Review: Lord Hobo Boomsauce

Review of Lord Hobo Boomsauce from Lord Hobo Brewing Co. in Woburn, MA.

Beer Type: India Pale Ale  ABV: 8%  Tried from can.

Their Description: “Boomsauce is a blend of 3 of our New England style hoppy ales that will wrap you in a gently carbonated juice blanket.”

The Reality: This beer starts with a bold fresh hop scent with hints of citrus and it pours a cloudy orange color. The flavor is a true hop blend with notes of pine, orange, tropical fruit and juniper. There is just enough malt to round it out and keep it from being too bitter. It is lightly carbonated, as they mentioned, and the finish has a crisp mild bitterness that makes you want another gulp. The aftertaste isn’t aggressive and leaves your palate clean.

Final Verdict: I don’t know if the folks at Lord Hobo stumbled upon this recipe by accident or they created it deliberately, but blending together the three hoppy ales they already make has created something that is greater than the sum of its parts. You see a lot of blended wines and whiskeys, but not a lot of beers, but after drinking Boomsauce I’m thinking that should change. I can’t stress enough what a difference the low carbonation makes, because this beer becomes so drinkable, I’d even say even gulpable, that you don’t want to put it down. It also makes this beer exceptionally smooth for an 8% ABV, and the tall pint cans that it comes in get taken down like paper soldiers (which is also dangerous, if you know what I mean). It’s got tons of flavor but never seems aggressive, and is unique in the world of IPAs. I’d still love to know what made them think to mix the beers together, because in most other industries, that would not be a successful strategy. Could Heinz put out a super-condement by mixing ketchup, mustard and relish? And if they did, would it be called Boomketchstardish?