Lilja's Hop Nest Monster | Sand Creek Brewing Company

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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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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Kenharkerjr
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I saw this and bought it on a whim. It was serviceable. It finished a little sweet for my taste. It didn't pack the weighty IPA punch I like. It did well to mask the 7% ABV, it wasn't overtly strong. Not terrible, but not great. I won't be in a hurry to get more.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Beer is a clear golden brown color with a large, creamy, white head. Head has very good retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells mostly of rye bread, grassy/earth, and pale malt. Has a bit of citrus.

Tastes of lemon, pinneapple, and grapefruit, then dark bread and dark/caramel malts, with an aftertaste that has a little citrus (musky orange and lemon), floral and resinous hops, and dark fruit, along with old bread and earthyness. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than average for an IPA, very creamy, with high carbonation.

Review #100!

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

A: Clear medium amber body under a thin cap of fine eggshell foam. Ok retention, great lace. Not bad.

S: Sweet malt and fruity, resinous hops. A bit tropical and quite caramelized. Ok.

T: Spicy hops up front, sweet toffee midway through, bittersweet finish. Definitely sweeter than I like in an IPA, but tasty in its own way.

M: Light-to-medium body, plenty of creamy carbonation. Great.

O: Too sweet, but not a bad beer at all.


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3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Manufacturer name and description really lays it on, making a potential buyer think this is some kind of hophead-meets-malthead beer marriage. The label is a little over-the-top, almost annoyingly comical. The beer pours with a decent amount of head if you let it glug a few times, no need to be extra careful. I got around 3/4 inch to start, followed by about 1/8" after about 5 minutes. Good lacing. Color is orange/brown, not fully transparent, mildly cloudy.

Smell: Hops. Mildly bitter. Floral. No malt or other flavor smell. Certainly not a monster smell at all, but still a good beer aroma for a beer that teeters on the hoppy side.

Taste matches smell very consistently, maybe with a little added citrus, like a hint of grapefruit or non-sweet orange. No taste of malt that I can find, unlike the advertised description. The hoppy taste is not not hoppy enough to please a hop head at all, but it would be a good beer for someone wanting just slightly more (especially floral) hop flavor than the average beer, and little other flavor. The chosen hops are good-tasting.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, thin, almost like a hoppier, heavier beer watered down, but not too much; I still liked the beer. Very smooth and easy drinkability.

Overall: If it weren't for the description, I'd be mostly satisfied by this decent beer. The description and label make me think it's some push-the-limits beer, and then I come to find out it's a basic beer with just a little extra floral and bitter hop flavor, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Save the crazy names, pictures, and descriptions for the triple digit IBU and extreme-malt beers, and market this one as a good but mostly tame beer. It'll still sell, and probably better since most drinkers don't like overkill.

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Lilja's Hop Nest Monster from Sand Creek Brewing Company
3.35 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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