once in a while a certain beer will surge in popularity due to a clever
name and/or packaging and/or marketing. “Boom Sauce” by Lord Hobo
Brewing is a beer like that and I can see why. First of all, the name is
pretty cool; secondly it comes in a full pint can; lastly it’s a very
tasty and highly drinkable imperial IPA that’s actually a blend of some
of their other beers (none of which are nearly as popular as this,
apparently). If this brewery is destined to be a one-hit wonder I won’t
I poured a 16oz can into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date. Thanks to Jason T. for this can!
Appearance: An extremely hazy shade of rusty/flame orange. Initially
pours to a large, off-white, fluffy head; it eventually dials back and
leaves on minor lacing on the glass.
Smell: Huge tropical fruit aroma along with some floral and herbal components. A bit of a candy scent, too. Very sweet-smelling.
Taste: If I were drinking this beer blind I’d think it’s an excellent
Imperial IPA. That it’s actually a blend of three other beers is really
impressive – especially for a fairly new brewery. I haven’t had the
three beers that make up this one, but I’d love to try them. There’s a
certain je na sais quois factor to blended brews, and that’s present
here. There’s a lot of flavor and complexity happening here. Big
tropical fruit flavor to open the palette, followed by an almost
candy-like sensation of sweetness. I get a touch of vanilla and caramel
through the middle followed by a fairly intense hop bite right as it
finishes. The hops have only a faint herbal character – otherwise,
they’re quite dank and juicy. This beer reminds me a lot of Southern
Tier Unearthly – and that’s really saying something!
Drinkability: I approached this beer with some caution when I saw the 8%
ABV on the can. I was pleasantly surprised to find there was no
challenge to Lord Hobo Boom Sauce, though. The mouthfeel is quite
full-bodied, but it has a soft weight and a smooth texture. It is not
cloying or sticky in any way. Perhaps refreshing for a moment while in
the mouth, though not a refreshing beer per se. The hops linger and
leave a mild aftertaste, though it’s easily tolerated. The alcohol does
create for a mild warmth, but it also seems to add to the sweetness. I’m
impressed at how drinkable this beer is.