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

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

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

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Photo of maybrick
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a slightly chilled 12 ounce bottle from the case that had acquired yesterday, 4/5/2005. Color was okay.... a bit darker than most pale ales I've had. The nose was really nice, very malty. I wonder why though not as much hop was present especially when the brew is labled as being dry hopped and the name, Hop Hazard. Anyway, first taste definitely got a nice toffe type hop profile that was pleasant. I had expected a much more disticnt hop finish that well, just wasn't quite there.

Over all, I do like this beer and I will more than likely purchase another case in the future. It is flavorful and again I like it but as far as being a real hopped up Pale Ale, I just don't get it.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bit dark. Not much of a head to speak of.

Smells wonderfully malty (sugar daddy). Taste does not live up to smell, a decent level of bitter with good hoppy flavor. Mouthfeel isn't much to talk of either.

Normally this is not one I'll run to purchase again, but I'm not too sure of the freshness. I may give it another try.

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Photo of WesWes
4.17/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an excellent malt scent that is comprised of pale and carapils malts. It adds the balance to the heavy hop aroma that is very refreshing. It is fruity to the nose and bursting of floral hop notes. The taste is good. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that is rich and a bit nutty. It has a very bitter hop flavor that is piney in the mouth and floral on the finish. It has a smooth creamy texture, despite the grainy malt flavor. The mouthfeel is awesome. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a very enjoyable beer. It has excellent aroma and flavor; a good drinker.

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Photo of Suds
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden copper color, quite clear, with a large white head. Unfortunately, the head doesn’t last long and produces essentially no lace. The aroma is I nice mix of hops an malt…pine, woody, resin, slightly fruity, and a generous malt aroma. It’s a deep, well proportioned smell. Taste is fairly sweet, with a caramel, doughy side. The hops really start kicking in at the mid-taste, and finish very strong. Lingering bitterness. The tastes are well framed, and very nicely balanced. Medium mouthfeel, with a little above average carbonation. It’s a good drinking beer, well made, and nicely enjoyable.

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

Not a bad looking beer, peachy with slight carbonation. A bit acrid, the hops battle with a slight hint of plums-or some fruit as yet to be identified. Not a bad beer, mildly hopped with a slightly fruity undercurrent. Too much alchohol overpowers the flavor, perhaps this beer was a victim of age. There is no best by date on the lable, unfortunatly. One I would try again should I get a chance to be assured a fresh one.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.12/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear, light amber color with no head at all. Fruit and hops in the aroma. Sweet at first, followed by a decent amount of hop flavor and bitterness. Medium mouthfeel, not much carbonation. Pretty good drinkability. This is an average, one-dimensional brew. The hop flavor is nice, but there is little else going for it. Worth trying once, but I doubt I will get this again.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy pale gold with a half inch head that rapidly receded. Left thin lacework all down the inside of the glass as it was consumed. Aroma is very citrusy/hoppy with no malt or alcohol detected. This was a decent pale ale, nothing spectacular, just decent. Taste was overwhelming hops, no body and very thin on the "back" side. This could almost have been a hop "seltzer" The finish is grapefruity and shortlived. There are chili-heads and there are hop-heads. I am more of the former. This might pair nicely with a hot, fresh pepperoni pizza with extra crushed red pepper.

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Photo of shirfan
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale copper, average head, with a slight haze.

Earthy, smoky aroma with a floral hop presence.

Taste is sweet, citric upfront; moves to bready, clean malt, with a non-descript, yet pucker-worthy bittersweet finish.

Nothing clashes to detract from drinkability, yet nothing stands out as exceptional.

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

This beer poured a nice bright copper with a nice little head. It lived up to it's name with a lot of hops in the nose along with some fruit and malt. I was really a bit surprised by the taste. I had dropped by the brewery and this was the fourth beer I tasted that day. I found there other beers to be heavy on the hops, so picking up hop hazard I expected a real bite. I was pleasantly surprised to find a very balanced beer that had a nice sharp hop flavor with a bit of fruitieness in the middle. This beer had a nice crisp feel and a good dry finish. I was favorably impressed, but would really only turn to this beer when looking for a heavily hopped beer.

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Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear dark copper in color with a 1" head. Nice lacing develops.The aroma is a combination of sweet and pungent bitterness. The flavor is malt, fruit (plums), mild bitterness, and is slightly metallic. This is medium bodied with decent carbonation levels. The mouthfeel is smooth at the start but ends metallic and slightly dry. Drinkability is only average as I expected more from a dry hopped brew and the metallic taste lingers a little too much.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a copper color--a bit on the light side. Head was almost nonexistent and didn't last.

Aroma: Toasty, with a citrusy background. I would think hoppiness would be more present for a dry-hopped beer called hop hazard.

Taste: Initially acridly bitter--too harsh for my liking, and I believe for a pale ale. Citrus hoppiness is apparent, but maltiness not much so. Could definitely have a stronger malt backbone, and could be a bit less dry.

Mouthfeel: Body is light to medium. However it's the bitter/sweet balance which is tilted heavily towards bitter.

Drinkability: I wouldn't want to grab another unless there was nothing else available that was better.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A relatively decent brew, this pale ale has some interesting offerings. This brew pours out of the bottle a legit golden-amber colour, and the head was decent from the very get-go. The aroma was decent for a brew of this style. Moreover, the flavour followed through to some degree with the hoppiness, yet it was back-of-the-tongue hoppiness, and rather faint, at that. Not a bad pale ale, but still, one with training wheels, IMHO.

Zum wohl!

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

This particular bottle of River Horse pours a crystal clear amber--with a touch of burnt orange--and it settles in with a thin, but sticky, head. There's little evidence of carbonation, and the primary aroma (though understated) is of fresh ground coffee balanced off by some distinct and sharp hops. I'm not sure this is a going to turn out to be a great marriage (maybe for a stout or a porter, but a pale ale?). Let's see. Hmmm...it does quite well in the taste. The coffee hues are muted, and the entire brew is a of more subtle balance. There is little of the citrus taste I associate with some hoppy ales, and much more maltiness in this--even though they call it "hop hazard." The mouthfeel is medium thin, and the carbonation is muted (I like). An unusual, but very interesting and drinkable, brew. Try it.

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Photo of pezoids
3.36/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served as part of a sampler tray at their restaurant in Lahaska, Pa. As it states on their beer menu, all of their beer is brewed for them by River Horse Brewing in Lambertville. I am familiar with this beer and I must say it was better from the bottle. This version poured a orange-amber color with a thin white head. An assertive earthy and bitter floral hop bite is in the forefront here. Medium to light in body with a grainy maltiness. Detected a sarsaparilla like note in the flavor. A hoppy ale, but somewhat thin overall.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a hazy golden caramel, topped with a loose spattering of misty head. The head settles into a thin collar around the glass about a hird of the way through, keeping at least a thin ring all the way down. No lace to speak of.
The aroma is somewhat reminiscent of an american barleywine. Definitely past it's prime, with hints of sherry-like oxodization and a diminished hop presence. I've had this before, and recall the aroma hopping being much stronger. The crystal malt caramel aroma pretty much dominates, with only an indistinct earthy hopping remaining. A touch of apricot and grapefruit, with some light alcohol peeking through.
The flaor starts with a pretty solid maltiness right up front. Toasty caramel crystal malt gives way to a quickly present hopping. It's still apparent, even with the age, but instead of a pleasant citric sharpness, it's a muddy earthiness that carries all the way through. Not much in the way of bitterness anymore, kind of like an old guard dog that's lost most of it's teeth. The taste is similar to oxodized cascades, or some variety thereof. A bit of metallic astringency right in the end of the finish, leaving off with a tinny sourness and a dry papery flavor. Some grapefruit flavor peeks through somewhere in the middle of the tongue, but without any giddy-up. It's not terrible, but it's much better when fresh and the hops have some teeth. The carbonation has picked up some with the oxodization, providing a mouthfilling, unnatural feel. Medium body, with a rather powdery, dry mouthfeel. I did manage to finish the sixer without too much pain, so that's somewhat of a bonus to this brew. Better than Busch, even when old and feeble.
I was a little disappointed to have bought an entire sixer that's past it's prime. Some bottle dating would be great. At least with the hops withered away, you can really taste that they have a lot of malt behind it. I'll get this again eventually. I recall it being a pretty good hoppy pale ale, but of course when i want to review it, I get an old batch. Sheesh.

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

Appearance was good. Dark amber, very small head, dissipated quickly left very little lacing. The smell was very hoppy and some grain. The taste was also quite hoppy. Nice and bitter. Not very complex, pretty much just up front hops and some grain and alcohol in the back ground. Also something that tasted of olives? Hmmm. Mouthfeel was good, medium body. Drinkability was also decent, I only drank one but I would drink more if I was sitting around with some time to kill. All in all a good beer, just not extremely exciting. The only thing that bothered me is that it didn't seem like a pale ale, more like an IPA.

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Photo of goz
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium amber, medium sized creamy tan head that leaves a decent bit of lacing. Aroma is mainly toasted grains, with a decent hop aroma in there to back it up. Flavor is the same toasted grains, middle is slightly sweet, end is quite bitter from the hops. Medium in body, quite enjoyable.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very impressed with this beer. I'm not a huge IPA fan (this may not technically be an IPA), and this really hit the spot. The hops is definitely present, especially towards the end. This beer had a very good malt taste which definitely balanced out those hops. That balance is what produces a very high dinkability. These hopped up beers aren't for the average consumer. And I would also say that most beeradvocate types would prefer others in this style to this beer. For those like me, who as I said aren't big IPA fans, definitely give this a go.

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Photo of Onceeven
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a decent copper hue with no head to speak of and minimal lacing. Smell was almost nonexistent, but oily hop aroma pulled through. Completely average taste for a pale ale, with nowhere near the hop presence I had expected/hoped for. Not a bad beer, but with a name like Hop Hazard, I'm expecting more. On the verge of uninteresting.

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

Not a bad beer here...pours a deep cloudy orange color....nice white head...nose is musty...also some pine notes...and caramel too....but kind of soft on the nose...body is about right...medium..carbonation feels right too...the taste is not real strong English style with a biscuity malt base..also some caramel it seems but very light...the hops seem to be of the noble variety but on the finish it seems more west coast style....maybe they dry hopped with West Coast and used noble hops for the flavoring...

Overall this is decent and well worth drinking....not good enough for me to seek out again though...worth trying once for sure..some might like it more than others depending on your pale ale expectations..

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

Guest tap at the Old Toad. Poured a ruddy copper color with a white head without too much in the way of lacing. Smell was a little non descript as I thought the hops would be more prevalent than they were. Some metallic malts, but not too much else. Taste was sufficiently hoppy, but it could have used more in my opinion. Malts were toasty with a slight caramel sweetness. Mouthfeel was gently carbonated allowing the right amount of refreshment. Easy drinker, but i doubt I will go back to this one too often.

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

This is an average IPA from a decent brewery out of NJ. It pours a nice orange colour with a small, white head. The aroma is pretty subdued for an IPA, although hops due take center stage. There is some nice maltyness in the nose as well, but that is about it. The taste is uncomplex for an IPA, with the hops and malts blending pretty well. The mouthfeel is too thin, and the drinkability suffers....

decent, but not worth the effort with so many superioir IPAs on the market today!


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Photo of frank4sail
3.07/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Musty malt nose with a hint of grapefruit bitterness. Not a huge head on the pour, and a very sheen over the brew is a result. Crystal (filtered) peach look. weak malt taste with a bitter finish. The brew is too light on the mouth. The balence on the malt side is really lacking in the mouth and taste. I was dissappointed.

Cherrs to the Victory BA Beer Exchange for this sample!

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

Dry Hopped

This beer poured into the glass a golden amber color, clear and well carbonated. The head that it produced was beige/tan color that was chunky thick foam. It left some lace behind, that was watery and sparse but when it did leave a mark it left chunky patches. The aromas that came from the glass were of raw fresh hop leaves, caramel, sweet malts, dried flowers, dry hops and a earth tone. The flavors that I tasted were all kinds of hops at first, floral hops, fresh hops, dried hop leaves, dandelions, malts, some slight fruit presence, ash, eath tones, slight roasted malt and a faint citrus that only appeared as it warmed. The after taste was dry and hoppy. Somewhat refreshing, and it did quench my thirst and that is important. It was a better then average beer, drinkable, but not an everyday beer. But worth the try.

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Photo of ElGuapo
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A copper pour with a fluffy white head. You get an aroma of hops, as well as some pale malts.

Well, i think this one was misnamed. Hop-hazard sure does not have a load of hops. It is a very toned-down brew to say the least. The flavor is just lacking for me. It is not a bad beer, and it is good to drink. It is very crisp and clean. Other than that, don't look for anything special.

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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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