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Hopzilla - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Reviews: 84
Hads: 287
Avg: 4.32
pDev: 19.68%
Wants: 387
Gots: 12 | 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 jaasen64
4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of celfan
4.29/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Deuane
4.02/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of akorsak
4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.83/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.07/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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Photo of Madbrew
4.92/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Full hop flavor without a heavy malt character, which I find true in most double IPA's. Hopzilla is dangerously good!

A - slight haze, but fairly clear, with an orange tint

S - A floral hop smell with a clear hint of grapefruit. From the first
nose, you can tell it is going to be a hop bomb

T - Hopzilla tastes more like an IPA, than an imperial. The 8.7% ABV is incredibly well disguised, no doubt from the abundance of hops flavors which continue from the initial taste, right through the bittering.

M - Very smooth

D - possibly the best part about this brew. The malt characters are light and well balanced, allowing the full waft of hop flavors to shine!

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Photo of iwantmorehops
4.62/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh as can be delivered two days ago, batch 176, bottle 19 of 96. Pours a hazy orange amber color, with a small head that leaves some nice lacing. The smell is just wonderful big citrus, floral and pine aromas all intertwined with a little malt, just the hint there might be a bit of alcohol. Taste follows with the amazing serious bitterness you'd expect but a nice orange grapefruit taste comes through before the mouth puckering bitter orange zesty lasting finish. Combined with the smooth mouthfeel, well hidden alcohol, and its great smell its easy to enjoy just a little too fast. Without a doubt one of my favorite double ipas.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.43/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass. Thanks for sharing this, Kevin. I was curious to try it but didn't want to give up Matt and the like for it.

A: The body is amber in color. It's pretty clear, though there is a light haziness to it. Off-white head caps the affair; its good retention lends a nice presence to the beer, leaving curtains during sips, with some lacing register marks.

S: I can see that this pays an homage to the West Coast style IPA, with a nose of citrus (grapefruit, orange rind) and pine coming forth. It's also rounded out by what I think of as "East Coast style" aromas of herbs, earth, and moss. I can tell this is going to be bitter....

T: ...And I'm right. Bitter herbs, grass, moss, and earth set the tone. The malt backbone has been amped up to compensate, with some crystal malts that bring out caramel and a touch of toffee. The high point of the beer is the mid-taste, which allows the grapefruit and orange rind flavors to shine, but they're accompanied by ongoing bitterness.

M: Medium-bodied. It's sweet, but it finishes dry (or the impression of dryness, owing to the dialed-up bitterness). It works fairly well. The aftertaste is astringent, with a lot of lingering hop oils that create slickness.

D: This is good, but to tell the truth I think I can buy better beers off the shelf here. I'm glad I got to try it, though.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a mini snifter. The color is a bit of burnt orange, Longhorn-style. A bit of slight haze. A good looking beer. Nice white head and quite a bit of lacing. The nose is just phenomenal with a really fresh, fragrant aroma coming from a good dose of citrus and pine hops. Really overpowering and one of the best hop aromas I have come across. The taste doesn't disappoint, though it's not quite as pungent as the nose. Really great feel with quite a bit of bitterness. This is pretty hefty to have all that much of, but it's quite delicious and the nose is out of this world.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mikeyv35 for this one. Served in my Kuhnhenn tulip. Batch #139, Bottle #4 of 96.

A - Pours with three fingers of creamy orange-tinged foam that slowly dissipates to a thin cap leaving behind glass-coating lace. The body is a slightly murky orange color with a faint reddish tinge to it.

S - You can definitely tell this was the July batch as opposed to the September one. It has that slightly cheesy faded hop aroma going on. However, once you get past that, there is a fairly intense bouquet of flowers, pine, herbs and spices, earthiness, and light citrus peel. There's a fairly hefty crystal malt backdrop that imparts caramel and lightly toasted grains.

T - The taste initially starts with some nice toffee and citrus sweetness, then quickly morphs into palate-bruising bitterness and light burnt sugars. This is a distinctly East Coast DIPA - the hop choices are all fairly high in alpha acids, and the malt backbone is surprisingly solid for a 8.7% beer. Still, it's held up amazingly well after circa four months.

M - The body is medium-full in density, and fairly smooth in texture. Extremely dry finish with tons of residual hop oils and resins. Alcohol is well-hidden, but bitterness gets to be a touch aspirin-like after a while. Carbonation is decidedly medium, and supports the beer nicely.

D - I hope I get to try this fresh at some point, because I'm guessing it's an absolute beast. Beyond the near barbaric bitterness level, there's nothing to really stop someone from having a few pours of this.

Edit: I had a fresh bottle and it tasted very similar. Kudos for holding up so well, but the grassy and floral character isn't totally my thing.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Kevin!

Amber hued, fairly clear and nicely carbonated. A finger of head tops the body and retains nicely. Good, albeit standard, appearance.

Very aromatic, the hop profile has an earthy, herbal, grapefruit/orange peel quality. There's a substantial crystal malt backbone that lends moderate sweetness. This smells good, but it not as bright/clean as I like my DIPAs.

Intense hop flavors hit the tongue first; grapefruit, resin and bitter herbs. It's largely dry thanks to the sharp bitterness, but a strong crystal malt flavor cuts through and contributes mild caramel sweetness. Medium in body, this is quite drinkable. The finish is very firm and bitter, decidedly East Coast-style with its bitter, borderline astringent aftertaste. A good beer, but not terribly complex or memorable.

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Photo of nickd717
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bubba83 for this great Vermont tick.

Pours a mostly clear bright orange-copper color with a well-formed whitish head that leaves a nice bubbly foam layer.

The aroma is awesome fresh hops - citrusy and herbal, almost reminiscent of Dreadnaught or something. Just a little maltiness behind it.

The flavor has a subtle caramel malt base and a huge hop punch in yo' face with grapefruit, tangerine, resin, and herbal notes.

Really palate-wrecking without being too syrupy, with somewhat soft carbonation and a long bitter finish.

This one is legit! I really like it and think it's up there with a solid west coast IPA.

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Photo of Bubba83
3.96/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to Kegatron for hooking me up with this much sought after beer.

This was shared at a tasting tonight with largadeer, nickd717, alfrantzell, chswimmer, dabecassis, and Arbitrator.

Poured a nice looking vibrant orange with good clarity and a bright white, small head with decent sized bubbles. Propped up into a fairly good sized head when swirled in the glass, and had good retention and nice lacing. Really nice to look at.

The smell reminds me of Stone 14th a bit, I get some kind of british hop character, with a bit of stinky cheese. Following that up is a good bit of pine, spice, and earth, maybe some floral notes, but no real citrus or tropical fruits at all, which I have to admit I was hoping for. There's a little bit of caramel too, and overall it smells pretty good, but I wanted more of the vibrant aromas I'm used to from a fresh hoppy West Coast DIPAs.

Tastes much like the smell, caramel at first, but not too long before it melds into a bunch of pine, earth, and spice. It's actually pretty dank and has a nice piney flavor, but it's not rounded out by the citrus or tropical fruit flavors that I love so much. If this beer had those flavors as well, it could be out of this world.

Feels quite nice. Medium body, well carbed, and oily/smooth on the tongue. There aren't many DIPAs that I've had which trump the mouthfeel on this one. No problems here.

Overall it is definitely a complex DIPA that I would recommend everyone try. I have to say though, for my tastes, I really want more of a vibrant fruity profile with more citrus and the like. It drank pretty well for an 8.7% beer. The bitterness didn't really get cloying or anything like that and I didn't taste alcohol character at all. This is probably the highest rating I could possibly give for an IPA/DIPA without the citrus/tropical flavors, so if that's up your alley, you'll like it a lot.

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Photo of warriorsoul
4.4/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Sean for dropping these off early at the Warren Store the day of SIPtemberfest. Batch #153 - bottle 68 of 68.
$10 for the bomber.
Pours a hazy gold color w/ a full two fingers of fluffy white head...thin lacing.
Ever stick your nose in a bag of fresh Cascade hops? This is just about what you get when you keep a lingering nose over this one.
Flavor is what you would expect from a name like Hopzilla. An incredibly bitter, sticky brew w/ a very slight citrus peel addition in the finish. There is nothing juicy about this beer, it is all bitter all the time and just superb if you like your bitter hops. Despite the bitterness, it finishes quite clean and incredibly dry...the alcohol is nowhere to be found...I love the fact this one is under 9%. One bomber is all you need, as you will have very little palate left to taste anything hoppy beyond this.
A pleasure to have this offering from Lawson's Finest in my home....very well received.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
3.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Dear Hopzilla,
As much as I want to beat you up for having a notably uncreative name, I will refrain. Why? Well, because you're pretty darn tasty. As a reviewer from the depths of southern california, I have had more than one IPA. In fact, I have had just about any big name IPA available to the voting constituency of Los Angeles. That being noted, I have to give you a tremendous about of street cred... I have just as much respect for you as i do only white guy in the cryps. You hold it down. Im not going to jock you and tout you as a "pliney killer" or even a "sculpin/racer x/anything alpine killer" but you are without a doubt an avid and talented "sculpin fisherman."

I severely suggest this beer to hop heads but dont trade an arm and a leg for it. A friend of mine and I went botttle for bottle with some speedway stout and that seemed like the perfect match (considering he drove 2 hours to get some the first time and they were sold out) go $4$ and enjoy the hell out of this beer.

Mr. Lawson. Well Done.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.54/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to SneezyAchew for this extra! Very generous of you Michael.
Wax dipped 750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Hand labeled batch #139, bottle #45 of 96.

A: Pours a hazy glowing amber orange with about a finger of oily tan head that slowly reduced into a thin film that left great rings of sticky lace around the glass.
S: Holly cow there are some hops in this beer! Just popping the top on this beer filled the room with the sweet aromas of sticky hop resin. Upon closer inspection I can pick up the sweet caramel malt that is trying to poke through the complete hop chaos. The hops are very floral and citrusy in addition to a significant dose of pine, and extremely fresh smelling. Big notes of candied grapefruit and pine needles are balanced well by sugary sweet notes of malt and slight dough.
T: A wonderful poem of hops dance on the palate with every sip. Big notes of candied grapefruit and pineapple with tons of bitter hop oil and leafy tasting resin. Finish is comfortably bitter and full of lightly toasted malt. The aftertaste is piney and bitter, and lingers for a very long time.
M: Beautiful mouthfeel is smooth but not oily or heavy. The medium body could perhaps use a touch more carbonation, but this takes little away from the presentation of the overall beer. No trace of this beers alcohol content can be found.
D: Man if this beer was local I'd drink it every week. A delicious east coast DIPA that isn't too sweet or full of malt! One of my top DIPA's, perhaps only bested by PtE. Another big thank you to Michael for just giving me a beer that I was so convinced I wouldn't get to try that I didn't even put it on my wants. Cheers!

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Photo of sholland119
4.57/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this delicious brew.

A-Pours a crystal clear, deep amber with a large frothy head. some good sticky lacing.

S-Big hops and big malt. Caramel sweetness, orange, grapefruit, pine and even some floral notes. Great complexity.

T-Lots of huge hoppiness throughout, backed up all the way by strong, but not overpowering malts. Starts with grapefruit and grapefruit rind, then other tropical fruit, mainly pineapple and orange, before closing with a nice, moderately bitter finish. Delicious.

M-Medium bodied, surprisingly light for the richness of the flavors.

D-I'd buy out the entire production of this beer if I could.


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Photo of Kegatron
4.87/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz metallic gold wax topped bomber into a tulip glass. Batch 139. Bottle 3/96.

Pours a hazy at first but this clears up very nicely in a brilliant coppery apricot color that shimmers beautifully in the glass. This is topped with roughly 2 fingers of thick and frothy white head that has just the slightest off-look to it. This settles down into a huge rich dollop in the middle of the glass, with some swirling kicking this up to a near finger again, and leaving behind a thick latticework of sticky lacing which drenches the sides of the glass. The aroma is DEEPLY floral in the nostrils at first, being punctuated by sharp swathes of bitter grapefruit, spice, pine, earth, and herbal tones all through this. Some tropical fruit notes and bready gains sweep in and help temper the sides of the bouquet but this is just ALL about the hops, with them being unbelievably full, lush, and bitter here in the nose.

The taste just literally drips with hops. Sticky resins, peppery spice, refreshing grapefruit, and some earthy grit. All of the bitter awesomeness that you could possibly want out of your hops is here. There are even some softer herbal tea-like qualities and ripe tropical fruit action from them at work here as well; bringing some needed sweetness to this. The malts give this some sturdy balance as well but mostly add a grainy presence across the back of the palate which gives the hops something to bounce off of. The finish consists of plenty of earthy and fruity bitterness to it, laying a spicy dryness which fortunately doesn't overstay its welcome one bit. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied, with a FANTASTIC soft creaminess to it that blends with the oily textures from the hops, giving this an unbelievably smooth feel in the mouth. The beefiness to this from that 9% ABV is just spot-on here, adding size and warmth to the body but there is absolutely no alcohol taste to this at all. Ahhh, just a really awesome mouthfeel here that contributes immensely to the overall awesome drinkibility of this.

You know, I like to think that I've had a lot of the top ranked IPA selections out there and I have say that this absolutely stands tall as one of thee best that I've ever had the pleasure of putting my lips to. Just almost unparalleled fresh and robust hop character here (the fact that this was consumed less than a week after bottling surely helped) and the tremendous balance and mouthfeel made for an absolutely world-class drinking experience. This one is going to blow up once the word gets out. Better get a bottle while you still can. ;)

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Photo of abriggs1
5/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dear God,
Thanks for creating the mostly failed human race, if only because one day one of them would make this beer. I think I would have to say that this is the best DIPA I've ever had.

Appearance is a deep rich amber with a buttery rich head.

Smell is mostly of hops, and also some deep malt that smells like toffee and caramel. Because of the 4 hop varieties, the smell is complex; citrus, pine, and herbal aromas.

The taste comes on with a strong but refined hop character. The 4 hop varieties blend together very nicely and no one hop characteristic overpowers the others. The after taste is my favorite part. The intensity of the hops gives way to a beautiful caramel and creme brule malt profile that smoothes out the bite and carries the taste on for the long haul.

Drinkability; if I had ten of these beers I would keep drinking them until i passed out or died.

This beer gives the East Coast something to brag about. I've yet to have Pliny the Younger or Elder, but I'd be willing to bet this is just as good. The only downside to this beer is that it's so hard to find.

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Photo of treyrab
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

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Photo of UA8
4.83/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.97/5  rDev +15%
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.

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4.37/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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