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Hop*A*Potamus | Great River Brewery

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Brewed by:
Great River Brewery
Iowa, United States

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hop*A*Potamus is a double dark rye pale ale made with a ton of pale and six kinds of rye malt for a "full" body. This double dark rye pale ale is fiercely hopped with a Northwest blend for a stampede of flavor and aroma.

Added by mynie on 12-25-2011

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a beast of a beer, just like the creature it's named after! Smells oddly sweet for an i.p.a. Has a medium reddish brown color with a beautiful off white head. Initial taste slightly hopped with wallops of rye. Feels lightly carbonated and semi smooth on the mouth. taste like nothing i've ever had b4... like a mindblowing expirience! Aftertaste is phenominal! All the ingrediants in this beer are perfectly balanced and its hard to believe this has an alchohol content of 9%! Great gloriousness from Iowa, chalk another one up next to their "Redband coffee stout"! I love it!!favorite beer of the year (thus far prolly till surly's "wet" comes out). amazing.

p.s. tried this againg a few months later to see how it had aged.... not bad but not nearly as good! DRINK THIS FRESH!!!

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Photo of t2thebro
4.95/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Serving type: 16oz. Can

A- pours a dark reddish brown color. Three finger tan head thick and slow to disaptate. Very nice sticky lacing that slithers down the glass after a drink.

S- hop forward rye, tons of hops aroma of extreme dry hopping. Earthy and floral. Definite rye aroma but hops dominate.

T- Wow! Ok, spicy, bitter hops, not quite balancing amounts of rye. Extremely outstanding. I have had many beers and this is now on my top three of all time. The flavor is truly indescribable.

M- top notch. This beer is rated at 9% abv, in my experience most high alcohol beers get thick or syrupy. This beer has the feel of a beer in the 6% range, good carbonation maybe just a bit under what I would like but good.

O- I will be back for this over and over. Like I said top three of all time, if your into hop heavy brews or rye pa's find this beer and enjoy. So good. Just be careful, makes you want to chug, and at 9% the buzz hits ya a bit quicker.

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.75/5  rDev +24%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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Photo of jjanega08
4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

No freshness dating.

A= Pours a deep deep brown color almost a black. when held to the light it's a nice deep amber mahogony color with a head on it that holds some solid retention at a finger high and some nice sticky lacing on the side of the glass.

S= The smell is a nice pungent hop aroma with a floral character to it and a citrus bite. The rye comes through in the nose in a beautiful way with some nice character. One of the best plain rye smells I've come across besides Summits unchained rye.

T= The flavor follows the nose very well. FIrst a ton of hops hit you bringing a somewhat crushing bitterenss before a smooth creamy rye character comes through. The finish is all rye and the taste lingers with a hop bite mixed with rye on the back of the tongue. A really nice mix of the two characters.

M= Tight and creamy. Not something I ususally find well done in an IPA unless it's on cask. This is carbonated great.

O= This beer is a home run. I wish it were easier to find because I would be drinking this a looot more often. Came out of the blue and I picked it up on a whim because the can looked cool and the unusual sticker over a plain can feel. Works very nicely and I hope to be able to find some more of this sometime.

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4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving type: 16-ounce can. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a nonic pint glass. The color is dark caramel. The beer is very carbonated and lively, and three fingers of slightly tanned head dissipated slowly.

Smell: It is a brown/pale hybrid with some rye mixed in. It is pretty spicy and neither the malts nor hops stand out; everything blends well. Caramel, chocolate, muted grapefruit citrus, dark fruits, and bready rye.

Taste: The mouthfeel is not “full” bodied as the label advertises but it is pretty smooth. Weighing in at 99 IBU and 9 percent ABV, I was expecting a powerful punch. However, Hop•A•Potamus is very balanced and tame. Sweet caramel, chocolate, cherry, raspberry, plum, toffee, grapefruit citrus, metallic hops, and a little rye. The bitterness comes on slowly; it is definitely a “creeper.” The alcohol is completely hidden. Completely. There is not a single hint of it.

Drinkability: The can says Hop•A•Potamus will charge if provoked. Frankly, I think that is more of a recommendation than a warning. This is definitely a beer you want to provoke.

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4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cool name and cool label art. The description of this one sounds like it's right up my alley so I had to try it.

Very dark crimson color that lets some light through. Is is just me or do canned beers tend to have really fluffy soft heads full of foam? I mean that in a good way. This one is no different and it comes in a light khaki color.

Very complex nose that is filled with dark fruits. Prune, plum, blueberry, raisin, fig, candi sugar and rye. The hops seem to take a bit of a back seat to everything else or maybe they are creating some of them?

Such a pleasant flavor. So very approachable with the above mentioned dark fruits, but more of the rye comes into play here. It adds spice and roast to the flavor. The malt seems to have an equal balance with the hops here which add a nice resiny pine flavor.

Medium bodied, but the carbonation is just velvety soft on the tongue. It adds a nice pillowy/creamy feel to the beer.

This is a very impressive beer. It fits nicely into the Rye IPA field (or in this case Rye IIPA) and it's drinkability is terrific. There is not possible way I would have guessed this was 9%. Drinks more like a 6-7% beer. Both of the beers I have had from this brewery have been outstanding. They are putting out some very impressive things and I look forward to trying more.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Photo of Tuey13
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a nonic pint glass from a 16oz can with some eye catching artwork.

Appearance - a very dark brown color that looks to have a deep crimson color when held up to the light. A nice thick one finger head that sticks around for a while.

Smell - I definitely smell that this is a rye beer as that is the first thing that dominates, then the piney and citrus of the hops come through. I also smell a sweet caramel with a little chocolate.. Some dark fruitiness as well. The smells seem complex and changing. Seems to be much going on here in my opinion.

Taste - I just love the taste, a great rye flavor with a perfect amount oh hops to make this a very well balanced beer. A hint of sweetness goes well with the bitterness from the hops and the earthy taste of rye. Love this combination!

Mouthfeel - Rich, creamy, and smooth... Not too thick or heavy but more than an average pale ale. Leaves that oily richness in my mouth afterwards.

Overall - I was impressed. Such a complex meld of flavors gave me a very pleasant experience! I will definitely be getting more if possible. If you love hops.. Try this! Something unique!

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4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a Bell's tulip.

A- pours a dark amber with a 1 finger tan head. Minimal lacing on the glass.

S- tons of citrus and amazing rye spices.

T- rye spice with some citrus.

M- medium body and carbonation. Some dryness at finish.

O- aroma raised expectations but flavor was a let down.

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4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Hop*A*Potamus from Great River Brewery
Beer rating: 3.83 out of 5 with 100 ratings
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