dmac (4629) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAY 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from msiano. Pours a clear golden orange with a small fizzy white head. Aroma of grain, lemon grass, and a slight touch of soap. Crisp palate with a light to medium body and very noticable carbonation. Flavor of grain, and only a slight hint of fruit. If you need to bring something to a BBQ to drink out of the bottle this isn’t bad. If you ant something complex with lots of aromas and flavors to really sip then move along.
ChainGangGuy (4505) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden body with an explosive, huge head. River Horse certainly doesn’t cheat in the carbonation department.
Smell: Sugary-smelling aroma of crackers, a hint of pepper, and a slight pear-like fruitiness.
Taste: Wheaty, crackery flavor with a medium level of sweetness. Citrusy. Light pear esters. Pinch of spice. Not much in the way of bitterness. Dry, zesty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.
Drinkability: Y’know, it’s not so terrible once all of that damnable carbonation settles down.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
hazy yellow, huge foamy head,
light sweet malt aroma with light spicy hops,
sweet malt flavor, touch of malt candy character, light bitterness, hint of astrengency,
Aroma: 4/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 4/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 7/20
unclemattie (4356) - Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from a River Horse Variety 12pk. Slightly hazy, pale, golden yellow. Big, white creamy foam. Aroma of vanilla creme, flax seed, and cedar. Interesting flavors are a bit nutty, clove, and woody (like oak). Slight fruity detection of a weizen yeast? Very dry. Light medium bodied. I think this beer would best be enjoyed poured in a Duval glass. Notes: Flax seed w/ hefe yeast
Dorwart (2432) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2007
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Thin white head of fine bubbles. Light carbonation. Some chunky floaters in there. Ooohhh, not a good aroma. Sour milk, creamed corn and some grassy aromas in there. Pale gold in color. Light malt flavor with some biscuity malts. more corn and some light spices. Finishes kind of sickly sweet and cardboardy. I did not have very high hopes for this brew and I was correct.
johnadam2002 (529) - Hainesport, New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured yellow with white head. Light aroma of hops. Taste was much of the same. Very watery but refreshing.
jcwattsrugger (11436) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - SEP 28, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle-pours a thin white head and yellow color. Aroma is musty grain, secondary light/fruity (saaz?) hops. Taste is musty yeasty/grain, secondary light/grassy hops, fruity-raspberry. OK but not memorable. Good effervescence.
mrant (330) - New York, USA - SEP 20, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Smells of spicy wheat. pours a bright yellow/golden color. Giant pillowy head that disappears quickly. Taste is slightly citrus wheat. Very watery and uninteresting.
HoppityHop (177) - New Jersey, USA - JUN 23, 2007
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2008 This is a re-rate since the ownership change at River Horse. Unfortunately, it’s still a rather "plain jane" golden ale. Not much in the way of flavor or anything else. No hop presence whatsoever. Rather pale shade of yellow with minimal head and carbonation. It seems that almost all River Horse brews have a similar flavor..........either from the base malts used, or some sort of infection? I’m optimistic and guessing the former. The only real compliment I can give this, is that it goes down better than most macros.
Prcaus (159) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 30, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft-Golden clear coloring, poured with a medium to large amounts of head possibly due to an over pumped micro brew keg. Slight fruit flavoring, very slight hops. Overall, decently enjoyable but probably would pursue other options.