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Lilja's Hop Nest Monster - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Reviews: 105
Hads: 191
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: feloniousmonk on 01-14-2009

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Reviews: 105 | Hads: 191
Photo of ncketchum
2.43/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Sierra Nevada imperial pint glass

A - pours a straw yellow with much carbonation, 2 fingers of white head with good retention.

S - a bit of floral hops followed by malt. nothing off-putting but nothing to write home about

T - straight bitter - not really in a good way. kind of harsh with a medicinal aftertaste

M - fair, not too thin

O - nothing that I'm going to seek out again, I might actually end up drainpouring this one... Others I know have liked it, did I get a bad bottle? (500 characters)

Photo of weatherdog
3.11/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a crystal clear gold with a nice decent white head and medium lacing.

Medium light crystal malt aroma up from then going into some floral and light citrus hops. It's all around just pretty muted and very balanced. Not too impressed.

The surprising thing about the bitterness in this beer is that it comes on strong and harsh but then really dies in the aftertaste, it's something I kind of enjoy as the lasting, resiny bitterness is not my thing. Hop flavor is swayed more towards the floral with just a little bit of grapefruit coming through. Nearly non existent malt flavors but it lends a balancing sweetness at the end.

Overall it's a very average American IPA, nothing great but nothing really wrong with it, like so many of the of the hundreds or thousands of IPA's out there. (835 characters)

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden yellow with a slight haze, very rocky, two-finger off-white head. Thick, sticky lacing.

Nose is a little grassy, almost a soapiness to it. I'm not getting a lot in the way of hops here.

Taste is a little more hop forward than the nose would suggest. Some bitter citrus peel, oily hops, and a very grassy finish.

Mouthfeel is not bad. Medium body and good carbonation make it very crisp, fairly astringent. Very dry finish.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not outstanding. Just didn't seem to get the complexity of flavors that I would have liked. (586 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
2.43/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma: Low levels of floral hop resins appear first. Slight smell of skunkiness and buttery-like aromas but they are faint. Still, not a good sign.

Appearance: Light straw color with a bone-white head. Appears very efferevescent in the glass.

Flavor: Nice floral hop flavors but again I get some background skunkiness and butter-like flavors. They fade in and out and I'm not sure I get them with every sip but it definitely fits in the "things that make you go hmmm" category. Finish is nice and dry. Aftertaste is bitter. Balance is to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation. A little slippery so if it "smells like a duck, tastes like a duck, and has the mouthfeel of a duck" it must be diacetyl.

Overall impression: A light bodied, suspicious IPA. Base beer seems ok but fermentation and packaging issues suggest otherwise. Pass next time. (869 characters)

Photo of Rhynes2
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at my local beer shop in a mix a six. Pours a nice light color with a tall head. Little head retention but lots of lacing from this brew. Taste is very hop centered (obviously since it's called Hop Nest Monster). Hops are not over powering though. i was expecting more bite on this one and the hops are more of a non-agressive flavor in this beer. I won't buy this beer again but it's a decent IPA to try (423 characters)

Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured lively into an 18 oz. Hourglass leaving the lees in the bottle (yes I downed it) which created well formed beer settling a rocky, creamy off-white head that lasts awhile with good lacing. Orange amber hue that's a little cloudy. Figure I'll get some more and leave a few in the back of the fridge so they clear up some weeks then check. Aroma blended the light to moderate malty cookie grain profile with the Amarillo in a big time presence. Esters some apple/pear lemon/lime generally there though pleasing. Light tart/sweet flavor. Nice malt background seems like the character you get from British malts. Light to moderate bitterness would be at fault with an IPA. I like this beer for what it is. A nice drinking ale. (728 characters)

Photo of Jesse13713
3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bottle art. Picked up at 101 Bottles in Kent.

Appearance - A volcano of frumpy and frothy head. Whipped and scoopable on your fingers. Does not lace to the glass hardly at all. The beer itself is a sickly pale green. It looks poisonous, even venomous, in a way.

Smell - A slightly sour apple smell. A light citrus zest that is also full of hops. Quite fruity overall.

Taste - A nice burn all-throughout. Light hops with a bit of lemon juice in the background. I get some sort of odd unsweetened cotton candy taste also. Heavy in apple.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Very dry in its entirety. Low carbonation. A bit of sweetness in the end adds a different tone. This IPA has something a bit special about it, although it is hard to put my finger on. I liked this quite a bit. (781 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A crystal clarity pumpkin orange coloring shows a light and lazy rise of effervesce. The head is frumpy and rocky of light cream coloring, standing an initial finger high. Retention was fair, as was the lacing.

S: Lemon weed best describes this, really light in strength despite its name. Lightly dried vegetation, dried citrus peel. Really disappointing in light of its name, what a farce.

T: Watery toasted grains, dried flowery citrus is quick to hit and go before returning to a weak finish. A bit more distinguishable then their argosy, but really isn’t saying to much. Dried grapefruit shows a quick flash at punch out. The strength is coarse but again as with their argosy, a wreck and like chewing raw citrus weeds. A ton of hops alone doesn’t make for a good beer, neither a snappy name.

M: The mouthful is medium, dry toasted malt with a touch of heat coming from the alcohol and warming citrus. Dried grass comes as well on the swallow.

O: Overall another bitter disorganized beer by sandcreek that is trying to be the big bully on the block in the ipa department, but needs to step back and learn some class and refinement. Its evident that they know neither so just opted for the most blunt and offensive amount of hops which im sure is someones thing. No complexity, uninteresting flavor, boring, and a hold off by purchase unless you just like to be insulted. (1,389 characters)

Photo of PilsPony17
2.82/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Belgian tulip.

A: A dark gold, wheat colored brew with fairly decent head. Head retention is quite good and kept up until the finish. Carbonation on the medium side of things. Unfiltered (didn't notice at first until the end) which makes this feel very promising.

S: Not too aromatic. Has a very subtle grassy aroma with a little bit of hop presence behind it.

T: Hops are right up front on the palate with a slight biscuity flavor to it. Very lemony and sharp. Hops dominate most of the taste even after the finish.

M: Smooth mouth feel and nice level of carbonation makes it a very quaffable brew.

Overall: It's a fairly average IPA. The presentation and mouthfeel of this brew is on par with what I'm looking for, but the hops dominate way too much and seems to be lacking a more malt background in that area. Aroma of the brew was less than impressive. Drinkable, but I've had better. (910 characters)

Photo of OlRasputin989
2.74/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass...

A: pours a slightly hazy shade lighter than amber with a large off white rocky head that leaves lots of webbed lacing

S: aroma of lemon, orange peel, grass, and pale biscuity malt. hops aromas are much lighter than i had expected. very subdued and lacking complexity

T: a tad better than the aroma. has a sweet honey toast malt flavor with a much stronger hop presence than the nose implies. hop flavors are grass, orange peel, lemon peel, and pine sap. has a long finish of very bitter hops and biscuit-flavored malt

M: light-medium body with a medium carbonation and a resinous, very dry finish.

Overall, this beer seems to be headed in the right direction, but i'm not digging the choice of hops. They lack the grapefruity, piney, and danky weed hop characteristics I look for in world class AIPAs. That being said, I found the long hoppy finish to be displeasing. Most likely would not purchase again, unless out of options. And by options I mean Bud, Miller or Coors. Ya, thats not gonna happen. Cheers! (1,041 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two plus finger of bone white head, thick coating of delicate microfoam with excellent retention, more cratering than dimpling, sticky lacing stains the glass walls almost completely. Somewhat dark golden color that flirts with amber, no visible bubbles but there are some floaties in there. Broadly arrayed nose, curious lactic notes alongside an otherwise conservative orange, lemon citrus, pine cone, dried flowers base and a smattering of apricot, peach, yellow apple scents, small amount of brown sugar and caramel makes for a soft landing. Medium-bodied, the gentle and mostly fluffy carbonation acts as a counterbalance to grass, hay, herb elements. Touch of pepperiness enlivens the middle while the apricot, peach, pear, apple fruit swell to fill in most blanks. Dries through the finish. No one element leaps out at you but it coheres as a basic “fastball down the middle” IPA that is drinkable, if not memorable. [Note that the bottle says brewed by Pangaea Brewing Company, not Sand Creek Brewing Company although it may be contract produced at the latter, dunno.] (1,080 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks to phan869

Pours a somewhat pale golden color with some haze, thin white head retains with film and leaves layers of lacing on the glass.

Decent helping of hops in the nose, some bready malt backbone as well with some caramel lacing. Slight sweetness, but more on the hoppy side of things.

Bitter and floral up front followed by some citrusy notes. Hints of grapefruit and orange. Thick bread crusty malts with some sweetness and caramel. Finishes a bit hoppy and dry.

Medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. Eh, this wasn't bad but it took me forever to finish as I pretty much kept forgetting that I was even drinking it during dinner (and it was my first beer of the evening as well). (760 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.77/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale body, small head. Taste and smell have a grainy malt component not really wanted/ expected in the style. Certainly delivers hop bitterness if that's what you are looking for, but not a very well rounded experience. The grassy-grainy malt of euro lager is certainly unexpected for the style. The hop are large, but not overpowering. A decent IPA, flirting with the DIPA range of bitterness and strength. (407 characters)

Photo of BasementBer
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light straw translucent color. Good lacing, good bone-white head retention. Little to no carbonation.

S: Grainy, some bitterness from the hops in aroma, but mostly grain and husk.

T: Has a decent pale malt body, but its swept away by the somewhat overpowering hops. A good bitter, but not the citrus i prefer in the style.

M: Bitter resin on the tongue and pockets of the mouth are enjoyable.

D: Its an ok IPA, id prefer a bit more variation than one or two different hops and the same pale malt to be sparking my interest. (530 characters)

Photo of Lauthaha
4.33/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer mug.

Appearance: Beer pours a beautiful medium golden color. Moderate carbonation visible through the glass. Excellent head retention; after several minutes, there's still at least a finger of off-white head left. Wispy lacing, like cumulus clouds dotting the sky on a summer's day.

Smell: Very floral. Some mild bitterness. Grapefruit leaning towards clementine citrus tones. Maybe a little spice somewhere in there for good measure.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Beer is tangy at first, the citrus-type flavor shining through on impact. As the carbonation begins to bubble, a very hefty and beautiful malt character is unveiled. Moderate bitterness balanced with just the right amount of sweetness...a win win! Aftertaste is hops, but not overpowering. Darn-near perfect.

Overall: Really good for the style, very drinkable, and relatively inexpensive. (886 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.24/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$1.80 for a 12oz single at Jack's.

7.0% ABV, Hopped with Merkur, Amarillo, and Cascade; Degrees Plato: 17; 77 IBU, Fermented with Wyeast 1272 (American Ale 2), Post-boil Hopped with Amarillo, not dry hopped. Filtered. 222 kcal/12oz bottle.

Pours out to a lightly hazy pale golden, forming a peaking whipped bone white head with superior retention and solid sheets of lace. Moderately strong carbonation. Not terribly hoppy for an IPA, no doubt due to the lack of dry hopping. Quite pale for an IPA as well. The head is literally like meringue. Very thick, beautiful looking. The nose reminds me of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I doubt I could tell a difference. It's uncanny. The mouthfeel is sharp, bone-dry with a medium body. The taste is almost exactly like SN Pale Ale, but more bitter. Medium-strong bitterness. No perceptible off flavors.

Not really digging this beer. Too light bodied, not enough malt, too bitter, not enough hop flavor or aroma for an IPA. Look elsewhere for a good IPA. (1,045 characters)

Photo of budgood1
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a straight up mostly clear gold colour with a snow white head supported by some decent carbonation. wispy lace. crackery malt aroma with a restrained grassy and herbal hop aroma. definitely does not smell like an IPA. taste is more of the same...biscuit and cracker malt profile...then some very grass and herb oriented spice driven hop flavours appear. it does finish on the dry and bitter side, lingering long on the taste buds. noble hops are present and apparently leaned upon heavily. really reminds me of how SA or BBC hops all there beers with heavy doses of euro hops. i was expecting another american style hop bomb but this isn't one of those. there is some alcohol present but it melts well into those spicy hops. sturdy body on this one...malts hold up the hop profile nicely without being a distraction. pretty easy going mouthfeel for a beer with spicy hops that can be seen as maybe grating on the tongue. drinkability is ok...needs to be paired with some funky cheese and crackers or some hot wings and other assorted pub snackers. sort of one dimensional otherwise.

overall...i could see this being a lip smacking thirst quencher in the summer time. as far as it being a "hop nest monster", well...it is pretty spicy and bitter...but sort of an enigma as far as total enjoyment. this is the sort of IPA i would think sam adams would brew. enjoyable. (1,377 characters)

Photo of baldycmu
3.05/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-lite golden straw color with a light white 1-finger head/ A bit of lacing
S-Light citrus aroma with not much else
T-a slight bit of hops, but a cereal bready flavor is there too
M- sharp carbonation with a syrupy feel

Overall not a bad beer, but it just feels different than a typical IPA. The bitterness and piney flavor are not really there. (346 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Code on bottom of bottle, but I don't know what it means. Funny, wacky label art.

Pours a very clear, very lite golden yellow. A white head washes the glass with stick, bumping it up a notch. Smells real good, a lot of candy sweetness as well as some light toastedness. Taste is more bitter, some grapefruit and those candy hops coming into play. Feel is sort of winey and sharp, oily; leads on to more alcohol than is actually present (7.0%). Aftertaste is citrusy-sour. Decent attempt at an IPA. Unique. I would drink another.. (544 characters)

Photo of hattingc
3.91/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden colored and thick. Strong malt and floral hops. Strong taste of malt and a good finish. Need to love malt to like this brew.

Good beer to try to see if you like strong hop beer. Medium bodied, pretty soft. Not a bad IPA at all.

I had it in a bottle... (260 characters)

Photo of brew3crew
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-golden yellow with white head and nice lacing
S-not really much here but a slight bit of hops
T-kind of tastes like a hoppy wheat beer. Pale malts in the foreground with kind of a wheat aftertaste...
M-medium body crisp and smooth
D-very drinkable considering abv... (268 characters)

Photo of Tballz420
3.86/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden colored brew, pillowy white head, somewhat hazy. Good amount of lace. Nose is light malts and floral hops. Same with the taste, sweet malt front with 2-3 hop varieties, both floral and bittering. Just a touch of spice from the alcohol. Medium bodied, pretty soft. Not a bad IPA at all. (292 characters)

Photo of iSip
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was in Southern Minnesota for work and discovered a 6 pack of Liljas Hop Ness Monster in the local liquor store. Wonderful packaging, which included the story of the Hop Ness Monster, and the challenge of locating where this beer was brewed. But on to the beer itself. Nice color and head with a pleasant aroma. The flavor starts with a light malt base with a fine layer of hop on top. The taste goes a touch bitter by the end. Not a bad beer, but not the monster IPA as advertized. (484 characters)

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a hazy orangeish-golden body with a thick lumpy off-white head and a gentle carbonation.
S- The green piney hops have a cinnamon hint to them with a soft minty quality. There is a faint musty diaceytal butter note to the finish.
T- The dry pungent bitey hops have a cream flavor to follow them. The hops are aggressive and a bit harsh without having much hop flavor to them. There is a slight sweetness underneath that comes through when the beer opens up and some faint toasted malt that comes with them. The finish is more bitter pungent hops bite that lingers a moment.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The hops are soft in aroma and flavor but full in bitterness. It made this beer a bit tough to get through but the malt offered a little support to the bitterness. (886 characters)

Photo of gatornation
2.71/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this ipa pours a yellow mostly clear color with a i finger white head,,,smell was biscuit ,malts slight floral hop aroma some adjunct smells ..taste was that of a slightly bitter adjunct lager,it had some hop bite with slight malts..it was well carbonated but really tasted like a budweiser ..while that not bad it is if it says its an ipa..not recommended..if you are looking for an ipa (387 characters)

Lilja's Hop Nest Monster from Sand Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 105 ratings.