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Hop Buggy - Lancaster Brewing Company

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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 17.46%
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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yuenglingade

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

05-02-2014 04:05:50 | More by yuenglingade
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

07-04-2014 16:10:40 | More by canawler
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2014 17:42:10 | More by BEERchitect
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3/5  rDev -11.2%

07-03-2014 00:10:52 | More by oriolesfan4
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

06-15-2014 22:52:28 | More by jmdrpi
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3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%

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Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -11.2%

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Pennsylvania

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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours deep amber/copper color with a small head of a pure white foam. The head initially fades very fast, but leaves a very persistent film on the surface of the brew. Once that film head fades, there is only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is a nice blend of malty, sweet and hoppy smells. The malty aromas are of a bready and somewhat grainy smell with the sweet being a mix of caramel and some tropical fruits of tangerine and mango. A grapefruit and lightly grassy hop smell make up the bulk of the hoppy aromas and with all the rest of the smells it produces one fine smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a fantastic bready and sweeter flavor. The bready has just a hint of a more grainy and wheaty taste upfront, with it actually bordering more on a doughy taste. This doughiness fades however, and more and more rough grainy and cracker tastes take the place of the smooth bread. The sweetness that is upfront and consists mainly of a sweeter caramel and tropical fruit nature and melds very nicely with the doughy flavors. The caramel fades as the taste advances but the tropical fruits remain relatively constant. While very light upfront, hop flavors of a mainly grapefruit nature come to the tongue. The grapefruit create the bulk of the hop flavors in the taste with that flavor later being joined by a grassy and earthy hop flavor at the very end. The newly encountered hop flavors seem to battle the tropical fruit and grainy flavors of the beer a bit though, leaving a somewhat off (but not too off) bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to just below average side. Both the average body and carbonation level are good for the mix of sweet, malt and hop flavors of the brew and make it easy drinking, but well flavor supported taste.

Overall – If it wasn't for the slight imbalance at the end of the taste, then this would be one super-solid moderate abv. hopped brew. Overall it is rather nice and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2014 01:26:20 | More by Darkmagus82
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bacher468

Pennsylvania

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blameo

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04-10-2014 18:10:08 | More by blameo
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2014 10:15:06 | More by micromaniac129
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love the Troegs Nugget Nectar - it's a beer that I excitedly buy every February and enjoy as winter slowly turns into spring. When I saw this on the shelf, I wasn't sure whether to get it but once I saw that it was an American Amber/Red Ale, I had to give it a go and see how it measured up to the standard of this style. While it didn't taste as good, I did enjoy this because it was unique and unlike anything I ever had before. The fact that the ingredients were local like the Lakefront Wisconsinite made this stand out more, even if the hop profile was a bit tough to peg!

The pour to this was quite nice, as this beer had a dirty apricot hue that silently glowed, a bit of cloudiness to it including the bit at the bottom of the bottle that I had to swirl out, and a nice, frothy head that wasn't overly thick. Not a lot of lacing to this but there were some rings visible as I made my way through this sip by sip. Lots of oat in the aroma but not much else and the hop profile was very tough to pinpoint. Lots of "skunk" like a Green Flash beer, along with some caramel, bitter chocolate, papaya, and earthy hops to this. The mouthfeel was a bit grainy because of the rye and the aftertaste had a very subtle, mellow burning that wasn't quite pine or whole cone. Combined with a slightly oily mouthfeel, this had the feel of a West Coast beer with the graininess of something from Yards.

The alcohol in this was spot-on, as I could barely discern it once I polished this off. This didn't feel as hoppy as I anticipated and almost felt more like an Pale Ale than anything else. While the body of this beer is a bit more full than that style would normally be, this didn't look or feel like an Amber or Red to me. Regardless, there's enough to like here and this isn't a beer that can be quaffed quickly. Enjoy this for what it is - a good example of this style that's unique and somewhat bold at the same time!

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 08:15:18 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Hop Buggy from Lancaster Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.