Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,756
Ranked #5,674
4.03 | pDev: 7.44%
Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: This beautifully smooth New England-Style Pale Ale pours a hazy, straw color. A double-dose of sought-after Galaxy hops delivers a silky peach-grape aroma, tropical fruit flavors, and an elegant mouth feel.
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice hoppy delivery within the style. It poured almost headless with minimal lacing. Looks can be deceiving. Its nice hoppy bite with the mouth feel of a well-balanced NEIPA becomes the only thing that matters.

May 19, 2020
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured on 3/12/20, from can dated: 1/28/20
Dark lemon, hazy, minimal head, little lacing
Citrus and straw on the nose, farmhouse bread, hint of grapefruit
Interesting taste of citrus, grapefruit, hint of pine, lots of galaxy hops
smooth, medium plus bodied, rather carbonated
I like hazy and this one is a wonderful hazy golden ale example

Mar 12, 2020
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irs from New Jersey

4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

very hazy without too much foam, just nice lacing. Great hoppy aroma. I'm getting alot of orange. Taste doesn't quite measure up to smell, but definitely nice and a good mouthfeel.

Oct 26, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow body with minimal head and lace. Smell is tropical fruits with hints of grapefruits. Slightly bitter and acidic taste underneath a tropical sweetness, fuller body, fuller body that balances the different hop profiles and has an easy finish and a good beer to relax with.

Oct 14, 2019
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into tulip pint glass: color is straw, quite dense haze, solid bright white head with fine bubbles and firm top, some lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is stonefruit (peach, mango, passionfruit) blended with citrus rind and hint of dank, it starts subtle and never really takes off.

Taste is similar with big stonefruit like flavors, grapefruit pith and rind, some light herbal notes, then some bread and toast.

Mouthfeel is a bit more bitter than expected, but starts with low to moderate carbonation, light fullness, then drying bitterness.

Overall an NE style ale that has those components but the balance seems a bit more bitter than juicy - personally I like that lean.

Sep 21, 2019
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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Straw gold pour, some haze, but some clarity too. Thin head. Galaxy hops project a strong peach taste that's delicious. At 6.5% abv, Glorious doesn't have the heft of an imperial, but it's a very capable effort. Worth a throwdown!

Sep 07, 2019
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BillRoth from Maryland

4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had a can from Ma and Pa’s. Poured a very attractive straw yellow with decent haze but some nice clarity too. Nothing murky. Head disappeared immediately but left excellent lacing throughout glass. Nose faint but possibly because cold pour.
Very nice Galaxy taste rich with fruit but complementary dank.
Body was too bright and crisp for me. Carb was not hot, but still distracted tasting the beer. Having said that it was a very refreshing thirst quencher.
Very good price point.
Overall a very good everyday IPA. Wouldn’t mind having this in my beer meister in the summer.

Jul 29, 2019
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DrillMaster from Florida

4.04/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can, from one of two remaining four packs at a local Florida ABC to pick up the feel of a NEIPA from the source. Poured into a British Imperial pint glass as pale, straw colored, hazy and with a few multicolored floaters true to style. The aroma is spicy and fresh, like being out in a hop field, but subtle and not overpowering. Honey and tropical fruit with an overriding resin are just some of the pleasant notes. The head remains a good 5 minutes or more and settles like a marshmallow in the center, easily revived to do the same a couple of times. An initial sweet aroma leads to a dry lingering finish as the malt profile showcases the Galaxy hops. 6.5 ABV gives you a few less calories at the 16 oz unit dose than the 8.5 stronger ones, and this one has the same character and more. Don't let the color fool you, you're not drinking a light beer!

Jul 15, 2019
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Smakawhat from Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. To IPA or not to IPA? That is the question…

Simple opaque body of dull yellow, and nearly gray with a solid appearance. Flirts with turbidity but not quite getting there. Big fistful reaching bight white head with excellent retention. Creamy fluffy top and lots of soapy lacing.

Real nice subtle aroma. Hints a floral to tropical note that has this wonderful mellow perfume scent to it. Flirts with a light pineapple but more exotic into papaya and maybe even mango. Wonderful juicy sensation coming off as well.

Palate goes more towards basic. Subtle good flavors of pineapple and a touch of actual grass on first sip. Simple bodied and neutral mouthfeel and presence making for easy drinking. Hop forward but not entirely, as it's a bit more subtle on repeated sips. Flavors mold more toward tropical but then get a bit earthy particularly on the finish and possibly some juicy orange.

Pretty nice solid brew. Definitely feels more in the pale ale vein but a good hop forward one.

Jul 14, 2019
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Alexc11 from Canada

4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It’s a warm breezy sunmer day here in North Conway. The Grateful Dead is playing as we sit eating while drinking Glorious. Not a bad mix. Anyway this beer pours hazy yellow color with a medium foamy head. Lots if lacing. Tropical aromas and flavors dominate it along with some citrus. It’s smooth, low biiter content and carbonation. It all fuses all so well.

Jul 08, 2019
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DrBeergood from Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a wonderful beer. Glorious IPA represents *perfection* through every stage of the brewing process. I am absolutely gobsmacked by the quality and craftsmanship taking place here.

Jun 22, 2019
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Underclaw from Massachusetts

3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Have had before but bought at Trader Joes today. Remember liking it first time. This can (from 4pk) is not delivering the same notes I remember. First time I got a refrigerated 4pk. This one was not...perhaps the reason for flavor degrade. There is a bite to it, and a slight taste of ash.

Jun 08, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow with a modest head that dissipates rather quickly. Light citrus aroma, a bit of wheat. Taste is not overly juicy, the Galaxy hops are the star here. Creamy mouthfeel and a lingering, mellow bitterness. A rather enjoyable beer I think.

May 16, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Absolutely delicious juicy IPA tried on tap at local bar. Pours a nice hazy pale yellow-orange color with a little lingering white head and lots of spotty lacing - almost in sheets. Lots of nice fruit aromas - tangerine, grapefruit, orange, passion fruit, guava, papaya, mango. Also some more faint malt, floral hops and vanilla. Taste follows the nose, along with some caramel and bread. So juicy, flavorful and with a well-balanced sweeter malt backbone. Smooth, mild, slightly creamy mouthfeel and perfect carbonation. An outstanding NE-style IPA and I will have to look out for other offerings from this brewery.

Mar 05, 2019
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an extremely hazy pale to medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of fine active visible carbonation rising along the edges of the glass and moderate straw yellow + lemon yellow + extremely pale golden yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall dense sudsy foamy bright white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Slightly stronger than moderate aromas of juicy citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/passionfruit, tropical/papaya, and stone fruit/peach hops over the top of light to moderate aromas of biscuit + bready + grainy + wheat + oat malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of biscuit + bready + grainy + wheat + oat malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by slightly stronger than moderate flavors of juicy citrus/grapefruit, citrus/grapefruit pith, tropical/passionfruit, tropical/papaya, and stone fruit/peach hops which impart a light amount of bitterness which fades away almost instantly leaving lingering grapefruit pith citrus hop flavors.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Moderate amounts of soft/fluffiness almost creaminess mid-body with a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol and an extremely pleasantly soft/fluffy/creamy mouthfeel. Enjoyable and does a really nice job of highlighting the Galaxy hop. I could easily have a couple of these and I dig the grapefruit pith in a New England IPA which is a little unusual.

Feb 15, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An unusual beer, but one of my favorites. Pours cloudy and pineapple juice yellow with some head and good lacing. Mouthfeel is great; satiny and smooth with low carbonation. Smell is funky and might even evoke locker room BO. Taste is funky too, a bit bitter, a bit sour, with notes of warm grapefruit pith. Doesn’t sound appetizing, but it’s delicious.

Feb 04, 2019
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wedge from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

CANNED ON 01/17/19

Hazy golden yellow with a small white head and spotty lace. Juicy creamsicle aromas...peach, lime, grapefruit, orange marmalade. Creamy colorful citrus flavors with mango sorbet, yellow cake, and a bit of grassy herbs. Soft medium-light feel. Doesn't scream *Galaxy* to me, but it's a tasty easy-drinker.

Jan 30, 2019
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metter98 from New York

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with a half finger high frothy white head that died down, leaving just a collar around the edge of the glass. The head faded down, leaving just a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit pith and citrusy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has lots of flavors of grapefruit pith along with notes of citrus. Little, if any bitterness is perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and rather juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This New England IPA has a lot of aromas and flavors of grapefruit pith, which is quite unlike others NEIPAs in the style.

Serving type: can

Jan 20, 2019
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Roguer from Georgia

4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opaque orange brew, topped with a sizable (> 2 fingers) snow white head with excellent retention. (Note: 2nd can I had of this had disgustingly thick and flaky floaties, a phenomenon I did NOT experience with my first can; I am not adjusting my ratings, but they are significant and disgusting.)

Herbal and citrus-y, as one would expect with Galaxy hops: Mandarin orange, oregano, peach, mango, pineapple, and just tons of juice.

Flavor is less juicy than the nose, with plenty of white cracker/biscuit maltiness, and more leafy hop notes, along with a sizeable bitterness. Sharp citrus, along with sweet tropical notes, and all throughout laced with bright herbs.

Smooth and nearly silky on the palate.

Nov 13, 2018
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mactrail from Washington

3.23/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Looks like pale apple juice with a big crest of white foam in the Pilsner glass. Quite aromatic with pineapple and honeydew melon. A sweet smack to start with something peachy but also astringent.

This starts with melon taste and then turns quite bitter and yeasty, even more after the first pour. This gets really tiresome. Why muck up the hops? From the 16 oz can purchased at Bine & Vine in San Diego.

Oct 26, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours into an imperial pint glass a hazy and clouded lemonade color with alot of swirling goodies,a nice bone white sticky half finger head atop.Citrus aromas with a hint of mown grass as well,some sugary sweetness lingers.Slightly fizzy in the mouth but it's not thin by any means.On the dryer side flavor-wise,citrus up front with a big lemon and grapefruit rind edge,also slightly resiny in the back end.It's highly drinkable because of it's dryness.

Oct 25, 2018
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VoodooBear from Puerto Rico

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 16 oz. can with the canning date printed on the bottom. Served in a Sensorik glass.

App: It develops a one and a half finger head that sticks around for a while and leaves behind some lacing rings as it goes down. The color is bright, hazy, yellow gold.

Smell: Big, fruity, hoppy aromas of pineapple and peach dominate the nose.

Taste: Juicy peach, pineapple, mango and green grape, mainly, without too much bitterness coming through. A pine resin aftertaste lingers at the end.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, creamy and medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: A smooth and creamy beer with a lot of hoppy fruit character that keeps the bitterness in check. What's not to like?

Oct 01, 2018
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Zythophile from District of Columbia

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can Date: 6/28/18
Palate Contaminants: other beer

Color is a medium-light straw. Plenty hazy. Not much head, but sticky lacing.

Really sharp pine sap scent. Hell, the needles, too. Slightly sweet. Minor amount of true citrus.

Taste is dialed back from the scent, with the pine tree being more of a sapling. The citrus transitions over to pineapple. Lemongrass, as well. Way in the background there's an herbal element.

Medium weight and fine carbonation. The aftertaste is weak grapefruit juice and sawdust.

Sep 08, 2018
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.72/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured can to pint glass. Hazy gold color with a small head. Smell is typical citra hops. Taste is grapefruit with some mango with low bitterness. Pretty smooth. Nice beer.

Aug 25, 2018
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Beaver13 from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can, canned 4/6/18. Pours very hazy orange yellow with a medium frothy white head that retains fairly well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is lots of sweet fruit with some stinky resiny hops in the background.

The flavor is sweet soapy wheat malts with big fruity resiny hops. The mouthfeel is a little light and watery.

Overall, an OK NE pale ale.

Aug 11, 2018
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 510 ratings