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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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world-class

242 Ratings
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Ratings: 242
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 378
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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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4.5/5  rDev +3%

millerbuffoon, Sep 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

akang, Nov 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

muskiesman, Nov 12, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

IrishColonial, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ncaudle, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bubba83 for this great Vermont tick.

Pours a mostly clear bright orange-copper color with a well-formed whitish head that leaves a nice bubbly foam layer.

The aroma is awesome fresh hops - citrusy and herbal, almost reminiscent of Dreadnaught or something. Just a little maltiness behind it.

The flavor has a subtle caramel malt base and a huge hop punch in yo' face with grapefruit, tangerine, resin, and herbal notes.

Really palate-wrecking without being too syrupy, with somewhat soft carbonation and a long bitter finish.

This one is legit! I really like it and think it's up there with a solid west coast IPA.

nickd717, Oct 14, 2010
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.

Jeffo, Oct 14, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Smarty_Pints, Nov 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

VeganUndead, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks merc for sharing this
The bottle pours a clear amber with touch of sediment and fluffy white head that laces. The nose is grapefruit forward, but it's not tart or mouthwatering. The beer's sweetness pushes up against the bitter hops to create a very drinkable DIPA. However, there is a substantial amount of rindy/resiny bitterness that sits on the palate. A big scoop of peanut butter makes the beer much better though. Tasty beer, but it may be a bit over the top.

ThePorterSorter, Nov 07, 2012
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.

Arbitrator, Dec 18, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a keg for their one-year anniversary celebration this beer was a cloudy, gold-amber color with a one-finger, white head. The retention was strong as a collar and the lacing so-so in streaks. The aroma was strong and musky, citrus, pine and a little musty malt. The Amarillo and Cascade hops were quite apparent. The flavors were quite piney and green with herbal notes; clearly it was dry-hopped. The malt was again a bit musky but hints of toasted malt appeared as it warmed up. The grapefruit finish was crisp and very bitter. Tart and highly acidic. The mouthfeel was soft, the body medium and the carbonation soft but a little too low for such a big beer. Probably a great beer out of a bottle.

thekevlarkid, Apr 21, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

Satchboogie, Oct 07, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

DonFrap, Sep 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

mltobin, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of sholland119
4.58/5  rDev +4.8%
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

sholland119, Jul 30, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

MinorThreat, May 24, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

JRod1969, Nov 22, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

ElGallo, Oct 04, 2012
Photo of brewandbbq
4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from the cold truck. Batch 88, bottle 13 of 44, courtesy BA Barleywinebrewer via Lawsonsfinest. Thanks Bill and Sean!

Pours hazy copper with a gold hue and an inch-plus dense head of white. A real beaut in a Duvel tulip. A solid skim coat on the surface for the duration as well as as plenty of ripped lacing.

Aromatics lead off with a blast of candied pine and tropical fruit. Mango, spruce resin, tangerine, and grapefruit. Pungent and floral. West coast all the way and worthy of the comparison.

On the thicker side of medium bodied with a slickish, tacky mouthfeel. Slightly chewy and gummy.

A carpet bombing of hops lead off the pallet with plenty of juicy, bitter citrus and pine. Spruce cambium rubbed with grapefruit and orange pith. Warming alcohol steps forward as the drying bitterness builds and some peppery spice starts to numb.

Finishes with lingering bitterness, minimal residuals, and citrus pith. A lengthy dryness fades slow with the bitter resins.

Great IIPA. A nice mix of pine and citrus with the key aromatics needed for the style.

brewandbbq, Dec 11, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Back from it's long hiatus! 22oz bottle poured into Lawson's tulip. Bottle picked up on Saturday.

300th review!!

A- Pours a slightly hazy but translucent slightly brownish orange golden. A little over a half finger of white semi-thick foamy head that has great retention and slowly fades to leave a thin layer of head. Very nice carbonation. Coats the glass in nice layered lacing.

S- Lots of tropical citrus hops with notes of mango, guava, pineapple, grapefruit, some light pine and underlying caramel malts and booze. The citrus hops definitely dominate the aroma and can be smelled easily when pouring from the bottle. Not as much grapefruit as a lot of citrus IPAs, but more a mixture of other tropical fruits. Definitely well above average aroma strength.

T- Mangoes, pineapple, guava, a little bit of grapefruit and pine. Finishes with more tropical fruits with a little bit more of the pineapple and pine coming out and a light bitterness that is exactly the right amount in my opinion. A lingering aftertaste of mangoes, sweet pine (comes out more towards the end of the bottle), and other tropical fruits. You can tell a little bit the booze is present, but balances right in with all of the flavors. Everything is very well balanced and there are a multitude of complex flavors coming out, this is exactly what I like in my IPAs.

M- Medium bodied, slightly sticky, abv very well hidden but lightly present, on the dry side but definitely not too dry, drinks very easily and very smooth.

O- This might be one of my new favorite IPAs. I wish I could drink this all the time. It was full of flavor with so many different flavors bursting out. I would definitely recommend this to any IPA fan. I just finished a whole bottle by myself and I'm already craving more. I hope it doesn't take another year and half to brew another batch. Fantastic job!

jaasen64, Sep 19, 2012
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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.

WeisGuy, Jan 15, 2011
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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!

SpeedwayJim, Sep 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

bobv, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of Stevedore
4.33/5  rDev -0.9%
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.)

Stevedore, Nov 24, 2013
Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
96 out of 100 based on 242 ratings.