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

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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

River Horse Juiced IPA

Whenever there is a Harry Potter marathon on, Val and I feel the need to watch it, despite the fact we’ve all seen the movies at least 100 times. This was a beer that I could enjoy while watching any of those movies.

ABV: 8.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This New England style IPA tops the list as our most dry-hopped beer with 3 lbs of Citra and Lemondrop hops per barrel. What you’re left with is our hazy, juicy IPA, with a lemony-citrus sweetness up front, rounded out by a dry finish. 8.5%”

Random: The pounder can is a perfect serving for this beer.

The beer poured with a thick and large, four finger, cream-colored head. It took forever for it to go away, but only left limited lacing on the glass. The body was murky and bright orange with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness. The nose was filled with citrus hops up front. It had orange and grapefruit juice along with some lemon balm. Grass came through as well and then a significant malt sweetness. The taste was much of the same. The citrus overwhelmed everything else. It had significant bitterness, but muted the lemon balm that I got in the nose. The name of the beer was definitely accurate. After a few sips, some malt came through, but not much. The beer was on the thicker side with lots of carbonation. It had a lengthy and hoppy finish. Since I picked this one up from the brewery, I don’t remember what I paid for it, but it was one of the better IPAs that I’ve ever had from River Horse. I would definitely have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

River Horse Farmer’s Daughter

This was the other beer that Val picked up at the brewery. She loves strawberries, so this was a no-brainer.

ABV: 5.9%

Style: Fruit/Vegetable Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Why do I have to do a tour to drink beer at River Horse when other breweries in the state let me drink without doing one? Do I have to take the tour every time I want to drink at River Horse, or is once enough? The law in the State of New Jersey is that a tour is required in order to drink on the premises of a production brewery. Unfortunately, once is not enough. NJ law requires a tour in order to drink on premise. It’s black and white. We understand that you may have had a different experience at another brewery but the law is very straightforward on this point.”

Random: This beer was a draft only release at the brewery.

The beer poured with a two finger, pure white head. It was relatively thick and dissipated slowly, leaving some lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and yellow with some visible carbonation. The nose was filled with milled grain, freshly crushed strawberries and a touch of rhubarb. There was also a touch of lemon as well. The taste was much of the same. It was filled with fresh strawberries instead of something that tasted like strawberry syrup, which was a pleasant change. The rhubarb came through next and wheat and grain was there as well. The body was on the lighter side with lots of carbonation. It had a quick finish with strawberries. This beer was light and refreshing and had a great fruit aspect. I wish this wasn’t a one-time release of the beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

River Horse Juicy Lucy

This was a beer that Val picked up from the brewery for me. Since the brewery is across town, it’s very convenient.

ABV: 8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

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: This was the precursor to Juiced IPA.

The beer poured with a quarter finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was incredibly hazy and a murky orange in color. There was still moderate carbonation visible. The nose had citrus, specifically grapefruit and orange. The taste had more depth to it. I picked up a lot of citrus pith and citrus flesh. There was also white peppercorns and booze was very apparent. The body was thick and chewy and the carbonation could have been more plentiful. It had a quick finish with citrus and alcohol. This wasn’t my favorite River Horse beer, but I’m glad I got to give it a shot.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

River Horse One Score Anniversary Ale

Having a brewery in my town has some perks. I was able to pick this up the weekend that it was released.

onescore

ABV: 10.5%

Style: Tripel

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The inspiration for One Score Anniversary Ale came from a River Horse staff favorite, their go-to cocktail: the Old Fashioned. We took our top selling beer, Tripel Horse, and put half into bourbon barrels and half into red wine barrels with oranges and tart cherries. Closed them up and let it age. It took awhile, but after the flavors were exactly where we wanted them to be individually, we blended them to create a classy and delicious beer. The perfect beer to toast our 20th anniversary!”

Random: I can’t believe that Cats is back on Broadway.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off white head that dissipated quickly. It left a modicum of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy orange with no visible carbonation due to the cloudiness.
The nose was filled with Belgian candi sugar and stone fruit, specifically apricot. There was also a decent amount of alcohol that was noticeable. I didn’t pick up much spice or barrel on the nose. This changed with the flavor. The first note I picked up was toasted oak and vanilla. It also had a touch of red wine, which played off well on the tripel notes of candi sugar and apricot. Some clove spice was present too. It did have a booze bite, but nothing that was offensive. It had a medium thick body with moderate carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet with peach, apricot and vanilla. A bomber of this set me back $14.99, which was $.68 per ounce. This is probably the best beer that I’ve ever had from my local brewery. I highly recommend this one.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

River Horse Sour Lizzie

Since I have a brewery in town, occasionally I stop by and pick up some of their offerings, especially if they’re aged in barrels. Since they moved a few years back to the new brewery, they have a lot more room for barrels. I’ve gone to a few of their events and they’re usually well-planned and not super packed. I just wish they had beers that pushed the envelope a little more.

sourlizzie

ABV: 6%

Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Farmhouse Saison – A Belgian Style Ale brewed with white and pink peppercorns along with lemongrass – soured in white wine barrels with Brettanomyces.”

Random: Their labels have gotten much better since the redesign.

This beer poured slight more than half a finger of white head. It dissipated at a moderate pace and left only a little lacing on the glass. It also left a small crown on top of an almost clear, yellow body. There was moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some Brett and light fun with lemonhead candy. The taste was mild for a sour. I picked up a white wine grape note with light toasted oak. There wasn’t much in the way of peppercorn spice. It had a thin body with high carbonation and was quite dry. The finish was instantaneous with light barnyard funk. A bomber of this was $14.99, which broke down to $.68 per ounce. This was a decent beer, but it was expensive for what seemed like a beginner’s sour. I won’t be getting this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0