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Lilja's Hop Nest Monster - Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Ratings: 185
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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Photo of JG-90
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beer is a clear golden brown color with a large, creamy, white head. Head has very good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells mostly of rye bread, grassy/earth, and pale malt. Has a bit of citrus.

Tastes of lemon, pinneapple, and grapefruit, then dark bread and dark/caramel malts, with an aftertaste that has a little citrus (musky orange and lemon), floral and resinous hops, and dark fruit, along with old bread and earthyness. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than average for an IPA, very creamy, with high carbonation.

Review #100!

JG-90, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of Nolen12
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Nolen12, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of jkball01
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

jkball01, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of woosterbill
3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Clear medium amber body under a thin cap of fine eggshell foam. Ok retention, great lace. Not bad.

S: Sweet malt and fruity, resinous hops. A bit tropical and quite caramelized. Ok.

T: Spicy hops up front, sweet toffee midway through, bittersweet finish. Definitely sweeter than I like in an IPA, but tasty in its own way.

M: Light-to-medium body, plenty of creamy carbonation. Great.

O: Too sweet, but not a bad beer at all.


woosterbill, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of swingdjted
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.

swingdjted, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Vlaminck
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Vlaminck, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of gpblackgt
3/5  rDev -10.4%

gpblackgt, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of dbert21
3/5  rDev -10.4%

dbert21, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of Mikkiicky
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Mikkiicky, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of garuda
3/5  rDev -10.4%

garuda, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Lukass
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Lukass, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of eliz108
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

eliz108, May 17, 2013
Photo of HarmonMW
3/5  rDev -10.4%

HarmonMW, May 15, 2013
Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -3%

twenty5, May 12, 2013
Photo of Bubba569
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Bubba569, May 05, 2013
Photo of OB1
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

OB1, Apr 30, 2013
Photo of TypsiYpsi
3/5  rDev -10.4%

TypsiYpsi, Apr 25, 2013
Photo of Kunstman
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Kunstman, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of jcjerabek
4/5  rDev +19.4%

jcjerabek, Apr 01, 2013
Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -10.4%

jenray, Mar 12, 2013
Photo of RaijinQ
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

RaijinQ, Mar 06, 2013
Photo of SerialHiker
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)

SerialHiker, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of GoldHorde
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.

GoldHorde, Jan 11, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Stinkypuss, Dec 09, 2012
Photo of Brad7132
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Brad7132, Dec 07, 2012
Lilja's Hop Nest Monster from Sand Creek Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 185 ratings.