Hop Hog | Feral Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Feral Brewing Co.
Australia

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by brendan13 on 07-06-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
139
Reviews:
58
Avg:
4.15
pDev:
9.88%
 
 
Wants:
12
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44
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of snowmageddon
3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greg4579
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dansmcd
4.64/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a cloudy mid orange with a thick, creamy white head that lasts the distance. One unbroken sheet of lacing encases the glass.

S - Gorgeous tropical fruit hop pungency, mango, passionfruit, pine. Slight bready malt in the back.

T - Follows the nose, big citrusy hops dominate a lesser malt profile, which is overshadowed to a degree but not forgotten. The hops are what I'm after though and this bastard delivers the good stuff.

M - Beautiful full creamy body, moderate carbonation.

O - I thank the world that I have year round access to this sweet nectar and am able to call it my go-to regular.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel Tulip.

A - Pours a cloudy Orange Amber colour with a persistent White head that retains and laces.

S - Nice balance of tropical aromas and piney hops.

T - Quite powerfull hops and pine flavours with a nice citrus zing on the bitter finish. The tripical flavours also present in the backgound.

M - Medium to light body and medium carbonation.

O - The best IPA brewed in Australia, hands down.

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Photo of SlightlyGrey
3.79/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brendan13
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Local Taphouse 6/7/08.
A - Poured a clear orange colour with a 2cm fluffy white head that slowly falls away leaving some patchy lacing.
S - Pungent wood, spicey pine notes as well as some slight citrus aromas.
T - Woody & piney hops like the smell backed up by some biscuit maltiness.
M - Medium bodied with a medium to high carbonation.
D - A well balanced, very tasty IPA. Easily my favourite from this brewery so far. 5.8%ABV is high enough to give a kick but won't stop a few going down.

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Photo of BrazilianAussie
4.66/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of doktorhops
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Hog: Australia's highest rated brew on Beeradvocate, at least until Watermelon Warhead - also by Feral - took over... but let's not dwell on a beer I will probably never get to try... even though I love the flavour of watermelons, and I had always wanted to brew a beer with watermelons... it's Hop Hog time, sigh.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Presents with a viscous hazed honey body and a mightily frothy beige head that stands proud (and annoyingly so because you just know that you're going to get an Austin Powers 2 style "Belgian dip" when you take that first sip) at 1 inch high.

S: A dynamite aroma of pine, candied orange and lychee hops abound in this delightful ale. There is a malt base of barley with yeast in there somewhere but who the hell could (or would want to) smell past those fantastic hops. Very, very reminiscent of a real American IPA here.

T: The first thing one notices is how even-handed this brew is; it begins with sweet malt/candied orange, then mid-palate there is some pine resin, which follows through to a bitter medicinal hops finish. Overall the palate is a mix of Australian sweetness in the malting with American hops given some room to shine, all without having an over-the-top full-on sharp bitter finish that some American IPA's can suffer from.

M: Light bodied for the style with medium carbonation. There is some slickness as well due to hop resins, which adds its easy drinkability.

D: Not often does an Australian brew come close to the quality of a decent American IPA but this one does, and in my opinion beats a few that I've tried. You could say I'm biased being an Aussie and all but you would be wrong - if anything I'm more critical of Australian brewers than most reviewers and personally I think there's a lot more shit beer being produced in Australia than anywhere else in the world. Macro brewers here know that they can pump out any old crap and the majority of Aussies will put up with it, we are after all a very lackadaisical people. Point is: this beer is damn good, buy it. Now.

Food match: Thai or Vietnamese are two front runners for this brew's affections.

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Photo of pagriley
4.07/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz into pint glass

This is a revisit from last year. Much improved. Bright and crisp with great citrus on the nose. Lighter bodied and subtle on the palate - more a pale ale than anything but still delicious

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single bottle courtesy of a trans-Pacific trade with dgilks - cheers David!

Poured into the handy hotel room tumbler glass, which served its purpose admirably. An amber-russet brew, slightly hazy, with a lively head, great retention and lovely icicles of lacing. First rate appearance.

The nose is solid American citrus hops, brown sugar, pale malt. Some orange, lemon and other tropical fruits kicking around.

A maltier American IPA, with the hops coming to my attention only later in the sip. The hops have a nice earthy character with the citrus only mildly poking its head above the surface. Quite flavorful, although the hops lack that juicy punch I come to expect from any brew with "Hop" in the name. Still, quite tasty and enjoyable.

Effervescent carbonation, medium feel.

With a bit of tweaking, this IPA could hold its own quite nicely against other brews of the style. Nevertheless, this was a highly drinkable IPA and is well-worth seeking out.

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Photo of Naerhu
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
5/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of SmashPants
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: standard 330mL brown bottle, pretty rubbish label. At least it's different though.

Appearance: pours a hazy orange amber with a thick off-white head. Good retention and decent, patchy lacing. Enticing to say the least.

Aroma: up-front strong aromas of tropical fruit hops - lychee, mangoes and peaches. A hint of bread malts rounds out the aroma.

Taste: follows the nose, with an expected whack of citrus hops. Again, the bread malts back up the big hop flavours somewhat.

Aftertaste: astringency starts to cut across, but the American IPA levels of hops sorts it out.

Mouth feel: medium carbonation, with a thicker body.

Overall: quite a decent IPA, not quite as overdone as a lot of the American IPAs. Quite expensive though, at AU$80 a case. Take it or leave it, I suppose :)

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Photo of Boozecamel
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of danieelol
3.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Belated upload. Thanks to MordeciaFunk for sending this through to me in the Australian BIF (along with heaps of other cool stuff).

Pours a nice mango colour. Good head/lacing.

Smell presents a lot of mango character, almost Tripel-like although it does come from hops.

Taste presents a dry hoppy character which is nevertheless well balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is fine, not a whole lot of carb but ok bitterness.

Overall an enjoyable beer. Cheers.

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Photo of jebrew
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joecast
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow! Lives up to the hype for sure.

Middle of the road appearance where others come up a bit too dark.

Great citrus hoppy aroma which is absolutely backed up with bitterness. A very good example of the style and very well add.

Stoked that the New Sydney was able to score a few kegs and no surprise that is the place I get to have my first Hop Hog. Excellent.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Great Northern Hotel in Melbourne

A-- Orange brown color with only a white film for head. Head retention was excellent and it left lacing all the way through drinking. Clear body and showed very little carbonation. Thought it was a bit cold when poured.

S-- Pine, grapefruit and a bit of a floral orange lemon smell. Grapefruit and pine most dominant.

T-- Once again grapefruit and pine. Very forward hoppy taste and pretty aggressive. A lot like US Western IPA's. A nice change from the usual English style IPA's that are available in Sydney.

M-- Lower medium carbonated and a lot of oily citrus resin with this. Flavor is excellent and lasts a while. Not as much pine in the finish as had hoped, more lemon, orange and grapefruit centered.

D-- Great drinkability. Under 6% ABV and feels a little lighter. This beer has the potential to be a monster if made that way. Still can have 2-3 of these easily. Only issue is availability. If not in Perth then it gets hard to find as few places have it. Good replication of a US IPA. Just wish Feral bottled their stuff besides the white.

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Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of csmartin6
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of vancurly
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Good to see money spent wisely. One label only, no neck or back labels with the usual indulgent spiel.

a) Heavy set, off-white sudsy head. Mostly clear, slight bubbling, pale amber to dark gold.

s) Passionfruit seed / guava, pale & crystal malts. Rich & promising.

t) Passionfruit & pawpaw, pine resin and 'soap shop' esters. Long tropical fruit flavours, big bitterness. Later hints of grapefruit & lemon.

m) Rich, almost slick. Effervesces in the mouth like moonrocks. Rich, long mouth coating. The hops give a tingly numbness to the lips and tip of the tongue.

o) Best of its class in this country, stacking up well against benchmarsk such as Torpedo. Outstanding balance, complexity, integration, and persistance.

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Photo of Rwalford74
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LittleCreature
4.35/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4.5
Pours an inch of of dense foam head the colour of light cream. The body is somewhere between deep gold and light amber and has great clarity.

Smell - 4.5
Perhaps not quite so pungent as the draught version, yet still an outstandingly hoppy aroma of passionfruit, flowers, citrus and pine needles.

Taste - 4.5
Plenty of malt provides the backbone of this beer, quite sweet at first with a little caramel, but this is promptly overrun by an avalanche of hops. Flavours of pine, passionfruit, citrus, honey and a little mint late on the palate. Finishes dry, bitterness is substantial, though noticeably less than the draught version.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Medium bodied with moderate to lively carbonation, becoming sticky with warmth.

Drinkability - 4.0
No session beer, but an outstanding IPA and definitely a regular buy for me.

OVERALL - 4.4
Although brewed in Australia I have always thought Hop Hog to be a textbook American style IPA. Interestingly, I think the bottled version is a little less impressive than on-draught, yet possibly a little more drinkable. I have scored it higher on this day, yet that is not necessarily an indication that I prefer it. A damn good beer, whatever the serving method.

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Photo of magpieken
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle. Opaque pale to deep gold colour with a creamy off-white head which reduced to a thin layer and left decent lacing. Aroma of resin, pine, passionfruit and citrus. Nicely balanced mild sweetness and bitterness. Light to medium bodied, creamy yet sticky texture with a dry, pleasantly bitter finish that lingers. A very decent IPA. 8.

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Photo of life_of_agony
4.27/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Hog from Feral Brewing Co.
4.15 out of 5 based on 139 ratings.
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