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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 239
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 371
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

10-23-2012 23:06:18 | More by bierdabbler
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-22-2012 14:30:44 | More by wdarcy77
Photo of Bendurgin


3.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks for this one Alec! Poured into a tulip. This one pours a slightly hazy golden for with a finger of fluffy white head.

The aroma has a sweet orange character and nice piney resinous hops. The pallet has a nice piney hop flavor with hints of citrus hops in the background. Nice subtle malt character to it.

The body is medium with soft carbonation. Overall this one is great. Real enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 03:35:17 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of andrewinski1

New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Bendurgin for sharing. Poured into a wine glass. The color is orange/melon. There is a small white bubbly head.

The aroma has a great dose of hoppy pine; that's about it. It's potent and great.

The taste if full of zesty piney hops. There is a lingering bitterness in the finish. This is a tongue bruiser. There is mild malt sweetness, but it's hard to detect beneath all the hops.

This is super tasty. I love it.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2012 02:52:14 | More by andrewinski1
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-22-2012 02:40:12 | More by callmescraps
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New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

10-21-2012 20:09:49 | More by ryan79
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4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-21-2012 15:44:04 | More by ubufan2112
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-20-2012 03:20:39 | More by t0rin0
Photo of Pinknuggets


4.4/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a long trail pint glass

A: The appearance is golden honey like in color. There was a small pure white head that dispated to leave a heavy rings around the edges. It is hazy and varies from dark to light throughout.

S: The nose starts out with what else but, hops and lots of them. I can detect some citrus and piney mixture but this is one of the first DIPAs that ive had that really reeks of hops.

T: The taste follows the nose with lots of hops upfront but the citrus comes through much more in the taste then it did in the nose. There is also a lot of piney crisp taste toward the finish that leads to hop bitterness that is right on par with my liking (not overwhelming) and fades nicely for a fairly long time.

M: The mouthfeel is smooth and crisp and goes down easily. There is no hint of alcohol which is pretty decent for DIPA.

O: I may be partial as I live in VT but this is definitely one of the best DIPAs or IPA I have ever had. It has a lot of hops without being well overwhelming. If you can get your hands on this beer do so it is one of the best Lawson's or anyone else for that matter has to offer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 20:44:16 | More by Pinknuggets
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4.15/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to DonFrap for the bottle.

Pours a dark orange color, with a 2+ finger of off white head leaving nice sticky lace. Arome was nice, with juicy citrus, pine needles, resinous, with touches of floral hops. Taste was bitter, but never daunting, citrus, some tropical fruits, and pine resins. Slightly crisp medium body.

And excellent and easy drinking DIPA!

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 14:54:24 | More by EgadBananas
Photo of cosmicevan

New York

4.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 02:59:59 | More by cosmicevan
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-17-2012 19:24:10 | More by JxExM
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5/5  rDev +14.4%

10-17-2012 14:13:16 | More by jamesewelch
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-16-2012 16:50:30 | More by rastley
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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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2012 19:14:09 | More by Jeffo
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New Hampshire

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A. Really bright, really hazy, great lacing. Just a killer looking dipa.

S. As you would expect, straight tropical fruit. Not an overpowering hop aroma, but just enough to warrant a name like hopzilla.

T. I see a lot of similarities with double sunshine. The only word to describe it is juicy. Some pine and citrus but mostly juicy fruit. Great malt backbone on this, but again all about the hops.

M. Smooth as hell, just amazing.

O. Lawsons does I again. Right now this is up there with the hill offerings and heady. A great accomplishment for the style, wish this was a year rounder. A must try.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:07:11 | More by ajthegreat
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4/5  rDev -8.5%

10-11-2012 01:46:48 | More by HumanParaquat
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New Hampshire

4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

10-08-2012 12:28:15 | More by jmccrum
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-07-2012 21:23:28 | More by Satchboogie
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New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +3%

10-04-2012 02:22:55 | More by ElGallo
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4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

10-03-2012 12:50:50 | More by Binger72
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4.93/5  rDev +12.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2012 17:29:33 | More by dirtylou
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -8.5%

09-30-2012 01:08:37 | More by acurtis
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4.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been privileged to try Pliny, Heady Topper, Alpine's Pure Hoppiness, Hill Farmstead's Double Citra and many other Double IPAs and nothing comes close, in my opinion, to Hopzilla.

This beer went down smoothly, had no excessive bite, was not in any way sour or too hoppy.

Really just spectacular. i wish they would make this all year.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 15:20:29 | More by Chazari99
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4.5/5  rDev +3%

09-29-2012 02:16:53 | More by BarrytheBear
Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
96 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.