Southern Cross Hog | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Southern Cross HogSouthern Cross Hog

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
New Zealand hops add a nice piney hop flavor and grassy aroma to this spectacular Double IPA for a true taste of the Southern Hemisphere.

Added by hoppymcgee on 02-08-2014

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is copper, a little dense looking, head poured out huge (2-3 inches) then dissipated to a 1/4 inch top and some very nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is moderate hop strength but fairly good depth - flavors reach from citrus rind, to lemon, bit of pepperiness then the more grassy/piney/earthy notes, pine dominant; light boozy estery-ness noted too.

Taste is similar to the aroma with a bit more dominant malt notes - light caramel, biscuit, toast - hop flavors are citrus at first blend to lemon, then some earthy and piney resinous hops.

Mouthfeel is a little biting on the tongue and cheeks, not sharp but bitter and a bit sweet with a lower carbonation level it seems than maybe expected from the pour.

Overall, big, solid beer with a little flavor and aroma depth but sharp flavor and mouthfeel/finish.

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Draft in snifter. Pours a cloudy reddish-amber color with a thin off-white head. Initial impression is fruits, citrus, a little onion, and a maybe little caramel malt in the background. All are kind of understated. Medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Slightly bitter finish with an odd aftertaste. Not bad, but not a DIPA that I'd seek out.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%

(4.00) A: Cranberry coloring, with a 2 finger beach-sand, foamy textured head that is well lasting. Slow, lazy rise of carbonation with very good lace coverage on the vessel with meaty deposits and small windows.

(3.35) S: Fresh grapefruit juice, apple with a hint of pear initially. Aroma goes from wet with a light fruity touch, to a lightly dry caramelized citrus and onion hopping.

(3.60) T: Flavor was caramelized lemon citrus, pine with a hint of grassy onion. Flavor feels a bit light substance wise at first. Peppery-apple, hints of buttered caramel bread sweetness with underlying notes of toasted tropical fruit.

(3.60) M: Mouthful feels milky, medium body with a warming of citrus-onion glow on the inner cheeks. Lingering hoppy toasted fade.

(3.60) O: Overall good, caramelized tropical fruitiness with some peppery-pine hopping. Unique flavor/hop combination, light malt backing, Interesting, one that is perhaps a bit better the first time when deconstructed and analyzed, but perhaps falls a bit expectation wise in multiples and later drinkings. good for a try, impressive visual, unique hop combination.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, no date

appears a clear dark copper color with some ruby highlights. bright white head with good retention, and lacing. nice earthy aroma - grassy in a good way. nice balance of bready, slightly sweet malt in the taste. dry hoppy aftertaste. medium body and carbonation, coats the mouth a bit. drinks easy.

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Photo of SebD
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: It has a nice dark orange/amber color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of light citrus, some pine and sweet bready/caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a sweet bready malts, toffee, caramel, light pine and faint citrus. Not exciting.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a light and watery overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas but where are the hops? Seriously?

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Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber bottle, w/o freshness info being offered.

Pours darker amber, lighter khaki head that stays nicely and leaves decent low thicker bands of lace.

Bready/malty nose, with a hint of pine lingering in the rear.

Palate follows the nose, with again ample bready malts and more of a back note of hops. Caramel, light pine and moderate sweetness carry this one through the finish. Decent if slightly sweet DIPA.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle at 45 degrees into standard pint glass.
Initial aroma of melons (musk, honeydew, etc), quickly fading
Head average (4 cm), off white, creamy, quickly diminishing to an uneven layer between 2 – 7 mm.
Lacing fair, with some of the glass covered and some bare, most bubbles very small
Body medium orange, clear
Flavor begins lightly bitter, more from malt than hops, and slowly sweetens. No alcohol, no diacetyl. Flavor ends with a light bitterness on the rear palate but no chalky astringency.
Palate medium, watery, with soft carbonation.

This tastes pretty weakly hopped, but that seems to be the nature of New Zealand hops. This is an easy drinking DIPA with nothing too outstanding in the way of flavor.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a deep amber color with an almost ruby hue that forms a small head of foamy white colored foam. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass and some islands of foam on the surface of the brew.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite delicious. It is a fantastic blend of sweet tropical fruits, pine and citrus hop along with some other aromas of a fruity and malty nature. The tropical fruit smells, which are the strongest, are mainly of a tangerine nature, but contain a strong smell of mango and papaya as well. A somewhat resinous pine aroma is the biggest of the hop smells, but is accompanied by a bitter sweet grapefruit smell as well as a light amount of an earthy aroma. Rounding out the aroma is a bit of a doughy smell as well as some cherry and apple, overall mixing with the rest of the smells nicely and make for one great smelling brew overall..

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat bready and doughty taste with a moderately strong showing of a pine flavor. There is some sweeter tastes of a caramel and fruit nature of apple and cherry. While the fruit is present upfront, the beer is overall less sweet then the nose would have suggested, with the taste actually drying out a bit more as the flavor moves on forward. As it dries other hop flavors of a grapefruit taste come to the tongue with the pine getting a bit stronger toward the middle. While the pine gets stronger in the middle, it fades as it moves on to the end being replaced by some earthy tastes. The doughy flavors decrease along this time as well, with them being replaced by a bit of a graininess. The grainy taste brings with it a slightly grassy flavor and with a bit of an alcohol hit as well a sudden jump in the sweet flavors right at the very end of the taste, one is left with a somewhat odd sweet and sorta off bitter flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and chewier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Overall the lighter carbonation and chewiness are fairly decent for the doughy and pine hop flavors of the brew, but accentuate the off flavors a bit too much at the end of the taste making them more obnoxious then they would have been otherwise.

Overall – The best thing about this beer was definitely the nose, but otherwise it really is not all that great. A bit too many off and non-complimenting flavors in this one for it to be all that enjoyable.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at paradise
Served in a pint glass, it has a orange color body with a small head. The smell has a floral pine to it.
The taste is pine and some citrus. The hops give a bitter flavor on the back of the tongue.
Mouthfeel is good leaves a little bite on the tongue. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at Wegmans recently, this is the first time I've seen it. 22 ounce bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. I do love the label with the hog and hops on it.

A: A light copper color with some gold tones and a nice white one finger head. Nice glass lacing.

S: Grassy, floral, pine, bready, some caramel sweetness and even some funk type hay notes.

T: Not bad, floral and grassy hops with some slight citrus and I am still getting a little funk with the hops. Sweetness is mostly biscuit and bready but some sweeter caramel is there. Finish is a little bitter but it did not last at all. Very clean, but not lasting so maybe it's too clean for the 8% abv., I usually like my DIPAs to leave a lasting flavor. Not an overly complex beer.

M: Clean, no alcohol but it could use more body. Finish is a bit empty.

O: A decent DIPA, but not world class. I enjoyed it but it was not something I would go out of my way to find again. Still, I like the way they are going with this beer.

I'm not a fan of Lancaster Brewing even though they are in my backyard, but I'll give them props for trying something new and making a beer that is respectable and drinkable. Perhaps they are heading in the right direction.

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Photo of 57md
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a slightly reddish-copper with a finger of head that dissipated quickly but left some nice lacing behind. There is a touch of hops and a slight citrusy aroma but overall, the nose is quite muted. The malt backbone is definitely sturdy and the hop bitterness, while light for a DIPA, blends well with the malt flavor. The finish is pleasantly dry. The body is on the lighter side for style.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 12oz. tumbler. Has a reddish amber color with an unstable head cap of a slivered half-inch. Some evident hop haze.

Really toasty with a decent-sized malt bill. Hops range mostly from earthy to pine to dank citrus with a medium to medium-low intensity. Some hint of strong cat piss like vagrance comes and goes. Smells like a hoppy imperial red, for the most part.

Hops are a little more brawny now. Toast is rigorous, or perhaps I should say roast; and bitterness is bruising. Flavors go back to earthy pine with a juicy citrus tone that speaks to grapefruit and maybe orange. There's some elixiry note that borders on floral. Must be those New Zealand hop varietals. Low on complexity, but good marks for a well-handled ABV. All in all, not a bad ale.

Rather low in carbonation. Drinks thinner than I'd like. And, the combination of the two make for an uneventful experience.

Not good enough to compromise one's tolerance, but I wouldn't kick it out of bed, in general.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly deep red color, good clarity, topped by four fingers of sticky looking off-white bordering on beige dense foam.

Big malt nose, candy sweet and earthy at the same time. Hints of fruit.

Big malty base. Earthy. Some tropical fruits. Not really bitter.

Smooth, rich mouthfeel.

Tasty beer, but it seems far more Strong Ale or Barleywine than Double IPA with a Down Under hop bill.

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

Bomber > Pint Glass

A -Ruby amber in color with two finger of foamy white head, thick lacing.
S - Intersting tropical notes,dragonfruit, apricot, pineapple, and a big caramel malt profile.
T - The tropical notes come at you in front but fade fast to a bitter roasted malt flavor. I mean the malt in this thing is really overbearing.
M - Dry, bready malty chewy.
O - This thing would be better off as a hoppy amber ale than anything, the malt profile is so wacked out and overpowers the hops a lot, which is a shame, cause there's some really good unique flavors, they're just dominated.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep gold color, almost ruby. A sticky white foam coating laces the glass well. Aroma is citrusy and slightly sweet. In the taste, earthy and quite bitter, tasty to say the least. Grapefruit rind, yet earthy and astringent. A bit hot but not too bad. Medium bodied and with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good brew, big, earthy and dirty citrus.

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Photo of Morey
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz Bomber with no freshness date.

Pours a beautiful dark amber color with brilliant clarity. Head is about a finger and a half following a medium pour and is cream colored.

Aroma is on the tame side for a Double IPA. Caramel Malts, Minty/Leafy hops, subtle sweetness, and a kiss of grapefruit and pine in there as well.

Follows the nose pretty closely. I'm getting a solid malt backbone with a caramel/toffee sweetness right up front. I'm getting resinous pine and mint from the hop bill. there's some nice lingering bitterness as well.

Mouthfeel is on the creamy side for an IPA.

Overall, I like this beer. It's certainly much better than Hop Hog in my opinion. You certainly won't be blown away with citrus and tropical notes, but the 3 strains of New Zealand hops lend some interesting flavors. More of a balanced East Coast IPA here, but I enjoyed it. Cheers!

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Southern Cross Hog from Lancaster Brewing Company
3.61 out of 5 based on 63 ratings.
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