Super Session #2 - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 286
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 6.37%
Wants: 11
Gots: 66 | FT: 2
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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 OmahaKF
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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 +6.6%
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 -14.2%
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 +4.4%
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)

Photo of calitrie1486
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very good session beer. Great style for BBQ's and beaches. I am not a huge fan of session beers however this one was very drinkable and would definitely recommend this to any1! (176 characters)

Photo of M_chav
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice clear yellow pour with full foamy head. Nose is stinky good, hopes come through well for a session, fruity smell for sure. Taste is nice, usually you don't get full flavored beers in session, but this is well done, lots of hop character. Light-medium body. Overall a great summer brew, like I mentioned above, this may be the best flavored 'session' beer Ive ever had the pleasure of sipping on. (400 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this for me was great, not mind blowing, as i kind of expect all lawson beer to be these days. its more clear than some of the other vermont hoppy stuff, and i was pleased to see it being poured into a pint glass (volume > shape with this one). its got a nice nose, a hint of that tangy fruity amarillo thing, but not as characteristic of the hop as i thought it might be. its not at all watery in body, even pushing medium in weight, just lower in alcohol, my kind of session beer here. i was a little underwhelmed that some of the hop freshness and uniqueness from the nose didnt come all the way though in the flavor, but if this came form almost any other brewery, we would all be raving about it, i think in my head i just hold them to a higher standard. anyone who makes maple barrel fayston can deserves that. well carbonated and quite clean in the finish, nice and refreshing beer with the citrus elements of the hops and even a hint of acid to it late, but i wanted more of what makes amarillo so popular these days, and it wasnt quite as pronounced, but its obviously awesome beer and well worth it. i am very sorry to have missed the third iteration of this one, with sorachi ace hops in it. someone send me a growler! (1,229 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good session IPA, though it is not as good as Super Session #1 or #4.

It is strong on the bitterness from the isolated hops and a little weak on flavor overall, but good for a crushable summer drink. (218 characters)

Photo of csustar001
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's a great drinking session. I feel you get the hop bitter but not much of the hop flavors. Finishes with a malt sweetness taste which I am not a huge fan of. Overall thou a great session. (190 characters)

Photo of julielynndubee
3.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a huge fan of session IPAs but this is one of the best I've had. Great look and mouth feel, but the taste and smell fall a bit short for my tastes. (151 characters)

Photo of costanzo_mike
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Really easy drinking session that doesn't compromise on the hop flavor, smell. Mouthfeel is right up there with the rest of the Lawson's catalogue, very smooth. If I could get this regularly this would definitely be my session of choice. (237 characters)

Photo of Pahn
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

mini review: i have never liked a single hopped amarillo beer (though i love the hop in comnination). is it a surprise that the first good one (for me) was brewed by lawson?

man i love hoppy session beers like this. (220 characters)

Photo of clake
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz dated 7/6/15 can poured into a Spiegelau glass. Pours a hazy orange the two fingers of head leaving nice lacing. Smell is sweet orange peel and the taste follows the nose. Lightly carbonated, I wish there was just a bit more. A very solid hot summer time afternoon beer for knocking back a few. (303 characters)

Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Chrome yellow with hints of burnt umber when held to the light. A full two fingers of soapy head that dissipates to sparse lacing as it fades. Smells of elegant musk, peppercorn and Vidalia onion crackling on a nice ribeye, pine needles and lemon peel. As the wind blew, I could smell the scent of Salma Hayek's hair. Taste follows but offers the subdued taste of cara cara, and an even fainter hint of tobacco leaf. The feel is full and voluptuous like a nursing mother. Sean did a masterful job of creating a session beer that feels like a standard IPA without the abv. Some brewers are gifted with everything that they do; Lawson's Finest fits that bill and then some. I feel so alive I could sh*t myself. On second thought, I'll just kiss myself. What a super freakin' session. Get u some! (793 characters)

Photo of acread
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice orange aroma and taste with hints of grapefruit and wildflowers. Perfectly good Session IPA, very well-made, but nothing to really stand out from the pack and definitely not worth the price. (196 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is clear pale golden amber with a tight white head. Nose has a nice light grain to it, tons of hop citrus and notes of melon. Flavor is a bit sweeter, still lots of citrus, malts get a touch sweet, grain is less pronounced. Melon is rindy, finish is very dry, well carbonated and light bodied. (300 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (779 characters)

Photo of mtomlins
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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! (289 characters)

Photo of Roguer
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear golden brew; head retention is merely OK.

Very dank aroma, nearly overpowering so, which translates to the palate as well. Dank hop profiles are often quite juicy as well, but in this case, it's more herbal than anything else.

More body and flavor than most session IPAs, but it's still fairly light. Certainly drinkable. (339 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
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. (576 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (338 characters)

Photo of HamdenHector
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
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; (442 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

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 (281 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
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] (1,282 characters)

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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. (412 characters)

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