Hippotizing IPA
River Horse Brewing Co.

Hippotizing IPAHippotizing IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #905
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,728
Avg:
4.03 | pDev: 8.44%
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
122
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River Horse Brewing Co.
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  47
SCORE
89
Very Good
Hippotizing IPAHippotizing IPA
Notes: Our American IPA is a cross between the West Coast and New England styles. It’s brewed with a pale malt profile to allow the hops to shine through, then dry hopped with over two pounds per barrel worth of Mosaic. This is a great amped up IPA for hop lovers.
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ogman from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 17, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

River Horse Brewing Co. "Hippotizing IPA"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle without production codes or freshness dating
$1.83 @ Cherry Hill Liquor, Wine & Beer (Wegmans), Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well it's got a nice head on it, I'll have to wait for it to settle, but it's also quite cloudy. It's a brownish amber and the head's off-white. It smells like a "real ale" with the yeast coming through amidst caramelish malt and citrusy hops. On to the flavor... similar as expected, but with much more hop flavor. I'm not sure why the hop aroma's so limited because the flavor's not. I'm finding notes of orange, berries, grapefruit, pine, earth, mango, and a little bit of lemon. They work well with the sweetish and grainy pale malt base, and a solid bitterness backs it, balancing the sweetness and bringing it to a mostly dry conclusion. Oddly the hops don't linger nearly as strong as you might expect given their contribution upfront. That's OK though, it's a unique ale. It's medium bodied and gently crisp. Worth trying.
Review# 5,931

Apr 07, 2018
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pubscout from New Jersey

4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

East is east and West is west, and sometimes the twain shall meet. This 7.5% hop bomb gets better with each swallow. The Mosaic gives it an east coast pedigree with tropical fruit early, but the Falconer's Flight adds a west coast, grassy vibe to the finish. Medium carbonation and mouthfeel, with a nice malt backbone that doesn't overpower the hops. Clean, dry finish, too. Nice beer, but mind you P's and Q's with that ABV.

Apr 28, 2017
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Gavage from Nevada

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a hazy orange color with a nice 2" head that falls to a thick surface coveri ng. Nice lace develops.

Smell: mango, pineapple, and a bit of floral and some earthy bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, mango, pineapple, orange, pear, and nice bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp throughout. Refreshing.

Overall: a real good IPA that is easy to drink and hits the spot on a hot day.

Jul 03, 2016
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The eradication of The Bottle Backlog, while arduous & painful, has had at least one example of The Law of Unintended Consequences. In this case, it has been my ability to conduct a buncha brewery horizontals (same brewery, different beers & styles). This is next entry in my current horizontal, that of River Horse BC in Ewing, NJ.

From the bottle: Nada, except the same spinning eyeballs that ppl seem to mistakenly equate with a lack of awareness in me.

I Pop!ped the cap as I am wont to do & began a gentle pour, thanks to the presence of LOTS of floaties in the bottle. Nose smelled like a bag of fresh dank! Holy Jeez-O, man. Thick, earthy, home-grown. Wow! An in-glass swirl raised a finger of foamy, rocky, bone-white head with good retention. The nose initially smelled of blueberry pie, but warming, I would have better characterized it as a blueberry muffin. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very blueberry, but with whiffs of bread or biscuit, depending on temperature. Finish was dry, but not the kind of dry normally associated with an AIPA. YMMV.

Jul 04, 2017
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beercat11 from New York

4.63/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Typical Revved up IPA(Imperial maybe) look to it.

Smell to me is very nice and fruity. This is a local brewer for me technically and this is very fresh on the nose. I can smell some Tasmanian hops in the mix and I have recently acquired a taste for this hop flavor and try to seek it out when I see something with Southern Hemisphere strains of hops.

Taste pretty much like the nose and that kicks this beer up a notch or 2. I like what River Horse is doing right now and I think it's in the right direction for future success in brewing good beers.

Feels like I'm liking this one. Glad to hear this will be part of the regular offerings from this brewer.

No complaints at all on this new RH offering. I'm a big fan of their Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale every fall for some time now. Because of the freshness factor advantage I would get on this beer I can see this becoming a new go-to IPA for me, that's pretty much 95% of what I prefer at any given time anyway. I like my IPA cheap and fresh. Giddy up!

Jun 25, 2016
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TLA from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 29, 2018
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reedap1 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look-Hazy light orange color leaning towards the darker side of orange. Pleasant look to mee

Smell-Got some fruit on my first nose smell with mango and a bit of pineapple. Overall a clean not overpowering bouquet

Taste-I got a slight hint of sweetness but forward hops but very smooth, Creamy back throat taste and easy down. Subsequent tastng I am getting some chocolate-malt flavors, nice overall taste.

Feel-Primarily a creamy mouthfeel to me. Very slight astringency on the back of the throat but first impression/taste was very good.

Overall-My first River Horse offering and was very pleasantly surprised and pleased. Good potent alcohol number that might limit my having more than about two but nonetheless an excellent IPA offering. I'll be buying more.

Apr 28, 2020
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ColForbinBC from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at White Dog (Philadelphia) served in a stemmed tulip

Hazy burnt orange color with a half a finger of cream colored foam. Moderate lacing. Nose leaps. Mango, pineapple, orange rind, and bit of earthy bitterness. Flavor profile follows the nose. Feel is a little thin, but the flavor profile carries well and is not too far out of balance.

Full disclosure, I had low expectations for this beer as most Riverhorse offerings are average, but this was a pleasant surprise. I will be buying this again.

Mar 07, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom pint glass: color is gold, a little dense looking, brighter white head with fine bubbles and moderate lacing. Head lingers well with at least a 1/8 inch top.

Smell is emphatic with huge hop presence, mosaic heavy, citrus, fruit, cannabis; malt is mild and just to balance the hop hit.

Taste is similarly hoppy but not mouth numbing bitter: hops are tropical fruit with citrus, pineapple and mango prominent; malt is mostly pale, touch toasty, hints of biscuit.

Mouthfeel is crisp and bitter, but the bitterness is complimentary; in the middle the NE style shines through with softer presence and near 'creaminess' with soft malt additions (cara-pils it appears).

Overall a great offering from River Horse, big emphatic hoppiness, clean malt flavors and subtle sweetness and fullness.

Dec 07, 2016
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kwa357 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 26, 2017
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Pencible from Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at SAVOR 2017. This had an earthy and dank scent, with a dank and bitter taste with some pithy citrus. It was a nice crisp brew, but not top tier.

Dec 30, 2017
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metter98 from New York

3.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy to cloudy yellow in color and has some hues of amber. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grapefruit and orange citrus are present in the nose along with hints of pine.
T: The taste follows the smell having lots of flavors of orange and grapefruit citrus with notes of caramel malts and hints of pine. There is a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
M: It feels medium-bodied and both crisp and juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I thought that this hybrid between a West Coast IPA and a New England IPA was a novel idea as it really blended the two styles together. Perhaps one should then call this a "Midwest IPA". Any traces of alcohol are well hidden from the taste.

Serving type: bottle

Oct 17, 2018
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bacher468 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 14, 2018
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PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nov 24, 2016
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bond's Tavern in West Orange. Pours a copper, ruddy hue with minimal frothing. Aroma is reminiscent of fresh picked hops, tangerine, and florals. Tropical, candied flavor with hints of pine and lemon zest. Refreshing and recommended.

Sep 10, 2016
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

-spiegelau ipa glass. bought and consumed release week.

A: Against lighting has that bright orange drink coloring and hue, with a heavy hand of unfilitered haziness. Dirty cream colored head of 0.5 inches is milky thick in consistency, and average on retention. Carbonation is light to moderate in density, and slow on rise. Multiple band lacing leaves a respectable coverage behind on the vessel.

S: Wet mangoes and fresh pineapple from the bottle, dried orange skin citrus that comes off much softer after the pour. Hoping for a bit more aromatic wise.

T: Tropical northeast style hopping with orange and pineapple glow, meets a west coast grassy-citrus semi-dry hopping on the finish for balance. Sharp citric-mango bite is forefront, has some mention of passion fruit and orange juice vibes thrown in. Very flavor forward with a deep toasted bready malt backing, that was dry with stalky grassy hops and lemony citrus. Citric-orange alcohol glow and warmth that lingers on quite a bit there-after.

M: Creamy malt, medium heavy body shows support with a low to mid range carbonation factor that gives this more of a heavy and relax feel on the tongue.

O: As advertised by the brewer, this is a hybrid of the recent juicy tropical northeast ipas with some traditional west coast flair. The mosaic hops bring a nice touch here but its the falconersflight blend that really brings the wealth of complexity and spectrum of hop flavors to this beer. Big blast of wet tropical fruit upfront is followed by a dry west coast citrus hop finish. Got this fresh on release week is very highly hopped with a favorable amount of alcohol that feels every bit its 7.5% which may hinder multiples, and is not as easy to drink as your more note-able Vermont northeast style ips, this one has bite and an attitude jersey style.

Jul 17, 2016
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JMScowcroft from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Mar 30, 2017
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clake from Vermont

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aug 14, 2016
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TheFightfan1 from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aug 30, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10/20/16....pours rusty copper bronze. Citrussy malt nose. Light bodied, quick malt flavor that fades into a lemon tinged pepper bitter. Bright floral flavors. Subtle IPA.

Dec 16, 2016
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terrysjag from Maryland

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 22, 2017
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep yellow with an orangish hue down the middle and a heavy haze. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with moderate retention. Medium high citrus and fruit hop aromas with light, spicy, onion-like aromas beneath. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation and pleasant warmth from the middle to the end. Medium light supporting malt aroma. Sharp, spicy, onion-like hop flavors up front that quickly transition to citrus hop flavors. Medium hop bitterness through the middle as spicy hop flavors persist through the middle to the end. Finished with a spicy, herbal hop bitterness that don't persist. Nice hop aroma and flavor complexity and easy drinking for the hop lover.

Feb 27, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an orange color with a 1/2 inch head and lots of floaties. Smell is of citrus, malts. Taste is of tea, citrus, caramel malts, light to moderate bitterness. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

Dec 31, 2018
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CHickman from New York

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hoppy IPA with lots of citrus notes, biscuit and malt in the backbone of the taste and aroma, along with orange peel, lemon zest, mild floral hops and spices. Well balanced and almost refreshing, this was a nice enjoyable offering.

May 25, 2019
Hippotizing IPA from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 122 ratings