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

Not Rated.

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137 Reviews
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Reviews: 137
Hads: 388
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 22.8%
Wants: 7
Gots: 37 | 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.

No notes at this time.
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Reviews: 137 | Hads: 388
Reviews by jmunsters:
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3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of TTripp725
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Teekay92
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of renegadeburger
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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

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Photo of megamass
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of far333
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of pwoods
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of dcbeers
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of JMS1512
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Varkias41
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of jmz62565
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of nbbd
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
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..

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of whatname
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of mhenson42
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of michaelsandora
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Damian74Shensky
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mikey711
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of Hessian257
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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Hop-a-lot-amus from River Horse Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 137 ratings.