Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale | River Horse Brewing Co.

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Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin AleHipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A festive Ale brewed with pumpkin and molasses. A variety of hand-crushed, whole spices set up an impressive aroma and well balanced taste.

Added by NJpadreFan on 07-18-2010

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Reviews by EPseja:
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4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Being an Imperial Pumpkin, this one was served from its 12oz. bottle at cellar temperature in a big brandy snifter.

A - Coppery orange pour with decent activity, but only a thin, filmy head remains after only 30 seconds. Some sediment at the bottom -- be sure to pour it in, as it definitely adds to the overall taste and mouthfeel as it also provides a nice murk to the look. Not much lacing to speak of.

S - Nice, caramel malts accentuated with a modest smattering of Pumpkin Pie spices in good balance so that no one is too overpowering -- cinnamon, ginger, allspice, clove are apparent. Some slight notes of pie crust as well.

T - Nicely malty, with an obvious alcohol presence shortly thereafter in the middle. The spices present are subtle, as an accent rather than a showcase. Ginger seems to find its way to the fore just ahead of cinnamon and way ahead of the other spices. A tinge of tartness tells of the pumpkin puree that's present, as well as perhaps some of the yeast in the sediment. Finish is sweet but crisply hoppy. Enjoyable.

M - Not very viscous on the way in, showing why the alcohol remains noticeable -- because it's not masked by syrupy sweetness -- which is not a bad thing. Fluffy and dense after rising in the mouth, becoming a tinge gassy in the swallow.

D - It's nice to see another Pumpkin Ale make its way onto the scene that's not overly spiced, and actually uses real pumpkin instead of simply adding Pumpkin Pie spices. In the Imperial Pumpkin category however, this beer has a lot to live up to. Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin still holds the top slot for me, but I'm happy to say that this one sits proudly nearby -- and at a better price point. The only major detriment is that I don't feel that this beer benefits from the extra alcohol. If it clocked in at about 7% instead of 9%, I'd say that it would be much more balanced and delicious overall.

One extra note: allow this beer to warm up to just above cellar temperature, as this will take the edge off the alcohol, and increase the depth of the smell and taste. Great job, River Horse!

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Photo of Tiernan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BigMarty1980
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%

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5/5  rDev +33%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, w/o freshness info, but with new graphics and 8.1% ABV

Pours hazed darker amber, oatmeal head, stays around for a good while, then turns inot a thicker collar and leaves ample fine lace.

Nose sadly is dominated by alcohol, with the expected pumpkin pie seasonings relagated to the background. Allspice, cinnimmon, vanilla and the crew.

Medium pumpkin notes, more alcohol tinged jabs to the palate, and more spices that make me think of fall and thanksgiving.

This beer is "hot" with alcohol notes and while not undrinkable, its not really all that pleasant, certaintly not easy drinking and not the greatest pumpkin beer out there this season.

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Photo of tigg924
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, high carbonation

Smell: rich pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg

Taste: rich pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, dry toasted malt, and a bit of sugary cream at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness in the background, high carbonation, medium bodied, dry--especially for the style

Overall: An above average to average pumpkin beer and certainly slightly below other imperial pumpkin ales. A good deal of dry malt and cinnamon here. Not bad, but I will look for other pumpkin ales first.

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3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of JC333
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of wattoclone
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Pours a cloudy, medium amber brown wiith a large, persistent white head from a growler supplied by CJ's in Towamencin PA. Aroma is pleasant aromatic, mostly vanilla, with some definite pumpkin pie notes. Taste is very smooth, malty and easy drinking. There is not much pumpkin or spice, but a subtle complex mixture of all of the above. Not as intense as the Neshaminy Creek imperial pumpkin "Punkless Dunkel", but nevertheless quite good and VERY sessionable. This delicious brew will please the palates of all but the most experienced beer drinkers who have destroyed their palates with over-the-top insanely intense brews.

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Photo of Jsonta
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of MattFlynn410
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.36/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Triklino
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a DFH snifter glass

A: Had a dark copper color with a small head that dissipated quickly. A ring of small bubbles remained around the rim.

S: Very nice aroma, not overpowering at all. The nutmeg and cinnamon come through nicely. This beer smelled great, but I think it was just a tad on the weak side. However, in this style I would prefer it to be subtle than completely in my face.

T: A nice pumpkin flavor, the spices from the aroma come through when drinking it. There is a nice balance between the spices/pumpkin and the malt backbone.

M/D: This beer is smooth with just a bit of heat form the alcohol. It is my first pumpkin of the season, and I think does a pretty good job overall. It would make for a nice sipper this fall, I probably wouldn't drink more than two in an evening.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

River Horse- Imperial Pumpkin Ale (Hipp-O-Lantern)

A- Dark hazy/ cloudy caramel brown with a thick white head. Good head retention and nice ringed lacing down the glass.
S- Spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, and Pumpkin with hints of caramel and vanilla.
T- Sweet brown sugar and caramel malt with plenty of spices. Nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon really come through with pumpkin and roasted butternut squash.
M- Thick sweet malt with a dry spicy twang. Thick sugary feel throughout the mouth, slightly cloying. A touch of warm boozy Alc. pokes through in the end.

Overall- The 1st Pumpkin of the season and I think it sets the bar pretty high. 1 of my friends said, "tastes like Autumn", and that's a good thing!

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Photo of Varkias41
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mackeyse
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KenC
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
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