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

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BA SCORE
80
good

483 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 35 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002)
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mlhall55

New Jersey

4.68/5  rDev +33%

I found this beer to be exceptional. This is definitely not to heavy or filling and it has a great flavor with almost the perfect amount of hops. I have become a big fan. I could drink these through out the day like it was a lighter beer, no problem. Kudos to River Horse on a great beer.

05-09-2009 21:32:31 | More by mlhall55
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briandaube

Delaware

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

06-20-2012 23:33:05 | More by briandaube
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HollandTunnels

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

01-10-2012 00:35:56 | More by HollandTunnels
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scott

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

V.07

Soapy fluff sitting prominently that leads into thick lacing. Inside my newly acquired SA Lager glass, I can see layering; an amber/garnet above and pale gold below.
Clear, with no significant carbonation.
Huge aromatics ( I enjoy it every time I take a pull), with bready malt smacking floral hops with a pimp hand. Awesome.
This delivers a great, yet, indistinguishable taste. Normally, the tongue follows the nose but this one has a twist. This is like a big English Pale. A little brown sugar, some flora here, and maybe some orange zest there. Damn, I want an expert's opinion to provide some definitive clarity. Whatever is going on, I like it. Alot.
Pleasant body that slakes the thirst due to a perfectly crafted offering. Starts off malty, but delves quickly into a dry hop finish.
Truth be told, I tried this about a year ago and didn't like it (it seemed off-putting). Luckily, it fell into my lap for rediscovery. I've been drinking this for a couple of days now, so I am confident in giving this praise. A new favorite.
Highly recommended.

07-31-2007 22:16:44 | More by scott
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TMYerger


4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

07-17-2012 19:25:17 | More by TMYerger
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zonalax

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

02-15-2012 22:08:53 | More by zonalax
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JerryRiso

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

06-25-2013 18:11:51 | More by JerryRiso
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kaelingirl

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

01-17-2012 01:09:49 | More by kaelingirl
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MikeMilanoDesign

California

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

12-29-2013 06:18:25 | More by MikeMilanoDesign
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Norbu

New York

4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

04-21-2013 01:41:40 | More by Norbu
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jhammel01

New Jersey

4.47/5  rDev +27%

1st beer from River Horse...

Pours a clear golden honey color Without much head at all. The head dissipated pretty quickly. Some reviewers have stated that theirs was pretty cloudy but mine is very very clear.

The smell is great. Its nice and hoppy! Also a little piney.

At 1st taste, I really thought this was an IPA. Only after seeing the discription on here did I realize it was an APA. Hops, pine malt and a bit of alcohol come through. As it warmed it really lost a bit of its bite somehow. Not to the point of being bland though.

All and all, I found this to be a pretty well rounded beer. I'd love to pick up a 6 pack next time instead of only one single.

07-09-2009 01:35:38 | More by jhammel01
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +25%

What a pleasant surprise! I got this beer out of a mixed variety case. I was not familiar with River Horse beers and this one I saved for last knowing I don't prefer the APA style beers. This beer is brilliant. It seemed to me more like an English IPA than an APA to me and I REALLY enjoyed it! I poured it into my pint glass at about 55 degrees like I would an English IPA and it only improved as it warmed to room temp. Though you might normally drink an APA cold, I suggest you let this one warm, IMO!

Appearance: Beautiful amber brown with ruby highlights. Tight sudsy off white head. Medium lacing.

Smell: The smell is sweet and malty. It has a bit of toastedness to it. Then comes a very subtle gentle floral hop character. There is a bit of sugary sticky bun sweetness as well.

Taste: The taste is remarkably laid back (quaffable) easy to accept. It is gentle and yet complex as well. It does not require any thinking but it does stand up to further scrutiny. It is tasted malty and extremely smooth to start. Immediately following is a gentle ambush of floral hops, which is just as quickly met by a pleasant dryness and again a sweet, almost citrus, fruity attribute. The aftertaste is both sweet sugars which fade and then bitter hops that leave a lingering flavor (a bit woody) that kept me salivating for the next sip. WOW!

Mouthfeel: A masterpiece. The body was light medium but full of dry hops and carbonation that kept the mouth feeling both creamy and smooth. Nice!

Drinkability: This is a great everyday beer. This is so easy and yet full of pleasant flavors. This beer sits easy in your stomach, it is approachable and sessionable. It has instantly become a part of my regular rotation. I highly recommend giving this a try.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

03-26-2006 07:05:10 | More by Phatz
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +24.4%

12 oz. bottle.

Cool hippo. Very unfiltered pale ale as the body is a murky, soupy mix of burnt sienna, yeast particles, and hop detritus (I hope). Dense blanket of creamy beige head (with a few darker sediment specks interspersed). good lacing. Mostly hoppy nose with notes of orange, pine resin, mango, and nettles. Decent malt aroma as well with lots of candied fruit.

Herbal, tonic bitterness up front. Becomes more resinous and piny as sweetish candy and fruit malts come in. Floral hop notes as bitterness increases toward the finish. Dries out a little, but there is some nice lingering candied apple malt that goes great with the floral bitterness. medium-bodied with a creamy, lush feel.

07-21-2012 03:28:24 | More by alexgash
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devinoconnor

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +23%

A little surprised to see this brew rated as a B. Maybe it's all the hop heads who expected a hoppier beer than what they got.

Pours an amber, golden color and the smell is fantastic. Not overly hoppy, barley and citrus.

Taste is very smooth. I love IPAs, but sometimes they are overwhelming and when you want to have a few, this is a much more well-balanced choice.

Nice beer, perfect for summer.

08-09-2011 17:33:51 | More by devinoconnor
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dsa7783

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +23%

A slow and steady pour resulted in a bright-amber, ruby-red colored hue with an impressive frothy head that lingered on for a bit before slowly receding and leaving a nice amount of lacing around the edge of the glass...
Aroma was dominated by grains, earthy hops, caramel, and a tinge of vanilla...
Taste strongly complemented the flavor, with a noticeable suggestion of hops, caramel, bittersweet fruit, grains, and earthiness thrown into the mix...
Nice, creamy, thick mouthfeel and an excellent level of drinkability make this one another winner from a great New Jersey brewery...
Good stuff and a great depiction of the style...
Recommended...

04-09-2008 18:08:22 | More by dsa7783
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magnj

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +23%

Conveniently poured into a River Horse 2008 Oktoberfest glass.

a - 1 finger off white head sits atop a hazy burnt orange body. On this one I tried to leave the yeast sediment in the glass but some crept in anyway. Only a few tiny bubbles here and there. The head remains a thin film for the entirety of the glass but leaves little lacing.

s - To be honest I can't smell a damn thing today but from past bottles the aroma has produced mild piney and citrus hops. A somewhat smokey/oak malt aroma pokes through. Overall mild but pleasant and inviting.

t - Unique, mildly smokey and wood type flavor bordering on musty but not really. Hops are present throughout, less in bitterness than in flavor. Pine and citrus again in the hop profile. Carbonation adds to the subtle bite that is nice but leaves me looking for a little more with a name like Hop Hazard. Some sweet malts come through towards the end as the residual flavor settles on my tongue. I expected this to be an IPA, as an APA is certainly does not disappoint.

m/d - Light but fitting for the style and bitterness, flavor lingers briefly. Tasty and light, good flavor and not offensive to the taste buds with an average meal, this is a beer you can drink all night as long as you don't use it for pong...trust me. However at $9.50 for a half dozen, you can find better bang for your buck in terms of IBUs.

06-10-2009 23:41:18 | More by magnj
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beerman999999

New York

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

11-11-2012 22:07:51 | More by beerman999999
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The_Craft_Deviant_Rob

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

05-21-2014 21:31:41 | More by The_Craft_Deviant_Rob
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Foulkamania


4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

05-28-2012 03:33:56 | More by Foulkamania
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fishtownhxc

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

i ran across this beer at a bar about two years ago and wasn't really impressed with what i found. for a pale ale, it was really lacking, and didn't really hold up well to others in the style. i decided to give it a second chance, and things have either really changed at river horse, i got a pint from a bad batch, or both. honestly, it doesn't even look or taste like the same beer.

pours an amber color with a nice bishop's collar that remained in some distinguishable size for the entire beer. it's got a nice hop aroma, and is well balanced up front. the hop finish ranks well with other beers in the style, and reminds me a lot of sierra nevada pale ale, but a but bolder in color, body, and finish. i don't know what the brewery started doing different, but what they're doing now certainly makes this beer live up to it's name of "hop hazard." i wouldn't call it an IPA by any stretch, but it certainly has more hop character than many beers out there billed as IPAs, yet is definitely a beer i could drink in numbers over the course of a night.

if you ran into this beer before and didn't like the results, definitely give it another shot. this brewery seems to have found their sea legs.

06-20-2008 03:00:15 | More by fishtownhxc
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cw13

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

03-11-2013 20:31:37 | More by cw13
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

09-19-2012 23:53:17 | More by Molson2000
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Molnar

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

09-24-2012 01:04:28 | More by Molnar
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skriv

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

02-24-2013 22:18:38 | More by skriv
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Brianjames16

New York

4.22/5  rDev +19.9%

* Tasted off tap at A & R Beverages In Seaford, NY*

A - pours a hazy copper with a beautiful fluffy two finger width head. Thin lacing on the glass dissipates somewhat quickly.

S - Nice aroma of pines, citrus, grapefruit and some malts.Nice balanced aroma.

T- Extremely balanced IPA taste. Nice subtle hop bitterness but not too harsh making it a great session beer. Citrus and pines blend well with a tangy grapefruit finish.

M- Light body and very refreshing IPA. Decent amount of carbonation give this beer a crisp finish.

O- A very drinkable and pleasing IPA. Great session beer for any occasion. Cheers!

03-26-2011 00:09:04 | More by Brianjames16
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River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.