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Lilja's Hop Nest Monster - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Hop Nest MonsterLilja's Hop Nest Monster

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BA SCORE
77
okay

184 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.42%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Nest is NOT a typo.

(Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 01-14-2009)
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Reviews by Soonami:
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Soonami

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lilja's Hop Nest Monster is a beer I've never heard of or seen before, but a single was available at my local bottle shop, so I gave it a shot.

The beer is surprisingly pale, a hazy straw color that you would expect for find in a pilsner. The white head was frothy and irregular with really nice cling, supported by a nice stream of bubbles. The aroma was grassy and earthy more like German noble or Continental hops than American C-hops typical in IPA's with a good bit of bready malt presence, as well a the DMS aroma (canned corn, generally considered a fault, but I personally like it). On the tongue, it is surprisingly bitter, more so than I had expected. The bitterness is not in the typical pine or grapefruit (although I get some of this) it is very herbal, like bitter melon or kale. The finish is pretty sweet, which I do not normally like, but I attribute as an artifact due to the high bitterness. Though sweet, the beer is not too thick and has a pleasant, light body.

I think that this is enjoyable beer that doesn't quite fit the American Pale/IPA style. It's a bit too bitter, not enough hop flavor and aroma, sweet in the finish, however, it was a pleasure to drink and I happily drank the entire bottle's worth

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 04:32:52 | More by Soonami
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Lilja's Hop Nest Monster from Sand Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.