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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 288
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 387
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.81/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

one of the first lawsons beers not to totally wow me. not only did it seem unbalanced in an unflattering way a little bit, especially in the finish, but it also is one of the only beers i have had from them that doesnt stand out in any way, its not that different or unique or special, which i always expect from these guys now. a little color to it, well short of red, but somewhere in that rusty orange spectrum, nice and heady, good clarity, plenty of carbonation. smells and tastes really pine hoppy, sharp like pine needles, not quite astringent, but bold to say the least. there is a sweetness from the malt that works well with it on the front end, but sort of runs out of steam before the finish commences, and it ends up being harshly bitter, and less hoppy in terms of flavor than the vermont standard. i appreciate what they were going for with this one, but its not the kind of ipa that has made them famous, and its not the kind i like to drink nearly as much. maybe better in a deep winter context, christmasy and strong, piney and all, but i hoped it would be on par with the sunshine beers, and its not even close.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Kevin!

Amber hued, fairly clear and nicely carbonated. A finger of head tops the body and retains nicely. Good, albeit standard, appearance.

Very aromatic, the hop profile has an earthy, herbal, grapefruit/orange peel quality. There's a substantial crystal malt backbone that lends moderate sweetness. This smells good, but it not as bright/clean as I like my DIPAs.

Intense hop flavors hit the tongue first; grapefruit, resin and bitter herbs. It's largely dry thanks to the sharp bitterness, but a strong crystal malt flavor cuts through and contributes mild caramel sweetness. Medium in body, this is quite drinkable. The finish is very firm and bitter, decidedly East Coast-style with its bitter, borderline astringent aftertaste. A good beer, but not terribly complex or memorable.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
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. ;)

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Photo of Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First had: bottle from Waitsfield Market, Waitsfield, VT

Golden-apricot color, cloudy, with a large puff of foamy white head that retained well, leaving doily lacing on the glass. Hoppy nose, of course, floral, tropical fruit, citrus, pine. Taste was a nice mishmash of floral and fruity, lemon, orange, pine, pineapple, apricot, fruit blossoms, fresh grass, overlaid on a solid sweet, pale malt base. Crisp and dry, with a bitterness that lingered into the aftertaste, moderate carbonation, medium body, and just a great IPA overall.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.38/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
2.78/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

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Photo of billab914
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a tasting glass. Light orange in color with a thin sticky white head. Great lacing and nice looking color.

Big bright hoppy aroma with tropical fruit punch. Peach and pineapple notes are great. Some light base malts, but it's all about the juicy hops.

The taste continues with the bright juicy hops. I get more notes of peach with a little pineapple. Grapefruit rind like bitterness comes out in the long dry finish. Great hoppy flavors overall.

The mouthfeel is thin with moderate carbonation. Great beer overall, loved the juicy bright hops. Very drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Lawson's tulip glass. Really like the green foil on the bottle, a very nice touch.

Deep copper orange, clear if opaque, with some real nice slow rising streams of fine carbonation that actually look like rising smoke in the glass. Head is creamy off white to very light tan, almost a brown vanilla color. Two fingers and a creamy top with some good lacing and swiss cheese bubbles as well. Great looking brew.

Aroma is real soft and nice for a hop angle. This isn't particularly large, but has a nice mix of herbs and floral like notes. Some real nice green tea and herbal notes. Almost airy and minty as well. Not sure where this is going.

Palate is a big surprise mostly in the feel. This is a real juiced body, and backed by just a touch of thick malt caramel, but has a basic IPA feel and no sludgy or thick syrup like quality or excessive sugar sweetness. Juiced big leafy tea mid palate. Hints of an actual mild dank quality which is just real impressive cause that's almost never.. mild by any means. Mid palate sensing caramel as well, and large amounts of minty like herbal orange aftertaste.

Really like how this comes off as not too large either, and has one of the best earthy herbal angles with just a touch of citrus to make and almost perfect orange pekoe like hop angled brew. Real nice.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of corby112
4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to koopa for sharing this treat with me!

Pours a hazy, pale golden orange color with tangerine edges and a 1.5 finger white head that slowly fades into a lasting ring.  Spotty lacing left behind.

Dank, earthy hop aroma with resinous pine needle, grassy hops and a strong citrus/tropical fruit presence.  Pale malt backbone with hints of biscuit, graham cracker and straw.  Lots of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel character but it's balanced by the earthier hop notes and subtle malt backbone.  

Medium bodied with a blast of earthy, piney hops countered by sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes.  Grassy, dry and resinous with hints of curaçao, blood orange, grapefruit, pineapple and mango countered by a pale malt backbone.  more earthy than sweet but still very well balanced with a delicious hop profile and just enough malt.

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.42/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle opened on 11.28.12

A - Pours a hazy medium orange with a two finger cream-colored, foamy head with good retention.

S - Citrus - Lemon, orange, pears, and pine. Very lovely.

T - Same as the nose but with more grassy-pine on the finish.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body, bitter finish.

O - Smells and tastes wonderful. This is a stellar IPA.

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
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

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Photo of tbeckett
3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.49/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, served in a Lawson's snifter.

A: Hazy medium amber body under a finger of fine off-white head. Ok retention, nice lace. Solid.

S: Explosively resinous and piney, with some crystallized tangerine close behind. Grape skin, grapefruit, and more pine. Terrific.

T: Spicy dank pine up front, followed by bright citrus, a touch of bread, and a hugely bitter, mildly alcoholic finish. Gigantically flavorful and terrifically complex, but a bit too harsh for only 8.7%.

M: Lively, spiky, sticky, medium-full body. Suits the craziness of the beer, but it's not quite what I like for the style.

O: Great DIPA, but it's a good thing I had it as my first of the night as it didn't really compare to Abner and S&S 5. I still haven't had Double Sunshine, but in my experience Lawson's is a distant third to HF and the Alchemist when it comes to hoppy VT goodness.


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Photo of scottfrie
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
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!

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Photo of blackie
4.82/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Reservoir in Waterbury, VT. 12oz pour into a Lawson's snifter yesterday, 10/23/2013.

Pours a lot like Triple Play. Hazy orange body, beautiful and thick foamy 1cm white head that the bartender used a knife to whip off the top of the glass. Lacing is very sticky and present leaving lots of lines on the glass.

Smells deliciously fruity and so complex. So much citrus and pine but without the typical hops. Its like a dry grapefruit pineapple juice or something like that. Very intense with minimal malt presence, though it is there as a mild sweetness.

Lots of citrus- grapefruit, oranges- complemented by a nice mild caramel flavour from the malts. Finishes off with a nice resinous pine flavour and above-average bitterness that is just right. Very tasty but not that much different than the Triple Play.

Mouthfeel is fantastic. Medium bodied, creamy and well carbonated. Dry and refreshing, with the aftertaste being a piney bitterness that is well balanced by the sweet dryness of the brew.

Another example of Lawson's finest liquids; the mouthfeel is outstanding and the smell is just something else. The flavour isn't too different from the other pale ales I had on this trip, but it is delicious in that Lawson's way (e.g. Triple Play, Double Sunshine, etc.)

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Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
95 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.