Hop Hog India Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by Fish113d:
3.4/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
I had this seasonal ale at the Brew pub while I visited lastnight, and I was a bit skeptical of this one, but I do like hoppy beers, so the name "Hop Hog" got me going.
Receiving this in a pint glass, it was a nice golden amber color with a nice 1 cm frothy head at the top that was clinging to the edge of my glass, leaving a nice edge layer at the end. Smelling this one, I got lots of earthy hops, grapefruits and lemons (very citrusy). Nothing else was distinguishable here, but it had nice aroma overall. Taking the first sip, the hops were very bitter on my tongue w/ a sweet grapefruit flavor crossing my palette on to my throat. However, eating with my mashed potatoes, it tasted a little fake, almost like soap or a plastic, which is very weird. Mouthfeel was sharp and stingy carbonation with a much smoother clean finish, in which the fruitiness of the beer comes through a bit more. Overall, not my favorite hoppy India Pale Ale of all time, but not a bad one to try. I'd prefer to have their 5 oz. sampler again to see what i think a second time.
Serving type: on-tap
01-05-2005 01:05:47 | More by Fish113d
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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
Hop Hog India Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.