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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 samie85
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/24.

A-Pours a reddish amber with a white, two finger head.

S-Piney, citrus(grapefruit and orange), and spicy hop aromas. Caramel malt is also present.

T-Piney, bitter hops with a caramel base and a bitter, grapefruit finish.

M-Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth for an IPA.

D-Very easy drinking Double IPA, would try again if I could get it regularly.

samie85, Jan 02, 2010
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%

Reviewed on 10/11/2009. Growler from Big Z Beverage. Pours a deep hazy orange/brown with a small white head. Aroma of caramel malt, floral hops, and a touch of citrus. Flavor is largely malty with some bitter hops in the finish. Pretty decent IIPA, although a little lacking in the citrus department.

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of aglose45
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%

A: Pours a hazy, ruby/golden brown color, with an ivory colored head.

S: Smells of sweet fruity esters and maltyness.

T: Minimal amount of cirrus hop flavor and too much sweet malt. While there is a limited amount of hop flavor, there is however some hop bitterness. Fruity esters also play a role in the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, minimal amount of hop resin, and good carbonation.

D: Ehh. Not bad, not good..it's average...

aglose45, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of tjd112
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

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

tjd112, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of ScarletLady
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%

On tap
A - hazy apricot. liked the fact that it was partially filtered. Poured with a great head, the kind that looks like you could sculpt something. Lots of lacing
S - definite hop nose but not super strong
T - slightly sweet at first with a good firm, slightly bitter hop finish. dry on the end
m - just the right amount of carbonation
D - definitely a keeper with a nice hop balance. Can definitely drink more than one in a sitting

ScarletLady, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.96/5  rDev +10%

Part of the river horse mixed 12 pack (3/4 high ABV beers) for only $14.99.. pretty good deal. Pours a nice cloudy copper color with a huge head to it. Smell is brimming with hops. Taste has a nice mouthfeel and smacks you right in the palette with nice bitterness. A little unbalanced, could use a bit more of a backbone but still damn delicious. Nice high ABV beer and a pretty solid DIPA... check it out if you can.. not to mention it's a great name for a beer.

oriolesfan4, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of jeffthecheff
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%

Thanks steve for the bottle. No freshness date.

Like the bottle says, this is certainly unfiltered. It has a reddish copper color that is completely opaque. The head is white and forms with good lacing.

The aroma reminded me of a barleywine. There is a good amount of malts in the nose that creates a sweet, candy like aroma with a good amount of yeasty fruitiness. The hops fight through and are detectable in the nose, but its not as hoppy as your typical DIPA. There is a good amount of pine. I like the aroma, but it doesn't fit the profile of a DIPA.

The flavor is very sweet, very bitter, and has an intense finish of alcohol and strong bitterness. Some dark caramel malts are in this beer that provide the dark sweetness. The hop flavor is kind of confusing because it battles so much with the huge bite of bitter and sweet. This is an intense ale, and reminds me more of a decent tasting barleywine than a DIPA.

The body on this beer could be a little drier, even if they were going for the so called "balanced DIPA." You can feel the bitterness before you even swallow, and once you do, its all you remember in both the flavor and the mouthfeel. I would keep away from this if your looking for a hoppy DIPA. Even if I graded this as a barleywine, its still not all that great. I really don't want to finish this glass....

jeffthecheff, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of deereless
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

A: A golden brown color, slightly opaque, a thin layer of thick spotty head that seems to stick around, no obvious sediment in the original pour but significant amounts are visible on the bottom of the bottle - 4.25, S: Solid hop aroma, piney and citrusy - 3.50, T: Thick flavors of bitter hops and a layer of sweet malts, hops are predominantly piney, borders on a very hoppy barley wine, quite sticky and resiny - 4.00, M: Thick mouth feel - 4.25, D: An enjoyable and drinkable beer - 3.50

deereless, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of RonfromJersey
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Very hazy red-orange body, topped by four fingers of just-off-white rocky foam.

Nice inviting aroma of citrus, heavy on the orange.

Thick malty base beginning. Quickly followed by a burst of exploding juicy fruits everywhere. Mix of bitter and sweet in the aftertaste.

Somewhat sloppy mouthfeel. Solid drinkability. Invites revisiting.

The recreation of River Horse continues, with a solid winner here.

RonfromJersey, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

Purchased at Abe's in Bethlehem and poured into my nonic Imperial pint glass. Appears a hazed apricot color with a good two fingers of fluffy light rust colored foam. A decent lace is left on the inside of my glass with each sip. Huge floral and perfume notes, followed by oranges, tangerines, citrus oils, red grapefruit juice and peel, bitter and sweet, alcohol heat. Body is a bit thin with decent carbonation levels and a slick, slightly boozy finish.

ClockworkOrange, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%

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.

BeerFMAndy, Oct 29, 2009
Photo of Gavage
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance: cloudy amber in color with a one finger head that falls quickly to a thick surface foam.

Smell: caramel and bread are most noticeable with some softer citrus tones.

Taste: bready caramel with some green grapes, grass, tart grapefruit, and a big bitterness. Alcohol is noticeable too.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, crisp and a bit dry late. Very long aftertaste as the bitterness and citrus ride the tongue for a while.

Drinkability: this is a big flavored beer that is a slow sipper. Nice offering here.

Gavage, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured a ruby red amber body with good head and lace along with a textbook smell of citric hops and malty sweetness. Great citric hoppy bitterness mixed with fruit tastes like grapefruit and a caramel malt sweetness all tucked in a medium body that passes over smooth and finishes dry. A graet DIPA that mixes boatloads of hops with sweet malts for an easy to drink yet very full brew.

clayrock81, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of bgjohnston
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%

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.

bgjohnston, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of Lothore
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%

A- Pours a nice orangey hue with a 2 finger, frothy, eggshell head that leaves lots of lacing as it dissipates.

S- A bouquet of citrus, wheaty grains, grapefruit.

T- Bready with a huge wave of grapefruit that overtakes the palate and finishes pretty bitter.

M- Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Definitely an underrated beer in my opinion. This is exactly the direction I love my DIPAs to go, lots of grapefruit hops, bitter finish, malt doesn't come to the front end at all.

Lothore, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of thain709
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

A - Poured an orange body with some darker highlights around the edges...a small, white fluffy head disappeared quickly...but left some lacing

S - A very nice hop boutique...grapefruit, pine, and then more citrus fill the aroma...a very hop dominated nose

T - The flavor is the same as the nose in the sense that it is hop dominated...but don't be fulled because there is an impressive amount of sweet malts so this doesn't become overly bitter...the hops are there from beginning to end...they start out with the grapefruit flavors...and finish with a combo of pine and citrus making for a great bittersweet finish...the malts really shine in the middle present a caramel flavor...the alcohol is well hidden

M - Medium bodied...great finish that makes you come back for more...no alcohol

D - This was my first offering from River Horse and I'm very impressed with this DIPA...a great nose with a taste that is pretty balanced...the 8.5 ABV is well hidden but I would still take it into consideration...I would have this again!

thain709, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of CHickman
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%

Pours cloudy amber orange color with a 1/2 inch creamy tan head; smells of hops and orange peel.

Tastes of sweet floral hops, grapefruit, malt, pine, a hint of spice and a touch of cinnamon or some other flavor which I couldn't pin down. It tails off crisp and bitter with light carbonation and a little resin. A very balanced and enjoyable beer that has a nice hop flavor throughout, along with a nice taste of grapefruit up front which makes it overall very enjoyable. The ABV was not a factor as the sweet hop taste dominates the palate.

A very good beer which I recommend as I could drink this beer all night! For a DIPA with 8.5% ABV, this went down smooth and easy.

CHickman, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of indiapaleale
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%

Pour - Hop-a-lot-amus pours a hazy, orangish amber color with a fluffy head that quickly fades and sinks back into the mire from which it came.

Aroma - Pine, citrus, sweet oranges, hops, hops and more hops. Smells like a potent hop cocktail.

Taste - Wow. This is the real deal. Super piney, citrusy, resiny and oh so hoppy. It numbs the tongue and tingles the teeth. All of the great flavors of an intensely hoppy IPA are there. One sip deserves another and another. Its made me warm and my hop sensors have overloaded. Thankfully there is enough sweet maltiness to tame this Hop-a-lot-amus and make sure it has an even temperament. We wouldn't it to become angry!

Overall - Seriously hoppy and seriously unfiltered, love it. Very drinkable and well balanced. I've tangled with the Hop-a-lot-amus and I am happy to say we are now friends.

Would I buy more of it? Of course. Its big, its hoppy and its delicious. It comes in a convenient four-pack as well.

indiapaleale, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of pwoods
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%

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.

pwoods, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is orangish and slightly hazey. Large soapy, white head with lots of large bubbles fill the top of the glass leaving lacing as it falls away. Medium to low carbonation, average sized bubbles passing through the beer. Smell is not impressive. You can pick up hints of alcohol and some hop character. The malt is also present in the smell, its just not what I expect from an imperial IPA, its not bad, just not that impressive.
Smooth tasting, most of the bitterness is late in the mouth, almost an aftertaste but not quite. High malt, this is what a DIPA should taste like. It is very impressive and balanced. The bitterness and complexity of the hop character does an adequate job masking the almost 9% ABV. The second taste, milder, less of an aftertaste. This is probably one of the most drinkable and balance DIPA I've ever had. Very interesting. Check it out. This is the first beer I've had from River Horse, I'll keep my eye out for them in the area. Cheers!

drabmuh, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Daniellobo
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

Nicely crafted DIPA. A solid brew for the style.

Presentation: 12 oz bottle. Whimsical and cartoonish design around a hippopotamus and hops drawing. One liner on the front with brief narrative on the back noting the intent of the brew. Does not display date of bottling or freshness, does not show IBUs, and displays Alc. by Vol (8,5%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Medium amber with a hazy orange hue, large and a touch lumpy foamy head. Nice lacing as it disappears and goes down to a thin lumpy layer.

S - Hoppy pine over a sweet malt feeling, a bit of an orange peel feel and tied to nice sticky hops.

T - Nice hoppy taste with a reliable malt backbone and a nice bitter bite that comes a bit earlier and fades to a softly malt end.

M - Medium body with a thick/oily touch to it that ends on a gentle note.

D - This is quite drinkable. A good example for the style without too many complexities but rather well rounded.

Notes: This is a great shot at a DIPA in particular if like some say this is the first try from this brewery at the style (although I´m not sure that is the case). Be as it may this is a nicely crafted DIPA and I sure hope they keep on doing it in coming years. It has a strange backpedal rhythm but I like it. I mean, I feel it starts with the complexities of a DIPA, and doing a good job a that, but sometimes feels that it ends in a soft, smooth note. Luckily never reaching a weak tone. Good DIPA.

Daniellobo, Sep 29, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%

Thanks to seanpachefddfa for this wonderful extra!

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beautiful orange amber color that is very hazy, I assume this is unfiltered. Pour produces a large light tan head with great retention and great lacing. Really great look.

The nose is very strong on the grapefruit notes. I swear it smells like someone squeezed a grapefruit right into my glass. Despite the strong grapefruit hop notes, I can detect the malt backbone. This is absolutely beautiful and I'm enjoying just smelling this bad boy.

The taste starts out with a nice balance between the earthy bitterness and the malt backbone. As the battle ensues, the bitterness wins out and there is a big earthy and piney bitter taste. The malt backbone seems almost as if it is lightly toasted, but thats just a guess. Finishes slightly dry and bitter. I'm a little disappointed in the taste department after that whale of a nose.

The mouthfeel is medium body with a large bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is not detectable at all. Possibly slightly over-carbonated, but thats just nit-picking.

Drinkability is ok, nothing special. I wish the taste was more like the nose in that the citrus and floral hops would be more forward. Still, this is a very drinkable very bitter beer.

Overall, a solid offering from a brewery I know nothing about. I'm pretty impressed and wouldn't mind having this again.

Mistofminn, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of Risser09
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a hazy garnet/orange with a 2" tall ivory head. It looks very foamy, but also has large bubbles sitting on its surface in the middle. Great retention and some spotty lace.

Smell: Delicious aromas of sweet grapefruit, spring blossoms and some bitter pine underneath. Sweet pale malts and a tad bit of cereal.

TasteL Bountiful bitterness of grapefruit and lemon, with some grassy fresh tones as well. Sweet pale malt balances the beer as best it can. I believe this beer tastes as good as any of the other great DIPAs out there.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, bitter, fresh, hoppy and an alcohol burn for the finish. Plenty of active carbonation.

Drinkability: Awesome. This beer is comparable to any great DIPA, and I could drink quite a few of them since the abv is only 8.5%. The best beer to come out of New Jersey.

Risser09, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

beerthulhu, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of AgentZero
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%

A - Very nice looking beer. Deep orangish brown color. Cloudy, beautiful three finger head that very slowly dissipated with decent lacing on the sides.

S - Smelled this one as soon as I popped open the bottle. Very nice, sweet grains and malts, some resin, hops come through very nicely on this one.

T - Wow, nothing subtle here. Starts a little sweet and then goes bitter bitter bitter through the rest. Bitterness sticks in the back of my throat on this one and my mouth puckers a little bit.

M - Kind of strange, my tongue almost felt weighted down by this brew somehow. Medium light bodied beer feels heavier by the taste somehow. Carbonation is nicely present.

D - Decently good, but just too bitter for me. Can't do a whole lot of this.

AgentZero, Sep 15, 2009
Hop-a-lot-amus from River Horse Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.