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Hop*A*Potamus - Great River Brewery

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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 14.58%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-12-2012 03:32:12 | More by bismarksays
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

05-11-2012 19:25:16 | More by EROCK75
Photo of cpetrone84


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great river brewery hopapotamus - pours a very dark, clear, chestnut brown with red edges and a bubbly light brown head. The nose is interesting, it's a bit light but there is some notes of chocolate and roasted malts. There is a nice rye spice between the malt and hop transition as oily, resinous, citric hop. The taste has the pronounced rye with chocolate malts accompanying. Fairly roasted with a lighter hop presence than the nose. Basically just a light citrus and faint bitterness. A bit thick and syrupy with a lighter carb but soft feel. Pretty enjoyable balance here.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 15:57:46 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of kawilliams81


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Bell's tulip.

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- tons of citrus and amazing rye spices.

T- rye spice with some citrus.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some dryness at finish.

O- aroma raised expectations but flavor was a let down.

Serving type: can

05-05-2012 03:22:32 | More by kawilliams81
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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of tan head. Good retention. Color is a dark mahogany brown.

Aroma: A big amount of rye and spice. Biscuit flavored. Floral and earthy hops. This thing is very hoppy. Orange citrus as well. Caramel with some chocolate.

Taste: Mimics the nose, but much more hoppy. Very juicy and hop resiny. Also a bit more caramel malt.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and sticky. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a pretty solid rye beer. Definitely drinks like a dipa. Very hoppy. I dig it. One can at a time, however. Too sticky.

Serving type: can

05-01-2012 21:54:41 | More by mothman
Photo of Scotchboy


3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pint can (awesomeness) poured into a Sam Smith pint glass - another beer sent from Aaron (thanks man).

A: Very dark brown and red...great lacing from a perfectly tightly-bubbled creamy tan head.

S: Lots and lots of rye here...toasted grain, and bready...piney, herbal hops, touch of sweeter alcohol and even some dark fruits.

T: Dank earthy hops, spices and spicy rye malt, bready, herbal...hints of wood and nuts as well. Unique brew.

MF: Nearly full bodied in its creamy and chewiness. Spicy and moderately bitter.

O: Labeled correctly as a rye beer instead of an IPA/DIPA; the hops, though they mix well with the spicy malts, aren't really at the forefront on my palate. Nice beer anyways.

Serving type: can

04-30-2012 18:57:29 | More by Scotchboy
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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

04-30-2012 13:01:36 | More by ninner00
Photo of FreshHawk


3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

04-27-2012 02:20:58 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of bigbeers84


4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

04-25-2012 09:59:17 | More by bigbeers84
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-21-2012 04:51:10 | More by egrace84
Photo of maximum12


3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

All tingly to find a new rye beer showing up in Minnesota, especially one that might be around with some regularity. Now, it just can get all Scott Klingenbeck on me. Nice juicy 16 oz. can.

Poured into a gallon-holding snifter, the brew is a deep red bordering on light black. Nose almost smells like a wort in progress, very rye, unvarnished, The advertised hops are missing.

Hop*A*Potamus doesn't shadow the nose at all. First comes a huge mouthful of earthy dampness that eats the hops & rye alive. The rye gets disgested & shat out by the dankness, with spare breadiness & a flash of spice. The hops bite but are creamed over quickly. Hops do reassert themselves on the finish, but only as a middling bitterness with flavor lacking. The soiliness looms over all.

Not bad, but not what I was hoping for; the can tells a great tale that the beer doesn't back up. Too much farmland soil for me; pretty good, but won't be a repeat buy.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 02:26:48 | More by maximum12
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3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

04-20-2012 01:52:42 | More by yamar68
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4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: can

04-19-2012 22:23:26 | More by gatornation
Photo of match1112


3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

massive three finger tan head sits atop a reddish brown body. retention and lacing are slightly better than average. smell is mostly rye. hop flavors come out on the tongue. wanna say citrus and pine in there, but taste is dominated by spice from the rye. mouthfeel is kinda thin and almost watery, which is weird with the amount of carbonation in this can. a little oily and a dry spice finish. overall this is a decent rye beer that i will probably buy again.

Serving type: can

04-19-2012 02:35:21 | More by match1112
Photo of Tuey13


4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass from a 16oz can with some eye catching artwork.

Appearance - a very dark brown color that looks to have a deep crimson color when held up to the light. A nice thick one finger head that sticks around for a while.

Smell - I definitely smell that this is a rye beer as that is the first thing that dominates, then the piney and citrus of the hops come through. I also smell a sweet caramel with a little chocolate.. Some dark fruitiness as well. The smells seem complex and changing. Seems to be much going on here in my opinion.

Taste - I just love the taste, a great rye flavor with a perfect amount oh hops to make this a very well balanced beer. A hint of sweetness goes well with the bitterness from the hops and the earthy taste of rye. Love this combination!

Mouthfeel - Rich, creamy, and smooth... Not too thick or heavy but more than an average pale ale. Leaves that oily richness in my mouth afterwards.

Overall - I was impressed. Such a complex meld of flavors gave me a very pleasant experience! I will definitely be getting more if possible. If you love hops.. Try this! Something unique!

Serving type: can

04-18-2012 23:00:47 | More by Tuey13
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3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to AndrewK for sharing this one at jmgrub’s tasting.

Pours a clear brown with a foamy tan head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, rye, and spice notes. Taste is the same with some herbal and medicinal hop flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer with a very muddled and somewhat dirty taste.

Serving type: can

04-17-2012 00:37:19 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-16-2012 17:57:30 | More by AndrewK
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4/5  rDev +4.2%

04-16-2012 13:55:00 | More by nkp765
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-16-2012 01:15:23 | More by drewone
Photo of Alieniloquium


3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

04-15-2012 22:16:51 | More by Alieniloquium
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-15-2012 20:41:13 | More by muddyh2oblues
Photo of morimech


3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: can

04-15-2012 20:23:31 | More by morimech
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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

04-15-2012 06:52:57 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
Photo of jjanega08


4.45/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a deep deep brown color almost a black. when held to the light it's a nice deep amber mahogony color with a head on it that holds some solid retention at a finger high and some nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is a nice pungent hop aroma with a floral character to it and a citrus bite. The rye comes through in the nose in a beautiful way with some nice character. One of the best plain rye smells I've come across besides Summits unchained rye.

T= The flavor follows the nose very well. FIrst a ton of hops hit you bringing a somewhat crushing bitterenss before a smooth creamy rye character comes through. The finish is all rye and the taste lingers with a hop bite mixed with rye on the back of the tongue. A really nice mix of the two characters.

M= Tight and creamy. Not something I ususally find well done in an IPA unless it's on cask. This is carbonated great.

O= This beer is a home run. I wish it were easier to find because I would be drinking this a looot more often. Came out of the blue and I picked it up on a whim because the can looked cool and the unusual sticker over a plain can feel. Works very nicely and I hope to be able to find some more of this sometime.

Serving type: can

04-15-2012 04:35:36 | More by jjanega08
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3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark mahogany with hues of amber. Thick, lasting tan foam with sticky lace. The nose is fairly hoppy but what jumps out is a tangy fruit bite, almost raisiny with some berry qualities. It's interesting but I'm sure sure I dig it that much. I'm getting some Chinook character and the malty backbone makes it smell like an Imperial Red Ale. I don't really sense the rye but hopefully the flavor will be there.

Rich, dark, bready malt taste. Doughy but without being very sweet. The hop flavor is not the dominant feature here, but there is definitely alot of bitterness imparted. The rye does come through nicely and helps leave that dry finish. Not much alcohol flavor. Lightly chewy mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

From the name I was expecting a pure hop monster, but instead this is a malt attack with a big hop balance. I like that it's hefty without being too sweet, although it still could be a bit more refined. Not sure the price on this thing since my buddy sent it to me, but I imagine it's a good bang for your buck. Actually, thinking about it more this beer reminds me alot of Arrogant Bastard. If you like that then you will probably like this.

Serving type: can

04-15-2012 04:13:46 | More by bennetj17
Hop*A*Potamus from Great River Brewery
86 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.