Hop Hog India Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by lostbearbrew:
3.8/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Poured a dark copper with amber notes. Nice thick head that stays around. Not much lacing.
Somewhat citrus in the nose, with some dried fruit - perhaps apricot? Nothing major or overpowering in the smell.
First sip of Hophog reveals a combination of malts upfront with fruity hops, gives way to spicier hops and then goes back to a middle ground of citrus and malt. Each sip seemed a little different with new aspects to the beer as it warmed.
Mouthfeel was a bit overcarbonated, for me. Lighter body than it would seem, but still in the medium range.
This is a multi-layered beer, that I'd recommend sipping and enjoying as it warms. At almost 8%, it is high for an single IPA, and may cause some drinkability issues. Still, happy to have a case of these on hand, and will drink more of them on down the line.
One other note - coming in at less than $30 a case, this is one of the best "bangs for the buck" in the land of single IPA's, imho.
Serving type: bottle
09-06-2005 17:55:59 | More by lostbearbrew
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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.