Hop Hog India Pale Ale
Lancaster Brewing Company

Hop Hog India Pale AleHop Hog India Pale Ale
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #6,999
ABV:
7%
Score:
78
Ranked #47,430
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 15.79%
Reviews:
376
Ratings:
840
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Lancaster Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Year-round
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Hop Hog India Pale AleHop Hog India Pale Ale
Notes: Our remarkably drinkable entry level IPA, Hop Hog, delivers layered hop flavors, subtle bitterness and a firm malt profile. We've doubled down on the Citra and Cascade dry hopping, for even more fresh hop character and aroma.
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Reviews by ogman:
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ogman from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Mar 17, 2019
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kajerm from Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Devil's Alley. Pours clear (dammit) with a finger or so of white head.

The aroma is citric hops, probably Cascade. The flavor opens up with mild grapefruit hops and even milder malts, and ends with mild bitterness. Tasty enough, but pretty gutless. The mouthfeel is standard for the style.

Drinkability is good, but I've had this beer about a thousand times before.

Jul 30, 2007
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vfgccp from New York

2.25/5  rDev -34.2%

Mar 24, 2012
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blue-dream from Virgin Islands (U.S.)

4/5  rDev +17%

Sep 03, 2014
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beerphan from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle -> Pint glass
no date info

Pours a clear amber orange with an off white one inch head. Very little lacing. Medium carbonation present all the way until the end of the pint.

Nose: Strong sweet fruit hops scent, backed by a rich caramel malt. Grassy notes.

Taste: Slight grassy hops upfront, followed by a caramel malt blast, then a bitter almost metallic aftertaste. The strong smell does not come through in the taste. Disappointment. Not sure if this is an age issue, as i got this from a store i'm new too.

Mouthfeel is medium to light.

I didn't find this beer very drinkable, as i did not finish either of the bottles i opened. I will revisit this beer when i know i'm getting a fresh one, as i think, from the smell that is has potential.

Aug 27, 2006
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Brewsed from North Carolina

3.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 11, 2016
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WheelsPSU from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -12.3%

Aug 29, 2013
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jscottku21 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.3%

Dec 22, 2011
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bubseymour from Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -5%

Jun 17, 2013
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beerded_drunk from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Sep 29, 2014
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RblWthACoz from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a darker copper amber with a nice creme head that leaves a bit of lace on the way down. Nose is perfumed hops. Flavor is better than I was expecting really. Seems pretty well balanced. Citrus, salt, and earth all come together to give a balanced flavor ride. Feel is smooth on liquid, though a bit sticky with a slightly lower carbonation. This is a very smooth drinking IPA that was much nicer than I expected it to be. I liked it better than Big Daddy IPA, which I had last night. Too bad this isn't available in NYC.

Feb 04, 2008
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Contrast to others - I totally enjoyed this fresh, laid back APA/IPA.

A: The beer sports a pressed cider hazed body, dark, amber-gold in color and with moderate visible carbonation. Beer pours with a finger light beige head that laces finely and lasts.

S: Not enough. A bit of oily dankness, with caramel malts, honey, and toffee with notes of pine resin and juicy hops in the nose.

T: Follows the smell, the initial taste is malty for an IPA with caramel and toffee sweetness. Unlike other reviews I found ample bitterness with juicy hints of herbal and pine resin hops as it finishes.

M: Medium, juicy, nice feel and tingly finish. leaves me in a great place.

O: This beer is fresh, flavorful but more malt-forward style. I liked it. Try 6.

May 23, 2016
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themattcole from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

May 11, 2014
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JohneHoodlum from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.3%

Dec 06, 2011
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TheBrewo from New York

3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

We pour a deep red-amber colored brew. It holds a two finger head of cream colored bubbles that retains nicely, leaving sticky lacing around the glass as it goes. The bubbles are large and battery. The brew is quite transparent, with no haze or sediment noted. Carbonation appears to be average. Grassy and mineraly hops abound in the nose. These are supported by adjuncty and caramel grains, with the faintest toast. There is a cherry sweetness and medicinal phenolic character, giving it a scent not unlike a fruity cough syrup. Rounding out the nose are light buttery diacetyls from the darker grain. As we sip, adjuncty and steely grains hit the palate first. There is a drying floury bite, with pangs of bready yeast and filler malts. The middle boasts cleaner grain, with a sweeter flavoring and feel, of cooked caramel. They are a bit sticky, but generally this flavor peters out by the end, where we meet a fruity sweetness of berry and an alcoholic burn. The end also presents the first hops of the flavoring, in the form of muted grassiness. The aftertaste breathes cooked malts, alcohol, and a synthetic citric orange. The body is medium and the carbonation is medium. With each sip comes a nice slurp and froth, due to the well retained head and maintained carbonation. The mouth and lips are coated, with an eventual drying taking over the tongue with a slight astringency. Despite all this there is a slight watered-down feel to the flavoring. The abv is higher end for the style, and the beer drinks easily enough.

Overall, what we found most enjoyable about this brew was the look. It holds a nice deep coloring, with a massive head of thick, sticky bubbles. In all honesty it looks more like a barleywine or dubbel, with more of those smells as well than of those expected in an American IPA. The hops were overly toned down, and while this beer seemed to miss several stylistic markers, it wasn’t a terrible beer in the end.

Aug 26, 2011
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Cheld from Maine

3.25/5  rDev -5%

Mar 24, 2014
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atsprings from North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a crisp copper with a thin off-white head that leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is some pine hops, burnt caramel and a hint of sweet fruit. The taste is a rather bland blend some citrus hops and sweet malts that leaves a slight citrus flavor lingering in the finish. The beer is rather light bodied and the alcohol is well hidden. This is just too bland and mediocre to be called anything above average.

Feb 28, 2008
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Navalartichoke from Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -5%

Aug 14, 2014
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CreekyJarls from New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -5%

Dec 25, 2013
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Geech from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.3%

Mar 29, 2014
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flyingpig from Scotland

4.04/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

355ml bottle as a gift from Virginia:
Caramel brown with a 1cm, creamy looking head with great retention.

Strong & sweet malt smell straight away. Biscuit & caramel next with citrus & a faint smell of alcohol, hardly any hops though.

Sweet caramel and some light citrus with some malts. A few light fruits sitting in the background with a hint of orange and some pear. More hops than came through in the nose but I still wouldn't class it as a particularly hoppy beer. Very nice though.

Medium bodied beer with a sweet beer that has lively carbonation and the beer is surprisingly smooth. There is some bitterness and the finish is somewhat dry with further sweetness as well.

Labelled as an American IPA but it seemed more pale ale to me. A few hops coming through but for the most part it was the sweet malts and caramel that dominated. The beer has perfect carbonation and was sweet throughout with a good balance and was one that I quite enjoyed.

Sep 25, 2013
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lockewoodfin from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -12.3%

Oct 05, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high light beige head that gradually died down and transitioned into a thin creamy layer of bubbles covering the surface and a web of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of caramel malts, toffee along with hints of pine resin hops in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the initial taste is quite malty for an IPA and has flavors of caramel and toffee as well as a bit of sweetness. There is a light amount of bitterness and hints of herbal and pine resin hops towards the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a bit of crispness along with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite flavorful but unusual in the sense that it is a malt-forward beer in a style that is usually dominated by hops. The alcohol is rather well masked considering its strength.

Jun 22, 2012
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jdaddy from Pennsylvania

2.76/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Jul 24, 2015
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Phigg1102 from New York

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I feel like the components here are confused which makes it hard to enjoy. On there own the appearance, taste, and aroma are not bad, but they don't seem to match up very well.

Dec 19, 2014
Hop Hog India Pale Ale from Lancaster Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 840 ratings