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

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362 Ratings
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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 25 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: AltBock on 12-03-2008)
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Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beautiful apricot/orange/amber It wasn't the best color with a creamy head. Didn't get a lot of sediment like others have reported, but was plenty cloudy.

S - Citrus, a little pine, and malt pretty much sums it up.

T - , Very malty and very hoppy. Nice balance, but not a lot of depth either. A touch of orange perhaps. If I sound underwhelmed, I wasn't really. I actually enjoyed Hop-a-lo... pretty well.

M - starts off with a sweet malty flavor then very quickly drops a hop bomb in your most which finishes long and dry.

O -Overall I liked Hop-a-lot...a lot. It's 8.5% ABV was nice and buzzy, but it wasn't boozy at all. Enjoyed the hop overload and the mellow sweetness of the malt. Three thumbs up! (I got a lot of thumbs)

BurpingtonDC, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

metter98, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a pint glass.
The beer pours a clean and clear copper hue with creamy eggshell white head foaming up and fading gradually to a sturdy thin yet dense surface layer. Aroma is herbal and floral hops, there is a little bit of pine sap to finish out the hop character. Some grainy biscuit malt background scent to give a bit of balance. the nose isnt overwhelming coming from the glass but is complex and appealing scent.
First sip reveals an average body and creamy textured brew with fine tingly carbonation that fizzes throughout the sampling.
Some stickyness resides on my lips after each sip.
Flavor is some sweet biscuit but then rolls to sappy hops with some general astringency on the finish. The hop bite lingers a bit after each sip and feels fairly resiny throughout.
The beer has no real hint of the ABV and is well crafted. I wasnt expecting the sticky hops that I found from the nose, but they are certainly present in the brew.
A pretty good double IPA.

sulldaddy, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange and murky-cloudy, one finger head had a little staying power and left ok lacing.

Smells of hops, biscuit and caramel malts, just a touch sweet.

The taste is a bit more pungently malty, with sweet caramel malts dominating, biscuit following, with a toasty character, hoppiness is plentiful as well, although not typical of a DIPA. It's a tasty beer tho, enjoyable despite being different than I expected.

Body is medium and pretty well carbonated, bittersweet aftertaste, well hidden alcohol.

Overall it's interesting tho not outstanding.

AlCaponeJunior, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Founders Snifter. Pretty sure my Darkness snifter is getting jealous.

Got this as a random from Groove. I think he emptied out his fridge and sent me all his bunk juice. It's a tick nontheless.

Pours an apricot/burnt honey color. Thick pillowy finger of off white head. Two dark brown spots lay in there like lonely islands. The bottle sediment from being unfiltered. Lacing is rather prominent and cemented to my glass.

Lots of sweet in the nose. Citrus, malt. I even get a little sugar cookie in there.

Jesus. That is a mouthful of weird. Biting hops that immediately cuts to dry. The malt and biscuit try to come through but can't. Thank the lord. This is pretty awful. A dry flavorless dipa.

Thanks for the tick, but keep the bunk in your own fridge

TheDudeRules, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of JAXSON
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 rate.

Multiple drafts at Flannigan’s Boathouse. Clear dark orange color, small soapy head. Brisk, vibrant aroma bursting with pine needles and orange peel. More orange sweetness in the mix than most IPAs. Really delicious hop presence and candi sugar, this one is awesome. I’m probably under-rating it at this point.

JAXSON, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of farrago
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Three fingers of orange-tinged tan dense foam, mottled surface but no real dimpling, very good retention, curiously most of the lacing slides off, the wisps left pretty much dry where they are. They say unfiltered and they mean it, dense with floaties, brownish amber red in hue, mild softening to orange at the glass bottom. Sweetly hoppy nose emphasizing pink grapefruit, lime, tangerine citrus, pine resin, floral sap and semi-tropical pineapple, nectarine, mango, peach fruit, noticeable cocoa aspect, pinch of pepper, not that herbal, overall stays on the soft side. Close to full-bodied, here the bitter grassiness comes back with a vengeance, easily pushes back the grapefruit, orange citrus a notch or two as well as tarts up the pine element, the flowers pushed even further towards the rear. Conversely, you do get some chocolate, cocoa and caramel to sweeten the pot. Leaves your throat tingling at the end, some burn. Lots of intense flavor but in need of tighter synthesis.

farrago, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up from the brewery tasting room, poured chilled into a tulip, shared with octopus87.

The color is a dark golden bordering on bronze, amber hues are apparent when held to the light. The cap is cream color and measures about 1 inch from a vigorous pour, the bead is various sizes depending where you look, lace clings ok. The smell is very malty with a mild vinous yeast estrer, maybe some malt citrus in the background, but it almost smells biscuity. The feel is malty and slightly sweet at first and immediately switches gears midway through and becomes bitter and slightly astringent with a mild alcohol accompaniement. There is a slight ripple of sweetness after the sharp acidic bite recedes.

The flavor is decent with a slight grassy and mild malty flavor, the flavor of the malt is almost bready and toasted combined with the yeast since this is an unlfiltered ale. The hops are doing exactly what I dislike seeing in this type of beer - providing strictly bitterness without any real hop FLAVOR. I did find the beer to be disjointed and malty one minute and ratcheted up to very bitter the next. Overall I find this is better than many of this style, so I can't really slam it, but it doesn't seem very well composed and lacks the thing you expect from an Imperial IPA -hop aroma and flavor. I would say get this if there isn't anything better around

Slatetank, Jul 21, 2011
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

mikesgroove, Jul 18, 2011
Photo of DaveHack
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz into my Ithaca Tulip.

A- Very hazy copper color. Lots of little carbonation bubbles rushing to the surface. Small head, little lacing.

S- The smell is not as strong as I hope for in a DIPA. Smells an earthy pine.

T- Taste is a palate bomb. Some IPAs are smooth, dare I say creamy-ish...this one is not. That isn't a bad thing, just different. Kind of how I felt about Ruination.

M- You can really 'feel' the carbonation. The beer itself isn't light or thin, but all that carbonation lifts it a bit.

O- This is a good beer. As I said before, it is a little harsh. I prefer a smoother more balanced beer, but this is still a very good brew.

Pick it up if you can!

DaveHack, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a light haze to it, the color was a golden copper. The head was big and foamy until it settled into just a thin film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer has a great smell of an IPA, very floral and citrusy, plenty of pine aromas and other tropical fruits. The taste of the beer gives off a healthy amount of hop bitterness on the tongue. The mouthfeel has a tingling sensation on the sides and back of your mouth that feels like you swallowed pine needles or something. This beer overall is really good. Definitely one of my favorites from River Horse.

Knapp85, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of renegadeburger
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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

renegadeburger, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of bbeane
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Poured into an oversized snifter... starts with a quick fluff of head, mostly concentrated in the center of the glass, that disappears quickly. Beer is amber in color with a fair amount of sediment in it

S- Nice hoppy aroma with an equally malty sweetness

T- Ok, let me start by saying that this one has been in the fridge for a bit, so unfortunately its not as fresh as it should be. Starts with a nice grapefruit hop taste some sweet malt coming through mid swig. Finishes dry, but a bit abrubtly... the hoppy bite doesn't linger in your mouth

M- Medium body with medium carbonation

0- It was pretty good despite not being as fresh as it could have been

CHEERS!!

bbeane, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of ReelBigwigFish
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

ReelBigwigFish, Jun 13, 2011
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry pine hops. In the taste, pine hops and a gritty dry yeast like taste. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry pine hop in the aftertaste. Big hops and some dry yeast, but a bit gritty, but nice nonetheless.

OWSLEY069, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of stellashay
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy, amber colored with plenty of sediment evident (since it is an unfiltered IPA). About a one inch head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S: sweeter than I would have expected this type of beer to smell, and definitely a sweeter scent than your typical IPA.

T: As the beer first rolls over your tongue it tastes seriously malty and slightly sweet, but finishes with a bitter taste that seems to coat the tongue and leaves you wanting to try that whole sip thing again.

M: Thick in consistency but not syrupy. Light, but enough, carbonation.

stellashay, May 31, 2011
Photo of mttaylor1066
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Belgian goblet.

A - Apricot colored, hazy with a lot of fine bubbles. A white head that melted quickly.

S - Yes, it has hops. But not as overpowering as some Double IPAs I've had.

T - Warm, due to the alcohol content. tangy hop acidity with a light malt backing. Some orangey-grapefruit blend of flavors.

M - Nice and not too heavy. The hops help keep it light on the tongue.

Overall, a good beer that can hold its own with IPAs. I'd say it is above avergae for most american-made IPAs.

mttaylor1066, May 20, 2011
Photo of treehouse
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nose - stank....malt..cheesy...a lot of farm up in this bizzle...

mouth...lively hops rounded well with the horseblanket...the tang stays in the cheeks, back in the throat...

a loooong ...long hop and stank in the mouth...

glad to have tasted, thank you amdy and thank you bbeane

treehouse, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of malloyca
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber color with nice lacing on the glass. This has grapefruit and orange aromas, as well as a very sweet malt component. There is plenty of astringent hop flavor here, but some of the bitterness also seems to come from roasted malt, rather than just the citrus hop flavors. There is also a pleasant caramel sweetness that balances the bitterness. It is creamy, thick and medium to full bodied.

malloyca, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa last week because it was so long since I had a beer from River Horse. I've had a lot of IPA's but this was one of the few available here that I hadn't tried yet. There wasn't much to this beer that made it stand out from the others that I've tried and in the end, this is pretty much as typical as it gets for the style.

This had a decent pour to it with a nice apricot hue and a frothy head that didn't quickly dissipate. The aroma was alright but thankfully, the taste had more to it with a good metallic base and a dry-hopped aftertaste. There was some lacing to this but this had a somewhat heavy mouthfeel and waasn't a beer that I would savor highly or down for the taste.

Thankfully, the alcohol wasn't detectable in this and it had a moderately nice warming effect to it. I tend to like my IPA's to have more of a citrus and pine taste to it. I know this isn't from California and therefore, isn't a hop bomb like my beloved beers from there. This is decent for someone new to the style but for hopheads, this will probably come across as too subtle and plain to be fully appreciated.

JerzDevl2000, Mar 27, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A cloudy golden brown with some tinges of orange in the light. The head faded but was nice white and stuck to the glass.
S - Very herbal nose on this beer with distinct citrus that comes in on the end. Good bitter hop notes that are balanced by a slight roasted caramel. I could also detect some rustic earthy notes.
T & M & D - There is some malted fruit sweetness mixed with airy floral notes. This is a somewhat bready bear that finishes dry with some hoppy bitterness on the back end. Decently carbinated and medium bodied with only a slight warming sensation on the back end from the alchohol.

-Cheers

CuttDeez, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dense fold with a fluffy white cap that slowly fades. Tons of scattered lacing is left arond the glass.
Smell is of English Ringwood yeast with the signature buttery aroma. Some notes of herbs and citrus creep to the top along with birch bark.
Taste is biscuity, fruity, with nots of caramel, citrus and herbs.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, bitter yet sweet, buttery, and semi dry.

weeare138, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: brown with an orangish hue and 2 finger white head

smell: hops, citrus, sweet malts,

taste: citrus hops, with a bitter finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, crisp,

drinkability: not a bad double ipa. could be alittle more balanced.

Cheers,

The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of ism
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy gold with a 2-finger taupe head. Excellent retention with artful rings all the way down.

Nose has a distinct tartness to it, creating a bright but deep fruit character, with a subtle earthiness and pine note to balance it.

Good carbonation, grapefruit and orange zest on top of caramel, some bread graininess that lends to dryness. Dry finish with pine, a nice lingering as pleasing as the initial sip. Balanced but not terribly intriguing.

Medium mouthfeel and slightly acerbic character, and alcohol is hidden well. A meal unto itself.

ism, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark yellow/light-orange with fluffy white head that lasts at least a few minutes,leaving a nice thick trace of solid lacing.

Nice caramel malty sweetness which is then interrupted by some hoppy bitterness. Good hoppiness, but not as much as there should be for a DIPA.

Medium body, hides the 8.5% very well, well carbonated, making this too easy to drink more than a few of.

Well done. While it could be hoppier, it is well-balanced and makes an excellent liquid meal.

happy4hoppybeer, Jan 22, 2011
Hop-a-lot-amus from River Horse Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.