Chinooker'd IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 505
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 18.82%
Wants: 281
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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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Photo of Bierman9
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I snagged a bottle of this on 01SEP12 at The Warren Store and quaffed it yesterday while enjoying the end of summer...

Poured into an imperial nonic, it was a clear, medium to medium-dark copper color. Had a healthy light tan, creamy head, starting at about 1" and slowly falling back. Carbo below was steady, and the lacing left behind was solid. Smell was of sweetish malts and fruit, with some rindy bitterness mixed in. It was a good medium for the body, and quite smooth and even going down.

Flavor? Started nicely with sweet citrus fruit, like orange, tangerine and apricot. This slowly melds into some rindy grapefruit, along with piney, resiny action at the finish. These fruit notes lingered quite nicely. Very tasty and enjoyable! My only regret is how the tickerati have inflated the prices for Lawson's. Prosit!!

4.35/5 rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5


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Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Michael, long time huge want of mine here. Wow, thanks.

Beer is sort of amber / copper with a mild haze, nice white head, some lacing, moderate to light carbonation.

Aroma is strong, piny, earthy, nice.

Beer is more bitter than most IPAs and I like that a lot, the forward is a medium bodied beer, not heavy, not sweet. The hops are dominant throughout, it is probably a little too bitter for the level of hop flavor but overall it is an amazing little beer. I'd definitely have it again.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow... i mean wow. this is the beer that you have after you build a house. an IPA that hits every base with a bitter kicker. yellow orange very light hazy with a completely white head. some lace. nose of exotic citrus mango passion fruit hints. a bit oil back of the tongue feel. evergreen, and chloroplast bitter. dandelion greens bitter and i'm in love with it. tingle pepper dry on the tongue. all around i think my top 5% AIPA i've ever had.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blackback pub. Served too cold - I tried to let it warm up as long as I could.

Medium orange, hazy, with a creamy long lasting head that leaves a curtain of lacing.

Citrusy aroma is somewhat subdued, perhaps due to the temperature. The flavor is all there! Nice tangerine and fruity hops balanced with cookie dough and bready malts. Some sweetness that is well checked by a long bitter finish.

Full mouthfeel - creamy and a bit chalky with good carbonation to coat and cleanse the palate.

An excellent IPA - well worth seeking out.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From 08/26/10 notes. Had at a local DC tasting, thanks a lot Brad (ygtbsm94)! Bottle 89, batch 139.

a - Pours a nice golden color with one inch of white head and light carbonation evident.

s - Smells of honey, citrus hops, fruity malts, and light pine. Reminds me a lot of HopSlam with the honey and sweetness mixed in.

t - Taste has some nice bitterness to it. Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, and fruity malts. No pine in the taste.

m - Smooth, medium body and low carbonation, easy to drink.

d - I loved this IPA and feel like I could drink it all night. I thought it smelled amazing and wish the taste was a little less bitter, but still a wonderful beer. Would love to try this one again.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz, gold foil topped bottle. Thanks to Tucker, Ashley, and Josh for hooking me up with bottles of this.

Pours a hazed, but clear dark copper with light carbonation supporting an initially frothy white head that recedes to a nice layer of bubbles with some rings of lace. Pine, mint, earth and fresh leaves dominate the aroma with some sweet malt undertones, but predominantly hoppy. Medium thick, chewy and resiny body sits under an intensely bitter and pulpy beer. Much more hop forward than some of the other Lawson's DIPAs and lacking much sweetness from hops or malt. Pine, mint and earth dominate throughout with some light citrus rind in the finish and a pile more chewy earth. A nice change of pace IPA, distinct from most of the other VT ones currently available.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to stowehop for this extra(!). Served in a Sierra Nevada pint glass. Batch #57, bottle #5.

A - Voluminous two fingers of slow-dissipating off-white foam with tons of sticky lacing. Mostly transparent golden orange color with a hint of red to it - lots of bubbles racing upwards in this one.

S - Lots of ripe citrus flavors - orange, tangerine, grapefruit - but also some dank earthy flavors underneath. Tons of sweet caramel and dough sweetness makes for a very balanced brew in the aroma department.

T - Totally unexpected bitterness here that lingers well into the aftertaste - it's not overwhelming, just persistent. Lots of citrus sweetness mixed with caramel malt, and a touch of piney goodness.

M - This is a lighter body, which works for a regular IPA although might be a touch thinner than I like. Soft, lower carbonation, dry finish, with lots of sticky resins.

D - The bitterness is pretty palate-wrecking - not sure if I could have more than a couple glasses of this one. Otherwise it's easy drinking - lower ABV, light texture, mild carbonation.

This brew came out of left field, but I really enjoyed it. Hopefully I'll get to check out some other Lawson's special releases in the future.

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Photo of koopa
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz gold foiled bomber received in a trade with MtGoat thanks!

Appearance: Electric pumpkin body with a massive 3 finger off white crown that shows lots of retention and lace. Sexy!

Smell: Deep citrusy grapefruit chinook hop notes over a slightly sweet malt.

Taste: Lots of well executed hop bitterness up front that opens up to some fruity and citrusy notes before a well executed hop bitterness finish.

Mouthfeel: Really nice medium body that is a bit crisp do to ample carbonation.

Drinkability: at 6.9% this IPA has legs but it still goes down well even considering the good amount of bitter hops.

Well done!

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Photo of Stevedore
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle, perhaps 3 weeks old, courtesy of Matt in a trade. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 10/6/2013.

Pours a golden straw colour with a fairly substantial 1cm white head with good retention. Fair lacing.

Smells piney as heck, a bit of grass and very sweet with a good malt background. Not too bitter, not too resiny. Very nice nose.

Lots of pine in this beer, but not in a bad way. Very balanced with a nice maltiness, tons of pine and floral hops on the back end. Not too bitter actually.

Good mouthfeel on this- medium bodied, good carbonation. Nice piney back end that isn't too bitter. Balanced and very drinkable.

Nice IPA from Lawson's. Very balanced yet quite piney and bitter. It's in the lines of Double Sunshine, but not quite as good.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.26/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Out of a gold foil wrapped bottle (#16 of Rare Batch #39) this beer was a tangerine orange/gold color with good clarity and a little amount of rising carbonation. The yellow-tinted head was a full three-fingers thick and displayed very good retention as a cap. The lacing was very thick and consistent all the way down my glass. The aroma was an excellent blend of 'citrusy goodness' provided by the Chinook hops with some light green and floral notes along with pale malt in the background. The flavors were at first very citrusy, lots of grapefruit and orange peels notes, in the middle I tasted some pine and towards the end the herbal bitterness really came through. The citrusy oils from the hops left a slick on my tongue. Totally a hop-head beer and it fully captured the flavor of this complex hop strain. Though hop dominated there was enough doughy malt and pale malt to keep it balanced. The mouthfeel was smooth, the body medium/full and the carbonation delicate. Personally, I love a bold beer and this was just that. Another winner (in this case, literally) from Sean Lawson.

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Photo of Pinknuggets
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber to long trail pint glass

A:golden orange honey color in the darker side cloudy but not completely opaque with a thin white head pretty close to perfect for an ipa

S:not a pungent smell but the hops are there and I can smell resin almost

T: follows the nose tons of resin with intense hop flavor with a palate wrecking bitterness though this fades and there is a clean finish

M: smooth oily and thin but resiny not watery fairly drinkable and the alcohol is hidden well definitely has a crisp clean hop bite to it especially in the finish, really good stuff

O: high quality in your face ipa that I quite enjoy if you like piney resiny bitter hops then this is for you. One of Lawson's better offerings

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Photo of ScotNH
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a perfect amber honey-gold, with two fingers of frothy head.

S - A very strong nose on this one. Piney, resinous hops.

T - Follows the nose. Lots of hoppy pine and grass. Very bitter finish.

M - Medium-light body, with a fine carbonation.

O - Overall, this is an awesome IPA. The aromas and flavors are both delicious, and strong. If you like a hoppy, bitter IPA, you will like the Chinooker'd.

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Photo of callmemickey
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 121 / Bottle 2

A: Nice medium-amber body. Crystal clear with lively carbonation running from the bottom. Large white head. Good retention and a healthy dose of sheet-like lacing.

S: Lots of grapefruit. Bitter. Nice resinous pine notes complement the grapefruit well. Only the slightest hints of caramel malts.

T: While quite nice, the taste falls off from the standard the nose sets. Bitter graperfruit for sure, perhaps a tad too bitter considering the somewhat straightforward flavor profile of grapefruit and resinous pine.

M: Crisp, medium bodied with rolling carbonation throughout. Healthy dose of bitterness in the finish.

D: If you like your bitter grapefruit hops, this is a beer you should check out. Well masked ABV. Two thumbs up.

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Photo of Pahn
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. No bottled on info that I could find, but I bought it a week ago at the Warren Store, and Lawson's beer doesn't sit around on shelves for long.

Appearance: Free pour yields a 1.5 inch fluffy, bubble-popping white head that dissipates steadily. Pours an almost translucent orange and leaves tight lines of lacing.

Smell: Herbal, a little pine, some orange. Slightly smoky and marijuana-like. Grapefruit becomes a strong player with time and warmth.

Taste: Very bitter, with lots of dank, herbal hop flavor up front, cut through by a big toasted malt backbone. Pine aftertaste.

With some time, a little bit of bright fruity hop flavor comes out, though the dominant hop flavor profile is sort of "dark" herbal flavors highlighted by weed. Fair amount of orange, but less grapefruit than expected (comes out with time, but is never that large a player).

There's an insistent bitterness and toasted malt backbone that are just perfect (especially the latter) for the flavor of this brash hop. Really expertly designed beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. So smooth and creamy, it's almost like milk, but juicy and bitter enough for that not to be a remotely bad thing. Crisp, tingly dry finish.

Overall: Masterful, as expected from Lawson's. For my tastes, I could use some more sweet fruit and "brighter" flavors--similar to my complaint with Oskar Blues GUBNA. It's not objectively too bold, but I would appreciate some more delicacy and sweetness.

Even so, there's lots of hop flavor, great balance, and a real succulent quality that you only find in the best IPAs.

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Photo of cbutova
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of jaasen64
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased at the Lawson's bottle release this past Saturday (2 days ago) at the Waitsfield Farmer's market. Poured into snifter. Drank back to back with Double Sunshine.

A- Pours a slightly brownish gold (darker then Double Sunshine) with about a quarter finger of white foamy head that quickly recedes and leaves nice layered lacing. About average to slightly below average carbonation.

S- Pine hops, evergreen, a little bit of grapefruit, some lemon, but mostly sappy pine. Definitely above average aroma strength.

T- Very piney hops, almost like you are drinking a liquified fresh evergreen tree, most piney beer I've had. Pine is balanced with a little bit of grapfruit citrus, a tiny bit of lemon, finishes with a very piney taste that lingers for a little bit.

M- Medium bodied, nice carbonation, very drinkable.

O- This was a very good beer. I like piney hops, but this one was a little bit over the top. Very good otherwise. Compared to Double Sunshine- the appearance was actually slightly better, smell was about the same (nice hop smell, but a little bit too piney), the taste wasn't as good (definitely way too piney- like drinking a fresh evergreen), the mouthfeel was about the same if not better. Overall it was very well done, just a tiny bit too piney for my tastes. If you like piney IPAs, I'd recommend trying it out. I definitely enjoyed it, however the pine was a little bit too intense- wish it was mellowed out with a little bit more citrus, but I think this is what they were going for.

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Photo of Jimmys
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bomber picked up outside of Burlington, VT from a trip 2 weeks ago. no bottled on date, but tastes very fresh.

A: a beautiful bright orange hue. super bright white head is fluffy. retention is thick and lasting.

S: super pine. gotta love chinook, such a distinctive american hop aroma. sweet. some malt makes it by, but this one is all chinook aroma.

T: tons of citrus and tons of grapefruit. a little soapy? just enough malt to keep all that pine and citrus in check. oaty at moments. theres a little bit of a lingering bitterness that lasts for a while. lingering pine flavor with the bitterness.

M: such a gentle foamy carbonation, unlike anything i have ever had before. im assuming this is a bottle conditioned brew and one that is definitely on the softer side. a big medium body.

D: wouldnt hate for a touch more body here, but that is literally my only complaint. and its not even a good one. really solid IPA showcasing a classic american hop. very tasty shit and wouldnt hate having a bunch of this in my fridge at all times for my daily IPA urge. just makes me want to seek out more brews from lawsons.

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Photo of xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into tulip - thanks alex

Pours a faintly hazed golden color with some darker copper hues. Thick crop of beige head bubbles up, leaving patchy lacing stuck to the glass and a cloud of film resting on top of the brew.

Powerful, pleasant hop aromas with citrus and pine. Resin-soaked bitterness and light fruit sweetness strike a great balance. Bready malts with a dash of caramel and soft alcohol-induced warmth.

Potent bitterness up front with piny resin and juicy grapefruit tones. Earthy and hoppy throughout with a sold caramel malted backbone. Hints of bread crust and light fruit sweetness. Finishes bitter and warm with sticky pine tones.

Slightly fuller medium body, nice carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This was one of the first Lawson's beers I've had the opportunity to try and I definitely want to experience more.

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Photo of Azurescens
4.22/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle batch 217 bottle #18 poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/31/11.

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with fluffy off-white head that leaves nice lacing around glass.

S: Aroma is fantastic with tons of citrus hops, lots of grapefruit with some tangerine and pine notes. Hints of pale malts beneath all of the citrus hops.

T: Hop bitterness up front followed by a very distinctive grapefruit flavor, I can taste both the grapefruit slices as well as the bitter rind, some other citrus and pine notes and some sweet malt to balance out all the hops.

M: Smooth medium body with moderate carbonation and a semi-dry finish.

O: Very good example of an IPA, nice and hop forward with great balance for the style. Good drinkability, my second offering from Lawson's and once again I am impressed.

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Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Arrives with an amber color verging on copper; a modest head caps the liquid and leaves a few dots behind

Smell: Caramel and pine

Taste: Caramel, up front, joined by piney hops in the middle; the hops linger after the swallow though the caramel can still be detected in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice IPA that I enjoyed thoroughly

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Photo of MDDMD
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-grapefruit, lots of pine, herbal notes

T-malt, nice grapefruit and sharp pine flavors, grassy, nice bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-excellent IPA with great flavors and balance

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark gold color with a thick fluffy head on top. Good lacing. The aroma shows a combination of pine, biscuit malt, and quite a bit of grapefruit. This is just a flat out tasty IPA. There’s a light toasted caramel and cookie malt backing for support while still allowing the hop to shine. This is oily and bitter with pine and grapefruit hop flavors. It gets rather dry in the finish with some sharp bitterness on the backend.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This bottle opened thanks to a trade with Emily, a new BA!

The beer has a pretty, mostly clear look that is a healthy orange hue with some gold highlights. Decent ring of head retention and some nice sticky lacing.

The smell is kind of weak, I barely get a aroma even with a swirl of the glass and getting my nose in there. What's there is a nice herbal smell with grapefruit and dry grassy aromas. Some sweetness.

The taste is great, really nice and fresh hops bursting forth. Some nice malt base that has a nice grainy support to the tasty grapefruit and herbal qualities of the chinook. The feel has great oily qualities and a huge lingering finish that is both dry and juicy, bitter and semi sweet.

A very nice complex brew, but the aroma needs work. Maybe chinook is a weak aroma hop? Nice stuff.

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Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Chinooker'd IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
93 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.