Chad9976 (1390) - Albany, New York, USA - JUN 29, 2015
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I hate getting burned by unknowingly old beer. The only thing I can do to ďget backĒ at the brewery for not fresh dating their bottles is to review the beer as it is. Iím inclined to believe that River Horse Hopalotamus is a decent beer when itís fresh, but I probably wonít know as we donít get their beers here in Albany (I got this bottle downstate). This has all the makings of an old IPA: a lack of hops, pronounced malts, tangy astringency, and general off-flavors and aromas.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.39 ($0.28 per ounce).
Appearance: Surprisingly dark rusty orange/light brown. So cloudy with sediment that itís opaque. Pours to a small, off-white, foamy head that mostly dissipates and leaves a little lacing.
Smell: Some kind of spoiled, bacterial aroma. Malty notes can be found lurking in the background, but are not enough to salvage the nose.
Taste: There isnít much to say about this beer because there isnít much here. The malt base has held in rather well and creates for a peanut brittle and toffee flavor along with lemon lollipops (oxidation). Hops are pretty much gone except for light piney flavor up front and a touch of earthy resiny on the finish. Otherwise, itís mostly a sharp, dry astringent flavor and a tangy sourness on the finish and aftertaste. I canít imagine this is how the beer was supposed to taste.
Drinkability: Weighing in at 8.5% ABV and 93 IBUs, River Horse Hopalotamus is definitely a big beer. Though not flavorful, itís at least drinkable. The mouthfeel is still well carbonated with noticeably viscosity. The malty sweetness lingers on the tongue for a moment, but fades and leaves a lingering starchy after flavor. This kind of mouthfeel would be fine if the palette had held up.
zvikar (4000) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - DEC 29, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom L. Pours orange hazy with a beige head, aroma of honey, marmalade, tangerine and caramel, flavor is bitter with caramel and tangerine, medium bodied.
tomer (2134) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - DEC 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
At aq tasting, thanks Tom, small bubbly off white head, aroma of citrus and white fruits, flavor of herbs and citrus with an some nuttines and herbal touch, bready malty backbone, strong smooth bitterness. Good and quite mellow for a DIPA.
DSG (8367) - Tel Aviv, - NOV 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Beer Market Jaffa. Thanks Tom L. Hazy orange. Aroma of stale hops, a bit fruity. Sweetish flavor with malt, a honey hint, stale hops and a bitterish finish. Medium-bodied.
callmemickey (3566) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange-amber colored body, medium to thin off-white head, spotty lacing. Caramel, resin, pine, grapefruit, florals. Medium to full bodied with gentle carbonation, semi-sweet throughout, moderate bitterness.
joejames (348) - Jacobus, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 18, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to shaker glass. Pours very cloudy amber/orange. Two finger head, some lacing. Aroma of herbs and grass. Taste is a hop bomb bitter with nice sweet malts in the background. Full body, above average carbonation, chewy mouth feel. Finishes bitter with notes of pine, earthy hops, grapefruit. Alcohol is slightly noticed as it dries. This is a great DIPA.
kipmartin9 (1) - New York, USA - AUG 5, 2014 does not count
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of the most outstanding beers Iíve enjoyed (cask version on this occasion). Butterscotch nose, sweet hops (brought to mind sugar snap peas -- brightness without palate-rawness), chewy mouthfeel, long evolution of flavors on the palate.
closey22 (1184) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On cask. Deep hazy amber with thick Lasting foamy lacy beige head; aroma is distinctly floral hops; Flava is richly complex blend of floral spicy hops sweet malt; feels medium foamy; finsiens dry bitter hoppy but mildly so
DrinkinWell (367) - - JUL 17, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy brownish copper. Sweet, bready malts on the nose. Citrus, caramel, brown sugar, medium bitterness. All said, a really nice, drinkable DIPA.
gripweed57 (949) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Cloudy amber orange color. Small rocky beige head. Nice clinging lace. Aroma is sweet caramel malt with notes of tropical fruit and floral hops. Bittersweet toasted malt flavor. Complex citrusy hops in mid taste. Spicy hops and alcohol in finish.