Hop-a-lot-amus - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 386
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: AltBock on 12-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by jmunsters:
Photo of jmunsters
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought back to Michigan for me as a Christmas gift from my in-laws hometown. Still fresh enough to rate confidentially as a DIPA.

Poured a light amber with a finger head that clings hard to the snifter glass. Smell of hops and sweet, ripe North American summer fruits. Tastes of light pine, hints of citrus and strong strawberry jam. Decent carbonation, a bit of stinging alcohol and a clean finish for a DIPA.

Overall: There's a lot going on here. If I tasted this blind I would have labelled it a fruit beer. Malts are not profound enough to make the color what it is. I would bet strawberries of some sort lend to the color and flavor.

More User Reviews:
Photo of renegadeburger
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

tried the pale the other day now its time to give the double a whirl ok lets go for it

poured out with very little head and what was left of the head just vanished right away i wonder why either way the beer is almost clear but a little bit of haze it seems

great aroma i smell lots of herbs and pine in there even some sage there also is some minty smell too

taste is ultra bitter then it finishes really sweet as it warms you get more of the sweetness too

mouthfeel was pretty heavy but hey thats according to the style but it was rich enough to be nice and interesting

overall a good beer i like having the river horse around the only beers i tried from them were good i have not had a bad beer or a beer i did not like from them yet

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky burnt orange with a fat frothy and lumpy head of meringue. Low aroma of sappy hop resins, some cotton candy and ripe fruit.

Sharp flavor of orange rind, pine sap, burntleaves, grainy brown sugar and caramelized pear. More booze than hops. Smooth, full and creamy mouthfeel. Tasty beer, but hops seems muted by alcohol and there could be more balance.

Photo of pwoods
3.86/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to NjpadreFan for the brew!

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a deep murky plum flesh. A good 2 fingers of latte foam head forms and hold nicely. Good lacing.

S: Healthy dose of good old American hops. The sweet, sticky, heavy malts unfortunately cover up the hops a bit with heavy dark bready notes along with some caramelly goodness.

T/M: Pretty decent bitterness level. More of the high citrus, piney American hops. Again, the big, sticky, sweet malts cover up a bit too much. More of the sweet dark brown breads and caramel flavor with a bit of toffee and nuttiness in the mix. Body is medium full and sticky, thought not quite as bad as I thought it'd be.

D: Doesn't drink too bad and the 8.5% is hidden nicely.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

River Horse- Hop-A-Lot-Amus

On tap at the Flying Pig- Malvern

A- Hazy reddish orange with a thick white foam head. Good messy lacing.
S- Sweet thick caramle malt, dried fruits, pine hops.
T- Thick heavy sweet caramel malt with even sweeter pineapple and pine hops. Slight touch of alc.
M- Very sweet sugary creamy malt with a sweet hop finish.

Overall- Very good, more malt then hops though.

Photo of jmz62565
3.06/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy orange amber color with a giant tan frothy head. Great lacing that lasts forever make this a very nice looking beer. The smell is pungent with bread yeast and citrus hops being strong. The taste has a very bitter hop harshness to it with some bread yeast and alcohol. The m/f is medium with flavors not mixing all that well. This is a beer that I think could use some cellaring.

Photo of nbbd
3.69/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: Like the cloudy chestnut color. Looks fairly effervescent.

s: Grapefruit, dried grassy aromas... Hopped for sure!

t; First sip, Sweet. Surprised me a bit, Very front of the tongue sugar/raw sugar quality- fades to a quick berry then woody - not oaky but something - before the bitter grapefruit rind gets to the back to the tongue

m: The sips rides the tongue similar to the way the taste does. Nice carbonation balanced with the astingincy of the hops and alcohol

I want another! But do not feel this beer with serve well with dinner. Id like to try it with a stilton- I see the creaminess going well with the mouth feel..

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent drinkable DIPA, leafy resiny hops. A melange of hops, but enjoyable as a pint. Some hoppy aroma. Not as bitter as rated, decent colour in body with some foamy head.Average for style, neither offensive nor extraordinarily tasty.Malty sweetness kees it drinkable.

Photo of mikey711
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahhh New Jersey beer...

A: a murky amber, with ok lacing, very cloudy.

S: Some earthy and pine notes. Not much in terms of citrus. Would have like a more pungent aroma.

T: Mild Citrus and pine notes. I would have liked a bit more sweetness to balance it out. It seemed a bit water.

M: Slightly creamy not much acidity or booziness.

D: Very drinkable, no problem putting back quite a few of these.

Photo of sjones5045
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown and hazy. I guess what you'd expect from an unfiltered beer but not really a beer that looks like a smooth DIPA. There really isn't a strong hop smell that comes with the class. A bit disappointed in the look and smell of this and my expect ions aren't high. The taste is OK but nothing memorable. Pretty plain taste and it comes close to over the top bitter hop aftertaste. I would not seek this out again.

Photo of Kegatron
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep hazy copper, with 2-3 fingers of very foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with a rigid 1/4 finger of rich froth that slathers the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma has a deep earthy tang, that is full of herbal accents and sweet fruits, along with a very spicy smelling edge to it that gives this some sharpness in the nose. Backing malts have a stiff graininess to them.

The taste majorly bitter and spicy, to much so in fact, with citrus rings and (to a lesser extent) pine spreading across the back of the throat. Tropical fruits, toasted grainy sweetness, and some darker earthy character try to soften some of the intensity from the hops but the drying bitterness of this just gets to be too much. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess and slick feel but some sharpness from the heavy hops spices definitely adds a intermingling prickle to this as well. For an 8.5% beer, the alcohol isn't out of control or anything but there is just enough to help intensify that bitterness to the point where it hinders the drinkibility.

Wow, this ended up just being one disappointing hot mess of a DIPA. If unbalanced out-of-control spice and bitterness are your thing then I say go for it but I personally didn't even want to finish the bottle. Just not my thing.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Dark hazy golden orange color with a off white head about an inch high. Nice lacing going on here as well.

S- I'm not exactly sure what I am getting more of here. The malty caramel scent or the hop. Either way, the smell is enticing and is making my mouth water.

T- The hops hit my tongue initially, but nothing overwhelming. Following the hops, the caramel sweet and toffee taste really kicks in. This was a malt lovers DIPA.

M- Thick bodied. Creamy and very slick.

D- Easy drinking DIPA. I enjoyed this one. River Horse stepped up their game. Only wish the hops were the star of the beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours opaque cloudy reddish brown. Little foam. Clear top.

Strong pine smell. Some citrus.

Firm hop taste. Bitter start to finish with strong aftertaste. Some malt.

Firm carbonation in the mouthfeel, all wrapped around the hops.

Tough drinker, good taste though. Enjoy and move to something easier.

Photo of nimrod979
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Didn't feel like getting too fancy.

Appearance: Poured a murky opaque copper with a two finger light tan head. Retention holds up quite well and there there's a lot of sticky lacing all over. Definitely unfiltered.

Aroma: Nice big grapefruit citrus. Some pine/resin oil and caramel malts

Taste: Starts with that grapefruit citrusy hop, some hemp oil earthiness and a fairly prevalent caramel malty sweetness. It actually kind of reminds me of an English IPA with the flavor profile I'm getting. Just everything turned up a notch.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. A little oily but chewy mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Plenty of sweetness throughout with a decent bitter finish.

Nothing groundbreaking per the style but a decent enough beer.

Photo of tjd112
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Flying Fish Pint Glass; a white finger head on a hazy brown body. Smells heavily of apricots, and tastes like caramel at first with a hop finish, although some fruity notes are detected within. Smooth with a dry finish, mouthfeel medium to heavy, and this is suprisingly drinkable for a strong IPA

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber/copper color with about a 1half finger head which seems to retain and stick well. Lots of floral hops on the nose. Medium to big body with lots of carbonation and graininess. Hops are the star of this show, very subtle malt sweetness up front but not much. The hops taste is nice but there isn't much else going on. Some herbal spiciness is also present. Bitterness is high for those that are into that type of thing. It builds slightly but not as bad as others I've had. Didn't live up to my expectations.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a deep rustic orange with a 1 finger creamy bone white head that was mostly lasting leveling to a smooth patchy covering for the remainder of the drink. To call this beer unfiltered would be a severe understatement. The clarity was murky with very little light coming thru. The lacing was slight but the intense murky unfiltered nature made up for this short coming.

S: The nose was wet caramelized grains adding sweetness while an earthy fresh cut woodsy aroma offers subtle tones along with wet pine. Light dried caramel toast and light flowery hops closes things out. Overall liked the aroma, definitely something different from the citrusy overload of hops but came in a little underpowered for a 2x ipa in my opinion.

T: The bitterness comes through with dark toasted caramel grains with a wallop of citrus. Fresh grapefruit and lemon peel add a strong hop flavor that starts juicy and wet before quickly turning dry. The flavor seems a bit thin body and flavor wise (later I would find out this had a pilsner backbone) which brings out the hoppy nature, but does little in the way of offering fullness. The beer finishes with a nice dryness of grapefruit that sticks around. Overall enough dry citrus hops to justify a 2x label but the malting while different didn't offer any balance.

M: creamy but very light with little feel to it. A nice light creamy caramel but the thin pilsner malting hinders fullness. A light residual coating of malt and grapefruit covers the tongue saving this from perhaps an average showing.

D: Decent drinkability and decent enjoyment. Will smack the taste buds around a bit with a numbing citrus worthy of double ipa standards but the malting suffers here balance wise. Still worth a look the price of a 4-pack.

Photo of bgjohnston
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazy copper color with a tan head that stays with you for at least the first couple of sips, then sticking to the glass. Light but steady carbonation.

Smell is the kind of DIPA smell that I like: fragrant grapefruit with a hint of pine resin. And the taste gives more of the same. I know there is some malt in there, keeping the bitter edge muted until the very end, but it ultimately gives up, finishing with a final bitter knock-out punch.

The mouth feel is full, but not overwhelming. If I were 20 years younger, I would have pounded 3 of them by now, so I give it high marks for drinkability, although you really should watch yourself. 8.5% ABV is a very dangerous zone for drinkability.

I wasn't sure what to think about this new beer (to me) from New Jersey, of all places. Having lived there for a while, I had never heard of this beer or brewery, and now really wish I had.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. 8.5% ABV, no date, "Unfiltered Double India Pale Ale" Awesome bottle design!

Thanks a lot to NeroFiddled for this-here bottle!

A - I'm glad the bottle reads "Unfiltered" because it pours a completely murky brown-orange color. No light gets through it. The three-finger tan head rises fast and refuses to settle! Minutes go by before it begins lowering. The dense bubbles cling to the glass with all their might though, leaving few open areas to see though.

S - Huge amounts of hops pour out of the bottle as soon as the cap is cracked and even more when it's poured! It's very well-balanced between a submissive, rich malty sweetness and the strong grapefruit citrus hop-bomb that this is. While the aroma is potent and dominating, it's a bit one-dimensional. Beefy and strong without a whole lot of nuances. Great though!

T - Talk about a hop-slap in the face by a fat hippo! The hops are immediately crisp and full of pine with a hearty grapefruit zing to 'em. A bit head-twitching if you aren't expecting it. The malts aren't tasted as much as they are felt in the background just holding everything together nicely with a mild sweetness. Like the aroma, while the flavor is undoubtedly good, it's a bit on the one-dimensional side. Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Little nuances to be pulled from within.

M - Full-bodied and round with a good balance, it's crisp and really dry to the finish with one hell of a kick. A citrus-hop bitterness that'll knock your socks loose.

D - I already want more River Horse beers. This is very good and a good drinkable DIPA as well. Lacking a bit of depth but still successful nonetheless. Definitely a punch of hops to the face on this one.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

burnt orange amber. A nice about one inch head graced the top from the very beginning, this slowly faded to reveal just a film across the top. No significant side glass lacing on this one. Decent carbonation could be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. Nice overall look.

Lots of piney citrus likes hops dominated the aroma. But the story was much more complex then that. Lots of balance was present as well. Some good earthy grains and sugar were also present and well represented. Nice balanced smell nothign really blowing you down in either direction. Super smooth with a delicate underlying malt layer. Lots of sweet orange peel and sugar, a hint of some grapefruit. Very nice fresh cut grass flavor as well. Alot more complex then your typical hop bomb. Very well crafted.

Super smooth again, Decent carbonation led to a good mouthfeel. Nothing slick or oily. Nothing watered down either. A good ole fashioned nice sipper

Photo of HeroicDoses
2.08/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'd equate Hop-A-Lotamus to the moment in the movie Slap Shot when the second the puck is dropped to start a game, a massive brawl erupts. "Too much...too soon." I believe is the line at that point, and this beer is the same thing. Just too many f'ing hops for my taste. One is great, but by the end of it it becomes obnoxious. Completely overpowering and uber-sticky. If that's your thing, then this is your holy grail. If it's not (or even slightly not), this is like drinking hop flavored cement. There is no balance or smooth finish with this beer, it's as advertised, an f'ing ton of hops.

Photo of Amalak
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It had a bronze color to it with good sediment and an excellent head and lace. Has a caramel, citrusy taste.

It has a very smooth hoppy flavor. The caramel comes through in the taste. There's a nice citrusy, hoppiness to it as well. I really enjoy this IPA.

Photo of metter98
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation with small particles visible floating in suspension. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away and left thick lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of citrus hops along with some notes of pine resin in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of grapefruit from the hops. There are some hints of malty sweetness in the initial taste, but these are quickly replaced by a strong amount of bitterness that persists through the finish and aftertaste. There are also some hints of alcohol.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There are some hints of heat from the alcohol in the finish, which is also quite dry.
O: I’m not sure if I could drink more than one of these in an evening because the taste is dominated by the hops and is very bitter.

Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass, it's almost totally opaque at the deepest parts! Color ranging from burnt sienna in the center to light golden amber at the sides. The head was quite billowy and has a golden-cream color. Lacing is completely coating the sides of the glass.

S: Strong pine and citrus hops up front with a sweet malt back. Scents of sweet apples and citrus fruit.

T: Sweet malts and grapefruit hops; a very balanced taste for an imperial. Lingering pine resin dryness in the finish.

M: Great mouthfeel, perfectly carbonated and medium bodied. The feel itself ranges from bitter and dry, to butter and sweet.

O: For an NJ brewery, this beer is top notch, especially with its unfiltered presentation. The flavor profile is a little one dimensional but it's still very enjoyable. I'll definitely be returning to this one soon.

Photo of rawhydes1
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber color, with average head and retention.

Smells of pine, with very pine, resiny, oily mouthfeel.

Due to it's oily viscosity, not the most drinkable beer.

This beer did not impress me at first, but I will say, however, that the second beer did grow on me a bit.

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Hop-a-lot-amus from River Horse Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 386 ratings.