Consolation Prize | Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 04-30-2015

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Ratings: 381 |  Reviews: 77
Reviews by far333:
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3.32/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy pale golden colored with a thick and frothy head that settles out to a 1/4 inch cap. Giant aroma of resiny hops, like it was dry hopped yesterday. Tons of hop flavor, pine and citrus and resin. Honey malt rides beneath, but the hops stand out. Puckery inside the cheeks. Seems to be hop matter in the glass, again like it was dry hopped yesterday. Even mouthfeel. Hop flavors seem a bit overdone, perhaps too many varieties in use that are muddying the flavor? Hops lend a subtle sweetness, but I can feel some hop matter hitting the back of my throat and tingling, almost burning, again, like it was dry hopped yesterday, which detracts from the experience.

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Photo of mynie
4.46/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve been to a good number of genuinely pretentious or exclusionary beer joints. The Three Floyds brewpub back in the day, for example, made a point of hiring dismissive assholes as bartenders. They were almost always nice to me, but I saw how they treated others—telling a man that he had to answer a riddle in order to purchase Dark Lord, refusing to pour for people until they pronounced a beer’s name correctly, or otherwise acting like the beer version of Nick Burns: Your Company’s Computer Guy. This is unappealing when the beer is great, a death knell when it’s merely okay.

I don’t think Lord Hobo was being genuinely snobbish or dismissive in their pre-release cockiness (during which time, I’ve been told, they said they were about to release the best IPA in the world). There’s no proof of this other than that every time I’ve been to the bar or brewery I haven’t detected the slightest hint of derision or meanness from any of the staff. They seem nice. Bumptiousness is just their schtick. And, man, has that hurt them.

Also… okay, they have three base IPAs that they mix together for Boom Sauce. Each of those IPAs is better than Boom Sauce. Two of them, including Consolation Prize, are significantly better. Yet they choose Boom Sauce as their widely distributed flagship. I got no idea.

Anyhow, stepping back a bit, taking stock of the YOU GOTTA IMPROVE THE LIQUID, BRO dogpile, it’s become clear that people are shitting on this brewery just for the sake of shitting on them. Because none of their beers are bad, and a couple are actually quite good. Cocksure, yeah. Overpriced, definitely. But still good.

Consolation prize is the strongest of their four regular IPAs, and also the hardest to find outside of the brewery. It pours thick and very dark, and is absolutely fucking redolent of dense malt and pine hops. The aroma is very similar to the lauded DIPAs of old, basically like a firmer Dreadnaught.

It tastes a bit rough up front, piney with light nodes of syrupy malt. But then near the middle this incredible rush of tropical fruit hops takes over and it does not let go until the very end of the sip, which is buffeted nicely by chewy yeast. After a few sips, my pallet becomes so scorched I no longer detect the roughness of the front half and it’s just like I’m drinking vaguely alcoholic passion fruit punch.

Some may argue about the merits of such an intense cannonball of a beer. It is one of the least delicately brewed DIPAs I’ve ever come across. But it’s new. The body is maybe the thickest I’ve ever come across in a pale ale of any sort, and the massive fruit hop blast is beyond what I thought was possible in a beer. It doesn’t taste quite like anything else I’ve ever had, and I think that’s exactly what they were going for. Imperfect, but still quite good.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz tallboy, purchased at the brewery.

Lacing puts on a bit of a show, good retention. Pale golden hue shows a mild haze. Grassy, mild tobacco, pithy, estery alcohol, honey-like malt, and rose water in the nose. Juicy, full-ish mouth feel. You don't notice the 9.2% until several sips in. A little sweet though the bitterness and the alcohol help to balance. Mildly minty with citrusy and grassy undertones. Pineapple skin, stone fruit, and blood orange zest on the palate. Fun to knock back, would like to revisit this beer regularly.

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Photo of Roguer
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Opaque orange brew, fair amount of sediment out of suspension from a turbulent but not overly hard pour. Not quite a pulpy NE-IPA kind of appearance. Head production and retention are both good. Prodigious lacing.

Incredibly juicy aroma: huge notes of pineapple and mandarin orange right off the bat. Closer inspection yields pepper notes, grassy green leaves, a mild dankness, and perhaps parsley. A touch of honey lingers in the background, the only clue to the pale malt bill that is otherwise completely overwhelmed by hops.

Flavor is much as one would expect, although it can't quite live up to the nose. Slightly watery and restrained up front, peaches and pineapple are forefront. On the back end, there's a growing sweet dankness, along with peppery and leafy notes. The dankness never quite overwhelms, complementing the overall profile instead of dominating it.

Lively and easy to drink; this is a shockingly large brew (9.5%!) for the feel. It's just a touch syrupy, not uncommon among DIPAs in the 10% range.

The profile reminds me of Sip of Sunshine and Captain's Daughter, with less of a malt backbone than those two brews. It's also slightly less dank, although that could entirely be a case of when I opened this can; those flavors tend to develop over a course of a few weeks. It's a pleasant brew, also reminiscent of many Tree House (D)IPAs. Ultimately, it can't quite live up to any of the aforementioned brewers and brews, but it is a quite nice beer regardless.

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Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned 02/10/17, it pours cloudy gold orange color with sand-like sediment floating all over and it had a 2 finger thick foamy bright white head that was packed with bubbles and didn't budge for like a minute. It then started dissipating very, very slowly and leaving incredible foamy lacing coating the sides. The head left rings and after a few minutes still had a billowing cloud of foam on top which I could run my finger through. A near perfect looking DIPA.

Smells of orange peel, clementine, gummy bears, passion fruit, honey, graham cracker, citrus fruit and tropical notes. Some malty notes sneak through, but this was mostly fruity to me with a lot of fresh citrus. It smelt like actual fruit and not hops with some grassy notes trailing.

Taste is more bitter than I expected after that nice soft, fruity nose. Best way to describe it is it starts like old orange juice that almost should have been tossed out. The next wave is papaya, orange peel, and then like the nose gummy bears, passion fruit, honey, graham cracker and tropical notes. Almost seems like green apple, pine cone, syrup and toasted grains. Some light booze shows up, but can't overtake the bitterness of the orange juice which is a tad bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium to thick body that had low carbonation and resembles orange juice in it's bitterness. This brew does a very nice job of masking the 9.5% ABV and is easier to drink than it should be. If they cut back on the bitterness and fine tuned the sweetness this would be much better, in my humble opinion. I'll definitely have this again as it has potential and perhaps I'll enjoy the next batch better. Props to "Boccu" and Marcus for hooking me up with this.

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Photo of FriedSlug
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The smell of the alcohol is present in this orange beer along with citrus and pine. There is a decent amount of overripe citrus in the taste with a pine finish and boozy heat. It is a pretty tasty beer but doesn't really hide it's high ABV like some DIPAs.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mrmattyq
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had from a can and poured from a 64oz growler.

I prefer the can since it keeps this beer nice and carbonated. The growler went flat in a day or two.. still great taste but not as carbonated (bottle does say to drink within 24 hours).

anyways, i've read a lot of reviews on boomsauce and not to many on this one. Let me start off by saying that this New England IPA is just fantastic. Yes, it can definitely be more refined, and yes it does have a strong alcohol taste lingering in the background.. But once you get past that, you have a well balanced hoppy pale ale that starts out smooth bursting with caramel, and ends with a sharp yet fruity punch. Very refreshing and very drinkable.

Give LHB a shot, they may seem like a cocky bunch, but this beer has potential to be a great one.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.55/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

16 oz can. Pours murky dark gold with a medium creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is earthy malt with floral fruity spicy hops and a little mint.

The flavor is sweet sugary fruity malt with resiny piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and is a bit watery.

Overall, a decent fruity DIPA.

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Photo of TTripp725
2.99/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Jcorn
4.27/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Billolick
4.12/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can, w/o freshness/canning date info...common..this should be required info in 2016 for NE DIPAs.

Purchased at Ancona's in Ridgefield, Ct.

Pours lightly clouded, tangerine...tiny bubble off whitefluffy cap, fades to a coating film, low sheeting and moderate fields of stick.

Tropical fruit nose, with ripe mango and pineapple coming forward.

On the thicker side body wise

Richly flavorful brew with more dense tropical notes, more pineapple, smoky lime, juice pineapple....complex and delicious...well crafted and worth seeking out...the best of the Lord Hobo offerings IMHO...go get some and enjoy

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Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, gold in color, 1/4 inch head. Taste is honey, tangerine, and light melon. Heavy bodied, sweet, crisp. Above average DIPA. I prefer others, but this is worth a shot.

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Photo of boogerisu
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rand_Schoeb
4.83/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hefeweizen gold, and has very understated and pleasing floral aromas. Wonderfully smooth feel with a delicately sweet finish that lingers on the palate and perseveres (no metallic or bitter aftertaste as with some other dipas). Not as much complex flavor as other dpias, but such a beautiful, consistent taste that it might be akin to the nectar imbibed by the gods on Olympus.

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Photo of IndiaPaleViking
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent hop nose up front; very dank and powerful. Mouthfeel is a tad on the syrupy side. Flavor hits you like a good DIPA should. Bitter hops, skunky dankness with a hint of fruit. Not at the top of my DIPA list but a very good brew that I would buy again. Nice work gentlemen.

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Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of terry33
3.41/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of acurtis
3.48/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cheer4beer_
3.87/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Losallstarteam
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

very strong alc with a very drinkable smooth taste

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lord Hobo Brewing Co. "Consolation Prize"
16 fl. oz. can, "CANNED 11/22/17 01138" and sampled on 12/11/17
$5.49 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: It pours a cloudy golden body beneath a finger thick head of foamy off-white. The aroma is hoppy with hop resins, some fruitiness, some mild "dank" character, and some pine and grass and herbs. It smells almost like opening up a fresh bag of hops and sticking your nose in but not as strong. It's good though. It might not be bold but it's bright. The flavor follows. A decent amount of golden and lightly grainy malt acts as support for the hops although not unlike the aroma, they're not bold. It's well balanced though, and for a double IPA I'd call the hop aroma and flavor acceptable as double IPA seems to be more about malt and strength rather than bright hops. And it's got strength - 9.5% abv to be exact - and yet it never comes off as clear alcohol, or "hot" alcohol. In the mouth it's medium bodied with a dextrinous edge, and a smooth, moderate, fine-bubbled carbonation. Looking back the head has held, although it's dropped and there are some semi-bald spots on the surface of the beer, and the lacing is great. Overall it's a solid, malty and hoppy double IPA that delivers both without show-boating.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RoundTripper
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Always been my favorite of LHBC- and aptly named beer. Nice to see this is in year round production. Surprisingly drinkable-repeatable for a 9%+ beer. Pours really light orange/gold hue with a super light head.

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Consolation Prize from Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 381 ratings