River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale - River Horse Brewing Co.
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3.73/5 rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:
The name has a lot to live up to, that's at least what our inner hophead is saying to us. Brewed with five different hops and dry hopped as well. The off-white head slowly subsides to a beautiful crowning of sticky lace on the glass. Reddish copper color is bright and clear, no noticeable haze from the extra amount of hops. Smells of fresh tobacco, wildflowers, dried mint and faint grapefruit, which all come from the hops. Maltiness and a faint fruity alcohol rest in the back. Silky smooth with a creamy medium body. Solid footing of maltiness lays down a complex mix of caramel and bready/biscuity overtones. Hop bitterness is a bit more tame than anticipated, but it's there with a mellow balancing effect. Thankfully the hop flavor kicks into overdrive with a strong arm of herbal, light citric, light peppercorn spice and a big tea-like smack. Suggestion of pear and Red Delicious apple from the yeast, and the maltiness turns more biscuity in the bitter semisweet finish.
While some may expect some sort of bitter hop bomb, which it's not, Hop Hazard not only gets away with being balanced, but it still comes through with a wide hoppy character.
Serving type: bottle
09-10-2010 13:51:09 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
3.45/5 rDev -2%
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-13-2014 01:30:56 | More by dar482
River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.