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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2.53/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a cloudy, brownish, amber color with a small, soapy, off-white head.

S: There's a light metallic note to it and some water there as well. Very heavy on the spice/herb notes. There's a ot of cinnamon and nutmeg along with a bit of sage. Some light grass and bready malt.

T: The flavor is almost savory/meaty. A light smoke note, some cardboard, and minimal pumpkin. There is also a moderate spice note, mostly the same ones as detected on the aroma.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.

O: Not a good aroma or flavor. Pretty bad pumpkin beer.

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2.6/5  rDev -30.9%

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2.68/5  rDev -28.7%

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2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was served from the cask at the Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a standard mug. The coloring was darkish, muddy brown, with tawny streaks when given light. There was zero head, despite the room, and no lacing was observed throughout. There was a thick hazy and spotty sediment, while carbonation remained low. The aroma was of funk, must, moss, and butter. The pumpkin, however, came across more as synthetic orange, with a nectary and floral backdrop. With further warmth the pumpkin became more genuine, but it was still sour and a bit vinegary. There was some sweetness of confectioner sugar, with some wood and vanilla frosting to round things out. The taste began with obvious pumpkin meat and seed, with salty malts, a hint of spice, and some apple sweetness. The middle offered cinnamon cider, lighter malts, more milder pumpkin, and light citrus. We finished with more cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper. The apple was there, and the beer tasted cidery, but there were actually some hops here at the very end. The aftertaste was more souring and lactic, with cream, barnyard grass, and light booze. The body was medium, and the carbonation was virtually nonexistent. Even with a swirl bubbles could not be produced. There was faint drying of wood, with what is ultimately a light coat. The abv was standard and the drinkability is okay.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the nectary and floral aromas, which helped keep things light. The cidery qualities were nice as well, but the souring was uncalled for. They should have either gone for it completely with the bitters and sours, or not at all. It left a bizarre muddled feel to the flavor. Additionally, the beer was horribly flat, making the mouthfeel none too exciting.

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2.73/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks, Arne. Shared as part of a pumpkin ale tasting. From notes.

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange body. Low carbonation.

S: Crystal malt is evident, contributing toffee, brown sugar. Nutmeg and cinnamon on the nose, but they're subdued and inexpressive against the heavy, malty body. This reads more like a barleywine with some pumpkin spices than a true pumpkin ale.

T: The spices noted above are found on the taste, but they take a backseat to the all-too-sweet malt presence. Toffee and brown sugar weigh heavily on the palate. There is a lingering bitterness that reveals the presence of hops; this prevents the beer from getting cloying, but it is definitely on the sweet side.

M: Rich, full-bodied. Alcohol is evident; it seems unnecessary and I find it a turn-off in this beer, which already lacks subtlety in the flavor.

D: Not recommended. One of the poorer showings that night.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber with a decent head.

Aroma: Cinn, nutmeg, vanilla, allspice, clove, and faint pumkin

Taste: Same as aroma with a faint hoppiness that is hidden beneath the pumkin pie spices listed above. The alcohol is prevelant on this one.

Overall: Not too good, not too bad. If you are looking for a decent 4-pack of a imperial pumkin, it is worth a try. A bit too bitter up front for the style...pumpkin flavors are weak. I would skip this one and get the Southern Tier Pumking if you truly want to enjoy this style of beer in a tastier, more balanced form.

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2.92/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice one-finger, rice colored head greets you in the glass. It all but disappears into the cloudy, amber-earth colored beer. Hard to see any sort of carbonation or lacing. Whiffs are smoky, definitely pumpkiny, with an obvious cinnamon and allspice influence. Upon a sip, there’s a chaotic, if fleeting, dark pumpkin taste, followed by a big, hot hit of alcohol. The beer finishes with distinct suggestions of raisin, plum, cinnamon, and a strong helping of malts; perhaps a little bit of marzipan floats around as well. The brew has a little life to it in its carbonation.

Overall: River Horse seems to have missed the mark with this one. While pumpkin meat and spices do appear in the beer, it’s overpowered by a very malt liquor-like alcohol hotness that is distracting and, honestly, unpleasant.

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look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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