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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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238 Ratings
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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 369
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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askham

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8.5%

01-20-2013 22:40:45 | More by askham
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Phishagonia

Connecticut

4/5  rDev -8.5%

02-15-2014 02:55:23 | More by Phishagonia
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cfh64

Texas

4/5  rDev -8.5%

12-16-2012 17:59:41 | More by cfh64
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Deuane

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 22:09:49 | More by Deuane
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WeisGuy

New York

4.05/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle shared by sarro - thanks, Kyle!

Pours a hazy, deep orange color with a one-finger, frothy white head. Head retention is decent and lacing is good. Huge grapefruit and citrus notes on the aroma with lighter pine and danky smells. Aroma is reminiscent of opening a bag of hop pellets (Simcoe?). The taste has more malt presence than expected with the strong grapefruit hops being backed up by some caramel and biscuity malt as well as some pine resin. Make no mistake though, this one is all about the citrus hops. The bitterness is strong up front but is more mild on the finish. The alcohol is well-hidden on the finish, but the hops kind of trail off a bit early. A bit light-bodied on the palate with moderate carbonation and a moderately dry finish. Drinkability is pretty good with the malt providing just enough balance to the hops and the alcohol being well-hidden. Overall, this is really good stuff that is harmed a bit by the truncated finish. I'd love to try more stuff from this emerging brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2011 21:44:13 | More by WeisGuy
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.08/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikeyv35 for this one. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. Batch #139, Bottle #4 of 96.

A - Pours with three fingers of creamy orange-tinged foam that slowly dissipates to a thin cap leaving behind glass-coating lace. The body is a slightly murky orange color with a faint reddish tinge to it.

S - You can definitely tell this was the July batch as opposed to the September one. It has that slightly cheesy faded hop aroma going on. However, once you get past that, there is a fairly intense bouquet of flowers, pine, herbs and spices, earthiness, and light citrus peel. There's a fairly hefty crystal malt backdrop that imparts caramel and lightly toasted grains.

T - The taste initially starts with some nice toffee and citrus sweetness, then quickly morphs into palate-bruising bitterness and light burnt sugars. This is a distinctly East Coast DIPA - the hop choices are all fairly high in alpha acids, and the malt backbone is surprisingly solid for a 8.7% beer. Still, it's held up amazingly well after circa four months.

M - The body is medium-full in density, and fairly smooth in texture. Extremely dry finish with tons of residual hop oils and resins. Alcohol is well-hidden, but bitterness gets to be a touch aspirin-like after a while. Carbonation is decidedly medium, and supports the beer nicely.

D - I hope I get to try this fresh at some point, because I'm guessing it's an absolute beast. Beyond the near barbaric bitterness level, there's nothing to really stop someone from having a few pours of this.

Edit: I had a fresh bottle and it tasted very similar. Kudos for holding up so well, but the grassy and floral character isn't totally my thing.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2010 19:03:17 | More by MasterSki
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DonFrap for the bottle.

Pours a dark orange color, with a 2+ finger of off white head leaving nice sticky lace. Arome was nice, with juicy citrus, pine needles, resinous, with touches of floral hops. Taste was bitter, but never daunting, citrus, some tropical fruits, and pine resins. Slightly crisp medium body.

And excellent and easy drinking DIPA!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 14:54:24 | More by EgadBananas
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a few days ago on our last Vermont trip. Nice Sunday afternoon beer I think.

Pours a nice creamy semi thick foamy 1 finger had that fades at a med pace, leaves some lacing but not a ton, semi clear slight maple orange faint toasty color.

Nose is pretty nice, a nice hodgepodge of great hops, my fav style hops before the invent of the huge tropical variety and the great Kiwi hops came around, nice citrus, a little tropical fruit like mostly a little melon and hint of grapefruit pith, touch of candied orange peel, mild resin and some pine,little spicy chewy hop profile, etc. With a nice malt base, big sweet candy like malt base, little caramel and toasty, reddish malt, a decent sweet malt base, more hops than malts but borderline imperial red ale.

Taste brings lots more hop profile again. Again a great hop profile, with some spicy hops to start, right into a pine profile and a little resin, into mild citrus, hint of grapefruit pith, and some mild melon again, with the sweet malt a little candied orange peel again too. A nice overall fruity hop that is there but mostly background to the spicy piney hops, and quite a bit of bitterness overall. The big bitterness is balanced though by the big sweet malt base, not super sweet but enough to balance. Mild caramel malt, some toasty reddish, and just overall big malty flavor too. There is a hint of booze but not much as it's hidden well by the sweet malts and big hops. Finish is long, big bitterness again as it attempts to dry but stays pretty sweet, little candy malt sweet sticky feel, some pine and chewy like hop profile lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice carbonation too, faint hint of booze, and a little sticky feel.

Overall pretty nice, reminds me of what a great DIPA used to be a few years ago before teh advent of the huge tropical fruit bomb hops, a nice big pine and slightly spicy hop, a little chewy hop, little resin and a bit of citrus and melon, nice malty base with good balance. Still not on par with what the DIPAs are like these days, even their own Double Sunshine, or something like Abner or Heady Topper, but still pretty tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 21:44:31 | More by jlindros
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mikem0487

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into Green Man snifter. No Enjoy By/Drink By date.

A-Pours a mildly hazy copper body with a very thin head. The thin head does have nice lacing and good retention.

S-This beer is all about the aroma. Ridiculous. I have never given a beer a 5 in a category and this aroma deserves it. The use of cascade, amarillo, centennial and magnum hops work out beautifully in this beer. Pineapple, peach, kiwi, mango all stick out and blend together. Throughout all that intense fruitiness you almost get a candy like caramalized sugar smell?!?

T-This beer is definitely bitter like the label entails. Very juicy upfront showcasing the hops and than the bittering attributes of the hops come in and linger on the back of your tongue. Clean yeast lets the hops do the work and the malt help to balance it out. Only thing that I do not love about this beer is the after taste which is just very bitter and contains some fusel alcohol notes, minor but apparent between all that hop bitterness.

M-On the dry side for a Imperial IPA. Medium bodied, good natural carbonation.

O-Highly recommend this beer and would love to try it fresh on tap in VT. Everything about this beer is enjoyable and makes me want to drink more of it but the overly bittering finish with the alcohol heat takes away from the overall greatness of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 13:06:05 | More by mikem0487
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rudzud

Massachusetts

4.19/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle of this on a recent Vermont beer trip a few days ago. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear coppery orange hue with a nice two finger super, super creamy off white head that fades to leave light lacing and a creamy blanket. Quite appealing.

S - Hmmm...not exactly the all out hop assault I had been expecting. IT is quite balanced between light malty sweetness and tropical fruits. Fruity hops, light pineapple, mango, and citrus. Wish there was more hop aroma though.

T - Taste is, well, quite bitter like the label states. The juicy hops are upfront, more of the fleeting tropical notes. On a heavy sip I get lots of tuttifruiti bubblegum on the finish. the main notes though are fleeting pineapple, mango, and citrus. The malts hold the hops back. I understand, IPAs do not always have to be in your face hops, but that's just more fun than a balanced beer. Still, a very balanced flavour profile of softer (flavour wise) hops and malts. Lingering bitter finish which is always fun. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully.

M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. Dry, medium bodied. Solid carbonation. Again, alcohol is hidden nicely. I'm a bit let down...the label made it seem like this would be super bitter. Its bitter, sure, but I have had MUCH MUCH bitter.

O - Overall, this is a delicious beer. Very balanced, which is always a plus I suppose. Alcohol hidden very well, just not NEARLY as bitter as I wanted it to be. Unfortunate, however, still a worthy beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 03:22:30 | More by rudzud
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jrallen34

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml mottle 90 of 96, batch 176, drank from a perfect pint glass... The beer is a dark hazy peach with an off white head, ok retention and lacing... We had this after Ephriam so the taste and aroma seemed really light, however still refreshing and more drinkable than the E. The aroma is light floral hops, a little sweet overall, grass finish. Not blowing me away but seems sessionable. The taste is not at all like a dipa, tastes like a regular ipa with the higher alcohol content, no alcohol or pine at all. The front is swet with grapefruit and toffee with a floral finish, light bitter finish that is nice. I'd like to have this again without the residual effects of Ephriam lingering. The best Lawson's I've had to date but nothing to go crazy trying to get.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:59:28 | More by jrallen34
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younger35

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just received this brew in a recent trade with BeerTruth. He's definitely gone above and beyond this time. The first Lawson's Finest Liquid I had was the Maple Nipple and it rocked. Can't wait for this one. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Rare Batch #74. Bottle #29 of 72

Appearance- Pours a super clear orange yellowish with a nice two fingered fluffy white head that has some super duper staying power. A nice cap and collar remains the entire beer along with loads and loads of thick sticking ring like lacing.
Smell- Wow, this is a 'dank' one as the kids say now-a-days. Fairly heavy on the hay and dirt as a deep earthiness is really the name of the game here. Some pine sneaks in too as does a bunch of heavy spring grass. I honestly don't get much fruitiness other than maybe a touch of grapefruit which is surprising considering the Amarillo and Cascades used. Maybe sort of a crackery maltiness in which to support this hoppy goodness but the nose is just full of dank earthy hops.
Taste- Starts much like the nose with an earthy sort of bitterness that is, well, dank. A bit more fruit in the taste than in the nose as some grapefruit and bitter orange peel show. Maybe not a whole lot in the way of pine sap but the grassy qualities are quite evident. The beer is sneakily bitter but a bit of caramel malt is definitely noticeable. It's light for sure but has some subtle toffee qualities. I get a touch of alcohol but nothing crazy. The finish is bitter and lightly fruity and earthy. Good stuff.
Mouthfeel- Lighter body that nears medium with a light creamy carbonation that finishes nice and dry. I could probably use a touch more carbonation but I should just shut my mouth and enjoy.
Drinkability- Excellent Double IPA that I'm surprised doesn't get more attention. It's definitely not a west coast IPA with a bit citric fruitiness but it's a great change of pace. Perhaps one of the best 'change of pace' IPA's I've had (for lack of a better term). So earthy and ripe, great beer. You were right Adam, thanks man!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 14:18:09 | More by younger35
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dtmets84

New York

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my HF snifter.

A: Pours a dark orangeamber color with 2 inch white head and great lacing.

S: Mmm mm hops.

T:Bitter biting hops on the front. the back seems to smooth out and really balances it well.

M: Mouthfeel is sick and leaves the hop taste in the back of my throat

D: Lawsons can do no wrong. I have chinookr and 40th anny in the fridge will have to crack those soon to compare.

Would seek this guy out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 22:11:20 | More by dtmets84
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jbertsch

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color with a white head.

Aroma is huge with a pungent mix of hops that cover just about the entire hop aroma spectrum. Citrus, earth, spice, wet and dank.

Flavor delivers a punch of hops to the face. It's like raw hop flower petals coat your tongue. Earthy hops with a tinge of bitter lemon are the most noticeable hop flavors. Malt backbone is slightly sweet with a noticeable booze kick that lingers along with some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is prickly and full bodied. Good amount of carbonation.

Hopzilla is not for the faint of heart. The hops own this beer. The volume is turned up on all aspects loud and clear. The description on the bottle states its a "monster of an ipa that terrorizes your taste buds." I agree, buck it sure is fun and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2012 00:37:20 | More by jbertsch
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bishopdc0

Maine

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-12-2011 19:18:31 | More by bishopdc0
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stereosforgeeks

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-12-2013 03:27:15 | More by stereosforgeeks
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VeganUndead

Virginia

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-14-2013 04:52:29 | More by VeganUndead
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jmccrum

New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-08-2012 12:28:15 | More by jmccrum
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HopsHopenstein

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

09-22-2012 01:35:29 | More by HopsHopenstein
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Massbmx

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-14-2013 22:02:11 | More by Massbmx
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cocoapuph

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-14-2012 00:47:08 | More by cocoapuph
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SocalKicks

California

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

11-30-2013 00:32:58 | More by SocalKicks
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irv2424

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-09-2013 14:46:43 | More by irv2424
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

12-08-2013 14:27:47 | More by DrunkinYogi
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nootch23

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

09-17-2012 13:27:27 | More by nootch23
Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
96 out of 100 based on 238 ratings.