Chinooker'd IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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505 Ratings
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Ratings: 505
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 283
Gots: 24 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: plaid75 on 07-26-2008

Our award-winning IPA recipe is chockfull of Chinook hops and bursting with pine and citrus aromas and flavors. Careful, more than one of these will getcha schnocker'd!
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Ratings: 505 | Reviews: 91
Reviews by Hojaminbag:
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chinooker'd IPA has an orange body and a rocky tan head that leaves behind a few tendrils of lacing after showing off solid retention.

The aroma is aggressively hoppy, with citrus, pine and a lot of resin.

It is definitely safe to refer to Chinooker'd as a hop bomb. Every sip of this stuff is an absolute attack of hops on your taste buds. Loads of citrus, especially grapefruit mixed with a ton of pine. I think that pine might be single strongest flavor in this one. Layers of resin and leafy hop flavor come next, followed by a ton of bitterness. The malt barely makes an appearance, balancing things out with just a hint of sweetness toward the end.

The mouthfeel is oily and biting, with a full body.

Chinooker'd is a great IPA that you will want to have more than one of, which won't be a problem if you visit the Mad River Valley. Definitely try this one when you find it pouring somewhere.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear, orange-brown, 1/4 inch head

Smell: floral hops

Taste: floral hops

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, very light bodied, slightly bitter overall, however there is some unlaying sweetness, smooth

Drinkability: A good but not great very floral IPA. This one was a bit unbalanced and a bit too much on the sweet side. Would not be the first IPA I would get, but it does go down fairly easily.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.97/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap poured into a 10oz lawsons flute.

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a small white/light yellow head an lots of really nice light lacing. Nose is fantastic with tops of heady hops, super fresh and even better than in a bottle.

Taste is phenomenal. Only small downfall is the light graininess but it's not too bad and totally overshadowed by he huge chinooker hop punch in th palate! Less bitter than hopzilla but the lower abv makes it a bit. More drinkable and you get a bit more of the full hop character.

Photo of boatshoes
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a recent trade with TheRowan. Great first trade man, and I hope you enjoyed the goods I sent back!

Appearance- Pours a deep amber golden with an abundance of cream colored head-at least a solid two fingers off a mild pour. Lots of carbonation beading up the sides of the glass and great retention on the head. A real looker.

Smell- Smells heavily of piney hops, resin, and grapefruit. Really hop forward with the chinook and very much on the side of pine rather than fruity I find.

Taste- More of the same. Very very hop forward with lots of pine, resin, and bitter grapefruit. Not overly fruity or floral, but a very nice hop punch. However, there is a noticeable malt backbone on this one and the hops really gets milder as the beer warms up.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Nice and slick with good levels of carbonation. Just a touch too malt forward for me in an american IPA, so loses just a hair on the drinkability.

Overall, an extremely solid beer. My first from the brewery and I was very happy to try it. Recommended thoroughly.

Photo of FloppyTopper
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I've had this many times. A fine and somewhat unique IPA offering by Lawson's. This baby is all pine, grass, and sweet on the nose. Some grapefruit, but mostly an earthy and subdued kind of vibe to it. Bitter and refreshing taste.

A - Golden, hay colored. Thick. Nice lacing.

S - Earthy, sweet, and fresh. Lots of pine, some grapefruit.

T/M - This is a unique and well crafted IPA. It's not your fruity tropical VT offering that folks seem to love. Quite the opposite. Malty, earthy, piney, sweet but at the same time refreshingly bitter. There is a significant bitter and lasting flavor left after a swig. Chinookered is a fine example of a malty, bitter, dank IPA. There are some hints of fruit in there; just enough to round it out and give it some sweetness.

Overall - A solid 4.8 in my books. Very much worth seeking out.

Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by jophish17 - thanks!

Pours a light copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus - grapefruit and lemon peel - and herbal hops with a pale malt backbone.

Tastes similar to how it smells however the hops are a bit stronger in the taste than the smell intimated. Pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by good amounts of citrus hops with very light hints of pine. Midway through the sip the hop flavors gain a slightly leafy quality and carry through to a moderately bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a very nice thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a solid IPA however judging from the reviews I may have had a bottle that wasn't terribly fresh. Still, it has the makings of a good beer and I'll be interested to try others from Lawson.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Phil for picking this one up for me. 22oz. bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303. Pours a slowly cascading 1.5 finger frothy light cream colored head with good retention. Beer is a clear dark amber. Lacing is stringy, thick, layered with good cling. Excellent looking beer.

Nose is pine, citrus, tea leaves, and a sap hop bitterness. Moderately aromatic. Nice and very clean.

Opens tea leaves, citrus, pine, grass hop bitterness. Some papaya sweetness in the middle and cane sugar malt body towards the end. Finish is citrus and resin hop bitterness with a tea leaf hop bite in the aftertaste. Deliciously drinkable.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Lively and quenching in the mouth and smooth going down with a mellow finish and lingering aftertaste. Very solid for the style.

Very well done up and down, Chinooker'd is a great representation of the awesome IPAs floating around Vermont. Very balanced in the nose and taste and incredibly drinkable, this is an expertly crafted beer in its style.

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a glass at the Farmhouse in Burlington VT. Oddly enough, this beer reminded me of the all-Centennial Bell's Two-Hearted Ale. The hops here are certainly bigger, but it's a similar cutting citrus hops chatter with hits of pine and grassy lemon. It's an excellent example of an IPA, but lacks the depth and complexity of a truly great hop bomb. That said, most bars will not have a finer pale ale on tap.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Farmhouse Tap. Served in a wine glass.

Appearance - Deep orange. Hazy. Nice white head. Good lacing. 4

Smell - Really grassy hops and a smooth caramel malt.

Taste - Still really grassy. Pine and grass all over. Toasty malt. Mild sugar and bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and medium bitterness. Drinkable and tasty.

Overall - Quality stuff and very grassy. Despite not loving the hop profile, this is delicious.

Photo of mjstacker
4.82/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Amazingly smooth and balanced, maybe one of my favorite beers ever. Literally not a hint of bitterness or rough aftertaste. Super piney, more like a great pale ale then an IPA. Maybe that's just because I'm so use to the world of doubles and triples and super hoppiness that we live in and have forgotten how great a simple IPA can be.

Photo of Kinsman
4.33/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright golden body with a nice touch of creamy white head. Always liked chinook for use in my homebrews and this brew just reaffirms why I like that hop so much. Aroma packs a nice bit of resiny goodness with just a touch of fruitiness to round it out.

Perfectly hoppy on the palate, without going overboard on the IBUs (perceived bitterness at least). Citrus notes greet you while the pine grabs a hold of you and doesn't let go. Just enough malt in there to make the beer drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth. Overall, an exceptional IPA that may have cracked my top 5 today.

Photo of CooperEllis
4.75/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darn fine beer.

There simply isn't much here to review. It's as the label says - chock full of Chinook hops and bursting with citrusy goodness.

Poured from a 22oz bottle - rare batch# 144 btl #27.

The color is catching simply because of the darkness of the typical golden ipa color is uniform with no cloudyness. The aroma is brisk, sharp, obviously hoppy with a general undercurrent of sour citrus.

The mouthfeel takes a backseat to the taste - it's full of hops. There might have been room for one more hop - or that might have made the batch explode. We'll never know. (not to say it's one dimensional, there is solid layering of flavor under the initial *insert hop-related pun*).

It's drinkable. Very, very drinkable. Happy I finally had the chance to try one of Sean's bottles - happier still that I found the experience to be worth the wait.

(4th)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.02/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from July 20th; fairly fresh. Poured in to HF stemmed tulip.

A - Medium orange/yellow colour; translucent. One finger of cream coloured head.

S - Big pine, grapefruit and orange peel aromas with a touch of bready caramel malt sweetness in the background.

T - A massive bitter punch up front with grapefruit, pine, earthy and spicy flavours present. Barely any malt presence at all.

M - Medium body, light carbonation. Loaded with sticky hop oils.

Photo of jmarsh123
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of youbrewIdrink. Thanks Joe!

Pours cloudy orange with a 1.5 finger white head leaving excellent retention.

I get a distinct cat pee aroma which is usually indicative of other hops, but nonetheless getting them from Chinook. A little bit of pine and some sweet bready malt.

A little bit of dank piney hoppiness opens up the palate. A touch of the same sweet bready malt from the nose, but more subdued. Finishes with a grapefruit bitterness and somewhat dry.

Fairly light with medium carbonation levels although there is a little stickiness here.

Not a terribly complex beer, but still pretty tasty and probably better than most non-Citra single hop profile beers I've had.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Been looking forward to this one for a while, so I was naturally thrilled when I finally received a bottle in trade. Waiting around for a while but finally had to crack it open last night. Poured a very nice hazy amber with a nice thick and sticky three inches or more of head on top. The retention was fantastic and even when it finally did calm down some it still left behind lace that was so thick you could not even see the contents of the glass. Lots of carbonation was visible inside from the very beginning and the also a lot of sediment residing inside both the bottle and the glass. Smell was obnoxiously hopped with huge floral aromas of pine, orange, and grapefruit. A slightly sweet base was apparent, but totally overwhelmed by the hops. The taste was just absurd, such a good thick IPA.. Huge floral hop taste that was just sticky it tasted so fresh. A really huge hop presence with a ton of pine flavors and lots of sweet orange mixed in. Great medium body with a huge bitter dry and sticky finish. Great carbonation through out never let you down. This was just awesome and the bottle went in no time. No hint of the ABV at all which was very nice. Overall this was one of the best IPA’s I have had, with definitely a west coast flavor to it. This is definitely a brew to be reckoned with and came off more of a double to me then anything else. But none the less it was fantastic and really a great experience. I will definitely be looking for more of this, and you should be too.

Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Barry.

Glowing sunset red with a small but lasting head.

Nice spiciness and pine on the nose. Little bit of malt, but not much. Some grapefruit. Has that distinct chinook aroma, but it could use more dry hopping.

Spicy on the tongue, resiny, bitter, tons of grapefruit goodness. Touch of cardboard that I've noticed in other Lawson's beers, but it's just barely noticeable here. Great spicy hop character that melds nicely with the firm but somewhat astringent bitterness that's signature of chinook. Quite the nice little IPA, palate wrecking but delicious.

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a Medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured potent combination of citrusy hops. Centennial, cascade and chinook seem to have been added very late in the boil.

The taste consisted of a resinous hop with wave after wave of citrusy goodness. A solid doughy malt supported the hops rather well.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall an excellent AIPA. One of the best I have had in a while.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.42/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into pint at Three Penny Montpelier, VT.
Pours a hazy burnt orange with thick foamy head. Crazy hop forward aromas. Very piney, cotton candy, and almost vanilla aroma. Taste is a bit sweet/candy hop, but bitter pure hop notes. It definitely is bitter but well balanced and very flavorful. Really well made brew and just full of great flavours.

Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle sent to me by Valdieu2. Thanks!

A: Glowing opaque orange body with a nice white head, tinged with orange.

S: Pineapple and grapefruit, hefty pale malt, grass.

T: Raw pine and hop leaf, nice dose of grassy bitterness, fresh grain, and a bit of sweet fruitiness in the finish.

M: Light-bodied with fine carbonation.

O: A solid piney, bitter IPA.

Photo of Hophead717
3.31/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 22oz bomber poured into a DFH Signature Glass.

A: Slightly orange, staw with a thin white head.

S: Light citrusy hops, with a clear malt presence. Small hints of spice also, which was unexpected. Honestly, this is a very simple nose and not very impressive at all.

T: Upfront, there's very little flavor. Light citrus--specifically grapefruit. Midsip, light grain and biscuit malt, very boring. The finish is excellent, with strong bitterness and spiciness. Unfortunately, there's little flavor until you get to the finish, a result of the single hop approach.

M: Light, well-carbonated. Nice.

O: Very disappointed by this beer. I'm definitely ISO Double Sunshine, but I won't be coming back to Chinooker'd.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

From 22oz bottle to snifter on 2/4/12
*From notes

-- Thanks, Eric --

A: A slightly cloudy orange. A good pour yields a white .5 finger head. Lovely lacing and a nice, tight collar.

S: Herbal hops and a bit of freshly squeezed tropical juice add flair to the highlight of this IPA.

T: Dry. Very dry, in fact. The chinook is front and center, and this beer showcases it in all it's glory. And for someone like myself (who isn't a big chinook fan), this brew does a pretty decent job of finding balance. There's quite a bit of bite on the mid to finish, and a really green, almost earthy quality to it.

M: Just average. It's a bit thin and flabby oveall.

O: Lawson's Chinooker'd is an above average stab at a single hop varietal AIPA. Not my favorite hop, and therfore not my favorite IPA. For what it is though, it's well put together and easy to drink. Recommended for those chinook hop fans out there.

Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had Double Sunshine a long time ago and was glad to see this beer on-tap around VT this weekend. Reviewed from notes. Blackback Pub, Waterbury.

A- Poured from draft into the Lawson's tulip glass. Amber body with a creamy white head. One finger high and the foam has good retention. Tons of lace cloud down the glass.

S- Pine, orange juice, floral and slight tropical fruits are gained from the hop bill used here. Tiny caramel but mostly just a clean hop aroma shines here.

T- Hop bomb for sure. Pine and citrus rind forward with some tropical fruit to make things interesting. Floral beyond that with biscuit malts, cracked grain hints and a light caramel balance.

MF- Silky moderately thick body. High carbonation enhances the hop flavors and is great in IPAs for me. High end, clean bitterness in the finish.

A clean, refreshing IPA with nice citrus and pine flavors.

Photo of rpstevens
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased on a beer-run weekend to VT. Batch 170, bottle 43, poured into a Hill Farmstead pint glass. The beer pours a hazy copper with a frothy white head. As the head slowly fades the beer leaves sheets of oily lacing on the walls of the glass.

The smell is a blast of sweet and sticky citrus hops. Lots of oranges, mangos, hints of pineapple and a generous amount of tangerine sweetness.

The taste is more earthy and piney than the smell, but still very good. The taste starts with the sweet tangerines from the nose, but they are quickly pushed aside by bitter orange peels, a slight hint of sugary malt briefly peaks it's head, but a bitter piney hop pushes that aside and finishes this one off. The aftertaste is juicy citrus, very inviting.

The beer is medium bodied, well carbonated and the almost 7% abv is completely hidden by the hoppy bitterness of the beer. The bitter dry finish is great, this is a beer I wish I could have all the time.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Served in a SAVOR wine glass because I already packed my Lawson's glass. Damnit.

Pours a nice light copper color with a good white head and some ringy lacing on the way down. The nose carries a hefty kick of piney hops with some nice resin really pushing through. The flavor focuses more on the fairly-extreme bitterness, and the actual flavor of the hops gets a bit lost in the background. Light-medium body with a dry and very bitter finish. Excellent brew, but not quite to the level of Double Sunshine.

Photo of Mo_fro
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Has a deep burnt orange color with a off white pencil width head that separates quickly. Clean lacing all the way around the glass.

S- Has a big scent of melons up front which is followed by a light pine caramel.

T- huge earthy taste to start, hints of grass and fruit. Finishes with a great lemon taste.
It also has a woody cedar taste in the background through the whole sip.

M- The mouth feel of this beer is amazing. Its sharp and crisp with a medium body. Perfect carbonation that brings the taste buds alive and prepares them for the great flavors.

O- This beer is amazing, as with all Lawson’s beer that I have tried. I look forward to drinking this again.

Enjoy-

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Chinooker'd IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
95 out of 100 based on 505 ratings.