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Super Session #2 - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 401
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 13
Gots: 93 | 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

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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 Bugs318
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of SebD
4.55/5  rDev +11.8%
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) (740 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of Rizzy17
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (398 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
3.4/5  rDev -16.5%
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. (262 characters)

Photo of zoober911
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (585 characters)

Photo of garyloveman
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,648 characters)

Photo of PVMT
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (214 characters)

Photo of JackRWatkins
3.16/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:pours a very pretty light straw orange to yellow, one finger somewhat fizzy head
S:hints of tangerine and citrus with a pleasant hoppy bite, very juicy almost reminds me of skittles in a good way, some hints of pine in the nose but it doesn't come off well at least not for me
T:refreshingly light and crisp, less sweet than anticipated, very very light, yet more bitter than I expected (not bitter just more bitter than I expected
M: stays with you for a moment then completely disappears, pleasant
O: a good session beer, you could drink a lot of this without being bored with it or thinking too much about it, pretty much a no brainer, very good (650 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This beer has always evaded me until now. Decided to buy a single can to review.

Pours a bright gold hue with a decent white head into my glass. A 4.8% session IPA.

Fresh cut grass in the nose with a light citrus touch.

Juicy mango/grapefruit bite upfront followed by a chewy malt base with a butter finish.

Clean, crisp at the back of the throat.

I like this A LOT. Will be scoping a 6 pack the next time it's available. (430 characters)

Photo of WesMantooth
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty pale, transparent yellow. Large soapy, somewhat fizzy bright white head. Nothing real impressive other than the retention and some good lacing.

Smells good. Not great. Very medicinal. Very dank. I would swear it was a "bowl". Some faint pale malts.

It starts out very green and one dimensional like most sessions, but then some unexpected cracker malt presence makes itself known. Overall it is still predominately herbal with some lemon. I wouldn't say it is malt balanced at all, but probably in the 70-30 range. The hops really hang with you in the aftertaste.

Very light bodied. Think Coors Light. Slightly crisp. Lots of slick resin.

Very crushable beer with some decent flavor. One of the top 3-4 session ales I have had. It is still a session ale though. To each his/her own. Give me about another 2% (830 characters)

Photo of DSWeller
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into a pint glass. Good amount of head that held strong. Good lacing throughout.

This beer smells fantastic. Light floral hops that gives it a tropical fruit smell.

This is very sessionable and is easy to drink. Faint bitterness with a smooth hop taste. Earthy with a very small citrus taste.

Overall- This is a good beer that I would drink again. This reminds me of Founders All Day IPA. (409 characters)

Photo of Onemoresolo
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Okay, I had a few cans of this from its inaugural canning in July and was totally underwhelmed. It was thin, bland, and uninteresting. Then I was able to score a keg of it by cashing in all my favors, past, present, and future. Holy shit is this a totally different beast out of the keg. Having the carbonation toned down really let the Amarillo flavors shine through. This is without a doubt one of the best session IPAs ever. Very much like a session version of SoS, which the canned version certainly was not. The canned version of this was watery hop juice. On draft, the body was more substantial and the creamy peach/tropical fruit was at the forefront.

Big thanks goes out to our salesman @ HDI for making my Father-in-Law's 50th birthday party dreams come true. I have to admit, I really wanted it too. :) (814 characters)

Photo of BMFR1811
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on draft in hamden ct, felt very thin and watery. Doesn't have the body and creaminess I have to come to expect with Vermont beers. Love sip of sunshine but not a fan of super session (189 characters)

Photo of ChrisP802
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super fresh Super Session
Smell - citrusy with light hop
Pour - translucent gold with big head
Taste - basically a dulled down Sip of Sunshine. Not bad by any means, just not as flavorful and full as SOS
Overall - drinkability is high due to its low percentage and it feels nice and light as you drink. So if you're not looking for an 8% but won't a similar taste, here it is. (378 characters)

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

- 12oz. pour off tap at Local Kitchen (Fairfield, CT) on 11-Aug-15

Real nice session ale. I don't think its as good as Alpine's Hoppy Birthday, but it's up there amongst the plethora of session ales available in the market. Hopefully they'll can these too someday. (265 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Three Penny Taproom into a shaker pint.

Bright pale amber, with a creamy big bright white head, thin bubbles and almost nitrous looking. Lots of slow rising carbonation, pin head but not excessive and slightly cloudy makeup.

Aroma has small toasty notes, a mild hop presence that goes somewhere between earth and tropical. Very dry and clean, definitely has a nose of a session IPA, but with a sense a fuller juicier body might be coming.

Palate is quite a surprise. Hop hot is the first thing that jumps in my mind. Warm and almost peppery bitter hop in the mid palate but controllable. Toasty malts and bread crust round out a nice finish with a simple fifty fifty like balance between the two. Light feel with just a hint of depth.

A pretty solid and simple session IPA, probably one of the better ones too. (838 characters)

Photo of BrandM
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review comes with a caveat: I drank a Super Session immediately after a Sip Of Sunshine; poor tactical planning. Anyway, a very gentle hop experience and smooth crispness. Best enjoyed after warming a bit. (210 characters)

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Fairly clear IPA for the NE. Decent nose presence of tasty hops. Upfront taste is smooth and hoppy, but the finish takes sharp turn to bitter I didn't expect in a sessionable IPA. Not perfect, but enjoyable nonetheless. (221 characters)

Photo of OmahaKF
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell was surprisingly dank for a session IPA - reminded me of a lite version of Lagunitas Waldo's. Taste is heavily on the citrus, with a lemon sweetness that balanced out the hop bitterness really nicely. A very good session IPA. (233 characters)

Photo of SammyJaxxxx
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: pours a cloudy orange with a two finger evanescence head. Leaves nice layer of lacing.
S: Lemon, orange, lime a real citrus smack on the face
T: The citrus is there but it is cut with a light bread maltiness
MF: Light almost soda like feel. Very refreshing and perfect for a July afternoon.
O: Not the most complex beer but a near perfect session IPA. Very drinkable. The kind of beer that you knock off a six pack without realizing it and don't mind at all. (467 characters)

Photo of aleigator
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazed, sun-yellow color, with a big, stable white head.

Offers intriguing aromas of lemon zest, hints of orange and a distinct dankness, gently balanced by bready malts. Its exotic fruit notes stand out of the hop profile, highlighting its crisp freshness, adding just a hint of sweet honey.

Has a very light, aqueous mouthfeel, which leaves a very refreshing impression.

Tastes of juicy lemon, bready, dough malts and a soft aqueous mouthfeel. Hops turn a bit fizzy, due to a higher, slightly metallic carbonation, putting the spotlight almost more on the sweeter turning malts, than on the hops. During the beers finish, crisp lime peel settles on top of the malts, leading to a decent hoppy, but slightly watery finish.

The beer is in fact very sessionable, something I appreciate more and more as of lately, while this pushes it a bit too far. Hops turn present from the malts only for a short glimpse, while finishing too watery, without providing the neccessary body, even for a session ale. (1,019 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

appearance- Cloudy with an orange amber color. Pours a one inch head.

aroma- Very pungent/dank with grapefruit and sweet citrus standing out. Not much else for aromas.

Taste- Follows the nose closely with dank grapefruit big up front which comes with a mild bite of bitterness. The pungency and bitterness wear down and give way to sweeter citrus flavors and a dry cracker malt.

feel- Medium bodied, medium carbonation, crisp, and very easy to drink.

overall- Great beer and a great example for the style. The amarillo hops bring a great pungent grapefruit flavor, but at the same time there's plenty of malt to tie things together. Would definitely buy this again, but there are widely available session ipas that are of similar quality. (750 characters)

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Super Session #2 from Lawson's Finest Liquids
90 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.