Consolation Prize
Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,662
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #7,241
Avg:
3.99 | pDev: 10.78%
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
472
From:
Lord Hobo Brewing Company
 
Massachusetts, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  13
Gots
  171
SCORE
89
Very Good
Notes: A full-bodied Double IPA that glows a magnificent hazy orange. Heavily dry-hopped with Jarrylo, Azacca and Mosaic resulting in big notes of pineapple, mango, honeydew with a notable Pilsner malt backbone. Dangerously drinkable and surprisingly mellow.
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Photo of VoxRationis
4.29/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom taster pint; canned on 12/12/2018.
A: Pours a hazy, orange-amber color with flecks of yeasty goodness, a one finger, orange chiffon colored head, spotty cap retention, but some complex lacing.
S: Aromas of caramel, honey and orange blossoms.
T: Sweet. Flavors of caramel, toffee, and orange predominate with light pepper and pine notes. Light, refreshing bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinks very smoothly.
O: Consolation Prize is a bit of a misnomer in the sense that, this is NOT that, it's the real deal. Flavorful without being overpowering; honestly wish I had gotten it fresher or on tap, but it still delivers. I particularly appreciated the relative balance of malt, hops aroma/flavors, and bitterness. Overall, another home run for his Lordship Hobo: would be easy to become a fan-boy.

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Photo of beersampler6
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly nice imperial IPA from a brewery that I'm really enjoying (trying a good handful of their beers recently). Pours an orange-yellow color with some nice fluffy white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of lots of fruit - mango, papaya, pineapple, orange, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit - as well as a good hit of malt. Taste follows the nose, along with some vanilla, bread and faint floral hops. The malt backbone was quite sweet and in the foreground, however, and I was left wondering if this IPA had aged a little and the hoppy notes had receded. Smooth, thin, mild mouthfeel and good carbonation. A tasty beer, just a little disappointing as I was expecting something from Lord Hobo a little more along the lines of their excellent Glorious or Virtuoso.

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Photo of Ocalafox
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Holy cow, this one hits my taste buds just perfectly! Had 3-4 Hobo's and this is definitely my favorite. For a 9.5% double it drinks amazingly smooth and enjoyable, Dangerously drinkable and surprisingly mellow.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can dated 01/09/19 into red plastic cup (hey, I'm on vacation and it's the best I can do). Pours a slightly hazy amber with a fluffy, long-lasting, off-white head. Initial impression is grapefruit, orange, mango, maybe some lemon, caramel, and booze. Mouthfeel is medium thick but not quite sticky; carbonation is just enough to showcase the flavors. Alcohol is actually quite well hidden. Finish is surprisingly smooth and there is very little residual bitterness. I bought exactly one can, and now I'm wishing I'd bought a few more!

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Photo of Buck89
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a hotel glass. A striking light orange color. Only slightly hazy and with a modest off-white head. Great aroma from the can on the pour. Very tropical with mango, tangerine, pineapple, and faint berry. The taste featured the notes on the nose, and the malt was also there, restrained but enough to support the hops and the ABV. A soft, moderate bitterness. Slightly sweet on the finish from the alcohol and there was a slight warm booziness. Overall very nice.

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Photo of RockHop
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden and more clear than expected with moderate head and a little lacing. Candy, syrup, apt, pineapple nose. Flavor is full, fruity, funky, and a bit boozy. Unique hop profile, with slightly gingery pepper finish.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.82/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

16 FL oz can:

Standard appearance for the style. Appears well-carbonated.

Aromatics hint at honeydew melon and depleted pineapple. Pale malt.

Taste: Alcohol warmth makes the shallow fruity notes feel boozy. Pineapple, melon, dirty guava.

Texture: Smooth, unrefreshing, wet, full-bodied, well-carbonated. A bit overcarbonated.

Overall: A forgettable stab at an imperial IPA with an underwhelming hop profile. Neither fresh tasting nor refreshing. Alcohol warmth brings it down a few notches.

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of Amendm
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16-oz. can 8/31/18 needed an medium-strong pour to get a finger sized off white head with moderate retention and minimal lacing. A thin cap remained throughout the drink.
Vintage maple color, translucent with a slight haze and rising lager-like bubbles.
Floral and herbal hops control the smell with sweet malt and citrus. Faint alcohol.
Taste begins mildly bitter with orange peal and tangy hops, the middle is semi-sweet from the maltiness plus melon flavor. The finish is semi-dry with a piney hop bitterness and a peppery bite from the alcohol that lingers for several seconds.
Medium bodied with plenty of retained carbonation, smooth and even.
Hop flavors come at you from all angles yet it's not too hoppy. Sweet smell, semi-sweet middle of the taste profile yet a little bitter and dry overall. East meets West coast.

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Photo of BB1313
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Canned on 8/31/18. 16oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy golden, but it's not cloudy; fluffy white head that falls leaving great retention and sticky lacing. The aromas have a nice blend of citrus and tropical fruits. Floral notes are definitely there. Malts are there. The flavors are bold and on the sweeter side. Grapefruit, orange and pineapple is there. Some peach and apricot. Some honey. Subtle hints of caramel. It's sticky. Solid malt backbone. Some alcohol flavors. It's slightly warm, but it's not hot or boozy at all. Finishes juicy. Mouthfeel is full-bodied with moderate to low carbonation. It's fluffy and ultimately smooth.

This is a solid DIPA. It's bold and slightly rough around the edges, but it's not bad at all. It's probably better than my "numerical score" might indicate.

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Photo of haines710
3.79/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Found some 16 oz cans at Wegmans in southeastern Pennsylvania. Not the freshest based in can date of 5/11/18. It is now September. Maybe I should’ve looked before I bought. Oh well, i already opened and started drinking so too late to return. I smell malt and slight citrus. Taste is the same. Not bitter. Pretty smooth. There is an interesting aftertaste. Kind of grassy or pine and maybe citrus. I can feel the alcohol a little bit overall not too bad. Not a favorite but glad I tried it.

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Photo of ddoyle23
1/5  rDev -74.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This must have been a bad batch. White flakes suspended in the glass after the pour. Black specks of sediment as well. Love Lord Hobos IPA offerings (especially Virtuoso) so I thought I would try this one. It was bad.

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Photo of egrandfield
4.09/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Look: Amber, but clear, two-finger head...no other bubbles after initial head
Smell: Hoppy Mango
Taste: Honey, sweet, and then bitter (but not unpleasant) aftertaste
Feel: Low carbonation, pretty smooth
Overall: Very good beer, masks 9.5% well

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Photo of degueulasse
3.93/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This double IPA has a bit of a tropical, melony taste that creates a sweet dankness befitting the NE style. Its smell is comparable, though perhaps a bit more piney than the taste. Lord Hobo does it again.

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Photo of Beerguy1990
1.24/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

So much money for a cough syrup taste. It’s nasty and strong. Trillium and tree house can make 9 percent taste good but not this company. It’s too much money for shit beer

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Photo of mbostenbeer
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let’s start with “Wow”...i’m Not an IPA guy by any stretch of the imagination but this is great, the look starts with a cloudy ruby glow...a fruity smell..a malty sweetness with grapefruit twang...a nice smooth taste..Enjoy I know I will!

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Photo of jdhilt
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a two finger white head, that fades slowly leaving traces of lace. Hazy, light amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grapefruit nose and taste is grapefruit, hints of malty sweetness. Higher abv, 9.5%, is hidden. 16oz black can from Concord Coop Concord, NH.

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Photo of citizencane
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours slightly hazy orange. Smells of stone fruit and maybe some mild tropical fruit and some faint malt to balance. Taste is stone fruit, rind, and some mild tropic fruit. Also some orange? Juicy feel with just a faint touch of dryness. Flavors blend together nicely. Very good.

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Photo of metter98
4.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color. It poured with a finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing on the bottom sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of papayas and blackberries are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of blackberries and papayas, and also has faint hints of pine and peppery spices in the finish. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has an interesting and unusual mix of aromas and flavors from the hops. The thing that I was most impressed about was how drinkable the beer was considering its strength because it did a very good job at masking any traces of alcohol from the taste.

Serving type: can

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Photo of threeviews
4.8/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured into a 16oz Magnify branded "snulip" glass.

A - Pours a semi-hazy golden color with a modest, soapy white head. (4.75)

S - Aroma is as exactly as described on Untappd: Pineapple, Mango and Melon. (4.75)

T - The tropical and less astringent fruits are much more prominent than the bitter citrus rind that you find in beers like Hopslam. Since this doesn't suffer the same defects (yeast / hop bite) than other "hazy IPAs" suffer from, this is a great example of the the NEIPA style and on-par with beers produced by The Alchemist, Foley Brothers, Burlington Beer Co. and Frost (all from VT). (4.75)

M - Rich and creamy. The body, carbonation and lack of alcohol make this for one really crushable DIPA. (4.75)

O - This is exactly what I look for in a DIPA...present bitterness, yet restrained with the tropical and sweet citrus notes playing the major role. The alcohol is completely hidden and drinks well below its advertised ABV...nicely done. (5.0)

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Photo of IronLover
4.16/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dull orange in color with a heavy haze and lots of floaties. Poured with a short, bright white, creamy foam with medium retention. Medium high fruity over-ripe orange and pineapple aromas with lemon zest and sweet boozy notes. Sweet malty backbone. Medium bodied with medium light carbonation. Smooth, creamy and oily feel from the beginning into the middle with mellow warmth from the middle through the finish. Mellow, fruity and over-ripe citrus flavors up front followed by malty flavors and lightly sweet booziness. Mellow medium bitterness through the middle followed by a sweet, boozy maltiness. Fruity and malty flavors from the middle to the end with sweet boozy warmth near the finish. Finished with sweet malty and mellow citrus fruit flavors. Tasty, mellow, boozy, easy drinking , very enjoyable.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.07/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Canned 12/6/17. Pours a honey mustard yellow with a tall head of 2 fingers, stark white.

Heavy grapefruit nose, with some lingering aromas of orange and lemon. Lots of greenery/fresh hop. Slight onion.

Flavor is bitter lemon rinds, furniture polish, and grapefruit rinds. Some diesel. Slight onion. I'm searching for sweetness but all I get is bitterness. I was wanting to blame it on my palate but I haven't had anything except water for the last 6 hours. I can't jive with it.

Feel is creamy, smooth, and very resinous. Nice carbonation.

Overall, I'm so disappointed! I was really hoping this one to kick ass. I'll keep trying Lord Hobo though. I'm bound to find one to knock my socks off.

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Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
4.06/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This DIPA is very easy to drink and somewhat deceiving of its high ABV. It pours amber with a head that goes away after a minute. Not much lacing. The aroma is malty and with a nice piney background. The taste is fairly sweet and malty but with a very mild dankness toward the end. Full body and with not much carbonation.

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Photo of TBDave
3.75/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a 16 oz can at Total Wine for $5.50. It has a really pleasant aroma. Tastes very smooth for a 9.5 ABV. Overall, it’s fine. But there are cheaper Double IPAs that I prefer.

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Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale orange in body with white bubbly head. Aroma of pine, plastic, grass, lemon. Tastes of pine, lemon, citrus, grass, lemon merengue, a little bitterness. Heavy body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of farrago
4.14/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pleasing two fingers of fairly dense and frothy foam, the surface mottled by bubbles of all sizes, develops peaks and valleys as it simmers down, the more big splotches than actual streaks. Has the expected haziness to the liquid, more of a dark yellow than light coppery orange, curiously here’s very few visible bubbles for all of the foaminess. Effusive and easygoing nose of floral dew, tangerine zest, fresh pine sap, and layers of apricot, peach, nectarine to pineapple fruit scents, there’s also tar pitch and a modicum of herbaceous dankness but more as the side dish. Medium-bodied, fluffy with the carbonation pushing outwards insistently. Sweet, featuring malted milk balls, cocoa powder to something like ginger root, this tilts the pink grapefruit to tangerine citrus more sweet than sour. The florality gets too mixed into the whole to swirl and dance. Nice tang to the mango, pineapple, kiwi, apricot fruit while staying close to sugary. Lightly bready, not that piney and as in the nose the dank hoppiness not the focus. Overall, seems styled for maximal pleasure by the widest audience, albeit with a noticeable alcoholic kick.

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Consolation Prize from Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 472 ratings