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Chinooker'd IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 505
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 2.84%
Wants: 282
Gots: 26 | 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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Reviews: 90 | Hads: 505
Photo of Thorpe429
4.12/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
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 (396 characters)

Photo of largadeer
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
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. (569 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (1,497 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (2,043 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had this before, but just getting around to reviewing it now. Bottle from Warren Store, served nice and cold, poured into a Lawson's becher. Hazy amber color, topped with two fingers of frothy off-white head, which receded to a rocky layer of bubbles, leaving random sheets of lacing on the glass. Aroma obviously showcases Chinook, piney, herbal, and citrusy, with a bready malt backbone. The taste is similar, grapefruit pith, pine resin, herbal and leafy notes; bready pale malts in the background, keeping the beer fleshed-out but not too sweet. Medium body, crisp mouthfeel, assertively bitter, moderate carbonation. Very good overall. If you're following this with anything else, make sure you cleanse your palate, because these hops don't quit. (756 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,217 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (499 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 billab914
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by IrishColonial. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a bright orange/amber color with a thin, white, sticky head to it. Great looking beer, loved the color.

The aroma is very juicy with lots of grapefruit and citrus rind showing through along with a little bit of a sweeter, peach and mango flavor. I get some bready, pale malts to it as well. Very nice hoppy aroma to it.

The taste is very dry with a lot of citrus rind and grapefruit bitterness coming through. Again, I get just a little of a sweeter, juicy, pineapple like flavor to it but the dry, bitter, resiny hoppiness is the real star of the show though. Pretty nice hoppy flavors to it though overall.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a very good beer, but I preferred the bight, juicy, tropical fruit hoppiness of Double Sunshine over this one. It was a very flavorful and easy drinking beer overall though. (966 characters)

Photo of yourefragile
4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (776 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 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 barleywinefiend
4.42/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (496 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to Hojaminbag for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil/Capped

Poured into a DFH glass a very nice cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, with a pretty nice one-finger thick creamy off-white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is mostly hoppy, with some nice malty blend, very nice citrus and pine notes. The taste is pretty hoppy, malty, with a nice citrus/pine note combo. Medium body, kinda chewy, with a nice dry/bitter finish. This is a very tasty IPA. My first from Lawson's, hopefully I can get some other's to come my way. Thanks Ben! (579 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 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 HuskyinPDX
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (359 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 Brad007
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks good so far.

Aroma is full of grassy, floral chinook hops with a bit of malt underneath.

Taste is full of citrusy hop bitterness from the chinook followed by biscuit malt underneath.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering hop bitterness. Very nice. It can be a bit harsh at first but has a good overall taste.

Very good. Wish I could get more soon. Otherwise, the guy knows his stuff. (454 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 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 xnicknj
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (867 characters)

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