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Hipp-O-Lantern - River Horse Brewing Co.

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85
very good

356 Ratings
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Ratings: 356
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 20
Gots: 30 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NJpadreFan on 07-18-2010)
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Reviews by EPseja:
Photo of EPseja
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being an Imperial Pumpkin, this one was served from its 12oz. bottle at cellar temperature in a big brandy snifter.

A - Coppery orange pour with decent activity, but only a thin, filmy head remains after only 30 seconds. Some sediment at the bottom -- be sure to pour it in, as it definitely adds to the overall taste and mouthfeel as it also provides a nice murk to the look. Not much lacing to speak of.

S - Nice, caramel malts accentuated with a modest smattering of Pumpkin Pie spices in good balance so that no one is too overpowering -- cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove are apparent. Some slight notes of pie crust as well.

T - Nicely malty, with an obvious alcohol presence shortly thereafter in the middle. The spices present are subtle, as an accent rather than a showcase. Ginger seems to find its way to the fore just ahead of cinnamon and way ahead of the other spices. A tinge of tartness tells of the pumpkin puree that's present, as well as perhaps some of the yeast in the sediment. Finish is sweet but crisply hoppy. Enjoyable.

M - Not very viscous on the way in, showing why the alcohol remains noticeable -- because it's not masked by syrupy sweetness -- which is not a bad thing. Fluffy and dense after rising in the mouth, becoming a tinge gassy in the swallow.

D - It's nice to see another Pumpkin Ale make its way onto the scene that's not overly spiced, and actually uses real pumpkin instead of simply adding Pumpkin Pie spices. In the Imperial Pumpkin category however, this beer has a lot to live up to. Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin still holds the top slot for me, but I'm happy to say that this one sits proudly nearby -- and at a better price point. The only major detriment is that I don't feel that this beer benefits from the extra alcohol. If it clocked in at about 7% instead of 9%, I'd say that it would be much more balanced and delicious overall.

One extra note: allow this beer to warm up to just above cellar temperature, as this will take the edge off the alcohol, and increase the depth of the smell and taste. Great job, River Horse!

EPseja, Oct 20, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

shatnerosmotic, Nov 15, 2011
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3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, w/o freshness info, but with new graphics and 8.1% ABV

Pours hazed darker amber, oatmeal head, stays around for a good while, then turns inot a thicker collar and leaves ample fine lace.

Nose sadly is dominated by alcohol, with the expected pumpkin pie seasonings relagated to the background. Allspice, cinnimmon, vanilla and the crew.

Medium pumpkin notes, more alcohol tinged jabs to the palate, and more spices that make me think of fall and thanksgiving.

This beer is "hot" with alcohol notes and while not undrinkable, its not really all that pleasant, certaintly not easy drinking and not the greatest pumpkin beer out there this season.

Billolick, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of tigg924
3.2/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: rich pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg

Taste: rich pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, dry toasted malt, and a bit of sugary cream at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness in the background, high carbonation, medium bodied, dry--especially for the style

Overall: An above average to average pumpkin beer and certainly slightly below other imperial pumpkin ales. A good deal of dry malt and cinnamon here. Not bad, but I will look for other pumpkin ales first.

tigg924, Dec 10, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

PJ721, Sep 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

ImFlyerThanYou, Sep 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +19%

Pours a cloudy, medium amber brown wiith a large, persistent white head from a growler supplied by CJ's in Towamencin PA. Aroma is pleasant aromatic, mostly vanilla, with some definite pumpkin pie notes. Taste is very smooth, malty and easy drinking. There is not much pumpkin or spice, but a subtle complex mixture of all of the above. Not as intense as the Neshaminy Creek imperial pumpkin "Punkless Dunkel", but nevertheless quite good and VERY sessionable. This delicious brew will please the palates of all but the most experienced beer drinkers who have destroyed their palates with over-the-top insanely intense brews.

wattoclone, Oct 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Jsonta, Sep 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

acurtis, Sep 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

TheLevi4000, Oct 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Triklino, May 03, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter glass

A: Had a dark copper color with a small head that dissipated quickly. A ring of small bubbles remained around the rim.

S: Very nice aroma, not overpowering at all. The nutmeg and cinnamon come through nicely. This beer smelled great, but I think it was just a tad on the weak side. However, in this style I would prefer it to be subtle than completely in my face.

T: A nice pumpkin flavor, the spices from the aroma come through when drinking it. There is a nice balance between the spices/pumpkin and the malt backbone.

M/D: This beer is smooth with just a bit of heat form the alcohol. It is my first pumpkin of the season, and I think does a pretty good job overall. It would make for a nice sipper this fall, I probably wouldn't drink more than two in an evening.

mdaschaf, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

River Horse- Imperial Pumpkin Ale (Hipp-O-Lantern)

A- Dark hazy/ cloudy caramel brown with a thick white head. Good head retention and nice ringed lacing down the glass.
S- Spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, and Pumpkin with hints of caramel and vanilla.
T- Sweet brown sugar and caramel malt with plenty of spices. Nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon really come through with pumpkin and roasted butternut squash.
M- Thick sweet malt with a dry spicy twang. Thick sugary feel throughout the mouth, slightly cloying. A touch of warm boozy Alc. pokes through in the end.

Overall- The 1st Pumpkin of the season and I think it sets the bar pretty high. 1 of my friends said, "tastes like Autumn", and that's a good thing!

NJpadreFan, Jul 18, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Varkias41, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

KenC, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of whatname
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

whatname, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of maltmonster
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

A - Pours a cloudy orange/brown with a one and a half finger off white head. The sight of an unfiltered pumpkin made this one look quite intriguing. Ever so slight lacing on the glass.

S - Smells alot like the typical pumpkin gambit. Lots of nutmeg and clove with a little cinnamon and a some nice pumpkin back there too.

T - This one was quite a bit spicier than I was expecting. The taste follows pretty closely with what i noted in the "smell" section. The pumpkin was very up front this time but transitioned to all spice on the finish; which was on the drier side. Overall a nice balance between spice and pumkin with just enough bitterness to keep it balanced.

M - Somewhat thick in the mouth. Of course it is unfiltered which naturally gives it a little extra chewiness.

D - It's an Imperial Pumpkin. Could I drink a whole six pack in a sitting - no. But I did give it slightly better than average because it did not get cloying, as some can get.

Overall I would give this beer a "Very Good" rating. It is one of the bigger pumpkins out there, aside from say ST Pumpking, and sure will take the chill out of a cool fall night. I would definately recomend it for anyone who likes a stronger pumpkin ale

maltmonster, Jul 27, 2010
Photo of dahlen22
2.86/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber with a decent head.

Aroma: Cinn, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice, clove, and faint pumkin

Taste: Same as aroma with a faint hoppiness that is hidden beneath the pumkin pie spices listed above. The alcohol is prevelant on this one.

Overall: Not too good, not too bad. If you are looking for a decent 4-pack of a imperial pumkin, it is worth a try. A bit too bitter up front for the style...pumpkin flavors are weak. I would skip this one and get the Southern Tier Pumking if you truly want to enjoy this style of beer in a tastier, more balanced form.

dahlen22, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of mikey711
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice amber color, with good clarity. the head was a bit heavier than i like and while it held well it did not leave good lacing

S: Slight pumpkin pie notes, some vegatative pumpkin notes, some nutmeg, cinnamon. A nice balance between sweetness and vegginess.

T: Nice pumpkin taste with some nutmeg, cinnamon and vanilla. I would have liked there to be more breadiness to give it a pumpkin pie like taste

M: There is a slightly astringent quality to it that is a bit off putting. A slight bit of heat present too

D: A solid pumpkin beer and my first of the season. I am sure ill have this one again in the coming months

mikey711, Aug 18, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

KRella, Oct 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Hessian257, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of johnwetterstrand
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

johnwetterstrand, Aug 31, 2014
Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle from Timmush, cheers Tim!

Pours a ruddy-hued caramel with a 1 finger deep tan head. A little viscosity to this, above average head retention & lacing

S: Faint metallic notes, squashy notes a touch of cinnamon at the end,

T: Fairly assertive booze mixes with a touch of woody & metallic hops up front, along with s touch of squash & dryness up front, pumpkin pie spice is very restrained.Nutmeg & cinnamon come through as this warms along with hints of gingerbread & molasses. Finishes bready (ginger) & with woody dryness & a more subtle hint of booze

MF: Fairly thick, a touch of booze heat & low carbonation

Interesting, i always think the bigger versions have way more upside. This one may cellar for a few years. Going down great on a fairly cold October afternoon in Okieland. Good to see a decent offering from these guys. Started slow, but came on. My previous encounter was pretty underwhelming

russpowell, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of Keneally43
2.68/5  rDev -29.1%

Keneally43, Oct 09, 2014
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Hipp-O-Lantern from River Horse Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 356 ratings.