Sand Creek Lilja’s Hop Nest Monster

Happy IPA Day. I know that I’m posting a little late, but this was one of the IPAs that I had for IPA Day (and the only one I reviewed). Katie was nice enough to buy this one for me. The label is pretty sick, I gotta say. We spent IPA watching the Olympics and just hanging out and having a relaxing dinner. I couldn’t do anything crazy because I had work on Friday. But, at least on Friday we’re going to a concert and we get some time to ourselves. So, onto the review portion of the program.

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “When brewing the Hop Nest Monster, we make a final addition of Amarillo hops after the kettle boil is finished and the beer is ready to be force-cooled. This post-boil hopping process preserves the highly volatile flavor compounds and essential oils virtually lost during the long, violent kettle boil. These highly-valued hop oils are extracted and forced into solution, imparting the specific flavor unique to this highly-coveted and proprietary Amarillo hop. While this method of hopping does not contribute greatly to the overall bitterness level of the beer (isomerized soft-resin alpha acids formed during the kettle boil), it is largely responsible for the Monster’s mighty citrus aroma and hoppy floral flavor-profile so highly esteemed by a growing number of American IPA connoisseurs – Yes, that means you, Mr. Hop Head!!! So, while we know where the Hop Nest Monster gets its signature character, we still don’t know what kind of character is reportedly swimming around in the cold, deep, murky waters of that mysterious lake known as Loch Ness.”

Random: The arms on the female rowers are just insane. I think I really have to start hitting the rowing machine at the gym.

This one poured with a two finger, surprisingly thick, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the pint glass. The body was light orange in color with light visible carbonation. The nose was all citrus all the time. Orange and grapefruit especially stood out to me. I didn’t get any sort of malt from this one. The taste was a little bit different than the nose. I got lots of citrus and bitterness up front. It was exceptionally grapefruity. The sip finish with a little bit of malt. As I was drinking this, it reminded me a lot of Troegs Pale Ale (which is actually the beer that got me into pale ales and eventually IPAs). The body was medium thickness with medium carbonation. It had a long and hoppy finish. My final verdict: very hoppy up front, low booze and easy drinking. I would grab this one again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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