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

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80
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587 Ratings
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River Horse Hop Hazard Pale AleRiver Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
riverhorse.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A golden-orange hue, medium body and a floral, hoppy finish make this American Pale Ale perfect for any time of year.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-14-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
587
Reviews:
281
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
13.92%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
97
For Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -71.6%

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1/5  rDev -71.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of pwoods
1.81/5  rDev -48.6%
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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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of MmmIPA
2.06/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I once knew a girl from Lambertville NJ that was a flake but thats besides the point.

Nice clear orange body with a small white head that fell pretty fast.

Citrust hops smell and the malt comes in after that.

The malt and hops are fighting for beer domination and the malt is kicking ass.I can taste hop but its the malt that keeps over powering.

Mouthful is kinda thin and the carbonation is pretty tame for the style.

Cmon River Horse you have to do better then that to keep my attention.Its even dry hopped so I thought it would be bitter but this beer falls flat.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.08/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured into a nonic glass from a 12oz browm long necked bottle with a crimped on cap.

Hazy,cloudy reddish/orange color.1/2" white head from a hard center pour dissapated quickly to a slight coating of foam. looked flat.

Strong sweet carmelly aromas with some grassiness,not much of a hop aroma.

Bittersweet carmelly,nutty notes of sourness. Grassy,not a bad balance, just not impressed with the taste, doesn't have any hop bite to it ,a flat taste. Has a bit of tangyness also.

A medium body,syrupy with some cloyingness. The sweetness made this beer hard to drink. Would not want to drink another. The beer reminded me of tasting your homebrew berfore it is ready. A really flat taste all around.

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2.13/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of csmiley
2.36/5  rDev -33%
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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2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle.

App: Small head that quickly dissipates, but decent lacing follows. A hazy honey brown color

Smell: Slight floral hops, but the scent is dominated by alcohol and toasty malt.

Taste: Light flavor. Slight bit of malt but mostly a hop bitterness that controls the flavor. Sweet caramel flavors come through as it warms.

Very light mouthfeel that is a slight bit chewy.

Taste almost like a bitter with the light toasty malt and dominant hop bitterness. Really a one dimensional beer that is barely enjoyable.

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a contrast filled deep amber with a foamy white head. Smells of yeast and light hops.

The taste is wayyy off for an American Pale Ale. It tastes strongly of yeast and has a rounded alcohol/bittersweet malt feel that usually comes with Belgians. Plus it is aggressively hopped with a very bitter, but not acidic hop. It's too funky to be an APA and it's too acridly sour to be a Belgian. Mixed together, it's not very good at all.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are down there too. The smooth Belgian feel to the beer just doesn't feel right for the style. This combined with the overall taste makes it fairly undrinkable.

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of SmashAdams
2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Weird beer. Dark and cloudy. Sweet caramel bready smell and taste. Reminds me of a light version of Founders Dirty Bastard maybe. I dont taste any hops at all. No bottle date so it could be years old for all I know. nb

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Photo of Lordquackingstic
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Dark copper, murky, definitely unfiltered.

S: Weak hoppy aroma, slight malt. Nothing special.

T: Better than the smell. Hop forward pale ale with slight fruitiness. Malt definitely present, but well balanced with the hops. Sort of a metallic taste, but not an unpleasant one.

M: Very full bodied, especially for an APA.

O: Not bad, just not great. I love APAs, and I love unfiltered ales, but this one didn't impress me. I'd drink it again if offered, but I wouldn't buy it.

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Photo of Donovan68
2.56/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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River Horse Hop Hazard Pale Ale from River Horse Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 587 ratings.
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