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Super Session #2 - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 6.49%
Wants: 5
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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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Ratings: 163 | Reviews: 18
Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not gonna front: most of the time, if I don't know specifically what hops are in a brew, I'm just guessing. And sometimes you can tell me that a beer contains hop X, and then automatically my perception of it changes a little, like I start looking for nodes that I associate with that particular hop. Perception is weird.

But Amarillo, man, is always Amarillo. I can tell that fucker a mile away. It's what makes Gumballhead so ingenuous and perfect. And, really, you'd think it'd play more of a prominent role in the recent surge of sessionable IPAs.

This, my friends, is an excellent beer. Even after sampling heavier fare, it holds up and asserts itself. There's none of the Fruit Strip Gum-style letdowns that are so unfortunately present in lesser session IPAs.

Photo of Archdale74
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of my top 3 beers, very smooth, very hoppy, very light easy drinking beer

Photo of mtomlins
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Prohibition Pig.

Light, clean, refreshing. This beer packs a lot of punch into a highly sessionable ale. Lots of pine and citrus in the nose and palate with enough bittering hops on the finish to let you know you are drinking an IPA without being out of balance. Really nice!

Photo of Davepoolesque
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Delicate, juicy hopped IPA. Drinks more like a pale ale. One of the better session ipas I've had.

Photo of Roguer
3.89/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dank aroma. More body and flavor than most session IPAs. Perfectly clear golden brew.

Photo of abuono
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, light, citrusy. Perfect for hot summer day. Better than all day, but probs not enough to make the higher $ worth it

Photo of Guess2814
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very different after taste.. Single hops seems to stick out very much ..

Photo of Givemebeer
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had at Mad Taco in Waitsfield. Tons of flavor packed into 4.20%. Hard to do a session much better.

Photo of NateF90
4.05/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT

Photo of chippo33
3.82/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The real Super Session #2 brewed by Sean Lawson in VT - 4.50

The Super Session #2 Brewed by Two Roads Contract Brewery in Connecticut - 3.1

Photo of PicoPapa
4.06/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 2 Bros. Pours a semi translucent amber color with very little head. Some lacing. The aroma is tropical and citrus fruits. Orange, mango, pineapple, and peach. The taste is sweet and fruity. Juicy. Tangerine, pineapple, peach, and grapefruit. Bready malts and a bit floral at the end. Light mouthfeel and very drinkable, of course. Good amount of bitterness. Solid session IPA, but not head and shoulders above the better ones like All Day or Lil' Heaven. Still very good, and hard to complain about having a Lawson's on tap in CT. Overall, I'll order this one again.

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at Pro Pig.
Pours a nice medium blonde color with half a finger of head that dissipates.
Aromas were good, not huge but certainly Amarillo stands out here.\
Tastes very nice with good hop bitterness, malts just providing support here.
Mouthfeel was very good too.
This is what it is, a session IPA with good Amarillo flavor.

Photo of HamdenHector
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear; medium yellow in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a thin cap; sheets of lacing;

S: intense grapefruit and tangerine; tough to pick up an malt or yeast behind those two;

T: not as forward as the aroma; a touch of grainy malt up front; moderate grapefruit rind bitterness from mid-palate through the finish;

M: light to medium bodied; nice for a session IPA; moderate carbonation; dry finish;

O: a VERY nice session IPA;

Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev +1%

A-slightly hazy golden color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-pine, tropical fruit, bready malt, little citrus

T-tropical fruit, grapefruit, bread dough, pine, hint if sweetness

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-this is a great session beer, so enjoyable

Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle of the recent release. Poured into a Lawson's snifter 10/20/2014.

A- Hazy medium yellow-golden body, two finger frothy white head with long hang time. Lots of thick lacing. Looks par for the course as far as Lawson's pale ales go. [4.25]

S- Strong grapefruit aromas, a bit of nectarine. Tropical fruits. Mild pale malt sweetness. No graininess. Smells excessively resinous, especially for a session IPA. [4.25]

F- Grapefruits, tropical fruit- mango and papaya- with a nice orange-nectarine bite at the end. In between, there is just the perfect amount of pale malt sweetness to balance out the hops such that there is plenty of depth to the sweetness, but without even coming close to overwhelming the hops. Deliciously fruity, not too bitter and not too sweet. Strikes a good balance. [4.5]

M- Medium bodied, not watery at all, which is one of my most common knocks on session IPAs.. this is not the case here. Very substantial, nice and soft mouthfeel with a nice creaminess. Good carbonation. Extremely drinkable. The only bitterness on the finish is a orange-nectarine kick that finishes resinous and dry. [4.5]

O- This is a great session IPA. I wish All Day could be more like this. As it is, the mouthfeel and flavour are quite outstanding in this one. [4.5]

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. 22 ounce bottle shared by Dan - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a half-inch thick white head which fades to a thin cap and leaves spotty lace.

N: Citrusy, melon, and tropical overtones. Fruity and floral.

T: Light mildly sweet malt and light citrusy hops. Well balanced.

M: Semi-moderate body and medium carbonation. Soft citrus and dry finish.

O: Easy drinking and enjoyable.

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a hazy, juicy orange color. Thin head that disappears into a minute film.

S-Aromatic hoppiness that packs more wallop that it probably should at 4.2% ABV. The hops smell juicy and fruity. Amarillo brings wet, juicy citrus to my nose. Some apricot hoppiness as well. Grassy.

T-Juicy is my go-to word for this one. Ripe tangerine and clementine. With grass and a bit of tropical fruit. Simple, pale malt bill.

M-Light bodied. Moderate bitterness. Lasting hop flavor that isn't necessarily all bitter. Very easy to drink.

O-I think I have begun to fall off the session IPA bandwagon. This one helps to reel me right back in however. It tastes like it should be nowhere near the 4.2% it comes in at. Lots of hop complexity for a single hop beer, too.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

picked up this beer yesterday from the Warren store in Warren, Vermont.

split 2 ways; poured into 2 HF wine stems.

22oz bottle sealed with a pressure cap and green foil.

Appearance: translucent pale yellow bodied beer with 2 fingers of fluffy white head. Lots od sticky white lacing around the glass. Head has good staying power and eventually drops down to thick uneven cap.

Smell: Mellow yet complex nose. Citrus is the biggest player. Oranges definitely oranges contributing a light orange flesh sweetness. Fresh cut grass and a hint of pine resin. A hint of dank hops and lite chalk.

Taste: light bitterness. Light pine and juicy citrus more so oranges than grapefruit, but both are present. Fresh cut grass. Just a hint of bready, cracker, & grainy malt profile to make the perfect backdrop for those hops. Finishes with light bitterness and the hops remain juicy. This has excellent flavor with a really well balanced hop profile!

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with almost moderate carbonation. This is exactly what the label name says it very, very, sessionable. Carbonation is creamy and delicate.

Overall: This is a fantastic single hop IPA that really showcases Amarillo hops perfectly. The light malt profile really makes the perfect "blank canvas" for the flavorful Amarillo hops that contribute a mild bitterness. I think that an Amarillo hop is a perfect choice for a single hop session IPA. Wish that I would have gotten a taste of the Lawsons Super session IPA when Lawsons brewed super session with Citra hops, bet that was just as good as this is or maybe even better!

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Super Session #2 from Lawson's Finest Liquids
92 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.