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 tmars13
1/5  rDev -72.1%

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1.24/5  rDev -65.5%

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1.5/5  rDev -58.2%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber/copper color with about a 1half finger head which seems to retain and stick well. Lots of floral hops on the nose. Medium to big body with lots of carbonation and graininess. Hops are the star of this show, very subtle malt sweetness up front but not much. The hops taste is nice but there isn't much else going on. Some herbal spiciness is also present. Bitterness is high for those that are into that type of thing. It builds slightly but not as bad as others I've had. Didn't live up to my expectations.

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

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2/5  rDev -44.3%

Photo of microbrewlover
2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This brew pours a nice deep copper color. There is a one finger head which takes a few minuets to disspate and lacing which stays on the glass till the end.

The smell is of floral hops, some grapefruit, I could not detect anything else.

The mouthfeel is light, mostly creamy, a bit bready.

The taste starts out with floral hops and grapefruit then that is it. This brew calls itself a double IPA but I did not detect enough hops for this beer to be a single IPA. No subtle flavors, no malts, fruits or spices, nothing but a slight grapefruit taste then the hop oils sit on the tounge leaving hop bitterness without the hop flavor.

I was very dissapointed by this beer. I had heard good things about River Horse and the Double IPA moniker had left me expecting a hop feast and instead I got a hop meh. I hate to say, this brew was just weak.

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Photo of HeroicDoses
2.08/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I'd equate Hop-A-Lotamus to the moment in the movie Slap Shot when the second the puck is dropped to start a game, a massive brawl erupts. "Too much...too soon." I believe is the line at that point, and this beer is the same thing. Just too many f'ing hops for my taste. One is great, but by the end of it it becomes obnoxious. Completely overpowering and uber-sticky. If that's your thing, then this is your holy grail. If it's not (or even slightly not), this is like drinking hop flavored cement. There is no balance or smooth finish with this beer, it's as advertised, an f'ing ton of hops.

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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of q33jeff
2.55/5  rDev -29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25


Aroma is spice, bread, some hops but not as much as you would expect for a dipa.
Appearance is clear Dark orange, medium white head.
Taste is a little funky and a little medicine-like. Breast and malty.



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Photo of jeffthecheff
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks steve for the bottle. No freshness date.

Like the bottle says, this is certainly unfiltered. It has a reddish copper color that is completely opaque. The head is white and forms with good lacing.

The aroma reminded me of a barleywine. There is a good amount of malts in the nose that creates a sweet, candy like aroma with a good amount of yeasty fruitiness. The hops fight through and are detectable in the nose, but its not as hoppy as your typical DIPA. There is a good amount of pine. I like the aroma, but it doesn't fit the profile of a DIPA.

The flavor is very sweet, very bitter, and has an intense finish of alcohol and strong bitterness. Some dark caramel malts are in this beer that provide the dark sweetness. The hop flavor is kind of confusing because it battles so much with the huge bite of bitter and sweet. This is an intense ale, and reminds me more of a decent tasting barleywine than a DIPA.

The body on this beer could be a little drier, even if they were going for the so called "balanced DIPA." You can feel the bitterness before you even swallow, and once you do, its all you remember in both the flavor and the mouthfeel. I would keep away from this if your looking for a hoppy DIPA. Even if I graded this as a barleywine, its still not all that great. I really don't want to finish this glass....

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of DmanGTR
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured hazy burnt orange with a well formed 1" white head that left ample lacing in the tulip. This is an unfiltered beer, hence the haziness. Looks lovely to me! 4.5

S - Huge malt backbone of cereal grains, caramel, and deep fruits. Hops balance well with the malts with tones of passionfruit, pineapple, and a bit of "tropical fruit" smell. Maybe the hops could use a little boost in terms of intensity. 4.0

T - Wow this is bitter. Very bitter. It kind of caught me off guard, as I was expecting a burst of fruity and citrusy hop flavor. Instead all I get is a one-dimensional caramel and bitterness slap in the face. To boot, all flavors die nearly immediately except for bitterness, which lingers like bitter medicine. This is rather off-putting... 2.0

M - Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and prickles the palate. 3.5

D - The taste is really hindering this. 2.0

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Photo of Kegatron
2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a deep hazy copper, with 2-3 fingers of very foamy eggshell-white head. This retains with a rigid 1/4 finger of rich froth that slathers the sides of the glass with thick sticky lacing. The aroma has a deep earthy tang, that is full of herbal accents and sweet fruits, along with a very spicy smelling edge to it that gives this some sharpness in the nose. Backing malts have a stiff graininess to them.

The taste majorly bitter and spicy, to much so in fact, with citrus rings and (to a lesser extent) pine spreading across the back of the throat. Tropical fruits, toasted grainy sweetness, and some darker earthy character try to soften some of the intensity from the hops but the drying bitterness of this just gets to be too much. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a mellow creaminess and slick feel but some sharpness from the heavy hops spices definitely adds a intermingling prickle to this as well. For an 8.5% beer, the alcohol isn't out of control or anything but there is just enough to help intensify that bitterness to the point where it hinders the drinkibility.

Wow, this ended up just being one disappointing hot mess of a DIPA. If unbalanced out-of-control spice and bitterness are your thing then I say go for it but I personally didn't even want to finish the bottle. Just not my thing.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.84/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

"The fabled Hop-a-lot-amus is a mythical creature. The heavy hop character of this Double IPA is as subtle as a 'river horse' in your lap, but finishes like a hippo in a tutu."

--rear label

Beautifully blurry dark persimmon with bright orange accents along the edges. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with a whipped creamy crown of golden ecru colored foam that isn't shy about laying down lace. What a gorgeous DIPA.

Caramel malt is too prominent in the nose. As a result, the hoppiness isn't anywhere near powerful enough for the style. The less than classic hop lineup includes Perle, Cluster and Cascade. A faint citrusiness isn't enough to cover a vegetal-metallic character that better not appear on the palate or this will be a long 12 ounces.

Hop-a-lot-amus is not a very good DIPA as far as this hophead is concerned. There's too much flavor from caramel malt, the hops add more bitterness than flavor, and there's a solvent-like quality that is never found in good beer. Yeah, there may be a-lot-a IBUs, but that means nothing in isolation. Make that less than nothing.

A still impressive bitterness suggests that this bottle isn't old. River Horse now brews this DIPA year-round, so age is impossible to estimate. That's important because the beer tastes worn out and rough around the edges, though it's probably just poorly conceived and constructed. Specifics include steely caramel, orange oil, pine resin, metal shavings, tea leaves and a shot of grain alcohol.

The mouthfeel isn't bad, as long as one is successful in filtering out what's happening on the taste buds. It's at least medium for the style, has a smoothness born of soft-edged carbonation and is faintly sticky on the finish.

Hop-a-lot-amus has a great name and a pretty cool label. Unfortunately, that is where the positives end. River Horse has never impressed me and this sad sack DIPA does absolutely nothing to change that. What a hippo-sized disappointment.

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Photo of rawhydes1
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber color, with average head and retention.

Smells of pine, with very pine, resiny, oily mouthfeel.

Due to it's oily viscosity, not the most drinkable beer.

This beer did not impress me at first, but I will say, however, that the second beer did grow on me a bit.

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Photo of stellashay
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: cloudy, amber colored with plenty of sediment evident (since it is an unfiltered IPA). About a one inch head that dissipated fairly quickly.

S: sweeter than I would have expected this type of beer to smell, and definitely a sweeter scent than your typical IPA.

T: As the beer first rolls over your tongue it tastes seriously malty and slightly sweet, but finishes with a bitter taste that seems to coat the tongue and leaves you wanting to try that whole sip thing again.

M: Thick in consistency but not syrupy. Light, but enough, carbonation.

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Photo of TheDudeRules
2.92/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my Founders Snifter. Pretty sure my Darkness snifter is getting jealous.

Got this as a random from Groove. I think he emptied out his fridge and sent me all his bunk juice. It's a tick nontheless.

Pours an apricot/burnt honey color. Thick pillowy finger of off white head. Two dark brown spots lay in there like lonely islands. The bottle sediment from being unfiltered. Lacing is rather prominent and cemented to my glass.

Lots of sweet in the nose. Citrus, malt. I even get a little sugar cookie in there.

Jesus. That is a mouthful of weird. Biting hops that immediately cuts to dry. The malt and biscuit try to come through but can't. Thank the lord. This is pretty awful. A dry flavorless dipa.

Thanks for the tick, but keep the bunk in your own fridge

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.96/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a brown orange with not much head but good lacing. It says its unfiltered but it doesn't look it. I was expecting it to be a bit more cloudy body.
Aroma is of malts. Smells like a macro trying to be micro.
Taste is malty up front but has a bitter hoppy sweet and fruity but lacks some real personality.
Slightly bitter but the alcohol is hidden nice.
Overall, its drinkable but not a great example of what a dipa should be. I wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of aglose45
2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a hazy, ruby/golden brown color, with an ivory colored head.

S: Smells of sweet fruity esters and maltyness.

T: Minimal amount of cirrus hop flavor and too much sweet malt. While there is a limited amount of hop flavor, there is however some hop bitterness. Fruity esters also play a role in the flavor.

M: Medium bodied, minimal amount of hop resin, and good carbonation.

D: Ehh. Not bad, not good..it's average...

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