Hop Hog India Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by 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
More User Reviews:
2.84/5 rDev -16.5%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-11-2014 02:59:56 | More by patre_tim
Hop Hog India Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 661 ratings.