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Hop Hog India Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company

Hop Hog India Pale AleHop Hog India Pale Ale

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617 Ratings

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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 350
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 16.76%

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This formidable India Pale Ale has a hop aroma that demands attention. The bold, citrus hop flavor is balanced by a dry malt character making this refreshing ale a true classic.

(Beer added by: woodychandler on 12-29-2004)
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Photo of dougfur

New York

3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, orangy/amber color. Nice looking beer. However, the smell and taste can't match up. Smells and tastes of mild hoppiness, malt and a fair bit of yeast. Mouthfeel is fine. A perfectly drinkable IPA, but not terribly impressive either. One step up from your regular ol' mainstream IPA's that you find in every grocery store.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 16:15:28 | More by dougfur
Photo of ThePaintedGrey


3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Pours a dark, aged copper color with significant amounts of hazing due to some floating sediment. Definitely a bit darker than I'd expect. A two-and-a-half finger head, reminiscent to the color of organic heavy cream, sits atop the brew. The head retention is decent, but with an IPA I definitely expected a bit more. The lacing is also rather weak for an IPA.

S: Floral hops with a strong fruity undertone and some citrusy grapefruit. Detecting a lot of malt through it all... Suspiciously malty for a brew named "Hop Hog."

T: Strong malt up front, with a sweetbread-like characteristic. The hops are very floral and reserved and generally take the backseat which is vastly disappointing in this style. A little bit of grassy, piney, albeit weak, bitterness in the finish.

M: Probably the best aspect of the brew here... Definitely full-bodied, to be expected considering the amount of malt. Creamy and smooth with a good amount of carbonation providing some bite. Superb drinkability.

O: Don't get me wrong, Hop Hog is a really good brew. In its own right, I enjoyed it quite a lot. However, with a name like Hop Hog and the fact that it bears the IPA classification, I simply can't score it higher. The maltiness is far too dominant and the hop presence is so weak and restrained. Like I said, Hop Hog is a very enjoyable beer, but Lancaster needs to rethink this recipe because it's definitely not a good example of what an IPA is.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2014 03:00:36 | More by ThePaintedGrey
Photo of PA-hunter


2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into a glass.

Appearance- Good carbonation with a thick head. Orange/amber in coloration.

Smell- Aroma of Citrus. Floral as well. A bit malty too.

Taste- Bready and sweet. Also has some grassy notes. Has some hoppy bitterness on the back end but not as comparable to most other IPA's. Taste of alcohol also lingers.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and high carbonatation. Appropriate.

Overall- Not like most IPA's since it is more sweet/bready/malty without that slam of hops and complexity. The appearance and high abv did hold true to the style however. I was also confused about the label; it says Wilkes Barre PA, which is 120 miles away from Lancaster.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 04:10:22 | More by PA-hunter
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3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle at reefer temp into goblet.
Aroma somewhat malty, no hops evident.
Head small (2 cm), off-white, fizzy, fully diminishing.
Lacing OK.
Body clear, medium orange; no chill haze, no hop haze.
Begins slightly bitter with a malty finish flavor, never sweet. No diacetyl.
Body medium, slightly oily.
Carbonation lively.
Moderately astringent aftertaste with short hangtime.

Overall a decent IPA, but this batch seems slightly underhopped to me.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 18:57:48 | More by Ozzylizard
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2.11/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Thanks to Houser for the bottle.

Appearance: A honey caramel brown. Head is light tan and creamy. Drops to a small cap in short order. Splotches of lacing. Nice and clear.

Smell: Very mild. A touch of some citrus and mildly earthy elements. A solid caramel malt sweetness. Bready, cooked. Vaguely nutty with a toasted edge. Fruity esters and a touch of floral elements. More malty than anything. Pretty meh.

Taste: Nutty brown bread. Some grassy and herbal elements. Some caramel sweetness as well. A touch floral. Very minimal hop presence over an almost corny and cereal base. Mildly toasted. A bit sweet, but that's really it. Very simple.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to slightly above average carbonation. Clean and slightly dry on the finish. Mediumish body.

Overall: Dwarf pig.

I'm really confused by this thing. It's malty barley soda with a touch of hops. Nothing is on point for the style and the flavor is lacking. It's not bad, it's not really much of anything.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 00:45:54 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle as a gift from Virginia:
Caramel brown with a 1cm, creamy looking head with great retention.

Strong & sweet malt smell straight away. Biscuit & caramel next with citrus & a faint smell of alcohol, hardly any hops though.

Sweet caramel and some light citrus with some malts. A few light fruits sitting in the background with a hint of orange and some pear. More hops than came through in the nose but I still wouldn't class it as a particularly hoppy beer. Very nice though.

Medium bodied beer with a sweet beer that has lively carbonation and the beer is surprisingly smooth. There is some bitterness and the finish is somewhat dry with further sweetness as well.

Labelled as an American IPA but it seemed more pale ale to me. A few hops coming through but for the most part it was the sweet malts and caramel that dominated. The beer has perfect carbonation and was sweet throughout with a good balance and was one that I quite enjoyed.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 08:10:15 | More by flyingpig
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New York

2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

A- Pours an orange/amber body with a half inch off-white head that recedes pretty quick.

S- The nose is almost nonexistent as far as IPA's are concern. A little malt and some booze I guess.

T- Saltine cracker-like taste and very little hops. Not a bad taste, but not what I expect from an IPA called "Hop Hog."

M- Medium body and well-carbonated. Not bad here.

O- Just meh. Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate it, but it was far from special.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 02:45:13 | More by tviz33
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New York

2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

A: Medium-light amber with orange highlights. Clear. Fizzy white head falls quickly leaving little lacing. All to style except head. It should be creamier, thicker, longer lasting with more lacing.

S: Sweet malt, biscuit and caramel dominate aroma. Citrusy and resinous hops are in background. Standard calls for aroma to be balanced much more toward hops.

T: As with smell sweet caramelly and biscuity malt dominate citrusy, resinous hops. Bitterness is lower than expected for style. Slight diacetyl is present, but appropriate for EIPA.

M: Full/Medium-full body slightly exceeds style. Finishes with slight slickness.

O: An English IPA with English malt very much dominating a combination of English and West Coast US hops. I think this beer would be better served as a pure English IPA rather than a hybrid. It would be improved with use of all English hops and higher BU:GU ratio (+.20) achieved by both lowering the malt and adding battering hops. 25% more flavor and finishing hops would also improve it. A small amount of flaked barley would help head retention.

A friend brought a case for a weeks vacation with the us. I suspect most will not be drunk.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 18:27:27 | More by BarleyNY
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2.36/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The only redeeming quality of this beer is that it's 7.9% ABV - you need it to forget why you paid for the premium beer price. Is much more like a lager than an IPA as there are no hops AT ALL. Honestly, I should get a refund - thank goodness I only bought one! That said, if you're a lager fan, buy it for the extra octane - I like bitter beer, and a ton of aftertaste, so it's not for me. It's a shame b/c Lancaster does a pretty nice job with some of their other offerings.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 02:37:21 | More by Steelcitynsouth
Photo of Omnium


2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a mild amber color, thin fizzy half finger head, no lacing. On par for what it should be I guess
S - Some crackery kind of malt a really faint scent of earthy hops, and thats about it. Maybe(?) some lager yeast???
T - There's so little hops in here it should be considered a crime, and I'm not trying to be a snobby IPA douche about it, there's so little hop character in this beer it makes me cringe with every sip. You get a mildly sweet malt with just a little bite at the end.
M - Thin, still a little creamy, and a small bitterness hanging on to the sides of my mouth.
O - Should not be considered an IPA, and I dont know how this is 7.9% This tastes more like a Lager than anything, or even an amber ale. The site says it uses Fuggles and Cascade, and Cascade should be more assertive than this, Im assuming its not hopped enough with it, because it could really benefit from it.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2013 22:02:41 | More by Omnium
Photo of Murphey


2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not overly impressed with this one. I'm not even sure I'd call it an IPA. The hops are almost negligible, and the flavor was just... there.

Poured OK with a coppery color and a decent head. Smelled almost Belgian, with a noticeable alcohol taint (which for a single IPA I wasn't expecting).

I'm not going to pour it down the sink, but I certainly wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 01:20:14 | More by Murphey
Photo of schmoyer1


3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Cool looking bottle, cool name and 7.9% alcohol volume has this beer off to a good start but after actually drinking it I was a little disappointed. There is nothing great about it. Not bad, but just not a beer that I'd run out and buy again. I picked this up as a single bottle in a sampler and wasn't mad that I chose it but next time I'll grab something else.

Overall it's worth a try and that's about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 12:38:17 | More by schmoyer1
Photo of smakawhat


3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A soapy three finger off white head that falls slowly, tan and off colored white with some decent lacing. Body color is a light copper amber with hints of orange and some visible carbonation. Fairly solid looking brew.

Mild floral and herbal hop pent, soft tea like aromatics on the nose. Not much else, almost Lipton iced tea smelling with no malt presence.

Quite a fairly wet palate on first sip, with not much filling the flavor in the mid palate. Hop angle seems muted, but does have some herbal and grass like tastes. AFtertaste brings most of the flavor, with a light toasted slightly browned grain like aroma and matching tea like hops.

Overall it's not that great but there's far worse you could be experiencing in this beer realm.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 18:30:29 | More by smakawhat
Photo of LCB_Hostage


2.53/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A: Deeper amber than normal for an IPA. moderate head with good persistence. Little to no lacing

S: Nothing dramatic. No hops on the nose at all. Malty with an fairly strong alcohol overlay (not surprising given the ABV).

T: Not sure why they choose to call this an IPA. No hop characteristics to speak of at all. Very malty/fruity with some alcohol on the back burner. Despite the ABV, light and reasonably refreshing.

M: relatively crisp, but quick fading on the tongue. Not particularly well carbonated, and what's there fades quickly (in less than 30 minutes)

O: I might have liked this better if they'd labeled it more accurately. I could even accept it as a pale ale. But an IPA?? No way. Someone needs to buy the Lancaster Brewing Co. some hops. If the ABV weren't so high, this could be a decent session beer, but at 7.5%, it would be a pretty short session. I've actually eaten at the LBC previously and the food was good, but as I recall, all their beers fall into this "too safe to offend" category.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2013 23:05:28 | More by LCB_Hostage
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3.29/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a nice orange amber color with a one finger orange tinted head. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to give lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is sweet of tropical fruits of tangerine and mango with other fruit aromas of a light apple and some other sweeter notes of caramel. Mixed with these sweeter aromas is a citrus hop aroma of a grapefruit as well as light lemon smell and some breadier aromas.

Taste – The taste starts out with a bready and malty flavor with flavors of a light fruit flavor. The fruit was largely of an orange and pear flavor upfront with some lighter fruit flavors of apricot. As the flavor advances hop flavors of a grapefruit nature greet the tongue. The grapefruit remains relatively constant throughout and is joined by some more hop flavors. The hop flavors that come at the end are of a sour lemon flavor as well as some lighter herbal flavors. At the end the mix of fruit, citrus, bready and hop flavors leaves a lightly bitter sour flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is fairly average overall. Not the best feel for the style in my opinion as it is slightly too light to accentuate the relatively moderate hoppier flavors, although even with this being so, it was OK for the more sour lemon flavors of the beer, keeping them from becoming too overpowering.

Overall –Nothing too special here. The beer was not quite hoppy enough and had a little too much sourness.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 01:22:27 | More by Darkmagus82
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New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a burnt orange amber, minimal head and retention. Scent brings pleasant citrus and pine notes, moderate malt backbone. Taste begins with moderate hop bitterness, citrus and pine are the predominant hop notes. Malt backbone takes over, strong caramel, biscuit and toasted malts... nice flavor, but a little too much here as it covers up the hop profile. Medium bodied. Decent and drinkable, but much better options available for hop heads.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 23:18:33 | More by rfgetz
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a beautiful and clear amber colour. Has a reasonable off-white head with good retention, albeit limited lacing. Malt-forward aroma of toffee and caramel has an unexpected alcohol and earthy tone. Believe the bottle to be fresh, but not 100% sure. Flavour is also predominantly malt forward, with a bittering hop finish that has mild elements of tropical fruits. More of an alcohol warmth in the ending than I'd choose, and I'm disappointed that the 7.9% (or whatever %) ABV is not listed on the bottle - as I believe such information is critical before making driving choices...

Best Lancaster Brewing beer I've enjoyed thus far, but not my favourite Pennsylvania APA or IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2012 22:06:30 | More by hopsolutely
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2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- Copper color, light head, low level of lacing, not much retention, no carbonation bubbles, not hazy.

S- Floral, light malts. No hops. Smells better than it tastes.

T- No hops. Fruity, malty, light caramal and chocolate taste, but gets worse as it warms. The taste is too fruity and malty and not bitter enough with hops. In need of a a hop injection.

M- Medium carbonation, medium body, actually just right or better for an IPA. Well, maybe less carbonation would be better.

Overall, it's got to have more hops. Just not bitter enough for an IPA. Great fruity taste with pine and grapefruit and a good amount of malt, just doesn't have enough hops for a good IPA. If this is an IPA HOP HOG, then its piglet. Wouldn't buy again, too many better IPA's out there.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2012 01:10:21 | More by Hatchman
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish copper color with middling clarity. Nice head on this one, a two finger light mocha shade with good retention and texture. Lacing is merely decent.

S: Wow this is fruity. Dark fruits lead the charge followed by caramel, toffee, marzipan, and hazelnut. Almost no hops to be found here - this IS an IPA we're talking about here, right?

T: This seems to be a rather sweet concoction, with a lot of toasted caramel maltiness and a fruity undercurrent. To find the hops, one has to REALLY concentrate to find a very light piny finish - but holy hell, the hops are really put on the backburner here. It's right on the edge of being overly sweet, too. A decent enough strong ale, but I have to take off a few points for failing as an IPA.

M: A little dense in terms of body - since it's so malty, that's fairly easy for me to forgive. One of the few ways I can detect this brew's hop profile is through its finishing astringency. On the plus side, it provides enough dryness to slightly subdue some of the rampant sweetness. Carbonation fits the flavor profile well enough by being fairly low.

O: If Lancaster had called this an imperial amber ale, I would have forgiven its sweetness and nearly nonexistent hoppiness. But since it's an IPA, it's lucky to get average marks nearly across the board. Good to try, but I won't revisit.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 22:49:29 | More by ThisWangsChung
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3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a copper color and a small white head and very light carbonation.

Aroma is quite lean with caramel malts and hops. Neither are standouts.

Taste has some bready malts, warming alcohol and hops. Like in the nose nothing stands out.

Drinks smooth to start but finishes harsh.

I didn't much care for this, it was a borderline drain pour in my opinion but I tuffed it out.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 11:55:55 | More by micromaniac129
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Small head on reddish brown body.

S- Light malt and hops.

T- Initial fruity sweetness giving way to slight bitterness. Finishes with light citrus and caramel malt.

F- Carbonation and slight bite.

O- First try of this beer and I was a little disappointed as I usually really enjoy Lancaster Brewery. Probably good for someone just starting to try craft beers, but I definitely want my IPA's more hoppy. Will probably give this one another try at some point but won't be buying a case.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 21:33:27 | More by NicoDuval
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice deep red color with a small off-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing down the glass. Smells of earthy hops and light roasted grain, not too strong though. Tastes of light grain and earthy and flowery hops, not too bad. Beer seems a tad overcarbonated, but not it is not too offensive. Light body and finishes very well. Overall, an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:31:40 | More by cyclonece09
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2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, dark copper colored body. The foam settles. At a moderate pace and leaves decent lace on the glass.

S - Bready malt with a little pine and some toffe in the background.

T - Bready malt up front with some musty pine and stale cheese notes in the middle. Finishes with toffee, caramel, and bread.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and slightly sweet finish.

D - not terrible but lacking in hop character. Probably not the freshest, but no date on the bottle so I can't be sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 00:18:42 | More by nickfl
Photo of kylehay2004


3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head with nice lacing on a hazy amber with slight gold hue body.

S: lots of toffee and toasted malts with notes of sour dark fruit and caramel.

T: the malts are sour and the hops also form a sour flavor from earthy, citrus hops. some toffee and toasted notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation

Overall: way too sour. some of the notes are nice but the majority of the flavors trun you off to the beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 00:11:20 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of PicoPapa


2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy medium brown color with very little head. No lacing. Aroma is fruity with some floral, caramel malts, and spices. The taste is not very IPA-ish. Mostly caramel malts and breadiness. Some floral notes at the end. I'm surprised this one is almost 8%. Not alot of alcohol presence. Very malty with not much hop presence. Overall, don't need to have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 02:47:54 | More by PicoPapa
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Hop Hog India Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
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