Hop Hazard Unfiltered American Pale Ale
River Horse Brewing Co.

Hop Hazard Unfiltered American Pale AleHop Hazard Unfiltered American Pale Ale
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American Pale Ale (APA)
3.55 | pDev: 13.8%
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hop Hazard Unfiltered American Pale AleHop Hazard Unfiltered American Pale Ale
Notes: 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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Reviews by marcpal:
Photo of marcpal
4.07/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recently visited the brewery in Lambertville and sampled all from tap. This was by far my favorite of the bunch. Well done.

A: Amber with a consistent head and nice lacing, especially for an IPA. Appearance definitely a nice start

S: As you would expect, extremely hoppy and malty. Biscuit/bread were blantantly in your face here..

T: Very well done for an IPA. Matched the aroma and the taste completed the malty background and was good up front and in back. The breadiness of this beer was very good and had some real substance to it.

M: Substantial body to this one that really held on and the carbonation was also appropriate.

D: Remarkably drinkable for an IPA. Actually chose to have several more of these after sampling all the varieties.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of JMUbrewz
3.34/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Might have been an old bottle. No bottling date though, so we'll never know. It was very malty though, and didn't really hit any of the notes I look for in a hop-forward beer.

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Photo of ARoman
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a shaker. Notes of caramel, toast, and a light citrus aroma hit the nose. The beer is a murky copper hue with an off white, creamy and soapy head that has good retention and lace. The taste is slightly north of medium bittersweet. It's Slick and oily with a smooth foam carbonation, almost creamy. The medium body contains bittersweet citrus and caramel notes along with bread crust. It finishes somewhat crisp and mostly bready with a bitter citrus. It's lightly astringent and has a burnt aftertaste that's long mellow with notes of bitter fruit and bread.

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Photo of RUNYYFan
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean copper color with a small tan/ off white head. Aromas of hops, very small grapefruity smell and a bit sweet. In the taste, a small bitter, yet smooth, and a sweet malty presence. A bitter mouthfeel, with a clean malty aftertaste. Nice hops for a pale ale, easy to drink and balanced.

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Photo of HopBrain
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of kaelingirl
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of GiantMidget
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a River Horse variety pack, served in a bottle.

Poured into pint glass. Clearly an unfiltered APA by the appearance. Minimal head and lacing.

Nothing unique about the smell, hoppiness and malt.

It has a good flavor, although the slight sediment from the unfiltered nature is evident.

I'm more of an IPA than an APA guy but I can say that the hop nature is clear in this with a malt clarity afterwards.
Strong carbonation.

Overall a very solid effort at an APA, while the unfiltered nature makes it different than many others I have had.

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Photo of Durge
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very cloudy dark amber color with lots of big white floaties, a respectable blotchy off-white head and nice streaky lace. The aroma is a maple peanut butter stink bomb with just a hint of yeasty bread. The flavor brings out sharp citrus peppery hop bitterness. There's some maple and even some clove-like qualities going on. It's interesting but not hoppy enough for something called Hop Hazzard. Relatively thin, average drinkability based on a middle ground feel and dubious flavor. It becomes mellower and more enjoyable toward the end of the pint. Not bad, but not great, a bit odd as hop brews go.

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Photo of kjgum
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of csmiley
2.36/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Color ends up somewhere between copper and amber. There is some haze going on but not excessive. Head is off white and not very exciting. Topped out at under half inch with averge lacing.

S - Hops dominate the nose and are immediately astringent. Fruit comes through in the hops in the form of grapefruit. Some earthy hop aromas are thrown in there but not too strong. The background has notes of caramel and toffee and is not bad.

T - Hops are first to hit the plate and have an astringent charachter. After getting past the initial flavor some citrus hops come out to play. Noticed some grapefruit, orange, and could be some apple as well. Midway through, the sweeter malt flavors show up. They are a little stronger than I was expecting. Definitely picking up strong toasted caramel and toffee flavors. A hint of alcohol show up on the end but it is very light.

M - Medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter at first end up sweet. The astringency keeps going in the finish as well.

D - Drinkability is average at best. This beer just does not hit the mark in several different ways. Aroma seems to be off. Flavor seems to be off. I would not have this again and will probably avoid it if at all possible.

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Photo of TMYerger
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of deapokid
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of JZ77
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of timtim
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

i also wish this one turned my gears, but it doesn't. hazy amberish with a white head that settles pretty quickly but leaves a bit of attractive lace as it goes. nose is a competition between spicy, earthy, slightly citrusy hops and lightly toasted malt that carries a mild grainy sweetness. definite stab at balance, and it's actually pretty well achieved. a little hot for such a low abv and a little full bodied (read: weirdly slightly syrupy) for the style. the booziness, toasty malt profile and hop character don't translate to dryness, and i think thats what throws it off for me. i prefer my pale ales a bit drier (and a lot hoppier, but i'm not taking off points for that) and a touch less sweet. where's the full nelson? where's the alpha king?

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Photo of JohnF
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of OKCNittany
3.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear amber body. Huge off white head w/ lots of lacing everywhere.

S: Aroma seemed off. Stale malt more than anything - certainly not what I expected from a dry hopped beer. Did it get old before its time?

T: Bitter hops well balanced by caramel malt. Pretty much what you'd expect from a standard, decent APA.

M: Thin to medium body, lightly carbonated. Walked the fine line between smooth & flat.

D: Went down ok - no major complaints other than the smell, but nothing special either.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Sunset Grill & Tap pint glass.

A: Poured a medium, copper amber color with a two-finger head of rocky white foam. Carbonation and clarity were good as was the head retention, which lasted nearly the entire brew and left a web of sticky lace.

S: Smells a bit pungent, but mostly of lightly roasted caramel malts and a spicy, grapefruit and pine hop tingle.

T: Tastebuds receive and initial smack of citrus and pine hop oils before calming rather quickly, washing through with a well-balanced caramel and crystal malt flavor before washing down slightly bitter and with a cloven aftertaste.

M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit sticky, but well-balanced feel overall.

D: A pretty drinkable, slightly hopped up APA. The look, balanced flavor and sessionable ABV make this a great pick for a session ale. Plus, the hops here won't fry your tastebuds should you decide to move on.

Out of the River Horse stable of beer, I think this is the only one I'd consider buying in a 6-pack on it's own. Not the best APA out there, but distinguished and balanced enough to make an impression.

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Photo of sanitarium16
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of rtepiak
3.48/5  rDev -2%
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.

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Photo of batt6343
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pwoods
1.81/5  rDev -49%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Thanks to NJpadreFan for this extra.

12oz. brown bottle poured into a imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours a dark amber with good visibility. Tons of carbonation and bubbles, 2 fingers of rocky head. A bit of patchy lacing.

S: First thing I noticed was it's extremely yeasty. A pleasant grapefruit hop character can be found under it but it's nearly dominated.

T/M: Dominated again by yeast. It's to the point that it tastes more like a weizen with all the banana and clove etc. A creamy malt backbone comes in but is muted by the yeast. At the very end I get a nice sweet citrus hop flavor but only for a second. Carbonation is ridiculously high.

D: This one just isn't for me. Thanks anyway, Alan :)

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Photo of BoilerSteve
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Amalak
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had at Boulevard Tavern in Brooklyn.
A- Reddish brown color, with a solid head and lace. Semi-opaque.
S- No real scent to it.
T- The hops certainly come through and has an IPA taste to it. There a slight caramel taste there mixed with some fruitiness.

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Hop Hazard Unfiltered American Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 588 ratings