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RATINGS: 37   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.27   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - MAY 2, 2012
Reddish-brown pour with a dark tan head. Aroma is citrus hops and a little rye. Taste is nice malt backbone with a citrus hop aftertaste. The rye flavor comes out at the end. ok lacing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2196) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - MAY 1, 2012
Pours a deep garnet with a 2 finger beige head that has great retention and leaves pretty good lacing. Aroma is big on citrus hops, a little tropical fruit and a little, earth, chocolate and rye. Mostly the hops coming through though. Flavor is earthy rye, caramel, light chocolate, autumn leaves, citrus, a little pine and leafy hops. Palate is medium bodied, creamy on entry, medium carbonation, slightly slick, off dry finish. This stuff is pretty intense on the rye flavor. Good though. As it warms it get a little boozy, probably well above it’s ideal drinking temperature though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
MacBoost (1518) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - APR 25, 2012
Gift from pepsiedcan. This beer presents itself in a full 16oz pint can, clocking in at a whopping 9% ABV. Pours a dark ruby color with a huge off white head consisting of fine bubbles. Aroma is of caramel, biscuit and some muted hop notes. Initial taste is very malt forward with bittering hops, but it fails to deliver on its hop-a-potamus promise. Instead, it relies on malted rye to get its point across. Standing on its own, this is still a solid brew, but not the hop bomb I was expecting. Decent.

3.7
   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. There’s quite a pine bite on the tongue that transitions through rye and toasted grains. Drawn out, bitter afterburn. Overall, this beer isn’t perfect but it’s complex enough to keep things exciting.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BVery (7961) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 18, 2012
Can. Dark pour with a cream head. Big hoppy and rye nose and taste. Really nice brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5174) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
GlassBrass440 (290) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rjwhite41 (55) - 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.

4
   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

2.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
DietPepsican (1527) - @ $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.


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