I first heard of this beer even before it was actually released. Lord Hobo did some seriously extensive advertising in Beer Advocate leading up to the actual release of their beers. Needless to say I loved the advertising campaign and ever since have been excited to try their beers. Boom Sauce is their flagship American IPA and comes in at 8% ABV.
Appearance: Super hazy glowing orange color with a 1 finger head and some really nice retention. The beer has great lacing as well. Huge fan of the cans look and all of Lord Hobo’s marketing.
Nose: Pine, resin, grapefruit, pineapple and some sweet caramel malt. Right off the bat smells way more like a West Coast or Midwest Style than a NE style IPA. Honey, herbal, earthy and floral notes all come through as well.
Taste/Mouth: Grapefruit, orange, piney and resin hop notes. Good malt sweetness to back up the big bitterness of this beer. Big citrus notes throughout the taste and feels moderate to heavy while finishing dry and bitter. Little heat on the back but easy to drink mostly.
Price/Availability: 4 pack for around $10 in Worcester where I picked this beer up.
Overall: This and Steal This Can are Lord Hobo’s flagship IPAs and Boom Sauce is their crack at a New England Style IPA. It certainly looks the part of a NE IPA but the aroma and taste lean way more toward a west coast feeling IPA. Now don’t get me wrong I have no problem with that but even if your looking at this going in as a West Coast IPA it still feels slightly lacking. It is decent enough but this beer has some rough competition over in Massachusetts and the whole Northeast right now. It probably falls somewhere in the middle of the pack. I would drink it again but I wouldn’t doubt it if I picked something else over it.