Boss Hog | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Boss HogBoss Hog

Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Description: Boss Hog Double IPA has a full-bodied, lasting hop finish from three different varieties of hops. Its uplifting citrus flavor and amber hue welcomes another sip of this refreshing brew.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a custom pint glass: color a hazy copper, off white head, bubbly lacing.

Smell is a little sweet, a little bitter: sweetness appears to be pleasant light toasted caramel, hop aroma is citrusy, hints of earthy and grass.

Taste is a little muddled between hop flavors and lighter malt sweetness; malt flavors are toast and caramel, hops are citrus but feint then some grassy/earthy notes.

Mouthfeel is soft, not quite bitter at first and then the hops come through but subtly with a lingering sharper bitterness on the tongue.

Overall a DIPA that seems to need a kick of extra hops or cleaner/dryer fermentation; not bad flavors but just a little underdone for the DIPA style.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Slighjt hazy Amber body with a white head rising roughly above half a finger's length.

Smell: Light hops.

Taste: Sweet citrus, lightly complex consisting of lemons skin and heavy grapefruit.

Mouth: Medium bodied. Smooth and bit crispy

Overall: Good brew, better one than my last and obviously a better upgrade coming from Lancaster Brewing. Salud!

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Photo of ajilllau
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very, very hoppy beer - ibu is 85 & can be smelled and tasted. Selling well for me this far. I was a bit apprehensive to give lancaster a shot on my taps but people seem to enjoy them. I would carry this again.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.32/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$ 7.99 Bomber at Wegmen’s, Erie, PA
Bomber at 40 degrees into SA lager glass
Aroma initially citrus which quickly fades
Head average (3 cm), off white, frothy, diminishing to 3 mm layer
Lacing good – very wide partial rings of tiny bubbles, some medium islands
Body medium amber, hazy
Flavor begins with a light nondescript generic bitterness reminiscent of a pale ale and ends slightly sweet. No alcohol, no malt, no diacetyl.
Palate light to medium, watery, soft carbonation.

Appearance 3.75, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.4375
Kinda hard to accurately evaluate this beer – not as hoppy as expected for a DIPA but still pretty decent. Very easy drinking and not at all similar to a barley wine which many old DIPAs resemble. More like a non-aggressive pale ale.

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Photo of jmdrpi
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. no date, but I just visited the brewpub and it was released this week, and bought from the fridge at the brewpub, so super fresh.

appears a crystal clear copper color, with bright white head. good head retention and rings of lacing cling to the glass as I drink. very nice bright hop aroma - a bit earthy, a little piney. taste starts a little sweet, ends slightly bitter, lingering aftertaste of hops. a bit piney, resinous. good flavor, just enough malt to balance. medium body, but a bit sticky tasting. coats the mouth.

overall - compared to most of Lancaster's offerings, this stands out

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours quite hazy copper color with a small one inter white head. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite nice with it being heavy of a tropical fruit smell of mango, pineapple and tangerine. Other aromas of a slightly bready nature mixed with a bit of caramel follow behind the fruit in intensity. Along with the sweet tropics and malt are some lighter grapefruit hop smells as well as a little bit of an herbal aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a doughy flavor that has a moderate level of caramel and some fruits of a tangerine and mango nature. Some hop flavors of a grapefruit nature are present upfront, with these getting more potent to the end. The sweeter flavors are certainly not that overpowering though and are only of a moderate flavor upfront, with them fading as the taste moves on more toward the end. The doughy flavors also transitions with them becoming slightly more bready and cracker like in nature at the end of the taste. With the increase in the grapefruit hop, some other hop flavors also come to the tongue. Around the middle of the taste, a resinous pine and earthy hop make their presence known and last to the end. With the mix of hops, lighter fruits/caramel, and more crackery/bready flavors one is left with a non-overpowering but crisp slightly resinous and lingering bitter taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average to slightly below average side in terms of thickness and creaminess for a brew of 9.4 % abv. with it having a carbonation level that is a bit on the lower side. The mouthfeel was overall fairly nice as the slightly thinner body accentuated the crispness of the brew all while the lower carbonation did not take away much of the potency of the hop flavors.

Overall – A fairly easy drinking and flavorfully crisper, big IPA. Rather tasty overall.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: Dark golden approaching bronze. A sheet of lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Floral, fruity, strong.

Taste: Has a big sugary malt body akin to many barleywines, but somewhat hoppy. Good bitterness and lingering floral notes.

Feel: Medium to full bodied. Easy drinkable.

Overall: A nice barleywine or imperial IPA. This would be a triple ipa.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

$7.50 bomber from Abe's.

Rich copper amber body, chill haze, super dense three finger off-white foam in concentric circles. Minimal lace.

Enormous and inviting orange and pine aroma.

Malt beginning needs more depth. Doesn't form a foundation. Just slides on by. Fruitiness. A bit of bread. Nip of bitterness. Sense of alcohol without a taste or burn.

Big chewy mouthfeel.

It's a big beer, but it doesn't necessarily come across as a big IPA. Disappointing in the end.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

on tap at the brewery - served in imperial pint

Softly hazed burnt orange color with copper hues, thin cropping of beige head fades into patchy lacing on the glass. Sweet and juicy in the nose with caramel, burnt sugar, grapefruit and bread crust. Nice lick of bitter grapefruit up front on the tongue, tempered by the sweeter backbone. Bursting with a pleasant hop flavor, citrus peel and softly tropical notes. Toasted bread crust and caramel leads into a warm glowing finish.

This is probably the best beer I've ever had from Lancaster, so I was inclined to have another pint while enjoying my lamb burger (which was also pretty tasty). I'd order this one again for sure.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.07/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Lancaster Brewing Co.

A - Pours a medium to dark amber color that's crystal clear when held to the light and a one fingered creamy head, gentle carbonation.

S - Aroma is on the mild side for a big beer. Light chewy malt and some delicate orange, grapefruit, and spice aroma.

T - Balanced is the name of the game with this beer as it is in every aspect. Earthy caramel malt (that's a little grainy), and some citrus notes midway through before ending with a grapefruit citrus bitter finish that isn't overly big but lingering. Spice is very light on the end.

M - A little sharp from the carbonation and medium body.

O - Doesn't stand out from the pack, sits somewhere in the middle and is so-so at best, needs a good kick of more bittering hops.

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Photo of y2jrock60
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark orange with a head that dissipates quickly leaving behind little lacing.

S- Very malty and sweet with some spiciness from the hops. There is a hint of grapefruit in the nose but it's very subtle.

T- Very sweet upfront, similar to the regular Hop Hog IPA. There is some spicy/fruity bitterness at the end along with the presence of alcohol. It's like most mediocre double IPAs, lacking in the hop department.

M- Smooth thick bodied with syrup like characteristics. Carbonation is on the low end.

O- A more alcoholic variant of Hop Hog. It's mediocre at best, I would drink it if given one, but I would refrain from purchasing another.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: pours a clear amber color with a creamy tan head that lasts.
S: Pine, orange peel, and some earthy notes round out the hops. Fresh bread and caramel notes for the malt backbone. It is very balanced for a double ipa.
T: Pine and citric hit first and then a smooth crystal malt bready flavor give a well rounded sweetness with touches of caramel and golden raisins. Some earthy notes from more hops.
M: creamy , medium body with slight alcohol warmth. It is hidden well though.
O: Nice beer overall especially for balance. Could use a little more of a hop forward aroma. This beer is really smooth on tap and worth a try.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: ?
This review is for a recent tasting on tap at Pinocchio's, Media, PA

This followed the completely unpalatable Cricket Hill DIPA, and was a welcome alternative. Poured a clearish copper color with a half inch or so of fizzly white head that receded to a ringlet and left a few splashes of lacing on the glass. Aroma of floral and citrus hops...yep, it's an IPA. More hoppiness in the taste, citrus rind, lightly floral and earthy, with a solid bready malt base; bitterness lingered into the aftertaste, and the higher alcohol was decently concealed. Medium body, not a super top-notch IPA, but quite good overall.

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Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at paradise by the slice
review from notes drank on 08/23/12
It was served in a snifter, it had a nice copper body to it with a small lace around the edge. The smell was wonderfully full of citrus, mostly grapefruit. The taste was straight up wonderful hop taste with a nice crisp grapefruit hint, then on the back of the tongue came the nice carmel malt taste. It has a great mouthfeel a very little after taste. Overall this is a darn good beer.

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Photo of stakem
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hmmm a Lancaster offering I've never had before... Interesting to find it running loose on 2nd street in Harrisburg at Anthonys. Served in a snifter, the brew appears an amber to burnt copper color. Fairly clear with a finger of off-white froth. The cap holds with a solid creamy finger that is supported by rising carbonation. Thick patches of lace stick to the glass,.

The smell is fruity from a scent of alcohol moreso than hops. As it warms up, some hop character of citrus and pine make themselves known with a faint inclusion to the aromatics. There is an equally bold inclusion of minerals, sulfur and cheese that get increasingly more assertive as the brew warms up.

The taste is toasty grain with caramel residual sweetness. It blends to sone fruity hop inclusion accented by a mild tinge of alcohol. The flavors mud palate are a bit buttery. Mineral flavors are present just as the aroma indicated. There is a tea flavoring that lasts into the aftertaste with a mellow herbal touch. Once warm, there is some cheese inclusion with sulfur,

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. This is a pretty average offering with mineral aspects being as bold as the hop inclusion which is a bit of a failure as far as IPAs go. To this brews credit, the alcohol is hidden exceptionally well. I never for a moment felt like I was drinking a brew close to 10% alcohol.

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Photo of JWU
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from my growler into a curved pint glass. Purchased directly at the brewery.

A- Amber. Reddish/Orange hues. Darker that just about any double IPA I've ever had. Big puffy white head, but it dissipates really quickly, and there's little lacing down the glass.

S- Best part of this beer. Smell is big and citrusy. Pineapple, Grapefruit, Oranges and Mangoes.

T- Let down after the smell. You get a kind of generic citric hop bite up front, malts try to balance, but are beaten back by the rush of bitter, drying pine. A bit of alcohol heat, but really minimal for a 10.1% beer. It's just missing that something extra to put it over the top.

M- Thin for a Double. The dryness isn't off-putting. The best part is how they hide 10.1% in this. Alcohol is very well masked.

Overall- Nice, but out of my local breweries, I'll take Troegs Nugget Nectar, Stoudts Double IPA, or Victory Hop Wallop every time. This just isn't in the same class.

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Photo of woodychandler
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Transcribed from notes dtd Sa, 18 Dec 2010. On tap at the brewery.

It's back! I missed out on it during its initial iteration and I bgan to despair that I may not have a chance to try it. It was set before me with a thick, foamy finger of bone-white head with great retention. Color was a deep copper with NE-quality clarity. Nose was redolent with grapefruit-citrus hops. Holy Hopalicious, Batman! Bill Moore made an extremely hoppy beer! The Apocalypse may soon be upon us. Mouthfeel was medium with a massive hop presence on the tongue. Phew. I was perhaps unprepared for something like this from LNCBC. Finish was bone-dry, chillingly so, like a breeze blowing through a cemetery on Hallowe'en. Gadzooks!

Mr. Moore used to swear that he would NEVER make this style of beer, so as a good citizen, I have contacted the FBI to alert them to this situation. They have deployed agents to check his basement for the presence of cocoon-like pods. Pardon me, there is a knock at my front door ... Aaaaahhhh. I'm back. All is well, nothing to worry about, the beer is perfect, Mr. Moore is fine. Proceed as normal. The end?

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Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I had this orginally on tap at Cobblestone's -served chilled in a large taster.
A -3.5 S -3 T-3.5 M- 4 O -2.5
The beer comes to me looking very clear medium amber w/ golden highlights and a full cream cap. The lace sticks well and the bead is ultra fine. The clarity is good and carbonation is visible in the ale. The smell has lots of caramel malt and slight butterscotch w/ hints of toasted grain scents. There is not much in the way of hop aroma even as it warms/opens up. The feel is pretty good with smooth bitterness like an English Strong ale backed by slight malt foundation, the overall balance is semi-bitter with a mild sweetness level and slight chalky aspect w/ medium low carbonation.

The taste has a moderately piney hop flavor w/ slightly fruity yeast and mild caramel essence. There is light citrus in the taste also w/ pitty quality and mild drying and alcohol flavor. There is a light medicinal effect from the grassy hops and alcohol combo w/ lightly chalky dry finish when warm. The overall drinkability is pretty middle of the road, it is good for the Lancaster Brewing's standards since their portfolio is kind of hit or miss at times. I don't really think this is something I want to revisit=such a low score. I was eager to try their attempt at a Imperial IPA, but it fails to impress me and isn't a very good representation of the style IMO.

Edit - tried again July 14
A - 3.75 S -3.75 M -3.5 T -3.75 O -3.75
I enjoyed this on tap at the HBG location, served chilled in a cervoise.
The color is deep amber with good clarity and thick white head which holds well with fine bead. The smell is strong citrus hop with mild herbal odor and subtle alcohol aroma with light sweet accent of malt. The feel is decent -bitter up front with mild yeast tang and medium carbonation throughout with moderately high alcohol and gentle sweetness with malt and semi-dry finish.

The taste has strong pine flavor with grassy accents and light caramel with gentle citrus from the hops and some intense almost salty hop bitterness with a pretty low astringency yet there is a mild alcohol from mid taste on and that is lightly spicey. The overall take is that I liked it better than at first -maybe less alcoholic flavro - not great but worth a try -more bitter hopwise than hoppy flavored.

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Photo of thain709
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Appeared a lighter shade of amber...great clarity...a one finger, white head that showed nice retention...good lacing

S - A solid combo of grapefruit and pine hops...the hops jump out of the gates but they are backed by some malts

T - The taste follows the nose rather well...and that's not a bad thing...again, the hops jump out first provide a quick citrus flavor...the middle provides you with a bready malt and sweet caramel malt that balances things out...the piney hops come on at the end and leave you with their bitterness

M - Medium bodied...crisp, mild bitterness

D - As for being 10% this has very nice drinkabillity...but as far as being a spot on's far from...but needless to say, this beer was pretty good in it's own sense and I could have had more of it

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Photo of mymrnngjckt
2.38/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a golden amber color with little to no head. Smells minimally of pine and citrus but has a big tropical fruit smell. Taste is not balaced at all. Too bitter. Not much malt backbone to support the bitterness. The beer could have used some more cabonation for me. I down right don't like the Hop Hog and this one isn't much better.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at LBC's Harrisburg location. First two pints off the keg. ITS BACK BABY!!!

A- pours amber with a one finger white head. Laces very nicely.

S- fragrant aroma of piney hops

T- super juicy, loaded with piney hops. Aftertaste is slightly sweet

M- body is nice and thick

D- not too hoppy, but really drinkable regardless. Can't taste the alcohol at all. Gonna love drinking this for the two weeks or so its on tap

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Photo of alysmith4
2.7/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had high hopes for this beer after finding it on-tap at RFD in DC. It was just.. okay. The smell was a little stale - bitter with some pine and grapefruit notes. Taste was similar. I was expecting a lit more hoppy flavor, but it seems more maltier for me. I'm surprised to learn that it's a Double/Imperial IPA. Wouldn't have it again.

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4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

On draft, served in a snifter. Funny thing, I've never been able to get my hands on the Boss Hog at the brewery but I see it every so often where I live now...

A: The bartender let the pour continue until most of the head was pushed out, let it sit, then filled the glass again to the top. Big foamy/frothy light brown head with short retention and an enduring collar. The body is a dark ambery brown orange color. Perfectly clear. Many active streamers help maintain the collar. Lacing is impressive. Most DIPAs in snifter do not stick to the glass in sheets as solid as this one.

S & T: Hops are piney & citrusy grapefruit and bitter. It seems that the hop bill in the Boss Hog is entirely different from the Hop Hog (LBC's IPA which showcases the grapefruit more than the pine), not just an amped up version. I would bet that the recipe is significantly different as well. Wheat bread, grainy malts, almost roasted with a slightly burnt caramel component.

M: Spot on mouthfeel. Nothing needs to be changed in this department.

D: A very good DIPA with drinkability slightly edging out palatability. To be completely honest, I like the Hop Hog more, not to say that the Boss Hog is bad, it's pretty damn good and one one LBC's more complete offerings, but the Hop Hog is a better IPA than the Boss Hog is a DIPA.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Listed at Capone's in Norristown, PA as "Lancaster DIPA". On-tap.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruit hops backed by slighlty bready pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells, although the hops aren't quite as intense as the smell led me to believe they would be. Pale malt flavors up front segue quickly into loads of hops - as with the smell both tropical and citrus. The hop flavors linger around and carry through to a solidly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have another.

Overall I was very impressed with this beer - loads and loads of hops make this one well worth a shot.

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Photo of John_M
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a somewhat light copper color with vey good head retention and lots of sticky lacing all around. On the nose, I get an attractive aroma of earth, light tobacco and floral hops. This beer smells pretty nice. Flavors replicate the nose pretty closely, with some impressive bitterness in the long finish. Also, the beer is on the dry side, with just enough malt to counter the hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the beer full flavored. Drinkability is pretty good, though the alcohol is noticable in the finish and is a bit much. Still, this is a very impressive beer from Lancaster Brewing. Pretty nice DIPA.

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Boss Hog from Lancaster Brewing Company
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