Hobo Life
Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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American IPA
Ranked #1,906
Ranked #11,373
3.93 | pDev: 9.41%
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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3.64/5  rDev -7.4%
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

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Dec 26, 2019
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3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
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 Canned 07/11/19, so while this is not fresh, it also shouldn't be completely out of date.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.

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hreb from Washington, Oct 23, 2019
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3.85/5  rDev -2%
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!

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, Sep 25, 2019
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3.24/5  rDev -17.6%
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!

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jameswaldo from New York, Jul 26, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Imakoniver from New York, May 25, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev 0%
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

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LarryV from Massachusetts, May 22, 2019
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4.02/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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IronLover from Pennsylvania, May 13, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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beersampler6 from Michigan, Apr 03, 2019
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3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
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

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stakem from Pennsylvania, Mar 14, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Dec 28, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
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...

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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Dec 16, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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mdfb79 from New York, Sep 10, 2018
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4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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!

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Photo of Amendm
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Amendm from Rhode Island, Jul 23, 2018
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3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
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

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torbin from Pennsylvania, Jun 28, 2018
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3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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4.11/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Ronl12
3.54/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can into IPA glass. Dated 12/17/17.
Look was cloudy yellow with floaties. Smell was light citrus. Taste was mostly grapefruit/lime and bitter ending. mouthfeel was medium. Overall not impressed. Like every one of their beers but this one fell a little below where i expect it to be. Maybe it was just old beer. Will have to re-try.

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Ronl12 from Massachusetts, Jun 08, 2018
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3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is quite hazy pale light yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly settled down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with hints of lime citrus.
T: The taste follows the smell and starts off having lots of flavors of grassy hops and then follows with some hints of citrusy hops—with limes standing out in particular. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and rather crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I really liked the grassy aromas and flavors in this IPA since this is something that you're only normally accustomed to seeing in a pilsner. In this respect, I found the beer to be unique. It is also easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Jun 06, 2018
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3.82/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: cloudy; pale gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a splotchy cap; little lacing;

S: grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, and orange;

T: muted at first, then follows the nose, although it is subdued the whole way; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: nicely done;

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CTHomer from Connecticut, May 22, 2018
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4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a mixed fifteen-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about twenty dollars. Have had this a few times before. One of my favorite low ABV brews...a go-to when I am DD for Pats games....

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brewme from Massachusetts, May 06, 2018
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4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is an excellent session IPA. Very Pale, slightly cloudy with fine white foam. Light, smooth mouthfeel. Firm bitterness, but not too much. Favors sipping. Fantastic citra aroma without much of the "cat" flavor that can sometimes come through with citra hopped beers. Hobo Life is a real keeper, amongst the best session IPA's I have tasted.

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efs from Massachusetts, Apr 24, 2018
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2.78/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L- lots of thick citrus flakes. Good color.
S- light floral citrus smell.
T- a little too bitter for my preference in a session.
F- typical light, heady IPA feel

Overall- closer to a general IPA than a session IMO. Not bad though.

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