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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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246 Ratings
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 9.15%
Wants: 380
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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Photo of mikem0487
4.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

mikem0487, Nov 14, 2013
Photo of petermethot
4.5/5  rDev +3%

petermethot, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of Jaycase
3.98/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Jaycase, Nov 09, 2013
Photo of TroyS62
5/5  rDev +14.4%

TroyS62, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

mendvicdog, Nov 04, 2013
Photo of ncelauro
4.5/5  rDev +3%

ncelauro, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Rheaume17
4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Rheaume17, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of Davidsoul
3.25/5  rDev -25.6%

Davidsoul, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of MRVermont
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

MRVermont, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
2.76/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

Huhzubendah, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of msondel
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

msondel, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

80x2HopHead, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of nrs207
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

nrs207, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of DaveHack
3.5/5  rDev -19.9%

DaveHack, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -14.2%

Knapp85, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of Ajlvt
4.5/5  rDev +3%

Ajlvt, Oct 30, 2013
Photo of OldDave
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

OldDave, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of Mikeypnh
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

Mikeypnh, Oct 29, 2013
Photo of ChrisMyhre
4.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ChrisMyhre, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of jeff1973
4/5  rDev -8.5%

jeff1973, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of GennyCreamAle
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

GennyCreamAle, Oct 28, 2013
Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer last night at a local tasting in Stowe. FANTASTIC. This beer is on par with, if not superior to Heady Topper. I'm by no means a "HT Homer" but it still sets a local standard here in Vermont. This beer will not disappoint if you are looking for that amazing citrus hop bomb with stoutlike mouthfeel.

11/29/13 Update -I've now drank numerous bottles of this and I can honestly say there is no other beer I would rather drink from Vermont. So, so, so tasty. Better than Double Sunshine, better than Heady Topper, better than Edward, better than any of the other Vermont hype machine beers. For my money, this is the best beer available on the US market.

SpasmWaiter, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of speaking_for_trees
4.75/5  rDev +8.7%

speaking_for_trees, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of alemiester
5/5  rDev +14.4%

alemiester, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
4.5/5  rDev +3%

iatethecloudsfor, Oct 20, 2013
Hopzilla from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.