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Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids

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Triple Play IPATriple Play IPA

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368 Ratings
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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 4.4
pDev: 7.73%
Wants: 342
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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Lawson's Finest Liquids visit their website
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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Reviews by MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Picked this up on my Vermont road trip last week!
7% ABV, 22oz. bottle
"A trifecta of hop varieties deliver a symphony of juicy tropical hop flavors and a wonderful bouquet of aromas. Brewed and dry hopped with Citra, Simcoe, and Centennial."
2011 National IPA Champion.

A rigorous pour worked up a massive three finger, off-white head that puffed up on top of a peach-gold body with little floaties. This is an unfiltered beer so I should have been more acreful with the pour. The head receded after a few minutes to a thin coat, and left sticky lacing all over the side of the glass.

Tropical aromas indeed! Ripe pineapple, lemon pith, mangoes, grapefruit and bubblegum. Mostly all hops in the aroma and not much in the way of malt showing through. But these three hops play wonderfully together and there could be no better IPA smell at the time of this review. All else are equal at best.

And a perfect taste to match. What makes this perfect in my book is the great balance that is struck between malts and hops. Sweet malts up front are quickly met with a finishing bitterness that is at once gentle (I'm guessing...60 IBU's?) and lasting, which keeps the palate wanting that next sip! Notes of juicy hops remain on the palate long into the aftertaste. This, folks, is an IPA worth seeking out.

The mouthfeel is decent. Full-bodied beer with a mild amount of carbonation. I kind of wish that the carbonation level was higher, as this beer feels more like a Double IPA at this point. Can we just call it a DIPA? (I'll give it a 5, like all DIPA's get)

Overall, I am very glad I got the opportunity to try this beer. It is clear why it won the National IPA Championship, because it has an insane aroma, it is well-balanced, and it hides the 7% ABV very well. This is the "finest" example of an IPA that I have ever had. I love the American hops, the well-designed nature of it all, and the aroma! Get this if you can.

More User Reviews:
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +8%

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5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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 bpfrush
4.75/5  rDev +8%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -9.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.25/5  rDev -3.4%

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?

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Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
97 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.