HogTown | Hogtown Brewers

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Hogtown Brewers
Ontario, Canada

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A pale straw color with a noticeable but not overbearing hops presence and a middle-of-the-road alcohol content of 5%.

Added by Sammy on 02-08-2012

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 7
Reviews by dreamchaser:
Photo of dreamchaser
4.12/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Nice, frothy substantial head, very bright and clear golden yellow. Very lovely soft malt flavours with a subtle bite of hop at the end. Aroma is earthy, as is the flavour. A nice clean beer, with enough flavour to stand out and be a great ale. A little more bitter and a stronger taste than traditional Kolsch, but I like this Canadian variation very much.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Sammy
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light copper body with a small retained head. Slightly funky aroma, the result of extra yeast used to preserve the keg. The excess yeast may have also contributed to the above average mouthfeel, chewiness. IBU is roughly 28, and that bitterness is transparent in the style. Good drinkability, easy drinking. A little too much carbonation, as I had more than a pint and...Good for the style, though a kolsch in middle of winter is somewhat unique.

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Photo of bryanzk
2.56/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DaveBar
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $3.00 as typical for these beers these days. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a pretty small head that is gone quick. Very dark clear golden brown color. Very nice indeed

S- Lots of malt here. Variety of spices like cinnamon but very mild and subdued. Excellent brew.

T- Pretty nice surprise to find this one. Big malt backbone with a caramel and fig like overtone. Like an extra little zap of someone trying to learn more and possibly want to try a quad one day

F- Creamy goodness. This one would be lovely on tap and will take it if I EVER find it out there.

O- Nice beer. The look pulled the overall average down but overall a fine, fine brew

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with....... T bone steak. This girl had what it took for me to enjoy a nice little T bone and it was lovely


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Photo of WillAndSarah
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ssmack
3.24/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

470ml can from LCBO served in tumbler.

Foamed up when I opened and made 3 inches of white head with huge bubbles. Clear light golden colour. Streams of carbonation that lasted to the bottom of the glass. Clumps of lacking.

Aroma of noble hops and malty sweet cake.

The taste matches the smell. Grassy hops that lingers on the palette. Sweet cakes and corn syrup. An oily bitter aftertaste.

A mouthfeel that is on the light side but not watery.

A well balanced ale but in the middle of the road. Turn to Beau's for rich realization of the Kolsch style.

A strange choice to be called Hogtown ale.

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Photo of Mr_Rocca
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of liamt07
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of FRANKIE65
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yoozeo
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated E2014, which I am assuming means it was canned in May of this year. Served well-chilled.

Pours a beautiful golden-blonde colour, bright and clear, with two fingers of puffy, loose white head seated atop. It recedes gradually over a period of minutes, leaving behind a messy pattern of lace, and outright gobs of froth in some places. A dense cap about 1 cm thick is the eventual result - now THIS is a nice-looking beer. The aroma is clean and fresh, with doughy malt sweetness and a touch of honey, as well as some grassy, earthy noble hop notes.

I am digging this one. Bready, biscuity malts and brown sugar sweetness are soon deftly countered with a firm bite of leafy, grassy continental hops. Slightly citric, with a grainy sweetness in the finish which fades fairly quickly, although the aforementioned hop bitterness lingers on. Light-medium in body, with zippy carbonation that gives this one a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. This is an eminently drinkable kolsch-style ale, if a rather unorthodox one.

Final Grade: 3.97, a very high B+. I was in love with HogTown Ale from the first sip - this appears to be a very fresh can and it shows. This is an absolutely superb pub ale - nothing too much to analyze here; just good, clean, straightforward kolsch-y goodness, although perhaps a good deal hoppier than your traditional examples of the style. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that this one eventually makes its way to Sarnia, as I could definitely see it becoming a staple.

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Photo of leocolgan
4.48/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice, light flavor. Sweet vanilla finish. Very nice.

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Photo of derdtheterd
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of VanillaSlim
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Sean-Elliott
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Rukeli76
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jotora
3/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of taxandbeerguy
3.62/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

500 ml can purchased from LCBO. looks like a new addition to their lineup. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Hazy, honey brown color. 3 fingers of fluffy white head and good retention. Beautiful spidery lacing.

Smell - Slightly boozy with some caramel and floral aspects to it. Something vaguely like sticky bread pudding too.

Taste - Interesting rather malty with caramel and molasses dominating and only mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Smooth feel, medium body and a mild finish. Moderate carbonation and slightly syrupy.

Overall - An interesting more malty kolsch that just seems to work here. A fine effort.

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Photo of mbufton
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've enjoyed Hogtown at a few bars in Toronto, sadly it's not available here in Ottawa. The appearance is a standard lager, but it delivers a pleasant surprise on tasting. A very enjoyable Kolsch-style beer with a nice kick of hops. Makes a nice alternative to more hoppy IPAs when you're having a few. Excellent session beer.

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Photo of MattPS
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Pmicdee
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hunterjames
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of bylerteck
3.19/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rapayn01
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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