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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 238
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.38%
Wants: 370
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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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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treyrab

California

4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A big thanks goes out to my friend Dan for sending this one over to me last week. I already knew that Sean over at Lawson's had made amazing maple beers, so I was unsure what to expect from his Double IPA. I now know that he not only makes great maple beers, but makes great beers in general. Keep it up over there Sean!

I am not sure if you are supposed to drink the night before a marathon or not, but I decided to as I wanted to drink this fresh. Split with my dad, mom, and girlfriend.

Batch #113, #27/48

A: Pours crystal clear amber into a snifter. A beautiful look with an unbelievably perfect head. One finger thick, frothy white head. Slight lacing as it goes down.

S: Very robust with nice huge hints of orange, and a very big scent of spicy citrus, most likely coming from the Centennial hops. Some grassy note as well with some blended caramel as well. Amazing.

T: This is one of the best blended Double IPA's I've ever had. The spicy citrus from the Centennial blends perfectly with the Cascade and Chinook. The caramel backing is amazing with some sweetness and a hint of toffee. A nice hint of grassy notes as well.

M/D: Smooth, creamy, perfect carbonation.

Overall, this is one of the best Double IPA's I've had. Keep up the good work Sean!

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 23:18:54 | More by treyrab
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UA8

Washington

4.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served into an 8 oz goblet style glass. Pours a golden amber color with a thinnish cream colored head.

Smell is big but somewhat hard to sort out probably due to atmosphere. Citrus, tropical fruits, and caramel malts.

Wow! Leads with lightly bitter grapefruit citrus hops. Midpalate absolutely explodes with tropical fruit basket notes of mango, pineapple, and tangerines which I attribute to both malt in sweetness and hop in flavor. Finish with a heavy yet not abusive bitter hop finish.

Mouth feel is near perfect with medium heavy viscosity and medium light carbonation.

This is now the second best imperial ip I've had right behind heady topper and barely right before and similar to pliny the elder. An absolute must try for hop lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 23:12:27 | More by UA8
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Op tap poured into an 8oz wine glass.

Pours a nice deep golden amber color with a small white fluffy head. There's some very fine but really nice lacing. Nose is a bit muted but nice an hoppy with a very light sweetnss.

Taste is really hoppy and sharp very drinkable. It's really sharp but it's not too sweet like say 90 minute is, and it's less dry than heady topper. Light caramel notes and a smooth finish with a nice hop bite on the finish.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2010 20:49:36 | More by kingcrowing
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BTPete

New York

4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared with a few friends. Thanks Brian. I've had hopsong and chinooker'd so I was interested in this one.

Poured to big DFH snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber color. Nice little head with decent retention.

S: Big time hops. Lots of citrus and pine. The hop smell really is running over anything else that might be coming from this brew.

T: Really hop forward and bitter but not in an undrinkable way. The hop nose is so powerful that you almost can't tell that there is anything else going on but the beer is not overly sweet despite the 8.7% This one is another winner.

M: Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. The bitterness makes it feel a little bigger, almost chewy.

D: Surprisingly drinkable and like I said, another winner by Lawson's. Put side by side with a Wachussett Larry but the Larry was drank second and I think my palatte was a little shot ;) I'd have another for sure. Not sure which was better this or HopSong but I know I loved the hop song too.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2010 14:06:28 | More by BTPete
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koopa

New Jersey

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!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 17:50:49 | More by koopa
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch # 107
Bottle # 16 of 48
Wax dipped bomber

Poured into a Foothills signature glass. Hopzilla has a slightly hazy honey nectar colored body with a big billowy white head. Beautiful lacing all over the glass. Looks fantastic.

Lots of big, piney, bitter, grassy hops on the nose, followed by sweet malts and a touch of citrus. Lots of hops. No mistaking this is a DIPA.

Sweet, chewy malts quickly turn to a bitter wave of piney hops on the tongue. Orange citrus flavors mixed with somewhat bready malts. Delicious! I would put the flavor right on par with Pliny the Elder and Heady Topper. Wow, this is good. Hops give off some stickiness while dancing around with subdued honey notes. Leaves a bit of malt, but mostly just clean hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is bitter, but smooth. Chewy malts, slightly sticky, nice bite. Body thickness is about right for a DIPA.

Drinkability is through the roof. I'm currently splitting a bomber with another BA and it is disappearing very quickly. Great flavor, not too heavy and the ABV is unnoticeable. So easy to drink.

Overall, this is an excellent Double IPA. Lots and lots of hops, with bits of citrus and honey to keep it interesting. Very smooth and just extremely enjoyable to drink. My only complaint is that this isn't easier to get. Next time I make the trek up to northern Vermont I'm going to be looking all over for this beer. Keep up the great work Sean!

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2010 14:09:39 | More by sisuspeed
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2010 16:17:34 | More by ffejherb
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2009 01:47:01 | More by brewandbbq
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younger35

Minnesota

4.22/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just received this brew in a recent trade with BeerTruth. He's definitely gone above and beyond this time. The first Lawson's Finest Liquid I had was the Maple Nipple and it rocked. Can't wait for this one. Drank from my Stone India Pale Ale flute.

Rare Batch #74. Bottle #29 of 72

Appearance- Pours a super clear orange yellowish with a nice two fingered fluffy white head that has some super duper staying power. A nice cap and collar remains the entire beer along with loads and loads of thick sticking ring like lacing.
Smell- Wow, this is a 'dank' one as the kids say now-a-days. Fairly heavy on the hay and dirt as a deep earthiness is really the name of the game here. Some pine sneaks in too as does a bunch of heavy spring grass. I honestly don't get much fruitiness other than maybe a touch of grapefruit which is surprising considering the Amarillo and Cascades used. Maybe sort of a crackery maltiness in which to support this hoppy goodness but the nose is just full of dank earthy hops.
Taste- Starts much like the nose with an earthy sort of bitterness that is, well, dank. A bit more fruit in the taste than in the nose as some grapefruit and bitter orange peel show. Maybe not a whole lot in the way of pine sap but the grassy qualities are quite evident. The beer is sneakily bitter but a bit of caramel malt is definitely noticeable. It's light for sure but has some subtle toffee qualities. I get a touch of alcohol but nothing crazy. The finish is bitter and lightly fruity and earthy. Good stuff.
Mouthfeel- Lighter body that nears medium with a light creamy carbonation that finishes nice and dry. I could probably use a touch more carbonation but I should just shut my mouth and enjoy.
Drinkability- Excellent Double IPA that I'm surprised doesn't get more attention. It's definitely not a west coast IPA with a bit citric fruitiness but it's a great change of pace. Perhaps one of the best 'change of pace' IPA's I've had (for lack of a better term). So earthy and ripe, great beer. You were right Adam, thanks man!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 14:18:09 | More by younger35
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GbVDave

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 18:56:16 | More by GbVDave
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BeerTruth

Connecticut

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this one at the Warren Store, only place Lawson's bottles are sold.

750 ml cork and caged bottle. Rare Batch #74. Bottle #32 of 72. Poured into a nonic.

Pours an extremely clear light copper hue with a generous two finger off-white sticky icky head. Lots of gooey webbing holds on to the sides of the glass. Aroma, wow...hops rape the nose. Grapefruit, orange peel, and some dank mary jane. The slightest touch of sweet malts and a bit of toasted grains, but this is really all about the humulus lupulus. Taste starts off with stinging floral notes followed by a big citrus burst, mostly bitter grapefruit. Midway some pine emerges with a touch of caramel and earth. Aftertaste is more sticky hops, herbal and more sweet citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but medium body overall. A steady carbonation with a grainy feel left on the toungue. For the 8.7% abv, this won't last long. I have another bottle but that's going in the fridge right now. I've had a handfull of Lawson beers so far and all of them are top notch. Sean is brewing some great stuff in VT and I'm really looking to what eles he pumps out. Hopefully he plans on expanding in the future because I'm not sure I can drive to Warren everytime I crave some of his stuff. Keep up the good work!

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 23:38:49 | More by BeerTruth
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.35/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of this at the Warren General Store while in VT last weekend with Alewife. The 750ml corked/caged offering set me back $8.99 plus tax and deposit. Label states it is Lawson's 44th batch, and was bottle #14 of 72, with the batch number and bottle number written-in manually, and signed, by Sean, the brewer. Also states that 4lbs of hops are used, specifically Magnum, Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, Hopzilla was a deep, golden honey hue, with some haze. The head was off-white and prodigious, mousse-like, lasting very well. Lacing was also top-shelf. Aroma has lots of hops, mostly of the citrus variety, with a subtle, apricot-like sweetness. Body was medium, and it was fairly smooth on the tongue, for the most part.

Flavor also has some light sweetness, with a touch of honey and peach. Hoppage plays a major role here, and it's a bit resiny with plenty of citrus. Has flavors akin to grapefruit sprinkled with sugar, and some piney action. All this coats the tongue oh-so-nicely, making for one fine finish. A well made bier, indeed.

Prosit!!

4.35
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 4.5

1127

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2009 23:40:59 | More by Bierman9
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2009 15:04:50 | More by thekevlarkid
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Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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