Virtuoso | Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A style-defining New England-Style Double IPA that delivers big on juice and haze.

Added by Minion94 on 05-19-2018

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Ratings: 128 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by ChrisMon02:
Photo of ChrisMon02
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pour leads to a 1 finger head that quickly reduces to a small cap of film. Passion fruit, stone fruit, grapefruit and melon on the nose. Taste mimics the nose but middle through the end of the swallow turns to pretty heavy sweetness. It becomes pretty distracting and ruins an otherwise nicely made beer. I will get through the 4 pack but won't revisit based on the almost cloying sweetness.

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Photo of Marklaker
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.91/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cannot read the canned on date, except for "7" (July)
Pint can

A yellow and irange hued golden color, classic NE style with an opaque effect from the haze. Rather lively, with a thin, white foam settles down quick to a solid white ring and a bit of lace.

The nose is very intense, huge amounts of hot citrus, pine tree sap, wild honey pie, pineapple and mango puree from the fatty hops. Sweet honey and golden malty nectar drips from the edges. Very bold, fresh scented hops with a bit of alcohol heat and Sweet toned malt. Major fruity complexity.

A rather lively bite at first that quickly becomes medium to full bodied, thick, malty texture, big alcohol heat and bitter-dry feeling hop finish makes the mouthfeel intense. Complex, but not very easy on the palate. Bitter pine and woody tones pop out later in the texture and flavor.

The citrus sweetness and bitter earthy tones of the hops hit the tadtebuds first...and hard! Layers of hop flavor like, pine, orange, grapefruit and pineapple are thich and heady. Vodka style alcohol heat, bitter and medicinal herbals, dry earth, woody, acorn bitterness, dried leaves and a blast of golden wheat make up the majority of the flavor complexity. Grapefruit again with splashes of sweet fruit tones, mostly citrus style. This is a very potent, yet playful NEDIPA.

The malty effect is pretty heavy, ladting and slightly cloying compared to my favorite NE style dipa's. Malty sweet with a bigger body, which adds depth but limits drinkability within the style. The hops are deep but a bit narrowly focused and intense. Settle back and prepare your palate for a full-on attack.

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Photo of twizzard
4.67/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Dank & weedy and candied fruit on the nose. Beautiful O.J. opaque yellow. Love the taste...follows the nose...did I say dank and weedy? Reminds me of The Answer or Veil. Lord Hobo knocked this one out of the park.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can into a Heady Topper stemless snifter.

Hazy but at least not as muddy looking as some others in the style. Nose is citrus, mango, pineapple and cane sugar. Juicy flavors that scream out NEIPA. Beer opens citrus, pineapple, clementine and mango. Overripe tropical fruit throughout. Cane sugar mixed with fruit puree. Really coats the palate. Almost reminds me of Sunny D. Sweet finish that has just a drop of soapiness. This is pretty good. Body is medium with low carbonation. Slick and soft on the palate and goes down the same. Very quenching but not aggressive. Velvety. Very nice.

I haven't heard great things about Lord Hobo brewing but I gotta say I'm pleasantly surprised by this. The flavor can hang with the best of them but its the smooth, silky feel that really puts this one a step above.

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Photo of Knickfan3
3.79/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.44/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Completely opaque, cloudy golden orange. Orange juice. Topped by a small white head with average retention. A thin film remains, leaving rings of lacing.

S: Fuzzy yellow peach, musty dankness, green herbal qualities, ripe mango, tart pineapple, orange juice, tangerine, chalky dough/yeast.

T: Big mango, apricot, and papaya upfront, followed by tangerine and grapefruit. Thick, creamy raw dough malt backbone in the middle. Dank, earthy, and weedy on the finish with some chalky yeasty residue. Finishes fairly clean and lightly dry, though.

F: Thick, creamy, and coating. Feels like an imperial stout. Moderately carbonated.

O: A knockout from Lord Hobo! A great NEDIPA.

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Photo of DaveCash
4.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of richj1970
4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of trevorpost
4.08/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Branlott42
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hos
4.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TBallins
3.27/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3

Pure silk.
Heavy orange.
The boozyness comes through on the aftertaste.
Screwdriver replacement for brunch.

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Photo of GHow
4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 7/11/18. Didn't have the strong aroma I expected but it makes up with great color, taste and feel on your tongue and palate. Very worth your while to give it a try. Smooth...............

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Photo of desint
4.14/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.41/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a very hazy and bright orange color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells a little vegetal and perfumey, with mango, pineapple, and grapefruit as well.

This has potential, but it's definitely too sweet, and the only bitterness is kind of vegetal and soapy/perfumey- it's not a great look for this beer. The juicy mango is enticing, though.

This is light bodied, with a decently crisp but not clean finish. There's a typical level of carbonation.

I'm not seeing where the high reviews on this one come from- this had some definite issues.

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Photo of Stofko1992
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.98/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of blood oranges are present in the nose. Bits of alcohol become noticeable as the beer warm up.
T: The taste follows the smell and has added notes of pine resin towards the finish with hints of alcohol. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer definitely tastes like an imperial version of a New England-style IPA as it starts out very fruity and juicy and transitions to a boozier IPA as it warms up.

Serving type: can

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Photo of GratefulNole
4.46/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can dated 5/30/18. Poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Hazy orange/copper indeed. 1F foamy head, decent retention, some lacing and a cap and ring.

S: Somewhat muted peach, pineapple, grapefruit, orange along with some pine and earthiness.

T: Very much follows nose. Nice fruity front followed by moderate pine and dankness. A little sweet to a little bitter.

F: Mediumish body, light carbonation. Construction and balance are solid, maybe drying could be a tad better.

O: A very solid DIPA in the New England style.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of husky20
4.65/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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Virtuoso from Lord Hobo Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 128 ratings