River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale - River Horse Brewing Co.
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3.44/5 rDev -2.3%
My 2nd pour of this into a tulip resulted in a higher review.
It's really quite good. I like the style, it's a solid APA, with character. Any horsey stink is gone from my previous review. I'd drink this again for sure, and it's the best I've enjoyed from this brewer - which as a Jersey guy - I really want to like!
Bottle poured into .5l cylinder. Fresh in Central NJ!
I am a fan of this style and want to be a fan of this beer, but it falls short.
A: Pours cloudy amber w orange tones, very light amountsof carbonation. Unfiltered for sure as it remains cloudy. The beer has a 2 finger creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a very long lasting quarter thick head covering the majority of the surface of the beer with a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing.
S: Unusual. Stinky (in a good way). Strong aromas of oily pine hops and wet grass. Not much caramel malts. Alot going on. Good meditation ale.
T: Alot going on indeed. Pepper, wet hay, barnyard, citrus, along with a peppery, oily hop flavor. To me it's over done and not 'fresh enough' like a great fresh APA or IPA (Dales, Titan, Stone). Was enjoyable with sauced scallops and shrimp cocktail, good with seafood.
M: Medium bodied with light carbonation. Slightly oily/sticky, not a super after taste. Not tingly enough, weak on bitter, clean finish, weak on malts.
O: This is an intense, stinky APA. There's 5 hops and I think they are battling. There's a barnyard thread that runs through all River horse - they taste horse stall like! Wet hay and horse order.
Much better regional beers to be found in Doylestown PA (Victory) or Harrisburg (Troegs). As a NJ guy, I'd like River horse to make a more refreshing and simpler ale.
03-12-2014 01:51:45 | More by Act25
3.71/5 rDev +5.4%
Weathered copper orange with a thick viscous appearance. Poured with a short white foam that reduced to a soapy cap. Light, fresh pine hop aroma with sweet caramel malt beneath. Medium bodied with aggressive, tangy carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Pine hop flavors throughout with a hint of lemon up front and caramel malty backbone throughout. Finished with a lingering pine hop bitterness and burnt caramel malt aftertaste. Intense malt character and hop bitterness, but well balanced.
02-24-2014 01:09:04 | More by IronLover
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
12 oz bottle into tulip glass. My third beer from River Horse, but my least favorite thus far. However, the other two (Winter Freeze and Tripel Horse) were fantastic, so I'm going by a high bar here. Labeled an American Pale Ale but maltier than I expected, which isnt a bad thing, just not normally my cup of tea. Or beer. Still, even for those who dont enjoy the malty side of life as much, its a good beer. Would definitely buy again.
02-22-2014 04:25:33 | More by Johnny_Muir
River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 483 ratings.