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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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243 Ratings
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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 378
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
This monster of an India Pale Ale will make you pucker up! Loaded with high-alpha US grown hops and enough malt backbone to balance the intense bitterness. Dry hopped and wicked strong to terrorize your taste buds.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-21-2009)
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Reviews by Deuane:
Photo of Deuane
4.03/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 74--Bottle 28 of 72.

A-Bright copper kissed golden yellow with a thin, off-white head that held on strong and left spotty lace.

S-Sharp, spicy hop notes up front with mild biscuit sweetness aiding in support. Light floral character and tropical fruit goodness in the background.

T-Sharp, biting, spicy bitterness up front with an impressively sweet creamy backing. Fruitiness is very subtle in the background.

M-Medium-light to medium bodied. Super crisp and sharp with a LONG lasting bitter bite. Without question the most impressive aspect of this brew.

D-Nice, and well made for sure but not quite my preferred style of DIPA. I love the biting sharpness but miss the fruit. For those that love the spicy bite, but that's not me.

Deuane, Mar 26, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of gregmoscetti
3.93/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dear Hopzilla,
As much as I want to beat you up for having a notably uncreative name, I will refrain. Why? Well, because you're pretty darn tasty. As a reviewer from the depths of southern california, I have had more than one IPA. In fact, I have had just about any big name IPA available to the voting constituency of Los Angeles. That being noted, I have to give you a tremendous about of street cred... I have just as much respect for you as i do only white guy in the cryps. You hold it down. Im not going to jock you and tout you as a "pliney killer" or even a "sculpin/racer x/anything alpine killer" but you are without a doubt an avid and talented "sculpin fisherman."

I severely suggest this beer to hop heads but dont trade an arm and a leg for it. A friend of mine and I went botttle for bottle with some speedway stout and that seemed like the perfect match (considering he drove 2 hours to get some the first time and they were sold out) go $4$ and enjoy the hell out of this beer.

Mr. Lawson. Well Done.

gregmoscetti, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of getinked
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

getinked, Dec 21, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

bishopdc0, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev -8.3%

JakerLou, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of bierdabbler
4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

bierdabbler, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of warriorsoul
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for dropping these off early at the Warren Store the day of SIPtemberfest. Batch #153 - bottle 68 of 68.
$10 for the bomber.
Pours a hazy gold color w/ a full two fingers of fluffy white head...thin lacing.
Ever stick your nose in a bag of fresh Cascade hops? This is just about what you get when you keep a lingering nose over this one.
Flavor is what you would expect from a name like Hopzilla. An incredibly bitter, sticky brew w/ a very slight citrus peel addition in the finish. There is nothing juicy about this beer, it is all bitter all the time and just superb if you like your bitter hops. Despite the bitterness, it finishes quite clean and incredibly dry...the alcohol is nowhere to be found...I love the fact this one is under 9%. One bomber is all you need, as you will have very little palate left to taste anything hoppy beyond this.
A pleasure to have this offering from Lawson's Finest in my home....very well received.

warriorsoul, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
4.97/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Op tap poured into an 8oz wine glass.

Pours a nice deep golden amber color with a small white fluffy head. There's some very fine but really nice lacing. Nose is a bit muted but nice an hoppy with a very light sweetnss.

Taste is really hoppy and sharp very drinkable. It's really sharp but it's not too sweet like say 90 minute is, and it's less dry than heady topper. Light caramel notes and a smooth finish with a nice hop bite on the finish.

kingcrowing, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Mantooth, Mar 28, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 12, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of mdaschaf
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to wtfdic for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1.5 finger white head on top, nice a foamy with great retention. White lacing forms all around the glass in nice sheeting.

S: Very tropical with some pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of papaya. There is a hint of grainy malt in the middle with a little bit of pine near the end. Very nice aroma though.

T: The citrus/tropical fruit flavor is more intense on the flavor profile. Lots of grapefruit and plenty of citrus rind with a clean piney finish. Just a hint of pale malt, but the citrus fruit flavors really dominate the flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very slight hint of alcohol, but it isn't really a deterrent at all. Slightly dry finish.

O: A fantastic DIPA from Lawson's. Very drinkable with a great flavor profile. Would love to try the other hoppy offerings from this brewery to compare.

mdaschaf, Sep 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Mark for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bomber into a Duvel tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a 1 finger foamy white head with very good retention. Lacing is stringy and thick with great cling. Beer is a clear ruby red. Outstanding.

Nose is a bouquet of citrus hop flavors. Grapefruit, pineapple, papaya, and mango. Great creamy hop presence floats in the back asserting itself here and there. Super appetizing.

Opens citrus, papaya, cane sugar, and pineapple in the back. Cane sugar malt backbone makes its presence felt early and often. Balanced out by a subtle hop bitterness. Finish is more tropical fruit and sweetness. A real east coast IPA that leans on the maltier side. Delicious!

Light bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Carbonated and quenching in the mouth and smooth going down. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Perfect for the style.

There's hardly a IIPA that comes out of Vermont that is less than exceptional and this beer doesn't disappoint. Amazing in all aspects with a great look and smell and an even more impressive taste and feel. At 8.7% this one is so dangerously drinkable!

SpeedwayJim, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of dirtylou
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber, split 3 ways - cheers @suncrust

appearance: served in my great lakes chalice, bright orange-amber body, thick fluffy white cream with a nice sticky lace

smell: a really lovely hop bouquet, tropical - pineapple, grapefruit, guava

taste: ISO Vermont trading partner. This was a glorious beer - smooth and layers of hop complexity - grapefruit zest, guava, pineapple, starfruit, huge floral notes, light bitterness. One of the best IPA's i've ever had.

mouthfeel: creamy, abv buried, light bitterness

overall: fantastic

dirtylou, Oct 01, 2012
Photo of Madbrew
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Full hop flavor without a heavy malt character, which I find true in most double IPA's. Hopzilla is dangerously good!

A - slight haze, but fairly clear, with an orange tint

S - A floral hop smell with a clear hint of grapefruit. From the first
nose, you can tell it is going to be a hop bomb

T - Hopzilla tastes more like an IPA, than an imperial. The 8.7% ABV is incredibly well disguised, no doubt from the abundance of hops flavors which continue from the initial taste, right through the bittering.

M - Very smooth

D - possibly the best part about this brew. The malt characters are light and well balanced, allowing the full waft of hop flavors to shine!

Madbrew, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bubba83 for this great Vermont tick.

Pours a mostly clear bright orange-copper color with a well-formed whitish head that leaves a nice bubbly foam layer.

The aroma is awesome fresh hops - citrusy and herbal, almost reminiscent of Dreadnaught or something. Just a little maltiness behind it.

The flavor has a subtle caramel malt base and a huge hop punch in yo' face with grapefruit, tangerine, resin, and herbal notes.

Really palate-wrecking without being too syrupy, with somewhat soft carbonation and a long bitter finish.

This one is legit! I really like it and think it's up there with a solid west coast IPA.

nickd717, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Kegatron
4.88/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz metallic gold wax topped bomber into a tulip glass. Batch 139. Bottle 3/96.

Pours a hazy at first but this clears up very nicely in a brilliant coppery apricot color that shimmers beautifully in the glass. This is topped with roughly 2 fingers of thick and frothy white head that has just the slightest off-look to it. This settles down into a huge rich dollop in the middle of the glass, with some swirling kicking this up to a near finger again, and leaving behind a thick latticework of sticky lacing which drenches the sides of the glass. The aroma is DEEPLY floral in the nostrils at first, being punctuated by sharp swathes of bitter grapefruit, spice, pine, earth, and herbal tones all through this. Some tropical fruit notes and bready gains sweep in and help temper the sides of the bouquet but this is just ALL about the hops, with them being unbelievably full, lush, and bitter here in the nose.

The taste just literally drips with hops. Sticky resins, peppery spice, refreshing grapefruit, and some earthy grit. All of the bitter awesomeness that you could possibly want out of your hops is here. There are even some softer herbal tea-like qualities and ripe tropical fruit action from them at work here as well; bringing some needed sweetness to this. The malts give this some sturdy balance as well but mostly add a grainy presence across the back of the palate which gives the hops something to bounce off of. The finish consists of plenty of earthy and fruity bitterness to it, laying a spicy dryness which fortunately doesn't overstay its welcome one bit. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a FANTASTIC soft creaminess to it that blends with the oily textures from the hops, giving this an unbelievably smooth feel in the mouth. The beefiness to this from that 9% ABV is just spot-on here, adding size and warmth to the body but there is absolutely no alcohol taste to this at all. Ahhh, just a really awesome mouthfeel here that contributes immensely to the overall awesome drinkibility of this.

You know, I like to think that I've had a lot of the top ranked IPA selections out there and I have say that this absolutely stands tall as one of thee best that I've ever had the pleasure of putting my lips to. Just almost unparalleled fresh and robust hop character here (the fact that this was consumed less than a week after bottling surely helped) and the tremendous balance and mouthfeel made for an absolutely world-class drinking experience. This one is going to blow up once the word gets out. Better get a bottle while you still can. ;)

Kegatron, Jul 23, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

Darwin232, Nov 28, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

claaark13, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of Jaycase
3.98/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a: light golden copper. frothy 1 1/2 finger white head. spotty lacing

s: tropical, citrusy hop burst (orange, grapefruit). some pine. caramel

t: starts out with mostly piney hops with accent of some citrusy hops. Caramel malts quickly come in and enact a scorched earth policy until the finish

m: good level of carbonation. medium body. juicy.

o: My first from Lawson's. Aroma was great but I was let down by the flavor as I thought the maltiness was way too pronounced for what I look for in a DIPA. Glad I got a chance to try this. Hope to try something else from them down the line.

Jaycase, Nov 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Ajlvt, Oct 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -8.3%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 56 of 96 from Batch 176. A wax-capped 750 mL bottle courtesy of monsterzero.

A: After some prying, the wax came off easily. Poured into a mini tulip, the double IPA is a golden orange, opaque thanks to a general haziness. There is no sediment suspended in the ale. A finger and a half of white head has left legs of lace all around the glass.

S: Tropical fruits hide thick hoppy aromas. Melon and orange rind, along with grapefruit and pine. There is enough malt under the surface to keep things honest. Mango and cantaloupe near the finish.

T: The taste delivers, piney resins and rich fruits be damned. Melons up front, peppery heat following, with a wall of biscuit in the back. Hops leave a dull bite, present but disinterested. Before the finish gets there, the hops reign supreme. The tropical flavors have a peppery undertone, adding a little heat to the sweet body. Very leafy, the DIPA has a fresh concentration of bitterness. The full hop bitterness runs rampant through the finish. A very well rounded IPA, plenty of hoppiness, tropical and lush. Vermont at its finest.

M: The mouthfeel takes a bit to get going. At first, the hoppiness is blinding and hot. As time passes, the floral bouquet emerges and takes control. A spicy hot hop bomb.

D: The IPA feels bigger than 8%, quite a bit of hop strength corraled into one bottle. A good one though.

akorsak, Mar 05, 2011
Photo of VeganUndead
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

VeganUndead, Dec 14, 2013
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Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
96 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.