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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.28/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Hop-A-Potamus is a double dark rye pale ale made with a ton of pale and six kinds of rye malt for a "full" body. This double dark pale ale is fiercely hopped with a Northwest blend for a stampede of flavor and aroma.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FURLYSURIOUS (263) - Orono, Minnesota, USA - APR 19, 2012
Pours a copper red with a healthy cap of tan head. Slow, steady beading and good lacing. The nose is earthy with layers of citrus, like fresh squeezed tangerine all smothered in caramel. Thereís quite a pine bite on the tongue that transitions through rye and toasted grains. Drawn out, bitter afterburn. Overall, this beer isnít perfect but itís complex enough to keep things exciting.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (6939) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2012
Can. Dark pour with a cream head. Big hoppy and rye nose and taste. Really nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - APR 16, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 13, 2013 New rating from a can. Dark brown body yellowish khaki head. The nose is toffee with fruit. Taste of sweet dough and almonds. There is also a hint of the rye and some bits of roasted coffee. Notes of rye throughout. A little thick and sticky in the mouth. Decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GlassBrass440 (65) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 8, 2012
The color is almost black but when held to the light its true clear mahogany identity shows through. The snow white head lingers momentarily before being swallowed by the darkness beneath. Aroma starts like a traditional Roggenbier with lots of rye right off the bat but then the hops kick in and take it to another level of complexity with the citrus and pine playing a nice accompaniment to the rye. An astringent bitterness starts the flavor but rounds out to a northwest hop profile with a dry rye character keeping it grounded. The finish is dry with a lingering astringency. This is much more bitter than your typical pale ale and is closer to what I would call an IIPA, though no one style captures the entirety of this beer. A for originality and C+for execution.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rjwhite41 (53) - osceola, Iowa, USA - APR 7, 2012
Poured from a pint can into a pint glass. Pours an extremely dark brown/black with a hint of dark red with a small off white nearly tan head that last forever. IPA level of carbonation, perhaps a bit on the high end. Smells of pine and floral hops with some grapefruit and roasted caramel. Starts off with a big rye flavor followed by the hops, grapefruit, pine and floral. Finishes with a strong bitterness and the spiciness of the rye. Basically a IIPA, with the rye and dark roasted grains thrown in. A little too much going on in my opinion.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
firecat95 (2) - Alton, Illinois, USA - APR 7, 2012 does not count
Poured from the can,good head, Aroma of floral hops & rye. and Smooth, rye taste up front, bitter hopp finish, grapefruit aftertaste. All & all quite

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
pepsican (1451) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - MAR 21, 2012
Ugh. Cola brown pour with a big off white head. Aroma of caramel, muted hops, a bit of toasty nuts. Flavor is cardboard, aspirin, and a bit of grass. Astringent bitter finish, lots of carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wlajwl (4046) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - MAR 16, 2012
Aroma is strong pine and spicy. The flavor is grains, spiciness from the rye, hops and a good maltiness. Not as complex or intense as was expecting but it was very good all the same.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmohno (1134) - Iowa, USA - MAR 15, 2012
Dark,red. Frothy head from a can,always get a good head from these cans.Lacing. Aroma is hoppy,spice herbal,sweet malt,slight bread,rye,mild fruity yeast. Creamy chewy,soft,somewhat slick dry spice hoppy fresh herbal grassy, grassy piney bittering,iniitial sweetness but balanced by spicy ryeness,piney herbal hops carmel roast tones with bittersweet toffee.Piney herbal hoppy bittering finish.These guys are doing a pretty good job of getting these in a can,and always look forward to whats next.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JMerritt (1838) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAR 10, 2012
Canned, purchased at Great River in Davenport the day the new batch was publicly tapped. Dark chestnut in color with a giant, frothy off-white head that is long lasting and leaves even lacing. Rye was very noticeable immediately after the pour, but is soon overshadowed by strong nectarine, apricot, and grapefruit rind as the hops rear their heads. At the tail end of the hops I get a little banana phenols that, once I noticed them, become increasingly dominant. Moderate-to-highly bitter flavor with leather, lemon peel and grapefruit notes, yet the soft banana fruitiness/yeastiness remains to lend a rather decent balance. Finish is bitter, mildly dry, and it is here that the rye finally returns. Nice pillowy, soft carbonation and clean mouthful. I never had any of their previous batches, so I can only guess, but what Iím drinking right now tastes a lot better than the few previous reviews mentioned. Maybe they improved their recipe?

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