Posted on July 26th, 2011
About: Craft beer isn’t exactly the first thing one thinks when one thinks of New Jersey. There are however a number of fine craft breweries in the Garden State. Today we’re going to take a look at a brew from River Horse Brewing Co. out of Lambertville, NJ.
In a Nut Shell: River Horse Hop Hazard is a deliciously balanced pale ale that strikes the perfect combination of malty and hoppy.
Review: Although I wouldn’t call myself a hop head, I enjoy a good, 100+ IBU Double IPA as much as the next guy. That being said, I’m glad to see more hoppy, yet balanced brews making their mark on the craft brew world. Hop Hazard is the perfect example of how to make a very hoppy yet nuanced beer. Despite its name Hop Hazard is a surprisingly even tempered pale ale that strikes just that right mix between hops and malt to make it an enormously enjoyable brew. The robust, fruity hops are nicely paired with a subtly sweet malt profile that makes the whole affair a delight. “Lets get it straight, Hop Hazard is an American Pale Ale. That means it’s balanced with hops, not buried in them. Here’s to Independence!” Proclaims the label on the beer’s bottle. Although I’m not sure from what we’re celebrating our independence with a beer this good, I drink to it regardless.