Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #2,216
Ranked #10,192
3.94 | pDev: 9.39%
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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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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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 Ohio

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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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
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RockHop from Massachusetts

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.

Feb 20, 2019
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

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.

Dec 27, 2018
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

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.

Dec 23, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 29, 2018
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Franziskaner from Missouri

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.

Oct 26, 2018
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jjamadorphd from Florida

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.

Sep 17, 2018
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

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!

Sep 02, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

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.

Sep 01, 2018
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BklynBryan from New York

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.

Aug 18, 2018
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

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.

Aug 17, 2018
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