Hop Hog - Feral Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 56
Hads: 121
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 7.99%
Wants: 10
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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 jarmby1711
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
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 (389 characters)

Photo of spicelab
3.77/5  rDev -8.7%
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. (556 characters)

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

With the addition of a heavy dose of American Hops during both during the boil and late in the fermenting stage, Hop Hog produces a strong pine needle and citrus aroma, followed by an aggressive bitterness and a dry finish. (223 characters)

Photo of mrjez
4.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: pours an attractive pale gold with a small white head and lacing.
S: smells terrific, big pine and citrus hop notes.
T: has a nice malt content, that gives way to a wash of piney hop, some fruit coming through, a balanced and not aggressive.
F: super easy to drink, a nice amount of carbonation, lingering hops.
O: always good, definitely the best readily available Oz beer. (381 characters)

Photo of admiral
4.68/5  rDev +13.3%
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! (534 characters)

Photo of MrKennedy
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (846 characters)

Photo of juju7
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | 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. (949 characters)

Photo of foles
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of Cs1987
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (678 characters)

Photo of PolarBear3
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of Stew41
3.34/5  rDev -19.1%
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. (312 characters)

Photo of burnheartsMKE
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jonno79 for the trade!

Bright candy orange color, nice dense head.

Big citrusy nose. My wife said, "Smells like dish soap". Yes, nice.

Full tropical hop notes with a distinct pineapple-weed flavor. Loads of candied fruits (but not too sweet) with bitter-kisses. Not sappy, but the fruitiness lingers into a clean finish. A really great hop-forward beer that was quite session-able at 5.8% ABV. (406 characters)

Photo of shambeano
4.17/5  rDev +1%
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 (823 characters)

Photo of Parrotshake
4.09/5  rDev -1%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of Hoptron_3000
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (332 characters)

Photo of jbowers56
4.44/5  rDev +7.5%
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!!! (1,338 characters)

Photo of smithflipper
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap at the local taphouse,

pours a pleasing pale golden colour.
nice 2 fingers of head that slowly falls away.

smell, pine needls, some citrus, maybe a bit of passionfruit, but wow, it certainly smells fresh.

the smell is well backed up by the taste, fresh pine needles just after its rained with some citrus, slight bisuit flavour from the malt.

Overall a very drinkable beer. excellent all round, but could have a slightly higher bitterness. Nonetheless, outstanding, will have a few more. (498 characters)

Photo of Decko
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice light hazy honey colour out of the bottle. Decent head with bit of lacing. Beautiful hoppy aromas dominate the smell with some citrus. Taste has a subtle nice malty sweetness before the bitter hop kick which is what lingers on the palate. Good carbonation and refreshing feel in the mouth before those hops pull your mouth back a little over your teeth. Overall a really good American IPA with full flavour and memorable hop levels. Definitely one I would have (and have) again. (483 characters)

Photo of NathanJoyce
3.49/5  rDev -15.5%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of Marc280
4.13/5  rDev 0%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of brewymcgee
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
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! (709 characters)

Photo of eddocron
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a dark stout lover, I was a little leary of most ales. Feral hit Hop Hog just right.

This starts as a clean pour with a great white head, about 1 inch in the pint glass.
The head lasts a little while but gradually fades,
But the smell is hops, hops and more hops. Damn, this smells good! And it tastes just as good. Crisp, sharp, yet surprisingly rich for such a golden ale (I know, it is an IPA). Great hops taste matches its smell. my tongue had a difficult time picking up other flavors, some citrus, mild and just enough to add a little sweetness to the brew.

The mouth feel makes this an easy to drink beer, and little after taste.

I have had this brew on tap several times as well as in their 4-pack bottled (purchased at Freo Doctor). The bottle was just as good as the tap except the citrus seemed a bit subdued.
A fantastic IPA. Would love to take some back home with me. (892 characters)

Photo of Bearded_beer_guy_
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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. (759 characters)

Photo of K7online
4.56/5  rDev +10.4%
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. (724 characters)

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Hop Hog from Feral Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 56 ratings.