Hippo's Hand Double India Pale Ale
River Horse Brewing Co.

Hippo's Hand Double India Pale AleHippo's Hand Double India Pale Ale
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,835
ABV:
9%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,851
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 9.34%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
60
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River Horse Brewing Co.
 
New Jersey, United States
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Hippo's Hand Double India Pale AleHippo's Hand Double India Pale Ale
Notes: New England style IPA brewed with Buddha’s Hand fruit and dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Lemondrop hops. Left unfiltered, it has a hazy golden appearance and a delicate citrus nose. The Buddha’s Hand fruit lends big citrus notes complimented by the Citra and Lemondrop hops. Not overly sweet and not overly bitter, this is an extremely balanced, smooth and refreshing double IPA.
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Photo of MoreBeer4me
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Take some pineapples, mangoes and vodka. Throw it all into a blender. Mix well. And you'll have yourself a Hippo's Hand! I'm sure this beer is okay for what it is, but to me, it simply tasted too much like a fruity juice with booze added along with 360 calories per 16 ounce can. I'll finish my 4-pack although that'll be it.

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Photo of ordybill
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at the Olde Bar in Philly. The appearance is a cloudy golden yellow with a small white head. The aroma is citrus, hops and malt. The taste is similar to the nose.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a grip shaped goblet glass: color is hazy gold/copper, head is off white with fine bubbles, head laces the glass with a huge head at first (1.5+ inches) and then dissipates to a thin top.

Smell is fresh, floral hops, lemon rind aroma noted but not dominating, neutral malt with light toast.

Taste is similar with floral, lemony hops, I'm not picking up any fruit but there is a subtle sweetness and flavor.

Mouthfeel is not quite that bitter, abv is well hidden and its not that dry for the strength.

Overall a good dipa, slightly different than most others in the style at this strength and sub style, but very drinkable.

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Photo of 57md
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a completely opaque straw color with a finger of head. The nose has bright fruity notes of citrus fruits, most definitively pineapple. The flavor is tropical fruity and grassy with a semi dry finish that is not too bitter.

I have generally been underwhelmed by Riverhorse beers in the past. This offering encourages me to give them another try.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Sidney's in East Berlin PA Pours a hazy gold with a modest but durable off-white head. Initial impression is very juicy and citrus-y, tending toward the lemon end of the spectrum. Somewhat sweet. Mouthfeel is medium and sticky; carbonation is light enough so as not to interfere with the taste. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is sweet and hefty. All in all, an interesting but not compelling take on the NEIPA.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Here is a curiosity, courtesy of the FGBS. I spotted this when it recently arrived & happily grabbed a bottle for drinking & review. I am curious since I have not seen a new beer from this brewery in some time.

From the bottle: "A citrusy Double India Pale Ale".

I gently prised off the cap as a former colleague loves hippos & I am saving the caps for her. Once that gentleness was done, I followed it up with a gentle pour, ladies & gentlemen. It did not matter as this beer did not seem to have met with any filtration whatsoever. It poured a cloudy, murky Amber (SRM => 7, < 9) & I was disappointed. I really feel like New England AIPAs and Tropical AIPAs need their own style designation. Otherwise, rating to style only hurts these beers in the interim. An in-glass swirl raised two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with very good retention, leaving behind some nice lacing in its wake. Speaking of tropical fruitiness, I was getting more of those esters than I was of citrus. Mouthfeel was medium, kind of light for this style. The taste remained more tropical than citrus & I really began to question their thinking in the labeling of this beer. Finish had a slight citrus bite, but it was still sweeter than what I expect from the style. I would characterize the finish as semi-dry, but it just was not making it as a DIPA.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pub-style pint.

Appearance
Extra hazy rusty gold. 1 finger of creamy white head.

Nose
Mango, peach, passion fruit, honey, oats, and caramel.

Taste
Mango juice, peach, and passion fruit. Caramel, oats, and honey. Grapefruit pith and pine resin.

Mouthfeel
Full bodied, smooth, and juicy with a medium-light bitterness.

Overall
Full bodied, full flavored, and going down full easy.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.46/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Found a bottle of this by chance and even though it's a little old, giving it a try.

Poured into an IPA glass. A lot of sediment floating around along with a cloudy appearance. The head is full and off white. Surprised it looks as authentic as it does.

Fruity nose, sort of like oranges and tropical fruit, but it isn't that strong.

Sipping it opens up with what feels like its gong to be fruity and tropical, but it pivots into lemons instead. There is still some tropical hops character but its in second place for certain. Usually I adore Citra and Mosaic, but they are constantly lacking next to the lemony character of the fruit.

This feels big and round-bodied, but it is so tart at the same time. I really don't know what to make of it. The fruit paves over the hops it feels.

Hippo's Hand is an extremely awkward beer. It's a reasonably well-executed looking NE DIPA, but the Buddha's Hand fruit is way too lemony for it to be rich or tropical. Add a somewhat unpleasant mouthfeel and a kind of gross looking presentation that is at the same time (?) interesting, I really don't think I can say I hate or love it. I would feel very worried if I had a six pack of this left for sure because it is definitely not something I think I'll ever want much. I do feel it's worth trying at least once still.

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Photo of colts9016
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Alex gave me this beer, and I thank him graciously for the gift. A monster three finger light tan head that is creamy and foamy with good retention. The beer is golden yellow with a touch of orange hues. The beer is hazy and has some carbonation. The head did leave some lacing on the glass.
Grapefruit, citrus, herbal, floral, with some pine notes, cracker, toasted bready malt, caramel, yeasty and a touch of sweetness.
Heavy citrus notes (lemons, grapefruit, and orange), grassy, pine floral, resin, lightly toasted malt, caramel, and a subtle sweetness.
Medium plus astringency and body, medium carbonation, and full finish.
A heavy malt body really impedes the malt profile to shine through. It is a very good beer, only issue I have is I wish the malt was more pronounced.

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Photo of Spindelphia
4.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A very strong showing from River Horse. When fresh, this beer is top notch. Bright amber color with slight haze. For a NE style, it's perhaps not a hazy as one might expect. The smell is pungent citrus-y notes. It has a bit of a malty backbone, but once again the citrus shines here, thanks to the Buddhas Hand, which imparts a flavor that is definitely citrus-y, but perhaps a bit different than other 'citrus' beer you've had. Lots of citrus here, the mouthfeel is smooth and silky, but a lingering bitterness that falls somewhere in between a regular ipa and your standard imperial/double. It hides the 9% ABV well. Perhaps the best River Horse beer, they should make this year round if able to do so without the quality suffering. Slight knock on the overall because they don't date the bottles, and without a doubt this beer is best served fresh.

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Photo of Bluecrow
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

-2 cm of froth on a very cloudy tap pour. Sweet orange aroma and malt in the nose too. There are fruit flavors in the brew, but there is not a lot of depth. The finish has some heat.

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Photo of Biggtriksta
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Poured a beautiful bright orange color with a nice layer of bubbly head on top. While there is a little bit of light coming through the glass, this beer is very hazy.

S: Smells like a mixture of different fruit juices. Orange, mango, pineapple, and tangerine. No booziness in the aroma even though this beer sits around 9%.

T: Citrus all the way. Not very hoppy but definitely citrusy considering the description on the label. A lot of the same fruity notes mentioned in the smell. This is what I consider a juice bomb.

F: It's got a middle-of-the-road body with a little bit of a chalky finish. At times there's good carbonation, but also tastes somewhat flat. More alcohol burn at the finish than I picked up in the nose.

O: This beer is mostly loaded with intense citrus flavor. I wish the alcohol was toned down a little more in the finish and that there was more of a traditional hop presence.

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice look of hazy grapefruit juice color with a nice head. Peaches and tropical fruits all over the nose on this beer. So far...pretty darn good. Get a bit of the alcohol on the flavor along with grapefruit and pine. I don't get any of the fruit from the nose, maybe a bit of sweetness in there somewhere. To me this beer has a creamy mouthfeel and on the low side of bitterness. Definitely has a malty finish and backbone with ample carbonation. Decent but I was hoping for a bit more from the flavor.

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a hazy and milky looking orange color with a 1/2" head that falls to a thick surface covering.

Smell: loads of citrus and tropical fruits fill the aroma.

Taste: caramel, mango. orange, pineapple, mild lemon zest, and a big floral flavor. The bitterness is moderate here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry late. Long lasting tropical and floral tones on the tongue.

Overall: one of the best River Horse beers I have had. Really satisfying and refreshing.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours a beautiful hazy shade of orange-brown, almost like a very pulpy orange juice, with a fluffy, milky head that really sticks around. The combination almost makes this look like a damn creamsicle in a glass!

Smell- Huge citrus scents dominate the nose, with the primary being, of course, the buddha's hand fruit (Yes, I have actually eaten one, so I know). Orange peel, some slight floral notes, and just a hint of malt sweetness on the end.

Taste- Wow! Follows the nose, but there's a very respectable malt backbone here that gives the whole thing a juicy feel to it, combining perfectly with the bittering tang of the citrus and floral hops. This would be absolutely perfect on a hot day.

Feel- Medium to heavy for the style, almost creamy, which is perfect to coincide with the rest of the beer. Incredibly smooth.

Overall- Another outstanding brew from what is, in my opinion, the best brewery in NJ. I could drink this IPA on any given day of the year and be happy, since it doesn't overdo any one aspect like so many double IPAs.

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Photo of metter98
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has some hints of amber hues. It poured with a finger and a half high dense white head that died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—grapefruits and lemons really seem to stand out in particular.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has more complexity with flavors of grapefruit, lemons, mangos, and pine plus some hints of alcohol in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels crisp and a bit more than medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Imperial IPA is rather bold, both in its flavors and the mouthfeel. It wasn't as bitter as I would have expected it to be considering the amount of hops that must have been used.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of DJED69
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very well done. RH has stepped up the last coupe IPA releases. Pours a golden-orange with nice haziness. Leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Smell is fantastic! Sweet tropical fruit, citrus and dank hops. Taste follows suit. Some sweetness and malt followed by a bittering blast. 9% alcohol is well hidden. You can feel it in the body of the beer. Very good brew!

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

pours hazy and turbid, looks like pineapple juice with a thick creamy head

smell is sweet and juicy, tons of hops. like a hoppy juice, i like this

taste is amazing, damn. tons of juicy hops and is so creamy. a hoppy NE milkshake IPA. one of the best beers by River Horse. RH has killed it with this beer and their new Hippotizing IPA

this is really damn good, I just wish RH had bottled on dates because locally at the store I see their beers 100% of the time and i strongly prefer it fresh. their IPAs are damn good but only when relatively fresh

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Hippo's Hand Double India Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 60 ratings