Consolation Prize | Lord Hobo Brewing Company

BA SCORE
89
very good
290 Ratings
Consolation PrizeConsolation Prize
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
lordhobobrewing.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Jason on 04-30-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
290
Reviews:
63
Avg:
4
pDev:
9.5%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
105
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Marklaker
4.24/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale gold with a faint bit of haze, finger of foam on top, and just a few lace arms trailing behind... Aromas and flavors bring tropical and orchard fruits, maybe pineapple, orange, peach, and white grape, but there's also a chewy shellac of pine giving some heft and chew to the beer; moderately bitter and sweet; smooth... Started off feeling a bit heavy, but as it warmed took on a real nice mellow character that made for some easy drinking... 7/10/17 canning...

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Photo of babaracas
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden in color with a fair amount of very fine sediment in suspension (not hazy), one finger of creamy white foam, spray of lace down the glass. Smell: pineapple, lemon meringue, peppery/spicy booze note, kumquat. Taste: tangerine, lemon-lime note, pineapple juice, some resinous and rindy notes in the finish. Pale malt backdrop with a bit of honeyed biscuit, apricot, and white grape. This is pretty tasty. For me, much closer to the pin than Boomsauce.

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Photo of Sloca21
4.96/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of Frudel
3.48/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Found this can in a convenience, no idea if it’s old or not, but still stored cold.
Orange liquid with a very small head that disappears very fast, some particles inside.

Shy nose, I barely can smell some erased aromatic hops, malt.

Taste is not "wow", I think this can must be old, some resin pine tree, not very juicy, medium sweetness.
My "Steal this can" was fresher at least.

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Photo of ichorNet
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've actually been kind of enjoying some of the recent LH releases... Glorious, for instance, was quite solid and I've had a few batches of Boom Sauce that have been legitimately impressive. Time to give Consolation Prize a solid shot, I suppose, then, eh? Canned 7/13/17, making this about two-and-a-half weeks old.

Pours a mostly-hazy yellowish goldenrod-colored beer with a modest head of white foam. Spotty, sorta-tiered lace appears as the head sinks to about a single finger in my glass. Lots of sediment is seen floating around aimlessly throughout the body of this brew. I can see the silhouette of my fingers through this beer if held up to light, but overall there's a lot of stuff suspended in here. Can't really tell in this case whether that's supposed to be a good thing or not, since they don't really go extreme on either end, so I'll assume it's on purpose to give the benefit of the doubt.

Nose presents with honeydew melon, tangerine peel, pineapple, gooseberry and passion fruit. I get a bit of sulfur here too, which is probably due to the yeast. Upon further sniffs, I pick up a funky, estery presence (also likely the yeast) and some bready English malts. Not much ethanol on the nose, and the esters are quite clearly yeast-influenced... if I had to guess, this uses some kind of British ale yeast that tolerates higher ABVs. Overall, though, this has quite a demure nose for such a strong NEIPA, but I like the lightly experimental aspects here and the fact that it doesn't seem to lean as much on pine/citrus/mango like I'm used to in the style. I'm paying attention here, for sure.

Flavor is fruity with waves of pineapple, passion fruit and tangerine along with a nice, warming ethanol kick. Didn't notice the 9.5% in the nose too much, but it comes out strong here. Nice, toasty malt backbone that quickly fades into more pineapple and light grassier notes. Some floral elements and even earthy yeast flavors come out towards the finish here. Pretty complex drink overall. Another reviewer mentioned cedar notes, and I probably wouldn't have ever come to that conclusion on my own (despite having brewed a beer aged on rehydrated cedar planks a couple years ago), but it's actually really accurate. Not sure what the hops are here, but they're definitely unique and rather interesting overall. Seems like a pretty good recipe.

Feel is on the heavier side, mostly derived from a chalkier, yeasty/malty overall palate and a lower carbonation (almost cask-like once it gets to cellar temp in my glass), but the oily hops to help smooth some things out. The finish is fairly full-bodied but has a tempering bitterness. Probably not the most drinkable DIPA, and the complex flavors can turn this into an ordeal rather quickly, but I applaud the effort from this brewery. Though they had a rather annoying, attention-whoring start, they seem to have turned the tides into a fairly-trustworthy outfit. Now if only they'd just release some different styles of beer. Hops are not all there is!

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Photo of 2ellas
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fx20736
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of nwhittin
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Miketess32
3.74/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ER527
2.67/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of ambruns1979
4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gbw5009
4.39/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gambyt20
3.52/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Wicked Weed IPA glass. The pour is light orange, quite hazy, and sports about a finger of fine white foam. The nose is delicate and hoppy, with notes of fresh linen, pineapple, and soap.

Medium-full body with a creamy feel and a nicely balanced flavor. There is ample malt backbone to support the hops and the flavor is sweeter because of it. Biscuits with honey up front, then marmalade, pine resin, lemon rind, and grapefruit juice. Some of the breadiness from the malt carries to the finish, but the hops linger the longest.

Excellent IIPA. Sweeter and maltier than many I've had lately. The big malty backbone and creamy mouthfeel remind me a little of FFF Dreadnaught, only with more of a cedary-piney character.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stofko1992
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of breardon1776
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drinking at Maguires in Falmouth, MA our first family trip to Cape Cod. Nice DIPA with good color and flavor. Can looks like local production at its finest. Standard hoppinedd and bitterness for a DIPA.

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Photo of beergoot
4.23/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light golden colored body, slightly hazy; thick, creamy, lasting white head. Nice citrus and pine resin aroma. Excellent flavor blend of bitterness, biscuit-like malts, all with a slight boozy edge. Heavy body; lush and chewy on the palate; sweet but not cloyingly so with some dryness at the finish.

This is a well-rounded, very tasty DIPA that delivers an excellent blend of malts, hops, and alcohol. Nothing screams at you or seems out of place, just everything nicely playing well together for a big beer.

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Photo of AlexErez
4.66/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorites and well worth the price. Deliciously happy with a smooth aftertaste this beer is one to keep stached away for a rainy day

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip, the appearance was a golden semi-burnt yellow to orange color. Quickly dissipating slim foamy head. Messy sticky lacing. The aroma had sweet tropical fruits punching some bitter citrus rind-like hops. Nice level of juiciness. Hop oils abound. The flavor grabs the hop oils to invade the tropical fruits and citrus rind-like hops. Leans to some orange pulpy flavor. Sly juicy to hop oily aftertaste with a crisp hop oily finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation feels good for what it is. Mild juicy bitterness. Hop oily smoothness. Overall, really nice DIPA that I would have again.

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Photo of BearBrewing
3.85/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Traded for this can with a good friend up at the Cloverleaf Tavern, having never had a beer from Lord Hobo before. I'm not sure why this beer is called "Consolation Prize" as it was a sufficient and enjoyable IPA, even if the flavors and appearance were just a bit too typical for me.

No date on the bottom of this can but it poured and looked fresh as the hazy orange hue had the tiniest amount of sediment floating in it with a bit of light seeping in around the edges. The head was moderate, fluffy, and held it's own as it remained as one light ring around the top of my pint glass. Lots of stone fruit, sticky hops, and grass in the nose with even more in the taste. A light amount of malt let the dankness of this shine through (in more than one way) as the mouthfeel was full of resin and honey. Booze and citrus pith could be felt in the aftertaste as this beer was quite syrupy and low on carbonation at the same time.

The high amount of alcohol was a plus as it didn't detract from the flavor profile of this. While this was enjoyable and nicely crafted, this didn't break any new ground for me. Any IPA fans will love this beer and this was a nice first impression from Lord Hobo, to the point where this was no consolation prize. This matched up well with it's West Coast counterparts!

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Consolation Prize from Lord Hobo Brewing Company
4 out of 5 based on 290 ratings.
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