Triple Play IPA - Lawson's Finest Liquids
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4.2/5 rDev -4.8%
22 oz. bottle with a gold foil-wrapped neck, sent by Rifugium last week (fresh from his recent trip to VT). Split to two pint glasses with my wife before dinner tonight.
Label: 'Brewed and dry hopped with Citra, Simcoe and Centennial ~ Brewing News 2011 National IPA Champion'.
"Straight from the the Green Mountains to your Head"
A: Cloudy butterscotch-copper with a sudsy off-white foam, maybe 1-finger. An alluring shade of orange, a bit mysterious. Relatively few bubbles of carbonation, those that are there rise sleepily. Suds subside but cling as creamy speckles and broken ribbons.
S: What a glorious aroma! Lush and green, wildly full of citrus rind and backed with sourdough.
T: Big grapefruit/lemon rind bitterness, the definition of 'pithy'. It's a juicier and sweeter fruitiness at times, but tends to hold fastidiously to it brash bitterness. Enough caramel malt to offer balance, but truly an explosion of hops in my mouth. [a surprise: my wife once completely despised well-hopped beers like this. Tonight, she proclaimed 'this is REALLY good' after a couple sips]
M: Very smooth, gentle carbonation. Medium body that tips toward heaviness. That lingering harsh bitterness is a minor drawback after a while.
O: What a good IPA! Tons of flavor and terrific aroma. I'm not always drawn to these kinds of IPAs either (my taste buds lean 'malty'), but this was excellent tonight and one I'd gladly have again. Thanks for the opportunity to try it, Derek!
05-20-2012 03:16:14 | More by msubulldog25
4.33/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
05-18-2012 23:34:26 | More by TheSevenDuffs
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
22oz bottle. No date on the bottle, but this was picked up on Friday 5/4/12. Poured this into my Deschutes tulip.
A: Pours a hazy, orange color. About a finger of bright white head. Nicely carbonated. Streaming of the bottom of the glass. Leaves some sticky lacing streaks.
S: Lots of intense tropical fruits: grapefruit, overripe peach, citrus, etc. There is a touch of pine too. Mild light malts. Complete delicious hop bomb.
T: Really awesome fruity hop flavors. Dominated by that Citra, love it. Nice bitterness on the tip of the tongue. The fruity notes move to the mid palate. Very light malts, but it sort of balances it. Still heavier handed on hops. Nice dry fruity finish.
M: Medium bodied. Nice carbonation.
05-14-2012 14:46:05 | More by inlimbo77
4/5 rDev -9.3%
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.
05-11-2012 23:18:40 | More by mountdew1
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
05-11-2012 03:37:01 | More by HopHead84
4.1/5 rDev -7%
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.
05-10-2012 03:42:36 | More by jlindros
4.43/5 rDev +0.5%
22oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Thanks a ton, Michael.
A: Pours a deep citrus golden with a large, oily, off-white head that slowly faded into a thin film and collar that left spotty lace down the glass.
S: I get huge notes of fresh citrus and tropical smelling hops. Papaya, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple and passion fruit fill the glass. Hops are bright, juicy and fresh smelling.
T: Follows the nose with sweet and lightly bitter notes of citrus rind, juicy tropical fruits, and a hint of pale malt, mint and biscuit dough. The finish has a note or two of brown sugar and maybe caramel, and the aftertaste is clean and bitter.
M: Medium body, full and even carbonation, with a slick mouthfeel that goes down smooth and refreshing.
O: An excellent IPA that is a hop bomb closer to a dipa than the regular. Lawson knows how to do hops right. Thanks again, SneezyAchew!
05-05-2012 22:37:36 | More by scottfrie
4.48/5 rDev +1.6%
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.
05-04-2012 02:21:09 | More by oberon
4.25/5 rDev -3.6%
Lawson's Triple Play, courtesy of the sweetest bartender in the world (love you!). Served in my Lost Abbey snifter.
Appearance: Deep shiny amber color, nice lily-white head, good lacing. Good but not amazing looks.
Smell: Resin, oil, pine-tree forest in California. Citrus grove in Florida and juiciness galore. Beautiful, fresh hops all around.
Taste: Super hop flava! A blast of citrus, pineapple syrup, pomelo. Barely any bitterness, though, which is nice. A bit of graham-cracker-like sweetness.
Mouthfeel: A little too light here, with low carbonation and a watery feel. Nice spice feel as it goes down. Unlike most IPA's, this one is not overtly dry.
Overall: A nice IPA with hop-forward aroma but good balance. Perhaps too much balance? You won't find crazy hoppiness here, and I'm not sure the Simcoe and Citra hops are shining, but it sure is a damn nice beer!
05-02-2012 13:04:31 | More by DoubleSimcoe
4.05/5 rDev -8.2%
slightly amberish copper with a touch of a hop haze and a pure white head that sticks to the glass very well, though it recedes rather quickly.
loads of citrus and pine and a bit of grassy hops in this very aromatic beer. a bit of sweet malt sits behind that.
juicy citrus hops with a touch of pine and some very subtle sweetened tropical fruits on top of a sweet caramelly malt body. Hops remain dominant, but this one is nicely balanced.
medium bodied with ample carbonation and lots of resin left on the palate.
very good IPA from Lawson's. doesn't quite compare to some other VT IPAs being put out recently, but it holds its own. I'd drink this again and again.
04-29-2012 04:34:42 | More by silentjay
4.13/5 rDev -6.3%
22oz bomber, thanks Keith!
A - Pours golden yellow, white head, spotty lace, thin cap.
S - Citrus, tropical fruit, pine, light floral notes. Really a nice mix of hoppy notes that attribute for some excellent complexity.
T - Citrus, grapefruit, grass, light pine. A nice amount of bitter hops without destroying the palate. More citrus then sweetness, which is actually my preference. Finish is bitter citrus peel and bitter hops.
M - Light, good carbonation, crisp and refreshing, oily finish.
O - An excellent IPA from Lawson's that was super-easy to drink and very enjoyable. The complexity offered up by the hop profile kept me interested and I was able to finish off this bomber with no problems. I will seek this one out again, no doubt.
04-25-2012 15:37:05 | More by Sean9689
Triple Play IPA from Lawson's Finest Liquids
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