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Hop Hog - Feral Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

89 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 89
Reviews: 47
rAvg: 4.17
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 8
Gots: 3 | 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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jbowers56

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2009 23:42:22 | More by jbowers56
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Cs1987

Australia

4.45/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have finally found a tap-only beer that is so amazing that it has forced me to do my first ever on-tap review:

Apperance - Beautiful clear amber, fairly small head with good retention.

Smell - Wow! I've had plenty of beers with strong citrus esters in the odour before, but this one really blew me away. Loads of passionfruit, kiwi fruit and orange.

Taste - The flavour is almost as amazing as the smell. Very fruity, pretty bitter, but certainly not too bitter.

Mouthfeel - Good carbonation and texture.

Drinkability - More sessionable than most IPAs.

Overall - This is now definitely my favourite currently available WA beer. Absolutely brilliant - this is a must try.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2009 13:01:32 | More by Cs1987
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doktorhops

Australia

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Hog: Australia's highest rated brew on Beeradvocate, at least until Watermelon Warhead - also by Feral - took over... but let's not dwell on a beer I will probably never get to try... even though I love the flavour of watermelons, and I had always wanted to brew a beer with watermelons... it's Hop Hog time, sigh.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents with a viscous hazed honey body and a mightily frothy beige head that stands proud (and annoyingly so because you just know that you're going to get an Austin Powers 2 style "Belgian dip" when you take that first sip) at 1 inch high.

S: A dynamite aroma of pine, candied orange and lychee hops abound in this delightful ale. There is a malt base of barley with yeast in there somewhere but who the hell could (or would want to) smell past those fantastic hops. Very, very reminiscent of a real American IPA here.

T: The first thing one notices is how even-handed this brew is; it begins with sweet malt/candied orange, then mid-palate there is some pine resin, which follows through to a bitter medicinal hops finish. Overall the palate is a mix of Australian sweetness in the malting with American hops given some room to shine, all without having an over-the-top full-on sharp bitter finish that some American IPA's can suffer from.

M: Light bodied for the style with medium carbonation. There is some slickness as well due to hop resins, which adds its easy drinkability.

D: Not often does an Australian brew come close to the quality of a decent American IPA but this one does, and in my opinion beats a few that I've tried. You could say I'm biased being an Aussie and all but you would be wrong - if anything I'm more critical of Australian brewers than most reviewers and personally I think there's a lot more shit beer being produced in Australia than anywhere else in the world. Macro brewers here know that they can pump out any old crap and the majority of Aussies will put up with it, we are after all a very lackadaisical people. Point is: this beer is damn good, buy it. Now.

Food match: Thai or Vietnamese are two front runners for this brew's affections.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 22:06:43 | More by doktorhops
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Hoptron_3000

Australia

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 09:39:07 | More by Hoptron_3000
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vancurly

Australia

4.4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good to see money spent wisely. One label only, no neck or back labels with the usual indulgent spiel.

a) Heavy set, off-white sudsy head. Mostly clear, slight bubbling, pale amber to dark gold.

s) Passionfruit seed / guava, pale & crystal malts. Rich & promising.

t) Passionfruit & pawpaw, pine resin and 'soap shop' esters. Long tropical fruit flavours, big bitterness. Later hints of grapefruit & lemon.

m) Rich, almost slick. Effervesces in the mouth like moonrocks. Rich, long mouth coating. The hops give a tingly numbness to the lips and tip of the tongue.

o) Best of its class in this country, stacking up well against benchmarsk such as Torpedo. Outstanding balance, complexity, integration, and persistance.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 23:16:27 | More by vancurly
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2012 10:09:19 | More by tbeckett
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LittleCreature

Australia

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pours an inch of of dense foam head the colour of light cream. The body is somewhere between deep gold and light amber and has great clarity.

Smell - 4.5
Perhaps not quite so pungent as the draught version, yet still an outstandingly hoppy aroma of passionfruit, flowers, citrus and pine needles.

Taste - 4.5
Plenty of malt provides the backbone of this beer, quite sweet at first with a little caramel, but this is promptly overrun by an avalanche of hops. Flavours of pine, passionfruit, citrus, honey and a little mint late on the palate. Finishes dry, bitterness is substantial, though noticeably less than the draught version.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium bodied with moderate to lively carbonation, becoming sticky with warmth.

Drinkability - 4.0
No session beer, but an outstanding IPA and definitely a regular buy for me.

OVERALL - 4.4
Although brewed in Australia I have always thought Hop Hog to be a textbook American style IPA. Interestingly, I think the bottled version is a little less impressive than on-draught, yet possibly a little more drinkable. I have scored it higher on this day, yet that is not necessarily an indication that I prefer it. A damn good beer, whatever the serving method.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 09:38:32 | More by LittleCreature
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2014 10:13:54 | More by wordemupg
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SPman

Australia

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2009 01:29:01 | More by SPman
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LeeroyAgogo

Australia

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 08:58:02 | More by LeeroyAgogo
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csmartin6

New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-16-2013 07:07:53 | More by csmartin6
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Azza_G


4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-06-2014 00:53:10 | More by Azza_G
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Capt_Hotsauce

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

07-17-2014 04:57:37 | More by Capt_Hotsauce
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Teddy-Pickles

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

02-12-2014 07:17:52 | More by Teddy-Pickles
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

05-10-2013 18:59:30 | More by twenty5
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mrjez

Japan

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-24-2014 09:43:10 | More by mrjez
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spycow

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

11-28-2013 22:25:10 | More by spycow
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Narkee

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +1.9%

06-20-2013 05:24:32 | More by Narkee
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shambeano

Australia

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L- pours a really golden amber, with about 1 centermeter of head, that slowly recedes, but never really goes away. not too bad.

S- this is all sweetness and hops, a little citrusy, a tiny bit of passionfruit. smells damn good.

T-taking a sip, there is just the tiniest bit of malt sweetness before being hit by the hops, tastes exactly like it smells, citrus and passionfruit, before the bitteness kicks in. Here is the only fault i can find. The hop flavour is great and dominant, its just not as bitter as everything else alludes it to be. That said, its the bitterness is very refreshing.

M- Silky smooth, and you can really feel it at the back of the tongue, nice bitter pricklyness to finish.

D- Very drinkable, this tastes great, and that refreshing bitterness just makes you want to take another sip. Really good

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2010 06:33:44 | More by shambeano
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 18:47:42 | More by THECPJ
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brewymcgee

British Columbia (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 09:24:49 | More by brewymcgee
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4.1/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a pale golden orange with a small bright white head. This beer is very clear with a little lacing.

On the nose it's all about the passionfruit, in fact it reminds me of the soft drink 'passiona'. When you delve deeper into the beer pineapple, resin and biscuit becomes apparent.

The beer is really 'juicy', almost like punch. There's citrus, some pine bitterness, more passionfruit - it's really delicious. Perhaps a little sweet, I would prefer a little more dryness.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer, and have enjoyed it many times before. Easily the best ipa made in Australia

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 09:09:52 | More by
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Parrotshake

Australia

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 13:36:13 | More by Parrotshake
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dgilks

Australia

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 01:44:51 | More by dgilks
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eric5bellies

Australia

4.05/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 12:45:44 | More by eric5bellies
Hop Hog from Feral Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.