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Super Session #2 - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Super Session #2Super Session #2

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82 Reviews
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Reviews: 82
Hads: 563
Avg: 4.11
pDev: 18.49%
Wants: 23
Gots: 133 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
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 2dogbrew
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
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 +2.7%
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 -4.6%
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 -3.2%
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 -8.3%
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 -2.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +2.2%
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 -8.8%
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 +0.5%
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 +2.2%
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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Photo of reds2harleys
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A fine brew from Lawson's - a friend made a VT run and brought me back some ( along with some Fiddlehead, yeah ! ) Pours and looks just as I expected. Nice and light, extremely smooth beer I could drink all day. Very tasty. Would have been better in warmer weather but was enjoyable even now during Stout season. Wish it was available here in Jersey. Cheers

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Photo of FFreak
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Wife picked up a sixer of 12 oz cans at Healthy Living for ~$11. Poured into a Lawsons willy glass. Pours a perfectly clear, light golden color with a half-finger of thin, wispy white head that dissipates pretty quick and leaves minimal lace. The aroma is a little tropical and citrusy, but buried beneath pine and spice. Taste is similar with some malty sweetness added in, especially as the beer warms up, and a bit of bitterness on the finish. Nicely balanced. Mouth is thin and light, getting more silky and thickening up somewhat as it warms. Overall, although not a breakthrough for the style, it's a nice session IPA, on par with most of the good ones out there.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 10/14/15

A: Pours a mostly clear light orange-gold, some honey around the edges - pours with a medium, white head, fades to a few wisps and a small collar, leaves some streaks and spots of lacing

S: Bright and bursting with citrus - if you've ever smelled a packet of Amarillo hops, this will be quite familiar - nice citrus, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit juice, zest - loads of floral citrus - touch of lemon - lightly tropical - low sweetness, pale malts, light bread, light crackers

T: Light in body and very hoppy, which is what every "session" IPA should strive to be - potent, juicy citrus - huge amount of tangerine flesh and juice - orange and grapefruit as well - zest and some oil - floral citrus - straight-up hop resins, lightly leafy and a touch herbal - lightly tropical notes, some peach - malts are very light, but it's not watery - pale malts, light bread, crackers - very clean overall

M: Light body, nicely carbonated, smooth, very dry and clean finish (common in Lawson's IPAs)

O: Forget sips, this bit of sunshine can be chugged

First off, if you've already written off session IPAs, don't bother. This does not compare to Lawson's Sip of Sunshine. But for the style, it's seriously among the best. The only session IPA I have enjoyed more was Walden, which was a one-time collaboration between Hill Farmstead and The Alchemist. I hope this becomes year-round, as I would buy it year-round.

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Photo of CHickman
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BBD's in Rocky Point, NY; looks fantastic with clear gold color and incredibly good lacing from a bright white foamy 2 finger head that lasted forever and left rings as it went down.

Smells really pungent and potent, like fresh lemon zest, grapefruit pith and strong citrus fruits.

Taste is just too bitter, as it's very hoppy and flavorful but too much like sucking on a red grapefruit; the Amarillo hops don't allow much balance in this brew with the strong citrus only allowing hints of malty sweetness and traces of caramel to come through. The hops taste fresh with nice piney resin and citrus zest, but the bitterness negated any of the grainy or cracker notes I hoped would make this crushable.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth and on the thin and watery side, with a light body, mild fizzy carbonation and a bitter finish that lets the grains come out and resemble some balance. Since it’s a session IPA the light feel and thin body were fine with me.

Overall pretty good, but not outstanding. Good drinkability and nice strong citrus notes for a session IPA, but for me it's too unbalanced to have more than one as the bitterness was so dominant that it just seemed off a little. I'd definitely give it another shot if I come across it again.

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Photo of cbutova
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kimmy for gifting Kathy this can a little while back. Have had this 1-2 times besides now and also the original iteration.

A- Can to two tulips with a slightly murked golden-orange body. The white crown ends up a just over one finger with good retention finishing as a large blanket and ring above the liquid. Several small patches of lace remain stuck in the end.

S- Vast majority of hops with a minimal, slightly-Crystal malt undertone which enhances the pine hop tones and gives the fruity, citrus hops some room to shine as well.

T- Sessionable in the fact that it doesn't single the taste buds off with hop oils but still delivers a punch of orange, grapefruit, resinous pine, slight earthy mango, ripe peach and floral tones. Again just a hint of raw barley and the aroma had me thinking it would be just a tinge sweeter, which works out in the taste's favor actually. Becomes juicer and more tropical with warming.

MF- Scale tipped toward the light body side of things with a crisp, somewhat seltzery overall feel akin to many other comparable brews. High carbonation. Slightly foamy but ends up feeling a bit thin for my palate. Medium strength bitterness throughout.

About on par with the mid-upper-tier examples of this low alcohol hop forward style. Reminds me mostly of All Day but distinctly different with a tad more body and a hint of tropical when it warms up more. The body is a bit too thin for me.

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Photo of Gemmell
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
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 +4.9%
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 -3.2%
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 +11.9%
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 +10.9%
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 -11.2%
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 +3.4%
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 -16.3%
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 +15.6%
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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Super Session #2 from Lawson's Finest Liquids
91 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.