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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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483 Ratings

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Ratings: 483
Reviews: 267
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 7
Gots: 34 | 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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1/5  rDev -71.6%

07-11-2012 23:16:44 | More by TeamAlphaDoG
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1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

03-14-2014 02:58:20 | More by chefduff2
Photo of pwoods


1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

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 :)

01-28-2008 05:42:31 | More by pwoods
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

12-07-2011 01:03:42 | More by JohneHoodlum
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

08-21-2012 03:52:24 | More by tmars13
Photo of MmmIPA


2.05/5  rDev -41.8%

I once knew a girl from Lambertville NJ that was a flake but thats besides the point.

Nice clear orange body with a small white head that fell pretty fast.

Citrust hops smell and the malt comes in after that.

The malt and hops are fighting for beer domination and the malt is kicking ass.I can taste hop but its the malt that keeps over powering.

Mouthful is kinda thin and the carbonation is pretty tame for the style.

Cmon River Horse you have to do better then that to keep my attention.Its even dry hopped so I thought it would be bitter but this beer falls flat.

04-30-2007 00:52:07 | More by MmmIPA
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

2.08/5  rDev -40.9%

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.

02-24-2007 14:46:34 | More by jcdiflorio
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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

12-20-2013 13:38:37 | More by bvlaminck
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

2.38/5  rDev -32.4%

Pours a contrast filled deep amber with a foamy white head. Smells of yeast and light hops.

The taste is wayyy off for an American Pale Ale. It tastes strongly of yeast and has a rounded alcohol/bittersweet malt feel that usually comes with Belgians. Plus it is aggressively hopped with a very bitter, but not acidic hop. It's too funky to be an APA and it's too acridly sour to be a Belgian. Mixed together, it's not very good at all.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are down there too. The smooth Belgian feel to the beer just doesn't feel right for the style. This combined with the overall taste makes it fairly undrinkable.

05-13-2008 07:41:53 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of csmiley


2.38/5  rDev -32.4%

A - Color ends up somewhere between copper and amber. There is some haze going on but not excessive. Head is off white and not very exciting. Topped out at under half inch with averge lacing.

S - Hops dominate the nose and are immediately astringent. Fruit comes through in the hops in the form of grapefruit. Some earthy hop aromas are thrown in there but not too strong. The background has notes of caramel and toffee and is not bad.

T - Hops are first to hit the plate and have an astringent charachter. After getting past the initial flavor some citrus hops come out to play. Noticed some grapefruit, orange, and could be some apple as well. Midway through, the sweeter malt flavors show up. They are a little stronger than I was expecting. Definitely picking up strong toasted caramel and toffee flavors. A hint of alcohol show up on the end but it is very light.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter at first end up sweet. The astringency keeps going in the finish as well.

D - Drinkability is average at best. This beer just does not hit the mark in several different ways. Aroma seems to be off. Flavor seems to be off. I would not have this again and will probably avoid it if at all possible.

05-29-2008 02:19:52 | More by csmiley
Photo of emsroth

New York

2.4/5  rDev -31.8%

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.

06-24-2009 22:04:51 | More by emsroth
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -29%

01-31-2014 23:07:32 | More by BrianCuoz
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

02-08-2014 03:24:49 | More by TheBigBoy
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

05-21-2012 00:53:17 | More by DonFrap
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -29%

05-12-2013 22:12:15 | More by vfgccp
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -29%

05-02-2012 20:48:02 | More by olympicgatorade
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

11-23-2011 05:11:44 | More by deapokid
Photo of Lordquackingstic

New York

2.58/5  rDev -26.7%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark copper, murky, definitely unfiltered.

S: Weak hoppy aroma, slight malt. Nothing special.

T: Better than the smell. Hop forward pale ale with slight fruitiness. Malt definitely present, but well balanced with the hops. Sort of a metallic taste, but not an unpleasant one.

M: Very full bodied, especially for an APA.

O: Not bad, just not great. I love APAs, and I love unfiltered ales, but this one didn't impress me. I'd drink it again if offered, but I wouldn't buy it.

04-21-2012 17:38:19 | More by Lordquackingstic
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -25.3%

Bottle: Poured a light amber color ale with an average head with OK retention. Aroma consists of light dry caramel malt mix with some metallic and somewhat resinous hops. Taste is also a mix between a non-descript dry caramel malt base with some notes of resinous hops and a metallic aftertaste. Body is about average with good carbonation. There was definitely something off in that one and I am not likely to revisit anytime soon.

08-18-2011 17:38:13 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of mwa423


2.63/5  rDev -25.3%

Received as a part of my booty from the Dow Jones BIF. I forget who sent it to me, but thanks!

A - Poured with no head, poured the second half very aggressively and...nothing. Confusing? The color is a murky dark brown that reminds me of pond water.

S - Lots of malt and a bit of hops

T - A bit of sweet malt and a minimal amount of hops, not complex, not even interesting. Boo.

M/D - Mouthfeel is watery, drinkability is so/so at best.

Note: I suspect something could have happened to this bottle in shipping, because it is a pretty poor example of a beer that supposedly has a B review.

08-18-2009 02:32:34 | More by mwa423
Photo of Atron67


2.63/5  rDev -25.3%

So I was a little dissapointed in this beer

A- it poured a nice orange body, didnt get much head, but i wasnt too phased
S- it smelled pretty good, hoppy, citrusy, what i was looking for
T- This was the disapointment, there was no zing from the hops, they were trying, but it was just too overcome by the malt. Not a bad taste, but not an IPA taste, and not what i was looking at/ hoping for
M- medium, not bad, not anything full bodied either, didnt do anything to hurt, but it didnt help
D- a decent flavor but not so much fitting for the style i would say.

05-24-2007 21:53:43 | More by Atron67
Photo of micahgoldfus

New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -24.7%

Poured a healthy amber color with carbonation bubbles running up the side. A nice white, frothy head that stuck to the edges of the glass. Smell was a clear, crisp hop and malt combination, leaning towards the hops. A little earthy, a little citrus. The smell didn't prepare me for the first sip: a total hop kick. After my tongue got used to all the bitter hop flavor, I picked up on a smoother, more mellow caramel and toasted malt flavors that come out in the aftertaste. The flavors were reasonably balanced, but this taste just didn't hit right with me. It was a bit too much, and it came off as kind of sour and acidic. The mouthfeel was a pinch too syrupy as well. All in all, the hop bite woke me up, but I didn't particularly enjoy this beer all that much.

11-02-2008 04:30:54 | More by micahgoldfus
Photo of mikey711

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -23.9%

A: Pours a near brown and is slightly cloudy. Overly carbonated with no lacing

S: I guess there are some hops in there, but really it just kind of smells like nothing. Maybe a few faint whisps of caramel and soapiness

T: Heavy caramel flavor with a touch of soapy floral hops

M: not bad at all, there is some creaminess, and it is full bodied enough for the style

D: I think i will pass after this one. Not that i couldnt drink more but i wouldnt want to

02-06-2010 23:26:02 | More by mikey711
Photo of BeerSox


2.68/5  rDev -23.9%

12oz bottle into nonic.

Cloudy deep amber hue with a one finger light tan head that settles to a thin cap.

A little bit of spicy hops are on top of a lightly toasted malt base, which gives off a little caramel.

The hops give a very herbal flavor, trailing with some sharp bitterness. A little bit of citrus is there. The malts are slightly dry, with a little bit of caramel and some toffee (first one for me in this style...). Full bodied.

Not a very good pale ale in my opinion. The Hop Hazard name indicates that this one should be a little more hoppy. I hope that the stale flavors in this one are due to age, but that doesn't seem likely.

08-31-2009 00:57:32 | More by BeerSox
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.68/5  rDev -23.9%

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving a little lace. Cloudy amber color. Light carbonation and medium bodied. Floral/hoppy nose. Starts hoppy, midway some mellow sweetness, finish is hoppy/bitter. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.

04-13-2006 22:45:43 | More by jdhilt
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River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.