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Hop Buggy - Lancaster Brewing Company

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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | 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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Reviews by 57md:
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57md

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +12%

Appearance is a copper color with a finger of head that dissipated slowly but surely into nothingness. The nose had a good dose of hop bitterness. The body is not quite thin, but I would not describe it as hearty either. The malt flavor comes through, but the hoppiness and dry finish are the features here.

03-01-2014 04:48:39 | More by 57md
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BeerIsland

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +12%

The Hop Buggy is built on the Amish Four Grain which included rye, oats , and wheat over the basic malt. The brewers started at 14 OG (LBC centric measurements!) which fermented out at 5.6%. IBUs are 55, same as the Hop Hog, but primarily Bravo and Apollo were used. It's a stiffly hopped beer but tasty and good for sipping. The hops drive the finish which rolls over the tongue. A nice job and a different direction for LBC.

01-29-2014 21:30:15 | More by BeerIsland
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KolbMarley

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +19.8%

03-08-2014 14:44:22 | More by KolbMarley
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Bapplebaum

New York

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

02-16-2014 00:39:08 | More by Bapplebaum
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pat_usher

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

07-08-2014 23:11:57 | More by pat_usher
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hoppymcgee

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

03-16-2014 00:24:20 | More by hoppymcgee
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B967ierhunter177

Pennsylvania

1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

06-12-2014 05:33:13 | More by B967ierhunter177
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

03-08-2014 01:13:03 | More by IdrinkGas
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dsshuck

Delaware

2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

06-09-2014 00:29:08 | More by dsshuck
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DocBrewroo

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +35.9%

Saw a six of this and had to check it out since I used to enjoy the Amish Four Grains from Lancaster. Although they also use different grains in this, it's nothing like what I remember. It's got great malt flavors and a subtle creaminess from the oats, great tan head and deep copper color. The hops are on the aggressive side, but this beer just worked so well for me. Me wife is not a hophead and she loved it as well. Happy to see Lancaster making some great new beers. Huge thumbs up!

02-22-2014 18:35:19 | More by DocBrewroo
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crowsnest

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

05-17-2014 01:32:49 | More by crowsnest
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +7.5%

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.

07-17-2014 06:27:57 | More by DrDemento456
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yuenglingade

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

05-02-2014 04:05:50 | More by yuenglingade
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Supra97

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

03-24-2014 00:08:59 | More by Supra97
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

02-28-2014 21:13:24 | More by bigfnjoe
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apw5508

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -10.8%

There's nothing particularly wrong with this beer, but there isn't anything special about it either. Has the color and bitterness I would expect from an amber. Head is thin and dissipated quickly. Some hop aroma immediately after pouring, but it disappeared quickly.

03-02-2014 05:17:47 | More by apw5508
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justintcoons

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -4.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a skinny pint glass.

Appearance
Deep reddish amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention and clarity with moderate carbonation.

Nose
Caramel, toffee, lime, pine, banana, and cantaloupe.

Taste
Strange hop notes of banana, lime, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. Caramel and rye with hints of butterscotch. Pine resin stick the finish.

Mouthfeel
Medium bodied, crisp, dry, and bitter.

Overall
Has a really strange hop profile...

03-25-2014 13:38:17 | More by justintcoons
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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

05-26-2014 02:28:40 | More by TheBigBoy
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Dilbert65

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

05-18-2014 23:24:26 | More by Dilbert65
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jmdrpi

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

06-15-2014 22:52:28 | More by jmdrpi
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev +4.2%

Greeting the palate with a toast-dry balance and slight creamy reprieve, Lancaster's Hop Buggy proves to be more than the stalwart IPA, yet still allows the hops to take full command in taste.

As the hoppy ale opens with a deep amber hue, its creamy from carries the full array of white grapefruit, both orange and lemon peel, pungent leaf and grass, then with the subtle ginny and winey tang of verbena tinged hops.

Its middle is supportive with the taste of bread crust and mild pecan, giving graham cracker impressions, while the hops dominance hits full stride. Bitter to its core, the aromatic components lift and a strong herbal bouquet reveals. Leaf, stem and tea are vegetative, but in a pleasant taste and texture.

Its quick finish does quick work of malt sweetness as the hops bounce off of alcohol spice with its own piney resinous finish. Absolute dryness is felt as the ale exits the palate with a semi-crisp, semi-clean aftertaste that lingers with scraping bitterness.

07-03-2014 17:42:10 | More by BEERchitect
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev +8.1%

Hop buggy pours a true amber color. A smallish head forms during the pour but doesn't last long. A thick collar ring remains after the dissipating head and remains so the bitter end.
A really nice clear beer with gentile carbonation.

The aroma was reminiscent of a dubbel. It seemed to smell quite sweet and with some candied sugar or candied malt the way a dubbel uses candied sugar in the brewing process.
Nothing in way of hops.

With the use of such high alpha hops I was expecting a beer that had some bitterness in the taste. This beer really isn't bitter at all. Then I also don't the brewer's intention either.
It is quite malty but sweet malty. Lots of grain in the taste with just a pinch of rye spiciness.
The use of oats gives the beer a full feeling across the palate with a metallic bitter finish.
Not a terribly complex beer here and I was somewhat disappointed at the lack of hops.

04-05-2014 10:15:06 | More by micromaniac129
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Yeroc

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

05-31-2014 01:57:36 | More by Yeroc
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +21.3%

Deep orange in color with an earthy amber hue and a touch of haze. Poured with short, off-white foam with excellent staying power from constant flow of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The healthy foam left a ladder of thick, sticky lacings on the glass. Intense rye and wheat bread aromas with light citrus and grassy notes. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel. Bready rye and sweet caramel malt flavors are dominant throughout. Light citrus and earthy flavors from the middle to the end. Finished with bitter rye and pine hop aftertaste. This is more of a rye beer than an amber ale in my opinion. I definite must try if you’re a rye ale enthusiast. Great malty flavor and a smooth feel.

07-02-2014 03:30:38 | More by IronLover
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IAMTEAMPONY

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.2%

03-29-2014 16:26:41 | More by IAMTEAMPONY
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Hop Buggy from Lancaster Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.