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 devinoconnor
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little surprised to see this brew rated as a B. Maybe it's all the hop heads who expected a hoppier beer than what they got.

Pours an amber, golden color and the smell is fantastic. Not overly hoppy, barley and citrus.

Taste is very smooth. I love IPAs, but sometimes they are overwhelming and when you want to have a few, this is a much more well-balanced choice.

Nice beer, perfect for summer.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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 micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with an average head, off white in color. The head is pretty dense.
It has a hazy look and is nicely carbonated.

Aroma is mostly sweet or caramel malts. Hops are light and very sutle.

Taste is mostly malt based. There is some bitterness from hops but hardly any hop flavor.
It can also detect a slight toffee finish.

A nice chewy mouthfeel, fairly thick in body and bitter at end with no aftertaste.

A good beer and I'd definitly could drink a few more.
If someone asked me what kind of beer this is, I would say an amber ale, because that's what it's pretending to be.

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

awesome i think its time to really dig into these local brews been hearing good things about river horse lets give this a try

poured out into my snifter glass it had a nice uneven head of different size bubbles totally clear beer for me on the pour

nice subdued aroma i definitely could pick out some hops in there but not much else in there though

taste was good it seemed like it was a bit strong for a pale ale but hey why should i complain? i like it but the only thing is the end of the taste was a bit metallic

great mouthfeel a lot of carbonation was very refreshing on a hot day

overall a good beer glad they are a local brew

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

nice clean amber pour with loads of carbonation coming up to the surface to form a nice little head of white that was about an inch or so high. nice lacing coming down the sides of the glass as well. aroma is nice and tight, clean piney hop notes give way to grapefruit, light lemon grass and a decent touch of simple malts. crisp, clean, and completely drinkable flavor has me from the first sip. really easy to put down and i could see myself easily drinking 4 or five. nice sharp bite of hops on the front which mellows into a very well balanced and lightly sweet buttery flavor, but keeps it all very, very light. nice light nd slightly dry finish seals the deal for me.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark copper with a little cloudiness. Carbonation is average.
Smell: A bit malty; also noting a tad bit of wet cardboard. Otherwise- some light citrus in the nose, a little spice as well.
Taste: Slightly delayed build-up to a flourish a hops that lie upon a malty base with a biscuity foundation. Hops are quite spicy and grassy in nature with only a little citrus-like element. Pretty well-balanced. The hops are certainly there but are nicely complemented by the malt base. Alcohol not too noticeable. Finish is quite clean and a bit dry.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel, smooth.
Overall: Pretty well-balanced APA. Kudos for going for balance rather than getting caught up in the hop-bomb competition. Pleasant.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

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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!?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ':)

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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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