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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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

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3.08/5  rDev -18.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank a couple of these at a pub the other night and enjoyed it a lot. Hints of pumpkin and spice were not overpowering and the beer had a nice clean slightly sweet finish. I will definitely get more of this one.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

So much pumpkin puree it looks and pours like pressed cider.

A: Pours a murky, hazy cider orange capped by an off white head that fades too fast and leaves too little lace, but no surprise with all that fermenting fruit in the beer!

S: The pie spice smell is the best part as it also smells of apple cider, fruit orchard in Nov, with fallen fruit, long grass, wet earth, spice rack. A bit metallic - I dont think this part of NJ has the best water.

T: Follows smell. Spice forward, with Pie.... brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg, and that apple cider tang along with the pumpkin fruit in the base notes. Good.

F: Medium with good chewiness. Sweet but not cloying, good finish, the alcohol is hidden.

O: A better than average imperial pumpkin beer. I'm not a fan of this much sweet or fruit or spice! It's like flavored coffee.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2014.

Appearance: Amber/orange.

Smell: Pleasant, with a spicy aroma. I can smell the pumpkin influences, with a little pepper.

Taste: Very nice balance. I can definitely taste the pumpkin influences, which makes for a unique taste. I like the balance between the pumpkin, hps, and malty sweetness, and the pumpkin flavor is not too strong. This is one of the best pumpkin ales I have tried.

This is an interesting seasonal beer . I would buy this again.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange capped by an impressive head that leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: The pie spices dominate the aromatics, though there is an oddly vegetal/metallic aspect that is also present

Taste: Spice forward, with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg tones; underneath, the pumpkin is somewhat apparent but the spices dominate from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; the alcohol is well hidden

Overall: A good pumpkin beer, though it is a little too sweet and spicy for my palate

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3.72/5  rDev -1.3%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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3.44/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hipp-O-Lantern pours a burnt orange color, with a thin head of off-white foam. The brew is carbonated, and some fine sediment is visible in the hazy liquid. The aroma is quite good, reminding the drinker of sweet pumpkin cake, cream, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The flavor is toned down a bit in comparison to the aroma, but still has a decent pumpkin flavor. The finish is a little too sharply spicy for my taste, and the mouth feel and finish is thin and trails off quickly. Not a bad pumpkin ale by any means, but far from being something I would buy every year.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Nice seasonal. Light spice notes. smooth and sweet squash character.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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