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River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale - River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Hop Hazard Pale AleRiver Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale

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Reviews: 277
Hads: 566
Avg: 3.52
pDev: 19.89%
Wants: 8
Gots: 86 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002

A golden-orange hue, medium body and a floral, hoppy finish make this American Pale Ale perfect for any time of year.
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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy Amber pour with a thin but soft white foam that coats the glass. Classified as an APA but the abv of an IPA. Malt forward with a caramel sweetness followed up by a resiny bitterness.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy deep amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades slowly over time to leave tons of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is lighter overall consisting of some doughy smells mixed with a little bit of a caramel and a hint of a citrus hop smell of grapefruit. Along with these aromas comes a light grassy smell along with a little bit of a fruity smell of tangerine and orange.

Taste – The taste begins with a super bready taste mixed with a little bit of a caramel sweetness and some light hop flavors of a citrus grapefruit nature. As the taste advances the bready taste remains strong and actually takes on some more doughy flavors, which keeps this brew very malty overall. Other lighter hop flavors of pine and grass come to the tongue more toward the middle and the end of the taste and with a little bit of a lemon and some other fruit flavors of a tangerine and peach flavor, along with a hint of hay, one is left with a rather malty and smooth flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the bready flavors and lighter hop flavors of the brew, the feel is rather appropriate, making for a rather nice thicker, more English style 60-90 shilling ale feel.

Overall- The brew had a nice flavor, but was more malty and lacked a bit of hop for a pale ale, at least in my opinion. If looking for a malty ale then this is a good choice, otherwise, the hop hazard as stated in the name is very over-rated and not one to take as a truth.

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Photo of mackeyse
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A previous reviewer said it very well: maybe an old bottle, or perhaps just a very malt-forward APA. Didn't expect as much from a beer called "Hop Hazard". But it isn't all that bad. More malt/less hops, and a bit more kick alcohol % wise than what I am used to in an APA. Thinks Dale's Pale Ale APA as opposed to the hoppier side of APA's.

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Photo of JMUbrewz
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Might have been an old bottle. No bottling date though, so we'll never know. It was very malty though, and didn't really hit any of the notes I look for in a hop-forward beer.

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Photo of ARoman
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Notes of caramel, toast, and a light citrus aroma hit the nose. The beer is a murky copper hue with an off white, creamy and soapy head that has good retention and lace. The taste is slightly north of medium bittersweet. It's Slick and oily with a smooth foam carbonation, almost creamy. The medium body contains bittersweet citrus and caramel notes along with bread crust. It finishes somewhat crisp and mostly bready with a bitter citrus. It's lightly astringent and has a burnt aftertaste that's long mellow with notes of bitter fruit and bread.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.96/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wow. Had this before but must have forgotten about it. Golden caramel color, excellent smell of hops, very little bitter pale ale after taste. Has to be my fav pale ale so far.

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Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Weird beer. Dark and cloudy. Sweet caramel bready smell and taste. Reminds me of a light version of Founders Dirty Bastard maybe. I dont taste any hops at all. No bottle date so it could be years old for all I know. nb

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Photo of Reckage
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Picked up a 6-pack the other day, first time trying this brewery.
Poured in a pint glass,
Look: amber/goldish, very hazy and creamy head, lacing down the glass
Smell: hint of roasty, caramel. piney citrus maybe some spice
Taste: smooth citrus with a hoppy aftertaste but not over the top hoppy,
buffalo chicken wings come to mind when drinking this.
Mouthfeel: medium and smooth
Overall: drinkability is good but at 6.5ABV a few will do, i will definitley try some more from River Horse and would buy this brew again.

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Photo of jhartley
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Got this as part of a mix-a-six gift from a friend.
Unfiltered, cloudy, amber colored body. Frothy white head leaves plenty of lacing behind.
All down hill from here, bland bitterness overly malty taste.
Leaves behind a dry burnt grass flavor behind.
Overall, not good. Not impressed with this one at all. This may have been old, but this still won't make me want to even attempt to try it again.
Might be a better beer, but for me this ended up being a drain pour.

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Photo of dank203
3.93/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dig this beer. it is one of the least pale pale ales I've had; in color, closer to an amber, and flavor; certain depth of sweetness to the malts, with a more IPA type hoppy-ness. Incredibly smooth however. Something I can really gulp down a few of

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.81/5  rDev -20.2%

Undated bottle at 40 degrees into standard pint glass
Aroma of citrus hops with a back-odor of something spoiled
Head average (4 cm), off white, creamy, slowly diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing good – complete narrow rings of tiny to small bubbles
Body medium amber, cloudy
Flavor bitter, weak, short lived; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3 Overall 2.875. Final weighted score: 2.8125
I first had this in 2007 and my notes (from a microfest) say it was an IPA at 5.5% ABV and was bad. Some things have changed; it is now an APA at 6.5% ABV and now is just below average. The head and lacing are pretty nice but the body is ugly – yes, I know it’s unfiltered but still… The aroma starts off well with some hop citrus but then the odor of putrefaction sets in. Overall, even if this is contaminated, it’s still better than it was 7 years ago. I’ll try it again in another 7 years.

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Photo of BodiesLexus
3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Been drinking craft 3+ years now, after many hundreds of "had ratings", this is my first proper review. Saw a few reviews of this beer that weren't matching what I experienced, so had to get my 2 cents in.

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into shaker pint. Very airy, white 2-inch head. Reduces to a quarter-inch cap that stays forever. Thin airy lacing remains on every side of the glass all the way down. Color is one I haven't often seen in a simple pale. Unfiltered ruby with golden sunset. Nose is lemony hops, some pale malts. Taste is more malty than the nose predicted. Nice smooth robust malty goodness, surrounded by faint fruity hops. Mouthfeel is almost "thick", especially for a simple pale. Drinkability is exceptional, as that nearly thick pale ale never gets "chewy" at all -- it just goes down very easily. A bit of unexpected watery finish actually makes me rush to the next gulp. This beer is really fun and enjoyable -- wish I had more than one. I think it's mis-named - not hoppy at all, and doesn't need to be, and doesn't even seem to be trying to be hoppy. The note on the bottle reminds that pales should be balanced, not overly hoppy. This beer lives up to that reminder, very well.

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Photo of dar482
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer has good grapefruit and floral hop aroma.

The flavor follows with some American hops in the front of grapefruit and citrus peel. Then the beer has a substantial malt backbone, with surprisingly even some alcohol on the back. This is a bit of surprise considering the ABV.

One of the poorer, yet somewhat reasonable attempts at the style.

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Photo of Act25
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My 2nd pour of this into a tulip resulted in a higher review.
And now this 3rd review is after a few more a year later.

It's really quite good. I like the style, it's a solid APA, with character. Any horsey stink is gone from my previous review. I'd drink this again for sure, and it's the best I've enjoyed from this brewer - which as a Jersey guy - I really want to like!

Bottle poured into .5l cylinder. Fresh in Central NJ!
I am a fan of this style and want to be a fan of this beer, but it falls short.

A: Pours cloudy amber w orange tones, very light amountsof carbonation. Unfiltered for sure as it remains cloudy. The beer has a 2 finger creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very long lasting quarter thick head covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing.

S: Unusual. Stinky (in a good way). Strong aromas of oily pine hops and wet grass. Not much caramel malts. Alot going on. Good meditation ale.

T: Alot going on indeed. Pepper, wet hay, barnyard, citrus, along with a peppery, oily hop flavor. Lately it's sweeter, fresher, and more cola like. The first time was over done and not 'fresh enough' like a great fresh APA or IPA (Dales, Titan, Stone). Was enjoyable with sauced scallops and shrimp cocktail, good with seafood.

M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Slightly oily/sticky, not a super after taste. Not tingly enough, weak on bitter, clean finish, weak on malts.

O: This is an intense, stinky APA. There's 5 hops and I think they are battling. There's a barnyard thread that runs through all River horse - they taste horse stall like! Wet hay and horse order.

Much better regional beers to be found in Doylestown PA (Victory) or Harrisburg (Troegs). As a NJ guy, I'd like River horse to make a more refreshing and simpler ale.

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Photo of IronLover
3.71/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Weathered copper orange with a thick viscous appearance. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to a soapy cap. Light, fresh pine hop aroma with sweet caramel malt beneath. Medium bodied with aggressive, tangy carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Pine hop flavors throughout with a hint of lemon up front and caramel malty backbone throughout. Finished with a lingering pine hop bitterness and burnt caramel malt aftertaste. Intense malt character and hop bitterness, but well balanced.

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Photo of Johnny_Muir
3.86/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into tulip glass. My third beer from River Horse, but my least favorite thus far. However, the other two (Winter Freeze and Tripel Horse) were fantastic, so I'm going by a high bar here. Labeled an American Pale Ale but maltier than I expected, which isnt a bad thing, just not normally my cup of tea. Or beer. Still, even for those who dont enjoy the malty side of life as much, its a good beer. Would definitely buy again.

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Photo of hopley
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Really like this beer - not amazing in any respect - but solid in all. Nice heavy amber color with nice lacing. Medium body feel accentuated by the solid but not overbearing layer of head, and nice to capture the decent lacing by revolving the glass 60 degrees or so for each sip.

Sortof tastes a little like a Longtrail Double Bagger but not at thick or heavy - this one is nice and thick malty on the front end with a small amount of back end bitterness. Very tasty.

Great frigging beer!

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Photo of slader
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smooth. Coffee tincture in the profile. Not very hoppy. Calling this APA hop hazard is a bit misleading and it seems like a misnomer. I took one of the tors at the old Lambertville brewery before they moved up to Ewing. Great people who really took the time to answer questions and explain why their unique.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle at Village Pourhouse in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a cloudy amber in color with some orange + ruby red highlights, light amounts of visible carbonation, and a fair amount of dark sediment in the bottom of the glass. The beer has a finger tall creamy/foamy light beige head that slowly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pine hops with a touch of oiliness and just a hint of spicy hops. Light amounts of caramel malts can be detected in the background.

T: There is a light flavor of caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness underneath the strong flavors of the oily pine hops and moderate notes of spicy hops. Moderate to strong amounts of bitterness which fade in intensity but linger for quite a while. Not too aggressive in the bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly oily/slick.

O: This is a pretty intense APA and I'm not sure that I could have more than one of these in a session - there is just too much intensity to the pine hops, somewhat overpowering the other flavors in the beer.

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Photo of Huffs
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured to a dense, tan head that lasted through most of the beer and laced exceptionally well. Appearance was a hazy amber orange with a very mild aroma which had hints floral, citrus and malt hints. Taste was slightly malty and caramel with a bitter finish. Mouthfeel was full and creamy with a dry, slightly bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber with small particles and three-finger, white, creamy head that lasted more than several minutes. Good lacing.

S: Sweet caramel malt and citrus hops.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Sweet malt and light fruit flavors with a bit of hops. Kind of mild.

M: Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Kind of watery.

O: The beer looks nice, but nothing stands out.

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Photo of GiantMidget
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a River Horse variety pack, served in a bottle.

Poured into pint glass. Clearly an unfiltered APA by the appearance. Minimal head and lacing.

Nothing unique about the smell, hoppiness and malt.

It has a good flavor, although the slight sediment from the unfiltered nature is evident.

I'm more of an IPA than an APA guy but I can say that the hop nature is clear in this with a malt clarity afterwards.
Strong carbonation.

Overall a very solid effort at an APA, while the unfiltered nature makes it different than many others I have had.

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Photo of JayQue
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A sweet, easy-sipping Pale Ale. Poured a hazy iced tea color into a pint glass. Smallish white head, less than average retention and some bands of lacing on the glass.

Smell is sweet/caramel malt, fairly mild.

Balanced taste. Maltiness is more pronounced. Sweet caramel malt and a kind of apple juice flavor. Just enough grassy hops to keep the sweetness from getting too cloying. Overall pretty pleasant flavor, goes down easy.

Mouthfeel is crisp and rich enough for the style. Goes down smooth.

Overall a pretty good beer, but a bit high octane for a session beer.

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Photo of magine
4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep dark orange, almost amber. Unfiltered and cloudy with tons of sediment suspended throughout. Off white head; dense and lots of bubbles. Lots of very nice lace and a thick layer head remains. Very, very good looking APA.

Brew smells of lots of oily hops; fruits and floral with some caramel malt. Very good aroma here. Smells like it is going to be a full bodied brew. Good nose.

Brew is full bodied; creamy smooth upfront. Creamy malts up front and then a fruity hop sweetens things up in the middle and nice oily floral, bittering finish that is semi dry. very good flavors and great feel here. A complex interesting APA. Great stuff.

This is a great APA here. Case worthy and very sessionable. I love unfiltered offerings, this is among my favorites of the style.

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Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to juliusseizure (Reddit) for this one, although I think I waited a little too long to drink it, but no date so screw.

Pours a very light fizzy head that fades very quickly to almost nothing, although the foam on top leaves bits of lacing on the sides, over a semi hazy slight sediment laden coppery orange red colored beer.

Nose has some hops, light citrus and candied orange peel, little fruity stone fruit hop, touch tropical fruit, touch pine and grassy even, with some caramel malts, plenty of malts underneath.

Taste starts with a light sweet malt, chewy malts, with some caramel, toffee, and toasty reddish malts before the hops kick in. Fairly bitter but not a lot, with a light citrus candied orange peel, little fruity hop flavors again, hint spicy pine hops. Balanced fairly well with lighter overall hop presence but typical in line with APA. Finish is still slightly sweet, fairly bitter as the bitterness ramps and it dries more on the later finish, more spicy slight piney and citrusy hops.

Mouth is med to slightly fuller bodied, decent carb.

overall pretty good, nothing special, decent hop presence, nice malt profile and balance, drinkable and tasty, wish I remembered to have this a bit fresher, and wish there was a date on it.

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River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.