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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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BA SCORE
80
good

533 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 277
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 8
Gots: 59 | 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

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Ratings: 533 | Reviews: 277
Reviews by horndecker:
Photo of horndecker
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit cloudy copper with an off-white decent froth, which is gone pretty quick. Lots of sprightly floral hop aroma, citrus and hay. Taste is more reserved than one would expect from something called "hop-hazard". Nice balance of malt and hop, but nothing to write home about.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's like there's a Hazard in my mouth, and everyone's hoppin'!

Very hoppy, just the way I like my pale ales. I'm not sure what keeps this from being an I.P.A., since it is every bit as hoppy as one. It has the familiar bite you know & love. Delicious.

An interesting color to this beer. Kinda reddish/orangeish, etc. A little strange, but oh well. Color doesnt matter where you're headed, beer!

Smells like it should - hoppy. Not too much more to say about that.

Feels good in my mouth - not too watery, not too thick. Pleasantly medium bodied.

I would purchase a 2nd 6-pack, which indicates high drinkability points from me for River Horse's Dry-hopped Hop Hazard.

Photo of BlitzShadow
3.84/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body is an orange-brown color with a thin (1/4") beige head.

Smell: Hoppy, fruity (somewhat like an orange), and very distinct malt presence.

Taste: The taste is immediately bitter and very dry. Not too bitter and it compliments the rich malt with a very good overall flavor.

Mouthfeel: From the smell I expected something a little thicker and heavier, but it was rather thin. Not a disappointment at all, though. Not much going on in terms of carbonation.

Drinkability: It was nice hoppy beer and I'm going to have another.

Notes: I poured from a 12-oz bottle. The label design has a rustic/classic look to it. There is no brewed-on date.

I was fortunate enough to be able to pay a visit to the River Horse Brewery and I would recommend it. They serve four 5-oz samples of their freshest beer (probably unpasteurized, too) for $1. The beer on-site easily earns an extra 0.5 each in smell and taste making it well worth a trip if you are in the Trenton, NJ area.

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

awesome i think its time to really dig into these local brews been hearing good things about river horse lets give this a try

poured out into my snifter glass it had a nice uneven head of different size bubbles totally clear beer for me on the pour

nice subdued aroma i definitely could pick out some hops in there but not much else in there though

taste was good it seemed like it was a bit strong for a pale ale but hey why should i complain? i like it but the only thing is the end of the taste was a bit metallic

great mouthfeel a lot of carbonation was very refreshing on a hot day

overall a good beer glad they are a local brew

Photo of Guden
3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- A hazy mid-copper with gold highlights and a one finger off white head that fades slowly leaving a trace of lace. Looks like a standard APA but a little hazy and a bit redder.

S- A lot going on here, bread, pineapple, wood, toffee and a little leather and alcohol. Not super strong but complex and appealing.

T- Up front the sweet, toffee and bready malt characteristics come through with a big floral, leafy and grassy middle that has a little bit of bitterness trailing off to a nice end of balanced malt and bitterness. Pretty good.

M- This one is an easy drinker with medium body and a mild carbonation that allows it to fill the mouth then go down smooth.

D- This isn't anything exceptionally fancy but it does everything it sets out to do. The flavor is complex in that it has many components but it isn't overly strong or lasting. I also wish the bitterness was just a tiny touch lower for this style. Pretty good beer I'd happily have again.

Photo of merlin48
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle purchased as a single at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va, a week or so ago.
Pours a chill hazed medium copper amber body with a small, but lasting, offwhite head. Lots of island chain patch lacing on the glass as the contents are sipped.
Aroma begins malty, with an assertive breadiness that has caramel notes. Some fruity orange and grapefruit hoppiness quickly jumps into the nose.
Mouthfeel is creamy for an APA, no hops bite, and restrained carbonation.
Taste begins bready with a caramel/toffee malt accent. Hops presence begins with a soft note of orange fruitiness, but quickly becomes more aggressively bitter. Pine and grapefruit rind bitterness occupy the middle and finish. This one is a "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" experience, as the malt dominance transforms into some serious hops bitterness.
Pretty good drinkability, and somewhat challenging in a good way. Some interesting complexities seem to be running amok here, but in a very pleasant and enjoyable manner.

Photo of Billolick
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication. pours slightly hazy or chill hazed, brownish amber, with an off white tiny bubble head/film and leaving blotchy lacing. Nose citrusy and also some malt picked up. this is a better then average P.A. well balanced between some grapefruit studded hops and some nice maple infused matls. Nicely crafted and a worthy sessioner.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Lukes Liquors in Rockland, MA...no freshness date...could be trouble coming from Lukes. I'm willing to gamble.
Pours a dark copper color w/ less than a half finger of off-white head...very little lace with no cling.
Smell is mostly malt w/ a distinct bread scent.
Taste is ok...a bit of bitter hops mixed in to the flavor, it could be a nice "gateway" beer for pale ale drinkers wanting to get into IPA's.
The mouthfeel is the best part of the beer, as it is medium bodied and sturdy for its style.
The finish is very clean and quite bitter.
Could be a session brew, but for me, I'd enjoy a pint or two and then move onto something a bit more aggressive.

Photo of tigg924
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, amber in color, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and citrus hops

Taste: caramel malt and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, bitter start with a slightly sweeter end, dry

Drinkability: A decent APA that I could have two or three of. Nothing I would go out of my way for, but enjoyable.

Photo of jakester
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this sampler from Shelbourne Beer Dist. near Reading. I drank this in a pilsner glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head eventually drops to islands and a ring, but there is decent lacing on the glass. A medium level of carbonation is observed.

Aroma is grassy/spicy hops, with a fruity toasted caramel candy malt base. Smells very clean. As it warms, the caramel character becomes more pronounced.

The first flavor is toasty caramel malt, followed quickly by a decent level of hop bittering. The hop flavor is spicy, like black pepper. This is very well balanced. The aftertaste is toasty malt, slightly thin.

As APA's go, this one is pretty good. Well balanced, on style, not overdone in any way. You can't compare it to Alpha King, but it's a good representation of the style. Recommended.

Photo of jcdiflorio
2.08/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz browm long necked bottle with a crimped on cap.

Hazy,cloudy reddish/orange color.1/2" white head from a hard center pour dissapated quickly to a slight coating of foam. looked flat.

Strong sweet carmelly aromas with some grassiness,not much of a hop aroma.

Bittersweet carmelly,nutty notes of sourness. Grassy,not a bad balance, just not impressed with the taste, doesn't have any hop bite to it ,a flat taste. Has a bit of tangyness also.

A medium body,syrupy with some cloyingness. The sweetness made this beer hard to drink. Would not want to drink another. The beer reminded me of tasting your homebrew berfore it is ready. A really flat taste all around.

Photo of pwoods
1.81/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to NJpadreFan for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours a dark amber with good visibility. Tons of carbonation and bubbles, 2 fingers of rocky head. A bit of patchy lacing.

S: First thing I noticed was it's extremely yeasty. A pleasant grapefruit hop character can be found under it but it's nearly dominated.

T/M: Dominated again by yeast. It's to the point that it tastes more like a weizen with all the banana and clove etc. A creamy malt backbone comes in but is muted by the yeast. At the very end I get a nice sweet citrus hop flavor but only for a second. Carbonation is ridiculously high.

D: This one just isn't for me. Thanks anyway, Alan :)

Photo of ggaughan
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this bad boy in my basement fridge for some time and thought it was a good candidate for a midweek drink. This beer poured a cloudy amber color with a massive off white head with very fast bubbles running up from the bottom of the bottle. I got a faint aroma of hops in the background and a bit of sweetness to boot. The taste is a nice mix of hop bitterness and caramel sweetness, both complimenting the other well. The body of this beer has some nice carbonation but is pretty drinkable and worth trying.

Photo of dacrza1
3.34/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Situation: A relaxing Friday...
Glassware: Yuengling pint...
Appearance: Light orange, almost pumpkin-colored body with a steady stream of effervescence--ACTIVE; bubbling clustery head, thick and pillowy with traces of lacing...
Aroma: fruity esters awaken the nostril, with the expected pine bite from hops--appropriate...
Palate: medium-bodied and tipped to the throatmalts thrown in provide a late balance, but the majority of this beer lingers between the teeth--a bit less easy drinking than I'd imagined!
Taste: First sip is hoppy and sharp, arush to the throat; by last sip, this beer could be either a nacho chaser (my plans tonight), a sessioner if you are up for it, or a single drink for any season--quite versatile...
Overall: Nice tracings as the glass drains, suggesting a well-crafted pale... do not experience the malts as much as the brewery advertises, but still pleasantly dry... the sum of its parts add up to more than this rating, perhaps...

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale

Appearance- hazy caramel brown with a decent head.
Smell- hops and fruit.
Taste- woodsy hops and a cherry/ plum fruity taste.
Mouthfeel- smooth at first but bitter in the end.

Overall- a nice, not overly, hoppy beer. A lttle harsh on the aftertaste (bitter and acidic) but decent and drinkable.

Photo of jmz62565
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This pours a reddish amber with a foamy one finger head.The smell is malty,but not too strong.The taste is a nice malty and carmel mix,but it's not hoppy.The m/f is light and well balanced.This is a tasty brew thats not exactly what the advertisement says,but it's still worth trying.

Photo of nbbd
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: more chestnut than amber nice attractive beer in a glass...

s: Yep Its an APA, grapefruity notes mixed light pinetrees, borderline minty

T: Refreshing, taste is underwhelming compared to the smell. The more I sip the more balanced it seems between the hops and the malt. cirtuspine start progresses to sweetness on the middle before the astringent hop finish...

m: Not to thin good astringic finish...

d: I could go for a few in a row.

Over all not my favorite beer of this style but Solid.

Photo of asabreed
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange copper color with a billowing head, very nice thick and clumpy lacing around the glass, and a head that stays close to 1/2" above the body of the brew as I drink.

Smell: Nice aromas of grain, bread, malt sweetness, and a good amount of spicy citrus aromas from the hops.

Taste: Tasty stuff, with some grain and earthiness at the forefront, some fruit flavors from the malts, a bit of spicy hops and citrus, and a grainy, earthy finish with good balance between the malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Good full carbonation and a medium body, with a lot of things clicking here.

Drinkability: A solid pale ale, with a good hop bite that's almost nearer to an IPA. Easily sessionable, and a lot to admire with balance and drinkability.

Photo of emsroth
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

App: Small head that quickly dissipates, but decent lacing follows. A hazy honey brown color

Smell: Slight floral hops, but the scent is dominated by alcohol and toasty malt.

Taste: Light flavor. Slight bit of malt but mostly a hop bitterness that controls the flavor. Sweet caramel flavors come through as it warms.

Very light mouthfeel that is a slight bit chewy.

Taste almost like a bitter with the light toasty malt and dominant hop bitterness. Really a one dimensional beer that is barely enjoyable.

Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Surprisingly good American style pale. Tasty dry hop, some juice, an understated IPA. Good head, lots of lace in glass. Citrus fog aroma. Good mouthfeel, sligtly sweetish well-malted. Give me much more of this. Slight ageing, thanks to sample delivered directly by Captain Couger.

Photo of tweeder263
3.06/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew poured out a dark ,hazy amber/brown with a nice sized semi dense head.Has a hoppy scent but not as much as i expected of a beer called Hop Hazard. Balanced taste,, hops are a bit biting/bitter.Not terrible, not fantastic.Mouthfeel falls in line with everything else , nothing spectacular. Just an ok brew.

Photo of mempath
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

very impressed...my first HR brew...nice unfiltered appeareance, very foggy on the pour, not expected. oh and this is from NJ? nice. rich, deep amber color leaning towards honey-red. lacing is extremely dense and the head subsides in a very slow manner. at this point, it's total world class.

smell doesn't match the look. minimal smell, where are the 5 hops? even the malt backbone is not asserting itself. hmmm. from visual quasi-opaqueness to barely present olfactory impression. let's jump to what counts most...

ok, we're back to what was hop(p)ed, expected...and it's what it claims to be: "...malt rich base that could counterbalance a combustible 5 hop blend..."
i will say it is still it tends towards sweetness, though it is very well counterbalanced with the hop sting. it is what it claims to be. would like maybe one more hop to the mix? THEN, it would stand out. i will return to this on a spring day...mouthfeel complements taste in spades...carbonation is melded well with each swallow. easily stands up to most east coast giants. why oh why didn't the smell assert?

quite quaffable, hophead or not. nice balance all around. funny how some brews that approach perfection, just disappoint (in a positive way) because they simply came close to perfection. smell suffered. but everthing else clicks in an extraordinary way. glad to know i am surrounded by great brews in DE, PA and NJ.

Photo of Reverand
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Considering the name of the beer I was expecting an explosion of hops but rather a nice balance of hops and malts. The brew pours to a copper orange color with a fairly decent size head. Nice Belgian lace. Sweet caramel aroma with medium body.An average pale ale.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The body is a slightly hazy and deep copper in color with a creamy ivory head that holds fairly well and leaves some nice lace throughout the glass. The aroma offers some bright grassy, piney, floral and lightly citrusy hops (how many different varieties are in here?) which occassionally step aside to allow some caramel maltiness to show through. It's not outstandingly hoppy, but very interesting in it's wide range of character! The body is medium with a restrained carbonation that leaves it lightly crisp in the mouth. The flavor starts hoppy (and maybe even a touch fruity), quickly reveals some malt that's immediately coat-tailed by firm bitterness, and finishes with another show of maltiness and then lingering bitterness. Although the flavors are not very rich, there is some complexity going on in the way that the flavors are perceived. It's a solidly bitter beer, but far from being overwhelming, and there's alot of hop flavor present but it's not really clear (I'm guessing mid-boil and kettle-off additions). This is a pale ale that's on the edge of becoming an IPA. Quite British, but also clearly American. Really quite unique, and easily my favorite beer from this brewery.

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River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.