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Hipp-O-Lantern - River Horse Brewing Co.

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378 Ratings
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Ratings: 378
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.7%
Wants: 19
Gots: 36 | 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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4/5  rDev +5.8%

Kgrubb1224, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of DCon
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
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!

DCon, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of mmcnaughton
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%

mmcnaughton, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Amalak, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

bacher468, Nov 19, 2011
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.

mcallister, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +5.8%

MerkurKing16, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of cestlavie
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

cestlavie, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of shatnerosmotic
4/5  rDev +5.8%

shatnerosmotic, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.38/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

ColForbinBC, Nov 09, 2011
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.

CaptJackHarkness, Oct 31, 2011
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 tkepx182
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
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

tkepx182, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of ummswimmin
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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.

ummswimmin, Oct 15, 2011
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.

alpinebryant, Oct 14, 2011
Photo of JMWEB2
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

JMWEB2, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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.

JohnnyChicago, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of thedoubler55
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

thedoubler55, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Leaf, Easton, PA

Poured into a tulip glass, a slightly hazy, burnt orange, with a finger or so of frothy white head that left some nice lacing. Aroma of malty sweetness, with light pumpkin and spices. Taste of caramel, sweet malts, toasted grains, with an adequate, non-overblown infusion of pumpkin pie. I prefer my pumpkin ales to have a big pumpkin and spice flavor, but this was still sufficient. Medium mouthfeel, a little bit of alcohol warmth, and generally drinkable.

Rifugium, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of BeerImmediately
4.38/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into tulip.

Healthy 1F worth of cream colored head that fades to a film over a deep brown-to-orange body. Good lacing.

Lots of clove, cinnamon, and rich banana in the aroma. Very sweet. Almost like a weizenbock with cinnamon added.

Rich and smooth on the palate, with a solid embracement of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove over a sweet potato body, and lightly bittered English hop quality in the finish. Creamy mouthfeel, with just a light carbonation. Extremely drinkable, with well-hidden alcohol.

This one is a must try if you enjoy imperial pumpkin ales - much more drinkable than Pumking, as it's not the least bit cloying.

BeerImmediately, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Billolick
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 jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Autumn in a glass! (Also the BA pic for this beer is outdated).

Pours a nice orange/amber color with a very slight head which doesn't retain well. Smells slightly spices, nothing noticeable, no strong scents. Taste is out of this world though! Slight gram cracker taste upfront, slightly spicy in the middle, nutmeg, allspice, fall flavors and ends with a popping pumpkin sweetness which quickly resides into a slight beer bitterness. Almost as good as dogfish head punkin.

Very well rounded, well balanced beer, sweet, spicy, and bitter. None of which overwhelm or last long in the mouth either, an awesome autumn drinker!

jtierney89, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of tone77
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy orange/brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is like fresh pumpkin pie. Taste is good, pumpkin, nutmeg, very flavorfull and the alcohol is well hidden. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall this is a beer worth seeking out.

tone77, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of 57md
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark and cloudy orange with a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. Toffee is dominant in the nose, but not noticeable in the taste. The taste has a cider flavor up front and really lacks any pumpkin. This is not terribly heavy, but it is not an easy drinking beer either. The alcohol is not overwhelming, but it is present more so than in other imperial pumpkins. I'd recommend several other imperial pumpkins before this one.

57md, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hefty and fair take at imperializing a pumpkin ale.

Presentation: 12 oz brown capped bottle. Simple design with fonts resembling hand/drawing over a grey background and orange framing. The neck label has a small drawing of a hippo shaped Jack O'Lantern. Small generic description on the back. Notes 8.1% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A -Murky amber-brown pour with a short-lived creamy head, short surface memory other than a fading thin ring with no trace of lacing.

S - Sweet caramel coating spices and pumpkin. Common ranges of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg…

T - Same push with a predominantly malty sweetness over which the pumpkin sense rides with the expected range of spices, clove, nutmeg etc… and a burnt caramel hint here and there.

M - Medium to medium-full body, smooth and a bit too sugary covering the palate.

O - Pleasing take on a double pumpkin ale, maybe missing a bigger profile in the pumpkin to balance the sugary sense.

Notes: Not a bad offering overall but for me a bit too sweet, other than that the balance between pumpkin and spice has a nice rhythm and potential.

Daniellobo, Sep 26, 2011
Hipp-O-Lantern from River Horse Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 378 ratings.