River Horse Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale Beer Review
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6.2Overall Score
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River Horse Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale Commercial Description:

“River Horse Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale is a festive Ale brewed with pumpkin and molasses.  A variety of hand-crushed, whole spices set up an impressive aroma and well balanced taste. Available August – October.”

…impressive aroma and well balanced taste.

Malts: Pilsen, Carapils, Vienna, Dark Crystal, and Brown
Hops: Chinook, Hallertau, and Golding
Additions: Pumpkin and Molasses

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Imperial Pumpkin Ale
ABV:  8.5%

I live about a fifteen minute drive away from Meadowlands Racetrack, where they race horses and people bet on them. I’ve never been, but I’ve always imagined it to be a seedy, dirty place, with dirty old men betting their last quarter on a horse that loses. I’ve only been to one horse racing venue in my lifetime, and when we arrived it started raining and they called the races. So technically, I still have never seen a horse race. And I like it better that way. I think horse races are incredibly inhumane, forcing and animal to run for its life around a circular track and then shooting it when it is too old to keep up. Ugh.

I’ve never seen a dog race either. I own a whippet mix, and she is super fast. And I can’t imagine anyone racing her for money. That’s just terrible.

But when the ostrich races came to town? Forget it, I was IN. I was all set to go- Ostriches racing! And llamas! How hysterical is this going to be!

I was set to go until Jamie asked me why I found it offensive for horses and dogs to race for profit, but not ostriches and llamas.

Then I felt guilty. So I didn’t go see the ostriches and camels race.

What in the world does this have to do with River Horse Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale?

Not much. The name of the beer made me think of a hippodrome, which is an old word for a race track, and so my mind wandered to that time I almost saw weird animals being jockeyed around the track, but then I backed out due to guilt.

River Horse Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale has an original and creative label. Its aroma is fun and cinnamon- almost like something cinnamon is baking in the oven. River Horse Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale has an excellent flavor, considering its high alcohol content. Hints of molasses and vanilla are apparent in its taste. It has a cloudy medium brown appearance, with a warm feel on the tongue due to its alcohol content. Overall A++, great beer, would drink again.


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I run this shit.

Picks up whippet poop twice daily. She began her drinking career with the flavored vodkas, and has since moved onto flavored beers. Originally had the idea for this site when she googled "pumpkin beers" and came up with nothing but a couple top 10 lists. Likes cheese. And horror movies.

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