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Hop Buggy - Lancaster Brewing Company

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20 Reviews
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Reviews: 20
Hads: 101
Avg: 3.47
pDev: 33.72%
Wants: 1
Gots: 30 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerIsland on 01-29-2014

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.
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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 101
Reviews by IronLover:
Photo of IronLover
4.06/5  rDev +17%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Adam7m
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerIsland
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

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Photo of tigg924
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear, amber with 1/3 inch head. Medium bodied for the style Taste is toasted malt, pale malt, and earthy hops. Above average beer, but not sure if I would pick this up again.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mpenders
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bapplebaum
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Winger42
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat_usher
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, hints of oats.. Taste is caramel malts, hops, light wheat, balanced and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a smooth and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -2%

(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.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Gmartin75
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of vwbus7
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.5/5  rDev -56.8%

Photo of BodyPolitic
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of senorbarley
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

A: Nice amber/copper color
Thin (1/2") head that stuck around for most of the glass, leaving some nice lacing
S: Biscuits, dough, vanilla
T: Toasted oats with a mild hop profile. Very bitter finish, which I enjoy, however may be too bitter for some.
M: Thin and oily with decent carbonation
O: Not a bad amber, definitely unique

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.91/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A nice amber color with decent head that settles, slight carbonation noticable; smell is light citrus hop but nothing truly dominant; huge over powering hop flavor, almost too much, but if you like heavy hop, you will like this one; doesn't leave much for secondary flavors though, very little bitter; average to watery feel and drinks fairly easy; overall seems a single dimentioned beer with not much in the way of mystery or depth

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Photo of dsshuck
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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Hop Buggy from Lancaster Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.