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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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Reviews by gbarron:
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gbarron

Georgia

4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 12 oz. bottle, no dating that I can find.

A - hazy orange/amber, with a bright, bright white, puffy head that falls into a nice puddle of tight bubbles leaving excellent lacing. Nice head retention and a fine looking pale ale.

S - nice balance of malt and hops here. Hops are earthy, slightly sweet smelling and floral. Simcoe? Fuggle? Not quite sure. Backed up by rich, sweet malt aroma, smells like there's some munich malt or other type of non-pale malt in the grist. A nice break from your standard citrus/NW American hop IPA nose.

T - taste reflects the smell. Very malty, rich, sweet, tangy base to this beer, but very well balanced against assertive hop bitterness and sweet, floral hop flavor. More like a big pale ale than what we're used to in American IPA's. Hopping is not over the top and this is a well balanced, tasty beer that actually tilts slightly to the sweet, malty side. Nice malt flavor.

M - medium bodied beer, higher mash temp? A little sticky in the finish, carbonation appears to be average.

D - I could easily drink a six pack of this and enjoy myself. An IPA more in the style of an English ESB than American IPA, but very, very tasty.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 01:37:10 | More by gbarron
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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.

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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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Hop Hog India Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.