Sunday, December 20, 2009

173a. Lilja Hop Nest Monster IPA

“Bold brazen beer brewed behind the Cheddar Curtain.”
Can someone say alliteration?

Elli’s choice for day two of our solo tours is our second beer from Sand Creek Brewing Company in Black River Falls, WI—our last one was Lilja’s Argosy IPA. And like that one, there is no information about the beer on the Sand Creek website. The only connection we found is through the Beer Advocate site.

Hop Nest Monster, described on the label as a “primordial extra pale India Pale Ale,” pours a slightly hazy gold color and has a thin white head. The nose exudes a bready malt aroma with no evident hop presence and a slight DMS smell. Hop Nest Monster has a well rounded malt flavor that is more crystal than bready (well, there is some bready); there is no hop flavor, but it does finish very bitter and slightly resiny. The body is medium, with decent bite from the carbonation. While it is a decent beer, Hop Nest is rather nondescript—the fault might lie in the disconnect between the malty body and the bitter finish. The label, however is totally awesome, and is a Top 10 Best Label contender.


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