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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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497 Ratings

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Ratings: 497
Reviews: 268
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 6
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +13.6%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -14.8%

brandoman63, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Dark orange color. Transparent. Nice tight head that retains well and leaves textbook lacing. Nice looking beer.

S-Hmm. Nose is weak. How can this be called Hop Hazard if there is hardly any hop in the nose. The hops that are there are grassy. Grainy backbone. Light cracker malt.

T-Flavor is pretty mellow. I will say that the flavor is decently enjoyable. But boy, this beer is far from a Hop Hazard. Hops are floral and a bit citrusy. Malt may actually be more accentuated than the hop. Good balance for an APA. Definitely a letdown though.

M-Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Lightly bitter.

O/D-Disappointing. Not hoppy enough. Aside from that, its a decent APA. But don't call it Hop Hazard if its not very hoppy. But hey, the name got me to buy it didn't it?

VelvetExtract, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of mdillon86
4/5  rDev +13.6%

mdillon86, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of deapokid
2.5/5  rDev -29%

deapokid, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of DoctorB2B
3/5  rDev -14.8%

DoctorB2B, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of athouve1
4/5  rDev +13.6%

athouve1, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of MerkurKing16
4/5  rDev +13.6%

MerkurKing16, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of virinow
4/5  rDev +13.6%

virinow, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of patm1986
4/5  rDev +13.6%

patm1986, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of CyanideCastro
4/5  rDev +13.6%

CyanideCastro, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of justintcoons
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

justintcoons, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Daniellobo
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good APA with a sweeter and maybe maltier edge, which does not compromise much its drinkability.

Presentation: 12 oz brow capped bottle. Hippopotamus branded label with a security tape design/like warning of the Hop Hazard. Back paragraph offers a disclaimer about the lack of hops and a predominant balance… Shows 6.5% Alc. by Vol. Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Slightly hazy deep amber pour, 1" frothy head with fair retention, good surface memory and nice lacing.

S - Nose is somewhat subdued on the hops… with a nice sweet malty touch, and a hint of floral bitterness...

T - Taste follows in similar sync with a fair balance tilted by the caramel sense of the malt, hint of a hoppy edge moving to a finishing bitterness with some fruity touches.

M - Medium body, with medium low carbonation held up by the hop bitterness.

O - Good flow of a Pale Ale, a tad short and apologetic on the hop edge but pleasing nevertheless.

Notes: Dunno, it says American Pale Ale but at one point, maybe the hops are somewhat faded?, it feels more English than American. There is a fruity hint in the sweetness and that floral insinuation in the bitterness… Not something that I would personally brand as Hop Hazard, and the bottle description by way of a disclaimer is a bit pathetic, but overall the ale works decently.

Daniellobo, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of koopa
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle given to me as a gift from a buddy.

Appearance: Pours a deep iced tea with a 1.5 finger slightly off white (lightest red/brown tinge) billow crown that shows good retention and lace.

Smell: Nice bready and toffee malt presence with a decent dose of floral hops.

Taste: A touch soapy. The malt profile washes out a bit. The floral hops make a disjointed appearance towards the end and the beer finishes with a bit of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with nice carbonation.

Overall: Drinkability is good thanks to the mouthfeel but the flavor hots it back from a better score.

koopa, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.63/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of devinoconnor
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

devinoconnor, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

after having some hammers its just not the same. the chemistry is off and has the finish of hard water. pour of amber with a bit of murk. nose of pine bark and a mind resin chalk floral and green pepper. palate is black pepper dry with a undertone of mild citrus that don't have fruitiness. earthy and mineral dominate the finish.

rtepiak, Jul 15, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with an average head, off white in color. The head is pretty dense.
It has a hazy look and is nicely carbonated.

Aroma is mostly sweet or caramel malts. Hops are light and very sutle.

Taste is mostly malt based. There is some bitterness from hops but hardly any hop flavor.
It can also detect a slight toffee finish.

A nice chewy mouthfeel, fairly thick in body and bitter at end with no aftertaste.

A good beer and I'd definitly could drink a few more.
If someone asked me what kind of beer this is, I would say an amber ale, because that's what it's pretending to be.

micromaniac129, Jul 13, 2011
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

renegadeburger, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice clean amber pour with loads of carbonation coming up to the surface to form a nice little head of white that was about an inch or so high. nice lacing coming down the sides of the glass as well. aroma is nice and tight, clean piney hop notes give way to grapefruit, light lemon grass and a decent touch of simple malts. crisp, clean, and completely drinkable flavor has me from the first sip. really easy to put down and i could see myself easily drinking 4 or five. nice sharp bite of hops on the front which mellows into a very well balanced and lightly sweet buttery flavor, but keeps it all very, very light. nice light nd slightly dry finish seals the deal for me.

mikesgroove, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of coalcracker
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with a little cloudiness. Carbonation is average.
Smell: A bit malty; also noting a tad bit of wet cardboard. Otherwise- some light citrus in the nose, a little spice as well.
Taste: Slightly delayed build-up to a flourish a hops that lie upon a malty base with a biscuity foundation. Hops are quite spicy and grassy in nature with only a little citrus-like element. Pretty well-balanced. The hops are certainly there but are nicely complemented by the malt base. Alcohol not too noticeable. Finish is quite clean and a bit dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, smooth.
Overall: Pretty well-balanced APA. Kudos for going for balance rather than getting caught up in the hop-bomb competition. Pleasant.

coalcracker, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of UDbeernut
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle poured into a cheater pint

a: amber with a 1/2" off white head with good retention. head reduces to a lacing cap, slight haze

s: inviting citrus nose, mainly of orange and grapefruit, slight caramel

t: bitterness from piney earthyness and citrus balanced well with a caramel backbone

m: medium bodied, slick and oily

o: a nice APA from a little known brewer

UDbeernut, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass, nice dense of white head that clings the glass very well, color is dark copper to red.

Smell is a mix of roasted and caramel malt with a feint citrus bitterness.

Taste is bitter up front followed by the roasted/caramel malt with piney hop finish.

Mouthfeel is well done, probably closer to the mouthfeel of an IPA with strong flavors on the tongue and cheek but the carbonation is nicely done.

Overall, the taste and nose are good, but the appearance and mouthfeel pull this beer around. Nicely done.

mvanaskie13, May 30, 2011
Photo of DMXLOX22
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this number up at my local deli/beer take out establishment Civera's deli.

Appearance: Poured a reddish, brown glow, that is also a bit light on the thickness, but still appealing. Very little to little amount of head.

Smell: Slighty roasted malt flavoring, with a certain scent of pine and grain.

Taste: First noticed malts that were easily appealing, but then a keen taste of lemon or orange Very attractive in its own way. Finishes off a bit dry, but still able to present itself without overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Starts fresh and inviting, but improving to be a nice balance of carbanation and noteful tones that were to me at least a bit relieving, since I'm sorry to say, but expecting something tough and hoppy as hell. This had a nice balance of both.

My final thought is this beer was definitely an example of a changed perception at first taste. I went into this expecting something thick and full bodied and not something to be taken lightly (or to be drinked in large quantities) but I must say it is not fully matured but a great introduction and something new for the American IPA market. I would recommend this beer to anyone wanting a break from the norm and something maybe refreshing. Cheers!

DMXLOX22, May 07, 2011
Photo of DJED69
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew. One of the better ones I've tried from River Horse. Now, I WISH they would make spectacular beer as I'm local to them, alas---no. This particular beer is a nice dark amber color with a decent head and some lacing left on pint glass. Aroma is of some hops and a bit of earthiness. Decent balance of hops and malt makes this brew quite drinkable. I do find that it has a bit of a funky, earthy quality to the taste (same as nose). Hop Hazard, no. The hop presence isn't that intense. Overall, for $9 a sixer, I would almost always reach for something else. Would be keen to try this on draft.

DJED69, Apr 26, 2011
River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.