Boomsauce | Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our flagship IPA features six hop varietals and a blend of spelt, oat and wheat. A late hop addition of Mosaic, Falconer’s Flight, Ella, and Amarillo delivers a notable citrus and tropical fruit finish.

78 IBU

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Reviews: 268 | Ratings: 1,365
Photo of beersampler6
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice hazy, juicy NE-style IPA from a great Massachusetts brewery. Pours a slightly darker golden color with a little haze, lots of fluffy white head and some nice spotty lingering lacing. Smells great, lots of fresh grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, mango and lemon zest hops as well as some weaker malt, vanilla, bread, caramel and piney hops. Taste follows the nose, and I really enjoyed the hit of dank hoppy bitterness in the finish. Good balance with the sweeter malt backbone. Smooth, mild, slightly sticky mouthfeel and good carbonation throughout. A really enjoyable beer. I can see why this is their go-to, flagship beer.

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Photo of Burniefloyd
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light clear pour.
Slightly piney smell.
Slightly bitter taste of pine and hops.
Get that dry tongue feel after.
Overall it is good. Slightly more bitter than I like but definitely drinkable and it is pretty strong to boot!

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Photo of CodyBasden
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice light hazy gold with a slightly tan finger width head leaves nice lacing and head holds retention, nice citrus fruity smell, first taste of citrus then an ending with a slightly strong bitterness at the end, light bodied kind of oily feel with little carbonation

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a lightly hazed gold with a two finger fluffy white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is pineapple, tangerine and piney hops.

T - The taste is orange peel. grapefruit, pineapple, bready malts and bitter piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a soft dry finish.

O - Pretty decent DIPA. Drinks more like a west coast ipa than a NE style.

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Photo of RockHop
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit of an identity crisis with this one. Too many hop varieties. Deep gold with some fluffy dissipating head. Nose is a bit sour, cheese or pizza dough. Flavor is also sour, yeasty, and a bit stale. Two months old at the time of consumption, but that can’t account for the flavor.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.69/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A billowy soft white capping of two fingers forms atop a hazy, bright tangerine colored body. A medium rate of density, still shows a steady flow of carbonation bubbles filling the vessel.

S: Sugary grapefruit on the nose, fresh citrus juice is fairly bright, followed by some freshly sliced limes. The grapefruit soon becomes more dominant with a flowery edge to it. Some tropical-lemon hops mixes with a good awareness while some soft pine resins rounds things out.

T: Tart oranges, flowery hops with a semi-dry approach shows some tart tropical nature, pineapples providing for a decent first bittering bite. Tart and juicy hops, mangoes, citrus-peach along with some wet orange-citrus notes that are very focused. Dank piney hops finish out.

M: Medium mouthful, somewhat fluffy and creamy in nature. Light carbonation, some bittering and flowery hops coat the tongue.

O: A wet bittering hop flavor, orange-citrus focused provides a good bite. Semi-tart hops, not as particularly sweet as hoped for, but more light and flowery. The hops are aplenty here, bittering orange peel and a floral bite of grapefruit take notice provides for a good drinkability factor and nice lingering finish. Tart tropical mixture.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.45/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

16oz can

A pour that was too smooth for its own good yields less than a finger of white head into my tulip glass. Head is frothy, not creamy though. The body is a dark orange. A little hazy, but not too much. Looks more like your standard imperial IPA than a New England. Head dissipates quickly, initial lacing looks pretty good. Overall it looks ok so far.

Not sure what's going on with the nose here, it's got some resinous notes, light fruit notes, along with a pronounced spicy aroma. However it also seems to have a little bit of a tangy acidic aroma as well. Could be an intentional hop flavor, it is reminiscent of citrus, but it just smells too acidic, and a little stale to me. Kinda like an old bag of hops. Upon further inspection I'm seeing the beer was canned a little over two months ago, so, that could be part of it. It smells ok, but kinda has an old hop aroma.

Yeah I'm gonna chalk this one up as being past it's prime. It's fine on the flavor, it doesn't taste super stale, but it doesn't taste fresh or complex at all. Kinda just a boozy, bitter, tangy beer. Not a clean citrus flavor or anything, more like an almost soapy tang. Really nothing in the way of distinct flavors to pull out of the beer. Again, it's fine, I could have this whenever, but it has nothing to describe for flavor.

The mouthfeel is good. Carbonation is medium. Body is relatively light for a "New England", seriously nothing about this beer says New England to me. Very little lingering bitterness. Bitterness overall is pronounced though. Overall fine, too light for an IPA, but fine.

Drinkability is mostly good. The off flavors are more just minor complaints than real off flavors. It's more the lack of any real distinct flavors. So that being said, it tastes fine, and goes down fine. It just doesn't taste like anything I need to seek out.

The appearance turned out, eh, not great. Lacing was there, but was somewhat poor. Head was below average. The body was fine, but does not fit style at all, and is a little dark for my taste regardless.

Overall this is just a classic example of a beer that has sat too long in my opinion. A slightly stale nose, and a mostly flavorless, soapy/tangy flavor. From what I have heard, this beer generally has way more flavor. With that being said - I really don't understand how a brewery can't keep their canned beer fresh for 2 months. I get it's an IPA, and I get they are "smaller" scale, but get it together. This is the second or third "great" east coast beer I've tried at about 2 months shelf life that tastes average or below that. It's fine for a micro I'll drink and not pay any attention to, but apparently if I want to enjoy this beer I have to drink it within 30 days, less?

The flavor did start to smooth out and taste cleaner, but it was still very characterless. The only thing I can really speak to is the peppery burn I got from the hops, which was the spice I was picking up on the nose. Not enough to change the rating.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. canned 8/28/18, so 2 months old.

looks like a standard ipa, hazy light golden yellow body, decent bright white head with good lacing. steady streams of carbonation.

faint nondescript aroma, neither good nor bad.

kind of a "dirty" citrus taste, if that makes any sense. some grapefruit with a good strong malt background. decent but not overpowering bitterness. solid is probably the best description for this beer.

Mouth is close to full, finish a touch warm with a lasting light bitterness.

Overall, a solid offering, not outstanding but not bad in any way. would be interesting to taste one fresh off the canning line to see if it's as "juicy" as the can proclaims.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.76/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark gold in color with a fingernail of eggshell white on top. Heavy lacing. I'm smelling lots of pine and some citrus. I'm tasting a massive amount of pine hop flavor. There's a touch of citrus in the mix, but the pine dominates. The mouth is sticky, chewy, viscous, and wet.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Boom, indeed...

This might very well be my first NEIPA and I think I get what the hubbub is all about. Nice coloration, though there’s just a little foam, dissipates quickly, and no lacing. The smell has a strong scent of grapefruit without the bitterness, which translates to the taste. Mouthfeel is what impressed me the most - a creamy texture unlike I have experienced in a while with an IPA. Overall, I enjoyed this and will be on the lookout for more moving forward.

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Photo of DaveMaciolek21
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light amber color, multiple hops including Mosaic, Ella and Falconer's Flight, plus spelt, oats and wheat malts give it a light freshness. The taste has some complexity--big citrus and tropical fruit notes. Delicious!

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Cove in York, PA. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a nice off-white head. Initial impression is surprisingly smooth. It's somewhat citrus-y with floral notes, but definitely not what I would consider a NEIPA. It's good and very drinkable, but don't get your taste buds all in a lather for a juicy citrus bomb. Very drinkable. Alcohol is dangerously well hidden. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and medium chewy; carbonation is perfect. finish is smooth and dry. Very enjoyable, but not my impression of a NEIPA.

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Photo of BklynBryan
3.02/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a mixed reaction to Boom Sauce. It is advertised as a NE iPA, but taste more like a traditional IPA. The SMELL is definitely very citrus and tropical. The TASTE is just a hint of citrus and then it's Bitter. A New England style IPA is supposed to be very citrusy and juicy. I did not get this from Boom Sauce. It is drinkable for the hints of citrus.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I tried this from the can chilled in a tulip
The color is golden peach with hazed look and white head with tight bead.
The smell is floral and tropical with a fruity and light pineapple-like scent with subtle citrus aroma
The feel is tangy and citrus like with bitter and mild malt sweetness with subtle alcohol and a dry finish.
The taste is very good with tangy tropical fruit as hinted at in the aroma with a citrus, tangelo-like sweetish sour acidity and light clementine like juicy tropical aspect with herbal and fruity yeast elements with a slight pineapple taste and grapefruit from hops with a peppery but semi tangy taste too with warming alcohol in the finish. There is a mild spice-like hoppiness and gentle astringency.
For me this is a great IPA, I would love to have it again, I enjoyed the complexity of hop flavors which are multidimensional in taste.

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Photo of mactrail
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Handsome amber color with white foam in the Crooked Line tulip. Nearly clear. Lovely aroma of peach and mango. Sudsy mouthfeel. Moderately sweet and quite malty substance. Bitter, though.

Fruity flavors with apricot and hint of pine. Rather bitter finish but a clean aftertaste with a touch of peach skin astringency. Quite drinkable with an unmistakable IPA character. From the 16 oz can which showed up at Baron Market in San Diego. Had to try it

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Photo of Lettice123
2.93/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I tried Boom Sauce in a trip to Mass. This particular IPA lacked the citrus trace I like with many IPAs. The beer seemed excessively malty and seemed to have an dull after taste as opposed to the citrus.

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Photo of argock
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Arsenal Pub (Albany, NY).

A: Elegant slightly hazy straw yellow with 1/2-finger off-white frothy head with good retention and lacing.

S: Complex hop nose with pineapple, lemon, grassy/herbal/dank, pine resin, and tropical fruit punch all combining very harmoniously

T: Flavor is excellent with the complexity of the nose reflected in the flavor profile. Delicious crackery pale malt backbone provides a bit of sweet counterpoint to the pineapple, grapefruit, lemon, passionfruit, and piney hops. The resiny character of the nose doesn't come through as much in the flavor, but there is a lemongrass dankness in the mid-palate that is delicious. Hop-forward but balanced for the DIPA style. Moderate-high bitterness -- I would put this in the West Coast IPA style with just a bit more tropical fruit character than most but right on par with Enjoy By and other new generation DIPAs.

M: Light-medium-bodied and by no means overwhelming with moderate carbonation and finishes very dry not blocky like NEIPAs.

O: This drinks to me like a West Coast IPA, and a really good one at that.

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Photo of Amendm
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured moderately from a 12-oz. can dated 06/26/18 into a 16-oz. mug creates a two finger sized rocky white head and lacing that lasted about half the drink.
Hazy pale orange color, a little murky with rising bubbles.
Smell features pine and citrus with sweet malt, yeast and pineapple in the background. A slight wiff of alcohol too.
Taste has added dank fruit, lemon and grass.
Medium bodied, the carbonation and malt round out the middle and finally an average bitterness plus a twinge of booze to the finish.
This a revisit of a better than average NEIPA example.

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Photo of Altrurian
3.51/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey-colored, with a fine, thick, white head that lingers and leaves nice lacing. A bit of a lemony smell. Sharply citrus on the palate, with a refined hoppy aftertaste. Foamy, prickly texture. Strong lemony effect overall, giving the beer a distinct character.

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Photo of degueulasse
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This hazy orange double IPA from Massachusetts has a dank, hoppy taste while remaining juicy and sweet: there are notes of citrus and cantaloupe in this one. It also has the perfect head: light, white, and fluffy.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Type: 16-oz. can
Glass: Beer Nerd 12-oz. tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Price: $3.00
Purchased: June 22, 2018
Consumed: June 22, 2018
Reviewed as: New England Style
Misc.: Canned on May 7, 2018

Had seen some friends on Untappd drinking Lord Hobo and almost went to the Hamilton’s Tavern welcome party for them, but decided to past. The next day I saw that Trader Joe’s already had Boom Sauce in stores. Not the way I wanted to buy it (warm), but had to buy a couple. Online description read, “Our flagship IPA features six hop varietals and a blend of spelt, oat and wheat. A late hop addition of Mosaic, Falconer’s Flight and Amarillo delivers a notable citrus and tropical fruit finish.” Also saw Ella mentioned. Should be able to nail down Mosaic and Amarillo, but not sure about the others. Was looking forward to it, even if it was six weeks old.

Poured a pale clear color with three fingers of rocky white head. Lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass at a pretty good pace. Almost perfect layered foamy lacing. Excellent retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled lemongrass, pine, lime, hay, white grapefruit, orange peel, sugary pineapple, kiwi, herbal, spruce and mint. If I had to guess hops, I’d only guess sugary Citra. Got a little Mosaic from the can and maybe even Motueka, adding a caramel/toffee-like malt. (Smell - 3.75)

Taste followed the nose for the most part. Good, not great. Got lemongrass, hay, white grapefruit, bitter orange peel, pineapple, herbal, woody spruce, Amarillo and caramel malt. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 3.75)

Just didn’t think this anything too special. Admittedly getting it six weeks after its canned on date is kind of ridiculous. Would like to try it fresh. (Overall - 3.75)

3.80 | 86 | B+

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Photo of macrosmatic
3.67/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 16 oz. can into an El Catador teku glass.

A: Hazy light gold, with a one-finger white head with very good retention. Lots of visible carbonation at first, but it settles down quickly.

S: Tropical fruits, melon, and a bit dank. Light cracker malts - I'm guessing only two-row here. Tangerine, passion fruit, and a mild lychee fruitiness. Nice enough, but it's not crazy juicy or anything.

T: Melon, tropical fruit, and bitter grapefruit. Dank and mild spice hops. Pale cracker two-row malt sweetness. Some dank and melon hoppiness in the hang, and stays only modestly bitter.

M: An average heft to the body for an American IPA. Alcohol noticeable but not overdone. Good carbonation sensation.

O: It doesn't much seem like a NE IPA. I think it comes across more as a West Coast style IPA that doesn’t happen to have my favorite hop profile. It suffers from the comparison to (and the expectations that it will taste like) its New England brethren. While it’s a pretty decent IPA, it's nothing that I’d be looking for again even were it regularly around here. The hop combination just isn’t for me.

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Photo of Act25
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A) Deep golden body w haze and moderate initial head but not much last or lace .
S) Excellent pine, shellac, tar nose with some fruit trending toward acidic citrus and pineapple.
T) Follows the sharp pine tar aroma laid across a mix of sharp citrus fruit salad and wet, sweet malt.
F) Medium-full body and medium carbonation. Wine like astringency, Drying and warming.
O) Big Boom Sauce - aptly named..

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Photo of mpyle
4.14/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep golden color, slight hop haze. Pours a decent sized white head, creamy and lingering.

Big solventy hop nose, with a fair amount of pine in addition to some pineapple and citrus fruit. Has a sweetness, probably a mix of the big malt bill and the fruity hops.

Malty sweet and fruity up front, loads of citrus/pine hop flavors in line with the aroma. Once past the initial hit, it tastes much more balanced midmouth, and is gently bitter in the finish with a lot of hop flavor lingering into the finish. Definitely tastes of freakish amounts of late hop additions.

Medium-full body, and medium carbonation. No astringency, but a bit of warming as would be expected from the strength.

I'm not a big DIPA guy, but this one is pretty drinkable. Lovely hop flavor, and not of overpowering strength so the alcohol is constrained.

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Photo of EMH73
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy amber with a well retained one inc head that left decent lacing. Smell is citrus and tropical fruits. Tastes of orange, orange pith, lemons, pineapple, pine and some sweet malts. Medium to full bodied, medium carbonation, dry and bitter finish, tart mouth feel.

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Boomsauce from Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 1,365 ratings