Super Session #2 | Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Super Session #2Super Session #2

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Lawson's Finest Liquids
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A single hop session IPA brewed with Amarillo on this batch, and our collaboration with the Vermont Pub and Brewery.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 07-08-2014

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.46/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

this session IPA is better than a lot of regular IPAs out there and drinks more like an amarillo pale ale than a session IPA. Clean, hoppy taste that actually lingers a bit rather than falling off the table entirely. Freshness is key, cans over two months exhibit a difference that is noticeable when compared to fresh.

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Photo of Alpine89
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a can. Date stamp 1 week old. Poured into pint bar glass.


Powerful dank/citrus/floral aroma hits the moment you pop the can.

Appearance is light gold with a tight head.

Taste is excellent. Maybe a wee bit on the thin side. Very hop-forward on both taste & aroma.

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Photo of Lagerhouserules
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the best session IPA I have had. I normally dislike them because they are thin and one dimensional, with nothing to offer but bitterness, but this one is special. I would seek this out for summer.

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Photo of Trevor11
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden yellow that reminds me of a pilsner. Super Session is a light IPA that is incredibly drinkable. It has a bit of a dank/marijuana taste given that hops is a relative to bud. It is has a clean lemongrass smell and feels quite clean and airy. Solid beer from a good brewery.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L. Pours with a foggy yellow body and a three finger head when poured into a tulip glass. There is a one finger head that lasts a bit and a think film that goes throughout the beer. Tight boggles with some small pockets of larger bubbles. Smell - Citrus and hops and light good ness. Taste is not super complex, but refreshing, crisp, hoppy and a bit citric acidy without pointing to a specific fruit. Feel was extremely smooth. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of Prager62
4.16/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A twelve ounce can dated 02/22/16 poured in a 13oz. tulip.

Look- Pours a dark hazy gold with a small finger of white foam.

Smell- A dank spicy weed-like aroma with notes of passionfruit and pineapple.

Taste- Passionfruit takes center stage along with some pineapple, grapefruit, floral notes and a rye-like spice.

Feel- Resiny oil with a bitter dry finish.

Overall- This is one tasty and dank session beer! Quite possibly the best I've ever had? Huge hop flavor with an abv. under five percent? Yes please!

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Three Penny. Clear orange. Smell is grapefruit and pine hops. Light grain. Tastes similar. Lots of grapefruit. Orange sweetness. Surprisingly smooth malt flavor. Low bitterness, but a bit in the finish. Light body. Very drinkable. Nice session IPA.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White head with lace. Golden yellow color. Hoppy and earthy. Floral with citrus.

Easy drinking. Not too bitter or stickiness.

A really nice session pale ale. Lots of flavor here.

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Photo of GregBarleycorn13
3.89/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A nice light gold color with a slight haze. Smelled sooo good. Almost jasmine like. Taste was a little floral, too. Mouthfeel was too light, but maybe I've been conditioned with higher octane IPAs. Still a very fragrant and tasty IPA especially for a sessionable one.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Traded out for this the last time I was at Other Half for a can release, as someone coming to the brewery wasn't able to get their hands on that day's release. The only other beer that I've had from Lawson's was the Sip of Sunshine and while this wasn't as enjoyable as this, this was about as good as it got for a session beer, while not feeling weak at all!

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can shared by Josh, thanks for the opportunity!
Hazy light gold color smallish white head. Juicy fruity hops with light bready malt. Decent beer, but I'm still not a fan of the "session" ipa.

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Photo of Stevem68
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light straw yellow color. Aroma is Light a hoppy. Flavor is has hops up front but goes away quickly and leaves a light hop aftertaste. Mouthfeel is better than I thought for a session and overall not bad.

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Photo of GregA135
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy gold/ straw color
Smelled intense of hops, citrus and pine
Taste was of grapefruit, pine, hops and citrus
Medium carbonation, a bit dry for me, but still an enjoyable IPA
My first IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids and it was very good! Can't wait to drink more from them!

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Photo of seedyone
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From can dated 2/22/16. As a big Sip-O-Sunshine fan I was looking forward to this but was sorely disappointed. The dank aroma never subsided, The taste was piney with little of the citrus I'd hoped for. The texture had a clingy, syrupy feel that never gave way, anything but crisp. Altogether an unpleasant experience.

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Photo of IvoryFoxhole
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can from late January poured into Belgian ale glass.

L: Two-finger foamy head with good retention, some light lacing. Pale copper color
S: Light citrus with some pine
T: Semi-muted citrus esp. grapefruit, light biscuit malt, tiny bitterness on finish
F: Light-bodied, medium carbonation, finish is less dry than desired or expected
O: Fine session ale. Very drinkable, but don't rush because it tastes great.

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Photo of Dunkelganger4
4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly hazy orange gold color with an inch of white head, that dissipates into bout 1/4" of head
Aroma: Grapefruit, papaya/mango, slight lemon, with a hint of pine
Taste: The nose follows the aroma but subdued with some pithy fruit rind. There's some soft bitterness that greets you up front but slowly goes away allowing the malt backbone to guide the taste from the mid-palette to the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light with medium-high carbonation
Overall: It could be that my sinus issues have hindered me from tasting this beer in its entirety but for a 4.8% session IPA, it has a great body that belies its lack of strength and the crispness makes this a super crushable beer!

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Photo of mickyge
4.24/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus citrus and more citrus. Pours cloudy gold, big head that disappears quickly. Nice crisp taste really great smell. Extremely drinkable, half way through my first I was wanting a second.

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Photo of Rockjocknroll
4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Slightly hazy gold with plenty of head that disappears somewhat quickly.
S: Tons of, grapefruit, lemon.
T: More great citrus fruit, same balance as on the nose. Very little malt and just enough resin on the back end to keep the flavors going. Long finish.
M: Average and crisp; carbonation hits the back of the palate hard and then disappears.
O: Might be the best SIPA I've had; I can't think of another one that has the bold flavors this one delivers. Excellent. Thanks Joe!

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Photo of far333
3.42/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear straw yellow colored with a thick fluffy white head that sits up over and inch high and lingers long. Very low aroma of citrus and florals.

Bright and hoppy upfront, full of tangerine and orange rind pit, hints of florals and pine, slight herbaceousness and scallion, but mostly citrus coming through. Moderate bitterness, allowing the flavors to come through. Not over the top flavors, but very tasty. Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, but finishes tingly.

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Photo of HopfordBeerham
5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best true session IPA I've ever had! I say true because of the alcohol content. I've seen some people recently advertise a session with 6, even 7% ABV. (Yes OtherHalf Brewing, I'm talking about you). Hop flavors are better than some single, even double IPAs out there. I'm a huge SOS fan so I was really excited when I received a 12 pack of these bad boys (no I didn't drink it all in one sitting). Salud!!

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Photo of woodychandler
4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Once again, it pays to advertise! A local small businessman & friend travels with his teenage hockey-playing son and knows well of The CANQuest (tm), so he was thoughtful enough to bring me a CAN from a recent trip! Many thanks.

From the CAN: "Keep Cold! Enjoy Fresh!"; "Lawson's Finest Liquids is a small artisanal brewery located in Warren, Vermont, producing an array of hop-forward ales, specialty maple beers and unique creations. Super Session #2 is brewed by Lawson's Finest Liquids at Two Roads Brewing Co. in Stratford, CT. Learn more by visiting"; "Our Session IPA is so tasty and quaffable that it will leave you craving more! Super Session #2 features full malt flavor and assertive hop character with copious additions of Amarillo hops late in the kettle and in dry-hopping."

I was excited to Crack! this open since it is a rarity to see it in these parts. I was not disappointed, either, as it reveled itself to be brimful. A moderately gentle Glug raised two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head with reasonable retention that slowly fell, leaving sticky lacing in its wake. Color was Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very cirtrusy, loads of grapefruit, but underlain with a minty, dank kind of herbal smell. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was slightly bitter, more like rind than pulp, but pleasant. I certainly did not experience the unwanted puckering that this sort of thing CAN cause.
Warming, I began to get more peach & tropical fruit flavor and less bitterness. It finished semi-dry and highly refreshing. I CAN certainly see people putting this into their summertime coolers! Nicely done & thanks again!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Been meaning to review this for some time, thanks Kim for the canned Xmas gift. Have enjoyed this many-a-time on-tap and from the can, definitely a VT staple to me.

A - Poured to a mason jar. Nice palish orange glow with a white head starting a bit over a finger and ending as a patchy cap/thick ring. Bits of lace left.

S - Lots of fresh lemon+pineapple-centric citrus, mango, a fair amount of floral and earthy dank hoppage. Quite nice and potent for a session ale.

T - Taste doesn't quite carry the same oomph as the scent for me but still quite nice. Good amount of orange and vague tropical with maybe a bit more emphasis on floral and earthy pine here. Light candyish pale malt backing.

M - A bit heavier than expected for the ABV with a bit too much carbonation. Bitterness is on the higher-end but a decent malt balance there. No perceptible alcohol but this could pass for a ~6-7% IPA to me.

O - I don't think I knew til now this was an Amarillo single hop, pretty impressive. Wasn't a huge fan of this for a while but it's grown to be a pretty classic session IPA in my eyes. Hop flavor is pretty great and somewhat intense for the ABV, mouthfeel could use some work but quite enjoyable overall.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Opaque yellow orange, one finger head that lingers,

S-Mild citrus and earthy notes. Slight malt.

T-Tad earthy, some citrus as well. Has the light flavor you expect from a session IPA

M- Light and kinda crisp.

O-A good session IPA.

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Photo of bol3by
3.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Citrus aroma, mellow malt initial, dry finish; Nothing outstanding that stands out, besides being a session IPA and very drinkable, yet captures robust flavors.

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Photo of gustavmahler-09
4.21/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours beautiful golden orange with lingering two-finger head.Smells of citrus. Tastes of bitter hops, also lingers. Feels foamy, carbonated. Pleasant, but one-dimensional.

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Super Session #2 from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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