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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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of jcjerabek
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Kiniey01
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of RaijinQ
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of SerialHiker
2.58/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours an orangish golden color…some bubble action in the middle…transparent…some head formed, but decided not to stick around…(3.5/5)

Smell: Bitter initially…pale malts come out after…not overly floral or citrusy…grassy and sweet…after I really stick my nose in the glass, I pick up a hint of citrus, lemon maybe, but it’s only ‘cause I was really digging deep that I noticed it…definitely an “extra pale” smell…(3/5)

Taste: Floral hops and bitterness right off the bat…there is a pale malt backbone that does ride all the way through but plays a deep second to the bitter hop flavor…the extra pale malts do linger and coat the middle of my tongue, but the bitterness is dominate and takes no prisoners…there is little other flavor that bitter hops and pale malt…(2.5/5)

Mouthfeel: Light and fluffy…medium carbonation does fluff and create a bitter factory in my mouth…pale malts do run the middle of my tongue, but it’s a bitter beer…(2.5/5)

Overall: Not my favorite…the extra pale malts with overly bitter hops is one concept, I guess…the bitterness is too dominant and leaves the pale malts in the dust, creating a train wreck of flavors in my mouth…there is little else going on here, leaving me wishing there was more citrus or less floral bitterness or maybe some balance with the malt…something…as it is, it’s a beer that I’ve tried and won’t again…(2/5)

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Photo of GoldHorde
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
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 Stinkypuss
3.12/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sand Creek : Liljas Hop Nest Monster

LOOK: Pale copper in color with a yellowish head. Some lace on the glass. The end of the pour yielded some sediment.

SMELL: Cat pee, herbs, flowers and sweetness. Hoppy aroma.

TASTE: Mellow in character, with a citrusy hop giving off lemon and grapefruit flavors. A bit grassy, and fairly bitter. Sweet caramel and honey from the malts. Alcohol is present in the taste but not distracting. Just plain.

FEEL: Medium bodied, carbonation ok, kind of lacking in fullness.

OVERALL: A pretty decent IPA , unfiltered , with good hop flavor. Lies somewhere between an English and American style pale ale but falls short of many finer examples.

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Photo of Brad7132
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ssimpson89
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of ironwill54
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of JennieKoeper
4/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of FickleBeast
3.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy yellow color with a finger of foam. Aroma is very hoppy, with grapefruit and citrus aromas dominating.

First sip is dominated by a vanilla and butter flavor. Uh oh - this tastes like a diacetyl bomb. The hop flavors are there as well, but it is hard to ignore the butter flavors. Underneath this tastes like a pretty good IPA, with a substantial citrus hop flavor and medium body.

Well - I wish I could give this a better score, but there is a serious flaw, in my opinion.

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Photo of Kevin79
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of pare311
3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.15/5  rDev -6%
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 wvsabbath
2.26/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/yellow with a minor 1/4 inch head and some sticky lacing.

Smell - Very bland, light hop aromoa. A farmhouse, sour like flavor also. Not much else.

Taste - Starts out with a odd fruity flavor. Kinda like a mix of grapes and mango with some europeon malt. Has added sugars and plenty of lemon flavor that makes it very tart.

MOuthfeel - The strange flavor coats tounge and bitters the hell out of it. Palate gets the grape/lemon flavor and leaves it bittered and dry.

Overall - Not very good, odd flavor and no balance. Sour fruit with some lemon . Not worth the effort to crack open the bottle, avoid.

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Photo of pooogy
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of bjohn84
2.66/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Looks great with nice clarity. A solid finger of fluffy white head

S - Get the aromas of a euro lager. Nothing like I was expecting from this one

T - Dry and fairly bitter, but not a lot of flavor. Get some citrus

M - Dry and pretty light on the tongue

O - It feels like the hop blend doesn't fit the style here. Some pine, but getting mostly dry and earthy rather than the typical citrus, fruit, or floral flavors you often find

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4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of homebrew311
3.23/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured on tap at Delilah's. Appearance is gold and clear with a finger of white head. Lots of lacing. Nose is bitter hops and bits of spice. Very bitter nose, taste presents more than the same. Muddled earthy notes pair with, well more earth. No bright fruity notes to balance out the earthy bitter quality. Mouthfeel is moderate body with moderate carbonation. Overall, not a great ipa when considering the saturated world of delicious ipas.

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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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