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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of CHADMC3
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber to copper color body with a two inch tan head that slowly dissipates to leav a consistent lacing behind.

Appealing aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, and toasted malts float from the glass.

The flavor is packed with chewy pumpkin, nutmeg, and fall spice as well as sweet breads and toasted malt.

Medium in both body and carbonation with a bit of a chewy, pumpkin finish.

This is one of the best pumkins I've had after the big two. Great beer.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Jimmys
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into tulip. no bottled on date.

A: one of the darkest pumpkin beers i have ever seen. i would say this is more of a medium hazed brown than an orange. head is white and frothy. retention is thick and stays. darker, but still a good looking brew.

S: mostly cinnamon. all-spice and ginger too. the aroma definitely lures the ones that are prone to a spicy seasonal drink. reminds me a little of mulled cider.

T: spicy body throughout with a reasonable malt backbone. finish has a linger of allspice but that is about it. not finding much else on the body, which is a bit disappointing.

M: average carbonation on a medium body.

D: definitely doesnt drink like an imperial pumpkin, even if the abv says different. the spice is overwhelmed while the pumpkin flavor doesnt really show its head. ummmm, i say pass.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.07/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A real hazy amber that has an off-white head that is about 1/3".

Smell: Probably the most potent smelling pumpkin beer, as I was pouring it the aroma was seeping into my nostrils. Strong nutmeg and fresh pumpkin scent.

Taste: Smells great but the taste is off but not by much. Little sweet and surprisingly little bitter than most.

Mouth: Little light, still good though. sharp texture but feels like a woody after taste that shouldn't be part of a punkin ale.

Overall: You are drinking a good beer and might just sneak into my top five pumpkins that I have had this season. Right after a cheesecake even better. Salud!

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2.25/5  rDev -40.3%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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Photo of Kooz
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly opaque nut brown with an orange tinge and a tan head that sticks around to the end but doesn't leave any lacing. It's a good looking beer and makes me thirsty.

Spices and pumpkin in the nose. I can smell nutmeg, which also comes through in the taste right from the get go. There's a bit of alcohol in the smell as well, which costs it a bit.

Tastes a touch spicier than I'd prefer, but its good. There's some nice pumpkin flavor and the spices are good, just a little unbalanced.

A slightly acrid taste and less body than I anticipated makes it clear to me that the weakest part of this beer is the mouthfeel. That said, the mouthfeel isn't terrible. It's just no better than average.

Overall, this is a good beer, and you can do much worse, but there are some better options out there so choose carefully.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- dark rusty copper color. Decent dark vanilla head as well as solid lacing.

S- limited spice & vanalla scent

T- nice thick spice and sweetness (Carmel, clove, vanilla) not overwhelming on any single flavor. Well balanced.

M- mild spice followed by the Carmel sweetness. Moderately carbonated for an imperial makes it drinkable also releases thoose spice flavors well after swallowed.

O- overall I really like this imperial. You don't find one flavor prodomanitly taking over another like in other pumking ales. The flavors are definitely present but in no way dominate which make this imperial very drinkable.

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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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