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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 380
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 04-21-2009

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.
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4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer last night at a local tasting in Stowe. FANTASTIC. This beer is on par with, if not superior to Heady Topper. I'm by no means a "HT Homer" but it still sets a local standard here in Vermont. This beer will not disappoint if you are looking for that amazing citrus hop bomb with stoutlike mouthfeel.

11/29/13 Update -I've now drank numerous bottles of this and I can honestly say there is no other beer I would rather drink from Vermont. So, so, so tasty. Better than Double Sunshine, better than Heady Topper, better than Edward, better than any of the other Vermont hype machine beers. For my money, this is the best beer available on the US market.

Photo of JMScowcroft
4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Lawson's Finest Liquids - Hopzilla, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a hazy caramel amber with a luxurious foamy head that leaves behind exceptional lacing as it dissipates.

Smell - Citrusy and piney fresh, malt is almost untraceable in the nose.

Taste - Rich malt only slightly present and immediately overrun by some citrus and a ton of fresh pine. Finishes pine extreme.

Mouthfeel - Rests hyper bitter. Moderate carbonation and heavy-medium bodied. Quite hot and boozy. Big brew.

Overall - Another stellar brew, this one a king of piney bitterness with a boozy face smash on top. Definitely recommend.

Photo of yourefragile
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz gold foil topped bottle. Purchased two days ago at the Warren Store. Served in a Lawson's snifter.

Pours a clear golden copper with a frothy white head. Thick clumps of lace and a retentive head that fades to a thick collar. Extremely hop and pungent aroma; leafy, green and dank. Some light notes of tropical fruit try to sneak through the raw hop bitterness and light grassiness. Soft medium thick body with gentle carbonation. Flavor is much more balanced and less of an assault than I expected from the nose. Bitter start to finish, but the soft body complements the smooth tropical fruit flavors of the Amarillo hops before Cascade and Cent. take over the finish. Love the flavor on this and fuller body, Double Sunshine is still my favorite DIPA all around, but I think I enjoy the depth of flavor on this a little more. Happy to finally try this fresh.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Humongous thanks to the kind BA at the top hops tasting who tossed me this bottle just because. couldn't be more appreciative of the generosity! enjoyed from a HF wine glass.

a - brew poured a gorgeous murky orange with a finger of white foamy classic ipa head. spot on in appearance.

s - as soon as the cap came off the bottle a wonderful citric blast filled the air. upon closer inspection, just magic. perfect piney resinous citric grapefruit hops. damn, these vermonters and their insane ipas!!!

t - an all out hop assault. piney sticky resinous bitter slap in the palate. i surrender to you and your insanity.

m - a bit dry, but fairly bitter. great feel and carb and just a hop explosion.

o - overall this one kills. fantastic hop assault that really leaves you in ipa nirvana. lawson's continues to impress and proves that they know what an ipa is all about.

Photo of iwantmorehops
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh as can be delivered two days ago, batch 176, bottle 19 of 96. Pours a hazy orange amber color, with a small head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is just wonderful big citrus, floral and pine aromas all intertwined with a little malt, just the hint there might be a bit of alcohol. Taste follows with the amazing serious bitterness you'd expect but a nice orange grapefruit taste comes through before the mouth puckering bitter orange zesty lasting finish. Combined with the smooth mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol, and its great smell its easy to enjoy just a little too fast. Without a doubt one of my favorite double ipas.

Photo of cfrances33
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Hazy deep orange with two fingers of off white head. Leaves okay lacing, and the head hangs around in the form of a thick rim, and some film.

Smell: Big dank pine up front, as well as some citrus fruits. A nice honey malt presence comes through, and balances very well.

Taste: Really huge burst of dank pine up front, followed by some citrus bitterness. This beer is a conifer forest, but in a good way. A really nice caramel sweetness provides a great balance to this hop bomb, but only enough to not make the bitterness overwhelming. Finishes bitter with citrus and pine needles.

Mouthfeel: Huge bitteress, but also quite juicy. Medium heavy body. Slight booziness is what cause me to mark off a little here.

Overall: Nice beer, and definitely shows why Lawson's has a bunch of hype. Great beer

Photo of sholland119
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this delicious brew.

A-Pours a crystal clear, deep amber with a large frothy head. some good sticky lacing.

S-Big hops and big malt. Caramel sweetness, orange, grapefruit, pine and even some floral notes. Great complexity.

T-Lots of huge hoppiness throughout, backed up all the way by strong, but not overpowering malts. Starts with grapefruit and grapefruit rind, then other tropical fruit, mainly pineapple and orange, before closing with a nice, moderately bitter finish. Delicious.

M-Medium bodied, surprisingly light for the richness of the flavors.

D-I'd buy out the entire production of this beer if I could.

HV

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of nelson4
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. This is what the standard should be when it comes to an dIPA. Too often, dIPA's start to move to the amber end of the spectrum. I like the color. Head was not too significant, but did pour a creamy white with minimal lacing.

Smell- Floral and citrusy. Grapefruit stands out. Very nice balance of the floral and grapefruit, and it is a strong smell. The dry hopping really comes through here.

Taste - Balanced for a dIPA. The dry hopping dries out the mouthfeel, but there is enough sweetness to balance. The finish is bitter, but for a dIPA it is relatively mild. This is definately a dIPA, but it doesn't overwhelm in any given area. This is near the top of dIPA's I have had. Not quite a Pliny, but not far behind.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation and the dryness and stickiness balance each other out. The mouthfeel not only doesn't detract, it plays a very complimentary role in my overall impression.

Overall - This is an amazing dIPA. I really enjoyed it and I don't have too many areas for improvement. I think some additional head retention and maybe a tid bit (and I mean almost miniscule) reduction in sweetness would make this a 5 across the board. This would be my preferred beer almost anywhere outside of Santa Rosa.

Photo of scottfrie
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for this extra! Very generous of you Michael.
Wax dipped 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Hand labeled batch #139, bottle #45 of 96.

A: Pours a hazy glowing amber orange with about a finger of oily tan head that slowly reduced into a thin film that left great rings of sticky lace around the glass.
S: Holly cow there are some hops in this beer! Just popping the top on this beer filled the room with the sweet aromas of sticky hop resin. Upon closer inspection I can pick up the sweet caramel malt that is trying to poke through the complete hop chaos. The hops are very floral and citrusy in addition to a significant dose of pine, and extremely fresh smelling. Big notes of candied grapefruit and pine needles are balanced well by sugary sweet notes of malt and slight dough.
T: A wonderful poem of hops dance on the palate with every sip. Big notes of candied grapefruit and pineapple with tons of bitter hop oil and leafy tasting resin. Finish is comfortably bitter and full of lightly toasted malt. The aftertaste is piney and bitter, and lingers for a very long time.
M: Beautiful mouthfeel is smooth but not oily or heavy. The medium body could perhaps use a touch more carbonation, but this takes little away from the presentation of the overall beer. No trace of this beers alcohol content can be found.
D: Man if this beer was local I'd drink it every week. A delicious east coast DIPA that isn't too sweet or full of malt! One of my top DIPA's, perhaps only bested by PtE. Another big thank you to Michael for just giving me a beer that I was so convinced I wouldn't get to try that I didn't even put it on my wants. Cheers!

Photo of koopa
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #113
Bottle #3 of #48

22oz dull gold waxed bomber brought back from the Warren, VT general store by my snowboarding buddy who was spending a weekend at Jay Peak.

Appearance: Pours a very attractive transparant orange with honey folds. The head is creamy, hop oily tinged, 3 fingers, slightly buttery white, shows massive retention and caked on lace.

Smell: Simcoe hops producing a slight tangelo fruitiness, good bitterness, good pine presence, and a hint of wet grass.

Taste: Same as the nose. The bitterness is so well refined. This is an outstandingly crafted DIPA. Definitely my favorite made on the East Coast. Similar to PTE but not as much grapefruit presence. I may just like this one better than PTE too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, a touch of chewiness.

Drinkability: While "balanced" might not be the best word, considering this one is all about the hops with little malt profile, the hops are extremely balanced themselves!

Home Run Sean!

Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a mini snifter. The color is a bit of burnt orange, Longhorn-style. A bit of slight haze. A good looking beer. Nice white head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is just phenomenal with a really fresh, fragrant aroma coming from a good dose of citrus and pine hops. Really overpowering and one of the best hop aromas I have come across. The taste doesn't disappoint, though it's not quite as pungent as the nose. Really great feel with quite a bit of bitterness. This is pretty hefty to have all that much of, but it's quite delicious and the nose is out of this world.

Photo of ajthegreat
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Really bright, really hazy, great lacing. Just a killer looking dipa.

S. As you would expect, straight tropical fruit. Not an overpowering hop aroma, but just enough to warrant a name like hopzilla.

T. I see a lot of similarities with double sunshine. The only word to describe it is juicy. Some pine and citrus but mostly juicy fruit. Great malt backbone on this, but again all about the hops.

M. Smooth as hell, just amazing.

O. Lawsons does I again. Right now this is up there with the hill offerings and heady. A great accomplishment for the style, wish this was a year rounder. A must try.

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Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
96 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.