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Hop Hog - Feral Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

99 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 9
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Feral Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brendan13 on 07-06-2008)
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Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -40.5%

pin, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Stew41
3.3/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fairly straight forward new world IPA that would appear a bit over-rated in this part of the world. Lots of aromatic and fruity hops across the nose and palate, and quite well done, but feels just a bit one-dimensional. That is, not enought élse’ to back to good hop profile. Still, a good Australian example.

Stew41, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.33/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very well-respected Australian IPA I had not had the opportunity to sample until here at the Local Taphouse.

Pours a very light, and slightly hazed golden colour. Light in colour for an IPA, but still within style, I'd say. Head is creamy and rich as hell, a slightly yellow-sheened white. Body very light, but the lacing is superb despite this. Very good looking brew all up.

Citric notes on the nose, almost tending towards coriander with the hop character. The hops are prominent throughout, but mixed with a butterscotch sweetness which drags it down a bit. It's a bit one-dimensional in the hop character - ok, but I've had far better.

Taste is similar. Sharp citric characters form the hop character, over a toffeed butterscotch that runs the length. Some jammy characters late, with a cleansing bitterness that doesn't quite clear up enough of the sweetness. Feel is good for the style, and fair given the lightness on the body.

Didn't grip me. The sweetness, especially on the palate is too distinct, and the hops don't match or complement it nearly enough. Nice enough, but I've had better IPAs from Australia and elsewhere. I think it's fair to say I found this a disappointment.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of NathanJoyce
3.43/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

NathanJoyce, Apr 21, 2014
Photo of foles
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

foles, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -16.7%

XsoldoutX, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

CrazyDavros, Nov 12, 2010
Photo of danieelol
3.65/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belated upload. Thanks to MordeciaFunk for sending this through to me in the Australian BIF (along with heaps of other cool stuff).

Pours a nice mango colour. Good head/lacing.

Smell presents a lot of mango character, almost Tripel-like although it does come from hops.

Taste presents a dry hoppy character which is nevertheless well balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is fine, not a whole lot of carb but ok bitterness.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Cheers.

danieelol, May 24, 2012
Photo of jarmby1711
3.68/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Young and Jacksons.
Like some previous reviews it came too cold which probably dulled the palate .
The rich honey colour looked good , and as a hop driven beer it all seemd ok , but I felt it lacked some body , or mid palate flavours.
It sort of said , here is some bitterness , and no unpleasant flavours but you are not getting much else.
Pleasantly drinkable but un inspiring

jarmby1711, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of spicelab
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

spicelab, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of russellgore
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

russellgore, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%

KalanM, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of MrKennedy
3.78/5  rDev -10%
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.

MrKennedy, May 10, 2012
Photo of Rambu
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Drank from a Duvel Tulip, couldn't see a best before date, but it tasted pretty fresh.

A - A nice honey, golden colour, nice tight head, clings to the glass when swirled, cloudy appearance.

S - Pine, grapefruit, pineapple, resiny dank, herbal aromas, getting a slight hint of hot alcohol.

T - The taste delivers what the smell promises, piney, resiny, citrusy flavours on a nice clean biscuity malt base, tastes great. A slight hint of the hot alcohol smell I got is in the taste, but it's very backround.

M - Mouthfeel is great, creamy and sweet in the start which transitions to a nice firm bitter.

O - I've enjoyed this beer on numerous occasions and I always look forward to tasting it, I definitely prefer it on tap if I can get it but the bottled version holds it's own. A classic Aussie craft brew.

Rambu, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Local Taphouse St Kilda.

Pours a golden orange colour with a clear body and generous off-white head. Slow bead throughout, great head retention and leaves some thick, delicious lace behind. Really nice looker.

Nose is very hoppy, extremely piney in character with a slightly sour resiny edge and a healthy dose of fresh fruit - pineapple, passionfruit and lemon. Lemon has a touch of air freshener about it, but nicely tangy. Very refreshing West Coast kind of character (and I mean West Coast US, by the way). Perfect for a scorcher like today.

Taste is a slight letdown, but only a slight one. Resiny hop notes take the fore from the beginning, although a decent citrus character comes through first. A bitter lemon-peel flavour is apparent on the mid, and an unfortunate bready character seeps through after this, but briefly. Some flavours of passionfruit seeds and even pomegranate, a really nice blend of fruit esters, but would prefer them to be a bit more prominent. The IPA bitterness is a little overpowering at the back with a slightly acerbic hang lingering. Just not quite as crisp as it could have been, but otherwise very good.

A bit of body to it, with a slight tingle, pretty smooth and slick feel.

Not bad drinking at all. A good American IPA, great West Coast character and a nice refreshing drop.

laituegonflable, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of jonno79
3.83/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My only problem with this beer is that the flavours in the mouth never live up to the promise delivered from the aroma.

Nose is lovely pine needle and citur rind.

On first swallow the bitterness is brisk and strong, never really presenting much past the citrus rind. It's all a little muddled.

Still enjoyable, but just not nuanced enough to really push it in to the upper echelon. A good second division IPA (relative to international standards).

Should be closer to a B but gets a little extra as it's one of only a handful of decent hoppy beers brewed in Australia.

jonno79, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of SmashPants
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle, pretty rubbish label. At least it's different though.

Appearance: pours a hazy orange amber with a thick off-white head. Good retention and decent, patchy lacing. Enticing to say the least.

Aroma: up-front strong aromas of tropical fruit hops - lychee, mangoes and peaches. A hint of bread malts rounds out the aroma.

Taste: follows the nose, with an expected whack of citrus hops. Again, the bread malts back up the big hop flavours somewhat.

Aftertaste: astringency starts to cut across, but the American IPA levels of hops sorts it out.

Mouth feel: medium carbonation, with a thicker body.

Overall: quite a decent IPA, not quite as overdone as a lot of the American IPAs. Quite expensive though, at AU$80 a case. Take it or leave it, I suppose :)

SmashPants, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of juju7
3.95/5  rDev -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.

juju7, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of Gasc0igne
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a cloudy light-orange colour with no sediment visible. Little carbonation. Large off-white ~2 1/2" head. Long retention. Exceptional lacing.

S: Citrus up-front (orange stands out). Passionfruit. Pineapple. Mango. Very appealing tropical-scented beer.

T: Slight malty (syrupy?) sweetness that is quickly replaced with a nice subdued orange/lemon flavour. Maybe a hint of peach in the middle that almost immediately falls away to a welcoming piney flavour along with a grapefruit bitterness that lingers for a short while.

M: Medium body. Feels smooth as it first enters the mouth but then, as it passes the first part of the tongue, it dries the mouth (and part of the throat). Not unpleasant but notable. Carbonation is very subdued (if there at all).

O: A good IPA; if the taste was as good as the smell...this would've been rated much higher. Good for a warm day with some spicy food of any sort. A solid Australian take on the style.

Gasc0igne, Oct 23, 2013
Photo of mulder1010
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

mulder1010, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

JohnnyBarman, May 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Vanz, Jan 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -4.8%

Chumby, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of tobelerone
4/5  rDev -4.8%

tobelerone, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Breeza
4/5  rDev -4.8%

Breeza, Sep 06, 2014
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Hop Hog from Feral Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.