Friday, March 8th 2013
Hop A Potamus
(Great River Brewery)
Great River Brewery in Iowa is producing some outstanding beers and doing so in a fairly quiet way. One of their beers that certainly garners them a bit of attention is their Hop-A-Potamus. This is a big, hop-laden beast they refer to as a "Double Dark Rye Pale Ale". Call it what you will, it's an altogether unique brew with a lot for your palate to experience. Once we've finished staring at the hop-munching hippo on the can we're going to dive into this...cheers!
From the Great River Brewery site:
"Hop-A-Potamus is a double dark rye pale ale made with a ton of pale and six kinds of rye malt for a "full" body. This double dark pale ale is fiercely hopped with a Northwest blend for a stampede of flavor and aroma."
Here we go...
Pour - deep auburn in appearance with a thin head. Slightly viscous at 9%. Some reddish hues make an appreance when held to the light. Dark and mysterious like the Hop A Potamus himself.
Aroma - bready and toasty, Tootsie Rolls, caramel, pineapple, candied fruits, and some hints of pine.
Taste - the malty sweetness of Hop A Potamus hits the palate first. A load of caramel, molasses, and brown bread combines with some tropical fruit flavors and other fruit esters. The rye certainly does not go unnoticed as it provides a spicy, dry finish that is anything but subtle. It really works well with the malt/hop balance of this bigger beer. This is "soft" on the palate as the carbonation is on the lighter side and it is fairly high gravity.
Overall - certainly a full-bodied brew with plenty going on. The big malt and hop flavors and the kick of bitter rye adding some dryness and spiciness in the finish all make for a solid beer drinking experience. One, perhaps two, of these and you'll be feeling just fine - drink the whole 4-pack and in the morning you may feel like the Hop A Potamus trampled you unmerficully.
Note - the can design for Hop-A-Potamus won a "Canny" award in the category of "Best Illustration of Beer Name" during the 2012 Craft Brewers Conference in San Diego. It was done by Kevin Deichmueller.
Posted by Russ
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