Friday, February 8, 2013

A Year of Craft Beer, Vol. 39, River-Horse Hop Hazard

"Let's get it straight.  Hop Hazard is an AMERICAN pale ale.  That means it's balanced with hops, not buried in them."

Truer words could not have been written.  This is really a good beer for someone like myself who is not a hop head.  It is very balanced and a damn good beer from up the Delaware River in Lamberville, NJ, Hessian HQ during the Revolutionary War.

The bottle is crimp top.  Thanks for looking out River Horse!

 I love people who review beer and say shit like "nothing stands out" as it is a bad thing.  Does something always have to stand out?  This is an APA, american pale ale, nothing is really supposed to stand out.  That is the style you wankers!  Plus, there is plenty of complexity in this beer as it is.  You might not notice if something stood out over the others.  I guess it's not hoppy enough for some daft fukkers.

I find this beer exceptional.  I don't know what they are using for ingredients, but most likely they are pretty local that being one of the traits of this beer and perhaps, maybe none of our local ingredients are exceptionally stand out-ish.  We certainly don't have Willamette hops here. 

The beer poured an copper slightly amber color that was a bit hazy.  The head is beautiful and tan at one finger deep and stays the entire drink of the beer with one of the most retentive lacings that I have seen that after a long period breaks up in to what reminds me of Hopi Indian caves in the SW United States.  Really different and cool!

The aroma is balanced between malty, floral and fruity evenly dissipated to the air with hints of buttered kaiser roll behind it.

The taste is amazingly balanced and smooth.  Malts, hops, raisins, citrus, and maybe a little butter pass over the tongue evenly while a slight peppery hint teases your tongue in conjunction with the carbonation.  There is a slight bitter aftertaste that draws you in for another sip.

Mouthfeel is fairly full.  Someone reviewed it as watery?  Eh?  It's creamy and slightly buttery almost.  Sort of an English take on the APA from what I have read.  After all, we were English colonies with tonnes of their influence!  Carbonation is is moderately heavy and works well with this brew.

River Horse, I don't care, you are getting a 10 out of 10 on this beer.  I find nothing lacking and nothing offensive.  The lacing of the head is probably one of the coolest that I have seen so far and you are now going to be my "go-to" hop beer.  Thank you for this piece of craftsmanship! 

Remember, as a friend told me recently, life is too short to drink crappy beer!

-Fish Wiss

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