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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 382
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
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 scottfrie
4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Photo of ffejherb
3.8/5  rDev -13%
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 mltobin
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Deuane
4.02/5  rDev -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.

Photo of koopa
4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #113
Bottle #3 of #48

22oz dull gold waxed bomber brought back from the Warren, VT general store by my snowboarding buddy who was spending a weekend at Jay Peak.

Appearance: Pours a very attractive transparant orange with honey folds. The head is creamy, hop oily tinged, 3 fingers, slightly buttery white, shows massive retention and caked on lace.

Smell: Simcoe hops producing a slight tangelo fruitiness, good bitterness, good pine presence, and a hint of wet grass.

Taste: Same as the nose. The bitterness is so well refined. This is an outstandingly crafted DIPA. Definitely my favorite made on the East Coast. Similar to PTE but not as much grapefruit presence. I may just like this one better than PTE too.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, well carbonated, a touch of chewiness.

Drinkability: While "balanced" might not be the best word, considering this one is all about the hops with little malt profile, the hops are extremely balanced themselves!

Home Run Sean!

Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a generic goblet. Extra special thanks to youbrewidrink for this from our recent trade!

Rare Batch # 74
Bottle # 47 of 72
Hand numbered and signed by - Sean

A: Pours a crystal clear golden apple juice color with 2 1/2 fingers of pillowy, off-white foam. Head retention is excellent and a sticky lacey mess is left behind coating the inside of the glass.

S: Holy pine! Fresh cut pine melds with freshly cut grass clippings, and tropical fruit aromas of pineapple, mango, and apricot. Also noted were aromas of dry roasted malt drizzled with honey.

T: Fresh expeller pressed pine oil plays nice with mild notes of tropical fruit, tangy citrus, herbal grass clippings, vanilla, and honey.

M: Piney, spicy, dry, and astringent hops. This stripped all the moisture from my tongue and left it feeling raw...abused by extreme hoppiness. Some minor hints of citrus ans some toasty malt.

D: Dry, peppery, spicy DIPA's are some of my favorite things in the world. This, most certainly, did not disappoint. The alcohol was disguised very well as I didn't feel anything of it 'till the very end of the bottle.

Photo of ncaudle
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Jeffo
3.97/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Satchboogie
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Stevedore
4.34/5  rDev -0.7%
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.)

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.

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.

Photo of Smarty_Pints
4.5/5  rDev +3%

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 thekevlarkid
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.

Photo of ElGallo
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Resuin
4.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a Golden Monkey Goblet. Picked up this bottle about 3 weeks ago on my trip through Vermont.

Appearance: The beer pours a lovely dark gold/amber color and leaves about 2 fingers of white, fluffy head. Bubbles can be seen floating to the surface through the translucent gold beer.

Smell: This beer smells like a wonderful IPA should smell. Hops up front, with plenty of pine. Perhaps some citrus notes in the background but mainly pine and hops. Wonderful smelling beer.

Taste: Definitely hops up front, sticky pine. Very well balanced though, nothing is too overpowering, which makes this very drinkable, especially for its ABV. It's delicious, make no doubts about it. Finishes very clean and crisp, the taste does not particularly linger, but smacks upfront.

Mouth-feel: Lovely feeling for a DIPA, with a good amount of carbonation. Sticky and a great balance between syrupy and watery. Definitely heavier than standard IPA's which I was expecting.

Overall: Very well balanced DIPA. The taste matches the smell: hops, hops, and pine with some fruity notes. It tastes fantastic, and is a great hoppy experience - worthy of even the best tongues and noses.

Photo of DonFrap
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JRod1969
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of sholland119
4.57/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Photo of bobv
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

Photo of Mantooth
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Photo of sirsteve42
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of WeisGuy
4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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