DBB – Lancaster, Hop Hog

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Lancaster Brewing Company – Hop Hog

7.9 abv (that’s almost 8 )

I decided to check out a new liquor store near my house, well it’s not new but I haven’t been there before. I was a little disappointed with their selection, it’s Christmas time and they only had a few Christmas beers, all of which I’ve already reviewed. I think I’m going to stick with my usual liquor stores, that have a much better selection. At least they had a few microbrews, so I picked up Hop Hog by Lancaster Brewing Company. I’ve never tried Hop Hog before, but I’m a big fan of their Milk Stout, that I first had at a beer tasting at Hard Times, which I talked about in my Pursuit of Happiness Winter Warmer review.

In case you haven’t figured it out Hop Hog is an IPA. It has a strong hoppy scent, and a sweet malty flavor that ends with more of that hoppy bitterness. It has a dark golden color. It doesn’t quite live up to Dogfish Head’s 60 Minute IPA but it’s a smooth delicious IPA that’s worth checking out. According to their site:

“Our hoppiest beer to date! This formidable India Pale Ale has a hop aroma that demands attention. The bold citrus hop flavor is balanced by a dry malt character that makes this refreshing ale a true classic.”

Lancaster Brewing Company is located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, yeah that’s right Amish Country. I bet you didn’t know that you’ve been mispronouncing Lancaster, I didn’t either until my cousins (who grew up in Lititz, Pa, just north of Lancaster) constantly corrected me until I got it right. In case you wanted to know it’s pronounced like “Lang kister” with the emphasis on the first syllable. Now your relatives won’t feel the need to inform you of your mispronunciation of Lancaster, I can tell you’re grateful.

Not only did you not realize you were mispronouncing Lancaster you probably also didn’t realize that at one time Lancaster County produced seven percent of all beer made in the United States. According to their history page, some of those breweries even kept brewing throughout prohibition.