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Hop Buggy - Lancaster Brewing Company

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54 Ratings
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Ratings: 54
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 18.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 7 | 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 IronLover:
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4.05/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

IronLover, Jul 02, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

BeerIsland, Jan 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev +20.1%

KolbMarley, Mar 08, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

acurtis, Aug 31, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Bapplebaum, Feb 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

pat_usher, Jul 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

hoppymcgee, Mar 16, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -55%

B967ierhunter177, Jun 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

BodyPolitic, Aug 30, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

IdrinkGas, Mar 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -17.4%

dsshuck, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of DocBrewroo
4.54/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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!

DocBrewroo, Feb 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

crowsnest, May 17, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.9%

jholland, Friday at 03:10 PM
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3.59/5  rDev +7.8%
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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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

yuenglingade, May 02, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

Supra97, Mar 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

bigfnjoe, Feb 28, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -2.4%

beerfinder, Tuesday at 03:54 PM
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3.5/5  rDev +5.1%

BeerCon5, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of 57md
3.74/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

57md, Mar 01, 2014
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2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

apw5508, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of justintcoons
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

justintcoons, Mar 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -24.9%

TheBigBoy, May 26, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

justincourts, Today at 12:58 AM
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Hop Buggy from Lancaster Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.