We’re dippin’ into my girlfriend’s home state for this one. River Horse calls Ewing, NJ home and I thought it’d be a nice place for me to start.
Alright, first things first.
|Brewery:||River Horse Brewery|
|Stats:||10% ABV | 20 IBU|
|Consumed @:||My Apartment (With cat and passed out drunk girlfriend)|
I have a big ole’ soft spot for everything this brewery churns out. After truly enjoying the first three River Horse brews I was introduced to, I fully expect to enjoy this highly alcoholic bad boy. Let’s talk aesthetics for a second, ‘cause let’s face it, I’m a sucker for pretty things with good kerning. I’m impressed with how River Horse walks the fine line between overwhelmingly kitschy and brimming with shock value (lookin’ at you, Arrogant Bastard).
The hippo brandmark is simple and easily recognizable. There’s a professional feel conveyed by the imagery on the bottle. Nothing’s overused and the label real estate is handled well. All things considered my favorite element has to be the cap art.
Now for whats inside this bottle:
The beer has a nice new penny color to it, and doesn’t look too viscous. There’s not much visible sediment either. My brother’s more enticed by the heavier beers, so this looks like it’s right in the middle of our tastes. I was expecting to smell some of that alcohol, but the aroma is full of spices that play nicely together. The first drink is smooth, akin to a creamy root beer, and that blend of spices disguises how much booze is in here to an almost dangerous level. This is gonna’ get fun.
“I’m drunker than I thought I’d be at this point”
I’m three horses in and about halfway through The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and I have to say, it’s going well. I’m quite content with how big a punch this beer packs without filling my stomach to bursting. I’m drunker than I thought I’d be at this point only because of how easy this is to drink. I haven’t had many Belgian style beers, so forgive me for this shitty description, but this tastes like a Shiner White Wing after a Barry Bonds level of HGH treatment. The best thing about this beer is the amount I might be able to drink in one sitting. The worst thing is the amount I might think I could drink in one sitting.
I don’t know if I’d be comfortable having pints of this at a bar without my brother there to make fun of my consumption capabilities (and make sure I make it to bed and not just the floor). It’s not all good times in fun city, though. After only the three I’ve had, the spices that were more than satisfying at the beginning are getting a little monotonous. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not some Pepsi challenge level travesty, and without this complex flavor blending, I probably wouldn’t have had three so quickly without being overcome by the alcohol. The bitterness is a little lacking for my palate, which is usually the case because I lean towards highly hoppy pale ales, but it’s by no means a deal-breaker and was probably an intended aspect. All in all, this beer has really enhanced my viewing of a movie that might be terrible and I’d have no idea.
I’m giving this beer 7 web-slingers out of 10. It’s a solid pairing for any superhero movie with subpar emotional plot lines and cool cinematic visuals.
After three: “I want more.”