Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Play IPATriple Play IPA

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 352
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: maximum12 on 02-15-2011

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Photo of Stevedore
4.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Prohibition Pig in Waterbury, VT. 10oz pour into a Prohibition Pig snifter glass yesterday, 10/23/2013.

Looks a lot like Double Sunshine- hazy orange body, with a nice fluffy 1cm white head that retains quite well. Lots of lacing left on the glass as it goes down. Very pretty looking IPA.

Smells juicy as heck, mostly grapefruit. I don't really get a whole lot of anything else, not too complex but a very juicy, intense aroma that is sure to please any hophead that enjoys the smell of the likes of Zombie Dust and pseudoSue.

Flavour is quite citrusy, a bit less juicy than the nose would imply. Finishes with a bit of pine that isn't present in the nose. A fairly bitter but refreshingly dry finish. Pale malts aka caramel and biscuits, hold up just slightly enough that the bitterness isn't overwhelming.

Deliciously medium bodied mouthfeel that just feels so creamy and well-carbonated on the tongue. Palate is fairly bitter pine and feels quite creamy and resinous, but remains incredibly drinkable. This beer disappeared fast.

What separates these Vermont beers from the competition is the mouthfeel. So creamy, perfectly carbonated and drinkable... along with the ridiculous hop profiles to boot. This is very well done; not super amazing but incredibly well done and tasty.

Photo of jaasen64
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle poured into Lawson's tulip. Bottle purchased at the Montpelier Farmer's market on 12/21, exactly two weeks ago.

A- Pours a very clear golden copper, about a finger's worth of white foamy head forms that has very nice retention and slowly recedes to a thin layer coating the glass in thin soapy lacing, an abundance of slowly rising carbonation bubbles form that have a nice consistency and makes the beer almost appear like a copper color champagne.

S- Plenty of earthy hops lend their aromas while being nicely balanced with a malt background. Each hop varietal lends it's unique aromas with earthy tropical aromas of grapefruit, mangoes, papayas, etc.. Nicely balanced, fairly complex, holding up well after two weeks in the bottle.

T- Big juicy tropical flavors of oranges, mangoes, lemons, and starfruit balanced with a malt background that fits nicely with the tropical earthiness of the tropical fruits. Not the most hop-forward IPA on the market, but hop flavors add a nice tropical fruit presence while balancing perfectly with the malts to add a little bit of sweetness.

M- Medium bodied, perfect carbonation, finishes with a juicy lightly dry bitterness that complements the flavors nicely.

O- Lawson's makes easily some of the best IPAs in the world. While Triple Play may not be my favorite offering from Lawson's (Hopzilla still takes the cake) it is still a world-class IPA that stands against some of the best IPAs in the world. This is right up there with Double Sunshine as a must try IPA for any hop-head.

Photo of oberon
4.49/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass a dull copper color with a large blooming white that left a few broken rings of lace as it settled slowly.Big citric hops really jump out ya in the nose,pithy grapefruit and lemon notes over top of sweet alcohol and caramel.Fresh sharp grapefruit hops on the palate with underlying resiny notes,just great hop complexity mixed with some sweet induced alcohol.Wow there is a real citric punch to this beer,almost DIPAish except not overly sweet,a great beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.39/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured int a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy amber/orange color with a small white to light yellow head, very bubbly. Nose is amazing, fresh and fruity, mango, grapefruit, pine and sweet fruit juice.

Taste is much less fruity than the nose, but it's still top notch, for a regular IPA it sure packs a hop punch, very bitter and palate tingling. There's a really nice creamy and sticky mouthfeel with a bit of a slightly acidic bite on the finish. A really nice addition to Lawson's hoppy line up!

Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow with a tinge of orange, and a significant foamy head. Hoppy aroma. The taste is a bit vegetable. A good malty backbone and good drinkability and fits well into the style of IPA rather than DIPA.Above average mouthfeel.John’s bottle.Very nice but a little disappointed.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slightly hazy orange bottle. Wispy surface after a chunky head dissipates. Thin collar.

Smell - Less citrusy than I thought. Grapefruit and orange hops, but musty resiny hops balance. Hardly any malt presence.

Taste - Follows the nose. Even more of the pine hops than the nose. Strong grainy malt here that I didn't get from the nose. Finishes with just a hint of sweetness.

Mouthfeel - Dry and very bitter. Well carbonated and fairly light.

Overall - I expected more from Lawson's. Every other IPA has been fantastic from them, but this is merely good. First world problems?

Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz gold foil topped bomber into a tulip glass. Rare Batch #202/Bottle #1.

Pours a crystal clear copper, topped with several fingers of rich bright-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, slathering the sides of the glass with thick swathes of foamy lacing. The aroma is floral and bright, with an herbal edge and light notes of pine and spice. A perfect blend of bitter grapefruit, zesty rind, bready grains, and sweet tropical fruit form the base here in the nose. I must reiterate just how awesome the balance of this is.

The hops are fresh and bright in the taste, with a bitter blast of grapefruit and zesty tart lemon, which is tempered a bit on the sides by hints of tropical fruit. Underlying supportive malts give this just enough balancing sweetness, while still allowing those hops to shine with a crisp and very dry bite that leaves notes of pine, pithy fruit, and light spice lingering in the finish. Much like the nose, there is just an outstanding balance here. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a slick easy crispness that that perfectly complements the hop profile here. There are no alcohol flavors present either, with only a gentle warmth that adds to the intensity of the flavors.

Wow, another home run of an IPA from Sean Lawson here, with that triple threat of Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial hops all combining to give this a fantastic blend of hop characters which where thankfully well balanced out into a fresh, crisp, and hugely drinkable version of what an American IPA should be. This bottle had a few weeks on it when I had it and was still drinking pretty super! This is another one to seek out.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.01/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big thank you to the Baron (readbaron) for sharing this rarity.

Appearance – Pours a nice looking deep golden sunset color into a tulip. About two fingers of slight off white head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell – Pine, hops, bittersweet grapefruit, slight floral notes. Okay…I’ll put this out there plain and simple. There was a somewhat strong onion aroma in my opinion that reminded me of Gubna (which I did not enjoy…). This oniony aroma alone was a turnoff.

Taste – Thankfully the taste is not like Gubna. Nice resiny pine and hops up front, slight bittersweet fruits mixed with a hint of tropical fruits. Overall more orange than grapefruit. Not much malty backbone though there is slight caramel.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, slightly creamy/oily, relatively dry finish.

Overall – I had Double Sunshine recently and enjoyed it much more than this. This is a solid IPA, but not something I would trade for to be perfectly honest. Double Sunshine…well, that is another story.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle courtesy of sprague11. Thanks!
Poured in to CBS Snifter.

A - Slightly cloudy medium orange colour. Half a finger of white head formed on the pour and quickly receded to a few scattered bubbles on top of the ale.

S - Huge citrus aroma up front full of fresh grapefruit, tangerine and peach notes that gives way to a secondary but vibrant tropical fruit aroma (mango, pineapple). A slight malt sweetness is present in the background.

T - A big bitterness up front that is filled with fresh, juicy citrus and tropical fruit flavours. Grapefruit, orange zest and secondary mango and pineapple flavours are present. A slight sweet caramel malt sweetness is present in the background but this is definitely a west coast DIPA. As I continue to drink this, the flavours from the hops begin to fade leaving only the bitterness, which is disappointing.

M - Medium to full body with a nice hearty chew. Lots of resiny hop oils. Light carbonation. Perfect mouth feel.

Photo of BrewUSA
4.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lawson's Triple play IPA

Look 8/10
Smell 19/20
Taste 37/40
Feel 10/10
Drinkability 19/20

Overall 93/100

Real nice small batch brew... I especially like the freshness and dank citrus feel. Will admit I wanted something more satisfying. Maybe it doesn't feel well rounded as it's Vermont's counter parts? Great, none the less~

Photo of jmarsh123
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to phingding for the bottle!

Pours dark straw color with a creamy 3 finger white head settling in at about a finger with excellent lacing.

Wonderful aroma. Some pineapple, mango maybe a bit of bubblegum. Loads of citrus too.

Starts off with the same mango/tropical fruit thing as the aroma. Big juicy fruit flavor up front. A little bit of pine starts to creep in before finishing with an all out, but still wonderfully smooth bitterness.

A touch low on the carbonation helping create a creamy mouthfeel. I'd still like a touch more though.

Another home run from Lawson's. I think I still prefer Double Sunshine to this, but it's a very hop forward yet not overly bitter IPA. I could drink this all day.

Photo of mountdew1
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice medium amber. Head poured a very thin off white that mostly disappeared in 5 minutes leaving just a few tracings. Aroma was a mix of bitter piney hoppy, with some citrus mixed in the back end. Taste was almost entirely hops. Not to over powering, but long lasting. Left a definite taste in the mouth for a long period of time. Felt ok in the mouth. A bit of coating, with a fair amount of tingling on the tongue, despite no obvious carbonation. Overall a good beer. Not overly pushed to the limit, and balanced enough to enjoy over time.

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Triple Play pours more of an amber coppery orange color- which is mildly distinct when compared to Sean's other IPA's. I like the look, but I personally prefer the golden honey orange of his Double Sunshine or Kiwi Double (nothing to take away from triple play at all). Fantastic smell with big juicy citrus at the forefront- mostly dominated by grapefruit and that's about it as I pick up on little to no malty sweetness or piney smells. Taste is very much in order with the smell, a clean citrussy grapefruit and orange at first from the CItra slowly fading to a slightly bitter resinous pine from the Centennial. The thing that I love about this IPA is the malt is all but removed from the taste leaving the hops to explode on your pallet. The brew sits with more of a mild bitter piney taste and I am experiencing little to no alcohol in the aftertaste. With such a minimal malt presence one could think this would be an overly bitter brew, but this isn't the case at all. The taste is what really what makes this beer for me and the hop profile is amazing. I give a perfect 5 for taste as Sean was able to pack SO much flavor into an IPA- I mean I have had at least 20 DIPA's that don't even come close to this hop flavor profile. If this had been a DIPA I may have scored it a 4.75, but as of now I am saying best hop flavor for a single IPA going!

Photo of oline73
4.22/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a goblet.

The beer pours a slightly cloudy orangish amber with a layer of off white head. There is a strong sweetness in the nose along with an aggressive hop note. The taste is bitter right off the bat. Citrus peel hops, more of an east coast profile. Nice light bready malt background. Really bitter finish.

Photo of claspada
4.29/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a big foamy/soapy white head that recedes to leave some sticky lacing.

Aromas begin with big crisp fresh citrus and floral hops. My buddy and I guessed Centennial and Simcoe even before we read the label. Huge grapefruit, pine, tropical pineapple and mango with some underlying resiny and grassy as well.

The tastes begin with huge grassy, resiny, grapefruit and floral hops flavors on top of a small amount of pale sweet maltiness. Really can't add much more here because it's just an assault of citrus and pine on the palate.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation. Finish is dry and bitter, just as it should be.

Overall this was a great IPA with loads of flavor and body for a single IPA. A lot of hop complexity for a single IPA as well. The Citra, Centennial and Simcoe play amazying together and create a fantasic treat. A bit resiny toward the end but excess Citra will sometimes do that.

Photo of papat444
3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber with no #freshbeer date but i'm not worried, this is fresh!

Pours an orange-gold body, huge head with tint sporadic bubbles racing up. Intricate lacing recedes slowly with air bubbles within it. Smell is lemon, orange, bit of grapefruit, tinge of sweetness. Remarkably well balanced and super smooth. Bitterness is low though felt in the aftertaste. Quite good but was hoping for more of an impact hop-wise.

Photo of aasher
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle was shared by muskabeatz, thanks Evan!

This beer pours a light bodied light amber on color with a slight one finger, soapy white head. The nose features light Citra hops, slight caramel malt, light centennial hops,, with some sticky pine. It drinks with moderate bitterness and it's hoppy and piney with a slightly sweet malt backbone. It has nice flavor and doesn't show any alcohol at all. It's a nice beer. It's a little too dry and too sticky, because of the malt for me to rate higher. I'm glad to have tried it though.

Photo of sendsilk
3.79/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Joeybones for this beer in a recent trade.

Ahh, the much heralded and sought after Lawson's. I have only had 1 other beer from them, the Maple Nipple, and I was not overly impressed.

This beer pours a fairly bright orange but there is a lot of sediment floating around in it. a decent sized head that sticks around the entire time I drink it.
The smell is wonderful and intoxicating on it's own. Grapefruit forward and extremely citrusy. It smells very promising.
Taste- Very nice and refreshing on the front end. There is the promised grapefruit there but the end is a little too bitter for my tastes. This is much more like a double or triple IPA to me. I thought it may be with the name 'Triple Play' but it says on the label it's an IPA with 3 hap varieties, not a double or triple.
Mouthfeel is very nice.

Summing it up, a nice IPA but a bit too bitter for me tastes. It could finish a little bit cleaner for me.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to ShadesofGray for opening this bottle at DLD 2011. Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pour yields a nice peach-colored brew with a really nice head of white foam that lasts for a bit before falling and leaving behind a good dose of lacing. The nose is overloaded with citrus hops. Behind that, a bit of resinous pine and some mild tropical notes. No malt to speak of well. Well done there. The taste isn't quite as pungent, but is really quite nice, falling through onto a nice finish with a great level of bitterness. Another very, very solid IPA from Lawson's.

Photo of founddrama
4.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Great golden color. The Citra hops are the prominent note here, I think. Splendid.

Photo of jlindros
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to chippo33 for this one, in a weird but successful trade.

Pours a nice fluffy looking almost 1 finger head that fades semi slowly, with nice sticky lacing, over semi hazy yellow honey orange colored beer.

Nose brings plenty of hops, tropical fruit, pineapple, musty passion fruit, light musty resins, juicy tangerine, touch of pine, very light malty sweet balance, bit of nectarine, etc.

Taste drips with tropical fruit, juicy hops, musty passion fruit and musty hop resins, grapefruit, tangerine and clementine, hint of pine, light spicy and earthy hop flavors, a big bitterness. A slight malty base helps prop it up, but not by much, as slight malts add a touch of what could be booze but hard to tell behind the blankets of hops and bitterness. Finish brings more of the spicy hops, light earthy grassy hops, quite bitter that lingers for quite a while, hint of juicy malt, just a long bitter hop finish mostly.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bodied, decent carb, hint of warming booze.

Overall good, but not as amazing as I expected. Great hops, but gets a bit too bitter and borderline astringent, the malts have no real backup, and the hops bring lots of bitterness with the awesome tropical fruit, etc. Great hops for the most part, a bit similar to Heady Topper but not quite, nice tropical fruit, nice musty resinous hops, etc.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Reservoir, Waterbury, VT

Served in a Lawson's pils glass, Triple Play poured a slightly hazy golden color with a small cap of foamy white head. Aroma is hop-forward with a distinctive sugary malt base. There was a great equilibrium of bready malts and hops in the taste; citrus and pine hop notes, with a nice balance of caramel and brown sugar, and neither aspect fully taking control. Medium body, lower carbonation, smooth and very drinkable. Not the best IPA in the world, but surely very nice.

Photo of AgentZero
4.33/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Mr. ShadesOfGrey at that hootenanny known as Dark Lord Day.

A - Golden colored beer with a foamy head that stuck around for a bit and left some decent stick on the sides.

S - Love the smell of a good IPA. Quite fruity, with Citra providing a little less of that harsh bitterness and Simcoe adding some dank grass. Nice earth and floral notes.

T - Nice citrus and fruit with some Citra hops for good measure. There is some caramel malt on the back, but it is light enough and the whole beer tastes good but not overpowering. Quite well done.

M - Crisp, refreshing, carbonation that is not too harsh but is active.

O - Great beer, particularly for a single IPA. Alcohol is well hidden and this goes down like water. Would like to have this again.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Baconsausage... Thanks tucker!
Served in a pint glass.

A light, bright, slightly hazy yellow with a 3 finger white head. Nice thick head holds up well and leaves nice chunky rings behind.

Smells of pine, citrusy grapefruit and orange. Virtually no malt.
Nice dry beer here! Little dry crackery malt is a hop-showcase vehicle-- notes of orange peels, white grapefruit, and dry resiny pine. Great bitterness level, but there is a slightly soapy quality to the bitterness.

Body is nearly perfect; lots of carbonation, good bitter bite, nice medium body.

This is a great beer. I would be more than happy to drink this again!

Well done!

Photo of WanderingFool
4.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lawson Triple Play IPA pours a hazy light orange with small creamy head. The foam is slow to dissolve leaving behind spots and lines of lace.

The aroma has strong orange and grapefruit citrus. Some sweet caramel malt and lemon rind are also present.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth and slightly creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor is loaded with orange and grapefruit citrus, grass, tropical fruit and some lemon peel. Some sweet pale and caramel malt are in the background and help sweeten the beer. It finishes very bitter with lingering grass and orange citrus.

This beer has tons of flavor. Lots of citrus with a fair amount of sweetness to try and balance it out.

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Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.