Hobo Life
Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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IPA - American
Ranked #2,271
Ranked #14,088
3.92 | pDev: 9.44%
Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Very Good
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Notes: Hobo Life Session IPA is heavily dry-hopped with Citra and rests on 20% flaked oats. Refreshing and bright with notes of lime and grapefruit zest to entertain the palate, Hobo Life is a go-to for any session.
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Jeez from Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this one a while back as part of a Lord Hobo variety pack. Looks and tastes like a NEIPA, pouring a hazy uneven yellow. The dry-hop lends a decent herbal character to the flavor. Otherwise, it's dank dank dank. Unpalatably so. It's feel is quite a bit lighter than Boomsauce, which I guess is a plus. If you liked Boomsauce, but thought "I would like this beer a lot more if it didn't taste as horrible", then this is the beer for you.

May 01, 2021
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rebranded as LIFE. Possibly the best session IPA in the world. I give it a 4 across, and 4.5 overall.
a) Pale yellow boat like hazed body. Dotty lace.
s) citra, sweet and melony.
t) More melon than citrus, lemony, some wood fresh sawn. Lots going on.
f) Smooth, juicy, inviting.
o) Best to blind test vs Carton Boat, Founders, etc.

Apr 12, 2021
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VALIS666 from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy yellow with particles and medium-low lacing. Scent is faint with grass, pine, lemon. Taste is also on the milder side, medium carbonation, lemon rind, mildly juicy. Aftertaste is slightly bitter and fizzy. One of the better session/low-cal IPAs I've tried, and I've tried a lot of them.

Mar 21, 2021
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 fl. oz. can dated 12/08/20. Sampled 12/26/2020.

Slightly opaque hazy yellow appearance under a lingering, full white head.

A hint of tropical fruit and citrus can be picked up in the aroma with a lower profile oat or cereal grain breadiness.

Light mouthfeel.

For a Session IPA there are some decent flavor characters including grapefruit, pear, apple, and a sweet breadiness to balance it out. Easy to chug.

Dec 26, 2020
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy straw color with a finger of head. The nose is very light hoppy. The flavor profile is thin except for the hoppiness which is potent.

Like most session IPAs, this offering is a one note chorus.

Nov 10, 2020
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a slightly hazy, golden color with a small, cream-colored head of foam. It had some thin lacing. The aroma was bright citrus with orange and grapefruit. Some toasty notes, too. Sweet citrus up front with toasted caramel and a sharp piney bitterness.

Jul 05, 2020
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rudzud from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend Pete Kelly for hooking me up with a 4 pack of this for Christmas. Very thoughtful of him. Canned on 9/23/19

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice hazy light golden hue with a thick two finger white that that faded slowly to leave sticky lacing and a thick, creamy blanket.

S - Aromas of light watery hops. Flashes of citrus peel and even some zesty lime. It's really, really diluted smelling though with a little bit of oats and tons of grassy hops. Little bit of malt sweetness too.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with slightly brighter citrus peel and zest. Not really 'juicy' with maybe a little flash of lime. The flavours aren't quite as thin as they are on the nose. Nor is this as grassy. It's still a bit dialed down on the flavour department with some light lingering bitterness.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated crisp, little spritzy but the body is really low. Comes across as really, really thin.

O - Overall this was a rather lackluster beer. Maybe fresh it would have popped more, however, judging by the reviews I highly doubt that would have been likely.

Serving Type: Can

Dec 26, 2019
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hreb from Washington

3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz can of New England Session IPA served, for some reason, in a stemless wine glass. Slightly cloudy, straw yellow, loads of head. Aroma is fresh, yeasty, and full of green hops. Flavor is super subtle at this point for me. What's there I'm finding bitter and like bitter wax mixed with grass. I love the idea of a session Hobo IPA but what I'm getting from this is an IPA with all the wrong flavors turned down. Canned 07/11/19, so while this is not fresh, it also shouldn't be completely out of date. I really love Citra so this is something of a let down.

Oct 23, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 7/17/18, I'm pretty sure that I traded for this at the Patriots home opener against the Texans last year. Haven't had much from Lord Hobo but for a American IPA with low alcohol, this hit the spot and was more than sufficient for a football tailgate in Massachusetts!

Decent pour to this as the liquid was golden, hazy, and topped off with a full, fluffy head that was reminiscent of Wonder Bread. Most of the lacing that stuck around after that was in the form of thick clumps along the top third of my pint glass. Quite a dry aroma to this as there was lots of lime, citrus, and oats along with some tangy hops. The grapefruit really came through in the taste as the dryness from the lime melded nicely with that. Basic malt with some bread and cracker countered the twang of this beer as a floral, hoppy feel was enough to give this the depth that it needed. Moderately slick and lightly carbonated, I needed a chaser of water to get this down once all was said and done.

Session beers? Look no further than this as it was nearly impossible to feel the alcohol that was present. No, it's not a winner but there was enough to like about this as the oats made this feel like American Pale Ale and not an IPA. Going to a tailgate? Bring this and some water to hydrate with afterwards. This was more than enough to enjoy on it's own!

Sep 25, 2019
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jameswaldo from New York

3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Got a pint of this session draft at Agava, and it went pretty well with guacamole and shrimp tacos. But I wouldn't have ordered it if I'd known it had so much oat in it. Good head retention, very nice Citra smell. A rather ugly turbid yellowish brown. This needs relabeling as a NEIPA in Agava's beer list, unless any IPA from MA now just has to be fluffed up with oats and is assumed to be New English. The oats in this make for a thick gruel-like tongue-coating mouthfeel that's not at all my favorite style. Despite the oat pollution, the hopping is very good, and almost redeems it for me. If you're looking to limit your ethanol consumption, and drink an oaty ale that goes real well with avocado and shrimp, Hobo Life will suffice. If you love oatmeal gruel, you'll like this better than I do. Oh, did my review mention oats? OATS!

Jul 26, 2019
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Imakoniver from New York

4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold color with a one-finger head, little lacing, smells and tastes citrusy, hoppy finish, surprisingly rich mouthfeel for a session brew, a very good and refreshing summer beer.

May 25, 2019
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LarryV from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a decent head. Probably the best session beer I've had. Mellow, citrusy aroma with a good amount of lacing. The mouthfeel is great for a session beer, full bodied, creamy. Taste is primarily Citra hops but the juiciness is subdued resulting in a pleasantly hoppy, satisfying beer. Really quite good

May 22, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull yellow in color with a murky, unfiltered appearance. Poured with a moderate, creamy, bright white foam with very good retention. Citrus orange and over ripe lemon peel aromas with sweet fruit and malty undertones. Medium light bodied with soft, medium high carbonation and delicate, light creamy feel. Malty, fruity and citrus flavors balanced by medium light bitterness. Finished with malty, earthy, and citrus flavors with a light bitter bite that slowly fades. Malty, citrussy, fruity and very well balanced with mellow hop bitterness. Very tasty with nice character.

May 13, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty good, although to be honest I was expecting a little more considering how delicious this brewery’s other offerings were - Angelica and Glorious, both beers that I tried recently. This one looked fairly decent, nice golden-yellow color with just a little haze and some spotty white head and lingering lacing. Smells of some fainter grapefruit, lemon and tangerine hops, with some weaker piney and floral hops, malt and caramel. Not that much sweetness, and the slightly bitter hoppy bite was decently pronounced at the finish. A little bit of dankness in the aromas and flavors as well. Smooth, thin, mild mouthfeel and good carbonation. I will just have to keep trying this brewery’s offerings.

Apr 03, 2019
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Can into snifter appears light golden yellow with a white cap.

Aroma is a tad sulfuric, herbal, grassy and pithy/pulpy.

Rindy cling of bitterness on this akin to grapefruit pith and grass with a touch of lemon zest and straw-like grain

Light in body, modest carbonation not bad

Mar 14, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, yellow body with minimal head and minimal lace. Pulpy, acidic orange aroma. Light, crisp, acidic with mild orange/pineapple-like sweetness on finish and is a slow sipper.

Dec 28, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.09/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a can of this off the single shelf at a Kroger just down the road from south metro ice in Dayton,OH. It poured a hazy yellow with no head and no lace. The scent had bitter citrus peel notes. The taste was bitter leaning with grapefruit being the base. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

Dec 16, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE: December 15, 2018... OCCASION: Browns/Broncos Saturday night--much to avenge here! GLASSWARE: Brew at the Zoo pint... pours from a 12 oz. can a sediment-laden, bubbly, dense, wan yellow body that sits beneath a thin, hazy, uneven white head... intense grapefruit, lemon, mango and tropical fruits dominate the aroma... buttered bread, honey, and light spiciness are secondary and alluring.... first sip is agreeable, textured and medium-bodied despite its ABV... lively, bubbly, and invigorating as a pale ale might... a hop-forward ale, bright at the teeth with rattling grapefruit, lemon, mango, crisp biscuit, and light pepper... the citra really delivers the tropical fruit--this is one that is mighty fine, though similarly solid sessions are easier on the wallet...

Dec 16, 2018
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tkarsies from Ohio

4.19/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had on draft at the Brass Tap in Columbus, Ohio. 3rd different beer of the night so take it for what it's worth.

Nice hazy appearance and lacing that lasts. Citrusy hoppy nose. Taste follows the nose with a nice hoppiness. Creamy mouthfeel with light carbonation; oats no doubt play into the mouthfeel.

I typically am not a fan of session IPAs; they seem out of balance to me. This is not the case here. Nicely balanced, very flavorful, no alcohol presence. Happy to find this brew in Ohio and would definitely seek out again.

Sep 11, 2018
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mdfb79 from New York

4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall I thought this was good but the can was a bit older. I feel like whenever I find this in NY/NJ in cans it is already 6-8 weeks old and fresher it could be great.

Sep 10, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Hazy, translucent pale yellow--almost straw--with some floaties and a foamy white head. Good retention. A creamy film remains, leaving sheets of lacing.

S: Very heady and musky pale fruits. Honeydew melon, lemon-lime, green grape, a touch of pineapple; a white bread/cracker malts.

T: Heavy amounts of lime and lemon zest and honeydew melon. It even tastes somewhat tart. Some pithy white/yellow grapefruit, and lots of green grape. Dry, cracker-like malt. A crisp, clean, and lightly dry finish, with just a hint of grapefruit/lemon/lime peel bitterness.

F: Light as expected, but not watery. Well-carbonated. Crisply refreshing.

O: An outstanding NE-style session IPA. Very citrusy and fruity, yet crisp and crushable. Well done!

Jul 26, 2018
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale hazy straw color, opaque from the haze, does not look different when held up to light.
An easy pour from a 12-oz. can dated 5/3/18 into a 16-oz. mug creates a full finger of sturdy white foam with sticky lacing.
Citrus and bready malt control the smell with bitter hops and yeast added to the taste.
Light body with heavy carbonation, dry bitter finish.
Overall a solid IPA, easy drinker due to session level alcohol so I had two.

Jul 23, 2018
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torbin from Pennsylvania

3.81/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, canned on 5/3/18, consumed out of can on 6/27/18

Look: Can has a solid look, black with Lord Hobo logo

Smell: Potent smell of grapefruit rind and lemon zest. Smells great, excited to try this beer

Taste: Hop forward, moderate-thin malt backbone. Citra is present, after taste is bitter but not in a bad way

Mouthfeel: Thinner mouthfeel than other session ipas. All day ipa as a comparison has a much maltier and thicker mouthfeel

Overall: Not a bad session ipa, but there are better ones out there

Jun 28, 2018
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macrosmatic from Florida

3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Cycle Brewing goblet.

A: Very light gold and quite hazy, especially after the last of the can is poured into the glass. A big two-finger white head with very good retention, and an equally good amount of visible carbonation.

S: Juicy citrus, dank, and some citrus pith. Tropical fruits and cracker malts with just a touch of wheat and husk. A quite enjoyable aroma for "Session IPA" or APA or whatever we're calling this.

T: Tropical fruits and a light Halo orangey citrus pith. Dank again, and mild melon. Light cracker malts, with a bit more husk than on the nose but not obnoxious. A fading pineapple, lychee, and citrus rind bitterness in the hang.

M: A light body but not watery, with lots of fizzy carbonation. Low alcohol flavors.

O: A pretty decent Citra-forward APA or Session IPA. At least this particular can is maybe just a touch over-carbonated for the body’s heft. But nice flavors still, and an appropriate amount of bitterness.

Jun 20, 2018
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illpass78 from Maine

4.11/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. from the can.

Appearance: Took from can.

Aroma: Citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, hops.

Taste: Follows nose, followed by oats and honey. Lemon. Pine-type accent.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable.

Overall: Full-flavored, low-boozed IPA. Perfect sunny day beer. Good stuff.

Jun 08, 2018
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