Hop Hog packs a right wallop to your tastebuds, tantalising every square millimetre of your tongue with a melody of different flavours.
The Good: If you remember that five senses gum ad (you know the one where they say “this is what it is like to chew five senses”) this beer is the equivalent of that. Upon opening the beer it smells very subtle, that is until you actually get a full mouth full (its the suburban brewing way). That mouthful has a lot going on in it as the combination of citrus battles with the bitterness, fusing a delightful melody of flavours incorporated.
The Bad: For a Pale Ale this is bordering on the stronger side, it is almost like having an IPA (not quite but the strength is something that definitely is reminiscent of an IPA). It wouldn’t be a session beer for many as the strength and flavour combo may be a little bit intimidating.
Enjoyment: Hop Hog for me was a brilliant beer, testing my tastebuds but at the same time putting me in a place that I will remember this flavour for quite some time. Sitting here reviewing this sun in the heat of the Melbourne sun (30 degrees Celsius) in my backyard I am looking around and seeing the work to get my beer garden to where I have envisioned it. This beer will forever be tied with that memory and I am glad it will be. For me this beer is the upper tier of what Pale Ale’s should be on the spectrum of strength and flavour, it could definitely be a good session beer for heavier drinkers, but for newcomers it is where you need to aspire to be. All in all this is a good drop and worth picking up on the next summery day.