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Lancaster Hop Buggy Amber Ale

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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.03/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 65   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Organically grown oats, wheat and rye from Amish farmers in Lancaster County gives our new ale a full, complex malt profile. A full buggy load of Apollo, Bravo and Calypso hops deliver a big hop flavor.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrodooo5 (1081) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 29, 2014
Pretty pour but harsh taste! Love the amber pour w/ a retaining tan head that leaves very good lacing. The aroma has a fair amount of malt & hop. The taste is strictly bitterness w/ out anything else to balance it which makes it a bit rough on the palate. Not very good!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2481) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2014
10/30/2014. On tap at the brewery. Dark amber with a white head. Malt, caramel, bitter hops. Good easy to drink beer without much complexity.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1829) - - OCT 15, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-14-14- Poured from a bottle into a pint glass Appearance – The beer pours deep amber/copper color with a small head of a pure white foam. The head initially fades very fast, but leaves a very persistent film on the surface of the brew. Once that film head fades, there is only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass. Smell – The aroma of the beer is a nice blend of malty, sweet and hoppy smells. The malty aromas are of a bready and somewhat grainy smell with the sweet being a mix of caramel and some tropical fruits of tangerine and mango. A grapefruit and lightly grassy hop smell make up the bulk of the hoppy aromas and with all the rest of the smells it produces one fine smelling brew. Taste – The taste begins with a fantastic bready and sweeter flavor. The bready has just a hint of a more grainy and wheaty taste upfront, with it actually bordering more on a doughy taste. This doughiness fades however, and more and more rough grainy and cracker tastes take the place of the smooth bread. The sweetness that is upfront and consists mainly of a sweeter caramel and tropical fruit nature and melds very nicely with the doughy flavors. The caramel fades as the taste advances but the tropical fruits remain relatively constant. While very light upfront, hop flavors of a mainly grapefruit nature come to the tongue. The grapefruit create the bulk of the hop flavors in the taste with that flavor later being joined by a grassy and earthy hop flavor at the very end. The newly encountered hop flavors seem to battle the tropical fruit and grainy flavors of the beer a bit though, leaving a somewhat off (but not too off) bitter flavor to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to just below average side. Both the average body and carbonation level are good for the mix of sweet, malt and hop flavors of the brew and make it easy drinking, but well flavor supported taste. Overall – If it wasn’t for the slight imbalance at the end of the taste, then this would be one super-solid moderate abv. hopped brew. Overall it is rather nice and quite drinkable.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hfmejias (824) - Dover, Delaware, USA - OCT 5, 2014
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured a bit hazy, copper in color, nice off white head that leaves a spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is malty, with some caramel notes. Taste is sweet and malty, some rye. Not as hoppy as I was hoping for, but quite decent.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
strongpieman (1541) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle. Overall nice flavorful amber ale. Clear, avg white head. Medium body and finish.

2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
Beerman6686 (4709) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 22, 2014
This one poured a light amber color with an off white head. Aroma was of grass and butter. Flavor similar, some bitterness, but unclean and diacytle.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EithCubes (5089) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Bottle. Nose is heavy rye, slightly sweet, some citrus, very toasty malt with warm bread overtones, touch of candy in the finish (as in certain British Bitters), somewhat jammy hops. Pours is amber leaning to copper with a dense and rocky tan head. Light body with medium-strong bitterness, a little rubbery and tough, with gritty resin and dark scorched pump crusts. Caramel with a touch of cardboard. Crisp with a little weight, hops are wooden with citrus but not explosive; strong soapy-cleansing feel makes this a good companion to many foods, though I think I’d like if it had decided on one direction or the other instead of splitting its aim.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (5906) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2014
12 oz bottle shared by DrSilverworm. Pours a slightly hazy reddish amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor had lightly toasted malt, mild to moderate sweeter caramel, a touch of the spicy rye notes, mild fruit, light spicy hops, seemed to have a hint of oxidation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
b3shine (5850) - Indiana, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle to snifter (shared withe group by DrSilverworm). Looks good for the style a cloudy amber with eggshell head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells bittersweet and malty with light notes of caramel and toffee. Tastes like it smells, but less rich and balanced, with an average (at best) mouthfeel. Not bad, but starts better than it finishes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6979) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2014
12oz bottle, thanks to Pat H. Shared with local raters. Labeled 5.8%, 55 IBU. Code on bottle reads 04214. Hazy amber red orange color. Thin off-white head. Couple dots of lace. Spicy hop, rye citrus in the nose. Nice bigger spicy grain flavor. Medium body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Moderate bitter taste, light sweet. Solid, spicy rye amber ale.


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