The onslaught to my liver continues with River Horse’s Hipp-O-Lantern Imperial Pumpkin Ale. From the River Horse’s website: A festive Ale brewed with pumpkin and molasses. A variety of hand-crushed, whole spices set up an impressive aroma and well balanced taste. 8.5 abv, Available August – October.
I discovered River Horse with my best buds a few years ago at a beer fest. They’re based in Lambertville, NJ and having them be a part of the Garden State makes me a touch prouder to live here. They brew a number of good beers and this one is no exception. It’s easily one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve ever had. Period. And, at 8.5 abv it packs a helluva punch.
The magic of this beer starts as soon as you pop the cap—the scent of pumpkin and nutmeg is strong—not overly so, but it’s bold and let’s you know what your in for. It has a deep rich color and is a bit cloudy. It’s a smooth beer, a bit thick, but light on carbonation so it goes down smooth but don’t be fooled. Take your time, remember that 8.5! If you like a bold fall beer you can’t go wrong with this one. They’re a smaller operation so you might have a bit of difficulty finding it, but it’s well worth a little searching.
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