Bog Iron Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #1,218
Ranked #9,710
4.02 | pDev: 9.7%
Bog Iron Brewing
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: The Stinger IPA is slightly different, because locally-sourced honey is used as a main ingredient. The end result is an IPA that really lets you know you're drinking a hoppy beer, without it being a 'hop-bomb' that goes all nuclear on your taste buds. It is a clean, crisp, bitter, and hoppy American IPA.
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Reviews by Daktyls:
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Daktyls from Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +6%

Oct 26, 2014
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hudsonvalleyslim from Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stinger IPA (with honey according to their website.) On draft at the brewery. Very fine IPA, so I had 2. Followed by their West Coast offering which came up a bit short. (Not bad at all , but shorter than the Stinger.) Stinger was excellent, another brew pointing towards the Hill Farmstead/Trillium new standard IPA.

The verdict is: HELLS YEAH! Nicely made.

(Add-on January 19, 2016) My second impression, drinking a growler poured from the brewery, is that this is not of the HF/Trillium camp clones. But most excellent in a different way. My scoring stands as it was. There is a sort of tartness to the nose and taste, some flavor I can't place but really like, and a sweetness to the finish, maybe the honey?. Fine mouthfeel and some kick that is pretty well hidden. I really enjoyed this brew. And all from a cozy little bar/tasting room in Norton Massachusetts. Very cool.

Jan 09, 2016
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.14/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 500ml swing-top growler that was filled at the brewery, into a US tumbler glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains earthy hops, caramelized malts and some citrus.

T: The taste starts out with a good strong burst of hops bitterness that remains dominant as you continue to drink the beer. Then some citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a whole evening.

Nov 19, 2013
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Jwale73 from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One liter fliptop fresh from the brewery today. Served in a tulip nonic. Pours a golden orange with a tight, two inch, bright white head and a slightly hazy clarity. Nose expresses citrus, pine and biscuit malts. Taste consistent with nose; however, slightly more watered down with a slightly herbal/medicinal bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a lively, consistent carbonation and a slight acidity. Overall, a very good extra IPA with a well-hidden abv. That beer would be top notch if it came in tallboys. I definitely need to check these guys out.

Aug 02, 2014
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tap at Trinity Pub in Norton.

Light fizzy head with decent lacing, semi hazy honey golden orange color.

Nose has a juicy malt aroma at first, then light juicy floral hops, bit of citrus, faint mango papaya tangerine thing, little stone fruit, decently aromatic for being as cold as it is. As it warms the floral and light spicy hops come through a bit more, although overall still seems slightly muted. But I heard from one of the brewers that they are working on it so hopefully the next batch is a bit more bright in the nose.

Taste starts with a decent hop bite, nothing big on bitterness but enough to let you know, some citrus, little tangerine like, floral flowery hops, perfumey, touch of musty and light pine. Tropical like fruit is faint but there with touch of papaya skin and melon rind. Bitterness turns a bit spicy and earthy, slightly chewy even as it intensifies throughout the sips. Malts bring light sweetness and a light juicy malt base and faintest honey malt flavor, just enough overall sweetness to balance the bitterness. It's warms a bit with booze but it's hardly detectable. Finish its fairly bitter, nice rind like hop profile with hint of resin and spicy hops with some pine, some light juicy malt lingering, somewhat drier bit a bit sticky and sweet.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, quite a unique ipa somehow, it seems like it should be an average East Coast style IPA, but somehow has its own thing going. Nice overall hop profile although could be presented a bit more, light malt base just enough to present the hops. pretty tasty and drinkable overall.

Mar 25, 2013
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frankw from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Feb 02, 2014
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Mar 05, 2016
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap @Flynns Cedarville. Taste is herbal mustiness, citrus--tangerine and orange, as well as light honey that becomes more prominent as the beer warms. Interesting, above average IPA that has me curious about the brewery's other offerings.

Jun 24, 2015
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trevorpost from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Jun 01, 2014
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halfshell from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Nov 02, 2014
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jbertsch from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Nov 23, 2013
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mmurphy from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Mar 26, 2014
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Liverpool08 from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Jan 18, 2014
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BradMacMullin from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at Kinsale. I want to be fair here as I think Kinsale does a poor job of providing glasses that don’t smell of soap. So getting beyond the Palmolive smell, this beer was disappointing. Not very hoppy, slight burnt orange smell and taste, and overall just kind of thin. I like Bog Iron, but this didnt do it for me

Dec 07, 2017
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HattedClassic from Virginia

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours some decent head that dissipates quickly. The head is white and creamy. The beer itself is a golden orange color that is fairly hazy but a little see through. The smell has strong honey and hop notes. The hop notes are primarily orange and a bit tropical. the hones adds a nice sweet balance to it and works better than malts. The taste is similar to the smell with strong honey sweetness to balance out the orange hop notes. The beer is medium bodied but on the lighter side. The beer was brewed using fewer malts and honey was used to replace it, which accounts for the lightness. The feeling is thick and smooth with biting carbonation. Overall, a very good beer and definitely their best. I highly recommend this as a cheap Hopslam replacement.

May 03, 2014
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Pawlie from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Sep 19, 2013
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trasky from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Tasty and a little bit "off-center" - I like this beer a lot. I will definitely be filling up some growlers at their brewery.

Sep 09, 2014
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TripelMark from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Sep 06, 2013
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WhitmansNiece from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

May 05, 2013
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Mcb99d from Massachusetts

4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apr 06, 2020
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ShanePB from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at Kinsale. Slight hazy burnt orange color, nice white head. Pine, slight citrus and nice malt balance on the nose. Certainly bitter on the taste, not as citrusy as the nose had me at but a nicely balanced, easy drinking IPA.

Aug 07, 2015
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SebD from Canada

4/5  rDev -0.5%

Jun 05, 2013
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DonFrap from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Jul 16, 2013
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jlordi12 from Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Oct 11, 2014
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DirtyPenny from Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

For what it's worth, I'm not a hophead and might be the wrong guy to be reviewing this. I suspect it'd be better appreciated by someone fonder of IPAs than myself.

First pour was into a weizen glass. Second pour (and the last little bit) poured into a Bog Iron pint glass. Came out in either case with about a half-inch of white head. Beer is a cloudy yellow-amber color and only leaves a little bit of wispy lacing on the glass. Nose is thoroughly hoppy; you're not going to get much else out of this one.

Piney hops and bitterness are the most prominent flavor, which make sense given Stinger's description on the Bog Iron website. Gains a little bit of sweetness and honey character and a touch of citrus and light malt character and booze as it warms. Resiny with a thick, syrupy mouthfeel and relatively light carbonation.

Like I said above, I'm not a hophead. I suspect an IPA fan would appreciate this more. I'm more of a malty and sweet guy and it takes a lot for an IPA to "wow" me, but this is something of theirs I hadn't tried and I figured I should give it a shot.

Jul 13, 2014
Stinger from Bog Iron Brewing
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 74 ratings