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Hipp-O-Lantern - River Horse Brewing Co.

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385 Ratings
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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Ratings: 385 | Reviews: 122
Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of DCon
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12 FLUID OUNCE bottle of this in a trade w/ ipaking67. Poured from the light grey & orange labeled bottle w/ "IMPERIAL PUMPKIN ale brewed with Pumpkin Puree and Spices" & a "Pumpkin Horse Head" on the neck of the bottle and cap into my 16oz Dewey's Pizza Pint Glass. Does not have a freshness date the bottle.

Aroma- Has a SUPER strong Pumpkin aroma with tons of sweetness, spice, and ingredient within! Rivals Schlafly's Pumpkin aroma already!

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that has terrific retention. Has a dark amber/orange body color with no clarity. Leaves thick lacing down the glass.

Flavor- Tons of sweetness, spice, and malt start off the taste. Pumpkin then comes out strongly towards the end and where the bitterness level is medium-high.

Mouthfeel- Medium-Full Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and leaves awesome amount of pumpkin/spice on the palate.

Overall Impression- Now this one breaks into my top 5 list! Maybe I enjoy these high gravity/Imperial Pumpkin Ales MUCH more but how could you blame me? These ones have the punch of pumpkin and spice while the lower ABV Pumpkin Ales only have sweetness and malt that fill out the entire taste/mouthfeel. I would definitely get your hands on this one if you get a chance! Can't even notice it is a 8.1% brew!

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4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mcallister
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with a tan fizzy head that fades quickly to a foamy topper.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toffee and hints of caramel and candy corn.

Not a bad pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice and squash, good malt character nice and bready with toffee and hints of caramel. Moderate carbonation a bit creamy.

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours an orange amber with a fluffy two finger white cap. Slow fade with some spider web lacing. Clean and bright body, small bubbles.

The nose is of fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon with a good dose of alcohol.

The taste follows the nose. Fleshy pumpkin with cinnamon and nutmeg off the bat. Allspice and ginger with some booze coming out in the finish.

Medium body, smooth with low carbonation. A bit prickly in the finish. Cinnamon and pumpkin linger.

This is a nice pumpkin ale, but it's not setting and records.

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Kodiak in Farmingdale N.Y.

This review based on second one brought "neat", first was served in mug that was rim dipped in brown sugar/cinnamon!

Smells like pumpkin pie or butternut squash cake. Body was ruddy orange with tan/beige head. Head lasts, it laces glass well. Tastes of nutmeg and cinnamon with a nice bite to it.

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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

Photo of tkepx182
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice Orange, Brown with a cloudy appearance, the head quickly dissipated but left the nice ring around the edge of the beer

S: has a mild mixed smell of barley, hops and pumpkin. it is nice that the hops does not over power the beer.

M: Has a smooth feel line the mouth with the little bit of the thicker feel that comes with Imperial style beers

T: The beer had had a mild pumpkin flavor that has no real hop taste, the spices that are normally in pumpkin beer is absent too making this one of the better pumpkin beers I have have

O: This is an impressive beer that was rather good. One of the better ones that has been a stand out

Photo of ummswimmin
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I came by this bottle on recommendation by a friend. He is a fan of hops and non-sweet pumpkin ales.

On opening I get a ton of pumpkin out of the neck alone. I really like the orange/brown coloring on this beer.

The flavor is pleasant and subtle. The pumpkin is great with the hops and seasoning.

This is an extremely drinkable beer. I liked this offering by River Horse. It is the first offering by that brewery that I really enjoyed.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In the interest of trying most pumpkin ales that I come across, I was not too afraid to try this one, knowing that I enjoyed their Belgian Tripel. This kinda lived up to my expectations and did not disappoint.

A: Slightly hazy brown with a light tan head around the edges of a tulip.

S: Strong Nutmeg and allspice aroma, light pumpkin presence.

T: Definitely spice forward and I think over "All Spiced" I have seen firsthand how strong All spice can make a beer and although I like it, this Jamaican allspice can go a long way. I think they overdid the allspice. Followed close behind by nutmeg, and only marginally present in flavor is the pumpkin.

M: Light in body and medium carbonation.

O: Pretty well representative of the style, just a little bitter and overspiced for a pumpkin ale IMO.

Photo of JMWEB2
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours brown/ amber color, nice head.

S: Pumpkin and some light spices, alcohol.

T: Good pumpkin, light spice, caramel malt, boozey as well.

M: Smooth, good drinkability.

O: Pretty good Pumpkin Ale, nice job River Horse nice to have another good brewery in Jersey.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip pint. Considering this is from a six-pack and has a different label from the four-packs, I'm guessing its from last year.

A: Pours a dirty light amber with little head and big chunks on the bottom of the glass...hmm...

S: Smells of yeast, old gourd, and a bit of pie spices. Its a little unbalanced.

T: Flavour is actually better than the nose suggests. Its heaviest on the clove and all spice, but there is a solid, non-sweet pumpkin backing that pushed the whole beer through. A kiss of hops in the finish.

D: Pretty smooth for a 9%. Maybe its the age that mellowed it, but the heat is controlled. Mouthfeel is slick.

Overall: Well done pumpkin ale, and the age hasn't significantly hurt this. That being said, this one is just a bit light on actual pumpkin ale flavours. It tastes more like an imperial golden ale with just a hint of pumpkin pie. Not bad, but not as pumpkin-forward as I like.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- A reddish copper, with a nice amount of tan foam at the top, that leaves a bit of lacing around the glass.

S- Pumpkin pie, but not very potent of a smell, a bit of spiciness and booze at the tail end.

T- Cinnamon, a bit of spice nothing wild like other pumpkin beers I have had, a nice sweetness, nutmeg.

M- Nice balance of beer, not to much carbonation, not to bad.

O- Not one of my favorite october beers but this one was not to bad.

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Hipp-O-Lantern from River Horse Brewing Co.
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