Hop Buggy | Lancaster Brewing Company

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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.

Added by BeerIsland on 01-29-2014

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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
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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 Adam7m
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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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 KolbMarley
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of mrosenfeld32
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of alcohline_trip
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mpenders
2.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bdel34
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hipHOPSanonymous
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of coldshowers
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bapplebaum
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Winger42
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pat_usher
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Hockey_Fan
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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 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 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 Gmartin75
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hoppymcgee
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of vwbus7
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of B967ierhunter177
1.5/5  rDev -56.9%

Photo of BodyPolitic
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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Hop Buggy from Lancaster Brewing Company
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