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

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458 Ratings
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Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin AleHipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
458
Reviews:
128
Avg:
3.77
pDev:
13%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
85
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 458 |  Reviews: 128
Photo of baseball636
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mackeyse
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nick_Lucas
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent flavored pumpkin spice beer. Would have another if in the mood for a pumpking beer. Nice kick from the alcohol too.

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Photo of rolltide8425
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kingfireeater
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of let8it8grow
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ctylinebeer
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap into a tulip glass at Isaac Newtons in Newtown, PA. Not too much head, but the lacing is sticking all over the glass. The nose is mostly cinnamon and nut meg, but pumpkin is just coming through, more pulp than spice. The taste is kind of quad tasting with the spices. Alcohol is very prevalent. Kind of a syrupy mouth feel with a spicy finish. Overall it is s good seasonal beer, very much a pumpkin beer. It's enjoyable. Cheers!

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Photo of tastesogood
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of J30wang
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This tart, tomato-ey taste that leads to a nice rice-y flavor. I imagine this might be the copper flavor from the cans of the pumpkin puree (just imagination, I could totally be wrong lol not all pumpkin purees come from cans). Pumpkin has it's fruity flavors too--it's not all spice. This beer captures that quite well. Drinkable and definitely enjoyable.

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Photo of jgido759
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fosters9
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Davemilie
2.94/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Roberto11232
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PA-hunter
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 8.1% abv

Appearance- Pours a dark cinnamon brown color with two finger head with good retention. Forms a circular ring of lacing. Opaque.

Smell- Sweet nutty malt, light pumpkin aroma, minimal hints of clove/nutmeg like spices.

Taste- Caramel-like sweetness from the malt. A touch of honey. Pumpkin follows for a brief bit, before being taken to a spicy finish. Brown sugar is prominent with lingering sweetness, along with some nutmeg.

Mouthfeel- Heavy in body with active carbonation. Some alcohol burn.

Overall- A pleasant pumpkin ale, reminiscent of a really strong brown ale. The pumpkin is there, could have been a bit more but not bad. The spices werent over done, and the brown sugar notes were not bad at all. Easy drinking too for how big an ale this is. Very smooth. I would get this pumpkin ale again.

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Photo of Nishriver
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of johnpalisi
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Pav5069
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jsalz21
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dd43
3.64/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lot of pumpkin beers get shit on for having artificial taste or being overly spiced. I don't question the veracity of the ingredient list for River Horse Brewing's pumpkin beer, but I do feel the spicing was a little heavy handed. I prefer something a little more nuanced, such as the seasonals from weyerbacher and dogfish head. There wasn't anything particularly off putting about this bear, but they could dial it back a little. Nice booze level though, they shouldn't change that.

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Photo of A-Sox
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of njcraftguy
4.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

One of the very few Pumpkin beers I enjoy. Very smooth with tons of flavor but the Pumpkin doesn't over power it. Good stuff

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BuddyZ
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep orange with an eggshell white head that trails the glass. The smell was a bit more reserved than I thought it would be. There was some pumpkin and cinnamon but not as much as I thought there would be. The taste was great with a lot of pumpkin flavor up front and then spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and I think cardamom come through. Really liked this one.

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Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
3.77 out of 5 based on 458 ratings.
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