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River Horse Brewing Co.

River Horse Belgian Freeze Belgian Style Winter Ale

12 oz single, thanks go out to finewinemike as part of my Secret Santa 2010. Pour is a murky brown, Dubbel like affair with some decent head and some fairly significant lace. In that respect, pretty nice to look at. Some Belgian yeast notes in the nose and tastes, but also a fair amount of hop character that I wasn't really expecting. The hops, although fairly muted and reserved, still sing out too much for the style for me, and frankly don't belong there, even in the relatively muted manner...

Hop-a-lot-amus

12 oz single. A hazed and murky orange brown body results from an aggressive pour. Small head with decent retention forms quickly to leave some decent lace. Looks OK but body and color is not really attractive. Nose and tastes are a largish, fragrant hop based assault with decent malts but ultimately even out to be just a bit "blah". Frankly we've seen it all before with these over-hopped, off balance DIPA's and this is just another that's gonna get lost in the mix for me. Lots of pine and...

River Horse Tripel Horse

12 oz bottle from a recent trade. OK, essentially this is a Quad. Right from the appearance, the ABV, through to the nose, the taste and the way it drinks. Much darker that a standard tripel, the beer pours out a really dark orange. There is a very large amount of yeasty sediment in the viscous body. Head is small, but very sticky - both functions of the ABV. Nose releases a slight sherry note which is reproduced to a greater extent in the taste. The body looks quite viscous. That's not a...