Welcome back to Tavern Time where Christy ( a craft beer connoisseur) and I (a craft beer noob and trash beer drinker) review random craft beers that catch our eye. We were trying to go more local this week, so we chose Lord Hobo’s Boomsauce. Also, we have a guest, our CEO and my fellow craft beer noob, Nick Chen, with us. But before we get into the review, let’s take a minute to talk about Lord Hobo itself.
Lord Hobo, as I mentioned before, is local, proudly brewed in Massachusetts. They were founded around 2014 or 2015 by their founder Daniel Lanigan, a man with a large, well groomed beard and reminds me of Action Bronson. Lord Hobo’s culture, their thought process, their beer culture is that beer brings people together. From the Lords to Hobos (get it? That’s their name), they believe everyone deserves to have a fine beer. With this thought in mind, and some marketing savvy, Lord Hobo has become one of the fastest growing breweries in America.
Lord Hobo has a moderate selection of beers from Hobo Life to Virtuoso and Angelica, but I ended up choosing Boomsauce because it was advertised all over a bar I was at for my twenty-fifth birthday and became a slight running joke amongst my friends. I had also hoped that the word Boomsauce was slang for something related to hobos, but after a quick Urban dictionary search I found out it was essentially an alternative to awesome-sauce...which was disappointing. But let’s get to this review!
Christy: I like that it’s a pint size can.
JP: So that it contains more alcohol.
Christy: I like its logo.
JP: Yeah it’s nice. It’s loud. It yells its branding, which is pretty dope.
Christy: I don’t like its taste.
JP: Oh. Okay. So let’s just move on to judging the taste.
Christy: I like the design, not the taste. It’s too malty.
Nick: I still don’t know what the word malty means in term of flavor.
Christy: Like grainy.
Nick: That doesn’t trigger like any flavor idea in my mind. So as someone who doesn’t drink that much, if you were to say, “Oh this tastes malty,” I can’t think of what that means. Where as if you say this is sweet, I know what sweet tastes like. I don’t have that association.
Christy: It’s more sweet than bitter. Malts are sweeter, sugary-er. Hops are more bitter, they’re a bittering agent. It’s a New England style IPA which means it’s probably more malt heavy. West Coast style IPAs are usually more hop heavy. I don’t think that it’s tropical and juicy. I think that it’s smooth.
Nick: I don’t really understand what they mean by tropical. I think it’s smooth. The other beers I’ve tried before this, that have used the word tropical in their description have, they’ve had like passionfruit. It was some sort of tropical flavor. This just reminds me of another IPA.
JP: Yeah it’s not tropical at all.
Christy: Let’s see what hops Lord Hobo uses. Oh it has wheat in it!
JP: So would you say that it’s yeasty?
Christy: I would not say that it’s yeasty.
JP: Oh okay.
Christy: I know you just want me to use the word yeasty again.
JP: I want you to use the word yeasty.
Christy: Okay as for the hops, it has ella, mosaic, and falconer’s flight.
JP: You realize I have no idea what any of that means.
Christy: That doesn’t matter. It does not have a notable citrus taste and tropical fruit finish! You’re wrong Lord Hobo! You’re wrong about your own beer.
Nick: I definitely do not detect any citrus aroma.
Christy: Appearance golden, slightly hazy. It also says there’s pine. It might be piney. So rather than the tropical fruit finish it just tastes like malt.
(A brief intermission for MALTS)
Nick: Is it possible to just drink malt?
Christy: Malt is a grain.
Nick: But when you turn it into a liquid, is it possible to just drink that liquid?
Christy: Well yeah you could, but I don’t know why you’d want to.
JP: Yeah...you wouldn’t want to.
Christy: You need to know what the taste of malt is.
Nick: Just so that I can figure out how to differentiate that taste from everything else.
Christy: We need to find you something very malty.
Nick: And then something that is, like, normal flavor. So I can really extract what is malt.
Christy: We’ll get you malt-o-meal. Which is like oatmeal.
JP: Or some malt liquor.
Christy: Have you ever had malt liquor?
JP: A nice forty?
Christy: it’s like really sweet and kinda gross.
(Intermission Over. Back to TASTE)
JP: I mean...it’s better than this.
Nick: You’re not a fan of this either?
Christy: I do like that it’s almost 8% alcohol.
JP: Exactly. There we go.
Nick: You like that it’s strong? Is 8% strong? It is, right, fairly?
Christy: Most IPAs are 6 or 7. Most of your cheap beers are about 4% or so.
JP: Yeah, like 4.6% or so.
Nick: I can’t differentiate the taste of this from either IPAs. I’m a very new drinker. Sure I’d drink it, but I wouldn’t like seek it out.
Christy: I’d drink it if it’s free, but I’m not gonna order it.
JP: For me it’s the point that my tastebuds have a bias against hops. No matter how a beer tastes, I’ll always notice the hops, and it’ll be this bad taste.
Nick: I should try out something that’s very hoppy. I don’t know what people mean when they say that. I think I know what they mean, but I need to confirm it.
JP: I think it’s the point that I taste something sweet, but then I taste something bitter at the roof of my mouth.
JP: I’m going to ask this anyways, even though I know the answer. Tavern of Tales approved?
Christy: No. Not by me. I’m willing to give Lord Hobo’s other beers a shot, but just not this one.
JP: Yeah if there’s enough demand for it, sure, but it’s not something I would fight for.