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 +26.1%
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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Photo of ralree
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
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 +19.5%
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 +18.1%
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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Photo of Lothore
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
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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Photo of CHickman
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
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 +15.4%
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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Photo of aahynick
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

40F in a pilsner glass

A- hazy light copper with a creamy head

S- both spicy and flowery aroma

T- sweet and spicy with rich malt character

M - almost a syrup like thickness felt

D- I was shocked because my Riverhorse experiences have been mediocre at best but this one could make me a IPA fan before long.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour - Hop-a-lot-amus pours a hazy, orangish amber color with a fluffy head that quickly fades and sinks back into the mire from which it came.

Aroma - Pine, citrus, sweet oranges, hops, hops and more hops. Smells like a potent hop cocktail.

Taste - Wow. This is the real deal. Super piney, citrusy, resiny and oh so hoppy. It numbs the tongue and tingles the teeth. All of the great flavors of an intensely hoppy IPA are there. One sip deserves another and another. Its made me warm and my hop sensors have overloaded. Thankfully there is enough sweet maltiness to tame this Hop-a-lot-amus and make sure it has an even temperament. We wouldn't it to become angry!

Overall - Seriously hoppy and seriously unfiltered, love it. Very drinkable and well balanced. I've tangled with the Hop-a-lot-amus and I am happy to say we are now friends.

Would I buy more of it? Of course. Its big, its hoppy and its delicious. It comes in a convenient four-pack as well.

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Photo of malloyca
4.14/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber color with nice lacing on the glass. This has grapefruit and orange aromas, as well as a very sweet malt component. There is plenty of astringent hop flavor here, but some of the bitterness also seems to come from roasted malt, rather than just the citrus hop flavors. There is also a pleasant caramel sweetness that balances the bitterness. It is creamy, thick and medium to full bodied.

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Photo of jaluria
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 4-pack of this during my last visit to NJ.

Poured a soft, clear yellow-orange color with a subtle off-white colored head that quickly dissipates. Just a touch of lacing is left behind in my goblet.

The aroma is subdued with hints of orange peel, roasted seeds and tangerine. The carbonation is pretty intense and yet the aromas are gentle and just slightly inticing.

The taste deviates from the aromas as the crisp hop flavors really come out. Citrus and grapefruit hop flavors seem to dominate. I cannot detect any Simcoe-style hops that have the pungent flavor profile. A flavorful beer with a bready malt profile that offsets the hops.

The beer is a bit thin and short-lived in my mouth. The finish is quite crisp and refreshing making it a really drinkable beer.

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Photo of treehouse
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nose - stank....malt..cheesy...a lot of farm up in this bizzle...

mouth...lively hops rounded well with the horseblanket...the tang stays in the cheeks, back in the throat...

a loooong ...long hop and stank in the mouth...

glad to have tasted, thank you amdy and thank you bbeane

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Photo of thain709
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured an orange body with some darker highlights around the edges...a small, white fluffy head disappeared quickly...but left some lacing

S - A very nice hop boutique...grapefruit, pine, and then more citrus fill the aroma...a very hop dominated nose

T - The flavor is the same as the nose in the sense that it is hop dominated...but don't be fulled because there is an impressive amount of sweet malts so this doesn't become overly bitter...the hops are there from beginning to end...they start out with the grapefruit flavors...and finish with a combo of pine and citrus making for a great bittersweet finish...the malts really shine in the middle present a caramel flavor...the alcohol is well hidden

M - Medium bodied...great finish that makes you come back for more...no alcohol

D - This was my first offering from River Horse and I'm very impressed with this DIPA...a great nose with a taste that is pretty balanced...the 8.5 ABV is well hidden but I would still take it into consideration...I would have this again!

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Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out with a light haze to it, the color was a golden copper. The head was big and foamy until it settled into just a thin film over top of the beer. The smell of the beer has a great smell of an IPA, very floral and citrusy, plenty of pine aromas and other tropical fruits. The taste of the beer gives off a healthy amount of hop bitterness on the tongue. The mouthfeel has a tingling sensation on the sides and back of your mouth that feels like you swallowed pine needles or something. This beer overall is really good. Definitely one of my favorites from River Horse.

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Photo of zoso1967
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before I get into this review, I just have to mention how much I love this beers name. Nice work.

Hop-a-lot-amus is served up a slightly cloudy dark amber color with a bit of copper to it. The head is parchment and looks quite sticky. It leaves stubborn lace behind as I drink.

The aroma is quite alluring. It has plenty of grapefruit and piney hops, but with a bit of earthy spice as well that adds a nice dimension. This smells like it is also going to be pretty balanced and has a good caramel malt component to it.

The flavor of the hops hit first and they hit pretty hard. Plenty of the same grapefruit and pine that I got in the nose are also present in the taste. The earthy spice also makes an appearance, and as the flavors mingle in my mouth a solid malty base comes into focus. It is nice and bready with hints of caramel and a bit of a fruity apricot like component. I am sure a lot of people would find this IPA too malt forward, but I think it stays just shy of being too malty.

This brew is medium bodied, but I would say it is noticeably fuller than most other of this style. It has a good amount of carbonation and finishes quite well with both the sweet and bitter components settling out well on the palate.

This is one of the two best beers that River Horse makes and possibly the best Jersey brewed IPA. It is a bit quirky, but that just makes it more interesting. Probably not for everyone, but I think it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of facundoCNB
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - poured a mellow amber, slightly cloudy with very little head.

S - smells of fruits (peaches, pear), sweet caramel, piney hops, slight hint of a rubber smell

T - a very malt heavy ipa with a spice to it.. almost seems like they used belgian yeast for fermentation. taste of pepper, bready, banana, lemon peel, pine, earthy hops, caramel

M - pretty heavy for an ipa, nice and thick. pretty sweet as well so it goes down quite easy. good for a hot day like today :)

O - one of river horse's best beers, way different than hop hazard - lots more unidentifiable flavors! just gotta be careful because they are really tasty and "light" feeling, until you've drank the 4-pack and realize you're walking down the highway naked with a puppy cradled in your arms.

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Photo of jadpsu
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear red amber with an abundant head that has excellent retention.
Aroma, leads with pungent hops, do not pick up maltiness here.
Actually a little sweet caranel maltiness at the start , then you get the hops along with some
pine nuts.
medium to heavier body. Chewy, creamy and dry.
Son-in Law from MS bought this at a family wedding weekend in N.J. Thanks to him.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

burnt orange amber. A nice about one inch head graced the top from the very beginning, this slowly faded to reveal just a film across the top. No significant side glass lacing on this one. Decent carbonation could be seen rising up from the bottom of the glass. Nice overall look.

Lots of piney citrus likes hops dominated the aroma. But the story was much more complex then that. Lots of balance was present as well. Some good earthy grains and sugar were also present and well represented. Nice balanced smell nothign really blowing you down in either direction. Super smooth with a delicate underlying malt layer. Lots of sweet orange peel and sugar, a hint of some grapefruit. Very nice fresh cut grass flavor as well. Alot more complex then your typical hop bomb. Very well crafted.

Super smooth again, Decent carbonation led to a good mouthfeel. Nothing slick or oily. Nothing watered down either. A good ole fashioned nice sipper

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Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby red amber body with good head and lace along with a textbook smell of citric hops and malty sweetness. Great citric hoppy bitterness mixed with fruit tastes like grapefruit and a caramel malt sweetness all tucked in a medium body that passes over smooth and finishes dry. A graet DIPA that mixes boatloads of hops with sweet malts for an easy to drink yet very full brew.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to seanpachefddfa for this wonderful extra!

Bottle poured into a standard pint glass. Pours a beautiful orange amber color that is very hazy, I assume this is unfiltered. Pour produces a large light tan head with great retention and great lacing. Really great look.

The nose is very strong on the grapefruit notes. I swear it smells like someone squeezed a grapefruit right into my glass. Despite the strong grapefruit hop notes, I can detect the malt backbone. This is absolutely beautiful and I'm enjoying just smelling this bad boy.

The taste starts out with a nice balance between the earthy bitterness and the malt backbone. As the battle ensues, the bitterness wins out and there is a big earthy and piney bitter taste. The malt backbone seems almost as if it is lightly toasted, but thats just a guess. Finishes slightly dry and bitter. I'm a little disappointed in the taste department after that whale of a nose.

The mouthfeel is medium body with a large bitter aftertaste. Alcohol is not detectable at all. Possibly slightly over-carbonated, but thats just nit-picking.

Drinkability is ok, nothing special. I wish the taste was more like the nose in that the citrus and floral hops would be more forward. Still, this is a very drinkable very bitter beer.

Overall, a solid offering from a brewery I know nothing about. I'm pretty impressed and wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of tjd112
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Flying Fish Pint Glass; a white finger head on a hazy brown body. Smells heavily of apricots, and tastes like caramel at first with a hop finish, although some fruity notes are detected within. Smooth with a dry finish, mouthfeel medium to heavy, and this is suprisingly drinkable for a strong IPA

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue Tulip. 8.5% ABV, no date, "Unfiltered Double India Pale Ale" Awesome bottle design!

Thanks a lot to NeroFiddled for this-here bottle!

A - I'm glad the bottle reads "Unfiltered" because it pours a completely murky brown-orange color. No light gets through it. The three-finger tan head rises fast and refuses to settle! Minutes go by before it begins lowering. The dense bubbles cling to the glass with all their might though, leaving few open areas to see though.

S - Huge amounts of hops pour out of the bottle as soon as the cap is cracked and even more when it's poured! It's very well-balanced between a submissive, rich malty sweetness and the strong grapefruit citrus hop-bomb that this is. While the aroma is potent and dominating, it's a bit one-dimensional. Beefy and strong without a whole lot of nuances. Great though!

T - Talk about a hop-slap in the face by a fat hippo! The hops are immediately crisp and full of pine with a hearty grapefruit zing to 'em. A bit head-twitching if you aren't expecting it. The malts aren't tasted as much as they are felt in the background just holding everything together nicely with a mild sweetness. Like the aroma, while the flavor is undoubtedly good, it's a bit on the one-dimensional side. Hoppy, hoppy, hoppy. Little nuances to be pulled from within.

M - Full-bodied and round with a good balance, it's crisp and really dry to the finish with one hell of a kick. A citrus-hop bitterness that'll knock your socks loose.

D - I already want more River Horse beers. This is very good and a good drinkable DIPA as well. Lacking a bit of depth but still successful nonetheless. Definitely a punch of hops to the face on this one.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Beer is orangish and slightly hazey. Large soapy, white head with lots of large bubbles fill the top of the glass leaving lacing as it falls away. Medium to low carbonation, average sized bubbles passing through the beer. Smell is not impressive. You can pick up hints of alcohol and some hop character. The malt is also present in the smell, its just not what I expect from an imperial IPA, its not bad, just not that impressive.
Smooth tasting, most of the bitterness is late in the mouth, almost an aftertaste but not quite. High malt, this is what a DIPA should taste like. It is very impressive and balanced. The bitterness and complexity of the hop character does an adequate job masking the almost 9% ABV. The second taste, milder, less of an aftertaste. This is probably one of the most drinkable and balance DIPA I've ever had. Very interesting. Check it out. This is the first beer I've had from River Horse, I'll keep my eye out for them in the area. Cheers!

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very hazy red-orange body, topped by four fingers of just-off-white rocky foam.

Nice inviting aroma of citrus, heavy on the orange.

Thick malty base beginning. Quickly followed by a burst of exploding juicy fruits everywhere. Mix of bitter and sweet in the aftertaste.

Somewhat sloppy mouthfeel. Solid drinkability. Invites revisiting.

The recreation of River Horse continues, with a solid winner here.

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Photo of Tomdee74
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this a few times but most recently on tap. It was decent i must say..

A - Pours a great DIPA color. Orangeish/amber light brown color with a good head and pretty good lacing.

S - I smell the floral, fruity hops but not pungent and not overpowering which is what i would prefer.

T - Decent taste to it. Not horrible at all and I wouldn't go crazy seeking this out when there are so many good beers. but this is worthy. i was not disappointed in it.

D - Pretty drinkable. I could easily have a couple of these. I'm happy to try these however i won't be seeking this out as a must have.

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