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Hop Hog - Feral Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

95 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 9.57%
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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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Texasfan549, Jan 18, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

kjkinsey, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

spycow, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

This beer was sent fresh from MrKennedy, major thanks on this one! The beer poured out as a nice looking orange gold color that had an average sized head. The lacing is sticky and has a good solid retention as well. The smell is awesome, I pick up aromas of Orange, Grapefruits and Peach... it's such a fresh smelling beer. The taste of the beer is good but not as powerful as the nose. There is some piney flavors with a hint of lemon in there mixed with a subtle malt backbone. The mouthfeel was a little too thin I thought but it's nicely carbonated and rather refreshing. Overall, Very good beer in my opinion, would drink this one again for sure.

Knapp85, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.33/5  rDev -20.3%

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 dmorgan310
4/5  rDev -4.3%

dmorgan310, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -4.3%

tobelerone, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
4.18/5  rDev 0%

reviewed from notes:
thanks goes out to brendan13 for sending this one half way across the globe.

appearance: golden orange with a 2 finger white head

smell: citrus, pine, hops, sweet malts,

taste: hops, grass, bitter, but clean crisp finish

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, nicely balanced

drinkability: If I wouldn't know better I would of thought this IPA was brewed right here in the US. This is a very nice IPA.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of wordemupg
4.31/5  rDev +3.1%

330ml bottle poured into pint glass 18/3/14

A hazy orange amber with enough clarity to see streams of bubbles working their way up the side, two fingers of foam slowly falls to a thick film leaving a few partial rings followed by random patches

S this one runs the tropical gauntlet, passion fruit, guava, mango, pineapple juice, orange, some pine, slight floral aspect, smells more like fruit juice then beer its unreal, smells so intense, just beautiful

T I'm getting some lemon rind I didn't smell, some malty sweetness but for the most part it's a hop runaway, not quite the juicy goodness the nose had going for it but still a super tasty IPA

M medium bodied, my only complaint is that it foams up rather quickly, just a little grit, lots of fruit juice lingers with some faint pine and orange rind

O what can I say? this one hits the spot and I could put back a 6er without getting board or hammered, well now that I think of it this came in a 4 pack and that might not be enough

well worthy of its placement on the best of Aussie list, I had high hopes and it didn't disappoint at all, in fact this one exceeded my expectations and then some. This would pass as a great IPA anywhere on the planet, I'll be looking for some Feral in the future.

wordemupg, Mar 18, 2014
Photo of dgilks
4.08/5  rDev -2.4%

Fairly clear, golden colour with a big, creamy, off-white head. Great head retention.

Nice, big orange, lemon and mango aroma. Slightly soapy. Really good.

Soapy hop flavour up front with moderately-strong bitterness following through. The malt is nicely in the background. My only qualm is that the hop flavour could be juicier and slightly less soapy.

Medium-light body with high carbonation is a little off for this beer. Toning down the carbonation would be good.

A solid American IPA and the best made in Australia.

dgilks, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of tbeckett
4.35/5  rDev +4.1%

Pint at Young and Jacksons. From notes.

A - Poured a hazy/cloudy golden colour. One finger of fluffy eggshell head. Good carbonation and pretty decent lace drapes and a half finger of retention.

S - Citrus, grapefruit, grass. Hop forward with lot's of fresh smelling hops. More grass as it warms.

T - Fantastic hop flavours. Really hop forward with tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus, some grassiness and lot's of passionfruit. Really hop forward but with enough malt character to provide a degree of balance.

M - Good tingly carbonation and a medium body and good bitterness. The carbonation might be a bit strong, but it's alright.

O/D - Another run in with a top class IPA. Lovely and easy to down fast. Probably Australia's best IPA. Great.

tbeckett, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev -9.1%

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 francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

francisweizen, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of drpimento
4.6/5  rDev +10%

Wow, a masterpiece! Incredibly well done!! Poured at a good temperature with a thick, foamy, long lasting, off-white head and some lace. Color is a clear amber with bubble trails. Aroma is fresh hops with pine and grapefruit but not massively along with malt and caramel. Flavor's like nose, with malt sweet, hop bitter, carbonic tang all in harmony. Plus no off qualities. Body/carbonation are perfect. Finish is like flavor, with an average taper, super easy to drink. Have to get more!!

drpimento, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.65/5  rDev -12.7%

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 ADZA
4.55/5  rDev +8.9%

This beer pours a deep see thur copper hue with nice carbonation that leaves a one finger creamy head with very nice sticky lacing,the aroma is outstanding straight out pine needles,passionfruit and lychee,the taste of this is definately worth the visit here it starts off with a very nice above average creamy mouthfeel with a pleasant stonefruity start and finishes with a nice hint of gentle passionfruit flavoured bitterness,this is is definately a standout beer and makes me feel proud of the way this country is headed mircobrew wise way and my only real complaint is that it is not bottled.

ADZA, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of twenty5
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

twenty5, May 10, 2013
Photo of jpd7374
4/5  rDev -4.3%

jpd7374, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of brendan13
4/5  rDev -4.3%

On tap at The Local Taphouse 6/7/08.
A - Poured a clear orange colour with a 2cm fluffy white head that slowly falls away leaving some patchy lacing.
S - Pungent wood, spicey pine notes as well as some slight citrus aromas.
T - Woody & piney hops like the smell backed up by some biscuit maltiness.
M - Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.
D - A well balanced, very tasty IPA. Easily my favourite from this brewery so far. 5.8%ABV is high enough to give a kick but won't stop a few going down.

brendan13, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -40.2%

pin, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of heygeebee
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

Reviewing from bottle - have had before on tap.

Won't add much except to say a great head / lacing, seriously amazing aroma of citrus, pine, all very American, and a balanced bitterness. Great drinking with the aromas taking the prize over the taste.

Good beer!

heygeebee, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev -4.3%

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
Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -3.1%

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.

eric5bellies, Oct 07, 2011
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5/5  rDev +19.6%

Naerhu, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of dansmcd
4.63/5  rDev +10.8%

A - Pours a cloudy mid orange with a thick, creamy white head that lasts the distance. One unbroken sheet of lacing encases the glass.

S - Gorgeous tropical fruit hop pungency, mango, passionfruit, pine. Slight bready malt in the back.

T - Follows the nose, big citrusy hops dominate a lesser malt profile, which is overshadowed to a degree but not forgotten. The hops are what I'm after though and this bastard delivers the good stuff.

M - Beautiful full creamy body, moderate carbonation.

O - I thank the world that I have year round access to this sweet nectar and am able to call it my go-to regular.

dansmcd, May 21, 2012
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Hop Hog from Feral Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.