Hipp-O-Lantern - River Horse Brewing Co.
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Reviews by tigg924:
3.2/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
12-10-2012 01:08:58 | More by tigg924
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3.58/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
10-02-2011 22:46:12 | More by Billolick
3.63/5 rDev -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.
08-28-2010 17:24:39 | More by mdaschaf
4.22/5 rDev +12.2%
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!
07-18-2010 22:47:32 | More by NJpadreFan
3.98/5 rDev +5.9%
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
07-27-2010 02:02:21 | More by maltmonster
2.86/5 rDev -23.9%
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.
08-16-2011 15:50:20 | More by dahlen22
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
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
08-18-2010 00:14:34 | More by mikey711
3.4/5 rDev -9.6%
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
10-19-2011 17:24:16 | More by russpowell
4.33/5 rDev +15.2%
First pumpkin ale of the season.
Poured a copper/brown/orangey color with a cream-tannish colored head about half an inch. Heavily carbonated. Smell was pumpkin pie- mostly cloves- faint pureed pumpkin. Taste was nice and well-balanced. Alcohol coming through giving a slightly sour flavor at times. Heavy on the sugary malts and cardamom. All spice. Great flavors. Nice pumpkin ale here. This was awesome but not the best I have had.
09-03-2011 15:43:39 | More by DavidSeanNJ
4/5 rDev +6.4%
Big thanks goes out to the BA who sent me this one as an extra in a past trade (don't have my spreadsheet at home)! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a dark red-orange with a one and a half finger off-white head that subsided to half a finger slowly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, ginger, alcohol, and subtle nutmeg. The flavor was of sweet malt, subtle alcohol, pumpkin, cinnamon, subtle nutmeg, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I have grown to like Pumpkin brews more and more, and this one is a good example of why. The pumpkin definitely dominated the flavor and aroma on this one. While doing so, it brought a nice collection of spices to the game. Very well balanced and tasty. A definite must try for the curious or pumpkin brew fan a-like.
12-19-2011 01:55:48 | More by thagr81us
3.5/5 rDev -6.9%
Pours a mud puddle brown color with some amber highlights. Fairly small tight head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is primarily of pumpkin pie spices; nutmeg and allspice come to mind with a hint of brown sugar. A rather subdued aroma. The flavor has some noticable pumpkin flavor to it, with the nutmeg and allspice spices. Some solvent notes come through from the ABV, which hinders the nice pumpkin and spice flavors. Kind of a shame. The feel is moderate with fizzy carbonation which gives the beer a nice crisp feel. The ABV is noticable and leaves a little belly burn. A bit sticky in the end. I wanted to like this pumpkin ale but the high abv prevented that from happening. It is not bad, has some nice flavor, but there is just not a need to imperialize this style. Worth a try.
09-30-2010 02:41:10 | More by Gmann
3.68/5 rDev -2.1%
Reviewing this new pumpkin beer from River Horse at slightly above ideal temperature for a beer of this alcohol level, but I'll factor that into the review (I'd say it's at the mid-to-high 40s). First pumpkin beer of the season - I just couldn't wait!
A: Dark orange/light brown (do you see the glass half empty or half full?), with an off-white head that doesn't stick around for long. Not quite the startling orange color that Pumking has me all stuck-up and spoiled over, but quite nice.
S: Smell is slightly boozy, one certainly can detect the 9% ABV in the nose. Sort of smells like a nice pumpkin-flavored white wine, more than a beer. There's not a lot of typical beer attributes on the nose, all pumpkin spice and pumpkin meat.
T: Taste is much like the smell - certainly boozy, but with a nice allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin character. Certainly closer to a "pumpkin pie" beer than a beer with pumpkin characteristics, one can detect a bit of whipped cream sweetness, and there is very little hop or malt presence that's very perceptible. It's a pumpkin bomb, for better or worse (and this is my favorite style!). The boozy aftertaste makes this merely a lowly competitor rather than the [Pum]king of the pumpkin beer.
M: Boozy, and surprisingly thin for the alcohol content. One would expect an imperial of any style to have a lot more body, but it's surprisingly thin in the mouth and doesn't leave a whole lot of aftertaste, good or bad.
D: As a result of the thin-ish mouthfeel, it's a drinkable beer that may have you going through two or more in an evening if you're a fan of pumpkin beers. Definitely recommended for a go-around, and hats off to River Horse for making an imperial pumpkin ale.
08-11-2010 00:50:22 | More by mfunk9786
3.83/5 rDev +1.9%
Another solid brew from a solid brewery. Beer consumed at a fairly warm 60`.
A - great tawny color with a slight off-white head which last until the end of the glass. The body is fairly flat, but very clear.
S - aroma is subdued with hints of spice, alcohol, and bready yeast
T - here's the trick it is truly beer + pumpkin not liquid spice cabinet like many breweries end up making. Beer was drank at a warmer temp just to allow full flavor to come through. Great malt flavor and sweetness up front with a rounded earthiness. There is a strong alcohol flavor that may be helping in cleaning up the The start of the aftertaste is allspice and nutmeg which lasts briefly then finishes clean.
M - full bodied yet clean on the after taste. vegetable/earthy flavor leads to a chewiness in the texture.
D - goes down smoothly, but the alcohol flavor really slows you down... which is good... because its 9%.
09-23-2010 01:04:48 | More by drcarver
Hipp-O-Lantern from River Horse Brewing Co.
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