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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Photo of FanofHefe
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a new arrival in our area and was recommended by at my local bottle shop. Pint can poured into a Duvel tulip; no dating on can that I can see. Deep scarlet colored body that lets a little light through. Two finger dark tan head that is fairly creamy and leaves decent lacing.

The aroma starts out hoppy but fades to earthy and spicy quickly. The hop notes are piney and citric, but the rye does give a touch of spice that sharpens the aroma a bit.

The flavor is nearly equal parts of pine resin/citric hops and rye, following the aroma fairly closely. The malt seems very dense and not overly sweet. A good blend of the styles.

A very thick and dense texture in the mouthfeel for a DIPA-type brew, but it does not distract. Nothing too overly exciting about this beer, but it is very solid and enjoyable.

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Photo of t2thebro
4.95/5  rDev +28.6%
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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Photo of mynie
3.37/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of their fancy barrel-aged beers that's available only at the brewery. No information was given other than its name and style and the fact that it was aged in a rye cask.

Also, I don't know whether or not its name is an intentional reference to Kenny Vs. Spenny, but it'd be pretty cool if it were.

Pours like iced tea. Very little head, limp looking brown.

Smells malty and rye-ish. Name's a little misleading, I guess... The rye is exceptionally smooth and quite pleasant, but it overrides the whole rest of the aroma.

And it tastes like it smells. Nicely woody, with that crisp rye flavor that's kinda like a very mellow, very zippy oak. It's nice, but like I said, it kinda overrides everything else. Can barely taste the titular hops.

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Hop*A*Potamus from Great River Brewery
3.85 out of 5 based on 100 ratings.
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