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Hop Hog - Feral Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
93
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110 Ratings
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Ratings: 110
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
Wants: 10
Gots: 17 | 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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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
5/5  rDev +17.9%

Photo of SmashPants
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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 :)

Photo of greg4579
4.45/5  rDev +5%

Photo of danieelol
3.61/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of joecast
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
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 mulder1010
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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 KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.74/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of vancurly
4.37/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of LittleCreature
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of doktorhops
4.42/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jarmby1711
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
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

Photo of spicelab
3.77/5  rDev -11.1%
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 Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Vanz
4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of admiral
4.68/5  rDev +10.4%
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!

Photo of mungus
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of MrKennedy
3.81/5  rDev -10.1%
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 juju7
3.95/5  rDev -6.8%
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 XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of mrjez
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Teddy-Pickles
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of Stuckey_Stuckey
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Hop Hog from Feral Brewing Co.
93 out of 100 based on 110 ratings.