Boss Hog | Lancaster Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lancaster Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American 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.

Added by BeerIsland on 12-13-2009

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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 29
Reviews by JWU:
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3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of therealJAYZ
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Lancaster Brewing Company
Boss Hog Double IPA nitro tap
Tapped 10 Dec, tasted 11 Dec

This beer is about as far out of Bill Moore's wheelhouse as Einstein is from Mickey Spillane. I can imagine him clambering up the steps to the kettle with management right behind; brandishing mash paddles and screaming "More hops, more malt!" And yet, and yet, it's a tribute to the crew at LBC; whether a favorite style or not, these guys know how to make great beer. The Boss Hog DIPA is a wondrous beer, pretty to look at and very pleasant to imbibe. Poured on a nitro tap, it comes golden orange, capped with a generous head that stayed with it all the way down my mug. There's a fairly piney nose from the Northern Brewer Hops (as per Casey) but the 65IBUs of this variety don't slap you around like the other DIPAs I've tried. The malts are there but not a load, either. This beer is very well balanced right through to the finish and is smooth and eminently drinkable. I was amazed when told by Bianca (and seconded by Casey) that the Hog weighs in over 10%. This one will catch up to you, fast! Judging from the animated crowd, others were getting into the Boss Hog mood as well. It's great to just pop in the LBC and get completely surprised by something new or previously overlooked.

By Sunday, the Boss had moved over to a regular tap. Started off a little spritzy but by the end of the mug was pretty much as above; maybe a bit more hoppy.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
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 alcohline_trip
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dacrza1
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE: September 8, 2017... OCCASION: the night before Soccer Season 2017 begins... GLASSWARE: Maudite snifter... pours a nice dark amber body that sports bubbles, though one must strain his eyes to find them, dense as it is... the head is white, thick, clumpy, and uneven, while the lacing arcs, creamy and staying... the first breath is pure resin, thick caramel, apple, rum, and stone fruit... a creamy body that lights a fire of sorts, with a dry, thick, lingering finish that coats the throat... a thick, almost molasses-like draw makes for a sippable brew... the caramel pushes the profile, with the resin and fruitiness a secondary flavor... apricot, orange float in... this boozy, swagging DIPA is more balanced than many I have had, with enough puckering citrus to tantalize for the next sip... picked up as a singleton from a build-your-own, this offers a bourbon-like sweetness, rewarding the slow draw with some band-aid Islay scotch aroma as well... almost better than the sum of its parts... I would revisit this again, and enjoy that Lancaster attempted to balance this, even at 9.3% ABV...

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Photo of Varkias41
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of MiKeydub
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of HopHead_
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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 DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ShanePB
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of hmich176
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Shamus89
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of mpalestino
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
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 beerfinder
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of happy4hoppybeer
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Aromas of piney hops and caramel hops.thick-bodied and heavy on the alky. Not as citrus and pleasant as the best DIPAs.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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Boss Hog from Lancaster Brewing Company
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