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Super Session #2 - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 96
Hads: 646
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 18.83%
Wants: 26
Gots: 181 | FT: 2
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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States | website

Style | ABV
American IPA | 4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: ThatsThatDude on 07-08-2014

A single hop session IPA brewed with Amarillo on this batch, and our collaboration with the Vermont Pub and Brewery.
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Photo of HopfordBeerham
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best true session IPA I've ever had! I say true because of the alcohol content. I've seen some people recently advertise a session with 6, even 7% ABV. (Yes OtherHalf Brewing, I'm talking about you). Hop flavors are better than some single, even double IPAs out there. I'm a huge SOS fan so I was really excited when I received a 12 pack of these bad boys (no I didn't drink it all in one sitting). Salud!!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Once again, it pays to advertise! A local small businessman & friend travels with his teenage hockey-playing son and knows well of The CANQuest (tm), so he was thoughtful enough to bring me a CAN from a recent trip! Many thanks.

From the CAN: "Keep Cold! Enjoy Fresh!"; "Lawson's Finest Liquids is a small artisanal brewery located in Warren, Vermont, producing an array of hop-forward ales, specialty maple beers and unique creations. Super Session #2 is brewed by Lawson's Finest Liquids at Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford, CT. Learn more by visiting lawsonsfinest.com"; "Our Session IPA is so tasty and quaffable that it will leave you craving more! Super Session #2 features full malt flavor and assertive hop character with copious additions of Amarillo hops late in the kettle and in dry-hopping."

I was excited to Crack! this open since it is a rarity to see it in these parts. I was not disappointed, either, as it reveled itself to be brimful. A moderately gentle Glug raised two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with reasonable retention that slowly fell, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very cirtrusy, loads of grapefruit, but underlain with a minty, dank kind of herbal smell. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was slightly bitter, more like rind than pulp, but pleasant. I certainly did not experience the unwanted puckering that this sort of thing CAN cause.
Warming, I began to get more peach & tropical fruit flavor and less bitterness. It finished semi-dry and highly refreshing. I CAN certainly see people putting this into their summertime coolers! Nicely done & thanks again!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been meaning to review this for some time, thanks Kim for the canned Xmas gift. Have enjoyed this many-a-time on-tap and from the can, definitely a VT staple to me.

A - Poured to a mason jar. Nice palish orange glow with a white head starting a bit over a finger and ending as a patchy cap/thick ring. Bits of lace left.

S - Lots of fresh lemon+pineapple-centric citrus, mango, a fair amount of floral and earthy dank hoppage. Quite nice and potent for a session ale.

T - Taste doesn't quite carry the same oomph as the scent for me but still quite nice. Good amount of orange and vague tropical with maybe a bit more emphasis on floral and earthy pine here. Light candyish pale malt backing.

M - A bit heavier than expected for the ABV with a bit too much carbonation. Bitterness is on the higher-end but a decent malt balance there. No perceptible alcohol but this could pass for a ~6-7% IPA to me.

O - I don't think I knew til now this was an Amarillo single hop, pretty impressive. Wasn't a huge fan of this for a while but it's grown to be a pretty classic session IPA in my eyes. Hop flavor is pretty great and somewhat intense for the ABV, mouthfeel could use some work but quite enjoyable overall.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Opaque yellow orange, one finger head that lingers,

S-Mild citrus and earthy notes. Slight malt.

T-Tad earthy, some citrus as well. Has the light flavor you expect from a session IPA

M- Light and kinda crisp.

O-A good session IPA.

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Photo of bol3by
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Citrus aroma, mellow malt initial, dry finish; Nothing outstanding that stands out, besides being a session IPA and very drinkable, yet captures robust flavors.

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Photo of RobbDogg
3.96/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was really looking forward to trying this one, and it did not disappoint. A light straw pour with a surprisingly nice head. The smell is of fresh piny hops. The taste follows, with pine, fruit hops, and a nice bitterness for a session. It does not feel as thin as some session ales. Very solid, and probably my favorite session ale to date. I wish I could get this regularly, it would be my summer go to. Another winner for Lawson's.

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Photo of brewskis
4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden orange color with two fingers of a bright white head.

Aroma is not too intense, but still delivers a light hop complexity and juiciness. Get some peach, grapefruit, and mango; all of which are lightly juicy with the light sugariness from the malt. Also get some floral, pine, and dankness from the hops.

Taste offers some peach, floral, and dank up front that slowly transforms into a juicy peach and mango flavor mid-palate. The finish dries out the little sweetness that was there and brings some very light piney bitterness, light grapefruit, and light floral notes.

High light body. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Spot on for the style.

This is a solid session beer. Like most others of the style, my only complaint is that it lacks the hop intensity in both the aroma and flavor that I'm looking for (especially for a Lawson's beer).

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a bright pale yellow color ale with large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of floral hops with light citrusy notes. Taste is a mix of citrusy hops with light hay flavours. Body is light with good carbonation. Interesting and highly drinkable but did not have the hops kick I was expecting.

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Photo of Dave_Treat
3.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Fresh can poured into snifter. Pale yellow with a nice head, good lacing. Smelled of pine. Taste follows. The Amarillo hops brings earthy piney bitter taste.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into a snifter, date on the bottom is 11.30.15= fresh !!!

I got pine on the first whiff but citrus on the subsequent proboscis aerations

Citrus hop taste, light, clean, crisp, low sudsing, session able

Nice beer

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.74/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, date on bottom. About 2 months old.

Pale golden color, white head. Citrus hop aroma, bright. Taste is all hop flavor, no malt flavor at all. Thin watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of Dopen993
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can into pint glass.

Light hazy, golden yellow.
Good amount of citrus on the nose with lots of hops. Slight sweetness too.
Lots of floral hops, good sweetness and malts too. Finishes nice and clean.
Light mouth feel, very refreshing.

Really really liked it.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a strong but not over-powering floral hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of fruity citrus and caramel. The malt character is thin but on-target for a “Session IPA” and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is an excellent IPA to pound down for a long time.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can(09/28) from recent trade with Patrick. Thanks, man!

Clear light orange yellow with s dense, white head that falls off to a thin disk leaving little lacing. The nose is what you'd expect from the style. Full of aroma and flavor hops with melon, honey, mango, orange, just lots of fruit. No real malt, though there's a little honey. The palate opens crisp with a clean hop character, much cleaner than the Trillium beer that preceded it. Plenty of fruit, minimal bitterness, minimal hop oil character. Beautiful fruity blend of melon, mango, peach, is present. Malt character is a little honey, a hint of caramel and a touch of biscuit. Dry finish, light in body, crisp carbonation. Very good.

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Photo of 2dogbrew
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can dated 8/28/15. Poured into a tulip glass. Nice golden color, really enjoying the aroma, good tropical notes. Taste starts off the same but middle and aftertaste is more bitter than I expected. Overall still solid.

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Photo of scottyg354
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice little beer. Piney and Resiny nose. Flavor is Citrus (Lemon and Orange) with pine. Nice balance with a ready finish. Feel is light, as desired in a session ale. Overall a nice little beer. Would drink again.

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Photo of tmryan21
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look: Slightly hazy yellow with a thick white head.

Smell: Orange citrus and melon. Dank grass with hints of pine as it warmed.

Taste: Pretty flavorful for a session IPA. Citrus orange and pine with a little bit of spice from the Amarillo hops. Some cracker taste from the malt backbone as well.

Feel: Lighter bodied and fairly bitter for the ABV. Zero alcohol taste. Clean and slightly dry.

Overall: A session ale that doesn't really taste like one. This is really just a well-done IPA with low ABV. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and golden in color with a white, 2 finger head. Great retention, resulting in a thin consitent layer of suds across the surface.

Smell - Aroma hits on citrus, dank pine, and a hint of stone fruit.

Taste - Folllows the nose. Grapefruit and a touch of orange with lesser pine notes. Stonefruit pit nuttiness hits mid-taste and rides with the citrus character into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with lively carbonation. Smooth, clean and dry finish.

Overall - One of the better Session IPA's I've had, but the style itself has always struck me as incomplete, and there's not a lot of variance with what I've had thus far. So yeah, this is good, but nothing particularly unique.

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Photo of Billolick
3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can, if ist the canning date on the bottom of the can, this has been in the can for just 10 days...if its best before dating, its another story...

Pours lightly hazed , lightly amber, fine and frothy off white head, leaves looser strands of lacing.

Non descript fruity nose

Soft citrus, ripe tropical fruits and sweet, honey infused malts...tasty sessioner.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not too shabby although this one did lack on balance. It wasn't too bitter, but I felt like the flavor was missing something. It had some decent juiceiness but something was off with the hop character.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy gold with wispy finger's worth of head on a careful pour. The head lasts though and there is ample lacing as I enjoy this beer. The smell is dank, citrus and tropical. The taste is pine, orange zest, muted tropical fruits and some bready/cracker taste. I think this example may be a bit muted as it is dated a number of weeks out from today's date. There is a definite bitter finish to this medium bodied beer and the carbonation is medium as well.

The first one I had was better, so this tells me that this beer is best consumed fresh. Not a shocker there, but all in all a good beer.

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Photo of Amity83
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I rarely get excited about session beers. I drink enough to reach for them fairly often as they contain half the calories of some of my regular go to IPA's but too often the comprise is so obvious that I have a hard time remembering anything about the drink. Super Session #2 is hard to come by and a tad pricey, but it has some weight behind the hops it presents. Too many session beers end up tasting like hop water rather than beer. Especially when drank on tap, this beer is hard to peg for its low alcohol content. Big dry hop entrance quickly transforms into a crisp and smooth finish that makes you forget about ABV. The look and aroma belie its lightness and are reminiscent of a full bodied beer. I've been able to bring home a few 12 packs in the last few months, but I really cherish the few I was able to drink during my times in VT on tap. Sometimes when overindulging myself with heavy pub food, It's nice to have a beer that is delicious but doesn't add to my digestive misery.

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Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kegatron for the share. 12oz can into a snifter, the brew appears a hazy golden color with white cap that fades leaving spotty lace.

This smells herbal and nobel in character. Not too vibrant or complex really, just easily approachable. It tastes herbal, grassy and pleasantly crisp and bitter.

It is medium to light in body with modest carbonation. Not bad but lawsons certainly does better with their other offerings.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on 2015-10-27 in Columbia, PA from a fresh 12oz can.

A - Pretty clear yellow with a 3-finger pillowy-white head and decent lace.

S - Orange flesh, melon, mild-moaderate dank, honey.

T - Grass, pine, cracker, orange zest, mild dank and a touch of pepper. Finishes fairly bitter but with a hint of lingering honey/tropical sweetness.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Some prickle and light resin. Very dry.

O - Definitely a Session IPA and not an APA. Not a lot of malt/fruit sweetness here to match the very nice aroma. I enjoyed it and rate it pretty high on the Session IPA scale of the many I've tried.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - A crystal clear, golden color. Big bubbly head
Smell - Dank, herbaceous, fruity, citrusy, orange, pungent
Taste - Jam packed full of flavor which is unusual for a session. Super dank, citrus, slightly tropical (as it warmed), herbaceous, earthy/herbal

Overall - If you're looking for a session but still want an abundance of flavor, this is your beer.

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Super Session #2 from Lawson's Finest Liquids
91 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.