Hobo Life

Session IPA Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

5

Hobo Life Session IPA by Lord Hobo Brewing Company

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Hobo Life is a Session IPA brewed by Lord Hobo Brewing Co., and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from can.

Appearance

Pours a cloudy lemon yellow with a tall stack of soapy white foam that recedes slowly. A smattering of residue dots the top the glass while gobs of sticky lace coat its collar.

Aroma

Aroma is bright and hoppy with a lovely scent of orange, pine, and mint.

Flavor

Palate maintains remarkable balance considering it’s a smaller brew. Sure, its Citra hops are the hero, but a nice malt base keeps that bitterness from being overpowering. Taste begins with tropical and quickly shifts towards a dry finish of hoppy grapefruit, lemon, and pine.

Mouthfeel

A crisp feel has a medium-light body and lively carbonation. Both characteristics serve the style well.

Overall

My expectations are always tempered when I approach session beers, and perhaps that’s why Hobo Life blew me away. Appearance and feel are superb. Aroma is delightful. But at only 4.5% ABV, this beer brings so much flavor. And that’s what will win you over. I think I’ll have another.

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About the Session IPA

The Session IPA is sub-style of the American IPA and received an official designation in 2010 in response to the growing trend of hoppier, low alcohol beers being brewed. This IPA retains the high bitterness of the standard IPA but has lower alcohol levels to make the brew “sessionable”. Even so, its strength can approach moderate levels. The Session IPA is less balanced than the American Pale Ale with higher attenuation and greater astringency.