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 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 UCLABrewN84
4.09/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewone for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a beige head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and tropical fruit. Taste is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some herbal hop flavors. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a pretty amazing aroma but the taste just doesn’t quite match up.

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 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 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 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 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 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 MasterSki
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've had this twice in the past week, most recently at Kan's place. Not sure who contributed this - Kan or Drew I think. Served in a HopCat tulip. Batch #202, Bottle #84.

A - A finger-plus of white foam settles to a thick ring and a razor-time cap, leaving spotty lace behind. Hazed golden peach color that is quite attractive.

S - Big Citra hop aroma - it seems to overshadow the other two members of the Triple Play. Orange zest, hint of chive/onion, light pine, and some lightly browned sugars join the party as it warms up.

T - Largely orange hop flavor, mixed with some nice sugar cookie notes, and moderate residual bitterness. It's not super complex, but it's enjoyable nonetheless.

M - Smooth texture, medium-bodied, medium-low carbonation, and a dry, crisp, finish. Quite appropriate for the style.

D - This is a nice beer, but it actually seems maltier than Double Sunshine (which is higher in ABV). I'd take the Double Sunshine over this most of the time, but this is still a very nice IPA that is easy to drink.

Photo of mdfb79
4.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

From 01/18/14 notes. Huge thanks to BeerLayer85 for sharing a bottle of this from this recent VT trip; thanks Ross! 22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

a - Pours a murky, yellow-orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, tropical fruity, mangos, floral hops, grains, and light earthy notes. Great nose, lots of citrus and fruits to it.

t - Tastes of bitter citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, bready malts, tropical fruits, earthy malts, and pale malts. Good but decently bitter and more malty than I was expecting.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Some bitterness but nice.

o - Overall a very good IPA, though personally I prefer Double Sunshine. Awesome nose but this one is a little maltier, worth checking out though. Would love to have it again sometime.

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

22 oz gold foil topped bottle purchased at Warren Store two days ago. Served in a Lawson's snifter.

Pours a hazed dark golden amber with a frothy off white head that fades to a thick collar, thin film and abundant clumps of lace. Green, resiny and dank nose of Citra and Simcoe hops. Light malt notes, with earthy and leafy hops balancing the citric and tropical hops. Medium thick, well carbonated body with a sticky dry finish. Taste is green, resiny hops, simcoe forward with more cent. hops in the finish to balance out the sweetness. Not quite as bright as Double Sunshine or Hopzilla, a more textbook IPA that still lives up to the Lawson's HYPE.

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 HopHead84
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

5/10/2012

I had a bottle of this last Saturday but my palate was a little off, perhaps due to eating copious amounts of Mexican food and buckets of salsa, so here I am on my second and final bottle. Looking forward to a bright and hoppy Lawson's beer.

A: Slightly hazy bright orange with a finger of frothy white foam. Solid retention and lots of scattered lacing.

S: Blend of spicy grapefruit, orange, and nectarine with traces of guava and mango. There's a note in there that I can only describe as fuzzy peach skin. Malt imparts light bread and caramel notes with a lower level of sweetness.

T: The fruit is expressive, a veritable cornucopia consisting of sweet orange, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, and light guava notes. My first impression of the fruit is of sweet and juicy flesh, but in the late palate the citrus and tropical notes tend toward drier, more bitter, and more astringent rind and pith notes. Malt is sweet throughout but never obstructs the bright fruit presence. There's an insistent moderate bitterness throughout. The finish is dry, fruity, and bitter with a light astringency.

M: Lower medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is very dry.

Overall: Another damn good Lawson's IPA. This really grew on my as it opened up.

Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours a hazy golden color with god carbonation but yielding a small whispy white cap that seems to fade away quickly leavng some bubbles and a white collar.

S: Lots of fruits hits sniffer; mainly in the way of citrus...orange peel, grapefruit with a dash of pine and a light whiff of mango perhaps, something tropical

T: The citrus is front and center and pretty much dominates the flavor profile. Fresh juicy citrus at that. A nice bit of breadiness on the body, really refreshng, a bit sweet, almost no booze.

M: Medium bodied, well carbonated, balanced for sure with a healthy dose of Vitamin C courtesy opf the hops.

O: They packed a lot of flavor and body into this single IPA. Well done.

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 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 AlexFields
4.24/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky yellow with brown tint, big off white head, looks a lot like Double Sunshine.

Smells dank and spicy, sweet pineapple and orange, floral notes. Mmm.

Taste is sortof darker, fairly sweet with an almost oaky character, rye like spiciness, not as citrusy as the nose but a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel is rich and thick but great carb too--Lawson's really nails the mouthfeel on their IPAs.

8.5/10

Photo of Brad007
4.25/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hard to believe that I've never reviewed this.

Pours a light gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Very nice colors for the style.

Citra, Simcoe and Centennial blend is impressive to the nose. The citrus notes are most appreciated.

Nice citrus notes upfront with a very nice juiciness. Bitterness expands inside of the mouth, incorporating some biscuity malt.

Carbonation levels are just right and plenty of lingering hops for the enthusiast.

Nicely hopped IPA. I love this.

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

Bottle graciously shared by shadesofgray at DLD 2011 (thanks Ryan!). Very glad for the opportunity to try another Lawson's beer, to say the least.

Golden color, poofy foam, slight lace (only the 3rd beer I tried on this most glorious of days). Strong citrus character in the aroma, also floral and resiny. Fairly one-sided in taste (not one-dimensional, just more hops than malt which is exactly the way I want it). Still, a little malty sweetness counterbalances in the middle, luckily the aftertaste is all hops for me.

Crisp and drinkable, an excellent beer from this nano. I like this better than the dark IPA, although both are good.

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 jrallen34
3.88/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Ryan for this at DLD... dark clear gold with hints of orange, a nice white head... the aroma is lots of oily pine, pretty bitter... taste is more of the same lots of bitter pine... I prefer the double sun shine but this is still pretty good

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

Received in a trade, poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a crystal clear golden hue with a one finger off white head that fades to a nice quarter inch blanket, good and creamy.

S - Bright citrus aromas and fresh hops. Nice grapefruit and solid tropical notes consisting of light pineapple and good mango. Very ripe and inviting with a rather interesting bubblegum aroma on the end.

T - Yep, so theres the bubblegum people have mentioned. Undeniably the first flavour I get. That immediately gives way to grapefruit and pine resin with some nice lighter tropical notes to the end. Light pineapple and mango. Some light malt sweetness, this bubblegum aspect is really, really different but enjoyable.

M - Lots of hop oils in this, kinda feels more like a DIPA than an IPA. Would like some more carbonation on this but its still good.

O - Overall this is a damn good beer and lives up to some of the hype. Quite the enjoyable beer, I'd like to try it side by side with Double Sunshine for comparison

Photo of Jwale73
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle procured at the Montpelier Farmer's Market on 3/2/2012. Served in a tulip nonic. Pours a pale, straw gold hue with a translucent clarity and a loose, quarter inch bright white head that eventually settles into a soapy slick - no lacing on this one. Nose on this beer is fantastic - tropical fruits are revealed upfront, followed by faint aromas of cat pee and evening out with an herbal/earthy finish. Taste follows nose; however, the tropical fruit is a bit more intense and has an almost candied quality, while the Simcoe character blends in with the earthy herbal qualities culminating in a light, lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive, slightly prickly carbonation and light oiliness to the texture. What can I say, this is a fantastic IPA with so much tropical goodness - I wish I picked up a second bottle, but at least I got to enjoy several offerings on-draft as well. I'd love to see more IPAs with this complexity and flavor profile.

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

22oz bottle poured into a snifter

Thanks to Hojo for bringing this back for me

Pours a bright orange color with a one+ finger of ecru foam. Good staying power with huge sip marks inside the glass.

Tropical fruit sweetness, pine needles, hop oils, and some lightly toasted bready malts. A touch of honey/sugary sweetness is also present. The aroma is tightly wound. A quick burst of hoppy goodness on the olfactories.

Pineapple, papaya, mango, and apricots come right over top. Excellent tropical feuit melange. Some bready malts and a residual sweetness before a burst of pine/citrus bitterness.

Medium body with excellent carbonation. A smooth, creamy feel with a moderate bitterness. The bitterness is partially balanced by the fruit sweetness.

A damn fine beer that I savored with every sip. Triple Play definitely warrants consideration at the top of the elite list.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.76/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pour is a dark hazed orange and scummy white ring. The nose is of grapefruit, pine and resinous hop. There is some pale and caramel malt up front to balance. The taste is banned and well integrated with an assertive hop presence dominating the back. Resiny, caramel malts, solid foundation, hops take over, lightly piney, fair bit of grapefruit and tropical fruit. Very nice fruity finish with a gentle bitterness ending abruptly. The body is easy to drink, well carbonated, faintly grainy towards the back.

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