River Horse – Hop-A-Lot-Amus

Tasting: May 28, 2011
Style: Double IPA

New Jersey has a long and storied brewing history. It’s been home to legendary breweries like Pabst, Ballantine and Kruger. The neon eagle still soars over the Anheuser Busch brewery in Newark. I’m pleased to see some very good craft beers coming my home state. I’ve enjoyed many from River Horse, Flying Fish, Cricket Hill. I’ve also enjoyed some excellent New Jersey brew pubs like Krogh’s (Sparta), Triumph (Princeton) and Harvest Moon (New Brunswick).

I highly recommend a day out in Lambertville. It sits on the Delaware River and is connected to New Hope, Pa by an old iron bridge. Both towns are great walking towns full of eclectic shops, interesting people and great restaurants. Be sure to stop by the brewery – located right along the river banks. I’m particularly fond of River Horse, I love their “Hop Hazard” and have been curious about Hop-A-Lot-AMus for some time.

8.5% ABV double IPA pours a dark peach/red which delivers a very thin head. The nose strikes me as odd – sugary candy and melting plastic (of all things). I get a lot of rapid fire tastes here – a lot of bread, roasted grains, some sweetness and soft hops and then alcohol burn. Here again, I get a little butterscotch (not liking that – diaceytl). Mouthfeel is pretty thin. Not the best effort from my home state – 70 points.

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