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Hipp-O-Lantern - River Horse Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

312 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 312
Reviews: 114
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13%
Wants: 16
Gots: 17 | 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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happy4hoppybeer

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having developed a taste for pumpkin ales since last year with DF Punkin Ale and this year's batch of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, I sought some more out, and noticed this one, from River Horse, whom I've had the quite decent Hop-a-lo-amus Double IPA, bought it instantly. Here goes:

Pours from bottle into pint glass a cloudy dark amber almost brownish orange, with very thin pale white head. Fizzles away fast, very minimal lacing. Poor retention.

Nose detects very light scents of sweetness all around, some nuts, spices, cinnamon, malt, faint traces of hops, leaves and yes, pumpkin. Very nice aromas, but kind of light/faint, by that I mean you kind of have to put an effort into detecting i.e. nose real close and sniffing hard.

Tongue catches a lot of the same, malt sweetness, some spices and artificial pumpkin flavoring. Brewery has stated on their website they use pumpkin puree. Slight alcohol warmth, aftertaste at the end. Medium body, fairly heavy carbonation.

Very nice effort by River Horse. A fine example of a Pumpkin Ale. I think what's holding this one back a little is the faintness of the aromas and palate, it should stand out a little better without the drinker putting effort to taste and savor. Nonetheless, a worthy addition to the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 20:12:58 | More by happy4hoppybeer
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Hipp-O-Lantern from River Horse Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 312 ratings.