Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #2,831
Ranked #12,569
3.94 | pDev: 9.64%
Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can

haze, pine, pine tar, sweet and malty... but with enough hop bitterness and alcohol bite to offset the sweet malt

I like this one but it doesn't do much to stand out

Sep 25, 2021
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PsychedVTXer from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Still my favorite breakfast beer after exercising! Always two - one not enough. Too malty for later in the day. Lover of pine resin beers - this has some.

Feb 01, 2021
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RacerX5k from Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Are you kidding me? Really, guys, is this what we've come to? One reviewer actually said this has an bitter bite? Have you ever had an bitter beer? Oh my goodness ... while I did enjoy Doomsauce was it Fall of 2019? Yes. This beer fucking stinks, like every other horrible NE IPA genre.

Looks boring, smells and tastes actually like an boring MALT bomb. I will have to check the date. Drinkable? Sure, 16 oz equates to an 10% ABV beer. Hops? Please add. Bitterness? Please add. Bite? Are you fucking kidding me? Go back to brewing school, or just make Doomsauce again. What a waste of time. X5k, out.

Jan 28, 2021
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izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold. Tropical hop aroma. Smooth hop body. Tropical flavor. Not to strong. Mild malt finish. Pretty good. You can taste the alcohol. Here comes the boom. Ready or not. How you like me now?

Jan 17, 2021
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Bear1964 from Nebraska

4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tall boy can into a pint glass showed off an awesome fluffy white head that left a great lace that hung on as I sampled, aroma was peppery citrus with a slight funk. The dank pith hits the taste buds heavy with a thick tang you’d want in a Double IPA, the flavor hangs nicely between sips. A medium heavy mouthfeel is perfect for the style and reminds you with each drink why you pick this type of brew, great example of a DIPA and its great that it’s in a pint can. My Wife picked out some beers for a Christmas gift and did very well to pick some up some brews I can’t buy here in Nebraska, always enjoyable to try new Breweries.

Dec 24, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a straw color with a finger of head. The nose has mostly citrus notes but there is also some earthy qualities. The flavor is a well-ba!anced blend of malt, citrus fruits and modest hoppiness.

This is a compitent effort but there's nothing exciting here.

Nov 18, 2020
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afkIPAs from New Jersey

4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lord Hobo's Boomsauce. Is that not the best name in beer right now? I love this double IPA. So everything you read from here on out is most definitely a biased opinion.

This is my only somewhat negative aspect for this review. The look is a little lacking...a fairly clear pale gold. And the white foamy head falls within a minute or two.

Boomsauce has strong fruit aromas (I get pineapple, orange, some lime and a little grapefruit) and a piney background scent. The smell is pronounced but not overwhelming.

The taste is citrus-y up front followed by a bitter bite on the tip of your tongue. The bite overtakes the sweet of the fruit.

This sauce is a good balanced feel in your mouth. A dry aftertaste that does not dominate your palate.

I love Boomsauce. Something about the combination of fruit and pine with a bitter bite. If you see the IPA taster pack from Lord Hobo (the one I saw had 617, Angelica, Life, Boomsauce) buy it and enjoy.

Sep 18, 2020
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harrypowers from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a pint can. Comes out an opaque orange with a small head.

Has a light piney smell. Tastes of malt , citrus and mango fruit , with a mild bitter finish.

Medium body with light carbonation.

This is a very good IPA.

Sep 17, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is not a bad beer, nor does it excel. I first tried it more than a year ago and liked it more. Recipe change, or a change of taste, I'm not sure. A decently bitter double IPA, but the only thing New England about it is where it's brewed.

Apr 27, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this the day of the Rolling Stones show @ the Rose Bowl. Always nice to have some drinks with great friends like Jordan and Kim.

Anyhoo, this was not the sexiest looking beer. Dull gold/yellow, typical haze, 1/3" white head on tap. For having Mosaic hops, it wasn't all that smelly of hops. Its not like that is the only aroma hop, Amarillo been around tickling noses for a long time.

Taste was one of the most bitter hazy ipas I've had. Commercial tug job about 78 ibu checks out. Covered the alcohol ok. I went back for a 2nd pour just to confirm the first (and hey, gotta get that buzz on before the show). Notes of lemon, caramel, grapefruit. Would have preferred a more robust carbonation level. Seemed like this had plenty of flaked alterno barley (oats/wheat of the flaked dimension) but it just didn't do a great job of hiding alcohol or delivering hop flavors. So I went from being stoked to find it in Pasadena, to being kind of a serviceable let down. Stones rocked the house though.

Apr 08, 2020
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bsoares from Massachusetts

3.59/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A - It pours a dark golden color to light amber. It tops off with about a finger of head. Mild carbonation can be seen through the light haze. Leaves a nice wisp of head that leaves decent lacing.

S - Candy caramel smell with hints of citrus fruits. Orange, lime, and some lemon are on the nose. Not much else. I did not smell the tropical fruits as it advertised. The smell is not very pungent. A hint of floral notes may be apparent if you look hard enough.

T - Follows the nose. Candy sweet malts upfront and bitter finish. Taste like orange pith and hints of lime and lemon. Floral characteristics hit the middle of the palate and it finishes off boozy. A bit too boozy considering it's only 7.8 ABV.

M - Medium mouth field. Creamy on the palate with mild carbonation.

O - It's an OK beer. I am a bit disappointed as it does not represent what a NEIPA should be. Starting with the color, amber as oppose to the opaque orange and the taste is more west coast. The taste is a malty and bitter (not much else). However, the mouth field is up to the standard of NEIPA. Overall it is an average beer and it is not very complex. I would probably not purchase again.

Jan 29, 2020
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VALIS666 from Massachusetts

3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Loved this fresh off the tap (rated 4.39) but is a lot less impressive at home from a can. Golden yellow pour, mostly transparent with minimal lace. Pine, perfume, faint orange/tangerine on the nose. Tastes fine, isn't overwhelming but solid, with a piney bite, medium-low carbonation. Lingering taste is tangerine peel (a little bitter). It's good, but I was so impressed with this in a flight at a pub, so I'm really disappointed it's just fine/good at home. Who knows, maybe I rated the wrong beer from the flight last time. A couple of those flights can scramble one's brains a bit.

Jan 29, 2020
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz Can - 23 Day’s Fresh

A: Pours a semi-hazy mostly clear golden yellow. One finger of white fluffy head. Pretty good retention with minimal but sticky lacing.

S: Tropical fruits, lime and grapefruit. Tart rinds. Some pine. Sweet malts.

T/M: Bitter hops are tropical and juicy. Pine and flowers. Bitterness dominates over sweet juice. Tart at times. Some lemon pepper. Medium bodied with ample carbonation. Aftertaste is dry and bitter. Seems to be a large variety of hops.

O: Not sure I’d call this one a NEIPA but rather a ore traditional hoppy IPA. It’s even on the lower end for a Double IPA for me (7.8%). However the hop profile is very nice and has enough juicy flavors to make it interesting. Worth a try.


Jan 05, 2020
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spcrain from Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This review from a draft. The glass came with a nice 1/2 inch head that collapsed after about a minute. Nice light copper color with a small amount of haziness. Tart citrus flavor, enjoyable for me with a dry bitter flavor.

Dec 25, 2019
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a narrow pint glass: color is gold, just a hint of haze, and fairly transparent on the edges, I was expecting more murkiness; head presents 2+ fingers thick and lingers with solid finger thick top and some lacing on the glass sides

Smell has some depth to it and a bit more varied than the NEIPA samples i've had to date - some spicy, earthy, peppery hops blended with light citrus rind and tropical notes and hint of pine; malt aromas are lightly toasted and earthy and lightly nutty.

Taste is similar to the aroma with the hop flavor depth/complexity - spicy, earthy, peppery, then some grapefruit rind and light tropical fruit, less noticeable pine aroma; malt is less toasty, still some nuttiness, but the hops carry the flavor.

Mouthfeel is bitter, not too dry, low to moderate carbonation.

Overall this does not strike me as an NEIPA, however i like the flavor/aroma nuances from the hop/malt varieties.

Sep 25, 2019
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RoyalT from Michigan

4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This pours a beautiful, hazy light orange in color with a bountiful white fluffy head.

Smell – The3 aroma is rich citrus hops, very rindy and full of grapefruit and tangerine with lots of herbs and a big lemon zest. There is a light caramel malt backbone here but you really have to search for it.

Taste – The smell comes over exactly at the taste, especially the grapefruit and herbal character. It’s a little more balanced too so lots of things to like here.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with some light, easy-going bitterness at the finish.

Drinkability – Kind of light in the butt for an American DIPA but very drinkabile.

Sep 11, 2019
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scootny from New York

4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The classic NEIPA turbid gold with a clean dense white head. The carbonation is fairly active and the lacing plentiful

Nose is full of tropics and citrus. Mango and pineapple is topped with a healthy component of orange grove.

Taste is quite delicious with a full light malt sweetness and a balancing heavy hitting hop dosage. Lost of grapefruit flavor with a tamer bitterness that at the same time give a clean shot of hop oil. Nice. No trace of the alcohol as you wrap you mouth around this.

Feel is full and nicely carbonated, smooth and gentle, with a great crisp finish.

A delicious and highly drinkable brew

Sep 03, 2019
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Beejay from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Hazy yellow in color with a white head.

S: Hoppy, although almost a touch cloying. Tropical fruit, oranges, and stone fruit.

T: Bright citrus, up front, with assertive bitterness, and a lot of malt character. Bordering on sweet, but the earthy harsh bitterness in the finish keeps it from becoming too cloying.

M: Medium thick, moderate low carbonation, and a long bitter cling.

O: Overall a fairly classic brew, the hops are a little more assertive, and there is a harshness to the bitterness.

Sep 01, 2019
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Tony4444 from Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This is not a great beer. Anybeer with abv above 7 would be considered great based on how much it get your drunk, this sucks. Aroma taste feel and smell are well below average. Gets a 3 only because it is a local beer and it was most likely fresh. Hell even nasty ice is better at 6%abv

Aug 10, 2019
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zeff80 from Missouri

4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can. Poured out a slightly hazy, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of pine, orange, grapefruit and sweet caramel. Nice piney bite with orange, grapefruit and toasted caramel.

Jul 29, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

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.

Jun 24, 2019
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Burniefloyd from Rhode Island

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!

Apr 27, 2019
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CodyBasden from Texas

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

Apr 09, 2019
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1009 from Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A supremely delicious, well crafted double IPA that will absolutely send you to Mars. Wow. Originally enjoyed at Saratoga Springs watering hole after the horses, consistently refereed to as “blackout sauce,” this local brew is a great option to get your night going. Lots of flavor, good citrus notes and lots of horse power. Super good with food, too. We definitely don’t buy this enough for how high quality it is.

Mar 29, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

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.

Mar 13, 2019
Boomsauce from Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 1456 ratings