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Beer #81 – March 25, 2010: Hop-a-lot-amus

March 31, 2010

Beer: Hop-a-lot-amus

Brewery: River Horse Brewing Company, Lambertville, New Jersey

Style: Imperial IPA

Serving Type: 12 oz bottle

Price: $9.99 / six-pack

Availability: Limited Release

Glassware: Glass Mug

Strength: 8.5% ABV (alcohol by volume)

Drinkability: A nice hoppy brew with complex flavors and a surprising bitter kick!

Tasting Notes

Appearance: Hazy gold and red-orange hue with a big, foamy, cream-colored head.

Aroma: Hoppy: pine and citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thick with tiny, fizzy bubbles of carbonation.

Taste: This brew starts with a honey and light caro syrup sweetness.  The carbonation builds, with the bubbles mixing with spicy and sharp pine notes.  Grapefruit rind & candied orange (a combination of sweet/sour/bitter citrus flavors) come forward with a bit of a bitter bite in the finish.

Pairing: Citrus-glazed salmon atop wasabi mashed potatoes.

Trivia: The name “Hop-a-lot-amus” is quite appropriate for a big IPA from this brewery.  You see, a “river horse” is not a horse at all, but another name for a hippopotamus.  And since this brewery sits on the banks of the Delaware River in New Jersey, the only hippos you’ll see are if you sample a few too many of these big beers during your visit.

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  1. April 1, 2010 9:36 am

    This is a very refreshing beer! I waited months last year for this one to come out! I work about 20 minutes from River Horse and will occasionally stop and pick up a six-pack on my way home!

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