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:
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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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.76/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Fresh bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer appears golden with a thin white head. The aroma offers butterscotch candies, must, floral hops, candy. Sweet and sticky. Cotton candy with sweet alcohol and floral hops. I'm told that this is not a good representation of this beer. Odd and cloying. A touch of citrus, but that's entirely overpowered by sweetness and cleaning solution. Fail.

Photo of dasenebler
2.98/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

11/22/13
Lawson's Hopzilla
22oz, purchased at Hunger Mt. Coop

Pours a hazy medium amber. Glowing orange, nice white head retains at a finger very well. Good lacing. (4.5)

Aroma has fruity hop and a ton of ester. Pineapple, banana, bubblegum, pear. Lacks hop "dankness" and intense citrus. (3)

Lots of rindy bitterness on the palate. Fruity hops, very tropical, very tangy. Not that citrusy or piney. A little bit of heavy-oil sulfur and garlic on the finish, but not much. Malts are supporting, maybe a hint of caramel. Grassy bitterness really builds up on the tongue. Mouthfeel is resinous, slick and full, but pretty damn flat carb-wise. (3, 3)

Overall, I'm not very impressed with this beer. I know it's a different beer, but the Double Sunshine I had on-draft in VT a few months ago was way better than this stuff. This bomber tastes very amateurish, and the heavy esters indicate a stressed fermentation. Drinkable, but not worth $9/bomber. Bad batch, or just not a good beer? (2.5)

Photo of BGsWo22
3/5  rDev -31.4%

Photo of Davidsoul
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of rderedin
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of Arbitrator
3.43/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks for sharing this, Kevin. I was curious to try it but didn't want to give up Matt and the like for it.

A: The body is amber in color. It's pretty clear, though there is a light haziness to it. Off-white head caps the affair; its good retention lends a nice presence to the beer, leaving curtains during sips, with some lacing register marks.

S: I can see that this pays an homage to the West Coast style IPA, with a nose of citrus (grapefruit, orange rind) and pine coming forth. It's also rounded out by what I think of as "East Coast style" aromas of herbs, earth, and moss. I can tell this is going to be bitter....

T: ...And I'm right. Bitter herbs, grass, moss, and earth set the tone. The malt backbone has been amped up to compensate, with some crystal malts that bring out caramel and a touch of toffee. The high point of the beer is the mid-taste, which allows the grapefruit and orange rind flavors to shine, but they're accompanied by ongoing bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied. It's sweet, but it finishes dry (or the impression of dryness, owing to the dialed-up bitterness). It works fairly well. The aftertaste is astringent, with a lot of lingering hop oils that create slickness.

D: This is good, but to tell the truth I think I can buy better beers off the shelf here. I'm glad I got to try it, though.

Photo of Jimmys
3.49/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber into snifter.

A: pours a very clear copper color. head retention is decent. tons of spotted lacing. vinous.

S: smells super fruity and sweet. too sweet. im afraid I get some diacetyl in this aroma. battle of hops and diacetyl.

T: resinous. melon. bitterness is fleeting. certainly piney. a little bit of lime. better as it warms. the diacetyl in the nose is not nearly as glaring as in the nose. a non-glaring bitterness in the finish.

M: carb is pretty mellow. very mellow actually. full bodied.

T: tis a shame regarding the off-flavor of diacetyl. everything else I have had from Lawson's has been nothing short of fantastic. I see a boatload of positive reviews which leads me to believe I got a bad batch and this beer is typically much better. certainly would be willing to give this another try.

Photo of pvequalsnrt
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of nrs207
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of chippo33
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of phishbone23
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of HeadieBrews
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of Lakemonster
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.7/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited for this tonight. Poured from 22oz bottle into New Belgium globe. Larger than average head and I can smell it right away from over a foot. Head is slight off-white with some yellow in it. Body is clear and a gorgeous amber color. Nice lacing. Aroma is strong and sweeter than I was expecting. A little bit of artificial sweet, nice pine and a little orange citrus. Flavor is well balanced between bitter and hoppy and sweet. Very earthy, a little orange, some spice, and pine. Mouth is great with full body and nice carbonation.

Overall, a very good DIPA that hides the alcohol well. I wouldn't say there is anything special here, but I would drink it a lot if readily available.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Piddmeista
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of ffejherb
3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked & caged bottle, courtesy of Deuane via naproxen and beertruth. Batch 74 - Bottle 28 of 72. Enjoyed on 1/7/10.

A - Poured a clear golden body with sparse carbonation and about a finger's width of bubbly white head that quickly diminished into a thin patch but deposited thick swatches of lace around the glass.

S - Nose boasts quite a bit of fresh hop aroma and lots of bitter hop oils, imparting a leafy, resinous quality as well as a citrus peel character.

T - First sip revealed a bit of buttery diacetyl with some creamy vanilla notes that was unexpected. However, the potent hops took over quickly, giving the flavor a very resinous and citrusy character. Citrus fruit, orange/grapefruit peel and floral notes mingle with a sweet malt character to balance.

M - Medium bodied with soft carbonation and a very oily texture. Dry finish with sticky, hoppy bitterness that lingers on the palate for quite a while.

D - While the initial taste was a bit less than desirable, this one really grew on me, especially after the onslaught of hops. Once the hops came to life and took over, I enjoyed this one quite a bit.

Photo of tbeckett
3.79/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this at Blackback in Waterbury. From notes.

A - Dark gold pour with good carbonation and one finger of fluffy white head. Cloudy. Spotty lace and a film of retention.

S - Juicy mango, grapefruit, sweet fruits.

T - Lot's of citrus, boozy pineapple, syrupy fruits.

M - Good bitterness, good carbonation, medium body.

O/D - I thought this was a regular strength IPA until i went to write this review. Not what I expected, especially for Lawson's. It was, however, pretty tasty and drinkable. Nice stuff.

Photo of maximum12
3.85/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to imagineiii for this bottle of hoppy goodness that we decided to down while watching When Harry met Sally for the umpteenth hundred time. Just goes to show you there's probably one or two good movies in even the worst genres. Bottle 31 of 96, Batch 176.

Pours is sun-behind-the-cloud orange, opaque, dense, curling to yellow around the the edges. Smells like an IPA, with the Cascade hops in charge, citrus, pine, not terribly potent.

If one went to see Hopzilla on the silver screen, he'd be smaller than you expected. Instead of the pummelling I'd hoped for, this is a IIPA that strokes you gently. Sweet malts overshadow the plunder of the hops, which results in a rich, sweet beer with a southern twang of citrus, grapefruit, & pine. Only in the end does the bitterness come on like a go-go dancer & begin to numb my tongue. That's what I'm talkin' about! Yes, to call yourself a IIPA, I think you ought to be extreme about it, none of this namby-pamby malt "balance". Bring it or stay home! I find the liquid in my glass disappearing through some inexplicable phenomenon, however, I can't have drunk that much already.

In the end, a very good beer that isn't quite ready for the hoppy hall of fame, although it improves as it warms. I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of Cascades, & it's the hop on top here. I prefer Lawson's Triple Play, but I'd never turn down a glass (or bomber) of this.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Alec! Poured into a tulip. This one pours a slightly hazy golden for with a finger of fluffy white head.

The aroma has a sweet orange character and nice piney resinous hops. The pallet has a nice piney hop flavor with hints of citrus hops in the background. Nice subtle malt character to it.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this one is great. Real enjoyable.

Photo of gregmoscetti
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.93/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to youbrewIdrink for bringing this bottle over the pond to share with us. You can stay at Doopie's house and eat his food anytime.

From a 750ml into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, tight, white head with excellent retention. Head fades to a full wisp and sticks to the sides of the glass. A hazy gamboge orange in color with medium carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp remains and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: BIg, fruity, hoppy nose on this one. Honeydew melon, pineapple, orange peel and lots of citrus lemon and grapefruit all over the place. Tropical fruits everywhere, and some light caramel notes as well. Bold and spectacular. Awesome stuff.

TASTE: A little lacking up front, unfortunately, though more flavor comes out after the swallow. Caramel and mango sweetness up front to a degree, then some citrus lemon at the swallow. Bolder aftertaste with lots of bitter, floral hops and light citrus grapefruit drops off fairly quickly. Very bitter and not quite as flavorful as hoped. Tropical elements from the nose don't carry over to the flavor either. Very nice, but doesn't live up to the opening act.

PALATE: Full body with medium levels of carbonation. Very creamy on the palate, smooth as well, goes down smooth and finishes slightly dry. Great, full feel here.

OVERALL: Really good stuff, but as mentioned above, the flavor didn't quite live up to the outstanding nose. This is one I'd love to drink on a regular basis, but a better connection between the nose and flavor profile is needed to make this the world class beer it wants to be. Thanks agian youbrewIdrink. Doopie's always got an open bed for you.

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