Hobo Life is a New England Session IPA by Lord Hobo Brewing Co. brings so much hoppy goodness in a tiny, sessionable package.

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Hobo Life is a Session IPA brewed in the New England style by Lord Hobo Brewing Co. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 12 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Hobo Life by Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

Packaging art for the Hobo Life by Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

Appearance

The IPA pours a cloudy lemon yellow and is topped by a tall stack of soapy white foam that recedes slowly. The head’s reduction leaves a smattering of residue dots the top the glass while gobs of sticky lace coat the collar.

Aroma

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

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Flavor

Hobo Life’s palate maintains remarkable balance considering it’s a smaller brew. Sure, those Citra hops are the hero, but there’s a nice malt base that keeps the bitterness from being overpowering. Its taste begins with tropical fruit and quickly shifts towards a dry finish of hoppy grapefruit, lemon, and pine.

Mouthfeel

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

Label art for the Hobo Life by Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

Label art for the Hobo Life by Lord Hobo Brewing Co.

Overall

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

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