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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

181 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | 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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swingdjted

Ohio

3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Manufacturer name and description really lays it on, making a potential buyer think this is some kind of hophead-meets-malthead beer marriage. The label is a little over-the-top, almost annoyingly comical. The beer pours with a decent amount of head if you let it glug a few times, no need to be extra careful. I got around 3/4 inch to start, followed by about 1/8" after about 5 minutes. Good lacing. Color is orange/brown, not fully transparent, mildly cloudy.

Smell: Hops. Mildly bitter. Floral. No malt or other flavor smell. Certainly not a monster smell at all, but still a good beer aroma for a beer that teeters on the hoppy side.

Taste matches smell very consistently, maybe with a little added citrus, like a hint of grapefruit or non-sweet orange. No taste of malt that I can find, unlike the advertised description. The hoppy taste is not not hoppy enough to please a hop head at all, but it would be a good beer for someone wanting just slightly more (especially floral) hop flavor than the average beer, and little other flavor. The chosen hops are good-tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, thin, almost like a hoppier, heavier beer watered down, but not too much; I still liked the beer. Very smooth and easy drinkability.

Overall: If it weren't for the description, I'd be mostly satisfied by this decent beer. The description and label make me think it's some push-the-limits beer, and then I come to find out it's a basic beer with just a little extra floral and bitter hop flavor, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Save the crazy names, pictures, and descriptions for the triple digit IBU and extreme-malt beers, and market this one as a good but mostly tame beer. It'll still sell, and probably better since most drinkers don't like overkill.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:42:11 | More by swingdjted
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Vlaminck

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -3%

08-03-2013 15:54:52 | More by Vlaminck
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gpblackgt

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.4%

07-17-2013 19:57:29 | More by gpblackgt
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dbert21

Ohio

3/5  rDev -10.4%

06-16-2013 14:51:57 | More by dbert21
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Mikkiicky

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

06-13-2013 00:05:38 | More by Mikkiicky
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garuda

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.4%

06-03-2013 18:12:19 | More by garuda
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Lukass

Ohio

4/5  rDev +19.4%

06-03-2013 02:39:59 | More by Lukass
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eliz108

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

05-17-2013 15:55:38 | More by eliz108
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HarmonMW

Missouri

3/5  rDev -10.4%

05-15-2013 19:39:56 | More by HarmonMW
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twenty5

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -3%

05-12-2013 21:32:32 | More by twenty5
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Bubba569

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

05-05-2013 17:25:22 | More by Bubba569
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OB1

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

04-30-2013 03:26:05 | More by OB1
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TypsiYpsi

Michigan

3/5  rDev -10.4%

04-25-2013 22:31:07 | More by TypsiYpsi
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

04-14-2013 02:22:40 | More by Kunstman
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jcjerabek

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +19.4%

04-01-2013 21:48:54 | More by jcjerabek
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -10.4%

03-12-2013 14:21:19 | More by jenray
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RaijinQ

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

03-06-2013 03:05:25 | More by RaijinQ
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SerialHiker

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours an orangish golden color…some bubble action in the middle…transparent…some head formed, but decided not to stick around…(3.5/5)

Smell: Bitter initially…pale malts come out after…not overly floral or citrusy…grassy and sweet…after I really stick my nose in the glass, I pick up a hint of citrus, lemon maybe, but it’s only ‘cause I was really digging deep that I noticed it…definitely an “extra pale” smell…(3/5)

Taste: Floral hops and bitterness right off the bat…there is a pale malt backbone that does ride all the way through but plays a deep second to the bitter hop flavor…the extra pale malts do linger and coat the middle of my tongue, but the bitterness is dominate and takes no prisoners…there is little other flavor that bitter hops and pale malt…(2.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light and fluffy…medium carbonation does fluff and create a bitter factory in my mouth…pale malts do run the middle of my tongue, but it’s a bitter beer…(2.5/5)

Overall: Not my favorite…the extra pale malts with overly bitter hops is one concept, I guess…the bitterness is too dominant and leaves the pale malts in the dust, creating a train wreck of flavors in my mouth…there is little else going on here, leaving me wishing there was more citrus or less floral bitterness or maybe some balance with the malt…something…as it is, it’s a beer that I’ve tried and won’t again…(2/5)

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 01:44:18 | More by SerialHiker
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GoldHorde

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild herbal aroma and pours a hazy pale copper. A light head with a long lasting lace. Not as aggressive in flavor as I've come to expect in IPAs but the after bite is definitely in the style. My acceptable beer list continues to grow in IPAs and this is one that I would again.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 04:20:54 | More by GoldHorde
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sand Creek : Liljas Hop Nest Monster

LOOK: Pale copper in color with a yellowish head. Some lace on the glass. The end of the pour yielded some sediment.

SMELL: Cat pee, herbs, flowers and sweetness. Hoppy aroma.

TASTE: Mellow in character, with a citrusy hop giving off lemon and grapefruit flavors. A bit grassy, and fairly bitter. Sweet caramel and honey from the malts. Alcohol is present in the taste but not distracting. Just plain.

FEEL: Medium bodied, carbonation ok, kind of lacking in fullness.

OVERALL: A pretty decent IPA , unfiltered , with good hop flavor. Lies somewhere between an English and American style pale ale but falls short of many finer examples.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2012 00:20:02 | More by Stinkypuss
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Brad7132

Kansas

4/5  rDev +19.4%

12-07-2012 22:01:06 | More by Brad7132
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ssimpson89

Illinois

3/5  rDev -10.4%

12-07-2012 01:29:59 | More by ssimpson89
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ironwill54


3/5  rDev -10.4%

11-28-2012 21:21:39 | More by ironwill54
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JennieKoeper


4/5  rDev +19.4%

11-28-2012 21:21:35 | More by JennieKoeper
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durlta

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

11-21-2012 03:33:19 | More by durlta
Lilja's Hop Nest Monster from Sand Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.