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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Reviews: 137 | Ratings: 389
Photo of Act25
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a fan of this brewer, though as a NJ guy I want to be. Carton & Kane rule NJ.
This beer tried several times and upgraded, may be River Horse's best.

A: Cloudy almost muddy, brown amber in color with a modest 1 finger head that falls fast but leaves a spotty, again almost a mud spray lace.

Smell: Caramel and bread are topped by resiny, grassy hops. A bit of that Saranac stink.

Taste: Follows smell, almost a sticky bun kind of beer, bready caramel with grass, grapefruit, cinammon, and a lot of long bitterness. Alcohol is not so noticeable as the bitter, peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, sticky late. A peppery taste as the bitterness and citrus ride the tongue for a while, but too sticky/muddy for my mouth.

Drinkability: I like it tho it's muddled, it's a big flavored beer, a slow sipper.

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Photo of DannyS
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass

A - A pretty dark amber, mostly clear save for a little bit of haze.head dissolves quick and leaves thin lacing.
S - Bready and a little peppery, but also a bit boozy on the nose.

T - A lot more malty than I expected. A bit resiny and fruity, with quickly fading hop bitterness. Slight bitterness on the aftertaste. Not very complex but easy drinking. No noticeable alcohol burn.

M - Carbonation is light and mouthfeel is not too weighty. Just right for the style.

Overall - It's inoffensive but doesn't pack a whole lot in flavor complexity. I was expecting something much bigger and bolder.

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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 mvanaskie13
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a sam adams custom glass, color is darker side of dipas, amber, opaque, head color is light tan, with presentation at 1/2 inch thick and then some lacing with a good lingering head.

Smell is interesting, very malt forward, i pick up some vienna or toasted malts, light biscuit; hop notes are subdued, maybe light citrus.

Taste is similarly interesting, malt presence is strong, but not sweet, toasted malts maybe some vienna or munich malts; hops are more noticeable than in the smell, lightly fruity, spicy, earthy, with some pine finishing.

Mouthfeel is right on for a dipa, strong on the tongue, drying but not overly so. Very hard to believe the strength of this brew, well done in the taste and mouthfeel.

Overall, I enjoy this brew very much, the unfiltered style and toast or vienna malts make it unique, not overly bitter but enough to make up its strength.

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Photo of sjones5045
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown and hazy. I guess what you'd expect from an unfiltered beer but not really a beer that looks like a smooth DIPA. There really isn't a strong hop smell that comes with the class. A bit disappointed in the look and smell of this and my expect ions aren't high. The taste is OK but nothing memorable. Pretty plain taste and it comes close to over the top bitter hop aftertaste. I would not seek this out again.

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Photo of jmunsters
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brought back to Michigan for me as a Christmas gift from my in-laws hometown. Still fresh enough to rate confidentially as a DIPA.

Poured a light amber with a finger head that clings hard to the snifter glass. Smell of hops and sweet, ripe North American summer fruits. Tastes of light pine, hints of citrus and strong strawberry jam. Decent carbonation, a bit of stinging alcohol and a clean finish for a DIPA.

Overall: There's a lot going on here. If I tasted this blind I would have labelled it a fruit beer. Malts are not profound enough to make the color what it is. I would bet strawberries of some sort lend to the color and flavor.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Murky orange-amber with two-and-a-half-finger, white, creamy head that lasted a long time. Great lacing.

S: Caramel malt and floral.

T: Light to moderate sweetness and solid hop bitterness. Bitter and alcoholic.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Smooth and refreshing.

O: This beer looks phenomenal in the glass. The smell and taste were underwhelming though.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter glass.

Appearance: This looks borderline perfect. Cloudy deep amber held towards the light you see little bubbles on the body with the right size off-white head about 1/3" off the body.

Smell: Light hop smell but strong floral feel. It feels like smelling a forest but no poo.

Taste: Has a bitter taste that you will not forget. It isn't bad is definitively acquired. I love Double IPAs and this one is to remember. Floral, bitter, piney but still smooth. It might come off light to some but after a few sips it feels just right.

Mouth: Medium to heavy smooth and right. This is a crisp beer that comes off toasty in the end. Think your Vienna lager meeting an IPA.

Overall: Great brew, I was already drinking before taking a glance at the previous reviews and this beer has something more than potential. It's that good. Grab a movie and a glass and you're good to go....Salud!

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Photo of nimrod979
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle into a pint glass. Didn't feel like getting too fancy.

Appearance: Poured a murky opaque copper with a two finger light tan head. Retention holds up quite well and there there's a lot of sticky lacing all over. Definitely unfiltered.

Aroma: Nice big grapefruit citrus. Some pine/resin oil and caramel malts

Taste: Starts with that grapefruit citrusy hop, some hemp oil earthiness and a fairly prevalent caramel malty sweetness. It actually kind of reminds me of an English IPA with the flavor profile I'm getting. Just everything turned up a notch.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. A little oily but chewy mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Plenty of sweetness throughout with a decent bitter finish.

Nothing groundbreaking per the style but a decent enough beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A lot of things on this one strike me as "different" for a dipa. First, it's very dark. And the flavor profile is very oily with a subdued pine tone. The nose is very much so pine influenced. It might be considered a bit misleading as it doesn't taste as interesting as the nose might lead one to believe. Overall though, it is an okay ale. This really doesn't strike me as a dipa. But as a beer, unrestricted by style parameters, it isn't too bad.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Not the clearest looking DIPA (unfiltered?) with a 1/2 inch of tan colored head. Mild sediment and some lacing.

S - Smell is good citrus and grapefruit hops with a caramel like malt bite and a touch of sugar cookie like sweetness. Mild sweetness.

T - Not bad it does borderline on a "dirty" IPA with earthy like bitterness next to the regular citrus/grapefruit mending. The caramel like malts and sweetness help to block any detection of ABV so no alcohol in the flavor. Still I have had better.

M - Medium and kind of chewy. Not sure if a DIPA should be chewy.

Overall it wasn't the worst DIPA I ever had but it was worth the $1.75 for sure. Maybe they should filter it so it would look cleaner and balance some of those hops.

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Photo of gkatsoris
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy and murky; swampy. Thin head, but lots of lacing. The color is drab brown.

S: Wow! Floral hops and slight slight malts. Sugar cookies. Buttery.

T: Maybe not the freshest bottle. Pretty blah.

M: Thick and fluffy.

O: Sorry to say; meh.

I should note I have had this on tap and it was spectacular; unlike this pour.

thanks redliner8!

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Photo of microbrewlover
2.03/5  rDev -44.2%
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 mikeg67
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours hazy-orange with a long lasting, off-white head and a lot of lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, citrusy hops and some fruity esters. Body is full and smooth. A lot of piney, grapefruity hops balanced on the palate by large amount of caramel and biscuit malt. Finish is long lasting, dry, grapefruity. Solid brew. I think I will be buying more of River Horse brews.

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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 MDDMD
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-golden color with a white head and some lacing

S-citrus fruit and yeasty bread aromas

T-fruit and yeasty bread flavors with some sweetness and moderate bitterness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, a slight stickiness to it

O-a decent DIPA but nothing distinguishing about it

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
2.96/5  rDev -18.7%
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 NoLeafClover44
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a shaped dogfish pint.

A - This is an unfiltered DIPA and it looks like it. Very cloudy auburn. It is entirely opaque. A large white-ish head that sticks around. Leaves a beautiful lacing all the way down the glass.

S - Pine and citrus with a sweet malt backbone. Not much hops on the nose, very sweet.

T - Sweet malt followed by an overwhelming taste of pine and floral notes. Finishes with a stanky acidic hop character that coats the tongue. It isn't terribly unbalanced, but not perfect.

M - Decent carbonation, medium thickness. I think its a bit too syrupy for the style, although the cloudy look suggested it may be.

O - I picked it up in a mix-a-six because I like hippos and hops. Sometimes that's all it takes for a beer to end up in my six pack. It is not bad, but not worth the 11.99/4 pack regular price that it has at Wegmans.

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Photo of justintcoons
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazed burnt amber with 3 fingers of foamy off-white head that dissipates slowly. Moderate carbonation.

N: Pine, navel orange, tangerine, lemon, rich caramel and light fruity esters.

T: Pine, lemon zest and tangerine upfront followed by pine needles and rich caramel that is bordering toffee. Finishes with lemon zest, orange cream and pine.

M: Medium-full bodied, chewy, creamy, sticky and dry.

O: Rich with hops and caramel but comes off a bit astringent and almost cloying. Tastes bigger than it is in a negative way. Just not balanced enough for me.

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Photo of BuzzLitebier
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this from a bottle into a snifter.

It was kind of a caramel brown and slightly cloudy with virtually no head. There was some non-persistent lacing.

Sweet and malty nose dominated the beer with some hops but not much.

Taste had some hops but lots of malt with kind of a bitter linger and a bit of astringency on the end.

The mouth feel was OK- but nothing to write home about. It wasn't terribly thick for a double, but it did have nice carbonation.

It's a solid offering, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out.

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Photo of nickfl
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with two fingers of white foam on top of a slightly hazy, dark copper colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - Spicy hops with a hint of pine and caramel.

T - Caramel malt up front with some red apple. Pine and sweaty hop flavors come out in the middle and are pushed aside by thick, bready malt as the finish settles in. Lingering fruity yeast and soapy hop bitterness.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate bitterness, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Thick, malty and kind of overbearing. The hops are excessively muddy and kind of get lost in the malt. I didn't really care for this one.

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Photo of avalon07
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark brown-orange color and a hazy texture. There was a big, foamy, long-lasting head. OK lacing.

S: A very hoppy aroma, with traces of malt and pine as well.

T: Tasted of hops, pine, malt, caramel, and a hint of grain. A decent enough flavor, though surprisingly it wasn't as hoppy as most DIPAs out there.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a somewhat earthy finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a pretty good, generally well done beer.

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Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -45.1%
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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Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep copper brew with a little ruby tint, slightly hazy, medium sized head, a lot of lacing.

S - Grapefruit pith on the nose, a bit of caramel malt backbone, a hint of pepper.

T - A bit of caramel malt sweetness and biscuity flavors upfront, as well as grapefruit pith and a touch of white pepper. Aftertaste is lingering peppery flavor with a bit of pithy bitterness with a very, very slight hint of aspirin.

M - A little smooth, a little thick, a little refreshing.

D - Not bad. No trouble drinking it. The flavors don't wow or awe you, but they are pleasant enough. A solid DIPA, even if it isn't great.

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Photo of Krakistophales
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a light red with almost no head and just a bit of a white halo.

S: A touch of grassy hops, a bit of sweet malts, and some spice character, though it's all pretty mellow.

T: At first, you get a nice shot of grass hop bitterness, with the middle entering just a bit of sweet malts, maybe caramel, and the finish is just another bitter blast, but not in a refreshing or shocking way, rather dull.

O: This one is OK, but I expected more and there are far better IIPA options than this.

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