India Pale Ale Hop Hog


There is something about Hops heavy beer that reminds me of the smell of marijuana or to be specific the bud of marijuana. The aromatics of hops, rain forest ferns and a bowl full of buds are strangely similar.

There is no secret that funky inner city people who love craft beer have been partial to the ganja in their past. More and more craft beers have gotten heavier on the hops and I am wondering if this is a kind of marketing pitch of sorts with the flavour of beer.

This is Brendan Varis head brewer at Feral brewing company, he is obviously fairly young and maybe this explains the more experimental hops flavors.
Brendan Varis head brewer at Feral brewing company.

Beer is a delicate balance of flavours, if you add too much hops you drown out other important beer flavours that give the beer a complexity.

Hops is in no way relaxed it is by far the most overbearing of beer flavours, so in this way if you add too much hops you change the character of beer you create something very un-beer like.

The label design isn’t very sophisticated, the colours look rather lacklustre and on the cheaper side, the image of the pig reminds me of something that has come out of a shooting and hunting magazine.

You may have noticed by now that I am very fickle when it comes to the marketing of the products I buy and the sight of a rampaging bush pig on the label  is one that nearly turned me off getting the beer altogether.

I was interested in this beer and I could see that underneath the hops was the structure of a very nice beer indeed, I am prompted to look more into the Feral Brewing company.

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