Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
IPA - American
Ranked #2,017
Ranked #15,336
3.91 | pDev: 9.46%
Mar 02, 2022
Feb 15, 2016
Very Good
Notes: Formerly: Hobo Life

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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3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Mar 02, 2022
4.18 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania on Feb 21, 2022
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3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Captain69 from Illinois

nice hoppy ipa smooth to drink i've had better beers from this brewery

Feb 10, 2022
3.71 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire on Jan 12, 2022
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3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a huge head of puffy white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a ton of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the brew is massive of a grapefruit citrus smell mixed with lots of lemon and a touch of cracker malt. Along with these smells comes some hay and pine as well as a light tropical fruit smell and an aroma of a bitter herbal hop.
Taste – The taste begins with a nice cracker malt flavor matched with lots of grapefruit and pine hop. Upfront there is also some sweeter tangerine and tropical fruit flavors. These fruit tastes are light, getting slightly stronger as the taste moves forward. With the slight increase in sweet also comes some lemon and hay tastes coming to the tongue. Toward the end, the lemon surges, adding a sour dimension to the flavor, and with an increase in the grapefruit, one is left with a crisp and citrus bitter taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is medium. A lightly higher carbonation level would have been a bit better for the style and the abv, but overall the feel was pretty good.
Overall – A nice easy drinking session with a bit of sourness and a good hit of citrus hop.

Oct 05, 2021
3.83 by edthehead from New York on May 09, 2021
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2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
by Jeez from Massachusetts

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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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by Act25 from New Jersey

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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3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by VALIS666 from Massachusetts

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
3.75 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania on Feb 20, 2021
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Feb 10, 2021
3.52 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on Jan 07, 2021
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3.52/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by puboflyons from New Hampshire

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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3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by 57md from Pennsylvania

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
3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire on Sep 19, 2020
3.94 by tbeer40 from New Jersey on Sep 08, 2020
4 by njbusa from New Jersey on Aug 07, 2020
3.53 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts on Aug 04, 2020
3.99 by zachary_snackery from Massachusetts on Jul 20, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by zeff80 from Missouri

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
3.99 by Dillonpc from New Hampshire on Jun 22, 2020
3.75 by Zekenyce from New Jersey on Jun 14, 2020
3.88 by Jcarriglio from Florida on Jun 10, 2020
3.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 13, 2020
4.27 by dsds007799 from Massachusetts on Apr 07, 2020
4 by ajdemma from New York on Mar 15, 2020
4 by KeyWestGator from Florida on Mar 08, 2020
3.21 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts on Mar 05, 2020
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3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by rudzud from Massachusetts

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
3.79 by teamgalt from Massachusetts on Dec 22, 2019
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3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by hreb from Washington

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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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

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
4.12 by benbowski from Switzerland on Jul 30, 2019
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3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25
by jameswaldo from New York

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
3.89 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania on Jul 25, 2019
3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania on Jul 07, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BeyondDescription from Vermont

My favorite session IPA.

Jun 21, 2019
2.96 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts on Jun 14, 2019
4 by Dakin from Utah on Jun 14, 2019
3.92 by avisong from Virginia on Jun 10, 2019
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