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 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 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 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 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 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 Hojaminbag
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chinooker'd IPA has an orange body and a rocky tan head that leaves behind a few tendrils of lacing after showing off solid retention.

The aroma is aggressively hoppy, with citrus, pine and a lot of resin.

It is definitely safe to refer to Chinooker'd as a hop bomb. Every sip of this stuff is an absolute attack of hops on your taste buds. Loads of citrus, especially grapefruit mixed with a ton of pine. I think that pine might be single strongest flavor in this one. Layers of resin and leafy hop flavor come next, followed by a ton of bitterness. The malt barely makes an appearance, balancing things out with just a hint of sweetness toward the end.

The mouthfeel is oily and biting, with a full body.

Chinooker'd is a great IPA that you will want to have more than one of, which won't be a problem if you visit the Mad River Valley. Definitely try this one when you find it pouring somewhere. (902 characters)

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 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 CliffBrake
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

An excellent IPA - well worth seeking out. (551 characters)

Photo of Azurescens
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

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

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

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

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

O: Very good example of an IPA, nice and hop forward with great balance for the style. Good drinkability, my second offering from Lawson's and once again I am impressed. (810 characters)

Photo of rowingbrewer
4.53/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

had this beer on cask at the vermont brewers festival what a treat.

this beer pours a golden color with an orange tinge. it is slightly cloudy and a nice white head. the smell is amazingly floral with chinook hops eminating from my glass. the flavor is hoppy and smooth with a bitter finish. the moughtfeel is under carbed and smooth, but its cask so its what i expect. overall one of the best ipas out there. (410 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow... i mean wow. this is the beer that you have after you build a house. an IPA that hits every base with a bitter kicker. yellow orange very light hazy with a completely white head. some lace. nose of exotic citrus mango passion fruit hints. a bit oil back of the tongue feel. evergreen, and chloroplast bitter. dandelion greens bitter and i'm in love with it. tingle pepper dry on the tongue. all around i think my top 5% AIPA i've ever had. (445 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 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 scottfrie
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Hand written batch #170, bottle #15. Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for hooking me up.

A: Pours a dark orange with a huge light tan head that took forever to collapse under its own weight into a thick, rocky, oily layer that left chucks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: True to the writing on the label, this beer is "bursting with citrusy goodness." I get big notes of grapefruit and pineapple, but there are a few notes of pine in there as well.
T: Huge blast of expected Chinook hop flavor. Big notes of grapefruit pith and citrus tear away at my taste buds. A potent dose of bitterness lingers long after the swallow, but there are some sweet malt undertones throughout.
M: Medium body, smooth even carbonation, with a sticky, bitter mouthfeel.
D: This is only my second Lawson's beer but boy do I love this brewery! I would drink this regularly. Thanks again Michael for sending me Lawson's beers. Keep them coming! (954 characters)

Photo of sisuspeed
4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #170
Bottle #33

Pours a hazy orange with a big fluffy white head on top. Currently enjoying this out of a Foothills tasting glass. Almost two fingers worth of head. Nice sticky lacing all around the glass. Looks great.

Lots of citrusy, grassy, Chinook hops on the nose. Grapefruit and orange zest. Some sweet malts in the background. Smells great for non-imperial IPA.

Bitter, sticky hops on the tongue. This single IPA packs a good punch. Dry grapefruit citrus in the background and some malt, but the flavor is mostly dominated by the hops. Slightly astringent on the finish. A little more balance and this would be perfect. This IPA would actually give a lot of DIPA's a run for their money in the IBU department.

Mouthfeel is resiny, decently thick, but not heavy. Bitterness throughout. Alcohol is unnoticeable.

Drinkability is good. I'm enjoying the glass in front of me quite a bit. However, the funny thing is that I find Hopzilla (one of Lawson's DIPA's) to actually be more drinkable/quaffable than this single IPA. Still an excellent showing though, and Chinooker'd puts most single IPA's to shame. Lawson's is great with the hops. (1,154 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 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)

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 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 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 CaraAndMike
4.17/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On cask at Three Penny in Vermont - a treat. This is a well-hopped, but balanced IPA that has a long finish. Floral aroma, cloudy unfiltered appearance, highly everscent for a cask (maple syrup as priming sugar!!), somewhat thick mouthfeel but not overly so, and just a great citrusy finish that lingers beautifully. (316 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
4.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Darn fine beer.

There simply isn't much here to review. It's as the label says - chock full of Chinook hops and bursting with citrusy goodness.

Poured from a 22oz bottle - rare batch# 144 btl #27.

The color is catching simply because of the darkness of the typical golden ipa color is uniform with no cloudyness. The aroma is brisk, sharp, obviously hoppy with a general undercurrent of sour citrus.

The mouthfeel takes a backseat to the taste - it's full of hops. There might have been room for one more hop - or that might have made the batch explode. We'll never know. (not to say it's one dimensional, there is solid layering of flavor under the initial *insert hop-related pun*).

It's drinkable. Very, very drinkable. Happy I finally had the chance to try one of Sean's bottles - happier still that I found the experience to be worth the wait.

(4th) (862 characters)

Photo of brewandbbq
4.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from Shawn..Thanks!

Pours pale gold with only the slightest of chill haze and a massive, pillowy head of white. A reluctant retreat revealed a solid skim coat and plenty of torn sheetwork all the way through the glass.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of floral, pungent, spicy Chinook leaf. Papery resins with catty grapefuit. Slightly earthy with plenty of west-coast style.

Medium bodied with a wrapping, tacky mouthfeel.

Bitter resins with a whallop of grapefruit punch and barely a trace of biscuity malt. Leafy, pithy, chewy hops and not much else. Nice.

Finishes with a lingering bitterness, grapefruit rind, and slightly warming.

This ones tasting super fresh and it's very well balanced considering the aggresive properties of Chinook. (761 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
4.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this one from Andrewinski1's recent trip to Vermont. Thanks! Poured into a pint glass. Pours a clean golden orange color with about an inch of frothy white head. Lots of really nice lace on this one! Visible carbonation is drawing me in on this sweltering summer night. The nose is a big smell of chinook. Very piney and earthy! Faint citrus aromas are in the background, but mostly this is hop city! The hops give a big bitter taste in this relatively dry beer. A little bit of grapefruit citrus and some rich malts add to a wonderful finish. After I swallow sweet malts and hop bitterness linger on my tongue. Mouth feel is great, with good carbonation and a nice dry finish, this IPA drinks easily. Very refreshing choice at an attempt to destroy the heat. (763 characters)

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