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River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale - River Horse Brewing Co.

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275 Reviews

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Reviews: 275
Hads: 558
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 8
Gots: 80 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002

A golden-orange hue, medium body and a floral, hoppy finish make this American Pale Ale perfect for any time of year.
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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 (369 characters)

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. (539 characters)

Photo of DMXLOX22
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
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! (1,221 characters)

Photo of DJED69
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a nice golden color with some lively head on it. The smell was on the hoppier side but it's not too hazardous. The taste is decent I expected it to be much stronger on the hoppy side because of the name on the label. The mouthfeel for this beer was alright too. I just felt that a beer with this kind of name it should be stand out in the flavor and stuff. This beer to me was a little disappointing in that sense. It's not a bad beer though. (465 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by hops. Taste is good, hops up front, a bit of malts and some notes of citrus. A little IPA like in it's flavor. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall makes for a solid offering. (286 characters)

Photo of Brianjames16
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

* Tasted off tap at A & R Beverages In Seaford, NY*

A - pours a hazy copper with a beautiful fluffy two finger width head. Thin lacing on the glass dissipates somewhat quickly.

S - Nice aroma of pines, citrus, grapefruit and some malts.Nice balanced aroma.

T- Extremely balanced IPA taste. Nice subtle hop bitterness but not too harsh making it a great session beer. Citrus and pines blend well with a tangy grapefruit finish.

M- Light body and very refreshing IPA. Decent amount of carbonation give this beer a crisp finish.

O- A very drinkable and pleasing IPA. Great session beer for any occasion. Cheers! (615 characters)

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A=Light golden yellow/orange with minimal head,minimal lacing leaving very little to no lacing.

S&T=Some sweet maltiness, with thin traces of hops coming through.Good.

M=Medium-bodied,average carbonation, just the right amount.

Very drinkable,well done. Could have all night. While I wouldn't seek this out again or rec very highly, it makes a good session fallback brew. (374 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: brown and amber all at once. not opaque, but plenty of yeast floating around in this unfiltered APA. carbonation bubbles interacting with the yeast on its way to the surface. creamy off-white head is finally starting to break.

S: citrusy, chalky hop aroma really fills takes up the nose. definitely not overbearing (which i was anticipating from the name)

T: hoppy. shocker. not as citrusy as the nose gave hint too. more on a mild-piney side. however, a great use of malt here providing a solid sweet/bready backbone detected between bitter sips.

M: a little softer than i prefer for the style. solid medium body.

D: easy drinking good APA, but not really blown away here. need a good all-day'er, grab a 6. (715 characters)

Photo of slonsk
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer is typical of a pale ale in terms of color and faint head. Aroma is good and mild as expected. Not sure I understand why they called this hop hazard, especially because they mention its mildly hoppy. Given I'm a hiphopanotamus lover, i dont like to be led on. Flavor it self is good. Smooth, not so hoppy, but not my first preference for a pale ale, but very drinkable (373 characters)

Photo of CruisaC
3.21/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Charlatan Sin for this beer included in his noob BIF package to me

Poured into my New Belgium glass

A: dark amber with copper tones. A little darker and less golden than I had anticipated

S: I'm a bit underwhelmed by the smell. I pick up fairly faint hops, but also very mild sweetness and even some worn leather.

T: Again, feeling pretty underwhelmed here. I'm primarily hit by the carbonation, almost like a fountain soda that doesn't have enough syrup. Some softer hops flavor in the middle and it ends with a slight bit of sweetness

M: dominated by carbonation. It makes it pretty refreshing, but not something I'm looking for if I'm settling down after a long day to have a beer, but that's just my preference.

D: I could pound a couple of these, but I can also see myself reaching for something else if given an option. (846 characters)

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at The Beer Store in Southamptom, PA as part of a mix/match 6pk.
Price averaged out to $2.50/bottle
Enjoyed in a DFH Pint Glass

A - Color is a rather opaque, slighty cloudy, orangey, copper color. Pours with a massive two to three finger frothy head. The head very slow disapates and there is a ragged lacy left on the side of the glass after finishing.

S - Slighty sour yet slightly sweet smell. Nothing thats says "wow" right off the bat.

T - Decent tasting beer. A good deal of maltiness with a decent amount of citrus and hops. Even with an ABV of 6.5%, which isn't that high to begin with, the alcohol is barely noticeable.

M - Very thin feeling on the tongue, not thick or heavy at all. Really nice carbonation adds to the overall drinkability.

D - This is a very drinkable and, in my opinion, a very sessionable beer. Not very heavy tasting so it would be quite easy to down a few of these without much problem.

Overall - A good beer but nothing that hits you with a "wow" factor. That's not to say it isn't good, I just feel there are better examples out there. I wouldn't really seek this out but I wouldn't have a problem drinking some more in the future if the opportunity presents itself.

Cheers! (1,227 characters)

Photo of nbbd
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

a: more chestnut than amber nice attractive beer in a glass...

s: Yep Its an APA, grapefruity notes mixed light pinetrees, borderline minty

T: Refreshing, taste is underwhelming compared to the smell. The more I sip the more balanced it seems between the hops and the malt. cirtuspine start progresses to sweetness on the middle before the astringent hop finish...

m: Not to thin good astringic finish...

d: I could go for a few in a row.

Over all not my favorite beer of this style but Solid. (499 characters)

Photo of bamojr
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass pours a nice solid amber. This one smells quite citrusy. Has a very crisp taste with a strong hop content that makes for a very nice APA feel. This is the first beer I have had from River horse, and it has set me up to want to try more from them. Overall this a a very nice APA and I would recommend it to any hop heads out there. (355 characters)

Photo of hopsolutely
4.04/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What a pleasant surprise!

Fantastic multi-layered hop nose, with a delightful taste that isn't quite as complex as the aroma, but still leaves a beautifully dry & bitter (lingering) finish.

My bottle looks very different than that shown above in Beer Advocate, but this version is quite enjoyable. A very drinkable American pale Ale - from New Jersey!? (356 characters)

Photo of larryi86
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- A hazy brown/orange with a big three finger off-white head.

S- Citrus hops and caramel malts. Hint of pine.

T- Nice citrus and pine hops and roasted caramel malts. The hops and the malts seem to clash with each other instead of complementing each other.

M- Smooth, light to medium body

D- Enjoyable and easy to drink. I probably won't buy it in a store but would get it at a bar or have it at a party if it was offered. (465 characters)

Photo of njmoons
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Like drinking a pine cone

A: light brown, 3 fingers of foam which held up

S: hoppy, piney. about what I had expected from a beer called hop hazard

T: nice base beer with some sweetness that balanced against the hops. However the one dimensional pineyness of the hops took over any complexity of the beer.

M: nice with some body to it.

D: not for me. would not get this again. (381 characters)

Photo of kranker23
3.02/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a chalice. Copper color with 1 finger cream colored head.

S - Not much on the nose. Some evergreen, less citrus.

T - Balanced but underwhelming. Neither the hops nor the malt is able to star. For an APA, this is not quite where it needs to be. Tastes a little seltzery on the finish. The hop taste is fleeting and really ends all too quickly.

M - Good carbonation. Weight is appropriate for an APA.

D - Would make a nice summer session beer because of its lightness.

Overall - I wouldn't search out a sixpack of this, but if it comes in the River Horse sampler I would not hesitate to drink a few of these. (629 characters)

Photo of dmfrench
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A unique, 'Viennese' APA with a wide hop gamut.

A: Beautiful cloudy deep cider body with a one finger, fairly persistent warm white head with adequate lacing. There are all kinds of small particles floating in this one, and they cascade off the pour in a most pleasing manner.

S: Citrus, dry pine, floral, spice... a gamut of hops. Underneath is buttery biscuit and caramel malt. A unique and enjoyable scent, but not all that potent.

T: Grapefruit and piney, resinous hops is the predominant flavor, followed my spice and caramel/buttery malt. Finish is on dry hops. Somewhat reminiscent of a Vienna Lager, but with a more ambitions hopping. Unfortunately, there also seems to be a bit of an adjunct taste, though I doubt they use any. I would guess that my sample is not perfectly fresh.

M: A bit thin, but nice carbonation.

D: I never know what to say... 'yes ':) (877 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, amber in color, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and citrus hops

Taste: caramel malt and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, bitter start with a slightly sweeter end, dry

Drinkability: A decent APA that I could have two or three of. Nothing I would go out of my way for, but enjoyable. (346 characters)

Photo of zoso1967
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a surprisingly deep amber color with a bit of a bronze cast to it. The head is a fairly dark beige color and it has nice retention and leaves some splashy lace.

The aroma is pretty subdued for a dry hopped pale ale. I am getting a bit of a citrus hop bite, some grassy notes and a toasty malt background.

The flavor has a bit more of a hop presence. It is mostly composed of zesty lemon, but with a bit of grass and herbal character as well. It is pretty balanced with a good deal of malt. The malt itself seems fairly plain, but it does have some toasty character to it.

The mouthfeel is nice with a refreshing amount of carbonation. It is on the lighter end of medium bodied and if finishes nice and dry.

This beer is drinkable and sessionable, but I find it has a bit of an identity crisis. Is it English style or American? Either way it is a pretty decent pale ale from the cool little town of Lambertville. (929 characters)

Photo of beerphan
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle -> american pint
no date

Pours a hazed rusty orange with a small head that settles to a thick film. Solid rings of lace are generously discarded on the glass. Carbonation is persistent and robust.

Nose: Citrus, herbs

Nice full body. Caramel sweetness up front followed by oily herbal hops. Bitterness is bold, spicy and lingering. Lots of grassy herbal hop flavors. Tartness sneaks in on the finish. Strong balance here, with the hops only taking top billing for the long mellow bitter rind that seems to last forever, aching one for another swig.

I like this more now than when i first had it a few nights ago in Atlantic City, lend it to a clean palate. (676 characters)

Photo of cooch69
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a very deep orange with some dark amber highlights. It has a small really tight white head.

This brew smells like fresh grass, hay and a bit of a rick maltiness.
The grassy hops really shine above all else in this beer, but there are also notes of caramel and pale malts. Malt takes back seat but the hops aren't really strong.

This brew is barely medium bodied in the mouth, it's a bit thin. But the finish is slightly bitter-sweet and smooth. (464 characters)

Photo of SpdKilz
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to snosage22 for this extra. Cheers!

Appearance - Pours into my SA Perfect Pint with a hazy, unfiltered apple cider appearance. About a finger of tan head is achieved with a moderate pour that dissipates quickly leaving slight lacing.

Smell - Floral and grassy aromas are the first I smell. Pine, slight hops, and a hint of a malty backbone.

Taste - Bitter up front, and tastes like fresh grass clippings (I'm not sure whether that is bad or good...I do love the smell of fresh cut grass but taste...ehh). After that bitter hops come through with lots of oily pine. Very little, if any, malt backbone. This is a pretty damn bitter APA.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, slightly oily, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - While this was a nice change from such a sweet beer I had before this, it is a bit of a palate wrecker so after this one I'm going to take a small break before continuing my new beer Friday taste fest. Not bad though. (944 characters)

Photo of trf32
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A- Looks at least as dark as an amber ale. Looks like apple cider (the non-alcoholic kind). Pale ale? Not so much.

S- Smells like some kind of candy- maybe a toffee with some chocolate. There is some floral hoppiness there as well but not as strong as you might expect for this style. I like the sweetness, it smells like somebody's cooking pastries.

T- For something called "hop hazard" you'd expect more hops. They're there, though, with a little bite at first and leaving some bitterness at the end. The malts have a caramel taste going on, balancing out the hops.

M- I like it. Just the right fizz going on, and pretty smooth.

D- Meh. Not really what I was looking for but I'll drink it, and it's good. (710 characters)

River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 275 ratings.