Hop Hog India Pale Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company

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Hop Hog India Pale AleHop Hog India Pale Ale

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Ratings: 756
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 16.22%
Wants: 2
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: woodychandler on 12-29-2004

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.
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Ratings: 756 | Reviews: 363
Reviews by tviz33:
Photo of tviz33
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle in to a tulip glass.

A- Pours an orange/amber body with a half inch off-white head that recedes pretty quick.

S- The nose is almost nonexistent as far as IPA's are concern. A little malt and some booze I guess.

T- Saltine cracker-like taste and very little hops. Not a bad taste, but not what I expect from an IPA called "Hop Hog."

M- Medium body and well-carbonated. Not bad here.

O- Just meh. Don't get me wrong, I didn't hate it, but it was far from special.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This is very dark for an IPA, almost brown, and the head is light brownish-white and explosive. This looks like a yeast bomb.

Smell – The leafy hops are mixed with some spicy yeast, as was my presumption. The aroma is very bitter, and the grain is faint but identifiable.

Taste – Ah, the leafy hops pick things up nicely at the taste. The malts are sweet and toasty, and that yeast is here in spades. The spices here are dark and sharp.

Mouthfeel – This medium-bodied AIPA is overly carbonated but feels goon on the palate.

Drinkability – I enjoyed sucking down this Hop Hog, but I think the yeast is a problem and needs to be addressed by the brewer. Nice beer, though.

Photo of boston2bburg
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two plus fingers of foamy, sticky off-white head over a clear orange-amber body. Head retention (1/4") and lacing are very impressive. I'm knocked over by the thick, clean, resiny aroma of citrus, pastry and light fruit.

Taste is heavy on the bitterness, with strawberry and light fruit notes, but overall unbalanced towards the hops. Sligtly metallic aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is OK, fairly dry, and drinkability is really pretty good for an 8% beer. Not bad overall.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue V:

"Our hoppiest beer to date!" claims the brewery, at 55 IBUs.

Bright, rich copper-amber color with a slightly off-white foamy head. Nice retention and stick as the head settles. Fruity nose, hint of floral, with a slight note of citrus, soft herbal qualty and malty grain. Fairly light-bodied and easy on the palate with a pleasing smoothness. Malty up front with a bready, caramel center and a good amount of sweetness. Hop character is a bit rough, leafy and very oily. Flash of lemony-grassy bitterness, but it's rather dull. Finish is sweet, moving toward dry with a lingering maltiness.

Is this really an IPA? Not a modern one. It's so restrained, too malty and the alcohol content is begging for more hops to back the sweetness, which dominates. This is more of a strong ale, certainly not an IPA--from either side of the pond.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours from the 12oz warthog labeled bottle into my tulip glass a deep red hue with some amber highlights. A healthy half inch off white head lingers above the brew. Aromas of herbal, earthy, floral hops hit me right off the bat...green and leafy with citric tones. A sturdy malt backbone that has some caramel notes is there as well.

First sip brings a slightly sweet, somewhat biscuity malt from the get go with some caramel tones. Green, herbal, bitter hops make their way in with a mix of floral and citrus flavors. Definetly some Cascades at work here. Flows down with a nice lingering leafy, earthy hop flavor and a solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice punchy carbonation. Goes down all too easily. I could see myself polishing off a large quantity of this brew given the opportunity, too bad this is the only bottle I have. Thanks to woodychandler for leaving this one behind for me to sample. Lancaster brews some good beers!

Photo of generallee
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a straight up amber body with a tall just off white head. It’s head fades quickly to just a thin wispy layer and lacing is minimal.

Smell: The aroma has a sweet honey and bread like grain character with a touch of candy like sweetness and hint of orange blossom.

Taste / Palate: It’s flavor leans more on the sweet malty side and it matches the aroma note for note. As an IPA this is way out of character. To me it feels more like a nice easy drinking pale ale.

Photo of BeerIsland
4.06/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Last night, I had a chance to drink some out of a really good cask cooler system that LBC is looking at. Paul, from the local homebrewers club, is a distributor of the "Caskerator" and lots of his compadres were there to try some. The Hog poured out cloudy but it settled from the bottom up after a while. The frothy head lasted for a bit but dissipated into a nice lace. This is an entirely different beer when dispensed through the hand pump. The aggressive notes are muted into an extremely smooth, drinkable beer with a rich, full taste. Hopefully LBC will revisit this combination in the future.

Photo of mtyrrell
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz. bottle

A-Rusty orange copper color, small head that recedes quickly and left a patch in the middle and some foam around the edge of the glass.

S-Toasty, bready aroma with citrus hops

T- Same as the smell, malty, caramel, toasty, earthy, and citrus hops

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, good medium carbonation

D- Very drinkable, not the best IPA out there but I can see myself buying this again

Photo of Billolick
4.05/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled a 12 ounce bottle, brown in color, w/o any freshenss dating present. NIce smiling hog art work on the label. This liquid pours a rich shade of dark honey/maple, pretty clear, lifting a tannish head, that shows respectable retention and leaves some puffy and stringy lacing. Nose is sweet maple syrup and resiny hops. I read a review where it wass noted that this is a fairly sweet brew for an "IPA", I agree. While the hops are quite present, I'm still waiting for that strong hop crunch that I hoped to find in a brew named such as this one. Its a nice full bodied, flavorfull ale, but the hops arrive here fairly late in the finish and not as much up front as I'd like. None the less this is a smooth, flavorful ale,big and bold, with sweet maple syrup malts and balancing pine/resin/grapefuit hops late. NIce stuff, I'd just toss in more hops.

Photo of warriorsoul
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was real excited to see Lancaster Brewing finally introduce their IPA, being that I spent 10 yrs. in the area and always enjoyed visiting this place.
Pours a clear, orange-rust color w/ a full finger of creamy, sudsy, off-white head. The lacing is thick and has very impressive cling.
Fruity hops hit the nose, followed by caramel and vanilla...pleasant.
Taste is more typical of a highly hopped English IPA...not the west coast style, however, the finish is a tad sweet w/ plenty of malt to keep this one beautifully balanced.
Carbonation is perfect, bitterness is right where it should be and the mouthfeel is nice...not thin at all.
Drinkability is extremely high...very surprised to see this at almost 8% ABV...very well hidden.
A great offering from LBC...one more reason to return to Lancaster, PA.
Thanks to weeare138 for a sixer of this gem...I will savor the rest for the next couple months.

Photo of tigg924
2.77/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, clear, orange/brown in color, high carbonation

Smell: toffee, pine, and earth

Taste: toffee, caramel, toasted malt, and light pine hops

Mouthfeel: medium-light bodied, high carbonation, really sweet for an IPA

Drinkability: I like this beer and could see myself having a six. That being said this is really not what I expect when I see the label IPA. I expect some bitterness and bite. This is more of a malty brew reminding me of a marzen. If you want an American IPA by style guidelines, look elsewhere. If you are a malt person looking to find the IPA for you--this is your beer.

Photo of jakester
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this beer on tap at the brewery.
The beer is a nice, orangey, clear color, with a cream colored head that drops off in about 1 minute, leaving a trace of foam on the top. I would describe the carbonation level as soft. The first smell I got was of piney, citrusy hops, very pleasant. Malt aroma was there in the background, sort of muted by the hops. Didn't really pick up any alcohol until later as it warmed.

I am a hop head, and couldn't wait to taste this baby, but the predominant flavor was sweetness. There was some hop flavor, and some bitterness, but I just couldn't get past the almost cloying sweetness. Victory Hopdevil has a good deal of malt for a base, but is not sweet like this.

I liked the mouthfeel; the carbonation was good for this style. The hops (or something) left a pleasant resiny feeling on your tongue.

Overall, the drinkability wasn't awful, and I guess I could drink another, but I was just expecting more. More bitterness, more hop flavor, more malt impact, and certainly LESS sweetness.

Photo of Kraken
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes 5/16/09

Poured from a standard 12 oz bottle in a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour evokes a 1/4 inch of bright white head that falls fairly quickly, leaving a nice lace. Color is a slightly orange amber.

Nose- Soapy, fragrant, spicy orange citrus. Notes of over ripe orange and caramel.

Palate- Pleasant orange mixed with caramel. Some bready notes faint spice. Faint sweetness leading to a nice bitter bite. Moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Moderately carbonated, mildly cloying.

Drinkability- Good. Nothing overly special, but a solid IPA.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appears clouded with yeast sediment and has a deep amber body forms a nice sized tan head leave broad bands of lacing down my glass. Aroma has some malted barley sweetness with a big hop aroma citrus and pine tones blended nicely. Taste: Fruit and bready malts sturdy bitterness with a citrus leafy hop presence to it seems rough and unrefined. Mouthfeel is medium in body evenly carbonated slightly resinous. Drinkability: Quaffable and quite enjoyable not the best IPA I have tasted lately but pretty good offering.

Photo of caddybuyer
3.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle secured at the source.

A-Medium amber with filtered clarity. Nice eggshell head.

S-Citrus hops with caramel malts in the background.

T-Palate begins with bitter floral and slighly sour citrus hops tempered by the caramel malt backbone. Slighly sour astringet bitter finish. Very well balanced overall.

M-Medium with balanced carbonation and a bit of hop oil.

D-Like all of Lancaster's beer, a very drinkable brew. Not a standout, but pretty solid.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a regular pint glass

A: Copper/amber color with decent head

S: Malty nose with very little going on, no citrus/hop smell at all.

T: Very malty, similar to some other reviews, my guess is that this bottle is a bit old. No hop taste at all, and a little too sweet for what I expect from an IPA. Not bad, but not good.

M: Good carbonation, a little flat on the back end.

D: The beer is drinkable, but does not qualify as an IPA for me. That being said I would definitely try a fresh one based on previous reviews.

Photo of dacrza1
4/5  rDev +18%
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...

Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lancaster Hop Hog

Appearance- dark rich mahogany brown with a thick head that doesn't dissapate.
Smell- strong floral hops and pine.
Taste- floral/ citric hops, a touch of sugar, and a nice woodsy pine flavor.
Mouthfeel- soft and smooth. Too easy to drink.

Overall- this beer was just too good. I bought only 1 but I'll purchase a 6er next time!!

Photo of prdstmnky
2.64/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*review from notes on 5/7/10*

Hop Hog pours a amber-caramel color, with an inch of creamy white head and plenty of lacing. With the initial whiff, i can tell this isn't gonna be my kind of IPA - there are some citrus and pine notes but is very malty in the nose, lots of caramel & toffee scents. Unfortunately, the taste follows right in line, its very malt-forward, sweet and fairly dry. Not at all what I expect from an IPA.

Ive given this local selection a try several times, both bottled and kegged, and the results are always the same. Nothing I care to try again.

Photo of asabreed
4.34/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Huge head from a fairly vigorous pour. Lacing sticks pretty well in round clumps and rims the glass. Head stays at about 3/4". The body is an orange / amber / brown mix with a good amount of bubbles floating to the top.

Smell: Holy Christ, where is this coming from? This honestly smells like a perfume I've never had the pleasure of taking in. Some citrus and piney hops yes, but what else is there, roses? Some kind of flowers I'm unaware of? Also some sweet cherries in the mix. This is incredible, and maybe the most singular and wonderful IPA I've ever had the pleasure of imbibing in. I also get a bit of cinnamon and vanilla. This is beautifully sweet and startling in the oddest possible way.

Taste: In a way this is probably not for a hophead, as the hops are slightly subdued. However, the malt character is definitely present and is the dominant variable here in the brew. Still, the hops provide a slight bite and an interesting sour and bitterness upon the finish, which is also nicely dry.

Mouthfeel: A good balance of carbonation and slightly thick maltiness. I wish there was a tad more carbonation, but this also allows the coating of the mouth, which I think contributes to the finish a little better too.

Drinkability: What a surprise, though I guess with the Winter Warmer I was also very impressed. This is below superior, but I love the fact that this is original and the aroma is out of this world. One of my new favorite IPAs. Thanks for bringing something fairly new to the table, Lancaster.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured an abundant off-white head that retained a good 5 minutes before dissipating to a thin film. Set underneath a brownish orange body with active bubbles.

Smell was surprisingly faint (but present) hops, taken over by a nice-smelling malt sweetness that reminds of caramel and toffee.

Burnt toffee comes off in the malts, and for a hopped-up beer the hops are rather understated. Slight citric sourness in the finish. The mouthfeel shows excellent balance in terms of creamy vs. fizzy. Holds very well in there, probably my favorite feature of the beer.

In some small way it stands apart from your typical American IPA, as the malt comes through better than the hops. I appreciated drinking this but wouldn't go crazily out of my way for it either.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serviceable IPA with C hop aroma and some taste. Faintly astringent of bitterness, some lemon and orange, but otherwise fairly standard IPA checking in at slightly better than average brew. Full hop and malt effect of an American IPA, the last beer of a night.

Photo of tweeder263
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a super clear{is this really an ale?] amber brew with a one finger head. Smells hoppy but smells of a strong malt backbone. Head dissipates quickly.Taste reminds me of a bock vs an ipa. Very malty/sweet with a decent bit of hops. Very different then what im used to ,not bad but different.

Photo of tdm168
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium colored amber with a thin lacing of white head. The nose has caramel notes and very, very faint hop aromas. The taste is malty up front with heavy caramel and light bready notes; it's actually pretty sweet. There are very little if any hops here. There's some warmth and faint alcohol esters. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, very smooth, and almost perfect carbonation.

This is a weird IPA. Honestly, it drinks closer to an amber ale than IPA. The malt is caramelly and sweet and the hops are nonexistent. It'll lose points on style, but as an overall beer it's good.

Photo of mempath
4.27/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poors a volatile deep, dark amber-orange. top of the head goes down pretty fast, but stays thick in the center (that pancake batter look)...sides reveal more of what i call 'soda' bubbles (thinner, watery). maybe it's the glass (just washed and dried it), but no real cling/lacing. still, a fine sight to be had.

smell is an obvious hoppiness, but quite mellowed by caramel/maltiness...deeper, emerging floral hoppiness appears.

wow. something a bit original here. yeah, it's an IPA, but not a hoggish or highly hopped one (as suggested)...the hops dance and sway, but in the background...the more prominent flavors are a bitter maltiness (and the bitter doesn't SEEM related to the hops...more like 'sour' on second taste...sour is good in my book). the caramel scent-sense is back.

this seems to have the making of a really unique, complex take on the IPA...i do think just a few more hops might make it really sing. i don't know. it appeared highly carbonated, but mouthfeel sense is moderate...i sense alot of characteristics wanting to dominate, but none do...this is very good. but it could be better. why does that sentiment continue to dominate?

it is quite drinkable. i will give it a 4.5 for that. but i would like it to be 'less' drinkable...more challenging...less user friendly. newbies can be safely introduced to this. it might be a challenge, but a great introductory UNIQUE beer for anyone reticent about exploring something beyond the pale...or the IPA.

lancaster...nice job. like to support my 'local' craft/microbrews. i think your milk stout is stellar. maybe keep this one AS IS. and just amp it up in another incarnation as the HOP(HOG)HEAD...we'll be waiting!

p.s. i think the Troegs Nugget might very well be that...hmmm

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Hop Hog India Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
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