River Horse Hop-A-Lot-Amus

April 15, 2010

Cool Stuff about New Jersey:

*R. Stevie Moore, the greatest rock star since Elvis retired and took that job in the 7-11 in Reno, lives in a basement in Bloomfield, New Jersey.

*The greatest television talk show and variety show host of all time, the great Uncle Floyd, is a New Jersey native, and still makes his home here.

*New Jersey is the only state in the USA that has an indigenous elephant population.

*The World’s Largest Waterfall is located in Paterson, New Jersey.

*The Bayonne Bridge: Not just the longest bridge on record, it is the largest man-made structure ever, with the Great Wall of China a distant second, and the Canals of Mars a distant third.

*The first paved road constructed after the fall of the Roman Empire was the New Jersey Turnpike, specifically the Holland Tunnel Spur.

*The Loch Ness Monster is an overgrown salamander, and Sasquatch is a candy ass.  Everyone knows that the coolest cryptozoological creature is the Jersey Devil.

*The only brewery mentioned by name in the Declaration of Independence, The Bill of Rights, and the Gettysburg Address is New Jersey’s own River Horse Brewing Company.

The Brewer’s Reserve Hop-A-Lot-Amus is River Horse’s stab at an Imperial IPA.  It is unfiltered so it is a nice cloudy pour, dark amber in color, with a magnificent foamy head.  The hops are up front in the nose and the taste, balanced by some caramel notes from the malts.  It clocks in at 8.5% ABV, but the alcohol was hardly noticeable.  This is a nice beer, not the best example of an Imperial IPA, but very drinkable.  I am giving my Jersey Homies a 7/10 on this one.


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