River Horse Mocha Lisa Porter

Despite River Horse being 5 minutes from my house, I usually only get there once a month at best. I picked this up at Cranbury Buy Rite after missing the brewery release.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You don’t have to be in a dead end job to feel like you aren’t going anywhere. That’s the way we felt before River Horse. We were finance geeks living in a world without soul. Grinding it out everyday for a fee, wearing suits and kissing butt. Then this brewery chose us…she forced us to ask ourselves, ‘Is this desk job really how I pictured my life?’ We answered that question by taking over River Horse in 2007 and have not looked back. We may not end up as the greatest success story on earth, but at least we had the balls to try. Sometimes, for better or worse, your dreams get the best of you. Just remember, it’s a big world out there and cubicles don’t have doors, so you can walk out anytime. Come see us when you can. We are located in Ewing, NJ. Thanks for supporting the cause. Hope you enjoy the beer…”

Random: River Horse is now hosting goat yoga events. I was away for the last one but definitely want to go to the next one.

This beer poured with a three finger, light brown head that was thick. It took awhile to go away and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown color with no visible carbonation. The nose was filled with dark, roasted malts and melted milk chocolate. The taste was like an adult version of chocolate milk. I picked up the same roasted malts and then cocoa powder and milk chocolate. The alcohol in this was invisible. It had a thick body with generous carbonation. The finish was moderate in lengthy with chocolate. I liked this beer a lot. River Horse has been stepping up their game and it shows. This is worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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River Horse Hippo’s Hand Double India Pale Ale

River Horse has been putting out some new beers lately, so I had to pick them up. Since we live a few minutes away from River Horse, we tend to go to a lot of their events. We missed Cask Fest, but I’m sure we’ll be back there soon. Their event space is pretty large, so it never feels super crowded, which I also like. I just wish they had a bit more seating.

ABV: 9%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “New England style IPA brewed with Buddha’s Hand fruit and dry hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Lemondrop hops. Left unfiltered, it has a hazy golden appearance and a delicate citrus nose. The Buddha’s Hand fruit lends big citrus notes complimented by the Citra and Lemondrop hops. Not overly sweet and not overly bitter, this is an extremely balanced, smooth and refreshing double IPA. ABV – 9%”

Random: The only malt used in this beer is Pilsen malt.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy golden color with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was very fragrant with a lot of flowers and a touch of lemon as well. The taste was very lemony with lemon rind and flesh and some flowers as well. The body was on the thicker side with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with a lot of lemon. I thought this beer was alright, but it just needed a bit more flavor.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

River Horse Coconut Stout

For the first time in awhile, I didn’t have to work the weekend. Even though I was off, I was still up at 0545 and did payroll before I jumped on the blog.

ABV: 8.3%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “The coconut tree (Cocos nucifera) is a member of the palm tree family (Arecaceae) and the only living species of the genus Cocos. The term ‘coconut’ (or the archaic ‘cocoanut’) can refer to the whole coconut palm, the seed, or the fruit, which botanically is a drupe, not a nut. The term is derived from the 16th-century Portuguese and Spanish word coco meaning ‘head’ or ‘skull’ after the three indentations on the coconut shell that resemble facial features. Coconuts are known for their versatility of uses, ranging from food to cosmetics. The inner flesh of the mature seed forms a regular part of the diets of many people in the tropics and subtropics. Coconuts are distinct from other fruits because their endosperm contains a large quantity of clear liquid, called ‘coconut milk’ in the literature, and when immature, may be harvested for their potable ‘coconut water’, also called ‘coconut juice’. Mature, ripe coconuts can be used as edible seeds, or processed for oil and plant milk from the flesh, charcoal from the hard shell, and coir from the fibrous husk. Dried coconut flesh is called copra, and the oil and milk derived from it are commonly used in cooking – frying in particular – as well as in soaps and cosmetics. The hard shells, fibrous husks and long pinnate leaves can be used as material to make a variety of products for furnishing and decorating. The coconut also has cultural and religious significance in certain societies, particularly in India, where it is used in Hindu rituals.”

Random: My favorite candy is Almond Joy because I love the mix of coconut and chocolate.

This beer poured with a two finger, off white head. It took some time to dissipate and left some lacing on the glass. The body was dark brown, almost black, with very little carbonation visible due to color. The nose was filled with toasted coconut and roasted malts. There was some cocoa and dark chocolate. The taste was good. It started with the dark chocolate and roasted malts and then went into coconut. The coconut was a bit intense, and I wish it was better integrated. The alcohol was also noticeable and detracted from the flavors. It had a full body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sticky with coconut. I liked this beer, I just wish the booze was toned down a little.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

River Horse Quick Witted

This was the second beer that I had at the brewery.

ABV: 5.4%

Style: Witbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You don’t have to be in a dead end job to feel like you aren’t going anywhere. That’s the way we felt before River Horse. We were finance geeks living in a world without soul. Grinding it out everyday for a fee, wearing suits and kissing butt. Then this brewery chose us…she forced us to ask ourselves, “Is this desk job really how I pictured my life?” We answered that question by taking over River Horse in 2007 and have not looked back. We may not end up as the greatest success story on earth, but at least we had the balls to try. Sometimes, for better or worse, your dreams get the best of you. Just remember, it’s a big world out there and cubicles don’t have doors, so you can walk out anytime. Come see us when you can. We are located in Ewing, NJ. Thanks for supporting the cause. Hope you enjoy the beer…”

Random: There are no Beer Advocate entries for this beer.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the plastic cup. The body was slightly cloudy and I expected more cloudiness from the beer. There was some carbonation visible. The nose had wheat and a touch of Grains of Paradise. There was some citrus as well. The taste had a lot of wheat along with some lemon and not much else. The body was light with a lot of carbonation. It had a quick finish with wheat. I paid $3 for the beer, which came to $.25 per ounce. I thought this beer was alright, but nothing amazing.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

River Horse Wuddermelon Kolsch

Val read on Facebook awhile back that this was released on draft at the brewery. We decided to take a trip out so I could give it a shot. It’s been a few years since the brewery moved to my town and the space is awesome. They do a lot of cool events, especially the craft fairs, that we find ourselves going to for a few hours. Even when nothing is going on, the tasting room is usually quiet and comfortable.

ABV: 4.1%

Style: Kolsch

Trivia: This beer is to benefit the Philadelphia Zoo, which I’ve never been to before.

Random: One of my biggest pet peeves is when people intentionally misspell words to be cheeky. Not my thing.

The beer poured with a half a finger of off white head. It dissipated slowly and still managed to leave some lacing on my fancy plastic cup. The body was cloudy and bright orange. There was a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had notes of watermelon Italian ice and wheat. The taste was much of the same. It was all of the good parts of a watermelon ice with some wheat as well. The yeast came through next with a touch of mineral water. The body was thin and had a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick with watermelon. The cup cost me $3 at the brewery, which broke down to $.25 per ounce. I don’t know if it’s because I had this while it was hot out, but it just hit the spot for me and I really enjoyed it. This could easily be a Summer go to for me.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

River Horse Sour Homer

Local beers are my favorite. Let’s see how this one was.

ABV: 4.2%

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You don’t have to be in a dead end job to feel like you aren’t going anywhere. That’s the way we felt before River Horse. We were finance geeks living in a world without soul. Grinding it out everyday for a fee, wearing suits and kissing butt. Then this brewery chose us…she forced us to ask ourselves, ‘Is this desk job really how I pictured my life?’ We answered that question by taking over River Horse in 2007 and have not looked back. We may not end up as the greatest success story on earth, but at least we had the balls to try. Sometimes, for better or worse, your dreams get the best of you. Just remember, it’s a big world out there and cubicles don’t have doors, so you can walk out anytime. Come see us when you can. We are located in Ewing, NJ. Thanks for supporting the cause. Hope you enjoy the beer…”

Random: I picked this up from the brewery, since the brewery is only a few minutes from my house.

The beer poured with a relatively thick, one finger, white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The nose was sour with some cherry notes, along with a touch of oak and vanilla. The taste was mouth-puckeringly sour with intense notes of cherry and white vinegar. It quickly transitioned into oak and vanilla with some yeast as well. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation to cut the tartness. It had a lengthy finish with cherry and oak. I liked this beer a lot. It had a lot of good flavors and was an outstanding selection from River Horse.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

River Horse My Name Is Citrus Maximus

Tonight’s beer is one that I originally picked up from the brewery on the weekend that it was released. Let’s see how it was.

ABV: 4.9%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Staying true to the name, we double dosed this IPA with Citra hops by adding them in the boil and again during the dry hop, where we combined them with Mosaic hops for their complex fruity aroma. We also used huge amounts of passion fruit and white grapefruit to create this super citrusy and refreshing IPA. – 4.9%”

Random: This beer uses Citra, Falconer’s Flight and Mosaic hops.

The beer poured with a finger and a half of ecru colored head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body itself was a cloudy, bright orange. There was no carbonation visible due to the murkiness. The nose was a bit disappointing. I was expected a huge amount of citrus and tropical fruit, but instead, I got a lot of biscuit malt and only a touch of grapefruit oil. The taste had a bit more depth. It had the same biscuit malt up front, but quickly went into white pears, pineapple and passion fruit. There were also notes of grapefruit oil as well. The body was on the thicker side with high carbonation. The finish was quick with bright citrus and tropical fruit. A pounder can of this was $3.50, which came to $.22 per ounce, which is a bit pricey for a regular IPA. Despite that, I would have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0