I have had the opportunity to sample many of the beers offered by the River Horse Brewing Company in Lambertville, NJ. It is my closest local brewery. It is tucked back in a part of Lambertville that many visitors would not even think to go, or even know exists. Indeed this Brewery has been crafting great beer since the spring of 1996. Right now seems to be an exciting time for Riving Horse; a new web site design, and new beers being announced through their Facebook page. Recently they have asked those who “Like” them on Facebook to help come up with a name for their new Pumpkin Beer to be released later this year! One year ago River Horse released a Double IPA called “Hop-A-Lot-Amus”. It is a very interesting version of what I expect from Double IPA’s. Also, Hop-A-Lot-Amus is an amazingly catchy and clever, fun to say name!
     The Hop-A-Lot-Amus comes in a four-pack of 12oz. bottles. According to the commercial description it boasts 93 IBU’s. It pours a deep, cloudy, orange amber body. It produced an inch thick off-white head that stuck around for an impressive amount of time. The nose is big with hops. The smells of pine sap and ripe grapefruit let you know what to expect, along with some sweet notes of honey and malt. It had a big bitter bite upfront and then gets into the citrus flavor, and finishes smooth with a sweet, dark honey maltiness.The strong floral and citrusy hops flavor is on point for a DIPA. With that being said, the Hop-A-Lot-Amus has another idea about what it is to be a DIPA. There is  a very sweet maltiness to this beer, but the bitterness of hops still remains dominant throughout. Some may find these two flavors a bit confusing in the Double IPA style. I mean Double IPA means Huge, Kick you in the mouth Bitter Hops right? Absolutely! Although, I think that the sweet honey and malt flavors in the finish make for an excellently unique beer, that everyone should try once! If you are not in an area where Hop-A-Lot-Amus or other River Horse brews are available, go seek out your local brewery and see what they have to offer! Here’s to Good Beers!
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