Hop Hog India Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company
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Reviews by talkinghatrack:
4.03/5 rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
A - Pours a clear light amber with a one finger head. Head is short-lived.
S - For a beer proclaiming its hops, surprisingly mellow nose. Muted citrus. Improved score for me but might be a downer for real hop heads.
T - More smell than taste up front. Aftertaste is expectedly bitter but relatively mild.
M - Thin. Nothing noteworthy other than a slightly syrupy residue after each sip.
D - Mellow nose, mellow taste, unimposing bitterness, thin body. I don't think I'll race back for more but I could see putting a pitcher of this stuff down easily enough.
I'm reviewing this as part of a multipack even though I'm not normally a fan of super-hop beers. The mellow smell actually improves my drinkability. I didn't expect to enjoy this one but it's decent. Let's call this the IPA for malt lovers - assuming you can even count this as a real IPA. I bet you could get some interesting conversation going if you served this to a group of beer guru pals.
UPDATE: Wow, this is 8% ABV? I wouldn't have guessed. Nicely done. I don't see anywhere honest to really adjust my score but its worth a note. It is also amusing to see all of the malt love and hop hate in other reviews. Lancaster should probably reclassify (and keep produciing!) this release as a bock/wee heavy and make everyone happy.
Serving type: bottle
01-11-2009 04:17:30 | More by talkinghatrack
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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
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