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Chinooker'd IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 505
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 8%
Wants: 281
Gots: 27 | 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 SABERG
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of mjstacker
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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

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Photo of Rifugium
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Mo_fro
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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


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Photo of Givemebeer
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Amber in color with a beautiful creamy 2 finger head good retention and great lacing. Only minor complaint is not great clarity but thats ok.

S: Citrusy and grassy.

T: Dank. Bursting with pine and citrus - grapefruit hoppy goodness. The aroma is not as pungent as you'd expect from this tsunami of hoppiness. Some lingering bitterness on the back end.

D: Dry and lighter bodied.

T: This is one boldly hoppy IPA. Almost opposite from Double Sunshine in terms of taste from the hops - whereas that is the tropical west coast type IPA, this defines the east coast IPA profile.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an oversized tulip.
Pours a nice medium amber with lots of big frothy head with good retention.
Smells ridiculous. So hoppy. Maybe the most hoppy smelling beer I've smelled including Heady.
Taste is delicious. A nice balance of mild hop bitterness and floral and juicy notes.
A mild malt background that serves to support this hop forward beer.
Mouthfeel is balanced, not overly dry, not sweet.
Overall, maybe my second favorite Lawson's after Double Sunshine.

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Photo of KingdomBobcat
4.79/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-golden orange color, nice white head that leaves a hella amount of lacing
S-mostly piney hop aromas, some citrus. I like it
T-First you get the taste of pine, then some citrus that transitions to a slightly bitter aftertaste accompanied by about 7%ABV
M-Generally bitter
O-Lawson's never disappoints me

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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 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 ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of hopley
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - 4.5 - Nice head and nice retention all the way down, nice golden color

S - 5 - Awesome - like sniffing fresh hops

T - 4.25 Great - more bitter and assertive than I was expecting. Favors the pine over everything else

M - 4.25 - Medium body mouthfeel

O - 4.25 - My first offering from Lawson's out of a bottle - very bitter and assertive IPA that's perhaps a little too bitter for me. Don't think I'd get it again, but still highly impressed!

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Photo of FloppyTopper
4.7/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of dgilks
3.97/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

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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 Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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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 RichD
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a DFH IPA glass.

A: Pours a deep orangey yellow color. There's about a finger to finger and a half white sudsy head on this. What a gorgeous pour. There's also a generous amount of lacing left on the glass.

S: Grapefruits and pine absolutely invade my nose. There's also a touch of mild malts that come through. Great, great smell.

T: Pine is the main taste that my palate picks up. There are some grapefruit with a little malts coming through. I totally wish my palate would pick up citrus, but it picks up pine. By reading other reviews I can tell that citrus should be the star here. Unfortunately, but not, I pick up the piney flavors. There's definitely some malts built into this as well. A hop bomb, but it's definitely not 1 dimensional. As I drink this more and more I pick up some of these citrus flavors. The grapefruit is a pleasant addition here. Definitely an enjoyable experience.

M: A very bitter ending here. Nothing horrible, but nothing mind blowing. It's quite solid. A drying finish with a medium body. A little heavier than the average single IPA, but there's nothing wrong with that. No alcohol burn at all, but at 6.90% I wouldn't expect it.

Overall: This is my first Lawson's beer (aside from the collab with Jack's Abby) and this is an awesome beer. I had the pleasure of having this, among my 2 Double Sunshines and other Chinooker'd being packed by Sean Lawson himself at the farmer's market in Waitsfield. If I knew how good this brew was I would've jumped over the table and given him a hug. A good guy that makes some incredible beer. I'm happy to have experienced this and I'm glass I have another in the fridge.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.98/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Chinooker'd IPA

Look - Pours (into DFH IPA Spiegelau glass) a hazy orange with amber in the center. Glorious foamy head with sticky lacing and chunks sticking to the glass. A real masterpiece visually.

Smell - Pine and grapefruit citrus blaster master to the nose senses. Ridiculously amazing aroma. Some caramel malt rides underneath, super smooth.

Taste - Mother of god... A tart snappy sour citrus and pine kick to the mouth factory. Bitter and bold, a winner in this category as well!

Mouthfeel - Sits hyper-bitter but dry. Not too boozy but kicks your teeth in nonetheless. Excellent drinkability.

Overall - Holy hell Sean Lawson, you did it again. This brew is a dream come true. There is no room for improvement here, this captures the essence of the style and Chinook hops perfectly.

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Photo of mikeyv35
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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

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Photo of TheRemyLeabeau
5/5  rDev +17.6%
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!!!

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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 Hendry
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of popery
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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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 Damian
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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