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Feral B.F.H. (Barrel Fermented Hog)

Brewed by Feral Brewing Co.
Style: India Pale Ale (IPA)
Baskerville, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


on tap


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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.81/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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American IPA. 48 IBU OG 1059 Our flagship IPA that had a primary fermentation in new French oak barriques before being returned to stainless steel for final processing and carbonation. Think all the great pine needle and grapefruit you associate with Hop Hog with an added vanilla aroma and softened mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
ALLOVATE (2503) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2014
On draught @ The Sail & Anchor, January 2014.
Produced up a cloudy orange with a tight, compact and lasting snow-white crown that weaves but minimal lace. Vanillin and oak precede notes of apricot, blood orange and peach on the nose but there is a funk to it reminiscent of lamb fat that doesn’t quite fit. Heavy handed oaken back drop on the palate. Featherweight, well conditioned and lively making it race across the tongue. More vannilin here mingled with mixed, musky fruit like peach and apricot. Bitterness is subdued replaced by a subtle, woody astringency seeing it panter off hastily in the finish. I couldn’t quite grasp this one, every way I looked at it. One to definitely try again for a re-rate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkel07 (3878) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2014
On tap at Brewski. Rating from early May 2014. Always thought Hop Hog was a bit overrated but the barrel fermented version is oh so good.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
sinkas (289) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2014
Tap sail and anchor Delicious aromas of hops and wood and vanilla Body if hop hog is softened and enriched by fresh oak notes Worth travelling a long way for

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
omhper (20332) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
Cask at The Local Taphouse, Melbourne. Hazy amber. Restrained grapefruit aroma. Mid sweet with medium body and rounded mouthfeel. Slight caramel and pine, mere hints of wood. Resiny bitter finish. Had to double check with the bartender he poured me the right beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vanvenlo (1347) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2013
Feral Swan Valley Brewery ontap (1-July-2013) Nice sweet woody malt aroma. Red brown colour and low suds lacing. Big woody roast malt flavour. Smoked woody malt finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
tofi (16) - - SEP 21, 2013
Was completely blown away by the sweet vanilla notes that are obviously from the beer touching oak. Very interesting beer!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
Tap at Feral Brewery. Boasts the passionfruit and citrusy hop profile of the hophog, yet is rounded off by a nice oaky vanilla aroma. Flavour is a softer version of the hophog, a lot more balanced. Oak flavours compliment the light biscuity malt and make it really easy drinking, slightly sweeter. Cleverly brewed beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidm (1978) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
On tap at the Alehouse Project. Nice and hoppy. Aromas of grass, hay, and cereal. Taste is sweet and bitter, with long length. Palate is velvety, and medium bodied. Dark yellow, with a frothy head.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jonnyguns (1094) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 21, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 13, 2013 Tap at Feral brewery. Pours a cloudy orange with a small disappearing white head. Nose is full of passionfruit, grapefruit, citrus and slight nectarine/apricot notes. Taste is amazing. Combining all the fruits above with vanilla and oak smoothing out the finish. Very well balanced and a lot smoother than normal hop hog. Palate is left quenching for more. Amazing beer

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Brenhophead (629) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 13, 2012
1L squealer and also on tap at the brewery. Pours the same as hop hog, a light golden colour with a small white head. That is where the similarity’s end.. A quick hint of the scent of this beer and i get a nice subdued hop aroma with a hint of vanilla essence. The amazing hop flavour in the regular hop hog mingles well with the whiskey/vanilla essence notes added by the barrels. Yes they are very similar like twins to the naked eye but when you look deeper you can see the difference the barrels make to this beer. Personally i prefer the fresh hop aroma and flavour of the original, alas this beer has demonstrated very well what different fermentation vessels can to the end product. Top marks from me.

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