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Super Session #2 - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 65
Hads: 493
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 19.17%
Wants: 16
Gots: 112 | FT: 4
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

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 Gemmell
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A fresh pour into the trusty snifter from the can leaves a solid finger of bubbly head that dissipates pretty quickly. No lacing to speak of is left on the glass, but that's to be expected in a session (but this one is super...). Smells pretty damn good, fresh hops and fruit. It smells more potent than the majority of session IPAs I have had recently. One quick sip proves the nose correct. Way more flavor here than I had expected(is that the super?) in a session. Very light bitters with a big floral hop presence. Mouthfeel is light, very easy going carbonation, and little to no bite from the little bitter that exists. Overall, I could probably easily drink twelve or so more of these, sadly I was only given the one as an extra. Grab them if you can. Cheers!

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can into a tulip glass.

Hazy golden and copper body with a sticky, sudsy head. Streaks of lace develop as the head recedes. Trickles of carbonation are visible. 4.25

Smells mighty fruity. Tropical. Passionfruit and pineapple and mango and honeydew and canteloupe and a strong floral presence. This resembles juice more than a beer. So sweet and juicy. 4.5

Damn, would have really loved a juicy flavor to match the nose, but such doesn't occur. Much more piney with grapefruit peel than tropical, although touches of the melon and floral qualities peek through. Still, I'm liking this. Tart orange juice enters the picture and it develops more of the lovely tropical flavor. One thing I'll say for sure, for a low ABV session, this holds plenty of flavor! 4.25

Light-bodied, refreshing, zesty, bitter with only the mellowest of sweet hints. Very drinkable and still plenty to take in. 4.25

This was damn good. Loved it. Wish I had a sixer!

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Photo of do_ob
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold in color. Huge dankness on the nose with notes of tropical fruit and sweet malt. The taste pretty much follows right along. Huge bitterness on this one, wow. Plenty of juiciness in the mix. You'd think this was a 9% beer drinking it blind. Pretty good.

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Photo of tsmith1nu
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a seriously awesome IPA. If you have a friend that hates on IPAs have them do a blind taste test with this beer and they will be a convert. Do not pass this beer up.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer because it has some characteristics of a bigger IPA or double, but its something you can drink while studying or working or whatever. you can have a few without catching a buzz... which is convenient if you have a busy schedule but still wanna enjoy a couple brewskis every day.

Appearance is pretty average, lotsfinger of head and golden color with slight haze. Nose is pretty dank for a session IPA - perfect blend of resinous piney notes and citrus... getting hints of orange peel, grapefruit, pineapple maybe? taste is similar to smell but subdued, slightly bitter aftertaste is perfect. overall super refreshing, light easy drinker.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brief impressions from a quick sample at a bottle share. Courtesy of Collins.

A: One finger white head. Retains for about 3-4 minutes. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

Pale copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a nice looking session IPA. Appears aptly carbonated.

Sm: Floral and citrusy. Refreshing pale malts. Some resinous character.

Aromatic intensity is average.

T: Floral and citrusy, with a pale malt base. Balanced and enjoyable. Definitely sessionable. I like it.

No dirty yeast character, off-notes, booze, etc.

Mf: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, refreshing, oily, slighty overcarbonated. Complements the taste nicely.

O: Highly drinkable - which is what it's meant to be. Not Lawson's finest work, but competently executed and a beer I'd definitely buy in 6-packs. I hope to revisit this with more time to go into further detail.


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Photo of Slatetank
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at Reservoir in Waterbury served chilled in a tulip.

The color is deep golden bordering on amber with white head. The smell is zesty with citrus and slight grapefruit. The feel is great very nice balance with good carbonation and bitterness level.

The taste is very juicy and has a nice orange zest with slight grapefruit citrus and bitterness is very much in line with a great session beer -not unbalanced taste wise yet still finishes dry. Overall one of the best of this style easy to drink with plenty of hop flavor.

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Photo of DLancaster04
3.44/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Like almost every Session IPA, it's not for me. This style of brew just under delivers for me. I understand that they are supposed to be lighter and more refreshing than a traditional IPA but I just always shrug my shoulders when I drink them. Maybe it's because they have wonderful aromatics but end up being so light bodied and leave me looking for more? There is no doubt that a lot of care went into this beer, Lawson's makes amazing beer, but there are so many better values at 14.99 a 6 pack... I've learned my lesson, no more Session IPAs when I am in the mood for a lighter beer...just stick with Kolsch and the like...

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bold hop flavor in a slick and thin package. This beer delivers all the big hop presence from citrus rind to pine notes without being heavy or high in alcohol. The best pale ale I've had in awhile in terms of bold flavors.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 0918/15 notes. 16 oz. pour of this at The Jeffrey in NYC in a pint glass.

Pours a hazy, dark gold color with one inch of bright white head and high carbonation evident. Citrus hops, wheat, grains, bready malts, resin, pine how, fruity malts, and light tropical notes. Light body and low to moderate carbonation, super easy to drink.

Overall very good...quite crushable. If I could get this like I do Carton's Boat Beer as a session beer in cans, I'd buy it all the time. A very good beer.

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Photo of ChinaskiWMA
3.31/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very good hoppy session ale, but your appreciation of this ale will depend on your appreciation for Amarillo hops. The look is gold with a thick head, leaving plenty of lace on the glass. The smell is hoppy and like your putting your nose on a euro lager like Grolsch. The flavor has a vaguely lager like thing going as well, clean and crisp, but more complex with a nice bitter hoppy finish. The mouth feel is, well, crisp and clean, like a good lager. How many times have I said lager? You know if they just called this a lager, I would proclaim it the best lager around, but as an ale or session IPA, it's good, very good, but also, meh.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear medium gold color with nice head retention, bright white head, moderate carbonation.

S - Citrus, pine, crisp cracker malt which is subdued by the hop aroma.

T - Taste is all hops from start to finish with citrus from start to finish, some readiness, and some some spicy fruit rind.

M - Light medium body and coats the mouth with a cotton-like sensation and lingering bitter citrus finish.

O - Not a fan of session ales but this one is full of hoppy goodness that keeps it interesting and tasty.

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Photo of mschrei
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a little for review purposes, drank most of it from can dated 8/26. Pours clear, golden, not much carbonation. Slightly hoppy, slightly bitter, light citrus notes on nose and taste. Seems like a lighter version of Sip of Sunshine.

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Photo of Sheppard
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a Lawson's pub glass because proper glassware.

Appears a gold, translucent color with soft, pillowy, lacy white head. You can see your fingers through the glass. Light fragrance of hops, some stone fruit. There is light bitterness, slight grass, and a smooth mouthfeel. There is a sweet sappy tone later in the mouth that's slightly tongue smacking. Overall, this is a phenomenal, balanced session IPA, possibly the best in the world.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jdiddy for the opportunity to try this one. Canned on 8/26/2015. Served in a shaker pint. Pours a translucent straw-gold with a fizzy, 1.5 inch, bone white head that sizzles and pops as it slowly dissipates into an 1/8th inch cap. Great nose on this beer - piney, grassy and a hint of citrus. Taste consistent with nose; however, light, toasted biscuity malts prevail in the flavor profile. There's also a mild earthy/herbal/medicinal bitterness that lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light in body with a bright carbonation that leaves a residual tingle at the back of the throat between quaffs. Overall, a great session IPA; maybe the best I've had to date - not surprising it's from Lawson's.

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Photo of Bugs318
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: quite light in colour, nearly resembling a yellow coloured pale lager. Pretty decent, fine bubbled white head of solid retention.
S: A touch of orange, some strawberries, a bit floral.
T: some grainy malts briefly up front before a combination tea, floral, and citrus finish with a decent linger.
M: Medium light bodied with fair carbonation, but not of a sharp feel.
O: a fine beer, but not on the Sip or Double Sunshine level.

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Photo of SebD
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a beautiful light hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, dank pine resins, floral hops, some grassiness and light bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some definite citrus with plenty of dank pine resins, grassy undertones, floral notes and sweet bready malts in the back.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. This is a fantastic session IPA. Lawson's never ceases to amaze me.

Serving type: can (at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill)

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cans delivered by Lunch. You are awesome!

Light orange body, mild haze, gargantuan, foamy, white head with lasting retention. Lovely fresh hop aroma. World class IPAs continue to spill out of Vermont. Just a mild bready quality to support the lovely Amarillo hop character. Quaffable and delicious.

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Photo of Rizzy17
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a Lawson's tulip.

A: An opaque golden hue. White bubbly head that doesn't dissipate quickly.
S: So much pine on the nose which is very enjoyable.
T: Somewhat grassy and bitter. It smells a lot better than it tastes.
F: A bit bubbly and then quickly fades away.
O: I wish it tasted as good as it smells, but overall this is a very nice beer. Lawson's has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Golden yellow, slightly hazy. Frothy thick white head. Minor lacing and retention. Aromas are big on the hops, floral and citrus. A bit of grass in there too. Flavor is a bit watery, hoppy, grassy with a hint of citrus peel. Decent and very drinkable.

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Photo of zoober911
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - A good looking beer with a nice head and lacing form.

S - Can really smell the hops on this. Smells great for something sessionable.

T - Slight bitterness up front and a noticeable bitter sharpness on the backend. Surprisingly so for a session beer.

F - As expected. Nothing fancy, but nothing underwhelming.

O - It's delicious. And to think I was only going to pick up one 6-pack. Definitely give it a try.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can drank at The Olney Place in Penn Yan, NY.

This one pours a bright glowing yellow, with a small head, and a good amount of lacing.

This one smells like grapefruit and lemon-lime, with some floral aromas as well.

Along with #4 of this series, this is one of the best session IPAs that I've had. There's some great flavors, grapefruit and orange, with a peculiar almost lemon-lime flavor, some grassiness and floral character, and a somewhat bitter finish.

This is light bodied, crisp and juicy, with a moderate to high level of carbonation.

A wonderfully drinkable and nice IPA.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.84/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear pale yellow, lighter carbonation in the glass
Smells piney, slightly citrus fruit.
Taste is hop forward, piney. Very light biscuit malt flavor, pretty well balanced.
Mouth feel is lighter, watery, not in a bad way though. Very drinkable.

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Photo of jmasher85
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I got a case of this because they were dropping it at Winooski Beverage Warehouse at the same time as cases of Heady Topper and 4-packs of Sip of Sunshine, so I figured I'd get something lightweight for my girlfriend so she doesn't try to go after the better stuff. Surprisingly, I ended up snagging more than a couple of these, and she found herself entitled to a couple of my HTs and SoSs, much to my chagrin.

This one pours a dark, clear golden orange with foamy head that almost completely disappears soon enough. Nose has a lot of grapefruit, some lemon zest, light malts and a slight bready character. Also just the slightest hint of funky yeast and fermentation, but possibly only because it's not as cold as it probably should be.

Taste has more grapefruit rinds, sourdough bread, very little sweetness but still rather juicy and some mild malt richness on the back end. Light texture that washes clean out of your mouth as soon as you swallow without sticking around much. It's not the mindblower that Sip of Sunshine is, but it's pretty damn tasty for a session IPA. Think of it as SoS's less mature and cool little brother who just wants to be like his role model, but just can't.

My problem with beers like this is that for such a light, low octane, casual beer, it's surprisingly hard to come by. I'd take any other session IPA over this one just based on availability. If I'm going to wait in line for hours at the drop point just to score a case, it had better be strong, complex, and generally mind-blowing. This one is really nice, but I'd be just as happy and better slept if I stuck with Stone or Founders' offerings.

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Photo of PVMT
4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a can dated 7/6/15. Amazing that Lawson's found a way to pack this much taste into 4.8 abv. Slightly hazy with a faint citrus aroma. Taste is full-on Amarillo, with a slight bite and a delicious bready finish.

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Super Session #2 from Lawson's Finest Liquids
91 out of 100 based on 65 ratings.