Hop Buggy | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Hop BuggyHop Buggy

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Description: Organically grown oats, wheat and rye from Amish farmers in Lancaster County gives our new ale a full, complex malt profile. A full buggy load of Apollo, Bravo, and Calypso hops deliver a big hop flavor.

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Photo of tigg924
3.1/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours clear, amber with 1/3 inch head. Medium bodied for the style Taste is toasted malt, pale malt, and earthy hops. Above average beer, but not sure if I would pick this up again.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts, hints of oats.. Taste is caramel malts, hops, light wheat, balanced and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a smooth and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
2.91/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A nice amber color with decent head that settles, slight carbonation noticable; smell is light citrus hop but nothing truly dominant; huge over powering hop flavor, almost too much, but if you like heavy hop, you will like this one; doesn't leave much for secondary flavors though, very little bitter; average to watery feel and drinks fairly easy; overall seems a single dimentioned beer with not much in the way of mystery or depth

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Photo of senorbarley
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

A: Nice amber/copper color
Thin (1/2") head that stuck around for most of the glass, leaving some nice lacing
S: Biscuits, dough, vanilla
T: Toasted oats with a mild hop profile. Very bitter finish, which I enjoy, however may be too bitter for some.
M: Thin and oily with decent carbonation
O: Not a bad amber, definitely unique

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Photo of scotorum
3.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

a: Translucent copper with a foamy inch tall offwhite head which receded to thick surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Strange pungent aroma perhaps best described as sharp vanilla.

t: Floral with moderate bitterness which lingers a bit on the tongue. Becomes more caramel malt dominated as it warms.

m: Light top medium with good body and loads of carbonation tingle.

o: An unusual and interesting amber ale, rather too bitter to be an enjoyable sipper, but quite flavorful.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

P- Wegmans in mechanicsburg, PA

A- dark burgundy/amber color that is opaque. Half finger head with poor lacing.

S- caramel malts with hints of apple...almost like a caramel apple. some toasted malt as well.

F- apple cider vinegar type of notes. Toasted malts and hints of some citrus. Complements aren't all that well.

M- medium bodied with chewy carbonation. It feels like I am eating mushy beer almost.

O- eh...nice for a try but I wont be having it again.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.93/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a regular glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky dark amber color. There's about one finger worth of off-white colored head, and it has nice retention, as well. A good amount of lacing is left one the glass. (3.5)

Smell: Not for nothing, I am picking a nice Cascade note here. It's subtle, but definitely perceptible. Then the malt melange comes, and I'm not really surprised by it. I'm getting a little bit of the rye spice, but minimal wheat or oats. The nose isn't very interesting, I have to say. It's pretty much a typical amber ale with a mild twist. (3)

Taste: Pretty malty. Unlike in the nose, I get oats and wheat on the taste as well as rye spice; this helps accentuate the caramel malt backbone some. There's no real hop flavor, just a moderate bitterness on the back end. Take away the malt variance, it's quite boring to drink. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: The feel is lush and slightly heavy, with middling carbonation. In fact, it feels slightly creamy at times. Despite the moderate sweetness, it goes down pretty easy. (3)

Overall: I expected this to be pretty staid, and it is. I mean come on, it's an amber ale, how exciting can it be? Still, it does a good job of washing spicy food down. That, and malt lovers will enjoy this. Me personally, I probably wouldn't buy this again. (3)

2.91/5: Yeah...this isn't very exciting

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%

(3.50) A: In a chalice a deep candy-apple coloring with some clarity showing a full glass consumption display of moderately paced effervesce. A 2 inch tan head is dense and foamy sitting atop, firm in its holding while leaving a glass smothering coating of lace.

(3.40) S: The nose was sweetly toasted oats and caramel apple-citrus. There is a hint of lemon scented herbs and a spiciness of dry orange, and stalky notes.

(3.45) T: The flavor was toasted apple and oats, with some dry caramel. A warm piney floral hops with sweetly toasted malt comes into play. Munich perhaps, some sweet lemony straw-pepper hops and grassy notes. There is a spiciness of resiny orange with some fruity and floral notes that ends with some pear-apple hints.

(3.40) M: Light mouthful, oily body, light carbonation factor, dry and hoppy finish off the tongue with a touch of flowery texture. Fairly crisp.

(3.40) O: Overall this is not a typical west coast hopped ipa, reminds me of thier 4 malt amish pale modified with some fruity hops, refreshing, wet, spicy, with fruity and floral tones, i really liked the malt blend here. Ok drinkability, not going six pack here but one or two is fine.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Harrisburg location, served chilled in a tulip shaped glass.

The color is dark copper with good clarity and 1 finger of white head with fine bead and thick lace stickage. The aroma is very good with a moderately citrus hop with orange scents and mild malt in the nose. The feel is good with medium bitter entry with mild toasted grain texture and med high carbonation with slight alcohol in the semi-dry finish with a slight spiced quality.

The taste is very good with mild malt balanced by a slight hop spiciness the hops tend to seem more bittter as it warms with a pine-like presence and bitter quality with some pepper and mild yeast with orange like citrus in the background flavor. The hops linger after the swallow with a very light caramel taste of malt in the peripheral. Overall not bad, it is more bitter than hop flavor but it is hoppy I give it that but it is pretty middle of the road style-wise in the grand scheme.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Last beer of the night and sucks its a shitty one.

A - Deep amber brown color semi hazy with a 1/2 inch of head that pulls back to some pretty stellar lacing. Not bad so far.
S - It does have a bit of hop smell but really faded. Some caramel sweetness and grains but its mostly mild.
T - Borderline undrinkable. Massive herbal hop profile with a slight herbal tea quality. Some sweetness but mostly dank.
M - Quite smooth aside the bitter its medium bodied.

Overall its not terrible but way too bitter to really enjoy. Pity.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Greeting the palate with a toast-dry balance and slight creamy reprieve, Lancaster's Hop Buggy proves to be more than the stalwart IPA, yet still allows the hops to take full command in taste.

As the hoppy ale opens with a deep amber hue, its creamy from carries the full array of white grapefruit, both orange and lemon peel, pungent leaf and grass, then with the subtle ginny and winey tang of verbena tinged hops.

Its middle is supportive with the taste of bread crust and mild pecan, giving graham cracker impressions, while the hops dominance hits full stride. Bitter to its core, the aromatic components lift and a strong herbal bouquet reveals. Leaf, stem and tea are vegetative, but in a pleasant taste and texture.

Its quick finish does quick work of malt sweetness as the hops bounce off of alcohol spice with its own piney resinous finish. Absolute dryness is felt as the ale exits the palate with a semi-crisp, semi-clean aftertaste that lingers with scraping bitterness.

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Photo of IronLover
4.06/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Deep orange in color with an earthy amber hue and a touch of haze. Poured with short, off-white foam with excellent staying power from constant flow of carbonation from the bottom of the glass. The healthy foam left a ladder of thick, sticky lacings on the glass. Intense rye and wheat bread aromas with light citrus and grassy notes. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy feel. Bready rye and sweet caramel malt flavors are dominant throughout. Light citrus and earthy flavors from the middle to the end. Finished with bitter rye and pine hop aftertaste. This is more of a rye beer than an amber ale in my opinion. I definite must try if you’re a rye ale enthusiast. Great malty flavor and a smooth feel.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours deep amber/copper color with a small head of a pure white foam. The head initially fades very fast, but leaves a very persistent film on the surface of the brew. Once that film head fades, there is only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is a nice blend of malty, sweet and hoppy smells. The malty aromas are of a bready and somewhat grainy smell with the sweet being a mix of caramel and some tropical fruits of tangerine and mango. A grapefruit and lightly grassy hop smell make up the bulk of the hoppy aromas and with all the rest of the smells it produces one fine smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a fantastic bready and sweeter flavor. The bready has just a hint of a more grainy and wheaty taste upfront, with it actually bordering more on a doughy taste. This doughiness fades however, and more and more rough grainy and cracker tastes take the place of the smooth bread. The sweetness that is upfront and consists mainly of a sweeter caramel and tropical fruit nature and melds very nicely with the doughy flavors. The caramel fades as the taste advances but the tropical fruits remain relatively constant. While very light upfront, hop flavors of a mainly grapefruit nature come to the tongue. The grapefruit create the bulk of the hop flavors in the taste with that flavor later being joined by a grassy and earthy hop flavor at the very end. The newly encountered hop flavors seem to battle the tropical fruit and grainy flavors of the beer a bit though, leaving a somewhat off (but not too off) bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to just below average side. Both the average body and carbonation level are good for the mix of sweet, malt and hop flavors of the brew and make it easy drinking, but well flavor supported taste.

Overall – If it wasn't for the slight imbalance at the end of the taste, then this would be one super-solid moderate abv. hopped brew. Overall it is rather nice and quite drinkable.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop buggy pours a true amber color. A smallish head forms during the pour but doesn't last long. A thick collar ring remains after the dissipating head and remains so the bitter end.
A really nice clear beer with gentile carbonation.

The aroma was reminiscent of a dubbel. It seemed to smell quite sweet and with some candied sugar or candied malt the way a dubbel uses candied sugar in the brewing process.
Nothing in way of hops.

With the use of such high alpha hops I was expecting a beer that had some bitterness in the taste. This beer really isn't bitter at all. Then I also don't the brewer's intention either.
It is quite malty but sweet malty. Lots of grain in the taste with just a pinch of rye spiciness.
The use of oats gives the beer a full feeling across the palate with a metallic bitter finish.
Not a terribly complex beer here and I was somewhat disappointed at the lack of hops.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love the Troegs Nugget Nectar - it's a beer that I excitedly buy every February and enjoy as winter slowly turns into spring. When I saw this on the shelf, I wasn't sure whether to get it but once I saw that it was an American Amber/Red Ale, I had to give it a go and see how it measured up to the standard of this style. While it didn't taste as good, I did enjoy this because it was unique and unlike anything I ever had before. The fact that the ingredients were local like the Lakefront Wisconsinite made this stand out more, even if the hop profile was a bit tough to peg!

The pour to this was quite nice, as this beer had a dirty apricot hue that silently glowed, a bit of cloudiness to it including the bit at the bottom of the bottle that I had to swirl out, and a nice, frothy head that wasn't overly thick. Not a lot of lacing to this but there were some rings visible as I made my way through this sip by sip. Lots of oat in the aroma but not much else and the hop profile was very tough to pinpoint. Lots of "skunk" like a Green Flash beer, along with some caramel, bitter chocolate, papaya, and earthy hops to this. The mouthfeel was a bit grainy because of the rye and the aftertaste had a very subtle, mellow burning that wasn't quite pine or whole cone. Combined with a slightly oily mouthfeel, this had the feel of a West Coast beer with the graininess of something from Yards.

The alcohol in this was spot-on, as I could barely discern it once I polished this off. This didn't feel as hoppy as I anticipated and almost felt more like an Pale Ale than anything else. While the body of this beer is a bit more full than that style would normally be, this didn't look or feel like an Amber or Red to me. Regardless, there's enough to like here and this isn't a beer that can be quaffed quickly. Enjoy this for what it is - a good example of this style that's unique and somewhat bold at the same time!

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Photo of justintcoons
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a skinny pint glass.

Deep reddish amber with 1 finger of off-white head. Good retention and clarity with moderate carbonation.

Caramel, toffee, lime, pine, banana, and cantaloupe.

Strange hop notes of banana, lime, cantaloupe, and honeydew melon. Caramel and rye with hints of butterscotch. Pine resin stick the finish.

Medium bodied, crisp, dry, and bitter.

Has a really strange hop profile...

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Photo of apw5508
2.96/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

There's nothing particularly wrong with this beer, but there isn't anything special about it either. Has the color and bitterness I would expect from an amber. Head is thin and dissipated quickly. Some hop aroma immediately after pouring, but it disappeared quickly.

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Photo of 57md
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is a copper color with a finger of head that dissipated slowly but surely into nothingness. The nose had a good dose of hop bitterness. The body is not quite thin, but I would not describe it as hearty either. The malt flavor comes through, but the hoppiness and dry finish are the features here.

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Photo of DocBrewroo
4.54/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Saw a six of this and had to check it out since I used to enjoy the Amish Four Grains from Lancaster. Although they also use different grains in this, it's nothing like what I remember. It's got great malt flavors and a subtle creaminess from the oats, great tan head and deep copper color. The hops are on the aggressive side, but this beer just worked so well for me. Me wife is not a hophead and she loved it as well. Happy to see Lancaster making some great new beers. Huge thumbs up!

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Photo of BeerIsland
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Hop Buggy is built on the Amish Four Grain which included rye, oats , and wheat over the basic malt. The brewers started at 14 OG (LBC centric measurements!) which fermented out at 5.6%. IBUs are 55, same as the Hop Hog, but primarily Bravo and Apollo were used. It's a stiffly hopped beer but tasty and good for sipping. The hops drive the finish which rolls over the tongue. A nice job and a different direction for LBC.

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Hop Buggy from Lancaster Brewing Company
3.48 out of 5 based on 118 ratings.
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