Saturday, October 12, 2019

Lord Hobo Brewing Hazy Boom Sauce NE-Style Double IPA

Beer Name: Hazy Boom Sauce
Brewery: Lord Hobo Brewing Co. (Woburn, MA)
ABV: 8.8%

How sold: 16 oz cans; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $4.99 for 16 oz. tallboy can

Date Canned: May 29, 2019
Date Purchased: July 1, 2019
Date Received: July 3, 2019
Date Drank: July 12, 2019
When brewed? Possibly a limited-time beer. Released April 2019.
IBUs: 77

Commercial Description: "Welcome to the evolution of style. When we set out to design Boomsauce years ago we knew we wanted a fruit forward, unfiltered, and incredible IPA. However, this was a time before Hazy, New England IPAs had even entered the lexicon. As the subcategory evolved, so did expectations of what it meant to be a hazy, juicy IPA. So we decided to evolve Boomsauce along with the style. We kicked the ABV up a notch, adjusted the malt balances, and hit it hard with our favorite hops. The results are an incredibly juicy and hazy derivative of Boomsauce that continues to define the category."

Where distributed: Lord Hobo usually just distributes their beers in Massachusetts and/or the surrounding New England area. Click here for more info!

Appearance (5%): Pours hazy light orange into a pint glass. Unfiltered, sediment at the bottom of the can. White head; some lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Predominantly mix of tropical citrus and stone fruit with complementing oaty malts. Getting mango, grapefruit, and some lemon. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. More malt-forward initially than Boomsauce, but then the tropical citrus and stone fruit take center stage. Aftertaste includes citrus grapefruit and/or citrus peel. To me, more bitter than a true NE-style beer, but still delicious. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied; good carbonation. Very juicy with some dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. After having Boomsauce last year, I had to try the higher octane version this year. Not sure why this is "Hazy Boomsauce" when both this and the regular Boomsauce are both hazy, but whatever, I guess. Anyway, very good tropical here, and I remain a big fan of Lord Hobo's brews. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.475/5

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