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Hop Buggy - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 17.77%
Wants: 1
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Description: Organically grown oats, wheat and rye from Amish farmers in Lancaster County gives our new ale a full, complex malt profile. A full buggy load of Apollo, Bravo, and Calypso hops deliver a big hop flavor.

(Beer added by: BeerIsland on 01-29-2014)
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3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegmans in mechanicsburg, PA

A- dark burgundy/amber color that is opaque. Half finger head with poor lacing.

S- caramel malts with hints of apple...almost like a caramel apple. some toasted malt as well.

F- apple cider vinegar type of notes. Toasted malts and hints of some citrus. Complements aren't all that well.

M- medium bodied with chewy carbonation. It feels like I am eating mushy beer almost.

O- eh...nice for a try but I wont be having it again.

Dodo2step, Oct 14, 2014
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2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a regular glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark amber color. There's about one finger worth of off-white colored head, and it has nice retention, as well. A good amount of lacing is left one the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Not for nothing, I am picking a nice Cascade note here. It's subtle, but definitely perceptible. Then the malt melange comes, and I'm not really surprised by it. I'm getting a little bit of the rye spice, but minimal wheat or oats. The nose isn't very interesting, I have to say. It's pretty much a typical amber ale with a mild twist. (3)

Taste: Pretty malty. Unlike in the nose, I get oats and wheat on the taste as well as rye spice; this helps accentuate the caramel malt backbone some. There's no real hop flavor, just a moderate bitterness on the back end. Take away the malt variance, it's quite boring to drink. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: The feel is lush and slightly heavy, with middling carbonation. In fact, it feels slightly creamy at times. Despite the moderate sweetness, it goes down pretty easy. (3)

Overall: I expected this to be pretty staid, and it is. I mean come on, it's an amber ale, how exciting can it be? Still, it does a good job of washing spicy food down. That, and malt lovers will enjoy this. Me personally, I probably wouldn't buy this again. (3)

2.91/5: Yeah...this isn't very exciting

ThisWangsChung, Oct 13, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.4/5  rDev +2.4%

(3.50) A: In a chalice a deep candy-apple coloring with some clarity showing a full glass consumption display of moderately paced effervesce. A 2 inch tan head is dense and foamy sitting atop, firm in its holding while leaving a glass smothering coating of lace.

(3.40) S: The nose was sweetly toasted oats and caramel apple-citrus. There is a hint of lemon scented herbs and a spiciness of dry orange, and stalky notes.

(3.45) T: The flavor was toasted apple and oats, with some dry caramel. A warm piney floral hops with sweetly toasted malt comes into play. Munich perhaps, some sweet lemony straw-pepper hops and grassy notes. There is a spiciness of resiny orange with some fruity and floral notes that ends with some pear-apple hints.

(3.40) M: Light mouthful, oily body, light carbonation factor, dry and hoppy finish off the tongue with a touch of flowery texture. Fairly crisp.

(3.40) O: Overall this is not a typical west coast hopped ipa, reminds me of thier 4 malt amish pale modified with some fruity hops, refreshing, wet, spicy, with fruity and floral tones, i really liked the malt blend here. Ok drinkability, not going six pack here but one or two is fine.

beerthulhu, Sep 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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1/5  rDev -69.9%

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Photo of Slatetank
3.55/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Harrisburg location, served chilled in a tulip shaped glass.

The color is dark copper with good clarity and 1 finger of white head with fine bead and thick lace stickage. The aroma is very good with a moderately citrus hop with orange scents and mild malt in the nose. The feel is good with medium bitter entry with mild toasted grain texture and med high carbonation with slight alcohol in the semi-dry finish with a slight spiced quality.

The taste is very good with mild malt balanced by a slight hop spiciness the hops tend to seem more bittter as it warms with a pine-like presence and bitter quality with some pepper and mild yeast with orange like citrus in the background flavor. The hops linger after the swallow with a very light caramel taste of malt in the peripheral. Overall not bad, it is more bitter than hop flavor but it is hoppy I give it that but it is pretty middle of the road style-wise in the grand scheme.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Last beer of the night and sucks its a shitty one.

A - Deep amber brown color semi hazy with a 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to some pretty stellar lacing. Not bad so far.
S - It does have a bit of hop smell but really faded. Some caramel sweetness and grains but its mostly mild.
T - Borderline undrinkable. Massive herbal hop profile with a slight herbal tea quality. Some sweetness but mostly dank.
M - Quite smooth aside the bitter its medium bodied.

Overall its not terrible but way too bitter to really enjoy. Pity.

DrDemento456, Jul 17, 2014
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Hop Buggy from Lancaster Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.