Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
American IPA
Ranked #1,909
Ranked #15,708
3.91 | pDev: 9.46%
Nov 20, 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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Reviewed by Peach63 from New York

3.71/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Hazy pale yellow with a 1/2" white head, which slowly fades to a wisp. Moderate lacing.

Aroma of pine, lime, grass.

Tastes of pine, lime zest.

Medium body, light carbonation. Dry finish.

For a session, it's decent.
Nov 20, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
12 oz can

hazy pale yellow in color, white head. decent fruity hop aroma. but like many session IPAs, its taste is thin and watery, like hoppy carbonated water. thin bodied, fizzy
May 21, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TMoney2591 from Illinois

Mar 02, 2022
Rated: 4.18 by TeachChefs from Pennsylvania

Feb 21, 2022
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Rated by Captain69 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
nice hoppy ipa smooth to drink i've had better beers from this brewery
Feb 10, 2022
Rated: 3.71 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Jan 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.87/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 3.83 by edthehead from Maryland

May 09, 2021
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Reviewed by Jeez from Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -32.7%
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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Reviewed by Act25 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Reviewed by VALIS666 from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev +1%
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
Rated: 3.75 by Jcal2023 from Pennsylvania

Feb 20, 2021
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Feb 10, 2021
Rated: 3.52 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

Jan 07, 2021
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Reviewed by puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.52/5  rDev -10%
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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Reviewed by 57md from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
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
Rated: 3.75 by atlbravsrno1 from New Hampshire

Sep 19, 2020
Rated: 3.94 by tbeer40 from New Jersey

Sep 08, 2020
Rated: 4 by njbusa from New Jersey

Aug 07, 2020
Rated: 3.53 by Bogdawg from Massachusetts

Aug 04, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by zachary_snackery from Massachusetts

Jul 20, 2020
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Reviewed by zeff80 from Missouri

3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
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
Rated: 3.99 by Dillonpc from New Hampshire

Jun 22, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Jun 14, 2020
Rated: 3.88 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jun 10, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 13, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by dsds007799 from Massachusetts

Apr 07, 2020
Rated: 4 by ajdemma from New York

Mar 15, 2020
Rated: 4 by KeyWestGator from Florida

Mar 08, 2020
Rated: 3.21 by VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

Mar 05, 2020
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Reviewed by rudzud from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev -6.9%
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
Rated: 3.79 by teamgalt from Massachusetts

Dec 22, 2019
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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

3.54/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Reviewed by JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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
Rated: 4.12 by benbowski from Switzerland

Jul 30, 2019
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Reviewed by jameswaldo from New York

3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
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
Rated: 3.89 by Rubezahl from Pennsylvania

Jul 25, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Jul 07, 2019
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Rated by BeyondDescription from Vermont

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
My favorite session IPA.
Jun 21, 2019
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