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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: 192 |  Reviews: 105
Photo of Beardofbrown
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 24 Oct 2011. Courtesy of R&S, thank you! Served in the Bright Brewing shaker pint.

Medium sized lacy off white head. Moderate carbonation. Clear golden in color. Aroma of light resin and sweet grains. Starts quite similar with and addition of a little orange. Sweet throughout. Medium body, slightly warming ethanol. Mild lingering citric bitterness. Well balanced.

Not an in your face IPA, but tasty.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of jera1350
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to brewrouse for this one.

Golden in color with tons of hop sediment dispersed throughout the whole glass. I even left a bunch at the bottom of the bottle. Unfiltered beer me thinks. The head is short, but pure white and clings to the glass.

Very little hop presence on the nose. Mostly just a buttery pale malt smell.

Starts out with the butter notes and then transforms into this extremely bitter hop punch in the face. Bitter grapefruit peel on the tongue and it lingers seemingly forever. I think they bottled a beer and dumped an oz. of hop pellets in. Sickeningly bitter.

The feel is very smooth and the carbonation is soft, but the bitterness detracts from it all.

Not real impressed. A bit of a mess in the flavor department. Just way too bitter to enjoy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Bah, it's just a stick... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by about a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet flowers, light lemon zest, light orange zest, and white bread. The taste...well, I think the only way I can describe it is as follows: Take an orange. Peel it. Take the shards of peel, flip them over, so that the orange side is facing away from you, then lick the side facing you. That's what this stuff tastes like, all orange resin-y and bitter. Boo this. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet-ish feel. Overall, the hops just didn't work in this beer (or such is my assumption as to what happened). Not a fan.

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of ncketchum
2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a Sierra Nevada imperial pint glass

A - pours a straw yellow with much carbonation, 2 fingers of white head with good retention.

S - a bit of floral hops followed by malt. nothing off-putting but nothing to write home about

T - straight bitter - not really in a good way. kind of harsh with a medicinal aftertaste

M - fair, not too thin

O - nothing that I'm going to seek out again, I might actually end up drainpouring this one... Others I know have liked it, did I get a bad bottle?

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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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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of bigbluebeerguy
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Golden yellow with a slight haze, very rocky, two-finger off-white head. Thick, sticky lacing.

Nose is a little grassy, almost a soapiness to it. I'm not getting a lot in the way of hops here.

Taste is a little more hop forward than the nose would suggest. Some bitter citrus peel, oily hops, and a very grassy finish.

Mouthfeel is not bad. Medium body and good carbonation make it very crisp, fairly astringent. Very dry finish.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not outstanding. Just didn't seem to get the complexity of flavors that I would have liked.

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5/5  rDev +49.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -10.2%

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4/5  rDev +19.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of mattcrill
2.43/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Aroma: Low levels of floral hop resins appear first. Slight smell of skunkiness and buttery-like aromas but they are faint. Still, not a good sign.

Appearance: Light straw color with a bone-white head. Appears very efferevescent in the glass.

Flavor: Nice floral hop flavors but again I get some background skunkiness and butter-like flavors. They fade in and out and I'm not sure I get them with every sip but it definitely fits in the "things that make you go hmmm" category. Finish is nice and dry. Aftertaste is bitter. Balance is to the bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation. A little slippery so if it "smells like a duck, tastes like a duck, and has the mouthfeel of a duck" it must be diacetyl.

Overall impression: A light bodied, suspicious IPA. Base beer seems ok but fermentation and packaging issues suggest otherwise. Pass next time.

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Photo of Rhynes2
3.33/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up at my local beer shop in a mix a six. Pours a nice light color with a tall head. Little head retention but lots of lacing from this brew. Taste is very hop centered (obviously since it's called Hop Nest Monster). Hops are not over powering though. i was expecting more bite on this one and the hops are more of a non-agressive flavor in this beer. I won't buy this beer again but it's a decent IPA to try

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Photo of outdoorbrewer
3.71/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured lively into an 18 oz. Hourglass leaving the lees in the bottle (yes I downed it) which created well formed beer settling a rocky, creamy off-white head that lasts awhile with good lacing. Orange amber hue that's a little cloudy. Figure I'll get some more and leave a few in the back of the fridge so they clear up some weeks then check. Aroma blended the light to moderate malty cookie grain profile with the Amarillo in a big time presence. Esters some apple/pear lemon/lime generally there though pleasing. Light tart/sweet flavor. Nice malt background seems like the character you get from British malts. Light to moderate bitterness would be at fault with an IPA. I like this beer for what it is. A nice drinking ale.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.83/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bottle art. Picked up at 101 Bottles in Kent.

Appearance - A volcano of frumpy and frothy head. Whipped and scoopable on your fingers. Does not lace to the glass hardly at all. The beer itself is a sickly pale green. It looks poisonous, even venomous, in a way.

Smell - A slightly sour apple smell. A light citrus zest that is also full of hops. Quite fruity overall.

Taste - A nice burn all-throughout. Light hops with a bit of lemon juice in the background. I get some sort of odd unsweetened cotton candy taste also. Heavy in apple.

Mouthfeel and Overall - Very dry in its entirety. Low carbonation. A bit of sweetness in the end adds a different tone. This IPA has something a bit special about it, although it is hard to put my finger on. I liked this quite a bit.

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2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: A crystal clarity pumpkin orange coloring shows a light and lazy rise of effervesce. The head is frumpy and rocky of light cream coloring, standing an initial finger high. Retention was fair, as was the lacing.

S: Lemon weed best describes this, really light in strength despite its name. Lightly dried vegetation, dried citrus peel. Really disappointing in light of its name, what a farce.

T: Watery toasted grains, dried flowery citrus is quick to hit and go before returning to a weak finish. A bit more distinguishable then their argosy, but really isn’t saying to much. Dried grapefruit shows a quick flash at punch out. The strength is coarse but again as with their argosy, a wreck and like chewing raw citrus weeds. A ton of hops alone doesn’t make for a good beer, neither a snappy name.

M: The mouthful is medium, dry toasted malt with a touch of heat coming from the alcohol and warming citrus. Dried grass comes as well on the swallow.

O: Overall another bitter disorganized beer by sandcreek that is trying to be the big bully on the block in the ipa department, but needs to step back and learn some class and refinement. Its evident that they know neither so just opted for the most blunt and offensive amount of hops which im sure is someones thing. No complexity, uninteresting flavor, boring, and a hold off by purchase unless you just like to be insulted.

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Lilja's Hop Nest Monster from Sand Creek Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 192 ratings
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