dmcvay420 (1) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2006 does not count
This beer is my favorite IPA. It’s great in the bottle, it’s awesome from the keg, and the cask-conditioned version they do from time to time it superb. tockeyhockey (2) - USA - MAY 23, 2006 does not count
this is the most unique IPA i’ve ever tasted, bitter, but not over-poweringly so, it has the most beautiful color i have ever seen -- caramel brown with a nice thick head. heavy handed with the alcohol content! beerguy717 (20) - , Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2005
I’ve been a hop devil head for some time and can honestly say that Hop Hog has converted me. Great balance, perfect amount of malty spice and off-dry on the front...culminates to a huge hoppy grapfruity finish. After enjoying it recently at a Lancaster restaurant I called the brewery and was told it would me out in bottles by late March...I Can’t Wait!!! JimNecci (1) - Amissville, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2005 does not count
The hops come through wonderfully! Such a nice ’nose’. This beer is quite different from the IPA’s out there/ darsan (15) - South Central, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2005
clear amber, nice carbonation. thin bubbly white head. smell is wonderfully hoppy. great taste. one of my favorites. nice balance with great hop finish.
bourne (161) - Suwon, SOUTH KOREA - SEP 7, 2005
a joy to pour. deep amber color with a large bubbled off white head. sweet smell with hints of fruit.very smoot palate with a good deal of hops. lingering aftertaste of hops. great beer to eat strong food with. thehinge (292) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 11, 2005
Lots of hops in this brew. The aroma of pine hits you on opening the bottle. I do like the taste a a great deal....I taste some caramel in the front and the hop bite in the finish. Which is what I like about IPA’s. Another beer I’d recommend to hop heads....as have others here. beerdude (1) - USA - JUN 9, 2005 does not count
Wow! What a great IPA. Nice thick head, big floral aroma, big hop flavor supported by a malty backbone. A well crafted beer with wonderful balance. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
This pig of a beer has gone hog wild in the hop fields. It is an outstanding example of American IPA that is brewed with three malts and two hop varieties, Fuggles, and Cascades. At 7.9% abv, it is the proper strength of a proper IPA, and at 55 IBU has more than enough hop character to please any hop head. And that is the true beauty of this beer, its wonderful hop character. Too many brewpub/craft breweries make the mistake of brewing up one dimensional hop juice with 100+ IBU and throat peeling bitterness. And while many of us hop heads love the brutal bitterness of an over the top, extreme, hop monster, those examples are not what AIPA is really all about. What makes a great AIPA is one that not only has big hop bitterness, but has exceptional hop flavor and hop aroma. Hop Hog IPA is a great example of having it all, and is the type of AIPA you will want to drink a few of.
Hop Hog IPA pours to a beautiful, slightly hazy deep golden to light amber color with a thick white head, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose on this beer is really aromatic, with waves of citrus/flowery hop aromas that grab hold, and just don’t let go. The palate is firm, with some good pale and sweet malt flavors that leads into wonderful fruity/lemony hop flavor. A nice balance of malt and hop flavor zings on the palate, making this such a flavorful yet drinkable beer. Hop Hog IPA finishes with more malt, fruit and hop flavors, then ends with a zesty, piney/citrus hop bitterness that lingers on the tongue and lets you know you had one hell of a good beer.
This is an excellent example of AIPA with really great hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness. I think the IBU level of this beer at 55 IBU is perfect. A great AIPA does not have to be a 100+ IBU monster to deliver a good dose of "vitamin H". This beer has more than enough hop character to please any hop head, and is the type of AIPA that you can enjoy a few pints of. Be careful if you do, as the alcohol strength of this one might catch up with you. This beer is a fantastic aperitif beer, and would work well with spicy foods. I enjoyed this one with some loaded nachos at the Walnut Street Grille which is the brewpub/restaurant part of the brewery, and took a six pack of this one to go. It is great to know this beer will be available year round, and Hop Hog will join the ranks of great AIPA’s in my beer fridge. mccarthy (7) - USA - APR 9, 2006 does not count
Becareful with this one. It tastes so good and if you are a hop head it is very drinkable. Don’t be fooled it will knock you out!