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

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RATINGS: 155   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
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An India pale ale to round off the current selection of Feral pale ales. Hophog is an American-style IPA with strong pine needle and citrus aroma followed by an aggressive bitterness and a dry finish.

Editor’s note: also known as American IPA, back label.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ALLOVATE (2383) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - JAN 3, 2011
Finally got out to the brewery to taste this one as it’s been on the cards for a long time now. Was not disappointed at the least.
Produces a viscous, orange gold with a dense, off-white crown that is held in place merely through body rather than carbonation as it is near lifeless inside. Two, maybe three fine beads of carbonation raise hesitantly to the surface. Rolling the beer around the glass produces a clear film on the meniscus. This just looks good for all manner of nasty reasons. Full nose, feint vanilla under a heady weight of ripe fruit. Guava, canteloupe, peaches and pear, a real mixed bag of fruit greets the olfactories as does some pine resin, and biscuity toasted malt. Soft and creamy mouthfeel, very piney and resinous, almost oily. Light woody, salted peanut notes and a lot of perfumy hops to completely backflip the aroma. Fruit is there safe as houses, doughy and tangy but dry, drawing at length. Big bitter raw hop swallow is so, so inviting with it dropping off piney and flowery. Body seems light but the aggressive hopping and balance of malt just gives it the poise of a bigger beer. A median between aggressive and delicate this is bloody good stuff. I wish my local had this on draught as it just screams Sunday sessions in the Summer. Nice one Feral!!! (Draught at the brewery, Baskerville)

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Davros (1916) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 12, 2010
Pours orange/amber with a small head. Nose shows loads of citrus fruits: tangerine and kumquat at the forefront. Also shows some lychee and apple. Very summery. Underneath is a fair helping of clean sweet malt. Flavours are quite different, with very little fruit. Instead the hops contribute piney resin. Once again there’s a lot of sweet malt underneath. The bitterness is quite sharp, not all that pleasant. Carbonation is a little high.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dlau (16) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 11, 2010
Was given this as a bday pressie, so thanks! Can pick up the pine and citrus aroma immediately. The taste is quite sweet and malty and not as hoppy for a typical IPA

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 3, 2010
Bottle. Pours a deep golden amber with dense cream coloured head. Hangs around for a while leaving just a little lacing. Not too bad looking. Big resiny / citrus hop aromas on pour. Tend to disappear somewhat as it warms letting some sweet light caramel show through. Good but was probably expecting just a touch more hop character. Flavours are pretty much along the same lines. There is some sweet malt up front followed by resiny hops near the finish. Not as bitter as I would have thought. Mouthfeel is on the thin side. Carbonation is lively. Not too bad.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mkel07 (3334) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 30, 2010
330ml bottle. Pours well and strong floral hop aromas explode from the glass, sweet and aromatic. Mid orange to amber colour with a nutty caramel flavour that is quite strong and hangs around.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mjollnir (390) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - OCT 29, 2010
330mL bottle. Pours clear gold with a small and shortlived off-white head that leaves some sparse lace. On pouring there’s a strong hit of resinous and citrusy hop aromas that seem to subside after standing for a few minutes, letting through alcohol and a little malt. Bready and biscuity malt with stale flavour, a little hops and a mild bitterness that is also somewhat harsh, followed by a faint yeast extract like flavour. Not very clean or crisp. Light-medium bodied, pretty soft carbonation, oily and slightly floury with a faint bitterness in the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
GlenH (7) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 26, 2010 does not count
Pours a clear amber orange with little to no head. Probably under carbonated as well. Nice fruity nose of oranges, grapefruit and perhaps a little other tropical fruit. Nice palate, well balanced, is let down by the lack of creaminess or perhaps even a little sweetness to add to the body (or higher carbonation). Good stuff nonetheless and a great version of a USIPA here in Oz.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
gam (3216) - brisbane, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2010
Clear gold poue mild to medium carbonation small head that stays aroma floral fruit hint of pine caramel flavour piney resinous touch pink grapefruit peach apricot lychee sweetness mild ibu finish an aftertaste of hop fruit mild fizz sweet malt nice one

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerChaser0078 (909) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - OCT 18, 2010
Bottle. Clear golden amber pour with a lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is hoppy and straightforward with grapefruit, orange and passionfruit notes as well as some pine and caramel. Flavour is much the same but with some additional notes of lemon and herbs. Mouthfeel is smooth and dry with moderate carbonation and a long dry, bitter finish. Quite good, very well made but at the same time it’s kind of by-the-numbers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stew41 (1736) - Woodend, AUSTRALIA - OCT 2, 2010
Fairly straight forward new world IPA that would appear a bit over-rated in this part of the works. Lots of aromatic and fruity hops across the nose and palate, and quite well done, but feels just a bit one-dimensional. That is, not enought élse’ to back to good hop profile. Still, a good Australian example.


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