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Chinooker'd IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

Chinooker'd IPAChinooker'd IPA

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BA SCORE
95
world-class

383 Ratings
THE BROS
100
world-class

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Ratings: 383
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.18%


Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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!

(Beer added by: plaid75 on 07-26-2008)
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mikeyv35

New York

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Date: 05/17/2013
Type: 22oz. Hand Bottled Bomber
Vintage: Bottled 05/16/2013, uber fresh 1 day old!
Glass: Heady Topper Stemless Glass

Slept in my truck outside the Warren, VT municipal building after a long drive all thru the night. When the Warren General Store opened at 8am. I wiped the sleep out of my eyes and walked in hoping to see a massive cooler full of different Lawson's brews to select from. I was wrong. I had to wait until around 10am. for Lawson's to deliver like 12 cases of the one brew they stock each week (on thusday which it was). This was not a bad deal since I had breakfast at the store which has awesome all organic stuff. Was hoping for Double Sunshine or Hopzilla, but this week happened to be Chinooker'd. Don't know what to expect from this one, but I hope I don't get Schinooker'd!

A day later, back in NYC (Staten Island, to be exact), this brew poured a light chestnut in color w/ a 1 finger white head w/ good retention that produced nice sticky lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, mandarin orange, fresh cut grass, and dope. The flavor was of huge grapefruit up front, leading into pine and herbal resinous bitterness that seriously lingers. Medium bodied and finishes very dry. Very refreshing initially and the dryness keeps you coming back for another sip.

Overall, not my cup of tea in a DIPA as I am a big citrus kinda guy that prefers mild to moderate bitterness levels, but it is a well made beer that tastes as fresh as Vermont. If your the type of hop head that wants in yo face bitterness that lingers and lingers like my friend TheRemyLabeau obviously likes, then this is your perfect 5.0 DIPA. Either way, very well made stuff that is typical of Vermont freshness that literally goes right to yo head as I was in the bag after the 22oz. bomber was finished

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 08:23:12 | More by mikeyv35
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TheRemyLeabeau

Ohio

5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Soo uhh... Yeah... This beer, well, uhhmm, uuhh, ok did I oversell the whole "I'm speechless" shtick? First of all, huge fuckin props to my boy MikeyV for hookin this GEM up. Where do I begin? Well, I can start by saying this beer was an extra in a trade for Heady Topper so you can imagine my palate is already biased with the Nectar of the Gods. To be honest, the initial taste is very similar to HT IMO. It starts with the ever so slightest bit of maltiness then travels into a perfect balance of an oh soooo smooth hoppiness that is so damned tasty it'll make you wanna slap yo mama!!!

The smoothness on the middle and finish of this beer is indescribable, it's just... Amazing.

Ahhh... I'm sorry, but I'm stickin to my guns, anyone who knows me knows very well how much I preach about the awesomeness and severely underrated nature of ohio beers, specifically our rare and semi-limited IPAs; Fathead's Headhunter, The Brew Kettle's White Rajah, and Columbus IPA. And alls I ever preach about is how Rajah is the best IPA in the world and I've had Pliny, Zombie Dust and many other delicious IPAs. The point is this trade showed me that Heady Topper is better than all those others beers and is one of the best IPAs I've ever had. However.... I'm gonna say it, here it goes, HT is one of the best but is still second to the one beer... the best IPA I've ever had.... The One and Only Chinooker'd!!!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 07:55:59 | More by TheRemyLeabeau
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Hendry

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Ultra fresh bomber from the Mad River Valley, poured into a Lawson's snifter with a creamy one finger head atop a dense honey color ale that appears a glowing orange when held up to the light. Crazy lacing.

Aroma is hop forward, leaning towards the resiny pine territory complimented by some grapefruit rind and pith. There is an apparent malt bill to balance out the high alpha hops, and there are hints in the nose.

Taste is resinous, piney hops:good and bitter, with that grapefruit rind acidic tartness going strong. Those expecting the floral nose and fruity flavors of Sean's Double Sunshine are in for a change of pace with Chinooker'd, as this is a bitter,acidic IPA that makes no apologies for what it is. The high alpha hops utilized are for the hardcore hopheads that beg for that cruel acidic
punch in the face. Slight breadiness detectable,but not unexpected nor unpleasant.

Mouthfeel is slightly oily, chewy hops, balanced carbonation,and on the medium to heavy side. Slight alcohol warming in the throat but nothing aggressive.

Overall Chinooker'd delivers the goods for serious hop lovers in a straightforward manner:this is a bold acidic IPA that is a fastball down the middle of the plate and your palate: gonna be a home run or a swing and a miss depending on your tastes!

Additional notes 7/26/13:
8 weeks of aging has mellowed the dynamic bitterness of Chinooker'd, and resulted in a more balanced flavor for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2013 03:09:03 | More by Hendry
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popery

California

4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes, 1/28/11. Excellent IPA. The beer pours golden with a nice white head. Aroma is grapefruit, pineapple, pine and marijuana. It’s a much more nuanced hop aroma than expected from a single hop Chinook beer. Taste is medium bitter and mildly dry. Some light caramel malt presence, but it’s really about the hops. Light mouthfeel. Medium to medium-low carbonation. A very pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 16:24:57 | More by popery
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 01:43:27 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Pinknuggets

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 14:24:34 | More by Pinknuggets
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes: Chinooker'd IPA pours a clear amber with a small, frothy white head on top. The foam disappears quickly leaving behind spots of lace on the glass. No bubbles seen in the beer.

The aroma is very grassy with hints of pine and orange citrus.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and oily on the palate with light carbonation. The flavor begins sweet with caramel malt and some toast. Soon hop flavors of grass, pine and orange citrus move in. It finishes dry with lingering grass and pine flavors.

This is a very tasty beer with lots of hops and enough malt sweetness to balance out the bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 00:02:17 | More by WanderingFool
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A : Poured a hazy deep orange with a nice white cap, moderate bubbles and lacing. Decent head retention on this.

S: Big pine, just the way I like it. There were some other notes of grapefruit and orange peel followed by...more pine

T: Initially the pine wallops the palate and really sticks around. It is not until about midtaste do I detect the orange peel, grapefruit and light booze. The finish is a little slic, not to bitter but the hop bite is noticable.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, pine plenty mouthfeel, no major flaw.

O: Outstanding! I know I rated thia bit higher than the Rdev but I really enjoyed this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 18:27:18 | More by barleywinefiend
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BarrytheBear

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 00:48:06 | More by BarrytheBear
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

4.13/5  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!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 02:24:08 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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

1499

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 18:18:28 | More by Bierman9
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 8.15.12.

A - Pours a cloudy, medium orange with a one inch fluffy near-white head with good retention.

S - Strong pine and grapefruit. Really citrusy and inviting.

T - Pine and citrus with a strong earth-grass finish.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - Smells wonderful, the earhty finish is a bit strong, but still really nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 06:07:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
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Etan

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 01:09:58 | More by Etan
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jaasen64

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 23:47:47 | More by jaasen64
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2012 03:36:14 | More by Jimmys
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 15:57:33 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Pahn

New York

4.28/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 02:08:22 | More by Pahn
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cracking this in honor of IPA day.

Pours a fluffy looking 1 finger white head that fades semi slowly as it's reinforced with streaming bubbles up the sides of the glass from the etch at the bottom, lots of lacing, over slight hazy bright golden honey colored beer.

Nose erupts with hops, even from opening the bottle, a big beefy bittering hop, with lots of pine, a bit earthy and slightly grassy, a big chewy hop aroma like fresh hop pellets exploded in my nose, and fairly spicy hop. There is a hint of citrus fruit with touch of grapefruit in the background of the hop with a very slight musty resin. It also has a slight fluffy malt base.

Taste starts with a big earthy kick, lots of pine comes out at first, with a light spicy and earthy hop flavors. Hops also bring a light citrus and grapefruit, with quite a bit of bitterness, a mouth crushing spicy piney hop flavor that leaves a bit of resinous flavors. I can even taste and feel the hop oils caressing my tongue. There is a light fluffy malt base with hints of reddish toasty malts under that trying to hold up the big beefy hop flavor. I'm glad it doesn't have much booze or it would be too much to really drink. The finish is crushing with bitterness, a super long spicy earthy and piney hop finish that just goes on forever, and some hop oils bring a light resin that also lingers.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, good carb.

Overall pretty good, a different take on IPA than most of the ones these days, and complete opposite side of the spectrum than Double Sunshine. This is big and beefy with lots of high alpha acids from the big Chinook hops, with flavors that come on the other side as well, pine, earthy, spicy, etc, with just hints of the citrus and grapefruit. The bitterness lingers for quite some time but still stays fairly drinkable surprisingly. The bitterness begs you to take another sip to get more liquid to cover the bitterness, until the next tide of crazy bitterness washes over and makes you come back for more again, the never ending cycle that I love.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 00:40:30 | More by jlindros
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 12:46:53 | More by xnicknj
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a bright marmalade color. Head is about a finger high and off-white. Moderate lacing. Body is lightly translucent.

S-Smells full of bitter piney hops. Citrus hops are quite expressive as well. Not much complexity bit the intensity is clearly there. Malt is leisurely; because this is all about the abrasive hoppy nose!

T-Big, bold flavors of pine, grass and flowers. Citrus is also stressed. The hoppiness is strong and satisfying. However, I feel that it is missing a certain unspecified component that I cannot precisely point out. Malt is subdued. Bitterness is nearly endless.

M-This beer has the hoppiness of a DIPA but it still has the body of an IPA. Nice and bubbly. Moderate resiny quality. Bitter for days.

O/D-Great, bitter IPA. Not overly complex but it hits all the necessary buttons with ease. I actually enjoyed this more than Lawson's Double Sunshine. Just an exceptional IPA, but there are more than a few that can sit at the same lunch table with Chinooker'd.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 01:27:41 | More by VelvetExtract
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rudzud

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 03:35:23 | More by rudzud
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.28/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2012 23:59:12 | More by yourefragile
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:08:01 | More by Dreadnaught33
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.98/5  rDev -7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 16:22:58 | More by inlimbo77
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.78/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 20:39:16 | More by Rhettroactive
Chinooker'd IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
95 out of 100 based on 383 ratings.