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

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348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.89%
Wants: 6
Gots: 18 | 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 claspada

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is all kinds of citrus. Pretty intense Cascade hop aromas (just guessing). Some bready and caramel malts make an appearance but are not the star.

The hops are definitely the star but unfortunately not in a good way. The beer improves as it warms and is a pretty decent balance of hop bitterness and flavor. Citrus and fruitiness are the other main characteristics of this beer; a plus of this beer is the fact that is does not ruin/dominate your palate and you can finish it an move on w/o needing a pretzel/cracker to clean up a resiny hop mouth. This beer is fairly oily and a bit chalky. Good carbonation. Decent, but average like all the rest of the offerings from Riverhorse.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2010 00:32:30 | More by claspada
Photo of TMoney2591


3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to stevglad and the N00b BIF for this bottle!

And the Leaving Falls Church uber-bender rolls on. This bullet pours a hazy orange amber topped by a finger of slightly off-white foam, which doesn't feel like hanging around too long. The nose finds itself a battleground for domination between sharp grapefruit and lime on the one hand and decidedly sweet caramel on the other. The taste seems to give victory to the caramel, but the fruits remain, forcing at best a Pyrrhic win for the Malties. The body is a solid medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a nearly sticky feel. Overall, a nicely balanced DIPA, one that provides a good amount of flavor without going overboard.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 02:10:57 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of jamesmbirchnyc

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I really like the River Horse brewery. The folks are incredibly nice and the brewery still has a small-shop feel.

That said, Hop-a-lot-amus is bit disappointing. It doesn't have the strong hoppy smell you might expect from a monster IPA and it's hit your tounge with bitterness, it's almost too sweet.

A: Light brown, very little head

S: Sugary, almost skunky smell.

T: For a double, it tastes a bit sweet. Considering the beer is 8.5%, the alcohol is actually somewhat subdued for a heavy beer.

M: Great bubbles. I really like the carbonation.

D: Decent IPA, I expect more from RH though considering how great there oter beers are.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 01:20:00 | More by jamesmbirchnyc
Photo of alexswensen


3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to say this is quite citrusy for a DIPA. Despite the large amount of citrus, there is quite a bit of hops and bitterness as you would expect with a DIPA. The finish is pretty weak though and it doesn't stick with you as some other stronger beers tend to do.

A: A nice dark amber color with a nice fog.

S: Very sweet and fruity with hints of spiciness from my guess is the hops

T: Exceptionally fruity for a DIPA but with some definite hops in there as well.

M: Smooth with a bit of chewiness.

D: Very easy to drink... I would have another if I didnt buy a single.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 00:33:14 | More by alexswensen
Photo of thecarster1


3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

a- bottle poured into a snifter, one finger, bubbly, hazy chesnut coloring.

s- nice hop aroma, fruity, somewhat dry, theres a bit of spice here i can't put my finger on, sweet.

t- sweet, interesting - wonder which hops are in this? fruity, herbal, little kick shows the strength, vanilla? pepper, not the best for a dipa.

m- medium.

d- okay, i wouldn't seek this one out again, mainly just because it had a couple off flavors and wasn't overly hopped for a dipa.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2010 00:18:16 | More by thecarster1
Photo of chefkevlar

South Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a hazy orange/brown with a fluffy light tan colored head.

S: Orange, yeasty, a little sweet and spicy, not as much of a hop nose as I figured

T: Sweeter than I expected at first, with a citrus note. The hop bitterness is present though and stays at the back of your tongue for a while. Overall though with a name like Hop-a-lot-amos I expected more of a hop-forward flavor profile

M: The good amount of carbonation gives this a nice velvety mouthfeel

D: Fairly drinkable because it's not a huge palate destroying hop-bomb

Overall: this is probably not the beer for you if you like super hoppy DIPAs, but it's a solid beer and should be approcable to a lot of people who want to try DIPAs

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 04:26:07 | More by chefkevlar
Photo of mrgrinch

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - A copper yellow with a healthy head and adequate carbonation. Served in a plastic sample cup at the brewery so I cannot comment on the clarity.

Smell - Wonderful flowery smell with a sweet boozy nose.

Taste - Super hoppy, but not as killer as the Hop Hazard.

Mouthfeel - Thick and smooth.

Drinkability - A bit on the high-alcohol side for me, but certainly more drinkable than the Hop Hazard. If you are trying to decide between the two, this one gets my vote.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2010 20:44:54 | More by mrgrinch
Photo of JunkYardJake


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

12oz bottle into tulip glass.
Hazy orange color with a finger of head. Smell is of alcohol and herbal and spicy hops. Interesting. Taste is quite bitter and boozy. Some citrus flavors and some spicy hop flavor. Mouthfeel is fluid and crisp with a dry finish. Overall, an average DIPA. Too bitter and not a whole lot of hop flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2010 02:00:53 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of aahynick


4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

40F in a pilsner glass

A- hazy light copper with a creamy head

S- both spicy and flowery aroma

T- sweet and spicy with rich malt character

M - almost a syrup like thickness felt

D- I was shocked because my Riverhorse experiences have been mediocre at best but this one could make me a IPA fan before long.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 17:37:08 | More by aahynick
Photo of jmz62565


3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2010 20:09:12 | More by jmz62565
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2010 12:24:06 | More by far333
Photo of Naugros

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you didn't bother to read the label, this beer is unfiltered so expect it to be hazy. The color is golden orange with that expected haze. There is not much head to this beer and no lace whatsoever.

From the name I expected quite a bit of esters in the nose, but found an understated tangerine scent. Rarely do I have to agitate the surface of an IPA to get a good whiff, but had to do so here. From that I got a biscuity scent, but just barely.

For a DIPA, the flavor was a little underwhelming. I expected a huge hops punch in the face, but found this to be nicely balanced between the sweet caramel of the malt and the tangerine and bitterness of the hops. Still, the bitterness hangs on a little too long for my taste.

This beer does something that I'm not fond of and that's jumping straight to the back of the throat after only a little play on the tongue. The aftertaste lingers at the back of the palate.

The lingering aftertaste is too much for me to want another one. I am impressed by the hops selection in this beer and the balance is appreciated, but I would enjoy it a lot more if the wash was cleaner.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2010 02:20:40 | More by Naugros
Photo of Amalak

New York

4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Serving type: cask

04-21-2010 23:09:14 | More by Amalak
Photo of Tomdee74


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few times but most recently on tap. It was decent i must say..

A - Pours a great DIPA color. Orangeish/amber light brown color with a good head and pretty good lacing.

S - I smell the floral, fruity hops but not pungent and not overpowering which is what i would prefer.

T - Decent taste to it. Not horrible at all and I wouldn't go crazy seeking this out when there are so many good beers. but this is worthy. i was not disappointed in it.

D - Pretty drinkable. I could easily have a couple of these. I'm happy to try these however i won't be seeking this out as a must have.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 12:41:51 | More by Tomdee74
Photo of berpwillie


4.38/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy orange copper color with a bout a half inch of very fluffy head which stuck around for the length of the beer. the head reminded me of some fluff(marshmallow), with lots of fluffy lace. unlike some of the others that reviewed this beer i really enjoyed. i was set aside by the lack of "other flavors" i liked the fact that the hop flavor basically slapped me in the face. First sip of this beer opened up my sinus, it was extremely hoppy and bitter and very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 11:26:25 | More by berpwillie
Photo of pwoody11


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy golden color with some slick lace action.

The aroma is a little earthy with the up front scent of pine, citrus, hops.

The beer was very bitter. I don't mind bitter as long as there are other flavors complimenting it well, but I'm really having trouble find any taste other than the hops. I'll have to leave it at that. Pine and citrus. Not as balanced as it should be.

I'd only buy this again when introducing a newcomer to craft beer to demonstrate the hop taste and maybe to compare to another DIPA to show how well bitterness can actually be balanced out.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 11:49:10 | More by pwoody11
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy dark golden/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry pale and Carapils malt scent along with a mild bitterness and some light bready notes. The taste is decent as well. It has a solid pale and Carapils malt taste along with a nice citrus hop flavor. It has an aggressive grapefruit bitterness that really dwarfs the malt contribution. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good DIPA. I'm not a huge fan of the hop character and the malt bill isn't too exciting either.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2010 19:03:20 | More by WesWes
Photo of number1bum


3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a chunky, thick light beige head. It's pretty cloudy, and keeps a thin but mostly full lace and some webbing on the sides.

Smell is very malt forward, with a buttery caramel aroma in particular. Hops lend some sweet fruit with a subtle juiciness that is nice, but that's really about it. For a DIPA this is very much lacking in hop aromas.

At first I get a couple of off flavors that are not very enjoyable at all. Has a medicinal sort of fruity sweetness to it, followed by a harsh, bitter, metallic bite that is not very pleasant. Luckily those give way to some juicy, fruity sweetness, still somewhat medicinal but not as bothersome as originally, with some bitter citrus peel and sweet caramel. As it warms the hop bitterness becomes more prominent and very intense. It ends up tasting decent at times, but like the smell I think it's still short in the hop department, and it's definitely rough around the edges and occasionally unpleasant. A bit of a mess.

Mouthfeel is medium-full in body and is pretty creamy, although not terribly smooth owing to the harsh bitterness mentioned earlier. On the bright side the alcohol is pretty well hidden.

Overall I would call this a pretty poor DIPA and not something I could see myself coming back to. It's too malt forward and rough around the edges, and at times it's downright unpleasant. At other times it shows some flashes, with some nice juiciness, but it's still not very good.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 03:57:45 | More by number1bum
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dispenses forth a hazed, light amber body with a sudsy-looking, off-white head.

Smell: Hoppy nose of citrus, gooey pine sap, and dehydrated herbs. Faint tropical fruit hints. Lighter, lesser malt notes of caramel and white bread.

Taste: Light pale maltiness with slender hints of caramel and bread. Touch of crunchy rock candy sweetness. Hops impart a citrus fruitiness, a leafy character, and lightly resinous pine taste. Little squirt of papaya juice. Medium-high bitterness. Finishes bitter, drying, and with a small touch of alcoholic heat at the tail end.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus, smooth body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Though it seems I may be in the minority here, I thought it was actually pretty good. I'd go even a step further and say it's one of the better River Horse brews, but, to be honest, I've had only a very small handful of their available beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 00:59:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of HeroicDoses

New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -43.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2010 01:23:50 | More by HeroicDoses
Photo of irishking1977

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The colour of this one is reminiscent of the inside of a grapefruit. Pinkish/amber/red and clear with a massive head that sticks around leaving a bunch of lacing.

S: Woah. Hops. Holy crap this one has a lot of them I gather just from the smell. It didn't make my eyes water, but it came pretty damn close.

T: The hops in this one used my tongue, and my palate for that matter, as a punching bag. This is one of the hoppier brews I've had. Citrusy and fruity in the background, but those hops completely dominate. I'm sure most beer lovers here in the United States would like this one alot, since many of them really like their hopped up brews. This beer is on hops with steroids. They must have put in a heroic dose of hops in this one. Personally, this is good, but the hops are a bit overwhelming.

M: Extremely oily and a bit chalky. Good carbonation.

D: The human palate supposedly can only detect bitterness, in beer sense, in the range of 100 or so IBU. This one is rated as having an IBU rating of 93. Feels like 193, though I wouldn't really know according to hop experts. This is a good beer, though, and hopheads are sure to like this one regardless of how over the top it is. For someone who is a "middle of the road" hoppy beer drinker such as myself, I'd say this one just might obliterate your palate.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 03:35:17 | More by irishking1977
Photo of beerman207


3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark copper color with a nice tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves good lacing behind

S: I can really smell this very well as the citrus and hop presence are really apparent. Malt is also there.

T: Wow, like a punch in the mouth. It's bitter and then some more bitter and wait - more bitterness. In the finish there's a tad of malt sweetness that tries to come through but the balance here is just off in my opinion. Needs more sweetness.

M: The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth

D: I will finish this one but can't say I'd try to locate another. Good brew but the bitterness makes me pucker each time I take a sip.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 01:26:13 | More by beerman207
Photo of Kegatron


2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 18:11:00 | More by Kegatron
Photo of DmanGTR

New York

2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured hazy burnt orange with a well formed 1" white head that left ample lacing in the tulip. This is an unfiltered beer, hence the haziness. Looks lovely to me! 4.5

S - Huge malt backbone of cereal grains, caramel, and deep fruits. Hops balance well with the malts with tones of passionfruit, pineapple, and a bit of "tropical fruit" smell. Maybe the hops could use a little boost in terms of intensity. 4.0

T - Wow this is bitter. Very bitter. It kind of caught me off guard, as I was expecting a burst of fruity and citrusy hop flavor. Instead all I get is a one-dimensional caramel and bitterness slap in the face. To boot, all flavors die nearly immediately except for bitterness, which lingers like bitter medicine. This is rather off-putting... 2.0

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and prickles the palate. 3.5

D - The taste is really hindering this. 2.0

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 05:20:41 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 00:14:38 | More by DavidSeanNJ
Hop-a-lot-amus from River Horse Brewing Co.
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