Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 381
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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 Rifugium
4.3/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of RuckusDu
3.71/5  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.

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 nelson4
4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear golden yellow. This is what the standard should be when it comes to an dIPA. Too often, dIPA's start to move to the amber end of the spectrum. I like the color. Head was not too significant, but did pour a creamy white with minimal lacing.

Smell- Floral and citrusy. Grapefruit stands out. Very nice balance of the floral and grapefruit, and it is a strong smell. The dry hopping really comes through here.

Taste - Balanced for a dIPA. The dry hopping dries out the mouthfeel, but there is enough sweetness to balance. The finish is bitter, but for a dIPA it is relatively mild. This is definately a dIPA, but it doesn't overwhelm in any given area. This is near the top of dIPA's I have had. Not quite a Pliny, but not far behind.

Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation and the dryness and stickiness balance each other out. The mouthfeel not only doesn't detract, it plays a very complimentary role in my overall impression.

Overall - This is an amazing dIPA. I really enjoyed it and I don't have too many areas for improvement. I think some additional head retention and maybe a tid bit (and I mean almost miniscule) reduction in sweetness would make this a 5 across the board. This would be my preferred beer almost anywhere outside of Santa Rosa.

Photo of Bendurgin
3.88/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of andrewinski1
4.27/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.38/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
4.17/5  rDev -4.6%
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!

Photo of cosmicevan
4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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 ajthegreat
4.52/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of dirtylou
4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
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

Photo of Chazari99
4.97/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
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!

Photo of dtmets84
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my HF snifter.

A: Pours a dark orangeamber color with 2 inch white head and great lacing.

S: Mmm mm hops.

T:Bitter biting hops on the front. the back seems to smooth out and really balances it well.

M: Mouthfeel is sick and leaves the hop taste in the back of my throat

D: Lawsons can do no wrong. I have chinookr and 40th anny in the fridge will have to crack those soon to compare.

Would seek this guy out again.

Photo of jbertsch
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bronze in color with a white head.

Aroma is huge with a pungent mix of hops that cover just about the entire hop aroma spectrum. Citrus, earth, spice, wet and dank.

Flavor delivers a punch of hops to the face. It's like raw hop flower petals coat your tongue. Earthy hops with a tinge of bitter lemon are the most noticeable hop flavors. Malt backbone is slightly sweet with a noticeable booze kick that lingers along with some bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is prickly and full bodied. Good amount of carbonation.

Hopzilla is not for the faint of heart. The hops own this beer. The volume is turned up on all aspects loud and clear. The description on the bottle states its a "monster of an ipa that terrorizes your taste buds." I agree, buck it sure is fun and enjoyable.

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

Big thanks to wtfdic for this one!

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1.5 finger white head on top, nice a foamy with great retention. White lacing forms all around the glass in nice sheeting.

S: Very tropical with some pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of papaya. There is a hint of grainy malt in the middle with a little bit of pine near the end. Very nice aroma though.

T: The citrus/tropical fruit flavor is more intense on the flavor profile. Lots of grapefruit and plenty of citrus rind with a clean piney finish. Just a hint of pale malt, but the citrus fruit flavors really dominate the flavor profile.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation, very slight hint of alcohol, but it isn't really a deterrent at all. Slightly dry finish.

O: A fantastic DIPA from Lawson's. Very drinkable with a great flavor profile. Would love to try the other hoppy offerings from this brewery to compare.

Photo of yourefragile
4.63/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz gold foil topped bottle. Purchased two days ago at the Warren Store. Served in a Lawson's snifter.

Pours a clear golden copper with a frothy white head. Thick clumps of lace and a retentive head that fades to a thick collar. Extremely hop and pungent aroma; leafy, green and dank. Some light notes of tropical fruit try to sneak through the raw hop bitterness and light grassiness. Soft medium thick body with gentle carbonation. Flavor is much more balanced and less of an assault than I expected from the nose. Bitter start to finish, but the soft body complements the smooth tropical fruit flavors of the Amarillo hops before Cascade and Cent. take over the finish. Love the flavor on this and fuller body, Double Sunshine is still my favorite DIPA all around, but I think I enjoy the depth of flavor on this a little more. Happy to finally try this fresh.

Photo of jaasen64
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!

Photo of celfan
4.29/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lots of juicy mango/apricot/passion fruit tasting IPAs dominating the ranking these days. Not this one. This is an old school, in your face, cascade hops, bad breath IPA.

At first I thought I was getting a strong booze taste, but I think the heat was coming from the hops. Admittedly, I'm more of a Heady Topper/Double Sunshine guy, but this ale kept my interest. There was just enough citrus taste to take the edge off and I did enjoy it.
I probably wouldn't get it again, but I won't let my personal taste influence the ratings - this is a nicely made ale and I know a lot of guys who prefer this style. The combination of oily texture and combination is spot on - a Lawson's trademark.

The good news is it took me three times as long to drink this as a Double Sunshine, And the wife won't be drinking any of this either. She can handle the citra hops, but this is a man's drink that would bring out her stinkface.

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 jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml mottle 90 of 96, batch 176, drank from a perfect pint glass... The beer is a dark hazy peach with an off white head, ok retention and lacing... We had this after Ephriam so the taste and aroma seemed really light, however still refreshing and more drinkable than the E. The aroma is light floral hops, a little sweet overall, grass finish. Not blowing me away but seems sessionable. The taste is not at all like a dipa, tastes like a regular ipa with the higher alcohol content, no alcohol or pine at all. The front is swet with grapefruit and toffee with a floral finish, light bitter finish that is nice. I'd like to have this again without the residual effects of Ephriam lingering. The best Lawson's I've had to date but nothing to go crazy trying to get.

Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle 56 of 96 from Batch 176. A wax-capped 750 mL bottle courtesy of monsterzero.

A: After some prying, the wax came off easily. Poured into a mini tulip, the double IPA is a golden orange, opaque thanks to a general haziness. There is no sediment suspended in the ale. A finger and a half of white head has left legs of lace all around the glass.

S: Tropical fruits hide thick hoppy aromas. Melon and orange rind, along with grapefruit and pine. There is enough malt under the surface to keep things honest. Mango and cantaloupe near the finish.

T: The taste delivers, piney resins and rich fruits be damned. Melons up front, peppery heat following, with a wall of biscuit in the back. Hops leave a dull bite, present but disinterested. Before the finish gets there, the hops reign supreme. The tropical flavors have a peppery undertone, adding a little heat to the sweet body. Very leafy, the DIPA has a fresh concentration of bitterness. The full hop bitterness runs rampant through the finish. A very well rounded IPA, plenty of hoppiness, tropical and lush. Vermont at its finest.

M: The mouthfeel takes a bit to get going. At first, the hoppiness is blinding and hot. As time passes, the floral bouquet emerges and takes control. A spicy hot hop bomb.

D: The IPA feels bigger than 8%, quite a bit of hop strength corraled into one bottle. A good one though.

Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to imagineiii for this bottle of hoppy goodness that we decided to down while watching When Harry met Sally for the umpteenth hundred time. Just goes to show you there's probably one or two good movies in even the worst genres. Bottle 31 of 96, Batch 176.

Pours is sun-behind-the-cloud orange, opaque, dense, curling to yellow around the the edges. Smells like an IPA, with the Cascade hops in charge, citrus, pine, not terribly potent.

If one went to see Hopzilla on the silver screen, he'd be smaller than you expected. Instead of the pummelling I'd hoped for, this is a IIPA that strokes you gently. Sweet malts overshadow the plunder of the hops, which results in a rich, sweet beer with a southern twang of citrus, grapefruit, & pine. Only in the end does the bitterness come on like a go-go dancer & begin to numb my tongue. That's what I'm talkin' about! Yes, to call yourself a IIPA, I think you ought to be extreme about it, none of this namby-pamby malt "balance". Bring it or stay home! I find the liquid in my glass disappearing through some inexplicable phenomenon, however, I can't have drunk that much already.

In the end, a very good beer that isn't quite ready for the hoppy hall of fame, although it improves as it warms. I'll admit I'm not a huge fan of Cascades, & it's the hop on top here. I prefer Lawson's Triple Play, but I'd never turn down a glass (or bomber) of this.

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 253 ratings.