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

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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 29 | 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:
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(Beer added by: AltBock on 12-03-2008)
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3.2/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, dark copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Spicy hops with a hint of pine and caramel.

T - Caramel malt up front with some red apple. Pine and sweaty hop flavors come out in the middle and are pushed aside by thick, bready malt as the finish settles in. Lingering fruity yeast and soapy hop bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate bitterness, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Thick, malty and kind of overbearing. The hops are excessively muddy and kind of get lost in the malt. I didn't really care for this one.

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown-orange color and a hazy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma, with traces of malt and pine as well.

T: Tasted of hops, pine, malt, caramel, and a hint of grain. A decent enough flavor, though surprisingly it wasn't as hoppy as most DIPAs out there.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a pretty good, generally well done beer.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%
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.

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3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep copper brew with a little ruby tint, slightly hazy, medium sized head, a lot of lacing.

S - Grapefruit pith on the nose, a bit of caramel malt backbone, a hint of pepper.

T - A bit of caramel malt sweetness and biscuity flavors upfront, as well as grapefruit pith and a touch of white pepper. Aftertaste is lingering peppery flavor with a bit of pithy bitterness with a very, very slight hint of aspirin.

M - A little smooth, a little thick, a little refreshing.

D - Not bad. No trouble drinking it. The flavors don't wow or awe you, but they are pleasant enough. A solid DIPA, even if it isn't great.

Photo of Krakistophales
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light red with almost no head and just a bit of a white halo.

S: A touch of grassy hops, a bit of sweet malts, and some spice character, though it's all pretty mellow.

T: At first, you get a nice shot of grass hop bitterness, with the middle entering just a bit of sweet malts, maybe caramel, and the finish is just another bitter blast, but not in a refreshing or shocking way, rather dull.

O: This one is OK, but I expected more and there are far better IIPA options than this.

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3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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 sulldaddy
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Hop-a-lot-amus from River Horse Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 384 ratings.