The New England style IPA. The new beer craze. Well, maybe not new but newer or newish. And I have to admit, I’ve been hooked for a few years now. The hazy, tropical fruit, citrus juice bombs that they are leave your taste buds wanting more after every beer. One of the nice things about their popularity is the fact that more breweries are making them, and making them very well.
Here in Buffalo, we’ve been lucky enough to have a few of the local beer stores do everything they can to keep as many of these amazing IPA’s stocked on the shelves. And seeing as how we are so close to the New England area, we’re starting to see more of them distributed to our area with the more beer these breweries are putting out. And you definitely can’t sleep on a few of the New York breweries that are killing the style as well…I’m looking at you SingleCut and Other Half.
One of the breweries that we are lucky enough to see consistently on the shelves here is Lord Hobo Brewing Company and the delicious New England style IPA they brew named “Boom Sauce.” Lord Hobo is located in Woburn, Massachusetts just north of Boston and has been brewing delicious beer since 2015.
Boom Sauce pours a hazy golden straw like color, nice carbonation and nice body leaving a decent amount of lacing on the glass. The smell up front consists of huge amounts of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and tropical fruits all blended wonderfully together, backed up by an amazing resinous almost dank aroma. The taste follows suit, except I pick up more specifically on the grapefruit and orange rind followed by a bitter resin like slightly dry mouth feel. For an almost 8% IPA, the alcohol to me is hidden well.
The New England area is somewhere every beer lover should visit at least once in their life, regardless of where in the country you live. It may have some of, if not the best beer in the world and there is no shortage of breweries to help you stay hydrated. So when you find yourself making the pilgrimage, swing by Lord Hobo, or hit a craft beer store and pick yourself up some Boom Sauce. I promise you that you won’t regret it! Cheers!
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