Happy National IPA Day (not that I need a silly made-up holiday in order to enjoy a delicious IPA)! Are you are unclear as to why this ultra-popular beer style needs any help with promotion? So am I, but it doesn’t mean I won’t celebrate with a delicious hop-forward beer tonight. There are a ton of good to great IPAs on the market, and it seems like a new one comes out every week. Even with all of these options, some beer enthusiasts aren’t satisfied. This is part of the reason that Daniel Lanigan, the owner of quintessential beer bar Lord Hobo in Cambridge, decided to branch out and start his own brewing company. Lord Hobo Brewing Company is devoted to making high quality hoppy beers, and making them on a large enough scale that you don’t have to wait in line for an hour on a specific day in order to get some. When Lord Hobo released their first products I was excited to see if all of the years serving great beers at the bar translated into great recipes from the brewery. One of their initial releases is Boom Sauce, a big and bold IPA. First off, absolutely awesome name for the beer. If I saw a beer on the shelf that I knew nothing about, but it had a name like Boom Sauce I would immediately buy it. Lord Hobo Boom Sauce is available year-round on draft and in 16 oz. tallboy cans.
Lord Hobo Boom Sauce pours an amber orange with a solid off-white head. The scent is all-American hop bomb IPA, a huge hit of citrus and tropical fruit. The taste is also very hop forward, notes of grapefruit, lemon, passion fruit, tangerine and pine. This is accompanied by noticeable but not mouth-puckering bitterness, the beer is very smooth for an IPA. The hops are balanced by substantial malt body, touches of caramel and whole grain bread. Boom Sauce is medium bodied and drinks incredibly easy for 8% ABV. I came away very impressed by Boom Sauce, this is a very strong start for the new and ambitious brewery. I look forward to trying more of Lord Hobo’s beers in the future. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.