India Pale Ale
River Horse Brewing Co.

India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #6,535
ABV:
5.7%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,602
Avg:
3.6 | pDev: 11.94%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
128
From:
River Horse Brewing Co.
 
New Jersey, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
82
Good
India Pale AleIndia Pale Ale
Notes: An American style IPA, brewed with American and New Zealand hops added continuously throughout the boil giving an aroma with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. The balance of hops and malt body make this the ideal year-round IPA.
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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle

appears orange golden in color, white head. nice well rounded hop aroma. taste is similar, balanced with a touch of caramel malt. medium bitterness. thin to medium bodied.

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Photo of maulmann
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

TLDR: Decent IPA
L: Great Hazy Orangish Gold
S: Decent smell, slight hop
T: Decent taste, Citrus-Pine Start followed by a bitter end. Somewhat lacking in fullness
F: Decent feel, somewhat thin.
Overall: Decent IPA, somewhat lacking in a full range of flavor, Nice start and finish by lacking in the middle.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A perfectly adequate IPA. Nose hints at the flavor. Flavor is citrus forward, orange blossoms, with a mild honey sweetness, followed by a subtle pine bitterness on the end. Mouthfeel is lite to medium, carbonation is mild but drops off.
Overall, a decent beer, but not an exciting one.

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Photo of neug
2.84/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Dark orange brown. Pours nicely with a solid thick head. Heavy lacing.
S: Bitter smell. Piney with citrus notes. Not very complex.
T: Strong hops flavor. Very one note.
F: Pleasant mouthfeel.
O: Pretty middling IPA. Nothing special to see here.

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Photo of rudiecantfail
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

L---Hazy brownish orange color. Off-white head faded quickly but left a cap and good lacing.

S---Juicy. Grapefruit, mango with some pine in the background.

T---Follows the nose. Grapefruit, pine, maybe apricot. Juicy. A little bitter in the finish.

F---A bit of a pucker from the citric bitterness. Ok carbonation.

O---A nice product. Fuller than I was expecting from a relatively low ABV.

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Photo of EMV
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Hazed golden amber pour. Massive foamy white head. Great retention and sticky lacing.

S: Juicy/citrus. More than I was expecting... smells almost like a NEIPA.

T/F: Crackery grains and toasted malts. Juicy hop profile... citrus/grapefruit and light pine. Medium bodied... heavy for the ABV. Well carbonated... the finish is more citrus juice.

O: Sort of halfway to a NEIPA. Juicy... decent flavor... worth a try.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

DATE: March 28, 2018... OCCASION: watching American Idol with the family... GLASSWARE: Stoudts pint... out the bottle, extremely lively--gigantic white head that pillows to a three-finger height, paired with coral rings covering the entire glass... its body represents an East Coast IPA view--murky brownish muddiness, which makes reading it tough... the tropical start of grapefruit and mango with a thick doughy presence that weights the aroma... burnt toast and some yeast funk mixes in to challenge expectations... damp orange and dank earthiness, too... a reasonable weight--really drinkable at 5.7% ABV--with a textured throat... medium-bodied, effervescent, lightly warming... not much at the teeth, which again suggests the hops are toned down... the flavor profile is squarely between the tropical island and the bakery, evenly citric and malty... not opening any new avenues, but for the River Horse crew, one that restores some interest in the brewery...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a bright orange color with an inch of white head. Citrus hops fruity and breads malts, light floral nores. Medium body and moderate carbonation.

An ok beer.

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle in a pint glass. Very fresh, 18 days young.

Dense hazed caramel-orange color. A forbearer of the recent wave of ultra-hazed, unfiltered IPAs and PAs, perhaps? There's a sturdy 1-plus F of pure white froth. Said head holds up, tapering to a thick film, leaving record setting lacing. A beauty.

There are some lager-like aromas to start; grass and floral hops. There are signs of light citrus, some lemon and grapefruit. And a touch of pine.

Toasted caramel malt, piney, citrus.

Refreshing drinkability. Solid malt body with hops that are just enough this side of bitter. Hops linger with slight caramel malt on the end.

I find it fine tuned. Flavor, friendly drinking, hoppy. At 5.7%, it begs for more.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pine, herbal notes. Taste is pine, herbal, light citrus, a good malt backbone. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is your standard, run of the mill IPA.

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Photo of Act25
3.34/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It begins and ends with the water. The water in Lambertville is soft, and not that tasty, as compared with the deep, minerally water of Atlantic Highlands (Carton). hence the soapy beer. Ugly.
http://www.nj.com/hunterdon/index.ssf/2015/08/alternative_water_supply_implemented_in_lambertvil.html

A: Soapy, hazed orange in color w short lived head, but persistent film and lacing.

S:Herbs and lemongrass, with citrus overtones and biscuit notes, but tame.

T: Tastes like the nose, with some dank and soapy notes, and not much added, not much complexity. Soapy.

M: Thin and soapy bodied, medium carbonation, sticky finish.

O: River horse, pass by.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No date on the bottle, but purchased from the brewery so I'm assuming it's fresh.

Deep amber nearly copper colored brew capped off with a creamy, white head. Aroma is an incredible mix of peach, apricot, and grapefruit without much malt at all. More fruit in the flavor with some balance from the malt coming through. Medium bodied and clean with a bitter finish. More akin to the American IPAs that I fell in love with in college than the murky hop milkshakes being made today, and that's not a bad thing. The IPA lovers of the world might not be blown away by this one but it's a surprisingly solid brew without any real faults.

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Photo of Myotus
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Poured at 46°F from a 12oz bottle (there's a date code on the bottom, but I have no idea how to decipher it) into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Consumed on 23Nov15.
LOOK: Pours with 4 fingers (that's just ridiculously awesome) worth of very dense, off-white foam. After 1 minute, the edges of the massive foam head begins to become very porous and rocky while the center remains in tact. A thick and moderate amount of lacing is left as the head dissipates. After 3 and a half minutes, the center of the head has decreased to 3 fingers worth and the edge of the foam head has decreased to 1 fingers worth resulting in a miniature plateau. Honey orange in color with a moderate amount of cloudiness. There is an abundance of medium-sized rising bubbles. Lacing is high in quantity and both thick and very thick in various areas.
SMELL: Mild aromas of peaches, mangos, apricots, tangerines, oranges, grapefruits, and papayas are backed by subtle buttered bread and alcohol aromas.
TASTE: Mild apricot, mango, papaya, peach, tangerine, and grapefruit flavors are the first to enter the palate. Mild buttered bread flavors follow right after. Subtle bitter hop flavors enter lastly as the citrus fruit flavors (grapefruit, orange, and tangerine) grow weaker and as both buttered bread and the other fruit flavors grow stronger.
FEEL: Light-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down smooth, but is too thin to be creamy. Finishes with a strong dryness.
NOTE: My third beer from this brewery. I have to admit that I was not looking forward to this one as the first two let me down. But I clearly judged this brewery too fast. I loved how the bitterness from the hops wasn't over-the-top. It was well balanced, with neither malts nor hops talking the spotlight, but rather sharing it.

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Photo of Antg8989
2.77/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Look: Pours a deep gold with a yellow/cream head. Decent lacing.
Aroma: Earthy and piny.
Taste: Bitter, honestly tasted like dirt water. Cracker malts.
Feel: Zippy and highly carbonated. Sharp on the tongue.
Overall: This may have been a bad batch or not handled properly. Or I just really don't like it.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dirty gold color. White head
Smell of dirt. Pine. Subtle citrus.
Taste is earthy. Pineapple. Mango
Feel is lightish. A bit sticky. Resinous. Very good beer.

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Photo of breardon1776
3.39/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fluffy head but dissipates after a few minutes. Great lacing on my glass. Smell of pine, earth and hops. Good balance of hops and bitterness. Drinks well. Overall a good Ipa.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours cloudy amber-orange, finger white head has great retention, coats the glass with lace, great looking beer. Not much aroma other than some bread with mild fruity notes. Taste is on the sweet side, bready malt with some citrus juice. At the end there is some faint bitterness, earthy. Medium mouthfeel. Overall a nice IPA on the sweet side, easy drinking.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is my 800th beer on BA.

Pours to a white head and minimal lacing. Hazy orange bright copper. Good hoppy aroma with lots of pine and grapefruit. Flavor is juicy and hop forward with lots of the same flavors as in the aroma plus a pineapple note. Not much malt but sweet enough to balance. Mouthfeel is light. Good example of style. The hop flavors are clean and distinct. The bitterness is intense . Just what you want from this style of it is your bag.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy; bronze colored; 1 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: a combination of pine, floral, and earthiness;

T: floral up front; earthy and a little acidic at mid-palate; moderately bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: flavor was a little off putting for my taste;

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Photo of PintKing
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm fortunate to live right down the road from this fabulous brewery. This IPA is my favorite right now but I may be influenced seeing as I get it fresh in my growler every weekend.

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Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: slightly hazy orange color with a 1" head that lasts a bit.

Smell: some citrus tones comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, biscuit, mango, lemon, some orange, and a moderate grassy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a touch of a dry finish.

Overall: easy to drink but it is more of a citrus and tropical fruit forward IPA than on the bitterness,

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange in color with a tiny bit of transparency, some head at the top that goes away quickly, tiny bit of lacing.

S:Lots of lemongrass, and citrus coming through on this one, some biscuit notes as well but nothing overpowering.

T: Taste like the nose with a lot of bitterness, not to many subtle flavors, a little bit of spice as well.

M: Medium bodied, great amount of carbonation, sticky, dry finish.

O: Overall not a great IPA, but definitely an easy drinker, smooth tones and notes, nothing over the top for an IPA.

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Photo of mac31
3.64/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz to tulip

A buddy brought this to me from NJ.

Big citrus bomb-lemon/lemongrass, grapefruit, orange pith. Soft cracker undertones present in the entry as well. The big hop presence continues w/ soft floral notes and black pepper spiciness. Hops are earthy, slightly resinous, a little woody, and damp grass. Thin bodied, dry finish accentuates the bitterness of the hops. Pale malts, slight cereal grains in the finish. Nice brew. Another offering in a crowded sea of IPA's.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.49/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

10/17...draft...I understand is replacing hopp-a-lot-amus, and if so, a downgrade. Pours medium copper thick foam. Mild pepper nose. Really juicy. Mild bitter. Bite at the close. Good, and will appeal to the masses more than the HALA, but not as good, for sure.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy orange with a thick white head. floaties in the beer as well, all their beers are unfiltered.

smells like citrus fruit but also is malt forward. sweet bread?

taste is citric, almost burnt fruit. with a tang at the end.

goes down smooth, but has a weird finish at the end. not bad but not what i normally would expect.

overall a solid beer, especially because it's a brewery very close to my house. i've had this before and enjoyed it but decided today to review it. the IPA is not over-the-top bitter, it has a hop bite but also has solid malt to it. to put it in perspective, their IPA is 5.7% and their pale ale is 6.5%. when i first heard they were making an IPA last fall i was expecting it to be BIG, bigger than their pale ale. it's not a bad beer but it isn't super hoppy, it's a lighter adaptation for sure. the New Zealand hops are unique but together they aren't amazing, obviously Thunderstruck by Stone nailed their combo.

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India Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 128 ratings