Hop-a-lot-amus | River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by AltBock on 12-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Risser09
4.59/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a hazy garnet/orange with a 2" tall ivory head. It looks very foamy, but also has large bubbles sitting on its surface in the middle. Great retention and some spotty lace.

Smell: Delicious aromas of sweet grapefruit, spring blossoms and some bitter pine underneath. Sweet pale malts and a tad bit of cereal.

TasteL Bountiful bitterness of grapefruit and lemon, with some grassy fresh tones as well. Sweet pale malt balances the beer as best it can. I believe this beer tastes as good as any of the other great DIPAs out there.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, bitter, fresh, hoppy and an alcohol burn for the finish. Plenty of active carbonation.

Drinkability: Awesome. This beer is comparable to any great DIPA, and I could drink quite a few of them since the abv is only 8.5%. The best beer to come out of New Jersey.

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +25.3%

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Photo of ralree
4.42/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice cloudy orange, 1-finger white head, not fluffy and short-lived. Lacing is good.

S: Rather caramelly and sugary malt with a great hop kick. Great flowering hop smell is the main meat of this aroma.

T: Really strong out of the gate, hits you like a door in the face with insane hops and alcohol, with a nice sweet malt underneath. Malt is a bit smoky, and the alcohol quickly becomes less noticeable because of the hops. Totally awesome beer for hopheads!

M: A bit over-carbonated, but bearable. Syrupy like mad. Non-astringent.

D: This is so rich that it's actually harder to drink than many beers. It's really the only part they could improve, but this beer isn't made to be drinkable by all, just to destroy mouths with hop madness. Well done!

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Photo of berpwillie
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy orange copper color with a bout a half inch of very fluffy head which stuck around for the length of the beer. the head reminded me of some fluff(marshmallow), with lots of fluffy lace. unlike some of the others that reviewed this beer i really enjoyed. i was set aside by the lack of "other flavors" i liked the fact that the hop flavor basically slapped me in the face. First sip of this beer opened up my sinus, it was extremely hoppy and bitter and very enjoyable.

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Photo of Amalak
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It had a bronze color to it with good sediment and an excellent head and lace. Has a caramel, citrusy taste.

It has a very smooth hoppy flavor. The caramel comes through in the taste. There's a nice citrusy, hoppiness to it as well. I really enjoy this IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a nice orangey hue with a 2 finger, frothy, eggshell head that leaves lots of lacing as it dissipates.

S- A bouquet of citrus, wheaty grains, grapefruit.

T- Bready with a huge wave of grapefruit that overtakes the palate and finishes pretty bitter.

M- Medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Definitely an underrated beer in my opinion. This is exactly the direction I love my DIPAs to go, lots of grapefruit hops, bitter finish, malt doesn't come to the front end at all.

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of CHickman
4.24/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy amber orange color with a 1/2 inch creamy tan head; smells of hops and orange peel.

Tastes of sweet floral hops, grapefruit, malt, pine, a hint of spice and a touch of cinnamon or some other flavor which I couldn't pin down. It tails off crisp and bitter with light carbonation and a little resin. A very balanced and enjoyable beer that has a nice hop flavor throughout, along with a nice taste of grapefruit up front which makes it overall very enjoyable. The ABV was not a factor as the sweet hop taste dominates the palate.

A very good beer which I recommend as I could drink this beer all night! For a DIPA with 8.5% ABV, this went down smooth and easy.

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Photo of bgjohnston
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazy copper color with a tan head that stays with you for at least the first couple of sips, then sticking to the glass. Light but steady carbonation.

Smell is the kind of DIPA smell that I like: fragrant grapefruit with a hint of pine resin. And the taste gives more of the same. I know there is some malt in there, keeping the bitter edge muted until the very end, but it ultimately gives up, finishing with a final bitter knock-out punch.

The mouth feel is full, but not overwhelming. If I were 20 years younger, I would have pounded 3 of them by now, so I give it high marks for drinkability, although you really should watch yourself. 8.5% ABV is a very dangerous zone for drinkability.

I wasn't sure what to think about this new beer (to me) from New Jersey, of all places. Having lived there for a while, I had never heard of this beer or brewery, and now really wish I had.

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Hop-a-lot-amus from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 390 ratings
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