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Hop Hog India Pale Ale | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

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.

Added by woodychandler on 12-29-2004

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Photo of Act25
3.67/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Contrast to others - I totally enjoyed this fresh, laid back APA/IPA.

A: The beer is pressed cider hazed body, amber-gold in color and with moderate visible carbonation. Beer pours with a finger light beige head that laces finely and lasts.

S: More caramel malts, honey, and toffee with notes of pine resin and juicy hops in the nose.

T: Follows the smell, the initial taste is malty for an IPA with caramel and toffee sweetness. Unlike other reviews I found ample bitterness with juicy hints of herbal and pine resin hops as it finishes.

M: Medium, juicy, nice feel and tingly finish. leaves me in a great place.

O: This beer is fresh, flavorful but more malt-forward style. I loved it.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
2.85/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The one word that kept jumping out at me when I was drinking this was "weak." Weak smell, weak taste, weak bitterness...it all adds up to a pretty average/below average beer. Looks really good, beautiful coppery amber color with a rocky cream colored head, at least 2 fingers high. Smell was faint. I got some orange, grass, bread, and caramel...very little of the clean and punchy smells normally found in an IPA. Taste was again more malty than hoppy. More caramel and bread in the taste, along with some citrus and black tea. Finishes slightly dry, with the first real glimpse of hops evidenced in the slightly bitter finish/aftertaste, but it's so faint. Overall, this beer is way too unbalanced in favor of malt with an almost non existent hop profile. It would at least make sense if it was marketed as a pale ale maybe, but it fails as an IPA.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; copper colored; 1+ finger off white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; OK lacing;

S: floral with pine and tropical fruit;

T: balanced between floral, pine, and tropical fruit up front; pineapple in the middle; a floral/pineapple combination with mild bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: a mish mash of flavors that didn't really come together for me;

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Photo of Davepoolesque
2.69/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A complete malt bomb.Pineapple, dry and malty. Blah. I would consider this a brown ale with very subtle hints of hops. Seek ipa salvation elsewhere.

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Photo of delta490
3.31/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a deep hazy orangey-amber with a nice cap of creamy off-white head. The head has moderate retention and leaves some nice small sticky lacing. The aroma is mostly lacking both in volume and depth, with just vague notes of malt and hops, muddled and not distinct. The taste is about the same. The body has carbonation throughout but a decent weight to it. All in all, worth a try but not much more.

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Photo of Winfred
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The taste was good up front, but the after taste was non existent. It was a good beer to drink with my meal, but did not have the overall affect of an excellent IPA

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Photo of SawDog505
2.55/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a hazy orange, with a fairly sticky white head.

Smell is stale tangerine, hard candy, and clove.

Taste is bigger, but not any better. Has some Belgian flavors, with a little grapefruit in the finish.

Body is almost medium, enough carbonation, not really dry, and not very tasty so a little difficult going down.

Overall this is less than impressive, probably a little old.

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Photo of coloncrandel
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this as a sampler with 4 other beers at a bar. I enjoyed this one the most. It wasn't over the top, but it did have good balance and overall flavor (compared to the others). I'd like to try it again but not at a bar and fresh from a bottle

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - A nice light amber color, with very thin head that retains
S - A very distant citrus aroma and a touch of alcohol; overall pretty weak aromas
T - Moderate level hop, light bitter, pretty standard for an IPA, nothing particularly noteworthy, just ok
F - Thin with medium carbonation, a very light dryness on the tongue
O - Well, this was my fourth attempt at a beer from Lancaster Brewing. The first three were somewhat disappointing. For me, this was probably the best of the four, which isn't saying much, but still only a slightly above average/ok IPA; very easy drinking though

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.2/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I feel like the components here are confused which makes it hard to enjoy. On there own the appearance, taste, and aroma are not bad, but they don't seem to match up very well.

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Photo of patre_tim
2.84/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Dark honey amber, cloudy, fair amount of fine bubbled carbonation, 1 finger of cappuccino beige head.

S: Caramel, toffee, light orange, very little hop character, sweet and malt forward.

T: Coffee, toffee, light orange taste, little bitterness, light sweetness. Bare hint of grapefruit.

M: Medium syrupy body, medium low foamy carbonation.

O: Malt forward ipa. Little hop character, light sweetness, refreshing. Drank in Clearfield, PA, June 10th 2014.

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Photo of generallee
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a straight up amber body with a tall just off white head. It’s head fades quickly to just a thin wispy layer and lacing is minimal.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet honey and bread like grain character with a touch of candy like sweetness and hint of orange blossom.

Taste / Palate: It’s flavor leans more on the sweet malty side and it matches the aroma note for note. As an IPA this is way out of character. To me it feels more like a nice easy drinking pale ale.

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Photo of dougfur
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of ThePaintedGrey
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of PA-hunter
2.82/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.1/5  rDev -39%
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.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of tviz33
2.92/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of BarleyNY
2.47/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

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Photo of Steelcitynsouth
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
2.82/5  rDev -18%
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.

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Photo of Murphey
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of schmoyer1
3.39/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Hop Hog India Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
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