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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: 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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Photo of Billolick

New York

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness indication. pours slightly hazy or chill hazed, brownish amber, with an off white tiny bubble head/film and leaving blotchy lacing. Nose citrusy and also some malt picked up. this is a better then average P.A. well balanced between some grapefruit studded hops and some nice maple infused matls. Nicely crafted and a worthy sessioner.

11-04-2005 22:10:50 | More by Billolick
Photo of abcsofbeer


3.93/5  rDev +11.6%

Trying this one a second time and I like it much better this time. Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with lots of bubbles. There is a nice 2 inch head that leaves nice rings of lace around the glass.

The hoppy aroma reached my nose right after the pour while the glass was on the counter. Hints of citrus oil, grapefruit and pine in the smell. The taste is a nice balance of malt and medium to strong hops. There seems to be some sweetness in the backend, maybe some apples and cinnamon. Good beer.

10-22-2005 22:38:23 | More by abcsofbeer
Photo of Hagbard


2.78/5  rDev -21%

Reddish gold with a very thin white head. Hazy and cloudy, not much light shines through. The aroma is very subdued, dominated by a malt background with a very light essence of hops. The taste begins sweeter than I expected. Eventually, a less than appealing hoppiness enters. The hoppiness is a little raw and harsh.. After a bit, and into the aftertaste, an odd chemical comes into play. This leaves a rather unpleasant aftertaste causing you to "suck on your tongue." The mouthfeel is fine and the drinkability is ok because there's not a whole lot there (although the longer I drink it the more unpleaseant the aftertaste). A very average to below average APA, I'd stick to something else.

10-18-2005 12:37:22 | More by Hagbard
Photo of tgbljb


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%

poured a cloudy copper with chunky white head that was easily revived with a slight swirl. Smell is strong of hops, grassy, citrusy, and very pleasant. Taste is very strong on the hops initially, but quickly fades to reveal a nice maltiness. Each subsequent taste revals the same hoppy bitterness mixingf with the sweetish malt. The aroma with each taste is very enjoyable. Finishes more dry that malty. A pleasant enough beer, but nothing fantastic

10-12-2005 00:15:16 | More by tgbljb
Photo of sulldaddy


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

BA Stopper shared a bottle with me.
I am sampling a chilled bottle in a tulip snifter. The beer pours a cloudy amber color with a thin off white edge layer of fizzy head shaping up.
Aroma is lite and rindy citrus hops with some grassiness as well.
First sip reveals fine tingly carbonationand medium body. The flavor is grainy malt with sweet toffee up front and general slight sweetness. Hops come through about mid way with a citrus and grassy notes. There is a bit of a bite on the finish. The beer is tasty crisp and well balanced. A pretty easy beer to put down the gullet!

10-11-2005 00:32:52 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of FLAbeergutinMASS


3.8/5  rDev +8%

Kind of indifferent about his beer. Bought a sixer form Ryan and Casey in Greenfield, Ma. It has taken a while to get through them, my review is septupletly written.

Good looking beer, hazy, deep orange and caramelly. Very little head. I am starting to wonder if that's my pouring, and me or something else.

For an APA is is relatively hoppy, but not warranting IMO of its marketing scheme of "Hop Haze"

Decent APA, but not worth the cashola, there are definably better out there at this price

09-28-2005 03:45:30 | More by FLAbeergutinMASS
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%

The beer poured into the glass hazy medium amber brown with a low wispy and nearly non-existent head.

The aroma was strong caramel malt coupled with a bready/biscuit character. No real hop aroma was present except for a light earthiness.

The flavor was more caramel malt and biscuity flavors which quickly were chased off by a strong bittering component which was lightly citrus with a woodsy, earthy component. Hop flavor was definitely present, but bittering leads the day.

The finish was dry with a lasting bittering long into the afteraste. The body was medium. If you like a bitter and hoppy brew, this one is for you. Not your run of the mill Pale Ale and the hop flavor shows more than just some American C's hop usage.

12 ounce bottle purchased at Vintage Cellar.

09-25-2005 21:10:46 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of meathookjones


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

Golden orange with an off white foamy head. Light lacey strings were left around the glass. Some hoppiness comes out with a bit of a citric edge before the sweet caramel malts start to dominate. Sweet malty backbone with light citric hoppy flavors. A bit of the iced tea flavor going on but no overly done. Some hints of lemon. Solid mouthfeel and pretty easily drinkable. A solid all around version that I could have a few of.

09-14-2005 17:27:05 | More by meathookjones
Photo of jakester


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

I got this sampler from Shelbourne Beer Dist. near Reading. I drank this in a pilsner glass.

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head eventually drops to islands and a ring, but there is decent lacing on the glass. A medium level of carbonation is observed.

Aroma is grassy/spicy hops, with a fruity toasted caramel candy malt base. Smells very clean. As it warms, the caramel character becomes more pronounced.

The first flavor is toasty caramel malt, followed quickly by a decent level of hop bittering. The hop flavor is spicy, like black pepper. This is very well balanced. The aftertaste is toasty malt, slightly thin.

As APA's go, this one is pretty good. Well balanced, on style, not overdone in any way. You can't compare it to Alpha King, but it's a good representation of the style. Recommended.

08-15-2005 19:03:57 | More by jakester
Photo of Higravity


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

I think the majority of the low ratings for this beer, sub-3, are because it comes from River Horse. While it was not a second coming of the style this is a decent rep of what an APA is these days.
It is a nice copper color with a decent white head. The smell is a nice fruit clean hop spice over top of a caramelly malt. This is pretty good, if they had pushed the hops any further it would have been too bit-ty and tanic. Still the hops chew on your tongue and the malt backs them off with a sweetness of crystal and long boil maltness. It is a little over carbonated, but still easy drinking.

08-11-2005 12:58:32 | More by Higravity
Photo of chOAKbarrell


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%

It's like there's a Hazard in my mouth, and everyone's hoppin'!

Very hoppy, just the way I like my pale ales. I'm not sure what keeps this from being an I.P.A., since it is every bit as hoppy as one. It has the familiar bite you know & love. Delicious.

An interesting color to this beer. Kinda reddish/orangeish, etc. A little strange, but oh well. Color doesnt matter where you're headed, beer!

Smells like it should - hoppy. Not too much more to say about that.

Feels good in my mouth - not too watery, not too thick. Pleasantly medium bodied.

I would purchase a 2nd 6-pack, which indicates high drinkability points from me for River Horse's Dry-hopped Hop Hazard.

08-11-2005 00:22:56 | More by chOAKbarrell
Photo of cubedbee


3.3/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours a bright amber with no head to speak of, and a tiny bit of lacing. Aroma is a big bready and caramel malt with a small dose of grapefruit and citrus hops. Taste is sweet toffee upfront with rounded citrus hops fading into a piney hop finish. Taste doesn't balance well---seems a little too sweet upfront and a little too jaggedly bitter at the end. Mouthfeel is overly thin to a distraction. Overall this is a mediocre pale ale that I doubt I would buy again.

07-31-2005 01:32:27 | More by cubedbee
Photo of BeerFink


3.38/5  rDev -4%

Pours mostly clear amber with a thin white head. Aroma is much maltier than I was looking for. Some caramel and chocolately notes in the aroma, with slight citrous and estery hop aromas. No freshnes date, so I'm wondering if the dry hopping aroma faded, or was simply weak to begin with. Malty smooth flavor, which the hops fight to break up. Creamy caramel and even chocolate flavor come through. Hops don't win the battle til the finish, where they shine in their full diverse glory. Bitter citrous, pine, and spice blend together in a slightly resinous way. Aftertaste is bittersweet chocolate and coffee. Not a bad brew, just not really what you'd expect being called Hop Hazard. Quirky, yet interesting example of an APA.

07-21-2005 01:59:30 | More by BeerFink
Photo of mntlover


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%

Pours a copper color with a small creamy colored head that falls fast but does leave some spotty lace.

Aroma is malty more bready then caramel very light hop aromas some citrus mixed with earthy hops. Aroma over all very subdued what gives thought dry hopping gave great aromatic qualities.

Taste is malty bready in nature some light caramel mixed with mediciney like hops flavors and a light lingering pine/grapefruit bitterness in the finish. The hop flavors on this one don't seem to blend together right says five hop blend on the bottle, I think they need to try a diffrent blend myself.

Mouthfeel is ok a good medium feel a decent enough malt body on this one.

Drinkability is well different haven't had a APA quite like this one before. The hops just don't blend well on my tounge for some reason.

07-20-2005 17:51:55 | More by mntlover
Photo of mattcrill


3.15/5  rDev -10.5%

Appearance: Crystal clear burnt orange color with a sudsy white head. The head dissolves to pockets of carbonation and rings the glass. Nice sticky lacings here and there.

Smell: Almost like a dopplebock! Very sweet smelling like plums and raisins. I can't believe what I'm smelling. Carmel on the nose as well. I double checked the bottle to make sure I had the right one. Very sweet smelling.

Taste: Some bitterness kicks in here. Floral and tea-like hops with a definite carmel base. Finishes slightly bitter and with some ester notes.

Mouthfeel: Light bordering on thin. A dry finish that doesn't really linger at all.

Drinkability: Very poundable. Not taxing on the palate at all so I could see having more than one of these. Still, I probably wouldn't be motivated to have more than one of these. Seems more like and English PA to me. Not enough hop character for an American original. Worth a try I suppose but don't go out of your way to get it.

07-16-2005 18:20:24 | More by mattcrill
Photo of twilight


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%

A copper coloured "pale" ale into the glass and away we go with some hints of soy sauce in the scent, but otherwise not too bad. Taste is actually delicious with some roasty crystal malts (ah, the darkness) and a bodiful mouthfeel with the hops in the background. In a way this is a british pale ale but without the hop bite from the hard water. Slightly caramelly and just a wee bit tart. A good standard pale ale.

07-09-2005 02:06:08 | More by twilight
Photo of merlin48


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

12 oz bottle purchased as a single at the Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, Va, a week or so ago.
Pours a chill hazed medium copper amber body with a small, but lasting, offwhite head. Lots of island chain patch lacing on the glass as the contents are sipped.
Aroma begins malty, with an assertive breadiness that has caramel notes. Some fruity orange and grapefruit hoppiness quickly jumps into the nose.
Mouthfeel is creamy for an APA, no hops bite, and restrained carbonation.
Taste begins bready with a caramel/toffee malt accent. Hops presence begins with a soft note of orange fruitiness, but quickly becomes more aggressively bitter. Pine and grapefruit rind bitterness occupy the middle and finish. This one is a "Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde" experience, as the malt dominance transforms into some serious hops bitterness.
Pretty good drinkability, and somewhat challenging in a good way. Some interesting complexities seem to be running amok here, but in a very pleasant and enjoyable manner.

07-01-2005 04:29:42 | More by merlin48
Photo of bruachan

District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -5.4%

a buddy brought this out during game 7 of the NBA finals, told me it was an IPA (didn't see the bottle). i thought "wow, what a weak IPA." turns out to be a PA

a little watery to me. and the head was a little sudsy, though it did leave some lacing. cloudy amber color
i was never under the impression that the hops were hazardous; this isn't what i would call an outstandingly hoppy beer. nevertheless, it had a decent bitterness

not bad, and not by any means undrinkable (i would have been ecstatic to to have this at parties in college), but rough in comparison to anchor liberty or poleeko gold

06-24-2005 07:04:08 | More by bruachan
Photo of board45

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

Hazy dark golden color w/ a medium fluffy head. Smells only of citrus. Flavors consisting of pine, citus, and loads of malt. I taste lots of grapefruit, and initally almost a taste of kiwi. As the brew sits the malts get stronger and stronger with intermintant blasts of hops. Nothing to hoppy at all though, balanced well. More malt than hops. At first I thought this was going to be a hop-heads delight, though it is not. But, definiatly a good beer.

06-21-2005 23:51:01 | More by board45
Photo of woodychandler


4.03/5  rDev +14.5%

This poured with a white head of medium body that held up well throughout. It poured a really gorgeous golden-yellow color. The nose was very fresh, putting me in mind of unmowed grass, cotton sheets, and thunderstorms. There was a nice hoppy bite on the front of the tongue, accompanied by a slightly creamy mouthfeel. It had a really good hoppy finish. A candidate for a session beer, IMHO.

06-20-2005 14:22:28 | More by woodychandler
Photo of NEhophead


2.83/5  rDev -19.6%

Creamy off white head that becomes plastered to the glass' sides. Scattered, wirlwind lace around the glass with good strength. Bright, light bronze in color with a chill haze.

A big caramel malt nose; semi-sweet. A floral hop bouquet with a touch of lemony citrus. The sweet caramel and molasses aromas are overpowering for the style.

Sweet, yet burnt caramel malt character right up front. The floral hops are bitterly burnt and out of place; very perfumey. The hop profile itself seems unbalanced and out of place with such a strong maltiness. Finishes dry with a bitterness reminiscent of burnt coffee beans.

Medium bodied; the hops and malt character are very conflicting which gives this Pale a medicinal syrup-like mouthfeel.

The flavors of this ale are what it 'hazardous'. Unpleasant and off base for the style. My first taste of River Horse and I'm not looking forward to the five remaining bottles from the six pack.

06-19-2005 00:46:13 | More by NEhophead
Photo of warriorsoul


3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

Picked up a single at Lukes Liquors in Rockland, MA...no freshness date...could be trouble coming from Lukes. I'm willing to gamble.
Pours a dark copper color w/ less than a half finger of off-white head...very little lace with no cling.
Smell is mostly malt w/ a distinct bread scent.
Taste is ok...a bit of bitter hops mixed in to the flavor, it could be a nice "gateway" beer for pale ale drinkers wanting to get into IPA's.
The mouthfeel is the best part of the beer, as it is medium bodied and sturdy for its style.
The finish is very clean and quite bitter.
Could be a session brew, but for me, I'd enjoy a pint or two and then move onto something a bit more aggressive.

05-26-2005 00:14:18 | More by warriorsoul
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale

Appearance- hazy caramel brown with a decent head.
Smell- hops and fruit.
Taste- woodsy hops and a cherry/ plum fruity taste.
Mouthfeel- smooth at first but bitter in the end.

Overall- a nice, not overly, hoppy beer. A lttle harsh on the aftertaste (bitter and acidic) but decent and drinkable.

05-19-2005 20:47:09 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of edchicma


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%

Medium to dark amber..head dissipates quickly. Smell is lightly citrus hoppy with some fruity malt notes. Taste is initially malty with a light hop presence mid-palate that end in a light hoppy presence. Mouthfeel is lightly oily, but not unpleasant. Smooth on the drinkability scale.

05-17-2005 00:17:45 | More by edchicma
Photo of necoadam


3.35/5  rDev -4.8%

Poured out a lightly hazed deep copper color with a somewhat decent head. Smell was a tad light I thought. But some hops could be detected with some light pine aromas. Some floral aromas seemed to be hiding in the background. Taste was somewhat decent. Started off with a good malt base with a lot of hops blending in the middle. Towards the end the hops hold their own and lasts into the aftertaste. A touch of nutty flavors can also be detected. Mouthfeel was medium-light and the carbonation was a tad off, would of liked to see more carbonation in here, but other than that, not all that bad.

05-04-2005 17:32:55 | More by necoadam
River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
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