Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.5/5 rDev +3%
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.
11-14-2010 01:49:13 | More by Thorpe429
4/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
10-21-2010 04:14:22 | More by largadeer
4.88/5 rDev +11.7%
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. ;)
07-23-2010 15:03:13 | More by Kegatron
4.08/5 rDev -6.6%
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.
11-13-2010 19:03:17 | More by MasterSki
4.16/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
11-17-2013 21:44:31 | More by jlindros
4.33/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
11-16-2012 06:55:51 | More by Rifugium
4.3/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
02-18-2013 01:45:07 | More by corby112
District of Columbia
4.68/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
09-23-2012 18:38:18 | More by yourefragile
4.38/5 rDev +0.2%
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.
03-05-2011 01:08:33 | More by akorsak
District of Columbia
2.76/5 rDev -36.8%
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.
11-02-2013 00:09:05 | More by Huhzubendah
4.4/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
09-23-2012 20:45:27 | More by mdaschaf
Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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