Hop Hog India Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by hopsolutely:
3.53/5 rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Bottle pours a beautiful and clear amber colour. Has a reasonable off-white head with good retention, albeit limited lacing. Malt-forward aroma of toffee and caramel has an unexpected alcohol and earthy tone. Believe the bottle to be fresh, but not 100% sure. Flavour is also predominantly malt forward, with a bittering hop finish that has mild elements of tropical fruits. More of an alcohol warmth in the ending than I'd choose, and I'm disappointed that the 7.9% (or whatever %) ABV is not listed on the bottle - as I believe such information is critical before making driving choices...
Best Lancaster Brewing beer I've enjoyed thus far, but not my favourite Pennsylvania APA or IPA.
Serving type: bottle
12-25-2012 22:06:30 | More by hopsolutely
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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.