Hipp-O-Lantern - River Horse Brewing Co.
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Reviews by EPseja:
4/5 rDev +6.1%
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!
Serving type: bottle
10-20-2010 00:29:26 | More by EPseja
More User Reviews:
3.79/5 rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured cold into the pint glass this seasonal shows a nice autumnal rusty caramel brown with a respectable white sheet of foam on top and solid streaks of lacing. The aroma offers a yeasty allspice and nutmeg medley with hints of orange and clove. Nice. The flavor comes on pretty strong with grassy grain pumpkin and more allspice. Unfortunately my one gripe with this beer is that alcohol is more evident in the flavor than I'd like. I appreciate that it's an imperial (a misnomer outside the Russian stout family) and many of my favorite brews are high alcohol, but alcohol in itself should not be a "flavor". It doesn't ruin this beer for me but it does make this a bit disappointing. Like the aroma I pick up some clove and citrus notes, as well as brown bread malt and caramel. The body is medium at best and with a peppery carbonation there's a slightly creamy but tingly feel. Good for a bit of fall pleasure but short of expectations.
Serving type: bottle
11-28-2013 18:47:05 | More by Durge
4.28/5 rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a sam adams glass, developed a nice cream colored head with nice retention and lacing. Appaerance was a very hazy amber to orange color. Aroma had strong notes of spice and in particular, nutmeg. Tasted of spice and hop, nice floral, nutmeg and clove notes. Nice full and creamy mouthfeel with a spicy and lingering aftertaste.
Serving type: bottle
11-17-2013 01:46:25 | More by Huffs
Hipp-O-Lantern from River Horse Brewing Co.
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