River Horse India Pale Ale

Posted: May 8, 2015 in American IPA, Reviews, River Horse Brewing Company

Since end of quarter is finally over, I can get back to blogging and reviewing. I picked up this single a few weeks back at Joe Canal’s. This is the first beer that I’ve had from them since I’ve moved to the same town it’s brewed in. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “An American style IPA, brewed with American and New Zealand hops added continuously throughout the boil giving an aroma with notes of tropical fruit and citrus. The balance of hops and malt body make this the ideal year-round IPA.”

Random: They’ve definitely improved their website since the last beer I’ve had from them and it looks great.

This beer poured with a huge and thick, pure white head that took forever to dissipate and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy orange with high carbonation visible and lots of floaties. The nose was filled with bitter citrus rind and light notes of tropical fruit. The taste was not nearly as bitter as I expected or wanted. It had light citrus rind, grapefruit flesh and then lemon. Sweetness from the malt followed and there wasn’t any tropical fruit that I picked up. The flavor was a bit too delicate for the style. I also got a peculiar spice note at the end, which I couldn’t place and didn’t fit with the beer at all. It had a thin body with moderate carbonation. It finished swiftly with citrus pith. This beer was $1.69 for the twelve-ounce bottle, which broke down to $.14 per ounce. With so many IPAs out there now, this is just another pedestrian one that I wouldn’t rush back to have, even if it is brewed in my town.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0


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