Lilja's Hop Nest Monster | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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Lilja's Hop Nest MonsterLilja's Hop Nest Monster
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Lilja's Hop Nest MonsterLilja's Hop Nest Monster

Brewed by:
Sand Creek Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Nest is NOT a typo.

Added by feloniousmonk on 01-14-2009

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Ratings: 193 |  Reviews: 105
Reviews by GoldHorde:
Photo of GoldHorde
3.67/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mild herbal aroma and pours a hazy pale copper. A light head with a long lasting lace. Not as aggressive in flavor as I've come to expect in IPAs but the after bite is definitely in the style. My acceptable beer list continues to grow in IPAs and this is one that I would again.

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Photo of weatherdog
3.11/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

It pours a crystal clear gold with a nice decent white head and medium lacing.

Medium light crystal malt aroma up from then going into some floral and light citrus hops. It's all around just pretty muted and very balanced. Not too impressed.

The surprising thing about the bitterness in this beer is that it comes on strong and harsh but then really dies in the aftertaste, it's something I kind of enjoy as the lasting, resiny bitterness is not my thing. Hop flavor is swayed more towards the floral with just a little bit of grapefruit coming through. Nearly non existent malt flavors but it lends a balancing sweetness at the end.

Overall it's a very average American IPA, nothing great but nothing really wrong with it, like so many of the of the hundreds or thousands of IPA's out there.

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Photo of Skye1024
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of jaminjohnson
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of bpfrush
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Mikkiicky
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of Soonami
3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lilja's Hop Nest Monster is a beer I've never heard of or seen before, but a single was available at my local bottle shop, so I gave it a shot.

The beer is surprisingly pale, a hazy straw color that you would expect for find in a pilsner. The white head was frothy and irregular with really nice cling, supported by a nice stream of bubbles. The aroma was grassy and earthy more like German noble or Continental hops than American C-hops typical in IPA's with a good bit of bready malt presence, as well a the DMS aroma (canned corn, generally considered a fault, but I personally like it). On the tongue, it is surprisingly bitter, more so than I had expected. The bitterness is not in the typical pine or grapefruit (although I get some of this) it is very herbal, like bitter melon or kale. The finish is pretty sweet, which I do not normally like, but I attribute as an artifact due to the high bitterness. Though sweet, the beer is not too thick and has a pleasant, light body.

I think that this is enjoyable beer that doesn't quite fit the American Pale/IPA style. It's a bit too bitter, not enough hop flavor and aroma, sweet in the finish, however, it was a pleasure to drink and I happily drank the entire bottle's worth

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Photo of Adkins1203
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)
A- This beer pours a hazy orangeish-golden body with a thick lumpy off-white head and a gentle carbonation.
S- The green piney hops have a cinnamon hint to them with a soft minty quality. There is a faint musty diaceytal butter note to the finish.
T- The dry pungent bitey hops have a cream flavor to follow them. The hops are aggressive and a bit harsh without having much hop flavor to them. There is a slight sweetness underneath that comes through when the beer opens up and some faint toasted malt that comes with them. The finish is more bitter pungent hops bite that lingers a moment.
M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a tight fizz and no alcohol heat noticed.
D- The hops are soft in aroma and flavor but full in bitterness. It made this beer a bit tough to get through but the malt offered a little support to the bitterness.

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Photo of richkrull
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Brenden
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a clear, deep yellow that just gives the slightest hint of an orange tint in a certain light. The head pours about a finger and fades to a thick foam that leaves some firm patchy lacing behind.
This smells very much like a pils initially. There's a bit of a hops presence in there and it's clean and pretty raw with a natural earthiness. There's a faint malt as well.
The taste is like an APA with a citrus and flowery hops flavor, fairly strong but not typical of an IPA. Plenty of grapefruit and citrus rind with a little pine resin is in there with a light malt presence. Raw bitterness lingers in the finish.
There's a moderate crispness with a smooth finish in a medium body. Carbonation is light to moderate.

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Photo of cokes
2.81/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden straw with a decent rise of white suds. They quickly sink towards the surface, but then stick around, lacing well.
The nose is fairly closed, but brings lemon oil, peppercorns, and a floured breadiness.
Taste follows suit. Bready upfront and throughout, dusted heavily with flour. There are minor flourishes of pear-like sweetness. Hops bring some lemon traits, but overall flavor is underdeveloped. Though there is a substancial peppery, dry hay, talc-like bitterness.
Medium bodied, with a rushing carbonation up front that wanes as it goes. The briskness of the CO2 actually plays well against the sharp bitterness, and this suffers as it fades away.
The acute dryness makes this rapidly drinkable, as one is thirstier for having taken a sip.
This could use some work.

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Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hopcat. Very hoppy, like a double IPA Light yellow body with creamy white head and lacing. Hoppy aroma, creamy mouthfeel at the beginning and then lighter as you work your way through the head. Carbonation right there, as in all the taps at Hopcat.

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Photo of pabney
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of dirtylou
3.46/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single - i should know better than to purchase crappy sand creek products but the label got me

appearance: very busy label with a "cheddar curtain" reference - pour is pretty nice - kind of a dull copper body but a real nice foamy white cap and full retention

smell: pretty light, bready, lemon, light hops

taste: nice and oily but with a dull hop profile - light bitterness, lemon, dough, lacks a refined definition or direction

mouthfeel: oily, medium

drinkability: good

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale golden yellow color with some hop haze and a thin white head that is leaving some lace. Smells a bit on the light side, some mild floral components, a touch of breadyness. The taste is bitter with a slight sweet malt balance. I does not go over the top. transition between bitter and malty is nice. taste is floral, with a tinge of lemon peel. mouthfeel is perfect, carbonation lasts for 45 minutes through the session, great semi dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full body with smooth carbonation. Overall is is ok.

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Photo of tempest
3.16/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Keith for sharing this. There was a doughy malt background behind standard citrus and pine hops. While this beer is technically fine (no flaws), it's also fairly unremarkable. The hops aren't very big for an IPA, this comes off more like a thick pale ale.

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Photo of mikey711
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to beersis81 for the extra!

A: Bright yellow/goldish color with great transparency, tons of rising carbonation and a nice fluffy white head that leaves really great lacing. Head retention is very good as well. The only flaw was the pour had a bit too much carbonation otherwise this is very asthetically appealing

S: Very grassy and herbal, smells mostly like german hops. No citrus but there is some floralness and pine. Also a little bit of caramel is present in the background.

T: Not the mega citrus bomb that I usuall go for but the floral and herbal quality are actually quite nice. a good amount of pine is present but it has a slight astringent quality to it. A bit of sweetness is present as well too

M: Slightly rough around the edges with a bit of astringency.

D: I wouldnt want to have this on a regular basis but it was a nice change up from my usual IPA habits

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Photo of magnumpoppy
1.5/5  rDev -55.1%

Photo of eliz108
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of russpowell
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of Kegatron
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear gold, with at least 2 fingers of rich and foamy bright-white head. Retains with a thin yet creamy layer of froth that flares up quite robustly and coats the sides of the glass with some sticky patchy lacing. The aroma is floral and earthy, with some herbal accents, bitter grapefruit, and gentle spice coming out as well. Bready notes and some lighter caramel mix in with the hops, giving this a danky smelling tang in the back of the nostrils.

The taste is aggressive with hops, as resins, spice, earthy green citrus, and gritty bitter citrus rind all being very assertive and lingering strongly on the palate with an intense dry feel. The malts feel more on the Paler side here, blending with the fruitier aspects of the citrus flavors to help provide some balancing sweetness. The moutfeel is meduim bodied, with a slick and creamy texture in the mouth, keeping this easier feeling than it probably should be. Some light alcohol is present but it's less tasted than it does help strengthen the bitterness of the hops.

Well there were certainly no shortage of hops in this, even if their character was a bit all over the place at times. The aggressiveness got a little out of hand but there was just enough balance here to keep things in check and the easy body on this kept the drinkibility up for the most part.

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Photo of ironwill54
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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Lilja's Hop Nest Monster from Sand Creek Brewing Company
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