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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Ratings: 470 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of dd43
3.64/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CharlesK
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of njcraftguy
4.24/5  rDev +12.8%
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 -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BuddyZ
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
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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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Damian74
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of EnthusedAboutBeer
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of bwam2mil
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

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2.6/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of Dani_rey
5/5  rDev +33%

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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%

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3.08/5  rDev -18.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of wingleader09
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
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 +13%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -0.3%

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3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of JJKBeerLvr
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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 -0.3%

Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 470 ratings