Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.19/5 rDev -4.1%
Picked up a bottle of this on a recent Vermont beer trip a few days ago. Poured into my Duvel tulip.
A - Pours a crystal clear coppery orange hue with a nice two finger super, super creamy off white head that fades to leave light lacing and a creamy blanket. Quite appealing.
S - Hmmm...not exactly the all out hop assault I had been expecting. IT is quite balanced between light malty sweetness and tropical fruits. Fruity hops, light pineapple, mango, and citrus. Wish there was more hop aroma though.
T - Taste is, well, quite bitter like the label states. The juicy hops are upfront, more of the fleeting tropical notes. On a heavy sip I get lots of tuttifruiti bubblegum on the finish. the main notes though are fleeting pineapple, mango, and citrus. The malts hold the hops back. I understand, IPAs do not always have to be in your face hops, but that's just more fun than a balanced beer. Still, a very balanced flavour profile of softer (flavour wise) hops and malts. Lingering bitter finish which is always fun. Alcohol is hidden wonderfully.
M - Mouthfeel is quite nice. Dry, medium bodied. Solid carbonation. Again, alcohol is hidden nicely. I'm a bit let down...the label made it seem like this would be super bitter. Its bitter, sure, but I have had MUCH MUCH bitter.
O - Overall, this is a delicious beer. Very balanced, which is always a plus I suppose. Alcohol hidden very well, just not NEARLY as bitter as I wanted it to be. Unfortunate, however, still a worthy beer.
11-17-2013 03:22:30 | More by rudzud
4.76/5 rDev +8.9%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass in Arlington VA.
Appearance - Pours a golden color with a thick foamy head.
Smell - A big rush of hops, but not an overwhelming amount.
Taste - The taste has a burst of hops, but also has a creamier almost caramel flavor to it. It has a very sweet malty aftertaste that is very nice and not overly bitter.
Mouthfeel - Great carbonation and outstanding mouthfeel
Overall - This is a great IPA. I tasted it next to Heady Topper and it stands on its own. It separates itself as completely different than Heady, but still very delicious. Outstanding beer.
11-15-2013 16:58:59 | More by HookemHoos
3.49/5 rDev -20.1%
22 oz bomber into snifter.
A: pours a very clear copper color. head retention is decent. tons of spotted lacing. vinous.
S: smells super fruity and sweet. too sweet. im afraid I get some diacetyl in this aroma. battle of hops and diacetyl.
T: resinous. melon. bitterness is fleeting. certainly piney. a little bit of lime. better as it warms. the diacetyl in the nose is not nearly as glaring as in the nose. a non-glaring bitterness in the finish.
M: carb is pretty mellow. very mellow actually. full bodied.
T: tis a shame regarding the off-flavor of diacetyl. everything else I have had from Lawson's has been nothing short of fantastic. I see a boatload of positive reviews which leads me to believe I got a bad batch and this beer is typically much better. certainly would be willing to give this another try.
11-14-2013 13:19:21 | More by Jimmys
4.16/5 rDev -4.8%
22oz bottle poured into Green Man snifter. No Enjoy By/Drink By date.
A-Pours a mildly hazy copper body with a very thin head. The thin head does have nice lacing and good retention.
S-This beer is all about the aroma. Ridiculous. I have never given a beer a 5 in a category and this aroma deserves it. The use of cascade, amarillo, centennial and magnum hops work out beautifully in this beer. Pineapple, peach, kiwi, mango all stick out and blend together. Throughout all that intense fruitiness you almost get a candy like caramalized sugar smell?!?
T-This beer is definitely bitter like the label entails. Very juicy upfront showcasing the hops and than the bittering attributes of the hops come in and linger on the back of your tongue. Clean yeast lets the hops do the work and the malt help to balance it out. Only thing that I do not love about this beer is the after taste which is just very bitter and contains some fusel alcohol notes, minor but apparent between all that hop bitterness.
M-On the dry side for a Imperial IPA. Medium bodied, good natural carbonation.
O-Highly recommend this beer and would love to try it fresh on tap in VT. Everything about this beer is enjoyable and makes me want to drink more of it but the overly bittering finish with the alcohol heat takes away from the overall greatness of this beer.
11-14-2013 13:06:05 | More by mikem0487
3.98/5 rDev -8.9%
a: light golden copper. frothy 1 1/2 finger white head. spotty lacing
s: tropical, citrusy hop burst (orange, grapefruit). some pine. caramel
t: starts out with mostly piney hops with accent of some citrusy hops. Caramel malts quickly come in and enact a scorched earth policy until the finish
m: good level of carbonation. medium body. juicy.
o: My first from Lawson's. Aroma was great but I was let down by the flavor as I thought the maltiness was way too pronounced for what I look for in a DIPA. Glad I got a chance to try this. Hope to try something else from them down the line.
11-09-2013 01:38:28 | More by Jaycase
4.45/5 rDev +1.8%
Poured into a Lawson's tulip glass at the Resevoir in Waterbury, VT.
Appearance - Pours a deep golden color with a solid inch of foamy head. This slowly dissipates. Decent lacing through the session.
Smell - A burst of hops, but not the huge tropical smells that a lot of Lawson's IPA's have. I am picking up on some sweet flavors, perhaps some caramel? I know it sounds crazy, but for some reason I keep on smelling slight hints of banana...
Taste - Very similar to the smell. A generous dose of hops are on the forefront. Picking up on slight hints of some citrus fruits and pine. The hops are balanced out with a sweet malt which is where I was smelling the caramel.
Mouthfeel - Perfect carbonation. A good bitterness that plants itself on your tongue. The sweetness cuts back some of the bitterness in the aftertaste.
Overall - Another excellent DIPA from Sean. Although not my favorite, this is definitely one to try if you have the opportunity.
11-03-2013 19:32:06 | More by Rheaume17
District of Columbia
2.76/5 rDev -36.8%
Fresh bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.
The beer appears golden with a thin white head. The aroma offers butterscotch candies, must, floral hops, candy. Sweet and sticky. Cotton candy with sweet alcohol and floral hops. I'm told that this is not a good representation of this beer. Odd and cloying. A touch of citrus, but that's entirely overpowered by sweetness and cleaning solution. Fail.
11-02-2013 00:09:05 | More by Huhzubendah
Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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