Lord Hobo Virtuoso

Val was off the week between Christmas and New Year’s. She went to the animal shelter and came home with a seven month old kitten. He’s a big ball of energy, but also super, super loving. Since we had to put our cat down in September, we’ve been missing a loving cat. Our other cats are sweet, but very skittish. So, he’s been a nice addition to the house. As is the theme with new cats, we named him after a hop, so we named him Sorachi Ace. I’m sure he’ll be making appearances in future posts. Anyways, beer time.

ABV: 8.8%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A style-defining New England-Style Double IPA that delivers big on juice and haze.”

Random: This beer uses Ella, Mosaic and Citra hops.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head. It dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, golden-yellow color with some carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose had some pine and then transitioned into grapefruit and some mango and pineapple. The taste was more of the same. There was grapefruit pith along with mango and pineapple. Apricot and peach came through next. There was some pine present as well. I picked up a nice malt sweetness at the end. The alcohol was present, but not overwhelming. The body was slick and medium thickness with enough carbonation. It had a quick finish with apricot and peach. A can of this was $4.50 and broke down to $.28 per ounce. I thought this was a good beer, but a little pricey.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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Lord Hobo Glorious

My work schedule has gone from challenging to insanity. I’m working about 14 hours a day and we’ve now increased to 7 days a week, which is not really conducive to keeping current on blog posts or getting laundry done. I basically come home, eat and then crash. I really should have tried to get a jump on pre posting, but alas, I’m now about 9 days behind, which is very much not like me. But, I’m going to try to get through at least a few posts. This was another beer that I had in P-Town.

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This beautifully smooth New England-Style Pale Ale pours a hazy, straw color. A double-dose of sought-after Galaxy hops delivers a silky peach-grape aroma, tropical fruit flavors, and an elegant mouth feel.”

Random: This beer comes in at 72 IBUs.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a bright and cloudy yellow with a lot of carbonation visible, despite the cloudiness. The nose was filled with Galaxy hops with lots of tropical fruit. The taste was very bright with a lot of fruit. I picked up white grape juice along with peaches and kiwi. There was a slightly malt sweetness at the end of the sip. The body was on the lighter side with a lot of carbonation. It had a lengthy finish that was sticky with tropical fruit. This beer went down easily and paired well with bar snacks. I would definitely have this again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lord Hobo Consolation Prize

It’s been awhile since I’ve been in the Boston area. I went in my early twenties and haven’t been back since. I remember it being incredibly pretty and wanting to visit a bunch of museums and not having time to go. I think Val and I need to visit there. I’ve also heard that there are a bunch of outstanding restaurants there. When I was last there, I went to Dick’s Last Resort, where they make paper condom hats. That may have been cute when I was 21, but not exactly what I’m looking for now. Anyways, if we end up going, I want to hit this bar up and the brewery, assuming they allow tours.

consolationprize

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: There is basically no information about this beer on line.

Random: The other beers I had from the brewery were solid.

This beer poured with less than a quarter of a finger of head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. It did leave a small crown on top of the body. The body was light yellow and cloudy with some carbonation visible. The nose had pine needles, lemon flesh and pine sap up front. The taste did have some alcohol with pine needles and quickly transitioned into sweet caramel. It had a thick and syrupy body with light carbonation. The finish was lengthy and sweet. This was expensive at $4 a can, which came to $.25 per ounce. I thought the beer was a bit simple and out of balance. I wouldn’t rush to have it again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Lord Hobo Hobo Life

I’ve been binge watching “Empire.” I tend to prefer watching shows when I have a bunch to watch so I don’t have to wait until the next week to see the next episode. This show especially is addictive. Let’s get to tonight’s beer, which is a session IPA.

hobolife

ABV: 4.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.”

Random: Simcoe (one of the cats) likes to play with box top of his scratchy post.

The beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated quickly and left very little lacing on the glass. The body was hazy and lemon yellow with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with dank pine and grapefruit rind. The malt was present in the nose, but very light and bready. The taste was a bit brighter than the nose. Grapefruit rind and grapefruit flesh were more prevalent than the pine, but that still came through. There was an inkling of tropical fruit as well. The malt was slightly sweet on the taste, but this beer was hop dominant. The body was on the thicker side for a session with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with grapefruit rind. A can of this was $2.17, which came to $.18 per ounce. This beer was easy to drink and had some good flavor. I would give this one a shot again, although it doesn’t see Jersey distribution.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Lord Hobo Steal This Can

While doing some research for this beer, I found the tap list for Lord Hobo. It looks ridiculous. I haven’t been, but after reading that, I definitely want to go. I’ve wanted to go to the Boston area for awhile now. I went over ten years ago, but haven’t been back since I got into beer. This beer was picked up in New York.

stealthiscan

ABV: 6.4%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A bitter, moderately strong American pale ale that uses its clean, supporting malt to showcase its hop character.”

Random: One of the cats scratched me on top of my hand and it’s not only sore, but every time I move my hand, it starts hurting more.

This beer poured with a three finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left light lacing on the glass. The body was clear and golden-yellow with high carbonation visible. On the nose, I picked up old grass and skunk. Pine was there too, but it was relatively light. I didn’t get much malt on the nose. The taste was filled with Pilsner malt and transitioned into lemon candies and crabgrass. It had a certain amount of mustiness to it as well. The body was medium thick with high carbonation. It had a quick finish with old grass. A single of this was $3 for the pounder can ($.19 per ounce). I don’t know if this was an old can, but I wasn’t a huge fan of this, despite how much I liked the font on the can art. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Lord Hobo Boom Sauce

The next day, we were off to try some breweries in New Hampshire. Our first stop was Smuttynose. This was one of the larger breweries that we visited during our trip. We walked into the building and they were just starting a tour that we jumped on. There was a man on the tour who had just finished a long bike ride and decided to stand near me the entire time. It was not pleasant. The tour was short and was like the basic brewery tour. Their tasting room is inside the brewery, but was basically a stand and had nowhere to sit. The pours were abnormally large and we had to keep asking them to short pour us since we were going to so many breweries. The person leading the tour wasn’t all that friendly either. I enjoyed the beer, but it wasn’t my favorite brewery of the trip. Their restaurant across the way was nice. If you go on the tour, you get a free beer at the restaurant. The server was also, not very friendly, and the food was alright, but nothing amazing. It’s definitely worth a trip, even if just for the brewery-only Smuttlabs releases (of which I picked up a few).

boomsauce

ABV: 7.4%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This beer is from the new brewery of Lord Hobo beer bar fame.

Random: Football is back! Hopefully this is a good year for the Eagles.

This beer poured with a one finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, bright orange color with no visible carbonation. The nose was very fragrant with dank pine coupled with bright citrus flesh. The taste was intensely hoppy with grapefruit flesh and zest, then transitioned into pine resin. I didn’t pick up any malt, which I was totally okay with. The booze was almost invisible on the beer as well. It had a thick body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with lots of hops and coated the tongue. I really enjoyed this beer, so much so that I brought home a few cans. If you see this around, give it a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0