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Boss Hog - Lancaster Brewing Company

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81 Ratings
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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 13.4%
Wants: 0
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Description: Boss Hog Double IPA has a full-bodied, lasting hop finish from three different varieties of hops. Its uplifting citrus flavor and amber hue welcomes another sip of this refreshing brew.

(Beer added by: BeerIsland on 12-13-2009)
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Reviews by y2jrock60:
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3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange with a head that dissipates quickly leaving behind little lacing.

S- Very malty and sweet with some spiciness from the hops. There is a hint of grapefruit in the nose but it's very subtle.

T- Very sweet upfront, similar to the regular Hop Hog IPA. There is some spicy/fruity bitterness at the end along with the presence of alcohol. It's like most mediocre double IPAs, lacking in the hop department.

M- Smooth thick bodied with syrup like characteristics. Carbonation is on the low end.

O- A more alcoholic variant of Hop Hog. It's mediocre at best, I would drink it if given one, but I would refrain from purchasing another.

y2jrock60, Apr 13, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerIsland
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lancaster Brewing Company
Boss Hog Double IPA nitro tap
Tapped 10 Dec, tasted 11 Dec

This beer is about as far out of Bill Moore's wheelhouse as Einstein is from Mickey Spillane. I can imagine him clambering up the steps to the kettle with management right behind; brandishing mash paddles and screaming "More hops, more malt!" And yet, and yet, it's a tribute to the crew at LBC; whether a favorite style or not, these guys know how to make great beer. The Boss Hog DIPA is a wondrous beer, pretty to look at and very pleasant to imbibe. Poured on a nitro tap, it comes golden orange, capped with a generous head that stayed with it all the way down my mug. There's a fairly piney nose from the Northern Brewer Hops (as per Casey) but the 65IBUs of this variety don't slap you around like the other DIPAs I've tried. The malts are there but not a load, either. This beer is very well balanced right through to the finish and is smooth and eminently drinkable. I was amazed when told by Bianca (and seconded by Casey) that the Hog weighs in over 10%. This one will catch up to you, fast! Judging from the animated crowd, others were getting into the Boss Hog mood as well. It's great to just pop in the LBC and get completely surprised by something new or previously overlooked.

By Sunday, the Boss had moved over to a regular tap. Started off a little spritzy but by the end of the mug was pretty much as above; maybe a bit more hoppy.

BeerIsland, Dec 13, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

WVbeergeek, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of glid02
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed at Capone's in Norristown, PA as "Lancaster DIPA". On-tap.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruit hops backed by slighlty bready pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hops aren't quite as intense as the smell led me to believe they would be. Pale malt flavors up front segue quickly into loads of hops - as with the smell both tropical and citrus. The hop flavors linger around and carry through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer - loads and loads of hops make this one well worth a shot.

glid02, Jan 11, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Varkias41, Dec 20, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Bdel34, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of MiKeydub
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

MiKeydub, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of HopHead_
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

HopHead_, Aug 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

waddellc2, Mar 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

buzzy, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a snifter. Funny thing, I've never been able to get my hands on the Boss Hog at the brewery but I see it every so often where I live now...

A: The bartender let the pour continue until most of the head was pushed out, let it sit, then filled the glass again to the top. Big foamy/frothy light brown head with short retention and an enduring collar. The body is a dark ambery brown orange color. Perfectly clear. Many active streamers help maintain the collar. Lacing is impressive. Most DIPAs in snifter do not stick to the glass in sheets as solid as this one.

S & T: Hops are piney & citrusy grapefruit and bitter. It seems that the hop bill in the Boss Hog is entirely different from the Hop Hog (LBC's IPA which showcases the grapefruit more than the pine), not just an amped up version. I would bet that the recipe is significantly different as well. Wheat bread, grainy malts, almost roasted with a slightly burnt caramel component.

M: Spot on mouthfeel. Nothing needs to be changed in this department.

D: A very good DIPA with drinkability slightly edging out palatability. To be completely honest, I like the Hop Hog more, not to say that the Boss Hog is bad, it's pretty damn good and one one LBC's more complete offerings, but the Hop Hog is a better IPA than the Boss Hog is a DIPA.

FeDUBBELFIST, Mar 25, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

ShanePB, Jul 21, 2013
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

hmich176, Aug 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Shamus89, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of bigfnjoe
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at LBC's Harrisburg location. First two pints off the keg. ITS BACK BABY!!!

A- pours amber with a one finger white head. Laces very nicely.

S- fragrant aroma of piney hops

T- super juicy, loaded with piney hops. Aftertaste is slightly sweet

M- body is nice and thick

D- not too hoppy, but really drinkable regardless. Can't taste the alcohol at all. Gonna love drinking this for the two weeks or so its on tap

bigfnjoe, Dec 04, 2010
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

beerfinder, Jul 09, 2013
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3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear amber color with a creamy tan head that lasts.
S: Pine, orange peel, and some earthy notes round out the hops. Fresh bread and caramel notes for the malt backbone. It is very balanced for a double ipa.
T: Pine and citric hit first and then a smooth crystal malt bready flavor give a well rounded sweetness with touches of caramel and golden raisins. Some earthy notes from more hops.
M: creamy , medium body with slight alcohol warmth. It is hidden well though.
O: Nice beer overall especially for balance. Could use a little more of a hop forward aroma. This beer is really smooth on tap and worth a try.

scottbrew4u, Feb 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

beermeister9, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Drknight, Jan 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +7.2%

gokiburi, Aug 04, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

NJBeer265, May 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

IPAchris, Mar 29, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +34%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 18 Dec 2010. On tap at the brewery.

It's back! I missed out on it during its initial iteration and I bgan to despair that I may not have a chance to try it. It was set before me with a thick, foamy finger of bone-white head with great retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with grapefruit-citrus hops. Holy Hopalicious, Batman! Bill Moore made an extremely hoppy beer! The Apocalypse may soon be upon us. Mouthfeel was medium with a massive hop presence on the tongue. Phew. I was perhaps unprepared for something like this from LNCBC. Finish was bone-dry, chillingly so, like a breeze blowing through a cemetery on Hallowe'en. Gadzooks!

Mr. Moore used to swear that he would NEVER make this style of beer, so as a good citizen, I have contacted the FBI to alert them to this situation. They have deployed agents to check his basement for the presence of cocoon-like pods. Pardon me, there is a knock at my front door ... Aaaaahhhh. I'm back. All is well, nothing to worry about, the beer is perfect, Mr. Moore is fine. Proceed as normal. The end?

woodychandler, Jun 13, 2011
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: ?
This review is for a recent tasting on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

This followed the completely unpalatable Cricket Hill DIPA, and was a welcome alternative. Poured a clearish copper color with a half inch or so of fizzly white head that receded to a ringlet and left a few splashes of lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral and citrus hops...yep, it's an IPA. More hoppiness in the taste, citrus rind, lightly floral and earthy, with a solid bready malt base; bitterness lingered into the aftertaste, and the higher alcohol was decently concealed. Medium body, not a super top-notch IPA, but quite good overall.

Rifugium, Dec 13, 2012
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Boss Hog from Lancaster Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.