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.
The aroma is bright and hoppy with a lovely scent of orange, pine, and mint.
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.
The IPA has a crisp feel with a medium-light body and lively carbonation. Both characteristics serve the style well.
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.