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Lancaster Hop Buggy Amber Ale



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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.05/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
BroadestTom (101) - - MAY 19, 2015
Aroma caramel, butterscotch, Appearance red, clear, tan foam, minimal head, Taste medium sweetness, lightly bitter, Palate medium body, oily feel, Overall an average beer that I would suggest to a friend to try but not buy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2359) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 6, 2015
it has a fuller body in gravity, flavor and body. good malt and rye combination makes it satisfying to me and that is always a plus. the flavors are busy and beyond moderate so this is a good beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
keepersj12 (2885) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2015
Nice light summer beer. Pours a pretty reddish Amber with a thin head. Not a lot of aroma, mostly malt and caramel. The taste is malty sweet with a nice bitter balance. A bit thin but overall, decent. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
ben4321 (4545) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 20, 2015
Location: 12 oz bottle from State Line, 3/20/15

Aroma: The nose is grainy malts, heavy spice/rye, toffee, and some light hop notes
Appearance: It pours a clear orange color with a thick, frothy beige head and heavy lace
Flavor: Taste-wise, it is strongly spiced, light sweet, with a pronounced bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, leaning light, fairly easy drinking, with an average-plus carbonation
Overall Impression: I wasn’t totally in to this one. Something about it just doesn’t quite work. The combo of the rye/spice with the poorly played bitterness just feels like a miss overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
aumentm (400) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Great hoppy IPA and buggy from the Lanc. Good brewery and nice kick in the pants.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jrodooo5 (1176) - 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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beergeek23322 (2595) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1954) - - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hfmejias (938) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
strongpieman (1582) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - AUG 27, 2014
Bottle. Overall nice flavorful amber ale. Clear, avg white head. Medium body and finish.

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