel sweetness makes up the backbone of this offering. Then the waves of hop flavors start to smash-up the palate. There is resin, herbal tea, and a little earthiness.

As for bitterness, that hits about mid-drink and carries well into the finish. I think it is well done, and seems big for 99 IBU's.

Mouth feel- This one is smooth. Oh so smooth! It has a big medium body, which I love in hoppy pales. The dryness is also well done.

Overall- This beer is different. The herbal quality and the sweetness do go hand in hand to make a unique palate of flavors. I feel this beer would be hit or miss with most people. If you want to try a hoppy pale, why not Hop A Potamus?

Serving type: can

05-22-2012 22:01:14 | More by Pintofbrown
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aliving1

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-16-2012 04:32:25 | More by Duff27
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furthurgone

California

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

05-13-2012 05:21:21 | More by furthurgone
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bismarksays

Iowa

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-12-2012 03:32:12 | More by bismarksays
Hop*A*Potamus from Great River Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.