Chinooker'd IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 505
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 2.84%
Wants: 284
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Hophead717
3.31/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle thanks to Mike, appreciate it man. Hazy orange color, good head. Aroma was slight pine and citrus but nothing exposive. Flavor was much the same, bitter, and then a mineral quality I did not like. Overall, eh it was ok. I'd revisit it once but I'm starting to wonder why Lawson's is so highly praised. (313 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.59/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this at Hunger Mountain Co-Op in Montpelier, VT. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear golden hue with a good two finger white creamy head that leaves tons of thick side lacing.

S - Barely any nose here. Super, super light grapefruit rind and pine with some slight malt sweetness.

T - Some nice malty sweetness intermixed with very strong bitterness. There is a slight floral flavour, no real citrus for me. Maybe even a slight, very faint earthy onion like taste right before the beer get VERY bitter.

M - Mouthfeel Is nice for an IPA. Solid carbonation and a very nice bitter finish.

O - Overall this was a good beer just the lack of nose really didnt help this one out. I dont mind the lack of malts or the bitter finish, thats fine, just with I could get a flavour aside than bitter. (836 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.73/5  rDev -11.8%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of rickards9
3.77/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Small pour at the Vermont Brewer's Festival on 7/21. Waited about 30 minutes in line for this sample.

A- After waiting in line to get to the Lawson's table, this beer looked like heaven. It was my first sample of the night and knowing Lawson's reputation, I fully expected it to be the best.
S- Grapefruit. So much grapefruit.
T- I hoped it would follow the nose and give me a strong citrusy flavor. Unfortunately, this tasted exactly the same as how mowing the lawn smells. If you're a goat and enjoy eating grass, this is probably for you. It was way too piney and grassy for me, especially after getting my hopes up with the aroma.
M- Just fine, nothing special about it. Not over-carbonated but certainly not flat.
O- I'll give this a 3.5 just because the aroma was so wonderful. The taste wasn't my preferred style for an IPA but I definitely respect the craftmanship that went into this brew. (901 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
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. (907 characters)

Photo of Phelps
3.82/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle received in a trade with CooperEllis into my Bruery tulip.

Looks: an interesting, cloudy grapefruit orange with a negligible head of rosy white that leaves some nice tracks of spattered horizontal lace as I drink.

Smells: exquisite. Pine cones, honey, tangerine, light grapefruit, grass and orange blossoms. Very, very nice.

Tastes: equally exquisite. Starts slightly sweet, with flavors of honey and clementines that fade quickly into more hoppy flavors of grass, pine and orange. A moderate, pithy grapefruit bitterness grips the tongue at the finish and lingers for a long while.

Feels: average. Smooth, medium-light body and moderate carbonation.

Drinks: The problem with single-hopped beers is that they can lack the complexity of a drink that weaves several different varieties together. Chinooker'd falls into this category: it's a solid IPA and a nice display of Chinook, but it's not mind-blowing. (937 characters)

Photo of abuliarose
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 170, bottle 33.
Poured into a pint glass, revealing hazy burnt gold body under three fingers of yellowed dense head. Some lacing. Smells fresh and hoppy in a floral honey sense. Some resin. Standard IPA smells.
Tastes incredibly bitter up front with a lingering bitterness. Pretty much like chewing on grapefruit rind, but times ten. Some hay-sweet lighter malt peaks through in the middle and a slight meatiness at the end but mostly just good old resiny hoppy bitterness, plain and simple. Very one-dimensional. Mouthfeel is crisp with a slight sappy residue at the finish, medium-bodied with a tingly volume-adding carbonation. If you love hops, this is very enjoyable. As far as balanced beers go, it is more of a sipper than a drinker for me.

Overall a very clean IPA. Very bitter, but well-executed for a single hop beer. (834 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.9/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jedwards for bringing this one out. 22oz. bottle - Batch #129, Bottle #30. Poured a bright orange with a semi-hazy clarity and a bright white, skim of a head that quickly dissipated. Big tangerine presence in the nose with some earthiness behind. Taste is somewhat consistent with the nose; however, it is not as sweet as suggested, with an ashy bitterness at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium, with an easy carbonation and a semi-dry finish. A very solid IPA; but the ashy bitterness at the finish got to be a little much after a while. (551 characters)

Photo of boatshoes
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (1,053 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.93/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (982 characters)

Photo of SABERG
3.96/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle delivered to the store this week, no bottle date, into a modified tulip glass.
A - A lazy troupe of tiny bubbles meander through a sunset orange colored body, with some coaxing a thin cap can be created. Not "flat" just lazy, lacing hangs tough in small patches through the entire experience.
S - Hop forward for sure, grapefruit, lemon skin, orange reduction and dark honey lead, with light malts supporting the whole thing.The nose is rich in aromatics and with interesting interplay. Temperature increase brings forward less tropical and more deciduous notes, Piney with a better representation of that malt displayed.
T - An immediate fight ensues between the tropical notes and earthy piney flavors, they call a truce and the consumer wins. Richer fruits than the nose lets on pop right up. Pineapple, and orange with blood orange green melon and some pepper notes add to a wonderful experience.
M - Oily, slick coating of the palate, starting things off. The tongues edges roll up some with that bitterness, giving way to a sweet finish. Lingering for some time the bitter notes close the deal with a surprise comeback. All this occurs in a tight range showing fine craft by the brewer.
O - A fine IPA with justified high regard. Well constructed, big in flavor and quite enjoyable. Happy to have finally tried this offering from Lawson.
Cheers (1,371 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a DFH signature glass. No bottle date present but this was picked up for me about 2 weeks ago in VT.

A: Pours a hazy bright orange color. Half finger off white head. Some sticky lacing bits are left on the glass after swirling. Nice carbonation coming off the bottom.

S: I got lots of piney, resiny hops. But there are some sweet caramel malts in there for balance. The Chinook hop usually gives you nice pine and also some mild citrus, if memory serves.

T: Piney hop bite on the tip of the tongue. It's not overly Abrasive or anything though. Then you get alot of caramel malt and other grains. It's a nice balance, although I like HOP bombers that are not balanced, and wished this one was more like that. Nice crisp bitter hop finish on the close. You are left with that resiny hop flavor in your mouth.

M: Medium bodied IPA, true to type.

O: Very nice single hop IPA. First beer from this brewery and look forward to trying more of them, IF I can that is. (988 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden colour with a moderate sized white head. Great lacing. What you'd expect of a good AIPA.

Piney aroma with plenty of grapefruit. Touches of light malt. A straight forward single hop aroma.

Quite bitter with a solid hit of pine resin and grapefruit. Cohumulone is well balanced leaving just a touch of harsh hop oil.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Solid.

This is a purists IPA. Straight forward C hop flavour from the Chinook with a light maltiness. Good. (477 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by yourefragile. Thanks Michael.

The beer is clear and appears golden to copper in color with a quarter inch of white head. Prominent hops in both the aroma and flavor, though a bready, grainy, malty character causes the flavor to come off as a bit muddled and unbalanced. Malty grapefruit with minimal alcohol presence. Overall, a good beer, but not among my favorites from Lawson's, a superb brewery. (417 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.01/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bomber (Batch #158, Bottle #40) into a Duvel tulip.

A: Hazy deep reddish amber body with a finger of frothy off-white head. Decent retention and some light lacing. Not bad, but not especially impressive.

S: Powerful, fresh, spicy hop aroma. There's plenty of the grapefruit and pine (as one would expect from a Chinook IPA), but there's also a surprising, intriguing, and enchanting thread of sweet spiciness: cinnamon and nutmeg come to mind. It's wonderful. Some slight malt sweetness also comes into play, but it's at best tertiary compared to the fresh, complex hoppiness. Wonderful.

T: Lots of pine, some citrus, and some lightly toasty malt. Highly bitter finish. Quite enjoyable, but nowhere near as enthralling as the aroma.

M: Smooth medium body, but noticeable undercarbonated. Not the best.

D: The alcohol doesn't come into play, but the intense bitterness does. Not the easiest IPA to drink.

Notes: Picked this one up at the Warren Store yesterday, and was extremely excited to share it with a fellow hophead. We both found it to be a very good, but not quite outstanding IPA. The aroma is by far the best feature, and definitely marks this one as a memorable brew. If only the other aspects were as wonderful.

Cheers! (1,237 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.02/5  rDev -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. (461 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (406 characters)

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle courtesy of Mike, an extremely generous guy and the epitome of a true BA, Thank you so much for this opportunity. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a rich medium-dark orange with some haze and an inch of fluff that breaks into chunky soapy islands. Lacing is rather tame for the hopcentricity.

Very dank, herbal, and earthy pine notes on the nose. Smells sharp and bitter with an underlying doughy malt foundation.

Chinook is an aggressive and pissed off hop. Waves of bitterness throughout with the wet forest aromas from the nose playing a massive role. Big sappy pine cone bomb here. This beer is like taking a fork and knife and trying to eat your way through the wilderness. There is a healthy malt spine that attempts to prop up the hefty hops, but I certainly would not bill this as balanced.

Mouthfeel starts a bit sticky and finishes near bone dry. The tongue coating bitterness and oils just barrage the tongue and linger.

The mention of grapefruit on the label, despite my best attempts, is very light and really only shows itself as this nears room temperature. Rather, this veers hard towards the brash aggressive pine notes with little brightness or citric notes. The latter are the types of IPA's I prefer, but I can appreciate what is here. Thanks again Mike! I'd love to have more access to Lawson's stuff. (1,341 characters)

Photo of Etan
4.07/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (360 characters)

Photo of AndyAvalanche
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber poured into a large Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass. Liquid is pretty dark for an IPA. Looks close to amber in color with some lighter tones in the area where light passes through. The beer is well filtered and has excellent clarity. Orange cremecicle colored head, better than average lacing.

Smell is good, but I'm pretty bias I guess, because I like Chinook hops a lot. You gotta let this guy warm up a bit and once you do you get a very nice hoppy IPA that emanates aromas of grapefruit and pine, pretty straight forward and good. My only knock is you gotta wait a bit for it to warm up, not too strong of a smell.

Taste is even better, there's actually some initial sweetness and it has a good malt backbone, hence the color and flavor. After the initial sweetness there are lots of grapefruitey tones and plenty of citrus zest. Also some nice pine notes. The pine isn't too earthy, almost slightly sweet.

Mouthfeel is good. More full bodied than expected. Pretty dry, maybe even a little more than it needs to be. Despite the dryness, it's very clean, a nice dry, bitter, and clean finish. Still pretty drinkable overall. Still, quite a quality beer, happy to have tried it.

HUGE props to Rusty18 for bringing this one back! You're the man! (1,263 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Drank on-tap at Lord Hobo, Cambridge, MA
Served in a cervoise

The beer poured a slightly hazed, crimson-amber color and was topped by a creamy, light beige, two-finger head. Thick, drippy streaks of lacing cascaded down the glass.

The nose was dynamic yet unusual. It started spicy with strong notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Later, it turned quite soapy. Perhaps a touch floral. As the beer warmed it again changed to something more straightforward (yet subtle) for the style. Hints of orange peel and pine sap came through.

The flavor profile was much punchier than the nose. Hops dominated but they were well tempered on the front end by a stiff, caramel malt backbone. The malts were somewhat bready as well. A wash of hops soon overshadowed the malts. Tangerine and orange zest came through strong. Quite fruity and juicy. The finish was piney and resiny. Super hoppy with no discernible alcohol presence.

The mouthfeel was perhaps the most impressive aspect of this beer. It was fuller bodied for the style and amazingly slick, creamy and frothy. Super plush on the palate. Fantastic.

Chinooker'd IPA almost seems to be more of a hoppy imperial red ale than a typical American IPA, and there is nothing wrong with that. Fans of intensely hoppy yet balanced IPAs will definitely appreciate this. (1,303 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of rpstevens
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (955 characters)

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