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BIG HAPI India Black Ale - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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BIG HAPI India Black AleBIG HAPI India Black Ale

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BA SCORE
89
very good

201 Ratings
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Ratings: 201
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 27
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This dark and devious brew reflects a resinous and sticky fusion of intense bitterness, big roasted barley flavors, and powerful dank aromas. Made with HUGE additions of five hop varieties and seven malts to create a bold flavor profile.

(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-06-2009)
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Beersalesman802

Vermont

3/5  rDev -24.2%

11-25-2013 00:34:04 | More by Beersalesman802
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speaking_for_trees

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1%

11-23-2013 01:23:52 | More by speaking_for_trees
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.69/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into a matching Lawsons snifter. The brew appears black in color with a dark khaki head. Some spotty and patchy lacework stick to the glass and a swirl effortlessly revives a long lasting cap.

The smell is quite vegetative. Very dank and catty that is herbacious with pine and roast. Some sulfur pokes through with a swirl but this is one dank bugger, very herbal with little hop restraint.

The taste is bitter and roasty like coffee and earth. Some vegetative quality like the aroma suggested along with a pine-like resinous feel with plenty of hop flavors of herbs catty piss, grassy and more vegetative quality. Lots of pine resin emerges as it warms with a rough acrid bite of roast and alcohol.

This is a medium to fuller bodied brew with a moderate amount of carbonation. Big bitterness seemingly coming from the roast of the grain as well as hops but with hops going a little overboard. I could see fans of the style really going bonkers for this but I think it was a bit rough and over the top.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 19:51:32 | More by stakem
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muzzy

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

11-16-2013 15:49:34 | More by muzzy
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koopa

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

11-16-2013 05:06:49 | More by koopa
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MrDave

California

4/5  rDev +1%

11-01-2013 16:54:17 | More by MrDave
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks for the bottle Eric!

(A)- Pours just about pitch black in color. Some good tan froth and lacing formed.

(S)- A great blast of juicy citrus meets a mellow roasted malt component. Lime and orange citrus with the underlying sweet roasted malts is definitely inviting.

(T)- Tons of pine meets a subtle citrus and roasted components. TONS of pine.

(M)- Its quite bitter with all of the pine in there (was chinook used?). Otherwise its fairly well balanced. Easily the most hoppy black IPA I have had.

(O)- If the pine was toned down just a bit and the citrus opened up more, this would be just killer, but yeah, holy pine batman!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2013 15:44:18 | More by sweemzander
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rowingbrewer

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

10-30-2013 11:53:43 | More by rowingbrewer
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dkw0063

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

10-29-2013 16:02:29 | More by dkw0063
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petermethot

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

10-29-2013 01:58:43 | More by petermethot
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

10-20-2013 22:36:07 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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jbeervt

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1%

10-06-2013 03:43:38 | More by jbeervt
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SwG237

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

10-04-2013 15:38:24 | More by SwG237
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VTBeerTrade

Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

10-03-2013 17:47:28 | More by VTBeerTrade
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mecmd

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

10-02-2013 04:23:57 | More by mecmd
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SpeedwayJim

New York

3.49/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to Kyle for this one. This has actually been re-branded Big Hoppy instead of Big Hapi (I get the reference. 22oz foiled and capped bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter.

Pours a slowly cascading 2 finger light mocha colored head with good retention. Beer is pitch black but thin. Lacing is thick and web-like with excellent stick. A real nice looking brew!

Nose is exactly like you'd expect. Roast, dark chocolate and cocoa mixed with citrus, papaya, and tropical fruit hop character. Moderately aromatic. Really good actually.

Opens roasted malt and smoky hop bitterness. Some espresso in the middle and end mixed with notes of citrus, pineapple, and grapefruit. Coffee and hop bitterness at the finish with the same lingering aftertaste. I want to like this... but I don't.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and goes down dry. Finishes very messy with a long, lingering aftertaste. Decent.

This really isn't a bad beer. This just really isn't my style either. The prominent roast, cocoa, and coffee characters just don't work with the citrus hop component in my opinion. Again, not a bad beer but I wouldn't revisit it.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 01:11:04 | More by SpeedwayJim
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Auror

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

10-01-2013 14:25:37 | More by Auror
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bccrosley

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%

10-01-2013 00:13:36 | More by bccrosley
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-30-2013 23:48:58 | More by starrdogg
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MattGrimley

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

09-30-2013 00:51:37 | More by MattGrimley
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earljones199

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1%

09-29-2013 21:34:48 | More by earljones199
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

09-28-2013 23:09:56 | More by Massbmx
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

09-28-2013 19:49:07 | More by ShemRahBoo
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frankthetank86

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

09-28-2013 13:45:08 | More by frankthetank86
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CTJman

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%

09-28-2013 02:06:12 | More by CTJman
BIG HAPI India Black Ale from Lawson's Finest Liquids
89 out of 100 based on 201 ratings.