ANZUShophunter (280) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Scratch Bar. Nice fruity/piney nose reminiscent of its progenitor. A bit smoother and more rounded than the Hop Hog with a touch of smokiness, vanilla and a hint of licorice from the oak. An easy drinking IPA, glad it was able to find its way east!
hank37 (193) - banksia grove, AUSTRALIA - MAR 19, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oak and vanilla with peach undertone aromas, with a peachy kick alongside the vanilla and oak. Perfect bitterness to allowable the barrel goodness to come through
ALLOVATE (2899) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - AUG 17, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
mkel07 (5162) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAY 23, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
sinkas (293) - Perth/Fremantle, AUSTRALIA - MAR 29, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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
omhper (23521) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 8, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
vanvenlo (1776) - Glen Iris, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
tofi (16) - - SEP 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Was completely blown away by the sweet vanilla notes that are obviously from the beer touching oak. Very interesting beer!
HopRedHead (397) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
davidm (2069) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.