Hop Hog India Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by dacrza1:
4/5 rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Translucent orange-brown body with a consistent, relaxed effervescence... a frothy single-finger off-white head levels unevenly in a Corsendonk snifter... having just put up the Christmas tree, Hop Hog picks up the spruce scents nicely--a bit of vanilla or caramel too? Creamy, full body that envelops the tongue and fizzs between the teeth, as the name suggests... when chewed, however, the effect is not harsh or sedimentary... a slight acidic burn accompanies Hop Hog down the throat... a pleasant balance of hop and malt--almost sip by sip! An aftertaste that is unobtrusive and reaffirming... the second of four reviews for the Lancaster sampler is similar to the first--a sturdy, respectable approximation of the style, as this IPA is big on hops, pleasant on the tastebuds, and welcoming of seconds...
Serving type: bottle
11-30-2008 03:55:50 | More by dacrza1
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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 604 ratings.