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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Photo of kirok1999
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a mildly hazy light gold. Sticky head and a good bit of lace.
Smell is quite mild, some caramel hops mix, mild citrus as in bitter grapefruit. Also a mild medicinal smell. Hard to place.
Taste is dry and slightly bitter. Just a hint of sweetness in the finish. There's a lingering bitterness as well, it kind of hangs in the back of the throat and makes you want to take another sip.
Feels rich and creamy and is pretty easy to drink.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass
Surprisingly light colored for an IPA, with a big rocky head of foam
Aroma-Again a bit surprising, grassy,lemony wheat with subtle hop notes
Taste-Big earthy hops, mineral, and grapefruit rind-long, bitter finish.
Overall this seems to be an unconventional American IPA-from the color, aroma, and even the taste-Reminds me of a hopped-up pilsener.Certainly an interesting brew and worth a try.

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Photo of alkemy
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Completely agree with the reviewer a couple posts down about this looking like a hefeweizen, it's uncanny. Hazy gold color with almost a finger of whipped egg white looking head. Some grapefruit and maybe lemon grass in the scent along with a touch of pine. Grapefruit is both the first and last taste for me. Sweet at first and quite bitter at the end. It's definitely different for this style. I don't know if the look got me headed in that direction, but I felt there were also both taste and scent similiarities to a Hefe. Interesting.

**The 3rd and 4th beer out of this sixer were about 10 degrees warmer and poured with no haze whatsoever. I've had a bit of this effect before with other beers, but this was a very pronounced change.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.61/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- A conservative pour left a solid 1 finger, off-white head. The body was a hazy gold, loaded with carbonation. The head eventually dropped to about 1/2 finger and left awesome sticky rings all down the glass.

S- My initial impression was of grapefruit-like hops. Further inspection yielded more of a grassy/piny aroma. Malts definitely played a backup role in the scent. I'd like a little more malt in the profile.

T- Very hop forward. My first sip gave a lot of grapefruit flavor from start to finish, as noted in the smell. The malts do show up a little more than the aroma would suggest, with a grainy/cereal sort of flavor. Still, a little much on the hoppy side for me to score higher.

M- Very full feel. It came off as a little grainy and oily, but I really enjoyed the "raw" nature of this beer. There's a definite bite from the hops. The carbonation doesn't come off as aggressively as the appearance would indicate.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker. The hops are aggressive, but not overwhelming. They definitely take the lead, but don't make you feel like you're enamel is being eaten off your teeth. That said, I'd look for a bit more parity between the hops and malts. It's something I'd drink again, but not seek out.

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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 sholland119
3.85/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden but extremely hazy. If you poured it next to a hefeweizen, I am not sure you could tell the difference. Nice head and lots of sticky lacing.

S-Grassy hops, a light sourness and a pleasant maltiness. A little light on the hop character.

T-Unusual but tasty. Lots of earthy hops from the start to finish. Citrus hops peek in at the very end. Little malt presence, no surprise given the color.

M-Creamy and medium bodied. The suspended yeast really gives this a nice, though unexpected mouthfeel.

D-Yeah, this is a nice change of pace IPA. Unconventional, not just another IPA. I liked it.


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Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a tulip this pours a dull coppery orange. Bright, bleached bone white foam rests on top with some sticky lacing. Aroma is all floral with some skunk and sweet caramel malt buried underneath. Bitter and sappy, some malt meagerly appears in the middle, and the end is all harsh bitterness. Pine and chalky bitter aspirin without much else to balance it. It has medium body and a decent carb level, but far too abrasive to really enjoy it that much. Needs more malt and hop flavor to improve. It leaves me wondering how old this bottle is, it's been 6 months since the first review.

For the masochistic hop heads out there...a monster indeed.

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Photo of NoLiberty
2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beastly illustration label design reminiscent of Ralph Steadman.

Pours a frothy clear brew, light golden color. Big frothy head sets up on top and drips down the sides with massive amounts of lacing and sticky wonderment. Quite an enticing appearance. Lighter than expected in color, but certainly not bad.

The aroma when cold is light, crisp, young smelling and grassy. As it warms the grassy quality actually turns more straw-like in aroma with subtle hoppy fruit characteristics. But overall this beer has a very understated hop aroma. For the name I was expecting a far greater blast on all fronts, including smell.

Taste is slightly sweet up front and immediately transitions to a flat bitterness and subtle pine quality. The flavors jump from one to the next without great softness, so the beer acquires an abrasiveness.

Light to medium body with some good feeling in the mouth. Carbonation is light but present, slightly sharp adding to the textural bite of the flavor.

Not that drinkable for an IPA and not all that satisfying on any collective front. A disjointed experiment in the extreme.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/04/2009. Bottle at PPRBSG09. Pours a cloudy light orange. Aroma of sweet fruits and citrus hops. Flavor is sweet upfront with bitter hops in the finish. Light on the hops, I thought, but I enjoyed it nonetheless! I found this to be a good IPA.

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Photo of BierFan
3.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date on the bottle.

One finger of off-white head. Fine yeast particles held in suspension in a hazy apple cider colored body. Even though the head wasn't that big, it shows decent retention. Floral hop aroma, maybe a little grapefruit as well. Not a great deal of flavor. Flowery hops, hop bitterness, yeast.

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Photo of WakeandBake
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pale golden straw color body , fluffy 3 finger white head,some jagged lacing left with average to lively carbonation. Aroma is like pine tree meets pineapple,kind of sweet citrusy spruce , nice. Flavor is of citrus and floral hops, a nice level of bitterness, the malt seems to hide untill you let it warm a bit, a nice pale toasty malt background , slightly oily texture , crisp fresh mouthfeel with a long resiny bitter aftertaste . This seems quite sessionable , I only bought one but would have have drank 3 or 4 if I had them . Much better than expected , I would buy this again . A solid IPA

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Photo of DMXLOX22
4.28/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Just spotted this beer at my local fav quick beer stop. Loved the bottle and design.

Appearance: Very cloudy with a awesome looking light brown metallic coloring. had a great white foamy lacing and head.

Smell: almost cirtrusy scent with a strong hop smell.

Taste: almost a bit too good to describe. Heavy hop flavoring fills the majority of my first encounter. As I went through I noticed a bit of lemon and light orange flavor hidden behind a strong hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry and crisp, but something I could see myself getting used to it.

Drinkability: If your an amatuer at this, your'll notice it quickly. Def. not a beer you would want to chug at a incredible rate. I def. recommand this though.

My final thought: I liked this beer to a great degree and I would enjoy this on a daily basis, but something tells me this isn't made for a beer you would consider a first choice when your out drinking.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to beerbeagle for this brew.

Pours a nice cloudy golden yellow/orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is slightly hoppy, with some malts, citrus, slight pines. The taste is hoppy/malty balance, with some citrus, and slightly piney. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad IPA at all, my first from this brewery, Thanks Randall.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.2/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial with no freshness date. The clerk told me it's only been there a few weeks, we'll see.

Pours a light, murky honey with a decent head that recedes to a thin film and ring. Laces OK. Leaves a decent ring of sticky foam after every sip.

Aroma is earthy, piney and floral hops with a nice sweet crackery, bready malt backing. A bit of butter and sweet cream on the nose.

Flavor begins with sweet bready malt. Creamy and substantial. Middle is hops, full of earthy piney flavors, grapefruit and light citrus flavors. Finishes dry with the pine sap, hop flavor lingering through the finish. Slightly boozey on the finish. The hops and malt are balanced well and make for a nice drinking beer.

Mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation and a slightly oily tongue feel.

Very nice APA, I would drink it again if I could find it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer as an extra in a recent trade. I am always thrilled to try new beers, and having this one was going to be no exception. This gem of an IPA was served cold and poured into a pint glass. Consumed on 03/29/2009.

The pour was very nice. Rich medium amber in color with a nice head of white coming up and over the top. Decent settling and nice carbonation left a good amount settling down as it warmed. Rich notes of pungent pineapple and grapefruit led the way here. Subtle malts mid palate as it warms provided a nice amount of balance, and the easy, smooth character of it really showed off quite nicely. Rich hop profile here as it warms and the finish was full of orange and pineapple bite. Really nice medium body and a full, dry finish that begged me to come back for another round.

This was about as solid of an IPA as you get. Really top notch and I would go back to it anytime.

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Photo of estereich
3.12/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I was very excited when I poured this beer. It had a nice golden to amber color and a thick head. It also had great citrussy hop character in the nose. The first taste was nice. Slightly sweet and citrus up front, but the feel quickly faded to a hard dry bittertness, and that was about it. Subsequent sips had less of the sweetness up front and that dry bitterness became more and more pronounced. I know that IPA's are noted for their hop character, and I even consider myself somewhat of a "hop head," but this beer had no complexity of taste and little character other than the bitterness.

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Photo of brewbucker
4.15/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I really like this new brew. It pours a light/medium hazy gold with a small head. Leaves some nice lacing as well. Aroma is mild, fresh and crisp. Light hops, pine, citrus and malts. Flavor is bitter hops, light malt and citrus zest. The mouthfeel is nice and dry. This is honestly one of the better IPA's I have had in a while. Not overpowering and very drinkable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not much to go on, here. On the label, the beer name is splayed over a painting of a roaring T-Rex, with this extra verbiage: "A Primordial Extra Pale Ale", "India Pale Ale", & "Bold, Brazen Beer Brewed Behind the Cheddar Curtain."
Okay! Well, let's check it out!

Very hazed,thick and clouded, golden hue, creamy white rocky head.

Snappy citric aroma, bright and pithy, lemon and orange...nice.

Taste: the hops are happily at play here.Very bright and lively. Puts me in mind of a fresh, fruity IPA like Bell's Two Hearted Ale. Nothing wrong with that.

Medium body, well balanced, mellow mouthfeel, long hoppy finish.

Good drinking IPA, really delivers.
Nice work, Lilja, whoeveryou are.

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Lilja's Hop Nest Monster from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 193 ratings