Hop Hog - Feral Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 10
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Feral Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: brendan13 on 07-06-2008

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Reviews by admiral:
Photo of admiral
4.68/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great beer!
Worthy of being known as one of the best beers to come out of Australia

Beautiful strong aroma of citrus and melon

Appearance - standard - head retention wasn't great but was out of a bottle so could be better the next bottle I open and obviously would be different off tap.

taste - melon, citrus, orange marmalade, spice and slight honey all come to mind and are all well balanced with a nice bitterness to finish it.

Overall - a great beer that is well balanced and extremely tasty and enjoyable - very sessionable!

More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle courtesy of a trans-Pacific trade with dgilks - cheers David!

Poured into the handy hotel room tumbler glass, which served its purpose admirably. An amber-russet brew, slightly hazy, with a lively head, great retention and lovely icicles of lacing. First rate appearance.

The nose is solid American citrus hops, brown sugar, pale malt. Some orange, lemon and other tropical fruits kicking around.

A maltier American IPA, with the hops coming to my attention only later in the sip. The hops have a nice earthy character with the citrus only mildly poking its head above the surface. Quite flavorful, although the hops lack that juicy punch I come to expect from any brew with "Hop" in the name. Still, quite tasty and enjoyable.

Effervescent carbonation, medium feel.

With a bit of tweaking, this IPA could hold its own quite nicely against other brews of the style. Nevertheless, this was a highly drinkable IPA and is well-worth seeking out.

Photo of LeeroyAgogo
4.27/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

What a fantastic beer!

a - Pours a nice cloudy orange apperance, good carbonation with a fluffy white two finger head.

s - Strong grapefruit, passionfruit and mango aroma, very pleasent!

t - Exactly what an IPA should taste like. Very fruity, very matly, delicious.

m - Rich full cream mouthfell with a slight bitterness making it a very easy to drink IPA.

o - A fantastic beer, will definitely be drinking this again. Would love to try it on tap as I can imagine it would be even better. Would strongly recommend this beer!

Photo of jbowers56
4.44/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the local taphouse 15/11/09.

A) Fairly unimpressive appearance at first glance, however I grew to appreciate the clear amber appearance once I had a sniff of it.

S) Aroma shows potent pine and citruss hops, with just a hint of pineapple or perhaps passionfruit.

T) Wow. Perhaps the best IPA I have tasted. Only one that might compare is the 1516 victory hop devil clone. Anyway, the taste was dominated by fruity hops. Perfect amount of bitterness which was held in fine balance by very restrained sweet malts.

D) Well I was able to put away 3 pints of this over the course of a fairly long lunch without feeling overwhelmed at all. Simply delicious with just enough malt in there to prevent the hops from detracting from the drinkability at all.

Why this beer is not bottled is something that really puzzles me. Simply amazing. Murrays Icon is the only Australian beer I can think of that comes close to equalling the enjoyment I got from this beer.

What a great beer to start my first review on!!!

Should be noted: Have tasted quite a few better/equal IPA's since then. That being said - I doubt an IPA can get much better than this.

Second edit: IPA's can get better than this. However, still a good beer. Just waiting on a aus brewer to come out with a cracking west coast hop bomb so i can try it fresh and juicy!!!

Photo of WoodBrew
4.14/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Hop Hog is very good....can compete with US West Coaster IPAs. It poured a clear golden with thin white head that is leaving a nice lace down the glass. The scent is bitter with touches of pine. The taste is very well balanced with slight bitterness at the end. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with smooth carbonation. Overall a very good beer....worth a try.

Photo of MrKennedy
3.81/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle thanks to sinkas. Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

Deep orange colour with some clarity and off-white foam sits on top. Ok foam retention and sporadic lacing.

Really nice mango and passionfruit aroma backed up with some pine and grapefruit.

Taste is more about the grapefruit and the odd bit of dank pine in the background.

Decent body and consistent bitterness throughout could have you believe it is a bigger brew than 5.8%. Still it is decently drinkable.

A nice Aussie IPA, probably second to Rocks in my estimation. Really nice aroma, a little one dimensional taste, but still quite good. My only wish is for a bottle date or best before date to give some idea of freshness. Hopefully this happens with the new brewery. Otherwise I'd only get from Perth as there really is no idea how old the stock on shelves is out here.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.67/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber with a small head.
Nose shows loads of citrus fruits: tangerine and kumquat at the forefront. Also shows some lychee and apple. Very summery. Underneath is a fair helping of clean sweet malt.
Flavours are quite different, with very little fruit. Instead the hops contribute piney resin. Once again there's a lot of sweet malt underneath. The bitterness is quite sharp, not all that pleasant.
Carbonation is a little high.

Photo of Marc280
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

It pours nice and clear with a light golden colour. Nothing too special about the look, the real thing to remember about this beer is the smell. Beautiful citrus hop aromas that probably smell even better than it tastes. Not that the taste is bad a all again the citrus flavours come through strongly. It isn't overly bitter, there is some malty sweetness that comes through before the hops come for a second visit. I'm a fan and would have it again.

Photo of spicelab
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nicely translucent copper pour. One finger head, falls quickly.

Equal parts tropical and piney hops. Peaches, apricots, honeydew, pine and citrus.

Lemon, Pine and grapefruit much more prominent, fruity notes fairly muted. Malt offsets the bitterness quite nicely. Perhaps a bit harsh to call it one-dimensional, but every mouthful is much the same.

Unlike most previous reviewers I found the carbonation quite high, moderately dry and tart finish but quite agreeable.

Yep I could drink many more of these. One of the best Australian IPAs going around.

Photo of foles
3.5/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

While I think the tap version of this beer is fantastic, something is missing in the bottle. Pours a dark copper, with a small head, minimal carbonation. Not too much on the nose. Slghtly harsh mouthfeel, very bitter, piney, dry hop flavours make their way through the bitterness.

Doesnt have the potency of the tap version, still a decent drop though.

Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy Orange Amber colour with a persistent White head that retains and laces.

S - Nice balance of tropical aromas and piney hops.

T - Quite powerfull hops and pine flavours with a nice citrus zing on the bitter finish. The tripical flavours also present in the backgound.

M - Medium to light body and medium carbonation.

O - The best IPA brewed in Australia, hands down.

Photo of Hoptron_3000
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful dense creamy head. Orange hue. Relatively clear. Yeast in the bottom of the bottle.
S: Tons of pine and citrus (grapefruit and lime).
T: Awesome hop flavour of pine and citrus. Very smooth bitterness.
M: Great crisp dry finish.
O: Awesome beer. Probably beating an old drum but this has to be the best IPA in Australia.

Photo of SPman
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewery resteraunt - only time for the one but -
Good strong citrusy bouquet - the strongest I've encountered in an Aussie beer, which carries right through the glass, moderate head and clear body. Reasonbly strong bitterness without being overpowering and good mouthfeel.

I'll have to try more of this - definately a good one!

Photo of joecast
4.6/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Lives up to the hype for sure.

Middle of the road appearance where others come up a bit too dark.

Great citrus hoppy aroma which is absolutely backed up with bitterness. A very good example of the style and very well add.

Stoked that the New Sydney was able to score a few kegs and no surprise that is the place I get to have my first Hop Hog. Excellent.

Photo of fordsbasement
5/5  rDev +18.2%

I stumbled onto this beer in Perth, Western Australia. It was the best IPA I'd had after a month of touring Australia.

Photo of soliak
4.71/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Exceptional beer.

After returning home to Australia from many years spent in North America, it was very disappointing not having access to top tier IPA's whenever I wanted. This is the only beer (IMO) that comes close to those in North America.

Very similar taste, smell and feel to that of Fat Tug IPA.

Highly recommended.

Photo of juju7
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haven't had this for ages so I'm very glad they've finally bottled this so we can get at it without travelling. It's still a great beer. Having said that it's also about the least I'd expect from something labelled as an AIPA. If that's what it's called, this is what it should be like - no less. Not to diss the hype. It's a great nose of pineapple, sweet caramel malt and a touch of pine and vanilla. It rewards as well on the palate with nice assertive bitterness but nothing over the top. A touch thin at the back but it's negligible. Hopefully get to make this a regular in the fridge now that it's bottled.

Photo of mulder1010
3.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Great Northern Hotel in Melbourne

A-- Orange brown color with only a white film for head. Head retention was excellent and it left lacing all the way through drinking. Clear body and showed very little carbonation. Thought it was a bit cold when poured.

S-- Pine, grapefruit and a bit of a floral orange lemon smell. Grapefruit and pine most dominant.

T-- Once again grapefruit and pine. Very forward hoppy taste and pretty aggressive. A lot like US Western IPA's. A nice change from the usual English style IPA's that are available in Sydney.

M-- Lower medium carbonated and a lot of oily citrus resin with this. Flavor is excellent and lasts a while. Not as much pine in the finish as had hoped, more lemon, orange and grapefruit centered.

D-- Great drinkability. Under 6% ABV and feels a little lighter. This beer has the potential to be a monster if made that way. Still can have 2-3 of these easily. Only issue is availability. If not in Perth then it gets hard to find as few places have it. Good replication of a US IPA. Just wish Feral bottled their stuff besides the white.

Photo of Bearded_beer_guy_
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Format: Standard brown 330 ml brown bottle in to 250 ml snifter.

Look: Bottle looks great. Indie retro look label appeals to all ages.
Pours a hazy dark amber. 1 full thumb of head that persists for quite a while.
I'm getting excited.

Smell: Interesting smell. Citrus, malt and biscuit. Not overpowering considering its an IPA.

Taste: As above. Not so much citrus on the pallet as biscuit and malt. Leaves a fantastic aftertaste in the back of your face.

Feel: smooth, almost creamy. Not cloying at all. Lays thick on your tongue and you can feel the 5.8 ABV.

Overall: I cant fault anything about this beer except maybe they've surely brewed this as a session IPA and due to personal preference I love a Strong, over hopped IPA. Beautiful brew though.

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Opaque pale to deep gold colour with a creamy off-white head which reduced to a thin layer and left decent lacing. Aroma of resin, pine, passionfruit and citrus. Nicely balanced mild sweetness and bitterness. Light to medium bodied, creamy yet sticky texture with a dry, pleasantly bitter finish that lingers. A very decent IPA. 8.

Photo of Parrotshake
4.09/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the reviews for this so far are on tap. Man, I wish. As far as the bottle goes:

Pours a golden orange with a finger or two of head, but only for a second. No real lacing, just a soapy film on the edges of the glass and a tiny island thereof floating on top.

Big perfumy hop smell, piney and citric. Big aromas. Taste-wise very hoppy as well, with just enough gritty, earthy malt to balance the tropical fruit flavors that this beer is all about. A treat. The bitterness at the end is less 'beer' and more 'passionfruit seeds'.

Smooth not-quite-medium mouthfeel without much carbonation. Doesn't really want for it, though. It's late but I'd have another if I didn't have to work tomorrow. I'd like to have a stash of this in the fridge at all times. Really good IPA.

Photo of NathanJoyce
3.49/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This was a strange one. Big whack of hop and citrus and late night pub urinal. On tasting I felt it improved, though I now know why they stuck a pig on the label. C'mon, there's a meat taste in there...Not to say I didn't enjoy it. It won't become a regular-run thing, but I do enjoy the cut of its trashy jib.

Photo of brewymcgee
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden orange with a creamy head lingering around the edges of the glass after it settles

Aroma: Citrus hops supported by a bouquette of tropical fruit. "Soapy" but not in a bad way.

Taste: Grapefruit and pine hop flavours balanced nicely by sweet malt and a hint of apricot. A bitter aftertaste keeping the finish nice and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and smooth, just the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: It's good for sure but having been spoiled by the superb selection of IPAs available on the north american west coast, I find it doesn't have the same depth as some of those offerings. Perhaps the simpler profile lends it more to having a few at a time though!

Photo of K7online
4.56/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very enjoyable and the closest I have found in Australia to Lagunitas IPA (my all time favourite). I pour my IPAs in a glass as I think the aroma will be lost if drank straight from the bottle. It has a nice honey colour that becomes quickly cloudy from the yeast found in the bottle. I would have liked this one filtered but I don't think the yeast detracts from the beer at all.

The bold malts are almost completely fermented allowing for a nice balance with the bittering hops and a pleasant bitter aftertaste without being too overpowering. The aromatic hops have a great deep citrus and pine aroma that is very pungent. The dry hopping is done well.

Overall a great beer and to date my favourite Aussie.

Photo of PolarBear3
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Also drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Poured an orange/amber colour with two fingered frothy white head that laced fairly well.

S - Orange, pineapple aromas that are well pronounced

T - Nice hoppy & sweet citrusy, pineapple flavour straight up but then you get a sort of tangy bitterness at the end that is very impressive.

M - Light to medium body with medium carbonation

O - Very nice well balanced IPA. Love the tangy bitterness it gives at the end.

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Hop Hog from Feral Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 120 ratings.