Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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New England IPA
Ranked #1,824
Ranked #6,876
4.02 | pDev: 9.2%
Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: A New England take on a classic beer style, Angelica offers the refreshing drinkability of a wheat beer combined with fruit juice characteristics and elegant haze.
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Other than its opaqueness, nothing about this beer is in the hazy style. There is no body nor true softness on the palate. The only thing soft is its delivery of a hop taste. It certainly misses a barley presence, which could have helped.

May 19, 2020
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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12oz can dated 2/3/20 into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow with about one finger of white head. Not much to speak of with regards to retention and lacing. Overall look is a little thin for the style.

Smells strongly of citrus. Mainly orange, grapefruit and tangerine.

Taste. Well, it's a lot like drinking juice. Picking up some oranges and pineapple. Not much to speak of in the way of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is soft with just a touch of citrus acidity.

Overall, it's another hazy/juicy. Not bad, but nothing to write home about.

Apr 12, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.41/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This one pours a hazy-ish golden yellow, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like sweet and pulpy orange juice, wheat, and malt.

This is pretty straightforward, and just too sweet, honestly. There’s basically no bitterness, and just kind of feels like overly pulpy and thick orange juice, with some wheaty sweetness as well.

This is light bodied, smooth, and fairly drinkable.

I wouldn’t really want to try this one again. Not much to recommend here.

Feb 15, 2020
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.71/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traded for this at the Patriots home opener last year as I'd never heard of a New England Wheat before. In reality, this was more like a New England IPA with some Sour or Golden Ale aspects to it and although it was perfectly fine, there wasn't anything about this in particular that stood out to me...

Canned on 7/20/18, this poured a hazy gold with a moderate head to top it off. That quickly settled as there was very little, spotty lacing left on the side of my pint glass. Wheat, Pilsner Malt, white grape, and urine came through in the nose as the taste was a *little* more dank and hoppy. I couldn't quite get this beer down and it almost seems more like a hoppy IPL than a New England IPA, because it seemed like a lemon Radler or something European of the sort. A bit too skunky and peppery for me, this would be great in the summer or during the tailgate I was at when I first had this.

Much of that had to do with the low alcoholic content as this was a textbook session beer. The carbonation was lively, the sediment at the bottom of the glass was light, and the end result was a beer that was serviceable, but seemingly categorized incorrectly on here. Good as a break between heavier brews during my time at home tonight!

Jan 09, 2020
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mnrider from Connecticut

3.86/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can - 16 Days fresh.

A: Pours a hazed Citrus juice color. Half finger of white fizzy head. Small retention with some light lacing.

S: Citrus. Tangy. Sour. Sharp. Wheat. Orange rind. Smells Belgian style.

T/M: Some Light Citrus. Grains and malts. Tangy and sour. Orange. Wheat taste. Small hop profile. Light bodied and crisp. Orange carbonation tingle. The aftertaste is mostly clean with a little dryness.

O: NE IPA? Kind of. It does have some juice to it but the wheat kind of throws it off for me. Also much more light bodied and crisp than what you would expect. Still pretty enjoyable to drink and with only 5.5% ABV it goes down quick.


Jan 04, 2020
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Maltyhead from Massachusetts

4.31/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasting was from a 12 oz can taken from a mixed 12 pack. It poured a cloudy honey color and had a strong hoppy aroma. It tasted hoppy with little other flavors. The beer was very smooth and drinkable. I would purchase again.

Dec 25, 2019
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

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

Pint can reviewed on 11/20/19

Slightly hazy (compared to the dense haze of most NEIPA's now) gold in color with a rather loosy Goosy and bubbly and white foam cap. Strangely dissipates quickly. Small clumps of foam leftover.

Sour and tangy wheat and pilsner style malt aroma is mixed in with tangy citrus and tropical fruit hop nose.

The wheat malt makes this lighter and much more jazzy in the mouthfeel and flavor. Light, crisp, airy, yet strangely smooth as well. Odd, but in a good way.

Sour, tangy and very fruity is the jist of the hop flavor with light citrus and sweet undertones of tropicals.
The malt is Soo very light, golden and crisp it's pretty remarkable. Lively and jazzy much like a golden Belgian style. A nice balance has been struck.

Overall, not the headiest or most complex hop bomb from this style, but it has it's charms. I find it very easy to drink.

Nov 20, 2019
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Charliethebrit from Massachusetts

3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured this from can to a tulip style glass.
Look: Nice hazy golden, with disappearing head and little lacing.
Smell: Citrus almost grapefruit, and musty.
Taste: Grapefruit, it is like a single hop with mosaic. I like mosaic, but it needs a bit more of a balanced hop profile.
Feel: Smooth, refreshing and not too carbonated.
Overall: It is a strange brew. But I like the lagers brewed like an ale and this one is almost there. It is a could have been type of beer.

Oct 18, 2019
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Barcelona in Brookline, MA on 09.23.19 and was pleasantly surprised. Since my first taste of Boom Sauce years ago when it first came out, I've stayed away from Lord Hobo like the plague, but based on my impression of this one, I'm ready to give them another try!

Without getting into the specific attributes, I felt this beer hit on all the right notes including mouthfeel and smell, and for 5.5%, was about all you could ask for in a pale ale / IPA. One of the reasons why I think I liked it so much was the effect that the presence the wheat had on the mouthfeel - it seemed to give it a thicker feel than a 5.5% beer would typically demand and hence came across as being a little more full bodied without the ABV which I wasn't particularly looking for. Definitely worth a try!

Sep 24, 2019
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Mitchster from Michigan

4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with 40% Flaked Wheat, Pilsner Malt, hopped with Mosaic. 5.5% ABV
$2.49 for a 12oz can at BevCo.

Pours out to a nice and very hazy pale golden moonglow, forming a tall rocky white head with excellent retention and lacing. The carbonation is moderate, about 2.5 carbs or so. The nose is interesting. I picked my homegrown hops today and this smells like freshly picked green hops. It's got a grassy twang to it. A nice balance of pine and MJ. I like it. Not as tropical and fruity as other NEIPAs, but I like it. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, a little prickly from the hops, and goes down nice. No off flavors or aromas. The taste is quite nice...the pine and MJ sits on a well balanced malt body. The wheat doesn't really scream "WHEAT!", it just sits nice. Bitterness is medium, easy to drink, not too bitter for my tastes, but finishing dry enough that I want more.

I dig it and would get this again. Recommended. I'd love to try some other beers from Lord Hobo, as this is my first.

Sep 01, 2019
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Weisenbeer from Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very, very good "hazy" style IPA. Nothing blows you away...not the nose, taste, or's just very good. The ABV is low which means easy drinking. Thumbs up!

Aug 22, 2019
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TheNerd from California

4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really satisfied by this. admittedly I've steered clear of most anything with the word wheat in the name but I got this in a sample pack and I have to say I was very pleasantly surprised. The look is so hazy its chalky. The mouthfeel has the velvety texture I would have expected from a hef somehow mixed with the brightness of an IPA. The spritziness on the tongue is extremely satisfying and i enjoyed every sip. Cheers to this!

Jul 31, 2019
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Navanation from Pennsylvania

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

On tap. Big white head on top of burnt orange hazy sunshine. Lacing down the glass. Reminiscent of other wheat beers. Nice citrusy flavor with a hint of pepper. Easy drinking and will not disappoint.

Jul 28, 2019
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Imakoniver from New York

4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy gold color, two-finger foamy head, ample lacing, citrusy and earthy smell, layered taste- earthy to citrusy, moderately carbonated. This is a very good beer!

Jul 10, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) can into a custom taster pint; canned on 12/16/2018.
A: Pours a hazy, honestly yellow color with a one finger, white color, spotty cap retention, and some complex lacing.
S: Aromas of grapefruit, nectarine, and pine initially, evolving into more lemon, caramel, toffee, and pepper as it warms.
T: Semisweet and a bit spicy. Flavors of grapefruit, nectarine, caramel, and light pine. There is an orange Pez/Pixie Stix note. Light, frankly refreshing bitterness.
M: Medium bodied with solid carbonation. Creamy, almost would have thought there were oats in this as well.
O: Angelica is clearly an attempt at something new: a New England Wheat Ale. It is hazy with a gorgeous, hop and yeast driven, fruity nose: check. It is semisweet with a really good flavor: check. If I have a criticism, it is that I would have expected more robust head formation and retention, but this can is 6 months old. Overall, kudos to his Lordship Hobo.

Jun 14, 2019
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straight from the can, so no idea on appearance. We'll give it a 4. Initial impression is lemon, grapefruit, mango, and maybe some subtle floral notes. Mouthfeel is slightly on the light side of medium; carbonation is slightly higher than I like. Finish is fairly clean, and refreshing. Overall, a competent but not outstanding offering.

Jun 08, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a luminous bright orange body, semi-transparent, with a white head that fades quickly to a thin cap, with rocky lacing.

S - Hop notes of various sorts. Pine and resin, with orange creme soda notes and pith.

T - Strong citrus, mostly orange, more tangerine than anything, and a moderate close of pithy bitterness. Overall, the main knock is that this is somewhat one-dimensional and flat, but it is still pleasant enough.

M - Light body, moderate carbonation, minimal building dryness in the finish.

O - I enjoyed it, overall, but I do wish the fruit flavors popped better, that there was a stronger core that delivered more depth. Decent for what it is.

Jun 05, 2019
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osheamatth from New York

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Quite a tasty hazy IPA albeit with wheat which I normally to not like. Very flimsy pour into head with big bubbles that dissipated almost instantly. Nice fruity, citrusy and hoppy nose that leads directly into similar palate notes. Pineapple, pear and slight spice notes with a decent mouth feel.

Jun 03, 2019
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; light lacing;

S: bread dough with wheat and lemon;

T: lemon with wheat in the background; bready with mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking; a flavorful alternative to an AAL;

May 26, 2019
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

4.44/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky, milky yellow in color with a deep hazy appearance. Poured with a short, creamy, bright white foam with good retention. Mellow dank, earthy hop aroma with notes of fruit and citrus and bready malt. Medium bodied with delicate, medium carbonation and a creamy, silky smooth feel. Earthy, dank hop flavors followed by light spicy and pleasant medium hop bitterness. Light fruity and herbal flavors that slowly taper on the back end.  Finished with light bready malt and fruity notes followed by dank hoppiness and light herbal bitterness. This is a fantastic beer. Great look, with pleasantly dank hoppy aromas and flavors with just enough maltiness and subdued fruitiness to balance. Great feel and finish without being to heavy. A new favorite.

May 09, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oh man I really enjoyed this beer. Strongly reminded me of a New England-style IPA, which is a very, very good thing. Just getting into this brewery as they now distribute to my neck of the woods. This beer just looks great, hazy yellow color with lots of fluffy white head and some spotty rings of lingering lacing. Smells amazing, lots of fruit - grapefruit, mango, lemon, tangerine, pineapple, orange, a little guava - as well as some weaker floral hoppy notes and malt. Taste follows the nose, along with some vanilla creaminess in the background. Smooth, juicy, slightly creamy mouthfeel, very nice and soft and easy to drink. Good carbonation. A really incredible beer and I could barely taste any wheat notes - I would have sworn this was a good hoppy pale ale or NE-style IPA. Outstanding!

Apr 01, 2019
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RockHop from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice session beer. Yellow haze, bright with ample head. Retention is good. Bready nose with a hint of lemon. Good hop bite on a refreshing and smooth wheat base.

Mar 31, 2019
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.44/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Aroma has a citrus herbal hop bite and overall pretty clean/basic with a hint of sulfur breathing out of it.

Taste is fruity citrus almost lemony with a straw grain feel and mild contrasting sweetness before getting herbal/pithy bitter. A little bit of a green edge to the finish

Light in body, modestly carbonated. Not bad.

Mar 14, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a hazy yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is juicy, citrus. Taste is of citrus, light tartness, a hint of bitterness and wheat. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is super refreshing and an interesting take on this style.

Mar 04, 2019
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Gavage from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy golden yellow with a 1/2" head.

Smell: citrus tones are easy to detect.

Taste: nice wheat and grass flavors, some lemon zest, along with some softer orange and grapefruit.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp at the finish.

Overall: an interesting wheat beer that is satisfying.

Mar 02, 2019
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 208 ratings