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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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489 Ratings

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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 37 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

probert, Sunday at 09:54 PM
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1/5  rDev -71.6%

Sttjw01, Thursday at 12:26 PM
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

JoeMans, Sep 08, 2014
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4.14/5  rDev +17.6%

Wiffler27, Aug 30, 2014
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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.

Ozzylizard, Aug 29, 2014
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3.52/5  rDev 0%

Jlivecc, Aug 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

gshackles, Aug 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

LukeGude, Aug 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

DrunkinYogi, Aug 10, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Johnwf110, Aug 10, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

DoctorBob, Aug 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

TheMultiYeast, Aug 05, 2014
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Stofko1992, Jul 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

KathrynD, Jul 30, 2014
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3.84/5  rDev +9.1%

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.

BodiesLexus, Jul 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

dbalwanz, Jul 28, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

jbaker67, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Rob_Z, Jul 21, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

BeerBobH, Jul 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

chefdave37, Jul 18, 2014
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3.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

dar482, Jul 13, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Shennan20, Jul 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

mousebeer, Jul 09, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

SenatorSpaceman, Jul 06, 2014
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River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 489 ratings.