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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 243
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.36
pDev: 9.17%
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 +3.2%

Maseitz, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.48/5  rDev +2.8%
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.


woosterbill, Nov 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

IPAman89, Nov 18, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

ComRock12, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of cfrances33
4.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle thanks poured into a HF stem.

Pour: Hazy deep orange with two fingers of off white head. Leaves okay lacing, and the head hangs around in the form of a thick rim, and some film.

Smell: Big dank pine up front, as well as some citrus fruits. A nice honey malt presence comes through, and balances very well.

Taste: Really huge burst of dank pine up front, followed by some citrus bitterness. This beer is a conifer forest, but in a good way. A really nice caramel sweetness provides a great balance to this hop bomb, but only enough to not make the bitterness overwhelming. Finishes bitter with citrus and pine needles.

Mouthfeel: Huge bitteress, but also quite juicy. Medium heavy body. Slight booziness is what cause me to mark off a little here.

Overall: Nice beer, and definitely shows why Lawson's has a bunch of hype. Great beer

cfrances33, Nov 17, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was very excited to see my cousin Jeff picked this up on his recent trip to Vt. We split the bottle 3 ways, into snifters. Deep orange pour with a 2 inch head, good lacing. Typical DIPA aromas, pine, grapefruit. The beer was very balanced, lots of pine and citrus, moderate/high bitterness. The finish lingered. The body and carbonation level were where I think they should be. Well constructed brew.

bonkers, Nov 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Anonymous1, Nov 16, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Rifugium, Nov 16, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +8.9%

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3.7/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited for this tonight. Poured from 22oz bottle into New Belgium globe. Larger than average head and I can smell it right away from over a foot. Head is slight off-white with some yellow in it. Body is clear and a gorgeous amber color. Nice lacing. Aroma is strong and sweeter than I was expecting. A little bit of artificial sweet, nice pine and a little orange citrus. Flavor is well balanced between bitter and hoppy and sweet. Very earthy, a little orange, some spice, and pine. Mouth is great with full body and nice carbonation.

Overall, a very good DIPA that hides the alcohol well. I wouldn't say there is anything special here, but I would drink it a lot if readily available.

RuckusDu, Nov 15, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -2.5%

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4/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.95/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
96 out of 100 based on 243 ratings.