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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 380
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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5/5  rDev +14.7%

jh1982, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

dustinjkline, Jun 26, 2014
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

nathanjohnson, Nov 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

nh2032, Nov 19, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

sideshowe, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of abriggs1
5/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dear God,
Thanks for creating the mostly failed human race, if only because one day one of them would make this beer. I think I would have to say that this is the best DIPA I've ever had.

Appearance is a deep rich amber with a buttery rich head.

Smell is mostly of hops, and also some deep malt that smells like toffee and caramel. Because of the 4 hop varieties, the smell is complex; citrus, pine, and herbal aromas.

The taste comes on with a strong but refined hop character. The 4 hop varieties blend together very nicely and no one hop characteristic overpowers the others. The after taste is my favorite part. The intensity of the hops gives way to a beautiful caramel and creme brule malt profile that smoothes out the bite and carries the taste on for the long haul.

Drinkability; if I had ten of these beers I would keep drinking them until i passed out or died.

This beer gives the East Coast something to brag about. I've yet to have Pliny the Younger or Elder, but I'd be willing to bet this is just as good. The only downside to this beer is that it's so hard to find.

abriggs1, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of Vermonthiker
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Vermonthiker, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

TroyS62, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of jamesewelch
5/5  rDev +14.7%

jamesewelch, Oct 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

alemiester, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of Kristyn
5/5  rDev +14.7%

Kristyn, Dec 06, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

TheRuss9585, Sep 17, 2012
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +14.7%

Moonbear, Nov 26, 2012
Photo of Chazari99
4.98/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been privileged to try Pliny, Heady Topper, Alpine's Pure Hoppiness, Hill Farmstead's Double Citra and many other Double IPAs and nothing comes close, in my opinion, to Hopzilla.

This beer went down smoothly, had no excessive bite, was not in any way sour or too hoppy.

Really just spectacular. i wish they would make this all year.

Chazari99, Sep 29, 2012
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 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 Hendry
4.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've been waiting all year to finally try Hopzilla, and was glad to get in on the bottle grab for the 2013 release. As with all Lawson's Finest Liquids, the expectations are high.

Super fresh bottle poured a deep apricot hue with a super creamy 1 finger Navajo white head, lovely retention, all kinds of lacing in the Lawson's tulip.

Aroma is what the armies of beer geeks drive to Vermont from all over the country for: completely hop forward with prominent ruby grapefruit and pineapple tones as well as fresh pine needles, delightful. The abundance of summit,amarillo,centennial and cascade hops are an all out assault on the nostrils,and the dry hopping beefs up the aroma to a high level of intensity.

The expertise of Sean Lawson and his small hand crafted batches makes that wonderful aroma translate into a flavor explosion of epic proportions. Hopzilla is what great hop forward IIPAs are all about for me: tropical fruitiness accompanied by a solid lingering bitterness that sticks around and makes you crave that next sip. There is a touch of heat, but the 8.7% is nicely obscured by the bright and bouncy flavors in this 22 oz. palate wrecker.

Mouthfeel is heavy medium, carbonation perfect, and a sensational dry finish accompanied by some mouth puckering makes way for the next delicious sip. A touch resinous but in a way that makes me appreciate the quality of the hops that are sourced to brew this masterpiece.

Sean Lawson continues to produce excellence from the small barn in his back yard located high in the mountains of rural Vermont. The level of expertise, care, and quality ingredients that include superior on site well water, make for some of the best Imperial Ale money can buy. Meticulous execution of dry hopping and cold conditioning in concert with quality ingredients create a truly world class ale that comes with my highest recommendation: one that makes me appreciate having access to such excellence on a regular basis.

Hendry, Nov 22, 2013
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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
Photo of UA8
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served into an 8 oz goblet style glass. Pours a golden amber color with a thinnish cream colored head.

Smell is big but somewhat hard to sort out probably due to atmosphere. Citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel malts.

Wow! Leads with lightly bitter grapefruit citrus hops. Midpalate absolutely explodes with tropical fruit basket notes of mango, pineapple, and tangerines which I attribute to both malt in sweetness and hop in flavor. Finish with a heavy yet not abusive bitter hop finish.

Mouth feel is near perfect with medium heavy viscosity and medium light carbonation.

This is now the second best imperial ip I've had right behind heady topper and barely right before and similar to pliny the elder. An absolute must try for hop lovers.

UA8, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of treyrab
4.85/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks goes out to my friend Dan for sending this one over to me last week. I already knew that Sean over at Lawson's had made amazing maple beers, so I was unsure what to expect from his Double IPA. I now know that he not only makes great maple beers, but makes great beers in general. Keep it up over there Sean!

I am not sure if you are supposed to drink the night before a marathon or not, but I decided to as I wanted to drink this fresh. Split with my dad, mom, and girlfriend.

Batch #113, #27/48

A: Pours crystal clear amber into a snifter. A beautiful look with an unbelievably perfect head. One finger thick, frothy white head. Slight lacing as it goes down.

S: Very robust with nice huge hints of orange, and a very big scent of spicy citrus, most likely coming from the Centennial hops. Some grassy note as well with some blended caramel as well. Amazing.

T: This is one of the best blended Double IPA's I've ever had. The spicy citrus from the Centennial blends perfectly with the Cascade and Chinook. The caramel backing is amazing with some sweetness and a hint of toffee. A nice hint of grassy notes as well.

M/D: Smooth, creamy, perfect carbonation.

Overall, this is one of the best Double IPA's I've had. Keep up the good work Sean!

treyrab, May 03, 2010
Photo of blackie
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

consumed a number of glasses in Waterbury and Montpelier at Prohibition Pig, Blakback, and Three Penny

Served in a Lawson’s branded chalice, hopzilla is a deep honey golden in color, served with a good finger or two of white carbonation, falling back to a solid layer on the surface. Absolutely marvelously hopped with juicy citrus and tropical fruits upfront and fresh, young pine in support. Just fresh, dripping, and sticky. Flawlessly malted as well - somewhat sweet, very satisfying weight, without too much caramel flavor in the way of the hops. Nicely but not overly bittered. My favorite DIPA of the VT trip.

blackie, Sep 04, 2013
Photo of sisuspeed
4.83/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch # 107
Bottle # 16 of 48
Wax dipped bomber

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. Hopzilla has a slightly hazy honey nectar colored body with a big billowy white head. Beautiful lacing all over the glass. Looks fantastic.

Lots of big, piney, bitter, grassy hops on the nose, followed by sweet malts and a touch of citrus. Lots of hops. No mistaking this is a DIPA.

Sweet, chewy malts quickly turn to a bitter wave of piney hops on the tongue. Orange citrus flavors mixed with somewhat bready malts. Delicious! I would put the flavor right on par with Pliny the Elder and Heady Topper. Wow, this is good. Hops give off some stickiness while dancing around with subdued honey notes. Leaves a bit of malt, but mostly just clean hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is bitter, but smooth. Chewy malts, slightly sticky, nice bite. Body thickness is about right for a DIPA.

Drinkability is through the roof. I'm currently splitting a bomber with another BA and it is disappearing very quickly. Great flavor, not too heavy and the ABV is unnoticeable. So easy to drink.

Overall, this is an excellent Double IPA. Lots and lots of hops, with bits of citrus and honey to keep it interesting. Very smooth and just extremely enjoyable to drink. My only complaint is that this isn't easier to get. Next time I make the trek up to northern Vermont I'm going to be looking all over for this beer. Keep up the great work Sean!

sisuspeed, Mar 20, 2010
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Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
96 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.