Archive for the ‘River Horse Brewing Company’ Category

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


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

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


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

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.


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

Today’s selection is the new IPA from the brewery in my town. They made a pretty big deal over the release, so I picked up a bottle to try.


ABV: 7.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our American IPA is a cross between the West Coast and New England styles. It’s brewed with a pale malt profile to allow the hops to shine through, then dry hopped with over two pounds per barrel worth of Mosaic. This is a great amped up IPA for hop lovers.”

Random: My IT department fixed my touchpad on my work computer. There were no drivers installed, so anytime I used it without an external mouse was torture.

The beer poured with a really fluffy, two finger, slightly off white head. It took almost no time to dissipate completely and left some lacing on the glass. The body was slightly hazy and light orange in color with high carbonation visible. The nose was weirdly sweet for the style with honey as well. There was also a floral characteristic to it. The taste was really floral as well and almost perfume-like. There was also a delicate pine note with some alcohol dryness. I didn’t pick up any malt to the beer until it warmed up. After it warmed, it was incredibly malty. It had a thinner body for the style with high carbonation. The finish was quick and floral. The bottle was $1.83, which came to $.15 per ounce. This beer wasn’t bad and drinkable, but the flavors were relatively simple. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

The other beer that I reviewed at the River Horse event was this one. There was only one station pouring this and it was hidden all the way in the back of the brewery. But, I managed to grab a pour of this and yet another pretzel.


ABV: 6.7%

Style: American Porter

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We start with a brown porter brewed with dark roasted malts, and add one pound of chocolate per barrel. We then throw in some Madagascar Vanilla beans to accentuate the chocolate flavors, resulting in a decadent porter.”

Random: This beer started as part of their “Brewer’s Reserve Series” and was then changed to a seasonal that is available From February to March.

This beer poured with a half finger of thick, tan head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with high carbonation visible, despite the color. The nose had a lot of milk chocolate and cocoa powder. It was quite sweet, like malted milk balls, but didn’t have the roast or smoke qualities that I can usually pick up with a porter. The taste had milk chocolate as well with lactose sweetness. What I missed was that there was very little roast characteristic to balance this out, so after a few sips, I wasn’t thrilled with the prospects of finishing an entire pint. It had an overly thin body with high carbonation. The finish was quick, and again, very sweet and chocolate. This beer wasn’t a standout to me and needed some balance.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

When I flew back from California, the next day, River Horse was having an event celebrating their release of their new year-round beer, Roly Poly Pils. Although the draft list wasn’t the most exciting I’ve ever seen and I thought the tickets were a touch overpriced ($15 per person for entry, a glass and one beer token), we decided to go the event. I hadn’t been to the new brewery and the space was open and clean. They also had unlimited soft pretzels, which I took advantage of. The first beer I had was this one.


ABV: 5.3%

Style: Czech Pilsener

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A complex balance of malts round out Czech Saaz and German Hallertau hops, followed by a clean and crisp finish A class Czech-style Pilsner, our Roly Poly Pils is a super drinkable and tasty year round beer!”

Random: Because we live in the same town as River Horse, we have more glasses from them than any other brewery.

This beer poured with a half a finger of off white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, straw-yellow with lots of carbonation visible. The nose had mineral water and Pilsner malt. It had a really clean smell. The taste also had a nice mineral quality with some grass and grain from the pilsner malt. The body was on the thicker side of the style with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with slight sweetness from the malt and light grass. This beer was insanely drinkable and one that I enjoyed a lot. I wouldn’t hesitate to pick up a six-pack for a barbecue.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0